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comment Is "take a leak" considered only masculine or is it okay if women use it too?
@bamboo: I don't disagree either. But this is not a discussion forum. I fully realize that in this instance whatever I say will look sexist.
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comment Is "take a leak" considered only masculine or is it okay if women use it too?
@bamboo: I would remind you that OP is asking and this site is about English language usage, not your opinion and philosophy. (Not my downvote, but if Eva upvoted, then someone else did vote down)
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comment Is there foreshadowing that Bashir was genetically modified?
Isn't is a point of plot earlier that he's 1st or 2nd in his class, but he decides to take the position at DS9 to be "on the frontier". So it was at least established that he's near the best of the best.
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comment How much did Sisko change the timeline?
@cde: A better question is why the events of any time meddling make so little change. Any tiny change in the past should result in an entirely different history with different people, different ships, and no events exactly in common.
Feb
27
comment Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe?
What you say only applies to giant leaps. Individuals advancements immediately propagate world wide now. And historically. Do you think the printing press and the telescope propagated around Europe due to colonization? No. Free exchange of ideas means free exchange of technologies. It's pretty much impossible to keep all but the most military of secrets secret for long, and even then, they don't last 100 years.
Feb
27
comment Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe?
Good answer. I would add, by way of example, that cultures the world over were pretty far apart 1000, 500 or even just 100 years ago. But today, anyone with the economic means can go buy an iPhone 6. Cultures in contact do not stay that far apart for very long, especially once there is relatively cheap transport, travel and telecommunications.
Feb
27
comment Why are there parallel technologies in the Star Trek universe?
@It's not true that you can't explain it in universe. See geewhiz's answer and my comment there.
Feb
26
comment Is it possible to rewrite every line of an open source project in a slightly different way, and use it in a closed source project?
@Killian: "Boughtest"?
Feb
26
comment Story ID: What novel had a time travel car and dinosaurs?
Maybe it's Back to the Future part IV and hasn't been written yet....
Feb
25
comment Effectiveness of Universal Translator in translating a book
@Himarm: I kind of agree that this is not a duplicate. The question is about books, not control panels. Even if the answer to the other question answers this question (which I don't happen to think it does) it's not a cause to mark as duplicate.
Feb
25
comment Does Magneto have more powers in the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past?
how do you do this with metal particles?
Feb
25
comment Does Magneto have more powers in the movie X-Men: Days of Future Past?
do you mean 'fusing'?
Feb
25
comment Effectiveness of Universal Translator in translating a book
@Himarm: Let me explain this a better by way of example. Suppose you tell a joke in one language which relies on some pun. There does not a direct translation another language because there just isn't a pun there when you translate it directly. The best you can do (what they need to do with movie scripts for example) is try to find some kind of substitute which has the same kind of feel, but definitely not the same meaning. Or keep the meaning and ditch the pun. More computation power doesn't let you find what isn't there in the first place.
Feb
25
comment Effectiveness of Universal Translator in translating a book
@Himarm: The UT can't do what is fundamentally impossible just by having more compute power. It can compute what cannot exist. You can never have a perfect translation of anything but the most literal source material. Everything else depends on your goals.
Feb
25
answered Effectiveness of Universal Translator in translating a book
Feb
25
revised Do zombies need oxygen in Walking Dead?
added 124 characters in body
Feb
24
comment SGA: Are the Wraith vampires?
I'm about half a season behind you :) . Good mention on the "space vampires". My personal belief is that (a) theyintended the connection and (b) they decided not to mention it explicitly because it would be kind of hokey.... what's next, then go to a planet of werewolf aliens... I mean Mitch Pileggi was good but...
Feb
24
asked SGA: Are the Wraith vampires?
Feb
21
comment Why is it impossible to produce truly random numbers?
@9000: There are a finite number of different sequences of a particular length. For 32-bit integers, N of them, it is 2^32^N (BTW even your number here isn't right). So what??? Yes, if you define for finite set of values and some finite length, there are only a finite number of those sequence before one has to recur. What does this have to do with how you generate them?? Nothing. You're just stating the Pigeonhole principle
Feb
20
comment Has any reference been made to Earth or the Milky Way in Star Wars EU?
@Richard: Milky Wayans
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