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comment When and why did the Enterprise get balls?
@TylerH: Straight grey hair plus glasses? That's pretty weak. Especially considering he probably didn't look like that is the 60s/70s
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comment What was the first SciFi work that referred to Pluto as NOT a planet?
@BBlake: Ug. Why do people care? I'm with Neil DeGrasse-Tyson that having Pluto be one of a whole other class of objects is way more fascinating. . You can get lost for hours following links around. Haumea. Sedna. Makemake. Quaoar. Orcus. Salacia. This is so much cooler than "Pluto is special". But if you want to stubbornly stick with the past, be my guess. Also, Lots of non-avian dinosaurs had feathers
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comment When and why did the Enterprise get balls?
@MasonWheeler: Umm, since can't decide which of the three you mean, none of them.
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comment What is the origin of the term "first contact"?
@MichaelEdenfield: I think it's pretty clear from the original question what my intent was and why this answer is correct. A question about a term used commonly in SF where the answer might be "actually, this term predated SF" is totally in bounds. Just like the answer to some Star Trek questions is "the has it roots in naval tradition for hundreds of years". All that having been said, if someone wanted to synthesize the other answers into this one, it would make a more complete answer.
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comment What is the origin of the term "first contact"?
@Praxis: The random occurrence of the two words in sequence in your first two items is not particularly useful. But the 1916 one is absolutely unequivocal. You have the phrase used almost as a standalone, with the right meaning, clearly being used for more than the sum of its constituent words. Nice.
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comment Where does the stereotypical image of the 'Grey' alien come from?
Bah -- no one can take a joke.
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comment What is the fuel limited flight range of the Enterprise?
@user366: Carter? Did you mean Archer? Tucker? Also, note that Montgomery is Scott's first name.
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asked What is the origin of the term "first contact"?
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answered Where does the stereotypical image of the 'Grey' alien come from?
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comment Planet farthest from Coruscant?
@Richard: I think we can safely say, we will positively identify an Earth-like planet in every direction in the Milky Way before we know which the direction of the Star Wars Galaxy.
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comment Planet farthest from Coruscant?
@Richard: Why do you keep bringing up "Earth-like"? This was never in the question anyways. And at any rate, depending on your definition of "Earth-like", it probably fails that test too. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_potentially_habitable_exoplanets.
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comment Planet farthest from Coruscant?
@LindaJeanne: That's exactly what I said.
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comment Planet farthest from Coruscant?
@Richard: Well, he didn't change his intent -- he was only clarifying. We can't cry foul whenever anyone has a technically correct answer to the exact wording of a question and then seeks to clarify. I happen to like your answer (see my comment) but I don't think we should be nitpicky and criticize Leo for the edit.
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comment Porting library, what to do with JavaDoc comments/credits
@Torbjørn: I only stumbled back on this because for some reason I was looking at previous comments of mine. How can an attitude be wrong? Because we're talking about legal matters, not opinions. If you do the wrong thing legally, you are asking for jailtime, $1k-1Ms of fines for your employer or yourself, and not only unemployment but the end of your career. The only reason I found myself drawn to comment again after three years is because it is honestly a very serious matter which you need to wrap your head around. Or get used to the idea of working at SBUX. Consider yourself warned!
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comment Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode "First Contact" ever revisited?
@Richard: Maybe she just really looks up to her captain.
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comment Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode "First Contact" ever revisited?
... and there are certainly other options. Not the least of which is that it's just her.
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comment Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode "First Contact" ever revisited?
@Richard: I did have the impression she is redheaded -- I think the captures just don't show it. I also don't think the description of slender is inappropriate. But anyways 28 years, hair dye, diets, and we don't know anything about Malcorian physiology or aging. Compare that to the assumption that Malcorians can even bear children with non-Malcorians, that the offspring would be described as "Malcorian". Or that they can reproduce asexually? I mean, all things things certainly aren't MORE likely than just that it's her. You're giving three options and assigning likeliness to them.
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comment Is the character of Mirasta Yale from TNG episode "First Contact" ever revisited?
@Richard: Why is everyone assuming this has to be Mirasta Yale's child? It could be Yale herself. 28 years is not an unusual amount of time for her to (1) catch up on all the technology, science and math -- remember she would basically have to go back to high school level, (2) attend the academy, and then (3) get a posting on the Pasteur. Not everyone is a superstar who makes Commander in 8 years (or Captain in a day according to ST2009).
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