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Time Travel 1191

Posted by michael
from the gladly-pay-you-tuesday-for-a-hamburger-today dept.
Almost Anonymous writes "Ronald Mallett, a physicist at the University of Connecticut, believes he knows how to build a time machine - an actual device that could send something or someone from the future to the past, or vice versa. He plans to have a working mockup this fall. For all those doubters, he assures people that "I'm not a nut"." Uh-huh.
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  • Hey Doc (Score:3, Funny)

    by superx22x (570546) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:35AM (#3297908)
    Where do you find the Plutonium, and the Flux copacitor.

    Also can you maybe make it out of, oh i dont know, a ferrari?
  • by naoursla (99850) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:35AM (#3297909) Homepage Journal
    It is interesting that he wants to focus light in ways to distort space time. The recent time machine movie alluded to just that technique. Maybe he will go into the future, see a bunch of canabalistic humans then try to come back to warn us but over-shoot the mark and end up talking to HG Wells.
  • by Silver222 (452093) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:40AM (#3297918)
    While Mallett acknowledges that sending a person through time may require more energy than physicists today know how to harness, he sees it merely as "an engineering problem."


    Oh, just an engineering problem. That's great. Maybe after Mallett perfects time travel, he can get to work on cold fusion and a perpetual motion machine.


    By the way, that reminds me of the Simpsons where Lisa builds a perpetual motion machine, and shows Homer. Homer gets mad and yells, "Lisa, in this house we obey the Laws of Thermodynamics!!"


    I guess this guy doesn't have a Homer to yell at him.

  • hey... (Score:4, Funny)

    by DanThe1Man (46872) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:41AM (#3297922)
    If he has a working model nexy fall, why dosn't he just send it back to our time so we have it now?
  • by cscx (541332) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:42AM (#3297933) Homepage
    Are available here. [delorean.com]
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:46AM (#3297957)
    This could be a first post!
  • by Anonymous Coward on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:49AM (#3297975)
    "Ha Ha Ha Ha Ha" (monotone computer-synthesized voice)

    - Stephen Hawking
  • by 0xB (568582) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:50AM (#3297981)

    Hasn't this story been posted before?
  • by nick_davison (217681) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:54AM (#3298005)
    >> While Mallett acknowledges that sending a person through time may require more energy than physicists today know how to harness, he sees it merely as "an engineering problem."

    > Oh, just an engineering problem. That's great. Maybe after Mallett perfects time travel, he can get to work on cold fusion and a perpetual motion machine.

    Actually, I solved cold fusion last Tuesday. Unfortunately it involves "more energy than physicists today know how to harness, [but it's] merely an engineering problem." So that's alright then. Where do I collect my Nobel Prize?
  • First Post! (Score:4, Funny)

    by Stealth Dave (189726) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:54AM (#3298006) Homepage
    Okay, maybe not right now, but when I get my hands on that time machine, I'll be able to make First Post on every Slashdot story ever posted! I will be l33t beyond imagination! Muwhahahaha!!!

    - Stealth Dave
  • Re:Haiku (Score:4, Funny)

    by 0xB (568582) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:56AM (#3298017)
    Don't you mean "Could send me forward to the first time you have sex"?
  • by DennyK (308810) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:56AM (#3298018)
    Heh...check out their Warehouse Tour... [delorean.com]

    Our new Houston facility is scheduled for completion later this year. These images depict how we are getting ready for that big move, so we can bring the our excellent service one step closer to you at our new facility in Houston.

    Followed by fourteen beautiful photographs of...um...boxes. And crushed boxes. And crates. And pallets. And assoted pipes and other oddments that might be identifiable if the pictures had been taken with something besides a $20 OfficeMax Special digital camera...

    Some employees have way too much time on their hands... ;)

    DennyK

  • by Herak (557381) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:58AM (#3298024)
    Alright guys...

    One of us has got to dress up like Ronald Mallett-- all out, with a mask and everything, plus a scorched labcoat and frizzy hair-- and show up at his doorstep.

    Slashdotter: Ron! Ron, it's me, your future self! You must listen to me!

    Ronald Mallett: Who... who are you? You look like me!

    /.er: Listen to me. DO NOT build the time travel device! You'll ruin everything! You must understand-- the fabric of spacetime will tear! The universe will be doomed!!

    RM: How do I know you're really me, and not a robot imposter from the future?

    etc.

    Better yet, we can send him an "aged" letter from himself postmarked April 6th, 1843. *evil grin*

  • Re:Hey Doc (Score:2, Funny)

    by BEI01 (567185) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:02AM (#3298042)
    Hellloooooo......McFly!!!!!!!!!!
  • by sinserve (455889) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:04AM (#3298052)
    Canibalism makes perfect sense. If the purpose of one's life is to
    pass on the better genes, then it makes sense if those with better genes
    are able to hunt/manipulate those inferrior ones.

    If it is all about passing genes, and continuing the survival of the fittest,
    then there is no need to distinguish lesser humans from other species.

    As we exhaust or natural food resources (assuming we can't somehow control our
    population through nukes or disease, or if we don't find other planets to host
    the exploding population.) then it is OK to eat weaker humans.

    As long as we abide by the rules of nature, and only consume each other, based
    on strnegth and intelligence (i.e. no bias, based on superficial criteria like
    religion or nationalism.)

    --
  • by keebler (182372) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:06AM (#3298059) Homepage
    They're called "canadians".
  • by minusthink (218231) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:09AM (#3298072)
    I don't think I've ever seen a post on slashdot with a reference to that line in the simpsons that wasn't +5.

    Speaking of the simpsons, remember when homer said "Lisa, in this house we obey the Laws of Thermodynamics!!"
  • by xX_sticky_Xx (526967) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:20AM (#3298112) Homepage Journal
    That the professor is a time traveller?
  • by sethbc (411688) <sethbc@gmail.com> on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:34AM (#3298159) Homepage
    exactly how in the hell was this article posted at 2:30 anyway?

    2:00am - 3:00am didn't happen today...

    maybe it was the time machine...
  • by Twilight1 (17879) <pda@procyon.com> on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:41AM (#3298179)
    Hey, I have one of these! Aparrently someone else built the thing and disguised it as my washing machine and dryer. I wonder if it was him... and if it was... why in the hell did he build it into a washer and dryer?

    Somewhere... out there... in a parallel universe... people get free socks out of thin air. Of course, these socks are always half of a pair. It's not possible to send both socks in a pair into one of these parallel universes. I'm not sure which law of physics this would falls under.

    I wonder... if I tied a string to a pair of socks... and one went into the parallel universe and the other remained in my dryer... where would the string lead to? Oh well... I'll leave the string theories to the experts. ;)

    -Twilight1
  • by brettb (64079) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @04:58AM (#3298215)
    If you are a time traveler or alien disguised as human and or
    have the technology to travel physically through time I need your
    help!

    My life has been severely tampered with and cursed!!
    I have suffered tremendously and am now dying!

    I need to be able to:

    Travel back in time.

    Rewind my life including my age back to 4.

    Be able to remember what I know now so that I can prevent my life
    from being tampered with again after I go back.

    I am in very great danger and need this immediately!

    I am aware that there are many types of time travel, and that
    humans do not do well through certain types.

    I need as close to temporal reversion as possible, as safely as
    possible. To be able to rewind the hands of time in such a way
    that the universe of now will cease to exist.
    I know that there are some very powerful people out there with
    alien or government equipment capable of doing just that.

    If you can help me I will pay for your teleport or trip down
    here, Along with hotel stay, food and all expenses. I will pay
    top dollar for the equipment. Proof must be provided.

    Please be advised that any temporal device
    that you may employ must account for X, Y, and Z coordinates as
    well as the temporal location.
    I have a time machine now, but it has limited abilitys and is
    useless without a vortex.
    If you can provide information on how to create vortex generator or
    where I can get some of the blue glowing moon crystals this would
    also be helpful.

    I am aware of two types of time travel one in physical form and
    the other in energy form where a snapshot of your brain is taken
    using either the dimensional warp or an electronic device and
    then sends your consciousness back through time to part with your
    younger self. Please explain how safe and what your method involves.

    Also if you are one of the very, very, few beings with the
    ability to edit the universe PLEASE REPLY!!!

    Only if you have this technology and can help me exactly as
    mentioned please send me a (SEPARATE) email to: IneedTimeTravel@aol.com

    Please do not reply if your an evil alien!
    Thanks

  • by Anthony Boyd (242971) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @05:22AM (#3298262) Homepage
    he wants to go back in time and warn his father, who died of cancer when he was 10, of the danger of cigarettes.

    My God. A 10 year-old died of cancer? From smoking cigarettes? And this 10 year-old fathered a son before dying? And that son is now trying to build a time machine? What the hell kind of genes are running in this family???

  • by quantaman (517394) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @05:25AM (#3298268)
    Why bother with that, just take all the +5 posts and use them as your own. You'll be the ultimate karma whore!
  • Dude... (Score:4, Funny)

    by Greyfox (87712) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @05:40AM (#3298308) Homepage Journal
    I wonder... if I tied a string to a pair of socks... and one went into the parallel universe and the other remained in my dryer... where would the string lead to?

    You have to promise me that you'll never do that. You could end up ripping a hole in the space/time continuum! Who knows what could happen! All the socks that ever disappeared could simultaneously materialize in your dryer! Can you imagine the devistation it would cause?

  • by Hektor_Troy (262592) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @06:07AM (#3298383)
    My God. A 10 year-old died of cancer? From smoking cigarettes? And this 10 year-old fathered a son before dying?

    "You obviously don't know Newfies" - Judi Dench as Agnis Hamm in "The Shipping News".
  • repeat. (Score:2, Funny)

    by thecaddy (307783) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @06:09AM (#3298394) Homepage
    unfortunately, this has been posted already [slashdot.org].

    Sorry to disappoint everyone.
  • by Scratch-O-Matic (245992) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @06:55AM (#3298489)
    There are many unspeakable horrors that await us if we begin to monkey with this technology; many bizarre paradoxes that we can't predict or even comprehend.

    For instance, what if we use a time machine to travel back to the 70's, then we return to the present day. Everything appears normal, but then we go to download some pr0n, and all we can find is cheesey 70's pr0n with bad soundtracks and mediocre women. AAaarrrrgggghhhhh!
  • by bkw (19412) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @07:45AM (#3298586)

    Travelling into the future is no big deal, only technical. theoretically just jump to near light speed a short while, jump back and thousend years will have passed on earth.

    However travelling into the past _is_ a big deal, as it questions a lot of physical fundamentals.

    Easy: You move back in time by moving *SLOWER* than light. Just sit there and wait.. ;)
  • I like the parallel universes explanation mself, but it doesn't solve this. So we won't see any time travelers, fine. Where the hell are all the extra-dimensional sliders coming here for a tour of Bizarro-Earth? "Look folks, on your right, we have the earth where Dubya actually beame president of the united states! As you can see, even the weirdest, most retarded things can happen here..."
  • I can definitely prove without a doubt, that in 2009, time travel was perfected. So, remembering the slashdot article that inspired me, I decided to come back and let you guys know, so that we could end this silly debate.

    Bonus: Intel is going to announce something new on April 15th that will totally kick ass. Look for the share price to jump $50 in the following 2 months.

    Note to the SEC: This is a joke, so don't you dare try to prosecute, you asswads.
  • by Servo5678 (468237) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @10:27AM (#3298907)
    This isn't so far out. I just time travelled this morning somehow. I woke up and somehow during the night I skipped over an hour.

  • by LennyDotCom (26658) <Lenny@lenny.com> on Sunday April 07, 2002 @11:02AM (#3298981) Homepage Journal
    I think this guy should attempt to send me the powerball numbers from the future and I will determine if his time machine works.

  • by stiefvater (101844) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @12:30PM (#3299262) Homepage
    after myst came out, i loved it, and wanted to work for cyan on riven. O OO oh course EVERYONE wanted to work for cyan on riven. OOO OOO so i wrote them a letter, on a clay tablet, O OO O explaining that they needed to hire me, so that OOOOO we could discover time travel, so that they OOOO OO could come back in time and save me where i'd OOOOOOOO been stranded by my broken time machine. OOOOO OO OOOOOOOO i got the job anyway. OOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOO K.
  • by theSprocket (549646) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @03:05PM (#3299858)
    Well my young friend I hate to lay a big downer on you but when you take your "required courses in Physics" you will not see enough of this type of material to prove or disprove anything like this. Assuming that you are heading toward a degree in engineering, you are after all reading and posting on SlashDot, you will have to take probably two semesters of introductory, "classic", physics.

    Your first year will pound into your head lots of basic F=ma type stuff, and plenty of acceleration is the first derivative of velocity and velocity is the first derivative of position blah blah blah. By they time you finish this semester you will be so tired of figuring out where and when a ball will hit the earth, given that it was thrown at a certain angle and at a certain initial velocity, of course we are neglecting friction due to air.

    Your second and last required semester will turn to electricity and magnetism, here let me sum up that semester for you: Electrical fields and Magnetic fields always co-exist orthogonaly.

    If you go on to get a minor in physics, as I did, you basically spend a semester or two learning the heavy duty math needed to do heavy duty physics problems yet not taught over in the math dept. Then, you effectually repeat the first semester but no longer neglecting friction. Almost all the problems are impossible to actually solve and you really learn how to accurately estimate solutions, except of course for the really easy ones, which are solvable using coupled differential equations.

    Finally, you get to take your upper level electives, one or two may be introductions to quantum physics. I say introductions because all the real juicy stuff is at the PhD level.

    At this point none of your questions about time travel will be answered, but you will realize that you need to get you a55 over to your department and finish the degree that will be your bread winner and all your background in physics will do is allow you to do is write a lame post like this on an internet discussion, kind of sad, isn't it?
  • Re:hey... (Score:2, Funny)

    by Paradise Pete (33184) on Sunday April 07, 2002 @06:54PM (#3300811) Journal
    So basically I've had sex with every super model that exist and even the ones that don't.

    The universe may be infinite, but it's not that big.

  • by IronChef (164482) on Monday April 08, 2002 @05:01AM (#3302190) Homepage
    Maybe we'll finally get to learn what REALLY happens when matter materializes INSIDE OTHER MATTER.

    Personally, I believe that the matter is displaced towards the nearest empty area while taking 3d6 damage, but my proof is insufficiently rigorous to post yet.

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