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Comment: Re:Signals (Score 1) 143

by wonkey_monkey (#47419699) Attached to: Physicists Spot Potential Source of 'Oh-My-God' Particles

and you move from one to the other faster than light and back, you arrive before you left.

I'm not sure that's true. If you consider the one-way trip from A to B then, yes, there will be some frames of reference in which you will be calculated to have arrived at B before you left A.

But I don't think heading back to your starting point will mean getting home before you left. In any frame of reference in which you were calculated to have arrived at B before having left A, you will take correspondingly longer to return to A, leaving you always at least slightly in the future of your launch event.

Comment: You think THAT's an injustice? (Score 1) 568

by wonkey_monkey (#47419617) Attached to: Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

"The bigger injustice," Edwards writes, "is that programming has become an elite: a vocation requiring rare talents, grueling training, and total dedication.

All the horrible shit going on in the world and you think the fact that people who are better and more dedicated to a thing get better jobs doing said thing than people who aren't very good or dedicated is an injustice?

Normal humans are effectively excluded from developing software.

If you're going to define "normal humans" as "people who aren't that into programming," what do you expect?

it doesn't have to be this way.

Why shouldn't it be?

Comment: Can't we call them sunspots? (Score 1) 102

by wonkey_monkey (#47392831) Attached to: Two Earth-Like Exoplanets Don't Actually Exist

Can't we call them sunspots instead of starspots? It's the same phenomenon. It seems needlessly ambiguous to call them one thing when they're on one star, but another thing when they're on any other star.

Neither, he said, does another planet in the same solar system

Aha! It's a star system. Nyah.

There is nothing so easy but that it becomes difficult when you do it reluctantly. -- Publius Terentius Afer (Terence)