SV: Capacity of the brain
billtodd at foo.mv.com
Fri Oct 22 14:14:29 EST 1999
Erik Max Francis <max at alcyone.com> wrote in message
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> Ronnie Sahlberg wrote:
> > Who needs fancy stuff like that. FTL communications are much easier:
> > look at the heat-dissipation equations.
> > Heat travels infinitely fast, that's much much faster than light.
> > Using heat-dissipation for communications would allow intergalactic
> > communication systems with close to zero RTT.
> Uh, you're obviously not using the right equations.
> > Question; if the sun goes nova, it will take 8 minuteas for us to see
> > it.
> > Would anyone see the nova (even _very_ briefly) from earth?
> > or would we all 8 minute old fries by then...
> Well, the Sun won't go nova (or supernova for that matter), so unless
> you specify how you're obliterating the Sun, it's hard to answer. Even
> if the Sun were to go supernova (which it won't), people on the dark
> side of the Earth would survive long enough to realize they're in deep
Seems reasonable from the standpoint of heating, but how about radiation
(and particles, which one might assume are ejected from a super-nova at
something close to c)? Even with the diameter of the Earth for protection,
is there enough dust around us for back-scatter to do us in quickly? And
what if the moon is full (well, Larry Niven[?] may have covered that one)?
Just looking on the bright side...
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