The Groklaw archives have a good discussion of the original case heard by Judge Alsup.
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.
DC has very rapid power loss over any kind of distance.
No it doesn't. Losses are related to current, not AC vs. DC. A higher current in the same sized conductor equates to higher loss. You can get around this by raising the voltage (traditionally easier with AC), thus transferring the same amount of energy with less current, or you can increase the size of the conductor. DC can actually transfer more energy than AC on a similar sized conductor because it doesn't have to deal with skin effect.
I could link all of these terms to applicable articles for you but I'm feeling lazy and this is all common knowledge stuff anyway.
Edison was the original master of FUD.
Bomb squads don't "investigate" items that might be bombs. They safely dispose of them. Are you seriously going to value a $30 pressure cooker over someone's life? If the authorities were wrong they should (and usually do, FYI) reimburse the property owner. No piece of property is worth taking a chance on someone's life.
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!
You could do that on Unix System III with ADM-12 terminals as well.
They became Mandriva somewhere after the Mandrake 10.2 release. I think it was around 2005 or so. They started naming the releases by year around that point.
And yes, in 2001 it was Mandrake 8.1.