Re: IDE freeze for seconds

Brendan Cully (
Fri, 4 Dec 1998 20:11:46 -0500

On Thursday, 03 December 1998 at 08:43, Helge Hafting wrote:
> Roeland Th. Jans wrote:
> > On Wed, Dec 02, 1998 at 03:25:24PM -0000, Simon Kenyon wrote:
> > > On 02-Dec-98 Alex Buell wrote:
> > > > What is the first thing that ceases when you spin down a planet? That's
> > > > right, gravity. Everything not tied down would just fly out into space,
> > > > and that includes the atmosphere. Simple.
> > >
> > > i don't see a smiley, but i have to assume that that was a little joke! right?
> >
> > well, the problem is that... it's true. so don't use ower management on the
> > earth spin...
> Where do people get such crazy ideas?
> Earth's gravity has nothing to do with spin, but mass. The mass creates
> the gravity. The spin creates a centrifugal force that's opposed
> to gravity, it weakens the effect of gravity slightly.
> Stopping the spin wouldn't mess up gravity at all. There would
> be other unpleasant effects like making a day half a year long,
> turning one side of the planet into desert and freezing the other.

Really? I thought if spin were stopped then days would be eternal on one side of the planet
and nights on the other... I guess it depends on whether your frame of reference is the
Sun or some grid arbitrarily laid out on the solar system.

Brendan Cully
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