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by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Nov 21, 2012 11:37 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2289
Views: 658658

Nice idea though - keep at it! Would make a good short story in a magazine.
by CaptainBeowulf
Wed Nov 21, 2012 10:48 pm
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2289
Views: 658658

You know, one thing I liked about the old dial-up Internet days of the 90s was that people who used programs to create bloated, ridiculous websites were frequently mocked. There was a certain skill in writing concise html code that resulted in a nice looking webpage but loaded quickly. It is, of cou...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Nov 01, 2012 2:47 am
Forum: General
Topic: Infrastructure Reforms
Replies: 299
Views: 26270

On top of all the economic failings of rail as an ideal transport system, consider the complications caused by pressing for especially "high speed" rail. HSR can't function inside a city. It's only safe through relatively rural areas. It requires very large tracts of land to be appropriated through...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Oct 11, 2012 8:18 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Special relativity beyond the speed of light
Replies: 5
Views: 2903

Interesting, although there's not too much that can really be gleaned from the article and the abstract. I wonder, though, if this might in some way support Woodward's theory: ie. if his approach to Mach Effect is correct and can be used to accelerate objects beyond the speed of light, this theory p...
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Oct 11, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mars rover Curiosity detects bright object
Replies: 23
Views: 8428

Suggestion now seems to be that it is a piece of plastic that fell off the rover itself:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/technology/story ... rover.html
by CaptainBeowulf
Thu Sep 27, 2012 9:16 am
Forum: News
Topic: SpaceX News
Replies: 2289
Views: 658658

Some good lines in there, like: "GS: I don't have any intention of putting anyone -- well, I don't have any intention of putting Astrotech out of business." And: "AWST: Why the octagonal arrangement on the engines on the upgrade? GS: As opposed to the tic-tac-toe? You actually want the engines aroun...
by CaptainBeowulf
Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:35 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Mach Effect progress
Replies: 2691
Views: 853543

Quite so. 6 years to somewhere like Kepler 22b is quite acceptable if the ship takes a wormhole with it and everything that arrives after 6 years is basically instantaneous. Is there some sort of reason why you can't carry a wormhole inside a warp bubble? Is there too much bending/stretching of spac...
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Aug 25, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: News
Topic: Neil Amstrong has passed on.
Replies: 16
Views: 5270

Yes, too bad he didn't get to see a more robust space program, but he'll remain an inspiration... and be remembered when we finally do get back there, and to other planets.
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Aug 25, 2012 3:33 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are UFO's Advanced Science craft?
Replies: 86
Views: 9082

Sorry, I might have been thinking of MSimon quoting Yoda about fear there. Though, he might have quoted FDR sometime as well. All the same general point about fear being pointless...
by CaptainBeowulf
Sat Aug 25, 2012 5:46 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are UFO's Advanced Science craft?
Replies: 86
Views: 9082

Well, the primary reason is part of being human: curiosity. If we entertain the possibility, no matter how remote, that other beings are visiting us, it's part of our nature to ask why. If you want to put effort into arguing that we are being visited, are you not interested in the slightest bit why?...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 24, 2012 7:43 pm
Forum: General
Topic: Are UFO's Advanced Science craft?
Replies: 86
Views: 9082

GIThruster, We were trying to postulate self-consistent, logical reasons why aliens would be showing up here, and why they would behave the way they do assuming that UFO sightings have been reported accurately and that the UFOs are indeed aliens. However, it is a series of jumps to speculate that ME...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 24, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are UFO's Advanced Science craft?
Replies: 86
Views: 9082

Yeah, actually I suspect you could find a few shed skin cells almost anywhere people have gone. Doorknobs, benches, sometimes you might even drop a skin cell on the ground as you walk along a trail. Perhaps thrown-away coffee cups on a trail or road, or a trash can along a trail, or perhaps there's ...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:50 am
Forum: General
Topic: Are UFO's Advanced Science craft?
Replies: 86
Views: 9082

No, acquiring biological samples wouldn't require interactions with any more than one person, maybe five to ten if you want some variety. I've never suggested that any alien abduction accounts are credible or unexplainable. I haven't seen any which I find to be overwhelmingly compelling. However, to...
by CaptainBeowulf
Fri Aug 24, 2012 1:31 am
Forum: General
Topic: A.I.s, singularity, brain transfer... your thoughts?
Replies: 22
Views: 7327

Singularity theory = possible, but not certain. Elements of a singularity seem to be appearing. Open source group designing an open source machine that can print solar cells? Sounds like a primitive forerunner of a "cornucopia machine." There are already oddballs wandering around with primitive cybe...