Matthew and alainprice make most of the case for you. Here's a minor quibble, that doesn't change the important part of what they've told you.
Originally posted by alainprice
@Nov 29 2004, 03:03 PM
Imagine a ship 10 miles long ... and it took a mere billionth of a second to send a signal from the front to the back.
Light travels about one foot per nanosecond [billionth of a second], If you were using optical signals [not the slower electronic variety], it would take about 53 microseconds for signals to go from one end of the ship to the other [in the frame of the ship].
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