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2013-07-11 09:13:38 AM
Out of curiosity... Are we still trying to figure out what our mothers got us nine of?
 
2013-07-11 09:14:43 AM
I would love to see abandoned bases on any of these planetary bodies.
 
2013-07-11 09:17:35 AM
Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.
 
2013-07-11 09:23:23 AM
"New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.
 
2013-07-11 09:25:13 AM
Space exploration and contacting extraterrestrial species might give you a nasty cough, a fever, and fill your sinuses with something you can't even describe, but it's totally worth it.
 
2013-07-11 09:29:18 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: "New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.


What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so? Hmmmm? What then, smart guy?
 
2013-07-11 09:30:11 AM

yves0010: Out of curiosity... Are we still trying to figure out what our mothers got us nine of?


My very excellent mother just served us nothing. Pity her memory erodes.
 
2013-07-11 09:40:09 AM
Also in 2015:

upload.wikimedia.org

/related (full screen or don't bother)
 
2013-07-11 09:46:28 AM

whosits_112: Quantum Apostrophe: "New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.

What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so? Hmmmm? What then, smart guy?


I'd wonder how come they know so much about our biology? And I'd wonder how our tin cans that barely make it to Low Earth Orbit had anything to do with aliens coming here?

Also, these hypotheticals are fun.

What if the aliens live at the center of the Earth? What then, smart guy?

We didn't explore much inside the Earth, maybe they're just waiting for us?

Are you saying we are so helpless and stupid we can't figure out life extension, but we'll figure out space elevators?

Your profile says you're 27. In a few years you'll start to understand why I don't like aging.

I remember my youth too. Youth is undeniably better than oldth. It just is.

What if the money we could save on geriatric medical care could be used to colonize Mars?

What now, tough guy?
 
2013-07-11 09:50:20 AM

A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.


+1
 
2013-07-11 09:56:22 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: whosits_112: Quantum Apostrophe: "New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.

What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so? Hmmmm? What then, smart guy?

I'd wonder how come they know so much about our biology? And I'd wonder how our tin cans that barely make it to Low Earth Orbit had anything to do with aliens coming here?

Also, these hypotheticals are fun.

What if the aliens live at the center of the Earth? What then, smart guy?

We didn't explore much inside the Earth, maybe they're just waiting for us?

Are you saying we are so helpless and stupid we can't figure out life extension, but we'll figure out space elevators?

Your profile says you're 27. In a few years you'll start to understand why I don't like aging.

I remember my youth too. Youth is undeniably better than oldth. It just is.

What if the money we could save on geriatric medical care could be used to colonize Mars?

What now, tough guy?


www.danielyerelian.com


LOL calm your tits, grandpa...
 
2013-07-11 09:59:07 AM

whosits_112: Quantum Apostrophe: "New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.

What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so? Hmmmm? What then, smart guy?


I hear NASA is investing in 3-D printing for spacecraft repair & design:
http://spaceref.com/nasa-hack-space/need-to-repair-a-nasa-spacecraft -j ust-3d-print-it.html
This way we can make long manned voyages into space to meet said aliens and just fix everything that breaks along the way with a 3-D printer!
 
2013-07-11 09:59:44 AM

A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.


Nice. I love those games. I'm getting ready to start #3, and am preparing myself for whatever happens at the end that got everyone's panties in a bunch. (I surprsingly have not spoiled it for myself yet).
 
2013-07-11 10:00:39 AM

whosits_112: LOL calm your tits, grandpa...


Tits, yes, just another wonderful thing middle age has in store for you...
 
2013-07-11 10:02:12 AM

pastorkius: I hear NASA is investing in 3-D printing for spacecraft repair & design:
http://spaceref.com/nasa-hack-space/need-to-repair-a-nasa-spacecraft -j ust-3d-print-it.html
This way we can make long manned voyages into space to meet said aliens and just fix everything that breaks along the way with a 3-D printer!


LOL well of course. I just assume that's exactly where we're headed. I also assume the only barrier to these manned voyages was a milling machine. IN SPAAAAAAACE!!!!!
 
2013-07-11 10:12:04 AM

Gaambit: A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.

Nice. I love those games. I'm getting ready to start #3, and am preparing myself for whatever happens at the end that got everyone's panties in a bunch. (I surprsingly have not spoiled it for myself yet).


Do yourself a favor and download the free Extended Cut so you can have a nice ending experience.  Then, for laughs, just search for the original ending on Youtube.

/apologies if you've already been told this 1000 times
 
2013-07-11 10:27:17 AM
FTFA:The image itself might not look very impressive to the untrained eye, but compared to the discovery images of Charon from Earth, these 'discovery' images from New Horizons look great!


what's that, 12 pixels???  What do the "images from Earth" look like?  2 pixels?  Is there really any value here?
 
2013-07-11 10:30:45 AM

idesofmarch: Gaambit: A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.

Nice. I love those games. I'm getting ready to start #3, and am preparing myself for whatever happens at the end that got everyone's panties in a bunch. (I surprsingly have not spoiled it for myself yet).

Do yourself a favor and download the free Extended Cut so you can have a nice ending experience.  Then, for laughs, just search for the original ending on Youtube.

/apologies if you've already been told this 1000 times


Also, make sure you purchase the Citadel DLC, that shiat was awesome fanservice, and while it doesn't make up for the original shiatty endings and explanations and plot singularities the ending introduces, it does take away a bit of the sting.
 
2013-07-11 10:31:30 AM

idesofmarch: Gaambit: A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.

Nice. I love those games. I'm getting ready to start #3, and am preparing myself for whatever happens at the end that got everyone's panties in a bunch. (I surprsingly have not spoiled it for myself yet).

Do yourself a favor and download the free Extended Cut so you can have a nice ending experience.  Then, for laughs, just search for the original ending on Youtube.

/apologies if you've already been told this 1000 times


Any truth to the rumor that you have to play online to get to see the Extended Cut?

/I actually liked the original ending.
 
2013-07-11 10:37:43 AM

idesofmarch: Gaambit: A_Listless_Wanderer: Q: How many humans does it take to activate a dormant mass relay?

A: 602. Six hundred to vote on it, one to ask the Asari for technical help, and one to request a seat on the Council.

Nice. I love those games. I'm getting ready to start #3, and am preparing myself for whatever happens at the end that got everyone's panties in a bunch. (I surprsingly have not spoiled it for myself yet).

Do yourself a favor and download the free Extended Cut so you can have a nice ending experience. Then, for laughs, just search for the original ending on Youtube.

/apologies if you've already been told this 1000 times


Get the Citadel DLC while you're at it. There's stuff in there that's just... hilariously funny.
 
2013-07-11 10:46:19 AM

meanmutton: Any truth to the rumor that you have to play online to get to see the Extended Cut?


I honestly have no idea - I've always been online with it, never tried it offline.  I think the game itself needs to be connected to work, which sucks, but I've made my peace with, considering I'm always online anyway.
 
2013-07-11 10:47:12 AM

Angry Drunk Bureaucrat: yves0010: Out of curiosity... Are we still trying to figure out what our mothers got us nine of?

My very excellent mother just served us nothing. Pity her memory erodes.


My very endowed mistress just showed us nudity.
 
2013-07-11 10:47:33 AM

meanmutton: Any truth to the rumor that you have to play online to get to see the Extended Cut?


Nope.
 
2013-07-11 10:52:44 AM
I have only seen the extended cut ending so maybe I'm better off, but I didn't think it was that bad.. Disappointing yes, seeing as it was one huge dues es machina, but it certainly didn't ruin the whole series for me like several other people claimed it would.
 
2013-07-11 10:56:38 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: whosits_112: LOL calm your tits, grandpa...

Tits, yes, just another wonderful thing middle age has in store for you...


strangeherring.files.wordpress.com

I like tits!
 
2013-07-11 11:01:19 AM

Copperbelly watersnake: I have only seen the extended cut ending so maybe I'm better off, but I didn't think it was that bad.. Disappointing yes, seeing as it was one huge dues es machina, but it certainly didn't ruin the whole series for me like several other people claimed it would.


**Spoilers for the guy upthread just getting ready to play the game.***

Ruin the series may be a bit strong, but it does cause you to look the events in the last two games and ask "Well if the being that controlled the reapers was there in the Citadel this entire time, why in the flying fark did the last two games even happen at all? For a supposedly advanced millions of years old beings, they sure did shiat the hard and ridiculously stupid way."
 
2013-07-11 11:05:18 AM

A_Listless_Wanderer: Get the Citadel DLC while you're at it. There's stuff in there that's just... hilariously funny.


This. It was fanservice, sure, but it was  damn funny fan service. Totally worth it.
 
2013-07-11 11:21:06 AM

Strik3r: what's that, 12 pixels??? What do the "images from Earth" look like? 2 pixels? Is there really any value here?


Son, we didn't have your fancy 'pixels' in those days.
 i.imgur.com
We had to discover our moons on grainy film, and that's the way we liked it.
 
2013-07-11 11:25:34 AM

Strik3r: FTFA:The image itself might not look very impressive to the untrained eye, but compared to the discovery images of Charon from Earth, these 'discovery' images from New Horizons look great!


what's that, 12 pixels???  What do the "images from Earth" look like?  2 pixels?  Is there really any value here?


It's still 550,000,000 miles away but it hasn't got much else to do so they  might as well take some pictures.
 
2013-07-11 11:39:10 AM

Quantum Apostrophe: I remember my youth too. Youth is undeniably better than oldth. It just is.


Fark that. When you're young you're dumb. I'm doing fine so far.

Sometime I really worry that you'll eat a shotgun because you can't handle being over 40. Go pet a puppy or do some pushups. The pushups will help with the tits problem, too.
 
2013-07-11 11:49:01 AM
www.cloudynights.com

\courtesy Ne0 over at CloudyNights
\\110mm scope
 
2013-07-11 01:02:30 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: whosits_112: What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so?

Are you saying we are so helpless and stupid we can't figure out life extension, but we'll figure out space elevators?


Agreed...that's a silly argument (which of course was intended to goad you). We will develop life extension in due course, and I predict we'll see the first concrete progress within this decade. I just hope I'm around to see it. Being 60 puts me up against the wall a bit...
 
2013-07-11 01:55:56 PM
What is Mass Effect 4 (or 5) going to do with the backstory when by then we'll have pictures of Charon?  The "Charon was actually a frozen mass relay" won't pass the suspension of disbelief test.

I haven't played Citadel yet--the last Mass Effect content I haven't played.  I bought all the DLC for all three games except the extra weapon DLC because the games, especially 2 and 3, were easy enough to not need them.

/subby
 
2013-07-11 01:57:59 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: whosits_112: Quantum Apostrophe: "New Horizons is proving itself to be a perfectly-engineered outer solar system emissary"

Yup, a machine. Send more machines. We can explore space from the comfort of our computer chairs.

What if, the only true way to get life extension, is from aliens that live forever and could help us do so? Hmmmm? What then, smart guy?

I'd wonder how come they know so much about our biology? And I'd wonder how our tin cans that barely make it to Low Earth Orbit had anything to do with aliens coming here?

Also, these hypotheticals are fun.

What if the aliens live at the center of the Earth? What then, smart guy?

We didn't explore much inside the Earth, maybe they're just waiting for us?

Are you saying we are so helpless and stupid we can't figure out life extension, but we'll figure out space elevators?

Your profile says you're 27. In a few years you'll start to understand why I don't like aging.

I remember my youth too. Youth is undeniably better than oldth. It just is.

What if the money we could save on geriatric medical care could be used to colonize Mars?

What now, tough guy?


24.media.tumblr.com

My reaction to your statement.
 
2013-07-11 02:07:50 PM
I'm not as optimistic--I don't think that I will live to see progress on aging, and I'm 31.  It's a very difficult problem that is closely related to cancer.  In fact, aging might have evolved as a way to hinder development of cancer--see telomeres.

Also, if nobody ages, our population will explode.  That, or we get nobody new by strictly regulating births.  Our society seems to rely upon the death treadmill existing, using it as a way to progress.
 
2013-07-11 02:29:55 PM

Myria: I'm not as optimistic--I don't think that I will live to see progress on aging, and I'm 31.  It's a very difficult problem that is closely related to cancer.  In fact, aging might have evolved as a way to hinder development of cancer--see telomeres.

Also, if nobody ages, our population will explode.  That, or we get nobody new by strictly regulating births.  Our society seems to rely upon the death treadmill existing, using it as a way to progress.


How soon you planning to die? Not to be snarky, but there is a thread a bit up on today's Geek tab discussing a HUGE breakthrough in synthetic gene building and engineering. That will yield more breakthroughs that inevitably will lead to practical attacks on cancers, auto-immune diseases and other aging related conditions. I accept that there won't be a single magic pill, but we are already chipping away at the edges of aging and progress will do nothing but continue to accelerate.
 
2013-07-11 03:08:27 PM
Thanks for the info on ME3, guys.

Question: if I download and install all of that DLC before I start, will they become available at the appropriate time as I'm playing? I got the DLC for ME2 after I finished, and it seemed like I could've played the missions at any time in the game (like Firewalker).
And on the Extra ending, if I have that installed before hand, does that mean I won't see the "original" ending, just the new expanded one?

/sorry to derail this...
 
2013-07-11 03:41:31 PM

Gaambit: Question: if I download and install all of that DLC before I start, will they become available at the appropriate time as I'm playing? I got the DLC for ME2 after I finished, and it seemed like I could've played the missions at any time in the game (like Firewalker).
And on the Extra ending, if I have that installed before hand, does that mean I won't see the "original" ending, just the new expanded one?


The DLC missions become available when you reach certain points in the story. There's no "extra" ending. The DLC just makes the ending longer and less stupid. It fixes some plot holes and contradictions and makes much more sense. Trust me; you don't want to see how it used to be.
 
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