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Comment Re:next 50 to 100 years? (Score 1) 453

Consider this please...

We currently are basing our search on EM communications. We have only been using this type of communication mechanism for a short time, cosmically speaking. I don't think it will be very long before we either discover (on purpose) or stumble upon some other exotic communication mechanism. If this is true for us, then it is likely to be true for other civilizations as well. So we are looking for signs based on a communication mechanism that is nearly infinitesimally short-lived in a civilization's development.

In short, I don't think we even know *what* to look for yet.

Disclaimer: I am neither a physicist, nor a mathematician, just an average geek, and this is all conjecture.

Comment Re:They've got money to burn (Score 2) 225

You can't take them into public if you fear they may call your waiter the N word or go on a tirade about the jews when you are trying to get groceries.

I have had both of these things happen to me on more than one occasion. Each time it was as if the world went in to slow motion and I could not get my mother out of the area fast enough. At one point in a particularly awkward situation I seriously thought someone was going to punch my 73-year-old mother in the face. No matter how many times I try to explain to her that she MUST stop speaking that way, she just doesn't seem to get it, or she just doesn't care.

Comment Re:they are doing it wrong (Score 2) 534

I moose, you moose, he/she/it mooses
I moosed, you moosed, he/she/it moosed
I shall moose, you shall moose, he/she/it shall moose

A Moose once bit my sister ...

I have moosed, you have moosed, he/she/it has moosen

Mynd you, moose bites Kan be pretty nasti...

I shall have moosen, you shall have moosen, he/she/it shall have moosen

The directors of the firm hired to continue this post after the other people had been sacked, wish it to be known that they have just been sacked.

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.