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Comment Re:I agree. (Score 2, Insightful) 434

I'm in a spot were I'm at least 20 miles from any TV broadcast so nothing really comes in well - lots of the blocking, no sound and many times the "no signal" floating box. Oh, my microwave disrupts the TV signal.

20 miles and you don't get a signal? You either have no concept of distance or you don't actually have an antenna.

Comment Re:I didn't know Feinstein was a Republican.... (Score 2, Insightful) 873

Comcast and other cable/internet providers generally have a monopoly on critical services that I can't avoid.

I think you may need to turn down the rhetoric a little bit. Cable TV/High-Speed Internet is not really a "critical service". We would all survive just fine without them.

Comment Re:Actually... (Score 5, Funny) 265

Also, as a non-physicist, it can be fun to pit theorists and experimentalists against each other in battles to the death and watch what happens.

Wow, you just don't get it. There's no need to actually pit them against each other, I can provide mathematical proof that the experimentalists will win 84.3% of the time.

Comment Re:Cool, and some questions (Score 1) 392

Not quite that far. The galaxy is about 50,000 ly across, and the earth is a bit more than halfway from the center. So, we're only around 25,000 ly away from this beast.

The radius of the Milky Way is 50,000 light years, but in total it's 100,000 light years across.

But, you're right, the Sun is about 26,000 light years from the center, not the 40-50 I stated earlier.

http://www.bigsiteofamazingfacts.com/how-big-is-the-milky-way

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Milky_Way

http://members.fcac.org/~sol/chview/chv5.htm

Comment Re:hmmmm (Score 1) 397

You have your choice: energy efficiency OR omnidirectional transmission. The two are mutually exclusive.

They aren't mutually exclusive. You could have omnidirectional transmission and build a Dyson sphere around it, thereby not letting any energy go to waste.

(FYI: This is rather tongue-in-cheek. I am aware this would defeat the purpose of having it wireless at all.)

Comment Re:Cool, and some questions (Score 4, Informative) 392

Are we on the same plane as the accretion disk?

Yes.

How close are we to the event horizon? How close is the sun to the event horizon?

Far. 40-50 thousand light years.

Is it possible to collect and examine the radiation from black hole by approaching it from the "top"?

Yes, hypothetically. However, the black hole is not "feeding" at the moment, meaning there is not much radiation coming from it. If it were in full quasar mode, we would have identified it a long, long time ago.

Comment Re:Your thinking (Score 1) 167

To be fair, there is some evidence for a global flood. All you have to do is look on the tops of various mountain ranges and you'll find plenty of fossils and minerals to indicate is was underwater at one point.

Of course, you have to ignore the fact that it can all be explained by plate tectonics.

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