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Comment: Re: You can't make this shit up. (Score 1) 773

So you're defending "X is caused by Y" by pointing out that you think X might do something in the future, and what I'm presuming was the Carey Schueler stunt where she was a 43rd round draft pick by her father. All you've given me is your imagination and a one-off joke.

I'll call, and raise you Manon Rhéaume and Eri Yoshida.

Comment: Re:overturn murder conviction? (Score 1) 141

by yndrd1984 (#49660783) Attached to: Prison Messaging System JPay Withdraws Copyright Claims

While it's entirely possible that those men are innocent, having the original conviction thrown out and the state declining to prosecute them again after so many years doesn't prove they are innocent.

While it does happen, it's pretty rare for someone to get a Declaration of Actual Innocence - in fact the entire appeals process revolves around procedural and legal errors, not factual ones. Just getting a new trial for someone convicted before DNA testing was available, but who can now prove that their blood or semen doesn't match the evidence, is an uphill battle.

So what would you accept as good enough evidence? The Innocence Project claims to have found 140 actual perpetrators of the crimes that their clients were originally accused of.

Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 1) 157

by yndrd1984 (#49551527) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

Events can appear at same time or not regardless of whether they occurred at the same time or not however there is never an observable ordering disagreement.

This is true only for things that are separated by time-like (and, being the edge case, light-like) intervals. For events that are separated by space-like intervals they might be simultaneous in my frame of reference but not in yours - i.e. simultaneity is relative.

It went with me thru my shortcut slower than light.

You mean didn't exceed the local speed of light, which is fine. But that doesn't change the fact that in some other reference frame you arrived 50 years before you left. And if there was a return wormhole at rest in that frame of reference you could come back to earth 50 years before you left.

And that's why scifi and popular science are so keen on warp drives and wormholes - they obey the well-demonstrated limits on high-speed travel while (purely in theory) allowing FTL and time travel.

Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 1) 157

by yndrd1984 (#49550629) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

There is no traveling.

If you were to travel through 100 light years of space in 4 minutes ... nobody sees a time reversal in any frame of reference.

You're at two events events (leaving one place and appearing at another) separated by what in relativity is called a space-like interval - and by definition there are observers that 'see' them happen at the same time, others that 'see' one happen first, and others that 'see' the other happen first. This isn't a problem because (as far as we can tell) those events can't affect each other.

My best guess as to what you're trying to say is that because you don't end up in your own past light-cone (i.e. the events don't have an inverted time-like separation) there are no paradoxes, no violations of causality, etc. Which is true if this kind of trav ... er ... 'changing position' is one-off, or fairly strictly limited in certain ways.

Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 1) 157

by yndrd1984 (#49549365) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

The consequences of that never propagated superluminally.

So you went 100 light years in less than 100 years. That's basically the definition of superluminal. It doesn't matter how it's done.

Superluminal propagation of the light cone is needed to invert cause and effect...

I'm not even sure what you're trying to say. "Magic" or not, you'd be travelling outside of your future light cone, and that's exactly the problem - to you and people on Earth it would appear instantaneous, but for some observers you would be traveling backward in time.

On other words, "instant" travel is nonsense because spatially separated things can't happen "at the same time" for all observers. Relativity of simultaneity and all that.

Comment: Re:me dumb (Score 1) 157

by yndrd1984 (#49549039) Attached to: Wormholes Untangle a Black Hole Paradox

If I were to magically snap my fingers and magically materialize between "earth" and "earth2" 100 light years away without having propagated thru space ... at no point will any observer in any frame be able to detect an inversion of cause and effect.

Only if it took 100 years for you to make the trip. Otherwise you will be moving backward in time for some possible observers.

Comment: Re:Done in movies... (Score 2) 225

People usually only freak out about behavior in movies that they think other people will emulate, especially things that seem realistic. My parents like to watch lots of British murder mysteries, but they'll be put off by 'bad' language, nudity, or people being rude in the same show.

The people who boycott for the reasons you gave believe that our entire culture is heavily racist and sexist, and movies are part of the problem. But most people aren't corrupt cops.

Comment: Re:warm water (Score 4, Informative) 173

And before that, the meteorologists refered to "the southern oscillation"

It's still called that.

there was El Nino and La Nina - depending on whereabouts in the Pacific the warm surface water was located.

Those are names for the warm and cold phases of that oscillation. The only thing that might have changed is that people are more willing to use the Spanish words to describe the phenomenon.

A few decades ago, before global warming became popular

The Southern Oscillation and Anthropogenic Climate Change refer to different phenomena that are explained by different processes. The only thing they have in common is that they both have something to do with the weather.

Comment: Re:Your justice system is flawed, too. (Score 1) 1081

by yndrd1984 (#49260117) Attached to: How To Execute People In the 21st Century

You can't agree to anything just by being born; you aren't even sentient at that point.

Try using that argument to opt out of the "income tax" portion of the social contract.

Well, it didn't work out well for some of my ancestors when they tried to opt out of the "you're a slave" part of the one-sided "contract" they were born into.

On the other hand, some people realize that answering moral questions with appeals to who can inflict the most harm is stupid.

Comment: Re:Circumcised at age 18? (Score 1, Insightful) 221

by yndrd1984 (#49257411) Attached to: World's 1st Penis Transplant Done In South Africa

...I strongly disapprove the hysterical, one-sided tone of the intactivist movement, which I think has potential to harm the body image of circumcised children who grow up with it.

Interesting. Are pro-choice activists 'hysterical' for pushing their particular "my body, my choice" argument? And do they deserve criticism for making women in Ireland who couldn't get abortions feel bad?

Comment: Re:Circumcised at age 18? (Score 1) 221

by yndrd1984 (#49257333) Attached to: World's 1st Penis Transplant Done In South Africa

It must be peculiar to have one's center of being and entire sense of self revolve about one's foreskin. Tell us, what is it like?

It must be peculiar to have one's center of being and entire sense of self revolve around telling other people what they're allowed to care about. Tell us, what is it like?

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