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Signed On Apr 9, 2004, 17:38
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30. Re: NASA has trialled an engine that would take us to Mars in 10 weeks Nov 4, 2015, 08:28 Mr. Tact
 
I'm going to have to apply the adage, "If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is" to this one. I hope I'm wrong. The lack of progress in human exploration off this planet has been probably the greatest disappointment in science since the Apollo missions.

Anyone read the Time magazine article on fusion (Nov. 2nd issue)? It was clearly supposed to make you think it's only a matter of time, and possibly a lot less time than you think. But I came away thinking, "Uh. yeah -- probably not in my lifetime."
 
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18. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 3, 2015, 16:21 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Nov 3, 2015, 16:03:
If you'd joined the USN, you would have been able to keep it.
Well, I had it in the USAF. Just had to shave it off for basic training(which probably would have applied in the Navy too), I grew it back immediately after basic. The second time was a odd situation involving an IG inspection which isn't worth explaining. But basically I shaved it off, and then immediately grew it back.
You should! Last year I went with the Tony Stark goatee, and my wife went bonkers for it.
Unfortunately my chin hair never really quite fills in -- oh well.
Every time I shaved down to a 'stache, it lasted just a few hours. I just looked way too much like a pedo. I couldn't stand it.
Yeah, or a 80's porn star. But at this point I know I would hate looking in the mirror without it. *shrug*
 
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13. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 3, 2015, 14:37 Mr. Tact
 
I've had a mustache since I could grow one, roughly since 1982. Since then it's been shaved off twice, both due to my service in the USAF. Over the years I've considered shaving it off several times just to do something different, but in the end I never have.

I have long assumed it made me look "old" and out of touch. You really don't see a lot of them around these days.
 
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6. Re: Out of the Blue Nov 1, 2015, 19:20 Mr. Tact
 
Ouch! Giants score 49 points and lose!  
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 28, 2015, 11:12 Mr. Tact
 
Uh, how could they know it would be terrible (assuming it was) before watching the pilot episode?  
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22. Re: 'Human chimera' Oct 27, 2015, 13:10 Mr. Tact
 
Okay, that is just a bit freaky.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2015, 12:37 Mr. Tact
 
Creston wrote on Oct 24, 2015, 11:52:
Holy shit, dude, let it go. :p
Since 1994, MLB and baseball players themselves haven't exactly given me any reason to think they deserve my attention. However, in my old age I'm starting to relent... the resurgence of the Pirates helps -- "my team" since 1972.
 
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5. Re: Evening Tech Bits Oct 24, 2015, 11:09 Mr. Tact
 
The best part about that Blue -- essentially all true.  
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4. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2015, 11:02 Mr. Tact
 
I haven't yet forgiven baseball for the '94 strike.. so it gets VERY little of my attention, but it's nice to see some new blood in the WS.  
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34. Re: Halo 5 PC Possibilities Oct 23, 2015, 22:03 Mr. Tact
 
RaZ0r! wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 21:20:
I remember Halo 1 PC and never buying anything related to Halo ever again. Things haven't changed for me.
Was it possible to? I don't remember when they dropped the hammer.
 
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20. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2015, 22:01 Mr. Tact
 
I looked at it after you said it was really useful. I won't say I would have found the problem quickly, but as a network guy I am aware that all cabling is a potential source of wifi interference.  
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16. Re: Just killed my WLAN and I hate physics Oct 23, 2015, 20:27 Mr. Tact
 
eRe4s3r wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 19:23:
I must have skipped the part in my physics education where electromagnetic fields could influence radio waves..
Okay, this doesn't make it particularly less weird, but you do realize that radio waves are electromagnetic waves, right? From Wiki:

Radio waves are a type of electromagnetic radiation with wavelengths in the electromagnetic spectrum longer than infrared light. Radio waves have frequencies from 300 GHz to as low as 3 kHz, and corresponding wavelengths ranging from 1 millimeter (0.039 in) to 100 kilometers (62 mi).

Edit: Ha! Walked away for a small task and Genesys beats me to it, oh well.
 
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5. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2015, 11:51 Mr. Tact
 
Necrophob wrote on Oct 23, 2015, 11:40:
"Many Antidepressant Studies Found Tainted by Pharma Company Influence"

I guess I'd be shocked, if I wasn't so jaded. Maybe there's a pill for that?
"I am shocked, SHOCKED! To find out there is gambling going on here."
 
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21. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 23, 2015, 08:25 Mr. Tact
 
It is a very good episode even if it does have a glaring logic flaw. Don't get me wrong, I honestly like it. I just acknowledge that I am suspending my disbelief to do so.

I could believe a race would have a language like that as an "Imperial" language (or whatever) used for special occasions or something like that. But you can't explain how to do math, or computer programming, or how to create a warp drive by using metaphors. Without the suspension of disbelief, it is silly.
 
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4. Re: DOOM Alpha Video Oct 22, 2015, 21:39 Mr. Tact
 
As we would have said back in the day.. IANI (that's "I Am Not Impressed" for those who don't know).

Unless we hear overwhelmingly positive reviews of this upon release, I'm figuring the only way I get it is on sale on Steam for $20 or less.
 
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31. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 21, 2015, 21:38 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 21, 2015, 12:32:
I'll never understand the hoopla around those films. The first and second one were just OK, the third one was terrible.
So are you talking about the Harry Potter movies? The Twilight movies?.. Yeah, I know what you were talking about, but I suspect you get the point. Why you would think your feature film tastes are the only valid ones is beyond me. And to call everyone who has different tastes dumb is beyond dumb.
 
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15. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2015, 14:46 Mr. Tact
 
Thinking about it, I'm not sure I'm getting the terminology right -- it has been a while since I was an active rider.

To be clear, when I am saying clipless, I actually mean the shoes do clip to the pedal but there are no straps over the shoe. Which seems to be an odd usage. The alternative, is the shoes do not clip into the pedal and you have external straps holding the foot to the pedals.
 
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14. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2015, 14:40 Mr. Tact
 
Err, maybe? It would make sense if someone sold stiff soled shoes for that purpose I'm just not aware of it. If you are interested in being able to provide effort through the upstroke, clipless beats clipped.  
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12. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2015, 14:15 Mr. Tact
 
Like I said, the important thing is being able to use a stiff sole shoe. You be surprised how much of a difference it makes.  
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10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 19, 2015, 13:43 Mr. Tact
 
What kind of riding are you going to do? If it is anything more than just joy riding round the neighborhood clipless is the way to go. The big thing is you get to wear cycling shoes which have rigid soles, so you don't waste any effort bending your shoe over the pedals and obviously it allow you to "pull" on the up stroke.

Personally I prefer Look style pedals, but that means wearing shoes you can't walk in.
 
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