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Submission + - Electromagnetic Propulsion Engine may give us Star Trek Impulse Drive->

maroberts writes: The Telegraph reports that NASA and other bodies have confirmed that an Electromagnetic Propulsion Drive (EM Drive) invented by a British scientist, Roger Shawyer, actually does deliver on its claims and is likely to provide an engine capable of Earth to Moon transport in 4 hours and Earth to Pluto flight in 18 months. It even brings into possible reality the prospect of interstellar flight, although at 100 years to the closest star, I wouldn't be booking your seats just yet.
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Comment Size of computer (Score 1) 38 38

Given the processing power of (say) a modern phone, why is the computer such an enormous device? Okay, it's gone down from a backpack to a fanny pack, but surely it should be able to have a pocket sized processing device to do the job.

Surely there should be "an app for that"

Comment Re:If I were drinking coffee (Score 1) 87 87

The UK:

Manufacture Jaguar, Rolls Royce, Minis (BMW), Land/Range Rover, Aston Martin, Lotus etc
Produced many of the Formula 1 racing cars and their components
has a good chance of pushing the Land Speed Record even further over the next few years (Thrust SSC => Bloodhound SSC)
has BAE, which may have gone American but still has a significant presence here
has Airbus group, which manufactures satellites and other space related stuff.

Comment Effect of nukes on NEOs (Score 5, Insightful) 272 272

Have you seen how much effect a nuke is likely to have on a significantly sized NEO? None whatso fucking ever. If an NEO is enough to wipe us out, it won't be screwed by a nuke.

Also the ideal launch point for such a nuke would be from space, not Earth.

Comment Re:Crockford's JavaScript: The Good Parts (Score 4, Insightful) 293 293

The problem is that whilst Crockford will teach you to write good JavaScript, as often as not you have to wade through and understand the crappy JavaScript that has been written by someone who hasn't read that book, or any others from all appearances. And then to top it off, the sick bastard has minified and/or obfuscified the fuck out of it.

Comment Re: Plus Article 10 (Score 1) 57 57

On top of that there is also Article 10 of the ECHR "Freedom of Expression". Whilst the European Convention on Human Rights is separate to the EU, it is mandatory for all EU members to also regard the Articles of the Convention as binding and effectively a Constitution for all EU member nations. It is ironic that different nations interpret Article 10 differently and thus "Expression" which is legal in one EU member can be illegal in another. Other Articles may also come into play too (Privacy, Association, Marriage etc)

FORTRAN is for pipe stress freaks and crystallography weenies.

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