Punko

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Flew three times over the Atlantic before 1st birthday. What did you do before 9 a.m. today ?

punko wrote:
monkwarrior It depends on your goals, as stated above.  When speaking with astrophysicists and mission planners, the moon is problematic.
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monkwarrior No, it wouldn't.  It would simply redirect funds and effort that would be better spent.
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profworm here, at least, suicides are not publicized for that very reason.  When a big name offs themselves and it makes news, there is a traceable uptick in suicides.  They try to keep it out of the public eye.  You'd think that we'd learn and not celebrate the criminal.  However, folks have glommed onto the idea that "we have the right to know".  No, you don't.
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Or use a stamp.

The mechanism for replicating handwriting in a pure mechanical/clockwork form is a captivating engineering problem.  Pushing that to encompass someones signature to the point of duplicating it is quite an achievement - if it can match the pen speed of a signature, which is critical for making a good copy.  This machine fails to reproduce the signature at normal speeds, making it not even as good as a stamp.


Mechanical Automata that do handwriting are mesmerizing, though.  Pity we don't actually see a non-rendered (i.e. not an actual unit) writing.
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jayme21 Yours and aegis1294 comments make sense.  I can now understand why as a comedian he would go with someone he views as a person who's name has more gravitas than his own.
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monkwarrior <shrug>  We have been to the moon. we have the ISS in LEO (watched it go past overhead last night, as a fluke) , we have had probes reporting back from Mars for years.  Within my lifetime we will have men walking on Mars. 

However, we will not have a continuously manned "Mars base" and certainly not a continuously manned "moon base".

As a species were are doomed with this solar system, because I doubt we will ever take the steps to create a generation ship to take the multi-century long trip to another solar system to colonize.  FTL travel is impossible and the nearest star is over 4 light years away.
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squrlz4ever Honestly, I think it was less about totalitarianism/communism than it was about it being pro-religion.

It would have been more interesting/powerful to me, if the Librarian simply sat there and read a non-identified novel quietly to himself, as the other fell to pieces.  The Chancellor character was indeed weakly written, but perhaps with the Librarian character quiet, we could have some exposition from the Chancellor that might have shown a transformation or at least given him some dimension.
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punko Can't really explain why, though, about Pittsburgh.  I loved Mario, but the 1970's and early 80's Pittsburgh was just a team I just couldn't watch.
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rumham Nope Canadian.  I've just hated Pittsburgh since the 1970's, and Toronto, well, pretty much since birth
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doiknowyou almost blew me away, but I smiled at the ending.
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rumham I've hated both pittsburgh and Toronto for far longer than Kessel has been alive.
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monkwarrior The risk of going to mars is increased by going to mars first?  Previously said that going to the moon first does not substantially decrease the risk of going to mars.
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squrlz4ever Not a particularly good episode.  Making the Librarian character a carpenter as well, was just too much.  Interesting that it was written by Sterling himself.  
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Gerry1of1 Most of Europe including Scandinavia have some form of hate speech legislation.
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megrendel The dog is not being charged.  The intent is clear from the person who posted it for the world to see.  His claim now was to make a video to annoy his girlfriend.  He could have done that and simply showed her.  Or posted it to youtube but set it so that it wasn't public.  Nope, he posted it and circulated it as much as possible.

I don't know enough of the case or the UK laws it was prosecuted under to say what it was or wasn't, but I will give judges the benefit of the doubt that they looked at content and intent within the scope of the legislation passed.

What is important is that a law was put in place by an elected body for that society, and evaluated by judges free of political interference.
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Gerry1of1 Yes there are restrictions.  However, compared to most of the world its nearly unlimited.
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Gerry1of1 I agree. I just questioned why his opinion was worth including in the original post.
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nice to see they didn't' feel the need to edit the stunt wires out.
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megrendel Or people need to realize that some acts violate laws. Crossing certain lines gets you in trouble.  Different countries have different lines.  The US celebrates its almost limitless freedom of expression.  Other countries have placed limits for themselves on that freedom.

so maybe these courts ruled that what was expressed was over the line.  It may not be your line, but its not your country.
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aegis1294 Comedians are at least more intelligent than most pop stars and other celebrities.  However, why throw his opinion out there? 
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Gerry1of1 It may also be a language thing.
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who is Ricky Gervais?  I why should I give a damn about his opinion?  Oh, he's a comedian.  Nope, still don't give a crap about his opinion.  
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Clean, but heavy. And yeah, Kessel can go fuck himself.

Anyone but Pittsburgh or Toronto.
punko wrote:
daegog Is only 100 years old.  not historical, unless your country is less than 3 or 4 hundred years old.
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Gerry1of1 I've been in many stately houses in the UK, and many have been larger than this, but none would be called a castle.  

As a note, in the UK putting crenelations on your house (the fortifications along the top) still requires an act of parliament.  (formerly a royal decree)