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Comment: Re:Interstellar missions... (Score 2) 211

by elfprince13 (#48891573) Attached to: At Oxford, a Battery That's Lasted 175 Years -- So Far
Photons are "merely" localized changes in an electromagnetic field. Intuitively, "bumping" a charged particle will cause it to wiggle, causing just such changes to propagate. This is sort of a lie depending on your intuition for "bump", but it's close enough for a 3am /. post.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 422

by elfprince13 (#48891137) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
I think this misses a little bit the problem with Lucas's film-making. The problem has never been the plot - he's fantastic at that. It's the dialogue and characterization. He does mythic, not interpersonal. I'd be all for a trilogy in which Lucas provided the plot structure and someone else handled the script-writing. This is basically what happened with the original trilogy, and it was amazing.

Comment: Re:Don't get a liberal arts degree (Score 1) 392

by elfprince13 (#47920171) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Any Place For Liberal Arts Degrees In Tech?
As the GP said, there are some rigorous top tier liberal arts schools that only offer BAs "on principle", so you should check into your applicant's backgrounds to see what the story is. I went to one that made the BA/BS distinction, and took the BS route, so I can mostly sidestep that particular mess, but from what I've heard there's definitely still some discrimination on the engineering side of things.

... though his invention worked superbly -- his theory was a crock of sewage from beginning to end. -- Vernor Vinge, "The Peace War"