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Comment: Re:In search of... (Score 1) 387

by camperdave (#49152545) Attached to: Leonard Nimoy Dies At 83
Spock was always one for a joke, though.

In the Naked Time - after a swashbuckling, sword wielding Sulu is subdued: "Take D’Artagnan here to Sick Bay"

Mudd's Women
McCoy: Well, we found a whole world of minds that work just like yours - logical, unemotional, completely pragmatic - and we poor, irrational humans whipped them in a fair fight. Now you'll find yourself back among us illogical humans again.
Spock: Which I find eminently satisfactory, Doctor, for NOWHERE am I so DESPERATELY needed as among a shipload of illogical humans.

McCoy: Besides, he has avoided two appointments that I've made for his physical exam without reason.
Spock: It's not at all surprising, Doctor. He's probably terrified of your beads and rattles.

Mirror, Mirror:
Indeed, gentlemen. May I point out that I had an opportunity to observe your counterparts here quite closely. They were brutal, savage, unprincipled, uncivilized, treacherous - in every way splendid examples of homo sapiens, the very flower of humanity. I found them quite refreshing.

Friday's Child:
Spock: The child was named Leonard James Akaar?
McCoy: Has a kind of a ring to it, don't you think, James?
Captain James T. Kirk: Yes, I think it's a name destined to go down in galactic history, Leonard. What do you think, Spock?
Spock: I think you're both gonna be insufferably pleased with yourselves for at least a month... sir.

A piece of the Action:
Spock: [balking at the prospect of another ride in a car with Kirk at the wheel] Captain, must we?
Capt. Kirk: It's faster than walking.
Spock: But not as safe.
Capt. Kirk: Are you afraid of cars?
Spock: Not at all, Captain. It's your DRIVING that alarms me.

The Changeling - After Kirk argues the Nomad/Tan-Ru probe into self destriction:
Spock: Your logic was impeccable, Captain. We are in grave danger.

Comment: Re:Terms (Score 1) 153

by camperdave (#49088155) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Don't Encrypt the Voice Data They Collect
It's a smart TV, an internet connected TV. Beyond the standard On/Off, volume and channel select, it should be capable of showing any Youtube content, browsing the web, etc. So it'll be picking up "Natalie Portman, Naked and petrified" and other embarrasing utterances. Also, because it is web-connected, people will use it to check their bank balances (account numbers and passwords)

Comment: Re: Numerology (Score 2) 182

A constant is significantly interesting in some way. Fractions or multiples of a constant (which, granted, are just as invariable as the constant itself) are not interesting in and of themselves, but only in relation to the base constant from which they are derived. Pi is only interesting because it is half of tau.

A circle is the set of points in a plane equidistant from a fixed point. That distance is called the radius. The perimeter of the circle is the circumference. The circle constant should be the ratio between these two. Using the diameter is one of the biggest blunders in the history of mathematics. You have to have extra definitions. You get the superfluous 2 floating around in all equations. It's sloppy.

Comment: Re:Now they just need intensity from the actors. (Score 1) 165

by camperdave (#49062439) Attached to: Star Trek Continues Meets Kickstarter Goal, Aims For Stretch Goals
It's a Wonderful Life, one of the best movies of all time, is in black and white. As is The Birds and The Maltese Falcon. You're not doing yourself a favour by pre-judging films based on whether or not they are in color. There have been some truely awful color films.

Comment: Re:The internet is for real (Score 1) 164

by camperdave (#49057857) Attached to: How is your book reading divided between fiction and non-fiction?

If I'm using books, it's because I don't want to stare at a screen before bed.

By obligation, I'm supposed to say "I use an e-reader, you insensitive clod", but I fail to see how my choice of reading method in any way influences your sensitivity or cloddiness (or lack thereof).

Comment: Re:What makes a plane a plane? (Score 1) 56

by camperdave (#49041625) Attached to: ESA Complete Spaceplane Test Flight; IXV Safely Returns To Earth
The Apollo capsule was somewhat of a lifting body as well (details here). The capsule had an off-axis center of mass, which meant a canted entry angle. This generated lift, which was used to correctly position the capsule within the entry corridor. Judging from the slanted scorch marks on the Dragon capsule, it does the same thing, and presumably so will the Orion capsule if it ever gets to do a re-entry.

I have hardly ever known a mathematician who was capable of reasoning. -- Plato