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Comment: Intrusive ads (Score 1) 57

by blue trane (#49626683) Attached to: Mysterious Sounds Recorded During Near Space Balloon Flight

Couldn't sit through them, couldn't skip them. Is this what science has come to? "Newton's laws ... brought to you by Fig Newtons!" Why is all the money in the hands of the private sector, so they have to annoy you by forcing you to watch a full 30-second ad? If their product was really good wouldn't word-of-mouth suffice?

Comment: Re:This again? (Score 1) 473

by blue trane (#49596887) Attached to: New Test Supports NASA's Controversial EM Drive

"When somebody sounds like a total fucking crackpot, they almost always are."

Aristarchus of Samos sounded like a total fucking crackpot, and if you had called him out your prediction would have been right - for a couple millennia.

What if instead of taking your attitude, the Greeks had devoted their energy to developing better sensors to test Aristarchus's claims about the parallax motion of the stars? Instead of sitting around calling him a crackpot, we could have had an accepted heliocentric model of the solar system some 1800 years before Copernicus.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 108

by blue trane (#49596533) Attached to: Messenger's Mercury Trip Ends With a Bang, and Silence

I just saw this article on today's front page:

http://science.slashdot.org/st...

The EM drive is controversial in that it appears to violate conventional physics and the law of conservation of momentum; the engine, invented by British scientist Roger Sawyer, converts electric power to thrust without the need for any propellant by bouncing microwaves within a closed container. So, with no expulsion of propellant, thereâ(TM)s nothing to balance the change in the spacecraftâ(TM)s momentum during acceleration.

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I have tried two more brands of contacts, both hydrogel and toric, with little success. The first pair had the right eye not so bad, but the left was blurry. Ultimately, my appointment was for Sunday, and when i was late i received a phone call. Oops! I guess i've been relying on those reminder calls a bit too much.

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