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Comment: Depends... (Score 1) 360

by The Grim Reefer (#49192285) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Let My Kids Become American Citizens?

How much effort is it to do so? If it's minimal and the cost is relatively insignificant, then why not?

However if it's going to be costly and take hundreds of hours of your time, you need to decide if you, or they will live in the US at some point. If not, then you need to decide if it's really worth it.

Comment: Re:But what if they mix with the Virus Vault (Score 1, Funny) 55

How in the hell are the survivors (who would be practically random) going to know...

1) that such a thing exists

Ask professor Farnsworth

2) where (exactly) it is

It's right next to Germ Warfare Repository

3) how to get there (and back) without dying of something in the process (exposure, starvation, ocean storms, etc)

If the barking snakes can survive, I trust humans can too.

4) (assuming generations later) how to read the content labels, instructions, etc ...?

Because of where it is, I'm guessing that most vandals and meth-head copper scavengers will not be looking for it. I don't know what language they are using,but how long has it been since anyone has spoke Latin? we can still figure that out, so there's some hope. If the human species needs instructions on how to plant a fucking seed, all of your above questions are irrelevant.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 2) 232

by The Grim Reefer (#49164433) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek

...you're just not going to see a classic return to original, cheesy, fun Star Trek. It has to have an edge to appeal to the mainstream. Maybe some tits or a fistfight or someone lying or cheating or bullshit drama.

I just recently watched the three Star Trek Continues episodes and It made me want to re-watch the episodes of TOS that related to them and then I started watching TOS from the beginning. It's been a while since I watched those and I was actually surprised by the outfits the women wore. They showed a lot more skin than any of the modern series. He's a peek if you don't believe me.

Hell, even the women's uniforms on the enterprise were shorter skirts than I remembered. While they occasionally failed, it's amazing how well they did with the camera angles to avoid shots of the female crew's asses.

As far as fistfights, I'm surprised that Kirk never decided to travel back in time just to punch the guy who came up with the Prime Directive. He certainly has to have the record for the most fistfights of any captain in the franchise. And probably more than any major character.

Comment: Re:Just damn (Score 5, Informative) 409

by The Grim Reefer (#49149157) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83

In fact, the public did not know back in the late 1950s and early 1960s that tobacco smoking was so dangerous

Yes the public did. My father-in-law was born in the late 1920's and they called them "nails in your coffin" back when he started smoking as a teen.

The tobacco companies did a great marketing job, so it was cool, or "the bees knees" to be a smoker regardless of the health risks. But they did do a great job of suppressing anything that definitively showed the risks of smoking. While smoking is decreasing in popularity, just look at how many people still smoke. Even knowing how harmful it is currently.

Comment: Not a problem (Score 1) 135

by The Grim Reefer (#49148923) Attached to: Adjusting To a Martian Day More Difficult Than Expected

the Martian day is 24 hours, 39 minutes, and 35 seconds long, a length of day that doesn't coincide with the human body's natural rhythms

I never really had these "natural rhythms". Or at least I'm not as sensitive to it as most people are. I get tired if I'm up for more than 48 hours or so, but I really never had an issue working different shifts when I was younger, and don't have an issue with changing time zones now. The last time I traveled to the EU with some coworkers, they were acclimated to the time difference after a week. They all complained about waking up in the middle of the night. I arrived in the afternoon and went to bed around 9 in the evening and slept great and was perfectly adjusted the next morning.

Even so, I have zero interest in going to Mars. But I can't imagine that there aren't people like me that would be willing to go.

The sooner you make your first 5000 mistakes, the sooner you will be able to correct them. -- Nicolaides