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(Slate)   The NASA engineer who's discovered how to build a warp drive would totally love to explain how it works, but he can't. Trust him, though, he totally knows how to build one   (slate.com) divider line 18
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2013-08-26 10:25:39 AM  
3 votes:
He's only done this once before

/Must bring your own weapons, safety not guaranteed.
2013-08-26 08:55:32 AM  
3 votes:
I work at NASA so I'm really getting a kick out of your replies......

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2013-08-26 11:45:46 AM  
2 votes:
Unfortunately that NASA engineer is a total drunk.

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2013-08-26 09:07:19 AM  
2 votes:

minoridiot: I bet if you hit a rock at that speed you'll need to replace the whole windshield.


Well that's what you get for using a windshield when you should have had a rockshield.
2013-08-26 09:05:34 AM  
2 votes:

t3knomanser: RubberBabyBuggyBumpers: Nobody thought humans could fly in a heavier-than-air craft, either. The science of the day was very certain of this.

Not really. The very idea was absurd on its face- heavier-than-air-craft occur in nature. While none approach man-sized, it's very clear that it's little more than an engineering challenge. There was no physical limit that prevented heavier-than-air craft. It was a matter of understanding the principles of extant heavier-than-air craft (birds) and scaling them to human scales.

Nothing travels faster than light*. When we find an existing FTL particle, then we can start talking about scaling it up to human beings. As it stands now, there's no reason to even discuss FTL in a serious way. Further, since FTL also allows time travel, it raises the next question: why aren't we receiving signals from our future selves?

* Quantum entanglement arguably has an FTL component, but since we don't know of any mechanism for information exchange, I'd hesitate to say that anything actually goes faster than light. Since any communication over quantum effects still requires a causal, light-speed channel, you're still rate limited to the speed of light.


Too complicated.

"I'M STUPID AND DON'T UNDERSTAND HOW SCIENCE AND ENGINEERING WORK!!!! ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE BECAUSE STAR TREK!!!! WWWWAAAAAARGHGHGHHG!!!!!"

What is it with you Luddites this morning?

I've got my bugout bag ready for when warp drive totally becomes real. Will it be Boeing or Airbus that makes the first warp-capable space liner? Will they use GE or Rolls Royce or Pratt & Whitney warp turbines? Oh I'm so excited!!!!

But they'll still find a way to send your luggage to Alpha Centauri.
2013-08-26 09:00:44 AM  
2 votes:
I bet if you hit a rock at that speed you'll need to replace the whole windshield.
2013-08-26 03:33:38 PM  
1 votes:

Priapetic: He's only done this once before

/Must bring your own weapons, safety not guaranteed.


Hey, don't laugh, that guy made it!  Why he picked that time period to go back to, who knows.

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2013-08-26 01:33:34 PM  
1 votes:
Quantum Apostrophe:

"I WAS PROMISED STUFF BY SCI-FI AND IT'S LIKE TOTALLY GONNA HAPPEN BECAUSE WHEEEEEE! AND COMPUTERS GOT BETTER!!!!!"

"I AM AFRAID TO DIE BUT SOMEONE TOLD ME I WON'T HAVE TO BECASE WE CAN FIGURE OUT HOW TO STOP THE NATURAL AGING PROCESS BECAUSE ATOMS AND STUFF!  YAY!!!"
2013-08-26 11:16:15 AM  
1 votes:

The Irresponsible Captain: Well, the engines don't move the ship at all. The ship stays where it is and the engines move the universe around it. It's simple, really.

/Nothing's a complete load! Not if you can imagine it. That's what being a scientist is all about.


I'm not touching you! Not touching you! The universe is moving and you are touching me!
2013-08-26 09:27:33 AM  
1 votes:

t3knomanser: Any FTL device is also a time travel device, and vice versa.


Yeah, well post that before my original post, then.
2013-08-26 09:21:01 AM  
1 votes:

Any Pie Left: Quantum Thruster


Sweet sci-fi porn name.
2013-08-26 09:09:51 AM  
1 votes:
Guys, I've only got a few decades left for you to figure out this FTL stuff so I can set myself up as the ruler of an interstellar empire. Get to it.
2013-08-26 09:04:06 AM  
1 votes:

MayoSlather: But how would he generate that kind of power?


A bolt of lightning. But, unfortunately, you never know when or where they are going to strike.
2013-08-26 09:00:48 AM  
1 votes:
It came to him in a dream, and he forgot it in another dream.
2013-08-26 08:54:38 AM  
1 votes:

uttertosh: Stone Meadow: Has Technobevets weighed in on this yet? I can't form an opinion until I read his.

He's still 3d printing his opinion.


Something something waste of money something something what has NASA contributed something something problems here something something cure cancer.

Was that at least a reliable substitute till the real thing gets here?
2013-08-26 08:53:31 AM  
1 votes:
Nobody thought humans could fly in a heavier-than-air craft, either. The science of the day was very certain of this.
2013-08-26 08:49:31 AM  
1 votes:
Presumably, the only thing missing is dilithium crystals.  Well, that and an ample supply of antimatter.

//dtrtfa
2013-08-26 08:47:08 AM  
1 votes:
Has Technobevets weighed in on this yet? I can't form an opinion until I read his.
 
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