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Actually, to build upon what c0ldfish said, I've wondered for years how most of this stuff even qualifies as "science." I was taught in school that science is defined by use of the scientific method, which involves formulating hypotheses, performing experiments, and making conclusions based on observable, reproducible, empirical results.

It seems like, if that's true, science can only be used to describe the universe at present. Anything that attempts to explain the past, or predict future "possibilities" may be valid, but as I understand it, it shouldn't be called "science." That's more like epistemology or futurism or some other clearly theoretical doctrine.
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FTL travel is a piece of cake. We've already figured it all out. I mean, all that's left to do is just... you know... bend space. That's the easy part, right? Right? Bueller?

Maybe if you push on space really hard? No, Jimmy, you're not pushing hard enough.
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I'm still amazed at how many people post grouch comments on the IE web site about that funeral thing. How could they all have not gotten that it was an April Fool's gag? Here we are in June and uninformed people are still bitter about a joke they didn't get. If you're going to be snarky about Improv Everywhere, be snarky about something legitimate, like how big and mainstream they've become, or how their pranks have gone from random and bizarre to heartwarming and touching. Or something.
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I hate these calls. Whenever I get one on my cell, I add the number to a contact so I can identify them when they call again. Of course, it's all wishful thinking as the numbers are spoofed and it's never coming from the same one twice. Now I have a very long list of phone numbers that aren't even real in the first place.

I'll be happy when these guys go away.
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Nice to see others coming out in favor of drug decriminalization. Usually I'm alone in my crazy libertarian beliefs but the comments here are encouraging. I don't even use drugs, but ending the drug war just makes good sense for innumerable social and economic reasons.
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If you must have a cord running across the floor for some reason, this seems like a good way to make it less of a trip hazard as it'll be more visible. But it also makes cables take up more space and (in my opinion) look uglier. I wonder if there are snap-on beads that don't require removing the plug to thread them? This would seem a lot safer to me if that were the case.
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Not to beat a dead horse, but do you guys get how BIG space is? Like Douglas Adams said, "you just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind-bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space." Something the size of a football field is insanely tiny in the enormity we're talking about. Seems like if you throw this stuff way the heck out there, I mean really far, so far away that the pieces will never even come remotely close to Earth when you blow it up, there really wouldn't be a problem at all. Sure beats sticking it in the ground for millennia. Am I just crazy?
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@mccrum: Good point about getting it into space. Not sure how that could be overcome except by breaking the lot into smaller payloads and taking them up with the shuttle.

But to address your concern about debris in low earth orbit, this is why I suggested setting the explosive timer to one year. Send the payload far away from earth, well outside of orbit. I'm no physicist but it seems like a decent answer for handling all space junk. If we're disposing of stuff up there, we need to get it as far away from Earth as possible, and then explode it (or incinerate it, or whatever) to reduce it to its smallest, most basic components so it'll cause as little trouble as possible for whoever/whatever finds it later on. Of course, the odds of it *ever* being found in the enormity of space are absurdly slim, but why not take the precaution?
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I applied to design shirts! Come to think of it, I could model too. I'm not ugly but I'm not Hugh Jackman, either. Catch me on a zit-free day after I've blow-dried my hair and I could be passable, maybe. ;-)
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