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Comment: Re:like donut holes (Score 3, Funny) 91

by tippe (#47469135) Attached to: Researchers Find Evidence of How Higgs Particle Imparts Mass

I believe that effect is also called "Timbit drag"; discovered by the great Canadian scientist Tim Horton. Incidentally, he was also the individual who discovered the effect of non-uniform doughnut hole decay; that is, the tendency of old fashioned plain doughnut hole variants to persist for hours or even days after the glazed or chocolatey variants have long since disappeared.

Comment: Re:Alien Spacecraft (Score 1) 144

by tippe (#47417183) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

This post made me remember an old short-story (whose name I've now forgotten) written by Larry Niven. The gist of the story was that some time way in the future when humans had colonized space and things were so peaceful and hunky-dory that they no longer fought wars or weaponized their spaceships, a human spacecraft came upon an alien ship manned by an unknown aggressive and warlike species (the Kzin, maybe), which began to attack them without warning. Despite lacking any weapons with which to defend themselves, the humans were nonetheless able to win the battle and return home to warn the rest of humanity by basically turning their ship around and allowing their thrusters (based on some sort of ion drive like you described in your post) to slice completely through the enemy ship like a giant laser.

Anyone else remember the name of the story or from what book it came from?

Comment: Negative Vote Button (Score 4, Interesting) 139

by tippe (#47335413) Attached to: Norway Scraps Online Voting

I bet you they could have improved voter turnout if they had introduced a negative vote button, like the "Thumbs Down" button on youtube. Sometimes you just don't know who to vote for, but would be glad to use your vote as a form of protest, and to send a well-deserved message to some cretinous politician or political party.

Comment: Re: waste of time (Score 1) 380

by tippe (#47335307) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

I've personally never gotten this response from anyone. On the couple of occasions in the past where I've challenged people regarding their poor use of the passing lane, the response I got was "but I was going above the speed limit!". These same people also seem to call the passing lane a "fast lane" and are firmly of the belief that if they travel even a little above the speed limit they should be in that lane, regardless of what the average speed of traffic is around them, because they are going "fast". Getting a response like "because I pay taxes and it's my right" would be an improvement as far as I'm concerned, because it shows that they understand what they are doing and are conscious of it, even if they are being complete jerks.

Comment: Re:waste of time (Score 1) 380

by tippe (#47328535) Attached to: New Chemical Process Could Make Ammonia a Practical Car Fuel

Around where I live, a lot of drivers already seem to be bosons... Especially the ones that camp out in the passing lane on the highway, oblivious to those that pass them on the right. Seriously, I wish those bosons would just get off the road already. Maybe having them all drive through a diffraction grating is a good idea after all...

Comment: Re:Liability (Score 2, Interesting) 474

No no, the answer is to cancel your own Comcast service and mooch off your neighbours who don't know any better. Unfortunately you'll be hurting your neighbours, but in return you'll be hitting Comcast where it hurts not once, but twice: once for having dropped your service, and once again for using essentially the same service you used to pay for via their new city-wide free WiFi.

Seriously, what idiot thought this would be a good idea? Punish your customers and give moochers, criminals and cheapskates free and anonymous internet. Brilliant...

Comment: Asterix (Score 1) 165

by tippe (#47202097) Attached to: Recommendations For Classic Superhero Comic Collections?

Well, you're asking the wrong guy, because I'm not at all into comics. But since you asked, I do have fond memories of reading Astérix as a kid. Astérix was translated into English and many other languages, so even if you don't speak french, it shouldn't be a problem for you.

What? You were hoping for a suggestion involving some sort of masked, tight-wearing super-hero that obtained their superpowers because of a bite from an irradiated insect? Oh, please. Astérix may not be masked or tight-wearing, but he has a winged hat, a fantastic moustache, and is absolutely fearless in battle. Furthermore, his friend Obélisk does wear tights (or at least some kind of tightly fitting, blue and white striped half-body-tube thing), and I challenge you to find another super-hero that is as strong as him, as funny as him and who has as voracious an appetite as him. Seriously, all those DC comics are for chumps; you should read Astérix, or at the very least, buy the comics for your kids so that at least they will grow up having known a real hero....


Comment: Re:Man-portable supercooling? (Score 5, Interesting) 298

by tippe (#47066505) Attached to: Is It Really GPS If It Doesn't Use Satellites?

The supercooling is apparently done using lasers, so something that is man-portable is maybe realistic

The DSTL's team was inspired by the Nobel-prize winning discovery that revealed that lasers can trap and cool a cloud of atoms placed in a vacuum to less than a millionth of a degree above absolute zero

Comment: Re:Only three hundred titles? (Score 1) 249

by tippe (#46989985) Attached to: US Navy Develops World's Worst E-reader

Maybe they only wanted to use American made components, and the largest memory they could find was an old stockpile of 128K DIP-style flash made back in the 80's.

I jest, I jest...

I know that flash memory is still being made in the US (by Intel and maybe others), but seriously, it must be getting pretty damn hard to make any military gear that uses US-only components...

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