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Comment: Games with Heisenberg. (Score 1) 139

by mmell (#48888611) Attached to: Scientists Slow the Speed of Light
So 0*K is absolute zero. It's a theoretical quantity. If you ever cooled something to 0*K, you'd discover it's temperature fluctuating subtly between some nonzero positive and negative fraction of a degree. This is where we get the ridiculous concept of "negative energy" (which isn't so ridiculous after all).

c is ~299,997km/s. It also is a theoretical quantity. If you ever accelerated a mass to c, you'd discover its velocity fluctuates subtly between some miniscule quantity around c. I wonder if we could somehow use this to generate a tachyon?

Comment: I've had an account on G+ for years. (Score 1) 209

by mmell (#48871769) Attached to: Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+
Never used it except for once or twice to confirm that it's a great place to post content that nobody will ever see . . . until Niantic Labs came along.

Now I don't use it - but there's an outside chance somebody there may actually try to get in touch with me that way someday.

Comment: So? (Score 2) 174

by mmell (#48808903) Attached to: Authors Alarmed As Oxford Junior Dictionary Drops Nature Words
First: it's their dictionary. Well, to be fair - it's their junior dictionary. That by itself sort of tells me there's only room for a select subset of the OED. I'll be the first to admit, I find their choice of words to eliminate puzzling but like I said, it's their dictionary.

Second (and I tend to agree with this one): make sure our children's learning institutions such as the public schools insist on a certain quality of product in return for our tuition/tax money. If the Oxford Junior Dictionary doesn't support all of the lessons we want our instructors to teach to our children then find one that does and buy it instead.

Comment: APK is (as usual) admitting he's wrong . . . (Score 1) 138

by mmell (#48804615) Attached to: Rare Recalled NES Game Stadium Events On Ebay For $99,000
He is adept at pointing out instances where others have demonstrated the intelligence and flexibility to consider viewpoints they disagree with (even admitting and learning from past mistakes), all the while demonstrating that he himself is incapable of even this act of basic intelligence.

Al - please go talk to someone. Please? I don't know what that is you have a grip on, but it isn't reality.

Comment: Based on the track record of Homo Sapiens Sapiens (Score -1, Troll) 272

by mmell (#48721591) Attached to: How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy
I'm going to say our descendants will be disease-ridden, radioactively contaminated, pollution poisoned mindless drones who will listen to anything they hear on radio or television.

Either that, or we'll end up like the Vorlons. Either way, it just doesn't look good.

Comment: 250,000 - 470,000 years to go . . . (Score 0) 272

by mmell (#48721277) Attached to: How Civilizations Can Spread Across a Galaxy
Whether or not life still exists or even can exist on Earth that far in the future is an open question. I seem to recall reading somewhere that the Sun will change output significantly enough by then to (potentially) render our planet uninhabitable by life as we currently know it. I suspect intelligent life in other star systems will face a similar test of their patience if this is the method they choose for interstellar travel.

Optimism is the content of small men in high places. -- F. Scott Fitzgerald, "The Crack Up"