Vastari’s Tech Rants

The insane recommendations of a maniac.

Is Time Travel actually possible?

Interesting concept isn’t it? That it might actually be possible. And no, I’m not ranting here about my hopes. I’m saying it might actually happen.

First, a quick physics lesson. About gravity. Without getting too complicated, Gravity is not a simple pulling force. As a lot of people know, energy cannot spontaneously appear. So where does the energy powering the pulling froce of Gravity come from? Well, Einstein apparently solved that problem. Are you ready for this?

Gravity is the result of large masses messing with Space-time.

I really don’t understand this to be honest. Hell, I barely understand Simple Harmonic Motion. Anyway, what that basically means is for sufficiently strong gravitational pulls, light can be bent or time can actually be slowed down.

What does this have to do with time travel?

This is where the LHC comes in. It could, Aref’eva and Volovich believe, create wormholes and so allow some form of time travel. Each particle travelling through the LHC creates a kind of shock wave in space-time, a gravitational ripple that distorts the space and time around it. When two such waves are heading towards each other, the outcome could be spectacular. Under certain conditions, the colliding gravitational waves will rip a hole in space and time.

Ah. There we go. The LHC has been developed at CERN, and is the most powerful atom-smasher ever built. So basically when this thing is switched on, it’s believed it may actually rip a hole in the fabric of space time and allow some form of time travel. Now, if this works, why haven’t we had any visitors from the future yet? Well, the physicists say that the ability to travel to a certain time is only possible if the ability to travel through time exists in that time. Buh? So, up until we discover time travel, we can’t visit times before we discover it. Make sense?

This could (if they’re right) hold massive implications for us. Imagine what we could do! Of course, with this comes a far larger problem, and I don;t mean bad guys getting their grubby little hands all over the device…

Aref’eva and Volovich’s speculation about strange space-time effects began with the realization that the LHC might be powerful enough to make mini black holes. Two protons colliding with a combined energy of 14 TeV might create black holes 10-18 meters in diameter.

Does no one else see a problem with that, or am I the only one bothered with the whole being pulled into oblivion and having time go really slow. Also, a neat thing about a black hole and the way Gravity actually works (messing with Space-time) means that should you manage to be in the center of a black hole and be alive, no matter which way you turn-up, down, left, right, backwards or forwards-you’ll always turn to face the center of the black hole. Like a living nightmare. Of course…you’d be dead, so not so much a living nightmare.

You can read the whole article here:  http://tech.groups.yahoo.com/group/lvfuturists/message/2078

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February 14, 2008 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Creative Zen Vision:M

Well, I recently replaced my crappy MP3 with a new Creative. The Vision:M. I actually like it quite a lot. It’s got a handy, and easy to use interface, and plenty of space 30GB. Well, plenty for me anyway. Plus, as an added bonus I’ve never had before, it can play movies. I’ve already put Se7en onto it, and intend on putting Saving Private Ryan on as soon as I can.

So, plenty of space, movies, easy to use. Any downsides? Well, I haven’t come across any yet, but I suspect it won’t be long before something pops up. With my last Creative (the Zen V Plus) it lasted about 6 months before freezing and becoming generally unworkable. Nothing as good as theVision:M comes without a catch. Unless for once in my life, fate is kind to me and I actually get something that works perfectly. So far, no problems.

January 9, 2008 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Could We Live Forever?

Well, it looks like we could be heading towards having extremely long lives. Good news for me, as I fear death so much I’d rather live inside a computer….

Continue reading

December 1, 2007 Posted by | Technology, World News | Leave a comment

New way to make embryonic stem cells from skin

Well, this is great news. And somewhat technologically related. Anyway:

Scientists have found a way to turn skin cells into embryonic stem cells without the need to use an egg or destroy an embryo in the process.

If the breakthrough, achieved in mice, can be repeated using human tissue, it could make somatic cell nuclear transfer, or therapeutic cloning, unnecessary.

Embryonic stem cells that were perfectly matched to a patient could be created from a simple skin biopsy, avoiding any obvious ethical concerns. Like whether or not you are killing a human being.

Most impressive though: “In the most stringent test, the cells were used to create live mice.” Cloning!!!

Well, let’s hope we can figure out how to do it with human skin cells too. Think of the medical applications….Plus those guys are going to be disgustingly rich….Well I guess it does pay to work hard and be smart…

November 21, 2007 Posted by | Technology, World News | 1 Comment

The Future of Mankind

I just found this video which shows what scientists believe the Earth will be like in the year 2057. I wonder how much of it will come true…

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-7582986795752940587

October 14, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

The Time Fountain

I have just found the COOLEST invention ever. A way of controlling water drops in real time. I’m not joking either.

Click Here to see it. You can purchase it fully constructed for $200, or in parts to assemble yourself for cheaper. It really is cool, don’t ya think. Plus, this guy has a bunch of other inventions for sale, so take a look around and see what you like.

September 22, 2007 Posted by | Reviews, Technology | Leave a comment

Creative Zen VPlus problems

I’m having great difficulty with my Creative Zen VPlus. It served me well for a few months, but has lately started freezing. I can find no reason why it keeps freezing as it does, and continuous Re-Formatting and resetting does not seem to help.

So, until further notice, I have reverted back to the old, yet trusty, Rio Sports Player (which I highly recommend).

If anyone at all can help me, and hence make sure the Zen was not a waste of money, I’d be delighted to here from you.

September 9, 2007 Posted by | Technology | Leave a comment

Google Adsense sucks.

Well if any of you have visited my website, you’ll remember I was running google ads on it. Now however, those ads are gone. Why? I have absolutely no idea. Apparently I was generating clicks through an improper method with one of the given examples:

  1. Clicking my own ads
  2.  Telling people to click my ads
  3. Using some form of software to click my ads or give false impressions.

Now, I have done none of those things. Not a single one. Now I know Google also pays per impression with some ads, so the only logical conclusion I can come up with is that it was for the impressions that I got banned. Since I was looking at my own site. Hang on a sec….what the HELL! I can’t even look at my own site? How the f*** am I supposed to know if everything’s working! That makes no sense, so it can’t be that.

So since I did none of the other crap, and it couldn’t possibly be the other ludicrous idea, I can only assume google hates me for some reason. I’ve contacted them, but I doubt I’ll get a reply. So here’s my warning:

GOOGLE SUCKS FOR ADS! DON’T USE THEM!

September 7, 2007 Posted by | My Websites, Reviews, Technology | 3 Comments