Allen Thomson

Allen Thomson

  • Commented on So you think you can be a reality TV producer
    FTL causality violation (aka temporal ordering) Perhaps it would be better to rephrase the usual "Relativity, Causality, FTL -- pick two" as "Special relativity, Temporal ordering, FTL -- pick two". The question of whether temporal ordering is the same as...
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    I'm not certain that this couldn't lead to other consequences like violating conservation of momentum or something like that. I feel for erturs, as erts is fighting an uphill battle here. However, as for conservation of stuff, the cases in...
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    I don't remember the whole "FTL is incompatible with causality" thing when I was growing up. Did writers just not consider it, was it just not discussed until fairly recently, or did I just miss it somehow? The problem must...
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    Locusts can't be too far off. You mean like this? https://www.nbcnews.com/news/world/most-devastating-plague-locusts-recent-history-could-come-within-weeks-n1133171...
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    Yes, the NYT article I cited does say, Oops, no, it was the Washington Post....
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    Ahem: except for Concorde (and, possibly, the Tu-144). Yes, the NYT article I cited does say, Supersonic commercial aircraft, specifically the British Airways Concorde, have crossed the Atlantic in much less time; its record still stands at 2 hours 53...
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    AA canceled many of their flights to London that were to arrive Sunday am. Other airlines diverted to places like Frankfort. Which is not exactly where the people wanted to go. I can see how finding oneself in Kentucky rather...
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    wind too, thanks to the current storm sweeping across Europe Yes, I just checked and wind is currently the largest contributor to the UK grid. And that's not all the storm is doing: https://www.washingtonpost.com/weather/2020/02/09/british-air-record-flight-speed-atlantic Four hours and 56 minutes. That’s...
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    Speaking of political bridges: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crimean_Bridge...
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    Does the AWD proposal get around the “Relativity, Causality, or FTL. Pick Any two” Problem? The problem, to the extent it exists, arises from the Minkowski geometry of spacetime implied by the special theory of relativity and does not depend...
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    You're correct, in that AFAIK no one's flown an SSTO to orbit For Earth orbit that's pretty much right, though Project SCORE came close. But the Apollo ascent stages did it for the moon and some Mars sample return proposals...
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    if your ship systems can shrug off the impact from a 1 kg object at interstellar velocities If interstellar velocity means 0.1c, then that 1 kg object delivers 108.3 kilotons TNT equivalent. (That's relativistic kinetic energy which, at 30,000 km/s,...
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    The problem, as I understand it, is the people who live there [Gibraltar] now don't want to be part of Spain. Yeah, that was established a while ago in a referendum. But it appears that the people who live there...
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    Wasn't it around that time that the first proposals to build what eventually became the Large Hadron Collider were floated? I vaguely remember opponents suggesting it could possibly create a tiny singularity black-hole that would then get loose & eat...
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    I'm starting to have issues with this. For one, whether or not they have FTL, they *WILL* survey, very carefully... assuming that a probe (or more than one) has been sent to the system first, and heavily surveyed, to show...
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    For example, there was some ass who occasionally would lead protests at the gates of the KSC when there was going to be a probe to the outer planets that used RTG for power. Perhaps you speak of http://www.space4peace.org/contact.htm Like...
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    The idea of a whole world being turned into a planet-mass black hole is one of the most terrifying ideas I have read. Wait until you read about triggering the collapse of the false(*) vacuum. That's terrifying. (*) Besides being...
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    On Gibraltar and Spain: https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/01/brexit-trade-talks-eu-to-back-spain-over-gibraltar-claims The EU will back Spain over its territorial claims to Gibraltar in the next phase of Brexit negotiations by giving Madrid the power to exclude the British overseas territory from any trade deal struck with...
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    If the current inhabitants of Gibraltar want this to happen, then I agree 100%. If they want to stay part of the Brexit Utopia Project, then they should be allowed to stay. Yes, if I understand it aright, which is...
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    That's per person [energy] consumption In the EU/US and other higher consumption places, that seems to be, on the average and over the long run, about 1 kWe/person, no?...
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    Yes, the RAF could in principle do a Berlin airlift to keep Gibraltar fed Er, why not sealift? Looking at the map, Gibraltar seems pretty accessible from the water unless Spain wanted to escalate things beyond the point they'd probably...
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    I'm also assuming we've done a decent enough survey before landing Any number of scenarios can be made up, of course. But ISTM that a civilization/technology that could send live humans (or canned embryos or people-replicators etc) across interstellar space...
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    Set up as the ultimate off-shore banking & business hub, of course. https://getyarn.io/yarn-clip/51e95b01-39ac-48b1-a201-b4004029ebb8...
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    What are the weapons for? Police force? Granted that the US model of high-firepower cops is way overdone, you could nonetheless expect that criminal elements would eventually come up with significant weaponry. Edged weapons, bows and arrows, crossbows and such....
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    headlamps like a Petzl Off topic, but I discovered headlamps of the modern LED variety(*)(**) a few years ago and am totally won over by them. Adjustable brightness white and night-vision red are standard in most brands. And SOS in...
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    I tend to think, these days, that renewables are winning in all but a few edge cases They're certainly coming along. Checking the estimable https://www.gridwatch.templar.co.uk/ , it shows that of the UK's current draw of 41.64 GW, CCGT contributes 32.59%,...
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    About nuclear power and the UK: https://www.bbc.com/news/business-51233444 Manufacturer Rolls-Royce has told the BBC's Today programme that it plans to install and operate factory-built power stations by 2029. [snip] Rolls-Royce is leading a consortium to build small modular reactors (SMRs) and...
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    Should have googled first. https://www.theguardian.com/politics/2020/feb/01/brexit-trade-talks-eu-to-back-spain-over-gibraltar-claims...
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    Re Scots exit and opinions and information, any o&i about Gibraltar? The 30k+ residents there seem to be really, really unhappy about Brexit. Anything they can do about it?...
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    Of course, this is all acceptable because they are merely "joking" For quite a while the "only joking" thing has been a favorite dodge for right-wingers when you call them out on something Limbaugh or similar said. Apparently the...
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