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    SubjectRe: IDE freeze for seconds
    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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