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Comment Re:not to rain on anyone's parade.... (Score 2) 271

To make things more ambiguous (along the GPs point), "Interstellar space": Voyager 1 is 17 light hours from us (so under 0.2% the distance to Proxima Centauri). Not sure when or how they decided interstellar space starts before the Oort Cloud (1 ly away).

A justification could be made that astronomically-scaled systems may have plenty of in-between objects that are far enough away to be considered interstellar space. However, when defining an interstellar comet: "At present, an interstellar comet can only be detected if it passes through our solar system, and could be distinguished from an Oort cloud comet by its strongly hyperbolic trajectory (indicating that it is not gravitationally bound to the Sun)." - so if interstellar comets are not interstellar unless they originate from outside the Oort Cloud, I don't see why we consider Voyager 1 even remotely approaching interstellar space when it's still so far from the Oort Cloud.

And reversibly, due to Voyager 1's known one-way trajectory out/away from the Sun, it could be considered not gravitationally bound to the Sun. So is or will be interstellar if not destroyed before.

Anyway, I think 'exiting the heliosphere' is the point of the article. 'Interstellar space' is a sensationalist term in the headline.

Comment Re:How may times can Voyager leave the solar syste (Score 2) 271

well..."The Solar System consists of the Sun and its planetary system of eight planets, their moons, and other non-stellar objects." So that happened a while ago.

Between the solar system and interstellar space is the heliosphere (which encompasses the solar system, bordered/demarcated by the heliopause).

Comment Re:13.3 billion in one direction? (Score 4, Informative) 105

Would the distance between the two galaxies be 26.6 billion years and longer than the age of the universe?

Good point: Yes and No.

Would it happen, yes, already has: If the universe is 93 billion light years in diameter, it is obviously possible to to find a galaxy 26.6 billion light years away but it should not be older than 13.7 billion years.

Because 13.3 billion light years away vs 13.3 billion years ago are not the same in the "Expanding universe" theory. The summary says "the galaxy is 13.3 billion light years away" - which makes it not as old as that statement implies --- imagine an early universe 1 billion light years across, with 2 galaxies forming near the edge diametrically opposite each other. They could now be 93 billion light years apart from each other but they would still be slightly younger than this one (MACS0647-JD). Similarly, it's possible that this galaxy could have been formed 12 billion years ago and has since moved relatively or "apparently" further away to 13.3 billion light years. 1.3 billion light years in 1.3 billion years in an expanding universe doesn't seem impossible since the universe is already larger (93 billion light years) than it is old (13.7 billion years).

The article didn't explain how they've correlated distance with age. Doppler shift?

The "No" part to your question, and the part which makes some of my answer wrong, is for observable:
There would also be the implication that what is "observed" can not be older than 13.7 billion years so you would need to wait another 13.3 billion years to observe the 13.3 billion year-old galaxy **at** 26.6 billion light years away.

Comment He watched Ghost in the Shell recently? (Score 1) 267

Yeah, thought so.

For a direct cloud upload to "expand my brain capacity" people are more likely to use near-brain local storage than the "cloud". And yes, like Dropbox, Amazon S3, etc. eventually even brain local storage will be complemented with "remote" storage. And if the MMI stuff works out, same goes for computing power.

When or how long it takes to get there is a wild guess. And a bit obvious as a "vision" or prediction in this day and age.

Comment Re:Can we please get an EXECUTE verb? (Score 2) 82

Wrong. GET is supposed to be "nullipotent". You're correct about GET not supposed to have any side effects.

PUT and DELETE are idempotent - "multiple identical requests should have the same effect as a single request"

The reason browsers don't have them is because of the HTML/XHTML spec - "HTML forms (up to HTML version 4 and XHTML 1) only support GET and POST as HTTP request methods."[1] So if they implemented it, most likely would be done differently by each browser, and more so in IE as usual.


Comment Re:Love the understatment. (Score 1) 315

There's also the recent "reduction" of the poverty line to Rs. 28... $0.50 a day. So the new claim would be that only 30% live below the poverty line.

I'm no economist but I think India has far greater earth- and sea-based concerns that could do with some govt spending.

OTOH...if it's done for under US$100 million, then it could just be a great big advertisement to do more outsourced launches...or whatever the PC-term for that is these a major revenue source in the future.

Comment Homeworld anyone? (Score 5, Interesting) 121

Homeworld was, for me, the first truly 'epic space battle' type game. Full 360 deg space-mapping, camera views, fighter-POVs.
It would have been a perfect fit to mod Homeworld into a BSG game for RTS.

I have played TIE Figther which would have also been great for the FPS perspective.

Looking forward to playing this.

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