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Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 206

They found it because it happened to be where the (faulty) predictions of Planet Nine foreseen a planet to be there.

Look at the time gap between discovery of Pluto (1930) and the next Kuiper Belt dwarf planet (Varuna, 2000). The time gap is so large because people stopped looking for the "ninth planet" once the "Neptune's orbit necessitating ninth planet" theory was disproven. Yes, it was dumb luck that Pluto happened to be where the faulty theory predicted a planet to exist. Still, it was that theory that motivated the search resulting in the discovery. Columbus would have never discovered America if he didn't try to find the western route to India either.

Comment Re:Actually no. (Score 1) 81

And considering "Refusal" is usually due to formal considerations that are well defined, the system should be able to predict refusal with a very high accuracy (...actually, the only inaccuracy would be human (clerical) error, when a case is wrongly passed or refused despite meeting or failing to meet the formal requirements) - and as result, with a system that has, say, 99.5% accuracy of determining between "Refused/Deliberated" (say, 0.5% of cases are wrongly refused or wrongly put under deliberation) then that makes "Denied" a 7.5% of all cases, so the system would be accurate some 92% of time telling either "Refused" or "Granted" basing on formal parameters of the application and discounting any actual legal/moral content, and never once serving "Denied".

Comment Re:Hmm (Score 2, Interesting) 897

If you analyze the outcomes of the demilitarization treaties, you'll notice that Soviets really got the short end of the stick. They were forced to scrap some modern weapons which they just finished developing, meanwhile USA just finished building defenses against all older Soviet weapons. In short, if it came to exchange, USA would be fine, Russia would be a nuclear wasteland. They are merely catching up and fixing mistakes of Gorbachev.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 206

A bit too many variables. Since we only know how it affects the rest of the system, we know it's massive and far, but not how massive and how far - a less massive object closer will have a similar effect to one more massive, farther. We can determine the plane, but not orbital radius.

If it was within the plane of ecliptic, that wouldn't hurt too badly because we'd be able to observe its entire orbital plane, being pretty much within it, or only very little off. We can observe it occluding stars and determine its orbital speed - and then the rest of orbital elements that way. But if it's waaaay up or down there, it's only a brief moment twice a year that we cross its orbital plane; way too little time and way too much of sky to search - despite being just a "narrow strip". Wherever else we are, we have way, way more sky to cover for a chance to spot it, because the narrow strip grows into an enormous disk.

Comment Re:Just curious... (Score 1) 206

Yeah, funny story that.

"We've calculated Neptune movement and orbit as such requires a ninth planet to exist, in orbit roughly this, position roughly this..."

"Hey, guys! You were right! We found it! Let's name it Pluto!"

"But... uh, we made a mistake in our calculations. Neptune's orbit really doesn't need a ninth planet actually..."

"But... we found it anyway?"

Comment Re:Indeed (Score 4, Interesting) 325

Sad but true.

Having all information lately pushed in the form of images and videos doesn't help - I still haven't found a reliable means of searching for that one video where someone said ...

I remember the internet back in the late 90s, when everyone had their own little corner of the net to publish the things they wanted to share with the world, and it was all in text. There was a lot of crap, sure, but you could find the stuff you wanted to. Now I get the feeling that looking up news from just last month is an exercise in futility as it gets buried in pointless results; that is, if there even is something to search for and it wasn't just a picture meme that will be forever lost.

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