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Comment Time travel powered by cold fusion is the problem (Score 5, Funny) 344

Actually cold fusion works just fine, and powered the first practical time travel engine. Unfortunately, inevitably time travel leads to paradoxes until the universe (well the one with observers remaining) settles into a consistent steady state as increasingly improbably events take place until the result is no time travel.

Last time it was the bird with a baguette sabotaging the Large Hadron Collider at a critical point in time (ha!).

And poor Pons and Fleishmann are victims of the same process. No one (who will be believed) will ever be able to replicate their work. Something will always go wrong.

Oh, and don't try and take advantage of this information to do anything about it. I barely survived the Orca landing on my garage where my experiment was running, and I was 200 miles inland.

Comment Re:Ha! (Score 4, Insightful) 480

Imagine that.

Differences in pay exist for a reason: Because different people perform functions of different value to the company.

No. This is a common mistake. It is wrong.

Differences in pay exist because of supply and demand. If there are many people willing to do your job, then pay for that job will be low, even if your job is valuable (see nursing, teaching, etc). Yes, many jobs we "value" are highly-paid (but not all). But that is because there is greater demand (or less supply) for people to fill those jobs.

In short, do not confuse correlation (high value jobs have high pay) with causation (we do NOT give high pay to people with high value jobs because we value the jobs).

We pay people what we need to pay in order to find someone to do the job. That is the "value" of the job - as an economic valuation. Do not confuse that with the moral worth of the job. Or its intrinsic value to the employer.

Comment Re:OK, but... (Score 4, Funny) 89

No. If X (not Hitler) is doing Y and Y is very bad then you should be able to explain how come Y is very bad WITHOUT BRINGING HITLER INTO THE DISCUSSION.

Dragging Hitler/Nazis into a discussion is a lazy way to try to claim some moral high ground.

That's just the sort of thing Hitler would say.

Comment Re:Semantics (Score 1) 98

If it's not the closest, are we going to rename it?

No, because it will presumably still be the nearest in the constellation of Centaurus. It's 'Proxima Centauri' not 'Proxima'

Constellations are not defined by a collection of stars at roughly the same distance. They are a collection of stars roughly close together, in a pattern _as viewed from Earth_. Apparently adjacent stars in the same constellation can vary in distance from earth by thousands of light years.

So any newly discovered star closer to Earth is most likely to be in the scope of some other constellation.

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