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    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    we are all going to die.
    Read this at 6:44 a.m. - lol and getting odd stares from work colleagues.

    Laughed once at the statement, and then again at the author. Thanks, Wells - starting the day out right.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    Read this at 6:44 a.m. - lol and getting odd stares from work colleagues.

    Laughed once at the statement, and then again at the author. Thanks, Wells - starting the day out right.
    You're working at 6:44 AM? Sorry to hear it. Though I guess there was a time in my life when my work day started at 4 AM...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Reeve View Post
    You're working at 6:44 AM? Sorry to hear it. Though I guess there was a time in my life when my work day started at 4 AM...
    Yeah, by choice though. Nice and quiet atm.
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    Actually, Mr. Lennon, I CAN imagine a world with no hate, religion, war, or violence.
    I can also imagine attacking such a world, because they would never see it coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by igame View Post
    I am not sure on the signal bit and I think communication would be a big hurdle to overcome but as far as extreme acceleration/deceleration goes you don't really do that. The ship is stationary and warped in a bubble which is warping space around you. The kinetic energy of the ship itself is zero.
    1 less problem to deal with then, which is good! I should probably fully read an article in an OP before commenting on it The issue of communication may be overcome once quantum entanglement is fully figured out and implemented. I believe some short-range tests have already been successfully completed in that regard even.
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    Quote Originally Posted by igame View Post
    I am not sure on the signal bit and I think communication would be a big hurdle to overcome but as far as extreme acceleration/deceleration goes you don't really do that. The ship is stationary and warped in a bubble which is warping space around you. The kinetic energy of the ship itself is zero.
    OMG, the Professor was right! That crazy old bastard!

    Quote Originally Posted by Farnsworth
    The dark matter engines do not move the ship, but instead move the universe, allowing the ship to go faster than the speed of light.

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    We'd still need to master fusion in order to power this.... but fortunately some very smart people are making great strides on that front too. A fusion chamber will be competed in France within 2 years which should create a stable and self sustaining fusion reaction.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wells View Post
    I know right? The reference was perfect too.
    It doesn't matter who you parrot it from, it's still just more hysteria-inciting stuff.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ducklino View Post
    The problem is: the entire mainstream science is like a religion; dark matter is the best example of it.
    Maybe in the future, once the current science "priests" die; people will understand that we don't live in a gravity-ruled universe, but an electric universe.
    and the interesting possibility with that is ... instead of trying to 'push' our way through space ... we could use that knowledge to let the universe pull us through space; since electricity and magnetism are closely related.

    there are quite a few interesting theories out there, that step outside the current 'accepted' boundaries. It always takes people to do this, if we didn't have people like that in the past ... the moon would be cheese, the earth is flat, and everything goes around us, just like it appears from our limited perspective on the ground.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Verain View Post
    It doesn't matter who you parrot it from, it's still just more hysteria-inciting stuff.
    A joke isn't hysteria inciting. At least it isn't if you have any kind of sense of humor. It seemed pretty clear from the comment, and then from the follow ups to the comment that it was simply a joke, and not an effort to incite hysteria.
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    So, I wonder what happens when they run into rocks? Will the rock pass through the ship at 10c and drill a straw-hole through it or will the rock enter the bubble with relative speed to the ship as if the ship was standing still? Or perhaps the rock will pass through the ship so fast that the atoms won't have enough time to interact and it will be like nothing happened?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sophos1 View Post
    So, I wonder what happens when they run into rocks? Will the rock pass through the ship at 10c and drill a straw-hole through it or will the rock enter the bubble with relative speed to the ship as if the ship was standing still? Or perhaps the rock will pass through the ship so fast that the atoms won't have enough time to interact and it will be like nothing happened?
    this is something i have always wondered too. For instance, Voyager 1 & 2 have not hit anything and they are almost out side of our solar system. Is there some sort of sensor that adjusts is trajectory when there is something soon to be in it's path? Or is there really absolutely nothing but planets and satellites within our solar system? I figured there would have to be some asteroids or meteorites around somewhere? Have the voyagers just been that lucky?

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    Quote Originally Posted by m2geek View Post
    I'd go on a test flight even if it mean't a 50/50 chance of dying - Science needs Guinea pigs.. Plus it would be a huge achievement in my so far mundane pointless life
    I would gladly do the same. Think about it, you have the chance to test something that would change the history of the human race forever! sign me up even if there is a 99% chance of dying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Tuskcat View Post
    fraking velocities of up to 10c!
    Which, sadly, is still slow as fuck in the cosmic scale of things, would take about half a year just to get to the next nearest star to Earth at that speed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Netherspark View Post
    We'd still need to master fusion in order to power this.... but fortunately some very smart people are making great strides on that front too. A fusion chamber will be competed in France within 2 years which should create a stable and self sustaining fusion reaction.
    Is self-sustaining fusion what I think it means? Once it starts up, it continues without further additional energy.

    ---------- Post added 2012-09-19 at 08:40 PM ----------

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryme View Post
    Which, sadly, is still slow as fuck in the cosmic scale of things, would take about half a year just to get to the next nearest star to Earth at that speed.
    Better than 50,000 years though, right?
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    Actually, Mr. Lennon, I CAN imagine a world with no hate, religion, war, or violence.
    I can also imagine attacking such a world, because they would never see it coming.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    Better than 50,000 years though, right?
    Haha, indeed it is.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    Is self-sustaining fusion what I think it means? Once it starts up, it continues without further additional energy.
    I just read a Q&A session with some of the world's top fusion researchers, and they indicated that (at least in the case of tokamoks) that once you get the fusion reaction started, as long as you keep it fed, it's self-sustaining. "Feeding" it merely involves adding small amounts of fuel on a regular basis. Apparently, so long as it has fuel, it will continue to sustain the fusion reaction without additional energy being added.

    Of course, you're still spending a boatload of energy to contain said ball of plasma, but that's really where the issue lies: figuring out how to harvest sufficient quantities of the energy released to sustain the containment. Once that point is reached, any additional energy harvested is power output from a functioning fusion reactor...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Torq View Post
    I just read a Q&A session with some of the world's top fusion researchers, and they indicated that (at least in the case of tokamoks) that once you get the fusion reaction started, as long as you keep it fed, it's self-sustaining. "Feeding" it merely involves adding small amounts of fuel on a regular basis. Apparently, so long as it has fuel, it will continue to sustain the fusion reaction without additional energy being added.

    Of course, you're still spending a boatload of energy to contain said ball of plasma, but that's really where the issue lies: figuring out how to harvest sufficient quantities of the energy released to sustain the containment. Once that point is reached, any additional energy harvested is power output from a functioning fusion reactor...
    So they have the master plan, and the theoretical know-how - now it's really just an engineering function? Awesome.

    Could you link the Q&A session?
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    Actually, Mr. Lennon, I CAN imagine a world with no hate, religion, war, or violence.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cubby View Post
    So they have the master plan, and the theoretical know-how - now it's really just an engineering function? Awesome.

    Could you link the Q&A session?
    http://hardware.slashdot.org/story/1...your-questions

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