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Comment: Re:Where's the queue? (Score 3, Funny) 420 420

by jstave (#42338221) Attached to: Possible Habitable Planet Just 12 Light Years Away

So you're planning to hitchhike to Tau Ceti? You do know it's off season and the hotel rates are insane? You don't even want to know what a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster will set you back.

A properly made Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster will set you back into infancy, no matter what the season.

Comment: Re:Distance remains the same? (Score 1) 182 182

by jstave (#41337389) Attached to: Astronomers Fix the Astronomical Unit

Assuming the sun as at the center of the ellipse - which I believe it isn't in this case. So it's right roughly once a year.

Actually, depending on how big the ellipse is compared with the circle with a 1 AU radius, it could be right from 0 times (circle way too big, or way too small), to as many as 4. Play around with an ellipse and a circle centered at one focus and you'll see what I mean. As the relative sizes change, the number of times it's right changes too. Thank god we got *that* straightened out.

Comment: it's own antiparticle? (Score 2) 128 128

by jstave (#39676251) Attached to: Scientists Find Long-Sought Majorana Particle
From one of the articles: "a particle that is its own anti-particle" Can one of the physics geeks on here explain how that works? I was under the impression that when particle and antiparticle meet, they go boom. How can this thing not annihilate? Or is it that this bit of matter *can't* turn into energy? The wikipedia entry on this didn't make any sense to me.

+ - Google pushes to open public records

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AlHunt writes: "The perennial favorite love/hate company, Google, "is helping state governments make reams of public records that are now unavailable or hard to find online" and according to CNN, "records will not be exclusive to the search engines owned by Google, Yahoo and Microsoft." Meanwhile, privacy advocates are up in arms "cautioning that some records may contain personal and confidential information that should not be widely available."."

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