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Comment: Re:C is not what people think it means (Score 2) 206

by sconeu (#49791677) Attached to: Ways To Travel Faster Than Light Without Violating Relativity

Bzzzt!!! Thank you for playing. Here's your lovely parting gift.

Let's rephrase... as an outside observer sees you go faster you get compressed to THEM.

From your frame of reference, the outside world is going faster and is compressed, so the distance to the star that is 100 ly away gets compressed by the gamma coefficient.

Comment: Re:a microscopic black hole won't hurt you (Score 1) 146

by sconeu (#49786673) Attached to: Prospects and Limits For the LHC's Capabilities To Test String Theory

Turns out that minimum-size black hole you'll need to destroy Earth is roughly the mass of Mt Everest.

This must be why evil mad scientists are always found underneath large volcanoes. Everything is clear to me now.

Well... that, and the unlimited geothermal power, and, of course, the availability of lava pools for unnecessarily slow dipping mechanisms!

Comment: Will be missed (Score 1) 164

by sconeu (#49778443) Attached to: Mandriva Goes Out of Business

Back around 2000 or so, Mandrake was THE distro for newbies. It was a straighforward simple install, and it Just Worked(tm). My first distro that I was able to really get working was Mandrake 8.1

The funny thing about Mandrake distributions was they had their own "only use version 3 of MS whatever" rule. Basically, it was "Use the x.1 version. x.0 and x.2 suck."

They started going downhill with the Mandriva name, and when they ran into financial trouble, I - like many others - switched to Mageia.

Still a damned shame to see them go, though.

Comment: I will give up my pacbell.net address .... (Score 1) 461

by sconeu (#49685105) Attached to: Does Using an AOL Email Address Suggest You're a Tech Dinosaur?

When they pry it from my cold, dead fingers.

That's also an ancient address, but it's a badge of pride -- from being an early adopter on DSL (circa 2000 -- when they first rolled it out in my area).

Also, a lot of my professional email has been going there for years, so no need to change it.

I imagine a lot of the AOL addresses are inertia as well.

Logic doesn't apply to the real world. -- Marvin Minsky