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Comment: Re:Better leave now (Score 2) 136

by MozeeToby (#46781815) Attached to: Kepler-186f: Most 'Earth-Like' Alien World Discovered

It's been done several times in fact, though I don't know if it's ever really been a central plot line.

The Revelation Space series has shades of that, but it's mostly background information that doesn't come directly into play. The "Amerikano" generation ships that colonized nearby stars (often less than ideally inhabitable) which were massively outstripped once the "light huggers" which could make the trip in a few years subjective time.

The Sector General has something similar, though with FTL ships replacing the generation ships. I think they find one of the old ships drifting through space, the inhabitants all dead or nearly.

Comment: Re:City within a Building (Score 1) 98

by MozeeToby (#46767305) Attached to: Google Looked Into Space Elevator, Hoverboards, and Teleportation

The Sears Tower (sorry... the Willis tower) was even designed to be modular. Its 9 stacks built into a single building, more stacks could be added to the edges, the shorter stacks could be expanded vertically at least to the height of the taller (and probably somewhat taller, not sure on that though).

Comment: Re:They've got a lot of catching up to do... (Score 1) 428

by MozeeToby (#46747073) Attached to: Is Germany Raising a Generation of Illiterates?

There is nothing specifically wrong with America's education system.

You're making some assumptions there. Perhaps part of the problem with America's education system is that certain demographics are undeserved. I grew up in a small and poor town, attended public school and got an education that, while certainly not the best money could buy, was more than enough to prepare me for college and eventually the workforce. Meanwhile, school districts with comparable wealth in the inner city schools of the same state are underfunded trash.

Why the disparity? Part of it is cost, it simply costs more to operate a school in an inner city environment. Part of it is teachers, once inner city schools got the reputation they have many good teachers fled. Part of it is, undoubtedly, cultural. Inner city cultures (completely irrespective of race IMO) don't tend to value education as much so the school gets less support from the parents of students and has a much harder time fundraising even though wealth levels are about the same. The point is that the end result is lower quality schools, which in turn leads to poorer outcomes.

Comment: Re:Mulgrew is an airhead (Score 1) 639

You're going to get some weird inflections there, chopping up sentences. Nothing too obvious but if your movie is filled with them it'll get annoying. Better would be to have the narrator quoting other people, then just drop the framing quote.

Script: People used to say "The Earth is the center of the universe" (to be read with the passion of a true believer).

She is an actor after all, even as a narrator you can have her playing a character for the important lines resulting in a more believable performance.

Comment: Re:where is the controversy? (Score 1) 639

Somewhere in history there was the first mutant ape that was classified as some form of human.

This is unlikely and even if true meaningless. Speciation is a human concept, it has very little reality in the actual real world. Change happens so gradually and across such a large population (even a population of a few hundred is "large" in this context) that you can't put a line in the sand and say human on this side, non-human on the other.

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