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Comment: Must be 'Introspection' (Score 1) 238

Say 'Curiosity' tracks down a weird-looking fossil on the rocks of Mars.

We'd look inwards to see what this means to us as a species. We're not alone. We're not special. Where there's one there be hundreds. Thousands. Will they be friendly. Will we be friendly? Can we hide? Can we opt out? What will they think like? Will they be smarter than us? Suppose they are, what can we do?

Sort of like the thoughts that go through the mind of an ex-only child when mum and dad come back from the hospital with a little bundle....

Comment: Pointless, but no doubt true (Score 2) 217

by Kittenman (#48928349) Attached to: Anonymous No More: Your Coding Style Can Give You Away
Wouldn't any programmer worth their salt identify themselves in the comments, or (if not) be logged as the last guy in that code on such-and-such a date, while working on such-and-such a patch number? (E,.g 'kittenman was here, 1/Jan/15, fixing Steve's crap').

But I hope my code is easily recognizable. I'm proud of it. It may not be the smartest, slickest, quickest there is, but it's mine. And it works.

Comment: Re:Then there was War Plan Red (Score 3, Informative) 307

And if memory serves, as recently as the 1860's, the Brits were supplying arms to the Confederacy, so in the late 19th century, it wasn't all smiles and sunshine the way it has been since WW2.

There's also the 'Trent Affair'. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T... . The US stopped a British ship mid-Atlantic to take off a couple of confederate politicians. That got pretty heated, until Lincoln handled the incident (read the article...).

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 476

by Kittenman (#48901149) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

IMHO, the greatest accomplishment of the original Roddenberry Trek TV show was the mainstreaming of the concept of Star travel.

Nicely put and totally agree. I watched the originals when they came out, watch the reruns. I didn't bother with the rest (Next Generation, etc) as we'd done all that before.

Comment: Re:It's about time. (Score 2) 138

by Kittenman (#48880919) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

You must mean Tiberian bats you insensitive clod!

Episode 67 clearly established they were Factarian moon bats. What you hear was an overdub based on a misspelling.

I'm sorry, I've got the Swedish dub and translates back to English as Fat, Aryan moon bats. This fits in with that Nazi vampire episode - the one that's only ever screened at Fan meetings.

Comment: Re:I dare anyone to beam my atoms... (Score 1) 162

by Kittenman (#48880839) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

I guess you have to be really geeky to remember the philosophical discussion between Spock and McCoy over this very question in the novel somewhat stupidly named "Spock must die!"

I remember it! McCoy pondered that he might have been a ghost (or whatever -- someone other than himself) since the first time he was teleported. Spock's final comment was that he'd have no way to test the argument one way or the other, so any answer was irrelevant.

Go on, ask me a hard one...

Comment: Re: Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 894

by Kittenman (#48823753) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Actually what he said is you can't offend anyone.

PROBLEM: First of all, it's impossible to know with certainty what might possibly offend someone. Second, even if you knew someone would be offended, that doesn't mean their viewpoint isn't worthy of the examination and dissection that will cause the offense.

I'm pretty sure there are a lot of things that would have offended the members of the Spanish Inquisition that are damn well worthy saying!

Geez, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Factorials were someone's attempt to make math LOOK exciting.

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