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    Once A Test Pilot... (July 29, 2005)

    Secret Ops The first thing that came to mind when I saw the trailer for this was, "Didn't Confed work on a project like that?" :-) I believe the reference is from one of the less successful paths of the Secret Ops fiction, where the captain is grousing about what terrible pilots you are. But...
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    A question about naval tactics

    Funny, what I didn't like about Homeworld were the 3D formations. :) They were pretty, but didn't seem to add much. Sometimes the formations were more of a pain to maintain than a help for blasting the baddy of the minute. Anyway, some things to think about: 1) Combat in the air and space...
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    New Images From Titan Released (January 16, 2005)

    Planet or moon? (http://www.iau.org/IAU/FAQ/sedna.html) Some further reading shows that any mass with less mass than a brown dwarf (which is more of a failed star than a planet) that also goes around a star (is part of a solar system) is considered a planet, regardless of how small. (So a...
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    I hate "The Sims"

    "Non-seriously" is a perfectly valid way to enjoy The Sims. Most people (except the obsessive lunatic fringe who like to see how many different virtual wallpaper patterns they can acquire) use it as a bit of escapist fantasy. As Maxis would claim to tell you, their software are "toys", not...
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    I hate "The Sims"

    Don't suppose it ever occurred to you to wonder where the current meaning of the word "lesbian" came from, did you? ;) Actually, the story's not really all that titillating. Basically, Sappho was a Greek poet who wrote about sex/love/whatever between women, and she happened to live on...
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    I hate "The Sims"

    SimFarm was kinda cool, but the crop duster in SimCity 4 (RH/Deluxe only?) was way cooler. Nothing like flying over residential neighborhoods dropping zombie juice on the citizens... oh, sure, it got old fast, but look, ma, polygons!
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    Typhoons Suck!

    To be fair, 4 hurricanes hitting one state for the first time in a 100 years is probably because that sort of thing happens once in a century. ;-) Now, if it happens again next year, or within the next decade, might be time to start worrying... **edit** BTW, isn't that Origins article you...
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    Typhoons Suck!

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Ice_Age http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Medieval_Warm_Period http://www.grida.no/climate/ipcc_tar/wg1/070.htm One thing you have to remember about the "Little Ice Age" is that it doesn't show up on paleoclimatic records, like ice cores, meaning that it was...
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    Typhoons Suck!

    The problem with global warming isn't that the whole planet is getting warmer, but that the planet gets warmer in spots and colder in others, because the whole balance of global circulation is disrupted. New circulation patterns are established when the climate reaches equilibrium again, but it...
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    Typhoons Suck!

    Everything you need to know about typhoons, hurricanes, and cyclones: Typhoons are Asian. Hurricanes are American. Europeans and Africans don't get tropical storms, for the most part. (Although many start off warm regions between South America and Africa.) Global warming may change that...
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    Who to vote for? (for US President)

    Yes, humanity was/will be at its finest hour fighting the Kilrathi.
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    Who to vote for? (for US President)

    Yeah, I don't think the Bush daughters are very hot at all, and they act like, well, their age. :-) Anyway, I'd vote for Ahnold for president, even if I did think his RNC speech was a bit excessive; we wouldn't even have to amend the Terran Confederation constitution/charter/treaty/whatever to...
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    Who to vote for? (for US President)

    I don't think this thread was ever funny (admit it, the attempts at jokes of voting based on their record for fighting the Kilrathi were pretty lame), and to be honest, I think it's a little disrespectful to have tried. The stakes in the upcoming presidential election are much too high. We...
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    Star Trek Online?

    In real life, it'd probably be fun to serve on a science vessel. On a game, it always sucks because you never really discover anything, which is all the fun of exploration. Considering how MMOGs attract power gamers like mad, usually everything gets explored before you ever have a chance to...
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    Who to vote for? (for US President)

    Hey, I'm not in this thread, does that mean you don't hate me? Oh, wait, damn.
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