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  1. On 3/28/2019 at 4:36 PM, Pariah said:

    xkcd does it again....



    We know it will only be a mater of time before someone will latch onto this claim to proof something. Like how the Settlers had to bring Corn Meal, and thus any regulation of wich additives can be in conrmeal is anti-american.


    14 hours ago, Old Man said:



    6 hours ago, Lord Liaden said:

    Deliberate propaganda by Erik the Red, misnaming Greenland to attract settlers to it. Iceland's naming is more complicated.

    Iceland was icy, comapred to the Norwegian Homelands.

    Greenland was just a real estate scam.



  2. 23 hours ago, Major Tom 2009 said:

    Here's a new supervillain pic -- one that should tell any aquatic superheroes that it's not safe to go back in the water...





    (Let's see Jason Statham try to deal with this bad boy [:eg:]…)


    Major Tom 2009 ?

    Oh, when the shark bites...

    If you think that is scary, you should think about how many monsters are outside the water!

  3. 19 hours ago, Cassandra said:

    If you have J.J. Abrams make DC Movies you know what you'll get.  Lens Flares!

    He got most of them out of his System with the first Star Trek Film.


    16 hours ago, Ternaugh said:

    Boy, that Kathleen Kennedy just wrecks everything that she touches!

    I did find the early Indiana Jones movies, ET, Gremlins Franchise, Back to the Future Francise, Hook and a host of other early films of her pretty good.

    Maybe it went downhill with 2000? But I do not know enough 2000's movies to clearly say it.


    15 hours ago, Cassandra said:

    The DC Extended Universe did something no one in the World thought would happen.  They made Aquaman the most popular male character in the movie series.


    At least until Shazam!

    To be fair, Aquaman being unfavored was really just a Superfriends aberation. Even his Justice League and JLU Cartoon appereances could not really wipe off that stain.


    But then there were plenty of Characters in that show that were just goofy. I mean how threathening can you make Joker, Darkseid or Braniac in a Saturday Morning Cartoon? So if anything, Aquaman was unfairly singeled out here as an example for the whole Show.

  4. 7 hours ago, archer said:


    I can understand to some extent stealing from doctors, who are wealthy compared to the general population, and stealing medicines for themselves or for resale.


    I have a real problem wrapping my head around shooting undefended doctors and burning down medical facilities which might be otherwise be resupplied with valuable medicines. That just doesn't work well within my personal worldview. 

    Apparently there are some conspiracy theories that Ebola/HIV/other common outbreak was caused by the white people/westerners/generic conspiracy.

    Based on that broken asumption, those Treatment centers could appear as being the cause of the outbreaks.


    The usual stuff that happens if we allow Conspiracy Theories to become mainstream.


    6 hours ago, Toxxus said:

    I found the murder of Kulak farmers and the subsequent starvation of millions to be a great example of why socialism and communism should be avoided like the plague.

    First you said the cause was a "us vs them" menatlity.

    Now you say it is "Socialism"*


    *For me they were at tops Dictatorships calling themself socialist. You know, the usual bleep all Opressive Regimes claim to justify being opressive monsters. For me even calling them socialist would mean I fell for their Propaganda.

  5. On 3/25/2019 at 5:39 PM, Scott Ruggels said:

    I can not really read the answer out of the text, so I thought I ask:
    Does that mean Qunatum Tunneling follows the Lightspeed limit or not?


    On 3/25/2019 at 5:39 PM, Scott Ruggels said:

    That effect does not require Magnetic Senses nessesarily. One of the first rules about Magnetism and Electricity is:
    "Where there is electricity, there is magnetism.

    Where there is magnetism, there is electricity."


    External Magnetic fields are the primary source of Noise in Electronics. Now our brain is at least somewhat electro-chemical. So it will experience that kind of noise.

    Our brain is also pretty good at filtering out unintersting stuff. It does so on most of our seneses 24/7. So it would propably adapt to counter the Magnetic Field noise. And having literal milennia to adapt to it, it might even shift the Adaptation pre-emptively when we move our head.

    Such a adaptation does not require a Magnetic Sense. If turning the head left means +0.5% noise on the left and -0.5% noise on the right side, it could just work with that.

  6. On 3/8/2019 at 4:18 PM, Christopher R Taylor said:

    Aquaman didn't really interest me but I have read it was pretty entertaining if dumb (kinda like Guardians of the Galaxy).  Really I don't want Dostoevsky when I go see a Superhero film, just to have fun and come out happy.

    Comparing it to Guardians, I found the story at least 20% more complex and layered. I mean how many Stories have the Hero solve a riddle via knowledge?


    I guess there are some elements that are similar (with Atlanteans being uninformed about Surface Culture), but that is just normal "Fish out of Water" storytelling (pun totally intended).


    15 hours ago, Christopher R Taylor said:

    OK this panel includes details on what Zach Snyder wanted to do with Justice League and... well, let's just say he saw the previous films he'd done and thought "wow, those are too upbeat"



    See, Darkseid kills Lois Lane

    Superman goes berserk and evil

    Darkseid takes over the world 

    The heroes have to go back in time to alter history to prevent that from happening


    This is the kind of story you do ten years down the road once you have an audience and built the universe up, it not what you smash fans in the face with two movies in, particularly having already really annoyed them.

    So a Nod to the Storyline of Injustice or the Justice Lords, just using Timetravel rather then alternate Dimension Travel to fix it?

    Those were some pretty good storylines. Also a bit dark, but that just goes with the Thematic.

  7. The EU finally finished their "DIRECTIVE OF THE EUROPEAN PARLIAMENT AND OF THE COUNCIL on copyright in the Digital Single Market".

    People might have heard most about it from the term "Artikle 13" (wich is now 17 in the Final Version)

    And as I am still reading and hearing a ton of BS on the mater and I actually had a hard time finding the actuall thing (too many overlinked news Articles), here is a link to thge PDF version:

    But anything before Page 23 is just forewords and some stuff on how in interacts with existing Laws and other Directives.


    And just to make sone things clear I hear most often (all of this is asuming no huge mistakes in the Implementation by any local government):

    - It does not call for "Uploadfilters". Big Organisations like Facebook and Google threathened to implement it via Upload filters only. Rather then finally getting Licensing agreements or hiring enough staff for this job. Both of wich are long overdue

    - Wikipedia was never affected to begin with. They already deal with all the Licensing Stuff anyway. If someone felt their work was published under Creative Commons in violation of their rights, they could already asked for it to be taken down. It also falls under the "Education", "Cultural Heritage" and "Non-Profit" provisions. They are so excluded, I have no idea why wikipedia demonstrated against it.

  8. On 3/23/2019 at 10:23 AM, archer said:

    I think Automatic Emergency Force Fields could be a useful supplement to doors because you never know when or where a hole might be blown into your ship: stopping people from flying out into space could be useful (not to mention being able to pressurize that interior portion of the ship while making repairs). But high tech should never be a complete replacement for basic safety.

    Each of the doors does seem to act like a Bulkhead. The force fields meerely supplement them to keep the whole area pressurized.


    Let us take this scene from Nemesis, where data jumps out of the ship.

    The corridor itself has 3 kinds of exits:
    - space, currently block by a emergency forcefield

    - the various side doors to seperate rooms

    - bulkhead doors leading to and from the corridor to other corridors (and stuff like Turpolifts).


    The Corridor is still fully presurized. So if anything in the corridor or the adjacent rooms needs repair, a technician can go there without needing to grab a space suit. The hallway is still walkable, that alone is a huge advantage.

    If the force field emitters should fail, there are plenty of other emitters that can react. Since there is already a force field active with power flowing the direction, those other emiters are propably on "high alert".

    If the forcefields should completely fail, only this corridor will be depresurized. The rest of the ship is still quite fine.

  9. 2 minutes ago, Zeropoint said:

    Thereby making it worse: steel bulkheads don't go away when the power fails.

    If power fails, Gravity and Life Support will fail. And each door seems to be de-facto a bulkhead.


    Meanwhile Forcefields can patch just about any hullbreach on the outside, not loosing that much internal space.

    In Discovery they had a hull breach on the bridge. One guy got blown into space before it sprung to live. Then the bridge was fully functional. 0 loss of internal space.

    Even when the ship was drifting to it's doom without engine power, the Forcefield held.

    Emergency Forcefield also do not weight anything.


    They still use Bulkheads, btw. You can see them here in TNG and the movies to TOS.


    2 minutes ago, Zeropoint said:

    I'd also keep as many of the airtight doors shut at all times as I could get away with, to be opened only when someone is passing through and then closed immediately.

    Ideally you want that to happen Automatically. Maybe with a certain sound effect...

  10. 29 minutes ago, Lucius said:

    I think the real reason the Nigerian atrocities are getting less play than the New Zealand massacre has to do with the fact that one is in Africa, and the other is in a first-world Western nation we don't expect to be plagued with such violence. In Nigeria, violence is expected, thus, not "news."

    "Crimewave in Gotham.

    In other news: Water is wet!"


    4 hours ago, Toxxus said:

    This is only true if it fits the narrative.


    Christians in Nigeria are getting annihilated by Muslim extremists, but that's not something the mainstream news in America wants to cover.


    Both are horrifying atrocities, but only one of them is getting coverage.

    Claim: This Photo Shows Muslims in Leipzig, Germany.


    Use case: "Proof for Islamisation!"

    Reality: Orthodox Christians. Eritrea (Africa). They are comming from Church. Just had a Baptism.


    So yeah, the people that feel like highlighting that literally can not tell a Muslim and Christian appart, if he is from Africa.

    And they would not give a rodents behind for those christians, unless it was for justifying their hate for Muslims.

  11. 10 hours ago, Pattern Ghost said:

    So, someone thought it would be a good idea to have one AI train another AI to replace us. They even made a guessing "game." 


    A random article about the project:




    Direct link to the guessing "game" (i.e., help train your replacements):




    Here's a more detailed explanation of the tech from https://thispersondoesnotexist.com/

    Oh, so they finally Graduated from Cat Pictures?

  12. 5 hours ago, slikmar said:

    Or, you can get out and taunt it and show Darwinism at work: https://abcnews.go.com/GMA/News/video/man-car-taunt-bison-yellowstone-57008452

    Sorry, not sure how to embed the video.

    I have a rule:
    Never get into a conflict with something that weights more then twice of me.


    Bisons, cars, Trains - all of those I show a high amount of respect. Because they would feel a colission a lot less then me :)

  13. 19 hours ago, archer said:

    Okay, let's try this one on for size




    I feel like she is listening to the world and that gives me an idea based on a game: Melodies escape.


    The Melodie Family had a story similar to the Alan Familiy: One superpower being passed down or appearing across generations.

    In their case it is a "harmonic induced hyper flowstate". In laymen terms, they are able capable of peakhuman feats of agility and strenght - but only while listening to music. The partial need for a technological focus was always a bit of an issues for these heroes, but it seemed like technological progress might eliminate it for the current generation.

    When it turned out the newest member of the Family was deaf, the family was between distraught (about the disability) and releived (that she would not dos something as dangerous as superheroing). Except the deafness might have been a tradeoff for her other superpower: Electromancy. The ability to manipualte and semse EM fields.


    Airwave does not need ears to hear music, for she can hear the radio stations directly in her mind. Moreover while "in the flow", she has additional powers like limited flight using a form of magnetic levitation and propulsion.

    Most of her time "on patrol" is spend just listening to the peacefull music of the city. But she always is aware of any major indicents that happen because she also listens to the Police Radio. Her main reason to interfere might be annoyance with this "disruption" of the peacefull music, but she is a powerfull Hero none the less.

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