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Comment Re:Two thoughts (Score 0) 73

Only seven episodes? Guess it was like "The Prisoner", where it establishes its premise and then wraps everything up.

I wonder if the series ended when the spaceship achieved a victory -- or peace -- with the Frogs. (See Star Trek VI...) Surely it's just a coincidence that "frogs" is also a derogatory slang word for French people...

Actually, it ended because it was too expensive to produce - especially the special effects. They are not great, but then it was 1966, and Orion showed a lot more space action than Star Trek, where the redshirts beam down to whatever stage setting was available from the latest western or mobster movie.

You'd blow your budget too if you had to land your spaceship on a new planet every week. The parking meter fees alone will drive you into bankruptcy.

Comment Works Better Since.... (Score 1) 429

that Scottish guy in a red t-shirt messed with it. He had a big case of these funky crystals that he was trying to fit into the target. All he drank was some smelly green rocket fuel. Promised to be back when we had some antimatter to play with.

Comment Don't Overthink The Plumbing (Score 1) 130

Kirk - "Scotty, do you have the coordinates?"

Scotty - "Aye Captain!"

Kirk - "Good. Transport them directly into the shuttle bay. Start with the Enterprise."

Spock - "Quite logical Captain!"

Scotty - "Does this make us supervillians Captain?"

Kirk - "We are just protecting them, Until NASA realizes they still need them"

*boop* *beep* *whirrrrrlllll*


Don't Forget: "Six Strikes" Starts This Weekend 298

Dr. Eggman writes "If you don't recall, then Broadband/DSL Reports is here to remind us that ISPs around the U.S. will begin adhering to the RIAA/MPAA-fueled 'Six Strikes' agreement on July 1st. Or is it July 12th? Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and Cablevision are all counted among the participants. They will each introduce 'mitigation measures' against suspected pirates, including: throttling down connection speeds and suspending Web access."

Comment Re:Heisenberg Uncertainty Compensator (Score 2) 414

Aaaaand the inner workings of Star Trek's Heisenberg Uncertainty Compensator is now discovered... it's just a mass of poorly connected wires and circuits! Next step - teleportation...

Scotty would be ashamed of this comment. Surely any Starfleet engineer worth his rating would know its not just the poorly connected wires. Its know which of the poorly connected wires needs to be connected to the phase transition coil and cross circuited to the the pattern buffer.

Its usually the green one.


Fine-Structure Constant Maybe Not So Constant 105

Kilrah_il writes "The fine-structure constant, a coupling constant characterizing the strength of the electromagnetic interaction, has been measured lately by scientists from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia and has been found to change slightly in light sent from quasars in galaxies as far back as 12 billion years ago. Although the results look promising, caution is advised: 'This would be sensational if it were real, but I'm still not completely convinced that it's not simply systematic errors' in the data, comments cosmologist Max Tegmark of MIT. Craig Hogan of the University of Chicago and the Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory in Batavia, Ill., acknowledges that 'it's a competent team and a thorough analysis.' But because the work has such profound implications for physics and requires such a high level of precision measurements, 'it needs more proof before we'll believe it.'"

Planned Nuclear Reactors Will Destroy Atomic Waste 344

separsons writes "A group of French scientists are developing a nuclear reactor that burns up actinides — highly radioactive uranium isotopes. They estimate that 'the volume of high-level nuclear waste produced by all of France’s 58 reactors over the past 40 years could fit in one Olympic-size swimming pool.' And they're not the only ones trying to eliminate atomic waste: Researchers at the University of Texas in Austin are working on a fusion-fission reactor. The reactor destroys waste by firing streams of neutrons at it, reducing atomic waste by up to 99 percent!"

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