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by MarkSmash
Mon May 12, 2014 4:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]
Replies: 891
Views: 161095

Re: Ukraine Crisis [New Title]

What I wonder about the whole Ukraine situation is how much planning did Putin put into planning the whole annexation of Crimea. I mean, when I plan a fairly complicated activity, I usually need 2-3 months before to get things organized. Were there any warning signs, like military exercises etc., th...
by MarkSmash
Mon Jun 03, 2013 5:28 pm UTC
Forum: Fictional Science
Topic: FTL in my book
Replies: 63
Views: 24527

Re: FTL in my book

My favorite FTL methods and their related themes: 1. Hyperspace (Star Wars, Babylon 5) - Essentially jumping to another related dimension where distances are considerably shorter, travelling the required distance(at the speed of plot) and then jumping back to normal space. Thematically, Star Wars re...
by MarkSmash
Thu May 02, 2013 4:15 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

But once that universe's laws are defined, those rules should be followed. In Oblivion, humans are capable of emotions and the Tet is an incredible powerful and intelligent computer. Once the computer starts making stupid decisions (decisions that could be avoided initially, not just in retrospect)...
by MarkSmash
Tue Apr 30, 2013 5:19 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Let me just say that the plot holes weren't the main reason I didn't like the movie. Any alien invasion type story is going to break down when you analyze their plans in even a rudimentary cost-benefit way. The plot holes are just the easiest thing to complain about (in long nerd rants on the inter...
by MarkSmash
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:41 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

I want to map out the plan from before the ship gets there. I want to know why they sent the ship with cloning bays instead of manufacturing bays. Maybe facilities that can manufacture facilities that can manufacture drones, even if those drones aren't quite as good as the ones seen in the movie. W...
by MarkSmash
Mon Apr 29, 2013 7:32 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Nono, that wasn't my point at all. I said earlier that I agreed that the plot hole action/summer movie absurdity was really dumb. I just think getting hung up on them is irrelevant. If you didn't like the movie because of them, I can of course understand that, I just think they were sort of non-iss...
by MarkSmash
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:14 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Except, they obviously can create machinery - they built the human-driven ships and their apartments, including the communications and monitoring equipment, to fit for humanoid shapes. So they absolutely could create an army of drones, if they wanted to, and they can design very sophisticated machi...
by MarkSmash
Mon Apr 29, 2013 4:08 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Why didn't Tet stop Jack-49 at the end? You know, bring more drones to take him down in time? ... Yeah, that was pretty drawn out at the end. And at the very least, I would have wanted him and his wife to go up and die together to save humanity instead of the saccryn ending we got. But that's Holly...
by MarkSmash
Mon Apr 29, 2013 3:46 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Also, was it the aliens' plan from the beginning to nab the first two humans they see and clone them a bunch to be your technicians? I guess if you get a couple astronauts you might figure that you aren't going to do a whole lot better than that. It just seems like a weird plan to rely on the local...
by MarkSmash
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Maybe I missed it but did they give any reason as to why water on earth is so special in comparison to Europa or Enceladus? Hmm ... it would be rather amusing to see what happens when it sucks up all those plastic bottles and bags floating in the Great Pacific Garbage Patch. http://en.wikipedia.org...
by MarkSmash
Fri Apr 26, 2013 4:54 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

It is quite possible that the Planet Game of Thrones is in doesn't have a moon to stablized its axis, and therefore planetary forces will force the planet to tilt in a certain way depending on how far/close they are and how much gravity they exert on the planet. Every Planet would rotate around the...
by MarkSmash
Wed Apr 24, 2013 6:09 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

I suppose one quibble I have is with Cruise's non-reaction to these revelations. 1. Scavs are humans. Oh well. The bits looked like chicken parts to me.... 2. I'm actually married to someone else. Hm. Awkward. That would explain the erectile dysfunction. 3. I'm a clone. Hm. That would explain the wr...
by MarkSmash
Wed Apr 24, 2013 5:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

Re: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

I assume we're not using spoiler blocks because of the thread title so here goes: There were some plot issues in terms of consistency. Like why only send 3 drones to take out that base. And why not scan the ship that was coming into your mothership (we SAW the drones scan those pods earlier in the ...
by MarkSmash
Tue Apr 23, 2013 2:22 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome
Replies: 56
Views: 24631

The Oblivion movie Thread: Spoilers Welcome

Saw Oblivion yesterday and thought the plot was damn near perfect as it stands, which is rare for your typical science fiction fare. While it was somewhat derivative, it does present these ideas in a fresh way. A lot of thought went into the design of the set pieces.
by MarkSmash
Tue Apr 16, 2013 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: GOT: Things I am no longer allowed to do at the Wall
Replies: 0
Views: 2503

GOT: Things I am no longer allowed to do at the Wall

This List was stolen from the forum page at Television Without Pity. It was pretty funny and I've copied the more humorous ones below. Link: http://forums.televisionwithoutpity.com/index.php?showtopic=3205083&pid=15639850&st=150&#entry15639850 The idea for this thread is based on the Ski...
by MarkSmash
Fri Apr 12, 2013 2:21 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

Here is an interesting article which offers a different side to the drone debate:

http://blogs.reuters.com/pakistan/2012/ ... nd-drones/

I will hold off on my opinion to allow others to read and consider this point of view.
by MarkSmash
Tue Apr 09, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: Baroness Thatcher dead
Replies: 44
Views: 6634

Re: Baroness Thatcher dead

[quote="Zamfir]Mitterand in France tackled the same economic crisis with nationalisations, a welfare state expansion and a harder franc, when Thatcher was privatising, cutting and devaluing. The French economy improved on a nearly identical schedule as the British. The western world is full f o...
by MarkSmash
Wed Mar 27, 2013 3:00 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

Fair enough. I'm not sure if any pharmaceutical will prevent people from having dopey days.
by MarkSmash
Wed Mar 27, 2013 2:50 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

And, yeah. Word of god is that it is magic from the doom of Valyria that messed up the seasons. Do you have a citation for this? The great night (winter that lasted for 1 generation) supposedly occured thousands of years before the doom of valyria, I believe. I figure that was just a tall tale, kin...
by MarkSmash
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:58 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

Seasons are determined by the maesters by measuring the length of the day so this clearly can't be their definition of year. Also, even if the seasons are predictable, the maesters do not of any way to predict otherwise they wouldn't need to measure the days before sending out the white ravens. And...
by MarkSmash
Tue Mar 26, 2013 7:44 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

I've only taken Modafinil twice, but I've been impressed each time. I sleep short enough as it is, though, I wouldn't like to regularly sleep less! I'd be interested in hearing more about your experience with this. I know that there are days where I've gotten plenty of rest, am well-fed and exercis...
by MarkSmash
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:33 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

Till I want a few caffeine highs again, a month later. (Drugs with almost no health side effects and short withdrawal times are terribly fun!) I totally agree. The benefits are twofold: 1. Your attention span off coffee will return to the same net-normal attention span as if you were a regular coff...
by MarkSmash
Mon Mar 25, 2013 6:21 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

2. Week 1-2: maintain consumption, but start reducing the amount of additives (cream and sugar) so that you wean yourself off of the sugar high as well as making the coffee as bad tasting as possible. I'd like to point out that I always drink my coffee strong and without milk, cream, sugar, cinnamo...
by MarkSmash
Tue Mar 19, 2013 8:12 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

People who are giving up caffeine! I want to join that group. I've drunken caffeine in various forms since I was about 16 or so (so, for about a decade). It began as instant coffee with milk and sugar, moved to instant coffee without milk or sugar, progressed up to plunger coffee, and now has moved...
by MarkSmash
Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:34 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

But without mini seasons, or something like them, how are they able to define a year? Let's see what we have: 1. Day length(standard) - Earth-like 24 hour days. Nothing is messing with planetary rotation, though inferences that the sun may rise in the West have been made, though mockingly. 2. Year ...
by MarkSmash
Tue Mar 19, 2013 7:11 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

The problem with assuming seasonal changes are anything OTHER than magic, is it presupposes that life evolved on a planet that is subject to extremely random seasons, which is not supported by anything in the book. Look, people; it's a MacGuffin, it doesn't require a lot of thought, it's just magic...
by MarkSmash
Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:00 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

So, to recap the theories thus far: 1. Orbit perturbed by another object (planet, comet) that leads to shifts in climate. 2. Variability in the output of the sun following a known, but variable, cycle. 3. a cloud of debris between the star and the planet of westeros that causes the amount of solar e...
by MarkSmash
Fri Mar 15, 2013 4:10 am UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

@MarkSmash/@ctdonath/@Nylonathatep Mark as you said I definitely agree with the fact that a lot of my current "energy/motivation" (there has been a large recent boost) mostly has to do with the fact that I recently started sleeping and exercising on a pretty strict schedule. Doesn't help ...
by MarkSmash
Fri Mar 15, 2013 1:25 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

Re: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

As for what kind of cosmology/solar system would produce such erratic seasons, I have no idea. It might be some sort of Ptolemiac solar system? It seems almost impossible that it would be something that agrees with our current laws of physics (but then again neither do dragons or blood magic.) *wel...
by MarkSmash
Wed Mar 13, 2013 3:40 am UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?
Replies: 37
Views: 20073

A Plausible Planetary system for Game of Thrones?

Hello All: As everyone is no doubt aware, the third season of Game of Thrones is scheduled to start on March 31. During a conversation with a friend, we wondered what kind of planetary system would reflect the envrionment of the world of Westeros. Specifically: 1. Multiple seasons ( up to 10 consecu...
by MarkSmash
Fri Mar 01, 2013 5:48 pm UTC
Forum: Serious Business
Topic: Stimulants
Replies: 78
Views: 25429

Re: Stimulants

I think a movie that kind of captures the desired feeling when stimulated is like the guy in the movie "Limitless". He takes a pill and he is able to focus and remember everything. I sometimes watch the film and pretend that I've taken the pill and try to behave as if I had similar powers....
by MarkSmash
Wed Jan 23, 2013 9:54 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 46688

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

I think the assumption is that we will all be dead/gone, and as such are unable to directly tell them. I suppose the point is, that a 'Western' point of view sees humans as separate from nature and also easily removable. The aboriginal world view is that we are inseparable from nature; you can no e...
by MarkSmash
Wed Jan 23, 2013 8:10 pm UTC
Forum: What If?
Topic: What-If 0029: "Spent Fuel Pool"
Replies: 167
Views: 46688

Re: What-If 0029: Spent Fuel Pool

I saw a great article about storing radiation so that we can tell people thousands of years in the future that it is unsafe about how they would convey by architecture and symbols "do not dig this up you idiot, man did some stupid stuff here and do not disturb it" I cannot find it unfortu...
by MarkSmash
Wed Jan 23, 2013 5:04 pm UTC
Forum: Individual XKCD Comic Threads
Topic: 1163: "Debugger"
Replies: 175
Views: 29087

Re: 1163: "Debugger"

By Godel's Incompleteness Theorem, no system of any but the most trivial complexity can fully describe itself without resorting to either axioms or tautologies. Therefore, perfectly describing the functioning of the human mind would require something more powerful than a human mind to do the descri...
by MarkSmash
Fri Jan 18, 2013 9:06 pm UTC
Forum: Movies and TV Shows
Topic: Clod Atlas
Replies: 56
Views: 16477

Re: Cloud Atlas

I thoroughly enjoyed the movie as well. It was very well done and unlike anything I've seen before. If I were pressed to equate it with any movie, it would be Heavy Metal in the manner of interconnected stories with an overarching theme. I found the acting to be pleasing and the use of the same acto...
by MarkSmash
Thu Jan 10, 2013 4:14 am UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

The US is already in a position to attack individuals in other countries and pay no compensation, why would they limit their strikes, and have to argue in court if they have to pay or not. What would convince the US that it is worth giving up unlimited striking power in exchange for permission? In ...
by MarkSmash
Wed Jan 09, 2013 9:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

http://m.guardiannews.com/world/2012/dec/21/high-court-drone-strikes-pakistan It is not a war? Then it must be a crime. It must be. It is the 21st century. It can not be legal to go to a country and kill 50 people with one pop. It can be done. There is, just, something wrong about it. We are living...
by MarkSmash
Fri Dec 14, 2012 4:59 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

Well, without transparency into what the strikes are, I can imagine all sorts of scary things happening. Again, the fact that it's a UAV really doesn't make a significant difference in this. Fair enough. Just for fun*, let's take two extreme cases for oversight of extra judicial killings (focusing ...
by MarkSmash
Thu Dec 13, 2012 6:53 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

How about this idea: let's say that Hosni Mubarak had acccess to UAV surveillance and attack technology and had implemented it over the major cities like Cairo. Through a combination of surveillance, on the ground intelligence and drone attacks, could the Arab Spring have been prevented? Is UAV tec...
by MarkSmash
Thu Dec 13, 2012 4:52 pm UTC
Forum: News & Articles
Topic: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare
Replies: 272
Views: 42504

Re: The Global Growth of Drone Warfare

MarkSmash: 2. The Russians, and Chinese the are the biggest concerns here, followed by Israel. All of them have security concerns that will justify, to them, any amount of strikes, drones just make it easier. Even if we didn't export the technology, they can just develop their own or copy our desig...

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