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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 17th 2020
     
    They lack the alliterative element.
    • CommentAuthorkorkskrew
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2020
     
    But oddly, I still want one.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2020
     
    What would you do with a unicorn wearing an antimatter tutu?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 19th 2020
     
    The same as you but with more vigour.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    Meh
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    Why don't they put one in a low cost satellite?
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    The difficulty is finding an appropriate "they".
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    NASA?
    • CommentAuthorloreman
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    “The DARPA NLM program is currently funded until May 2021”.

    Phew! Just as well they got that result in before their funding ended, isn’t it?
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd 2020
     
    Illuminated funding. ;)
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2020 edited
     
    which is 2 to 4 times closer


    This "integer times less" construction always puzzles me. What is that in numbers?
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      CommentAuthorTrim
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2020 edited
     
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2020
     
    Posted By: Angus
    which is 2 to 4 times closer


    This "integer times less" construction always puzzles me. What is that in numbers?


    It's been a burr under my saddle for a long time--and even extends to silly constructions such as "30,000 times less".

    I suppose that people today don't understand fractions.
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    Twice as close is half as far. 30,000 times less is 1/30,000 as much.
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      CommentAuthorAngus
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2020
     
    I can buy that twice as close is half as far. My mind rebels at twice less half as much.
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    Similar games are played with percentages
    • CommentAuthorAsterix
    • CommentTimeSep 24th 2020
     
    I'm with you 110% on that.
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      CommentAuthorgoatcheez
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2020
     
    McCulloch explains the Machian concept of inerita, lack of dark matter and the EM drive with quantum inertia:

    https://youtu.be/341Yk4k51uY

    The first half hour is the presentation and the last is a Q&A session. Worth a look.
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      CommentAuthoraber0der
    • CommentTimeSep 25th 2020
     
    EM drive development would be a great opportunity for Jeff Bezos to redistribute some capital...