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by Darwin
2014-11-09 08:47pm
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Interstellar (movie)
Replies: 57
Views: 7416

Re: Interstellar (movie)

Hard sci-fi. I would not call it that. It's fantasy and maybe moral parable with the trappings and visals of hard sci-fi, much like 2001 was. As for the IMAX question, I saw it in a dome and it was a bit overwhelming, I think the projectionist just said 'fuck it' and extended the thing over the who...
by Darwin
2012-12-17 05:50pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

My hyperbolic use of the word "rabid" is just a derogatory reaction to the stereotypical, outspoken, gun advocate who believes that the 2nd Ammendment was handed down to us from Mt. Sinai or something. But of course I'm willing to compromise. I'd prefer a total ban of civilian firearms, but I reali...
by Darwin
2012-12-17 05:43pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

Hunting (how many gun owners actually use their weapons for hunting/own hunting rifles)? This too depends on where you live. Hunting is more valid here in Colorado, where there is actual wilderness to hunt in, then it is in a place like New York. I will note, however, that the rifles used in huntin...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 06:11pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

Exactly. The only thing close to a serious argument I've heard in opposition was "well then you have to reload alot more". Which is 1) Tough titties, you baby, and 2) The point. Yes, we agree. Any self-defence scenario that isn't solved with five properly aimed rounds is probably happening somewher...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 06:02pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

because the other guy might be bigger, is probably armed, is probably way more experienced at hurting people, and I don't like pushing the odds. A gun gives me the ability to fight back no matter what the skill level, chemical state, and physicality of my attacker is. No other device can do the sam...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 05:35pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

Seriously, if a person is going to commit a gun-related crime, they're going to be prepared to do it and have the element of surprise. If you're just shopping for groceries or in a movie theater, what makes you think you're going to turn around all cowboy style, and save a crowded room full of peop...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 04:03am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

So in a rational society, only those deemed worthy (by whom?) are granted the privilege of being able to protect themselves from the worst of that same society, who likely don't follow the same rules? Pretty sure you have the right (given by authorities, God whoever) to defend yourself. I don't see...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 03:45am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

Or you know, you could have police? Or not be terrified of your own shadows and realise that you aren't at imminent risk every day and the dangers to yourself,your family and society of a paranoid like you owning a gun are far higher than the dangers you face from criminals. police have no obligati...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 02:44am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

Er... I wanted to say, in a rational society owning a gun should be a privilege , not a right. Wait, wait, hold on, what just fell out of your keyboard? So in a rational society, only those deemed worthy (by whom?) are granted the privilege of being able to protect themselves from the worst of that...
by Darwin
2012-12-15 02:41am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Shooting discussion devolves
Replies: 401
Views: 18792

Re: Shooting discussion devolves

CHARTY CHART CHART Hey if that chart tracked only criminal violence (instead of also including lawful self-defense and suicide) it might actually be useful. Lumping all gun-related death together does not give an accurate and useful picture of anything. That chart would look the same with cellphone...
by Darwin
2011-07-07 01:10am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Falling Skies: A Discussion (Spoilers)
Replies: 101
Views: 8008

Re: Falling Skies: A Discussion (Spoilers)

Ahriman238 wrote: I get the doctor guy is suppossed to be a colossal dick, but why are they even talking about a live vivesection when they have a dead specimen? In the same room, even.
The dead specimen was explicitly too far gone: its insides were rotten goo.
by Darwin
2011-07-05 02:17am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Falling Skies: A Discussion (Spoilers)
Replies: 101
Views: 8008

Re: Falling Skies: Pilot (1x01)

The pilot was meh. I can't take the "mechs" seriously, with their goofy obvious targeting system. 1. The aliens don't see human-visible light. As an example, we use laser sights because they're invisible to our own eyes until they 'strike' a target. However, if a creature that can see infrared ligh...
by Darwin
2010-12-23 11:19am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Tron Legacy: OMFG *Spoilers*
Replies: 103
Views: 8899

Re: Tron Legacy: OMFG *Spoilers*

Just saw it last night.

Did Sam shut the grid down at the end?

He downloaded a copy of something on to his necklace/SDcard though.

yagh
by Darwin
2010-10-08 11:22am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: SGU 2x2 Aftermath
Replies: 54
Views: 3566

Re: SGU 2x2 Aftermath

In the SyFy promo video on gateworld for next week... There's a shot that looks like a row of stargates, the first of which is in pieces, where Rush's voiceover says "this ship has sizeable energy reserves." Guess the idea that we'd find a stargate seeding ship in season two and resupply off it was...
by Darwin
2010-10-07 11:51am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Genetically engineered supertroops and power armor illogical
Replies: 90
Views: 6793

Re: Genetically engineered supertroops and power armor illog

Are there any uses of power armor in Sci-fi where the soliders using power armor weren't super soliders. 40k Tau make extensive use of powered battlesuits, but compare unfavorably against the strength and hand-to-hand skills of the average Imperial Guardsman, who themselves are the Unfortunate Fodd...
by Darwin
2010-10-07 11:40am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: SF Military Tropes II
Replies: 100
Views: 11563

Re: SF Military Tropes II

Getting rid of the dogs is obvious. In Vietnam, U.S. Special Forces routinely went out on operations carrying suppressed browning hi-powers. Their nickname for that weapon -- "Hush Puppy" -- shows you what they were used for. Actually the Hush Puppy was often an integrally silenced .22LR Ruger. For...
by Darwin
2010-10-07 11:04am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Battles (Spoilers)
Replies: 483
Views: 125620

Re: Legend of the Galactic Heroes: Battles

I'm not suggesting they'd have some sort massive, overwhelming advantage, but it's part of the text that socially the FPA is better able to exploit the technology they have. I'm sure it helps that the Alliance warships are far more purpose built and don't waste tonnage on huge ornate meeting halls ...
by Darwin
2010-09-08 06:27pm
Forum: Star Wars vs Star Trek
Topic: Weaponized red matter (ST XI spoilers)
Replies: 119
Views: 22164

Re: Weaponized red matter (ST XI spoilers)

holy thread necromancy.

So, you're new here.

may want to nose over at the forum rules before Vympel rips you several new orifices.

and hi!
by Darwin
2010-08-10 10:03am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Christopher Nolan's Inception
Replies: 237
Views: 13383

Re: Christopher Nolan's Inception

tvtropes (yeah I know) brings up the supposed fact that the kids at the end are played by different actors, several years older than those in the dream sequences, and wore similar, same patterned clothes.
by Darwin
2010-08-10 08:52am
Forum: Science Fiction
Topic: Christopher Nolan's Inception
Replies: 237
Views: 13383

Re: Christopher Nolan's Inception

Saw it this weekend, the thing with the top, is it would after the initial spin settle into a very stable state in a dreak. That it was wobbling at all would indicate reality : a well balanced top can go for quite a while on the right surface. Additional evidence that Cobb was not wearing his weddin...
by Darwin
2010-07-14 01:05pm
Forum: Star Wars vs Star Trek
Topic: Do transporters kill?
Replies: 229
Views: 27822

Re: Do transporters kill?

Jesus on a unicycle, how do we even quantify this? If we had a real, working teleporter and no shortage of volunteers, how could we possibly prove one way or another? The participant/victim can't tell us if they're dead or not, the soul is an abstract meaningless concept that can't be quantified or ...
by Darwin
2010-07-08 03:34pm
Forum: Debating Help
Topic: On allowing Japanese to continue whaling
Replies: 22
Views: 15674

Re: On allowing Japanese to continue whaling

There's no debating with his 'selfish person' stance. Said person will do whatever he likes, regardless of any consequences that don't impact him immediately in some significant way. You may as well ask why he is taking the stance of a sociopath (Or large corporation, same thing) in this debate, as ...
by Darwin
2010-07-08 02:48pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Accurate Population of Coruscant
Replies: 17
Views: 3822

Re: Accurate Population of Coruscant

only way I can see to rationalize it is that's the official census, and Coruscant actually has very few permanent legal residents but has a huge temporary population of bureaucrats, businessmen, tourists, refugees, and a massive un-accounted-for underclass. So with any crowd scene on Coruscant, only...
by Darwin
2010-04-05 08:26am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Clone Wars season 2
Replies: 241
Views: 39693

Re: Clone Wars season 2

Good characterization, I think, the bounty hunters were interesting, and Obi-Wan's disdain for them was tested. Good show. Terribly cliche'd Seven Samurai plot ripoff of course, but that was made up for with the nikto pirate captain, who is always awesome.
by Darwin
2010-03-21 08:19pm
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Clone Wars season 2
Replies: 241
Views: 39693

Re: Clone Wars season 2

no, it's the real episode. I think some Canadian station showed it early or something. It airs on CN next friday. Edit: Also, Trench's ship has to lower it's shields to launch torpedoes, but the Republic stealth ship doesn't seem to have the same problem. They mention switching between the cloak an...