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    • CommentAuthorScrymgeour
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2011
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    a pretty good discussiom of the above
    http://math.ucr.edu/home/baez/physics/Relativity/SpeedOfLight/FTL.html
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    • CommentAuthorStefanJ
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    Yeah, that figures:


    Share Traders More Reckless Than Psychopaths, Study Shows

    Particularly shocking for Noll was the fact that the bankers weren't aiming for higher winnings than their comparison group. Instead they were more interested in achieving a competitive advantage. Instead of taking a sober and businesslike approach to reaching the highest profit, "it was most important to the traders to get more than their opponents," Noll explained. "And they spent a lot of energy trying to damage their opponents."
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    @Scrymgeour - As far as I know, it has never been a widespread or mainstream theory that there were FTL particles or effects out there that we couldn't detect. Had that been the accepted theory, the CERN neutrino findings would not be so remarkable.

    A hypothetical FTL particle (the "tachyon") was sometimes brought up as an explanation for various things, but it's fallen by the wayside as we understand the effects of relativity better. It still sometimes crops up, but is not considered credible. As far as I know, nobody was looking for FTL particles - the team at CERN were investigating something else, and noticed the neutrino anomaly by accident.

    Finding an FTL particle would be quite a shakeup in physics. It's something I'd be extremely excited to see. But I'd also be fascinated to see an explanation of the CERN results that didn't require FTL, because I love to see science in action.

    Note that the article you linked to (which is a very nice reference) discounts all known attempts to travel or transmit FTL. It also specifically makes the point that saying "you can't travel faster than light" is not the same as it was to say "man will never travel faster than the speed of sound".

    But you are right to say that the state of science journalism is generally very poor.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    Here we are.

    Are you ready?
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      CommentAuthorGreasemonkey
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011 edited
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    The whole world's markets are going to crash. Most people have no inkling of the magnitude of the financial shitstorm that's upon us.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    No, but I'm pretty sure they are all sure that it wasn't their fault.
    • CommentAuthorRenThing
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    @Renthing: but can you choose the church of the flying spaghetti monster? Or the church of the subgenius?
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    @doc Ocassi

    I just felt a real shiver go down my spine.....
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    In 1944 South Carolina executed a 14-year-old boy

    Just a reminder that, no matter how bad things are right now, there is probably a point in time when they were worse.
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      CommentAuthorDoc Ocassi
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    The only way to really deal with this with the minimal amount of trouble for the majority of the people, is to break the tie between large financial institutions and government. I think it is already too late, this is going to be looked on as a time when democracy was utterly co-opted and failed to uphold even the most basic principles of protection of the people it was designed to represent.

    I just want to say to anyone out there who is a member of a political party. your input into these organizations is not helpful! I think you should seriously consider if a system, where you align yourself to a group that defines itself as opposition to another group, where both groups seem utterly unable to challenge this obvious problem will ever really do anything that will help people at this time.

    If you think that the above is an attack on your Ideology, be assured there is no ideology in party politics, the above is a truely non-partisan attack!
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011 edited
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    Capture
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    I really like how the interviewer lady in that video was like "That doesn't help the rest of us, does it?"
    Information? It's, like, knowledge, and stuff. It helps you navigate reality. Remember reality?
    • CommentAuthorjonah
    • CommentTimeSep 26th 2011
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    Old, but new to me....
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    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeSep 27th 2011
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    This is quite a long one, but well worth a read if you have a passing interest in videogames, social gaming, or just seeing how damned evil people can get...

    Who Killed Videogames? (A Ghost Story)
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      CommentAuthorcelan
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeSep 28th 2011
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    @johan FUCK, that is all.