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Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 278

This is known already. Because, you know, physics.

Physics ain't done, son. Lots of stuff is deemed impossible before the next theoretical breakthrough.

When we have a fully-working model of the universe, then we can declare it impossible. Until then, avoid being too certain. The history is science is littered with fools who made certain declarations based on current, incomplete theory.

Based on what we know to date, FTL travel appears to be impossible.

Comment Re:"they'd be back if it happened again" (Score 1) 237

"The police told me they'd be back if it happened again." For what crime? Is it normal for police in Canada to threaten to invade an innocent couple's home for doing something legal?

Tor is a thorn in the side of despotic regimes. They will harass anybody who runs an exit node. Best case, they break down a door and find some pot in an ash tray, then lock this couple up for a few years. It's good for the police union, good for the prison industry, and good for the black ops programs funding their budget with drug smuggling.

Win-win-win (unless you're a subject of the regime).

Comment Re:Totally. (Score 1) 122

his country is full of extremely stupid, gullible, and ridiculously-overarmed people, and a small subset of whom probably thinks it would be a good thing to bring harm to the First Lady.

Meanwhile, Jefferson often complained about the never-ending parade of people who walked into his office at all hours of the day to complain.

But he didn't have a Department of Education. Or bombing campaigns in sixteen countries (the Barbary Pirates not withstanding).

Comment Re:With all due respect to Mr. Hawking and us... (Score 1) 278

There's no possibility that aliens capable of FTL would find us remotely interesting. Once you get to that technology, energy and resource problems either have been solved, or become very easily solvable.

And if they care at all about things like us, they already have had probes in our system for eons, by all averages. It would be absurd to think they can't build self-replicating probes at our level of technology plus a few hundred years as a minimum. Once you have that, if you care about the galaxy, you map it.

There's nothing we can tell them that they don't already know. They haven't destroyed us, so they won't.

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