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2013-10-11 09:14:43 AM
I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...
 
2013-10-11 09:19:03 AM
Oh, a useful structural metal. That's different!
 
2013-10-11 09:26:54 AM
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"What are looking at me for?"
 
2013-10-11 09:39:07 AM
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We're boned.
 
2013-10-11 09:42:04 AM

unlikely: I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...


I think you're confusing "low melting point" with "self-repair".
 
2013-10-11 09:46:44 AM
Will it bring back the World Trade Towers?
 
2013-10-11 10:05:12 AM
Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.
 
2013-10-11 10:17:33 AM
I see they've finally begun to reverse engineer the Roswell UFO debris.
 
2013-10-11 10:40:22 AM

slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.


In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.
 
2013-10-11 10:40:54 AM
So what you're saying about the metal is that it comes from Hell?
 
2013-10-11 10:44:53 AM
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2013-10-11 10:44:59 AM

duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.


T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.
 
2013-10-11 10:46:59 AM

dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.


It wasn't great, but it definitely took the paradox part out of it.
 
2013-10-11 10:50:28 AM
Next thing you know, Daleks will not be stymied by stairwells.
 
2013-10-11 10:52:32 AM

Valiente: Next thing you know, Daleks will not be stymied by stairwells.


Don't even joke about that.
 
2013-10-11 11:21:59 AM

duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.


T3 and Salvation are from an alternate timeline that never happened. In my mind, The Sarah Connor Chronicles was the real follow up to Judgment Day.
 
2013-10-11 11:28:43 AM

dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.


Again, T:SCC handled that a lot better, and were heading towards what seemed like a better solution. You'd never be able to stop a Skynet-like AI from happening, so the only way to avoid Judgment Day was to supplant Skynet in history with a better AI that was taught morality and respect for life before it was let loose on the world, which is where I think they were going with John Henry. An AI being created in inevitable, but it turning evil is not.
 
2013-10-11 11:45:05 AM

dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.


They're making a 3rd Alien movie?! OMFG, I cannot wait!

We'll get to see more of Newt and Hicks. And it'll probably take place in some really cool, futuristic setting with lots of neat technology and stuff. And the franchise will take off from there and will never, ever suck or make a stupid film.
 
2013-10-11 12:04:54 PM
I could be wrong but I remember hearing about something like this, in theory at least, like 20 years ago in Engineering school. It's the Nickel alloy that's familiar. Maybe I'm thinking about memory metal, in which Nickel is also involved.

If this new alloy is inert ie non corrosive, it would have massive uses in orthopedic and dental implants. That is for anyone without a Nickle sensitivity.

I really should have stayed in Engineering.
 
2013-10-11 12:11:24 PM

Gecko Gingrich: unlikely: I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...

I think you're confusing "low melting point" with "self-repair".


And I think you people are confusing "some small, very small cracks disappear under carefully controlled conditions in specially selected very small sample of laboratory-made specks" with "this pile of wreckage will now self-reassemble into what it was before and never mind all the other crap a bridge is made of".

More juvenile science porn.
 
2013-10-11 12:12:37 PM

H31N0US: I really should have stayed in Engineering.


Why? So you can stay in school for the rest of your life (at your expense) while you scramble for the dwindling number of jobs left in the West with declining working conditions?
 
2013-10-11 12:19:10 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Gecko Gingrich: unlikely: I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...

I think you're confusing "low melting point" with "self-repair".

And I think you people are confusing "some small, very small cracks disappear under carefully controlled conditions in specially selected very small sample of laboratory-made specks" with "this pile of wreckage will now self-reassemble into what it was before and never mind all the other crap a bridge is made of".

More juvenile science porn.


You don't even know how research works do you?
 
2013-10-11 12:29:30 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: H31N0US: I really should have stayed in Engineering.

Why? So you can stay in school for the rest of your life (at your expense) while you scramble for the dwindling number of jobs left in the West with declining working conditions?


Um what? Get a bachelor's at a state school, plus a year or two for a Master's at a good school (at the school's expense, typically) and there are plenty of jobs out there, especially if you're willing to move. I know you're anti-space... I get it... but what's wrong with Engineering??
 
2013-10-11 12:34:15 PM

dukeblue219: Um what? Get a bachelor's at a state school, plus a year or two for a Master's at a good school (at the school's expense, typically) and there are plenty of jobs out there, especially if you're willing to move. I know you're anti-space... I get it... but what's wrong with Engineering??


The fact that I don't know a single person that's happy with their choice once they leave university. Granted, Montreal is a hell hole of corruption and inept economic policies.

The people with engineering degrees that are happy don't actually do any engineering anymore.

I speak of electrical engineering. And some mech. Software seems to be faring better, as long as you can focus your life energy onto trite applications.

SuperChuck: Quantum Apostrophe: Gecko Gingrich: unlikely: I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...

I think you're confusing "low melting point" with "self-repair".

And I think you people are confusing "some small, very small cracks disappear under carefully controlled conditions in specially selected very small sample of laboratory-made specks" with "this pile of wreckage will now self-reassemble into what it was before and never mind all the other crap a bridge is made of".

More juvenile science porn.

You don't even know how research works do you?


Well, why don't you explain it to me? We are simply investigating some materials here, and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges when there is no evidence whatsoever that you can get "there" from "here".
 
2013-10-11 12:47:49 PM
Quantum Apostrophe: The people with engineering degrees that are happy don't actually do any engineering anymore.

I cannot back this up with data, but as someone in the electrical engineering field, I would suggest that engineers are happier in their jobs than almost any other profession. I am surrounded by people almost obsessed with their jobs. People who stay late at work, unpaid, because they're working on something and want to get it just right. Or, because they're reading up on publications to stay at the top of their field. I certainly know people who don't like their particular job, but none that want out of engineering altogether. Your experience, I feel safe saying, is far from normal.

I speak of electrical engineering. And some mech. Software seems to be faring better, as long as you can focus your life energy onto trite applications.

You suggested engineering was a field in decline as jobs are sent overseas, but there's no way software is a more stable field over the last decade. That's where so much of the outsourcing you alluded to is located. The engineering jobs aren't immune, but they're a whole lot safer than (low-level) software jobs. You can always get a guy in Asia to write some software, but when you need an oil well drilled, a bridge constructed, or a control system configured in a factory, you have to have somebody on-site, hands on, and English-speaking. Those jobs are not going anywhere. Shoot, you get a mechanical or civil engineering degree and move to North Dakota right now and you can name your salary.
 
2013-10-11 12:48:56 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: SuperChuck: Quantum Apostrophe: Gecko Gingrich: unlikely: I'm pretty sure mercury does that already
and in the right conditions, Gallium, too

/better go read TFA...

I think you're confusing "low melting point" with "self-repair".

And I think you people are confusing "some small, very small cracks disappear under carefully controlled conditions in specially selected very small sample of laboratory-made specks" with "this pile of wreckage will now self-reassemble into what it was before and never mind all the other crap a bridge is made of".

More juvenile science porn.

You don't even know how research works do you?

Well, why don't you explain it to me? We are simply investigating some materials here, and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges when there is no evidence whatsoever that you can get "there" from "here".


Right, there's no evidence it's possible so why even try? Let's just stagnate with current technology and never try to make anything new ever again...

All (almost all) discoveries start under limited conditions in a lab. Then you work on ways to make those conditions easier to replicate in a less controlled environment. Brainstorming for potential applications is an important step because it tells you what kind of hurdles you'll have to get over if you want your new technology to be usable in the real world.
 
2013-10-11 12:49:55 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: Well, why don't you explain it to me? We are simply investigating some materials here, and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges when there is no evidence whatsoever that you can get "there" from "here".


You're the only making the absurd leap here. Nobody is suggesting that a demolished bridge will magically rebuild itself from rubble. But, imagine if tiny cracks that formed due to unknown overloading of a bridge could repair themselves over the course of a few weeks? That's a pretty small, achievable goal that would still have huge practical applications.
 
2013-10-11 12:50:25 PM
I think I saw a movie about this once.  Robots from the future sent back this dude made of metal to terminate this chick named Sarah Connor.  But then there was this other robot that was there to prevent her from getting terminated.  I think it was called "The Robots Who Go Back In Time".
 
2013-10-11 01:01:53 PM
Make a metal that doesn't break in the first place.
 
2013-10-11 01:03:08 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: We are simply investigating some materials here, and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges when there is no evidence whatsoever that you can get "there" from "here".


What, not going to go with your usual "we know everything about materials that there is to know" crap in this thread? Pity.

For what it's worth, I too am shocked that this laboratory discovery hasn't been announced with complete plans for every possible application of this unique characteristic that has never been observed before.
 
2013-10-11 01:03:17 PM
Every trans-continental railroad magnate in the nation will be lining up trying to purchase enormous quantities of Rearden's Alloy!
 
2013-10-11 01:05:24 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges


Point of fact: You called me out for that, when I never made that claim.

Please, proceed.
 
2013-10-11 01:17:13 PM

slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.


I believe the subby already made the T2 & T3 reference before the Robert Patrick T-1000 picture.
 
2013-10-11 01:22:33 PM
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2013-10-11 01:24:49 PM

INeedAName: dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.

They're making a 3rd Alien movie?! OMFG, I cannot wait!

We'll get to see more of Newt and Hicks. And it'll probably take place in some really cool, futuristic setting with lots of neat technology and stuff. And the franchise will take off from there and will never, ever suck or make a stupid film.


I saw a teaser trailer for Alien 3, when it was still supposed to be either "Stop the Aliens from reaching earth" or "The Aliens are on Earth".  Black screen, with stars. Camera pulling backwards.  Screams getting louder and louder, "ON EARTH. EVERYONE CAN HEAR YOU SCREAM". Camera pulls backwards thru the Alien3 logo.  End of teaser.

I just about jizzed my pants in the theater right there.  It was attached to a dollar theater showing of Pulp Fiction.

Alien3 actually came out a few years later.  I wanted to cry.
 
2013-10-11 01:26:23 PM
actually, alien3 might've actualyl come out not far from around then, but either case, it was a terrible mess.
 
2013-10-11 01:38:57 PM
 
2013-10-11 02:21:32 PM

Quantum Apostrophe: H31N0US: I really should have stayed in Engineering.

Why? So you can stay in school for the rest of your life (at your expense) while you scramble for the dwindling number of jobs left in the West with declining working conditions?


I make good money as a mechanical engineer. I lost my job in March of 2008, got another in October of 2008, I didn't like it though so I found another one by February 2009 and switched jobs.  I was able to negotiate my way into the same salary that I was making at Job #2 but with an extra week of vacation, and better medical benefits.  Since then I have received a raise ever year but one, moved up the ladder, received a rather large bonus for a successful project, and quarterly bonuses for productivity.

Yeah it's a nightmare out here.....
 
2013-10-11 02:42:32 PM
Now the non-space threads have gone to shiat. Nothing to see here, try Reddit, or your local newspaper, and even Youtube for a more mature comment reading experience
 
2013-10-11 03:04:12 PM
You know I'd never know QA'S was trying to threadshiat if you people would stop responding to him. That would be nice.
 
2013-10-11 03:14:41 PM
They should give some to Metallica. They have been hemorrhaging now for years.
 
2013-10-11 04:14:18 PM

Nurglitch: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 228x320]


Yeah, necrons were my first thought as well.
 
2013-10-11 04:35:07 PM
Darpa self-healing non-tipping endless pursuit soldier replacement is watching you look back in terror.
 
2013-10-11 08:30:55 PM
Wonder how the immune system would react to alloys like this? Nickel is toxic, right?

Self-repairing layered anti-personnel armor? Laminate really thin layers of this material stamped out in sheets through a process. Ballistic hits the layered sheet, causing stress fractures but doesn't break through. Unattended, the armor becomes stiff again. Laminate between each layer with ceramic powder so a pressing process doesn't molest the structure quality of the plates? I dunno. Seems like self-repairing body armor would be a money-maker.
 
2013-10-11 09:13:03 PM

Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.

Again, T:SCC handled that a lot better, and were heading towards what seemed like a better solution. You'd never be able to stop a Skynet-like AI from happening, so the only way to avoid Judgment Day was to supplant Skynet in history with a better AI that was taught morality and respect for life before it was let loose on the world, which is where I think they were going with John Henry. An AI being created in inevitable, but it turning evil is not.


I still hold out hope that we'll still get a proper resolution to that series. It ruined me. I seriously have absolutely no interest in a Terminator story that isn't a continuation of T:TSCC now. The new trilogy they're planning? Couldn't care less. I want to know what happens in a future that never heard of John Connor. I want to know what happened to John Henry/Cameron. What new role does Ellison have to play in all of this? Plus, more of her:

img.fark.net
 
2013-10-11 10:36:10 PM

Jizz Master Zero: Mad_Radhu: dittybopper: duffblue: slayer199: Came for a Terminator 2 or 3 reference...leaving satisified.

In my eyes there are only two movies. The prequel to the greatest work of art ever to be put to celluloid, and Judgement Day.

T3 is good.  If you watch it through to the very end, where you learn that Judgement Day was inevitable.

Decent capstone for that particular trilogy, much like Alien3 is for that franchise.

Again, T:SCC handled that a lot better, and were heading towards what seemed like a better solution. You'd never be able to stop a Skynet-like AI from happening, so the only way to avoid Judgment Day was to supplant Skynet in history with a better AI that was taught morality and respect for life before it was let loose on the world, which is where I think they were going with John Henry. An AI being created in inevitable, but it turning evil is not.

I still hold out hope that we'll still get a proper resolution to that series. It ruined me. I seriously have absolutely no interest in a Terminator story that isn't a continuation of T:TSCC now. The new trilogy they're planning? Couldn't care less. I want to know what happens in a future that never heard of John Connor. I want to know what happened to John Henry/Cameron. What new role does Ellison have to play in all of this? Plus, more of her:

[img.fark.net image 440x833]


Why?

Personally, I feel T2 was a great end to the franchise. I've seen the other stuff, but it's all stupid. It was a flimsy premise held together because Arnold had charisma and blowing shiat up is fun.

All the sequels and shiat? That's what they are: shiat. If we're gonna make some toss away sci fi, let's at least make some NEW toss away sci fi. No more sky net and T-1000s, but some totally new stuff.
 
2013-10-11 11:08:45 PM

poonesfarm: I see they've finally begun to reverse engineer the Roswell UFO debris.

if it could heal itself..would it not be gone already?

 
2013-10-12 11:46:01 AM

Nurglitch: [2.bp.blogspot.com image 228x320]


Came for THE METAL LIVES, left satisfied.

And who the hell let TechBevets in the damn thread?
 
2013-10-12 06:33:13 PM

costermonger: Quantum Apostrophe: We are simply investigating some materials here, and people are jumping all over the place about self-repairing bridges when there is no evidence whatsoever that you can get "there" from "here".

What, not going to go with your usual "we know everything about materials that there is to know" crap in this thread? Pity.

For what it's worth, I too am shocked that this laboratory discovery hasn't been announced with complete plans for every possible application of this unique characteristic that has never been observed before.


I heard that some idiots at Bell Labs just made a new kind of vacuum tube out of sand or something. And it isn't even a tube, and doesn't even have a vacuum in it. 'Transfer resistor', or some kind of bullshiat name.

Who the fark has any use for something like that?
 
2013-10-12 09:21:37 PM

RedPhoenix122: Valiente: Next thing you know, Daleks will not be stymied by stairwells.

Don't even joke about that.



Dude.  WTF?  Get out of my house!

I just (I mean, like a few minutes ago) re-watched ep. 1 of 1988's  Remembrance of the Daleks, and took a break before watching ep. 2.  The ep. 1 cliff hanger, for you youngsters out there, was series' the first demonstration of a Dalek going up stairs. - although that ability had been insinuated by the scenes on the Albert Embankment in 1964's The Dalek Invasion of Earth.
 
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