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by Jennifer
Yesterday, 17:57
Forum: Hit & Run Over
Topic: Make School Hard Again
Replies: 10
Views: 137

Re: Make School Hard Again

I think a big part of the problem --at high school, college AND university levels -- is that there's two different reasons why one might go to school, and those reasons often get confused: are you there to get an education (or learn a specific skill), or are you there for the credential? Credentiali...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 16:56
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

Technically the wrong thread, since I do NOT consider myself a bad person for laughing at THIS: turns out the ransomware farking things up in Baltimore was developed at taxpayer expense by the NSA. And then stolen. https://www.seattletimes.com/nation-world/in-baltimore-and-beyond-a-stolen-nsa-tool-w...
by Jennifer
Yesterday, 16:54
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3439
Views: 155948

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

I don't know if it's hot enough to fry an egg outside, but it's definitely hot enough to melt a crayon:

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by Jennifer
25 May 2019, 23:29
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

For that matter, here's an ever simpler possibility, regarding the dark forest: maybe for some-odd reason having to do with earth or other planets, we're among the few inhabited planets that don't have some sort of inherent radio communication ability, similar to how other animals have built-in "ra...
by Jennifer
25 May 2019, 01:26
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: What's New at the Bijou?
Replies: 1089
Views: 67163

Re: What's New at the Bijou?

My copy of Song of the South would be much nicer-looking if it didn't have Japanese subtitles.
by Jennifer
24 May 2019, 14:11
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Quantum entanglement does not transmit information faster than light. Still plenty fast for interpersonal communication between beings on the same science-fictional planet, though. Actually, it doesn't transmit information at all, fast or slow. Sent from my XT1635-01 using Tapatalk Serious question...
by Jennifer
24 May 2019, 03:55
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

For that matter, here's an ever simpler possibility, regarding the dark forest: maybe for some-odd reason having to do with earth or other planets, we're among the few inhabited planets that don't have some sort of inherent radio communication ability, similar to how other animals have built-in "rad...
by Jennifer
24 May 2019, 03:40
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Well, that depends on what "telepathy" is. That's not even an "as we understand it", it's just a science fiction trope based on pseudoscience that was trying to systematize and rationalize folklore tropes. Telepathy could do quantum science woo or it could just involve a "telepathic" species having...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 23:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Heck, for all we know it's fairly common for intelligent beings throughout the galaxy to communicate primarily via telepathy, and we're the outliers because [sciencey-sounding stuff ...]. Yeah, but that only changes the issue if telepathy doesn't have a maximum range or number of people you can tal...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 20:58
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

FWIW, I never figured Fermi's paradox was very paradoxical, because the question "Where is everyone?" only makes sense if you assume all intelligent species throughout the universe (however few or many there are) share some things in common with us: they need land to live on (that water planet aroun...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 20:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Even in on a Pangea-world, it'd probably still have plenty of places where it'd be cheaper to lay oceanic cables than route things the long way around on land. And if some military powers on different parts of the supercontinent are pointing nukes at each other, they'd probably have early warning r...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 20:02
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: Horrible, Offensive Geekery
Replies: 988
Views: 71453

Re: Horrible, Offensive Geekery

Even now, with radio still less than two human lifetimes old, a LOT of our communication has moved away from that, to things undetectable from space--transmissions over cable, fiber optics, etc. Presumably, we'd have moved even more of our communication off-air if our planet were slightly different ...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 19:16
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

And I think the implication that lighter colored hair was super recessive, (or dark hair super dominant), thus why the whole thing about how Joeffrey et al could never be Bobby B's kids. I thought it was established, in-show, that the father's hair color was the relevant one? Baratheon men father b...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 17:32
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Even by the rules of that universe -- where genetics and heredity appear to be far more powerful than in our world (e.g. "ALL children of dark-haired men have dark hair themselves," also "Once you become royalty your DNA gets magic powers which even your non-royal bastard kids inherit") -- Dany's s...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 17:19
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Harry Turtledove's fantastic alt-histories -- basically the Civil War, World War Two or Roman/Byzantine Empire storylines, only set in alternate universes with magic instead of science -- generally do a good job of portraying a world of "rules magic" (as opposed to "pull anything you need out of you...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 15:58
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 628
Views: 27689

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

A ha ha ha. He's been heading in that direction for awhile, now. I wonder if he's still going to peddle his self-published "How to have sex with various women who might not actually be willing" books? [Checks thread] Kinda-sorta: the books Amazon refuses to publish anyway have since been retconned ...
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 15:27
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: Masculinity, so fragile
Replies: 628
Views: 27689

Re: Masculinity, so fragile

A ha ha ha. He's been heading in that direction for awhile, now.

I wonder if he's still going to peddle his self-published "How to have sex with various women who might not actually be willing" books?
by Jennifer
23 May 2019, 15:24
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: How's the weather? v. 1.1
Replies: 3439
Views: 155948

Re: How's the weather? v. 1.1

Hey, Warren, are you and Mary all right? Where is Goat Rope relative to Jefferson City? Not in position to be hurt by that godawful tornado, I hope.
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 18:35
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

Sure, but "not necessarily" is a bit of a dodge. The writer's job is to tell a compelling story with interesting characters but how he gets from the first to the last page of the book or script or whatever is entirely up to him and whatever supposed rules or constraints on the circumstances in fant...
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 17:44
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

It's fiction and some suspension of disbelief is necessary even in the most realistic fiction, let alone fiction in which the dead can be resurrected, people can face-shift, there are dragons and at least some people can survive raging infernos. Sure, but even though I'm happy to accept a fictional...
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 16:59
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

[Googles] Huh, I stand corrected -- apparently various city and county agencies ARE acting as decently as possible, under the circumstances. The water company has suspended all late fees for the duration, too. https://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/baltimore-city/bs-md-ci-city-agencies-ransomwar...
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 16:51
Forum: The Joys of Life
Topic: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)
Replies: 1235
Views: 45005

Re: A Game of ... THEY KILLED WHO?!?!? (hbo spoilers)

It's fiction and some suspension of disbelief is necessary even in the most realistic fiction, let alone fiction in which the dead can be resurrected, people can face-shift, there are dragons and at least some people can survive raging infernos. Sure, but even though I'm happy to accept a fictional...
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 16:49
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 10
Views: 169

Re: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

I am curious regarding just HOW computer-dependent these "services" are. Like, can you still pay your property tax, water bills and/or parking tickets in person somewhere, or send a physical check or money order to a mailing address, or is online payment the only option?
by Jennifer
22 May 2019, 16:03
Forum: General Chatter
Topic: The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread
Replies: 10
Views: 169

The "I'm a bad person for laughing at this" thread

"Hackers have been holding the city of Baltimore’s computers hostage for 2 weeks: A ransomware attack means Baltimore citizens can’t pay their water bills or parking tickets." ... On May 7, hackers digitally seized about 10,000 Baltimore government computers and demanded around $100,000 worth in bit...