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Review of chapter "Confrontations" from bookworm
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Here are a couple screenshots of Vince from the first episode, since the only ones Google comes up with are pretty dim and poor quality: https://www.dropbox.com/s/oxchpu0n1qqy83r/Screenshot-2014-10-23-21.42.png?dl=0 https://www.dropbox.com/s/7vfgqnymp2qmq69/Screenshot-2014-10-23-21.44.png?dl=0 It's possible he bleached his hair to start with and it's gotten darker (I've only watched the first season and just into the second, since starting to read this story), but those look blond to me, or at least light brown. I feel like the relentless paleness (especially of his eyebrows) is part of what made him so menacing.

At any rate, this is a very minor detail without much impact on the story as a whole, but it stuck out for me.
Comments from author:
Hmmm... Why do I think of him as having black hair? I must contemplate this subject...
Review By [bookworm] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"About scientific journals, sometimes you have the opposite problem. For example, there was a scandal a few years ago when some people submitted a computer-generated paper to a bunch of CS conferences, and the paper was accepted. (The idea was to prove that those conferences were just a way to get money from attendance fees.) Then they wrote a real paper, presented at a more reputable venue, about their program that generated grammatically correct papers confusing enough to be accepted to these kinds of conferences. :)

And of course the "vaccines cause autism" article that has been disproven dozens of times, but keeps getting quoted by people who make a nice living scaring people about vaccines.

Comments from author:

There are tons of submitted - and accepted - papers which have then been shown not to hold up to proper evaluation. That's how science works."

*****

Recalling the prank/experiment where some _real_ scientists subbed a paper to a journal in another field. It was accepted, then they revealed that it was deliberate gibberish.
Comments from author:
Once you have a language parser good enough to sound like stilted English, you can do pretty much anything like that. All you have to do is write your grammar rules and feed in your vocabulary lists for nouns, pronouns, verbs, etc. Heck, I did something like that (although vastly simpler) for a comp sci class in the 70's. Nowadays, Siri can parse spoken speech and MS Office can grammar-check better than most people.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Zeviz
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About scientific journals, sometimes you have the opposite problem. For example, there was a scandal a few years ago when some people submitted a computer-generated paper to a bunch of CS conferences, and the paper was accepted. (The idea was to prove that those conferences were just a way to get money from attendance fees.) Then they wrote a real paper, presented at a more reputable venue, about their program that generated grammatically correct papers confusing enough to be accepted to these kinds of conferences. :)

And of course the "vaccines cause autism" article that has been disproven dozens of times, but keeps getting quoted by people who make a nice living scaring people about vaccines.
Comments from author:
There are tons of submitted - and accepted - papers which have then been shown not to hold up to proper evaluation. That's how science works.
Review By [Zeviz] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from DieselDriver
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What a MARVELOUS neighborhood watch they have there. The Macks probably live in the safest neighborhood in the world.

I'm really looking forward to what you have planned for Alex. It's bound to be fun. (Fun to read, not to be involved in...)

Edit to comment reply to dcarson: "the plate tectonics arguments, but I have seen important paradigm shifts" and I thought "hmmm a paradigm shift for some continental shift". Then I thought, "hmm. Continentals don't have manual transmissions so their drivers must be 'shiftless' ".
Comments from author:
I pity the next burglar who tries to break into a house in that neighborhood.
Review By [DieselDriver] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from SilverWave
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Good old fashioned fun :-)

I would have went with a very large numbers of Nukes - you would only need one to get through.

Of course you would probably lose New York Or Washington in a retaliatory strike by empire sleeper squads, but thats why you have Vice Presidents.

:-)

Also anti-ICBMs are probably very unreliable - IMC snake oil salesman.
"So Ivan, how many of these things have successfully taken down an ICBM..."

Or if you are not playing games:
Massive series of conventional explosive missile strikes mixed in with nerve gas delivery, followed by cruise missiles loaded with nukes ending with a massive ICBM strike.
Comments from author:
Somehow, I feel that a large number of South American countries might object to that approach. And there is no way Alex would go along when Jack and Willow were in there!

But yes, that is probably some country's secret back-up plan in case the heroes lose.
Review By [SilverWave] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Difdi
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I love it. Some towns have cancer clusters, Paradise Valley has GC-161 clusters!
Comments from author:
:D I have been warning everyone for some time about this.
Review By [Difdi] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Xovervore
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For fanreaderonetwo - that is one of [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarke%27s_three_laws]Clarke's laws[/url], that Arthur C. Clarke created - the most famous is of course his third law.
Comments from author:
Yep. And it is the one that has been parodied and twisted. Girl Genius comes to mind.
Review By [Xovervore] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from LordSchmodder
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*ouchie*
I'm really curious how this will end.
Thank you for writing this!
Comments from author:
Thanks for reading. And I'm sure Hanna is not worried. Okay, she *should* be worried. But Hanna doesn't worry like I do.
Review By [LordSchmodder] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Vld
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So, they've been monitoring Eddings for a while, huh? Hopefully that means Lupo is still a good guy. Knowing your ability to throw curve balls whenever you want, i don't know what to believe right now. So i'll hope for the best but expect the worst.
Actually, my best case is that Tobias is actually working for the DHS since the alien fungus (or whatever it was) incident, and has convinced Jack and Lupo to be her liaison. Lupo for obvious reasons, and Jack because... well, he's Jack.

Damn, i was hoping we would see Hanna's raptor fight!! This would have been soo cool!

Oh, i can't wait for the inevitable talk between Danielle and Tera! "Ohohoho! Stupd girl, walking into my trap like that!" and Tera going "Noooo... that was a trap?" with sarcasm, then "you know Danielle, when something looks too good to be true? It usually is."

Carter and UM look like a pretty good team. The same for Bat-Crush. Wonder where Batgirl was during all the fighting, but i'm thinking she may be the character everyone ignores when they really shouldn't.

Wow! GC-Men to the rescue! (Like the X from X-Men represents the "X-Gene", the GC represents...) So, Cyclops-Devil (or is it Dare-Cyclops) and Human-Sun or Sun-Torch? I can't think about any equivalence i DC so...
Comments from author:
I didn't think that Hanna vs. four velociraptors would be fair. As soon as she got in trouble, out would come the heavy weapons and it would be over.
Review By [Vld] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from Philister
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I am looking forward to the final (?) battle between the SRI / Justice League in waiting and the Evil Empire / Collective and I think you've done a great job of setting everything up. That said, though, I'm not quite enjoying these last few chapters as much as I did most of the story before that. I can't really put my finger on why, but part of it is probably the vastly reduced presence of Alex, who was always kind of the POV for the reader in these stories. She's still there, yes, but these last few chapters have been told mostly from other people's POV. Unavoidable in certain ways, but when I got to the part where Alex took out that missile defence thing, I actually had to briefly remind myself that - yes - Terrawatt is part of the attack force. It almost slipped my mind.

So here is hoping that the next chapter will be a lengthy battle between Alex and Danielle, which will bring Alex right out of her funk and reestablish her as the number one hero in this world / story.
Comments from author:
Oh, Alex will be there. But there's a lot of other stuff going on too.
Review By [Philister] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fpb
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Little old ladies can wear Cyclops goggles without anyone saying anything about it. It's just 'old people stuff'. It looks weird on Scott Summers, though.

Not really. He just needs to wear cyclists' gear. Sports cyclists often wear glasses that go all the way around the face. I used to have a pair myself.
Comments from author:
He does have options other than what he has worn for half a century.
Review By [fpb] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from (Recent Donor)draconin
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I really do hope you have something suitably gruesome in store for our dear Maggie? ::rubs hands and cackles, pets white cat::
Comments from author:
You'll just have to wait and see. But you won't have to wait all that long.
Review By [(Recent Donor)draconin] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Confrontations" from dcarson
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I joined the credit union I belong to when I worked for a big company (join one, much better then banks). Membership has to be limited by some factor like who you work for or where you live but can allow several groups to qualify. So besides the bigco you could be a member if you worked at the State Police barracks a half mile away. Never heard of any robbery attempts but makes a extra safeguard that actually makes money.


Really major changes in a science often need to wait for enough of the old guard to retire. Which is still faster then in many fields.
Comments from author:
In my experience, it may just require that enough of the old guard do serious evaluation of the new theory and then agree publicly. I wasn't around for the plate tectonics arguments, but I have seen important paradigm shifts in a variety of hard and hard-ish sciences. As long as there are real scientists among the old guard, some of them will treat the proposal seriously and at least test it.

On the other hand, I have also seen a new theory proposed, then testing reveal that it did not hold up, and then the proposers having to admit that they didn't do a decent job with their experiment and/or their safeguards and/or their analysis. (Or else the proposers are scam artists who are not publishing in real journals and are just trying to get money from rubes, as seems to be the case with 'nutrition' claims that go straight to pills you can buy over the counter with no real scientific studies involved.)
Review By [dcarson] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"The legendary robber who hits that donut shop that happens to be across the street from the police station so it has twenty armed police officers in it.

All of them are in uniform."

*****

Heard a similar story in a TV show referring to a robber that hit a bank with a dozen plainclothes FBI agents there on their lunch hour to cash their paychecks. Oops!

RL

There is a large coffee shop nearby I have frequented. Its open 24 hours and is right on the Interstate highway so it gets huge amounts of business.
Often there are a half a dozen marked police/sheriffs cars in the lot and a dozen or more armed cops in uniform eating.
I've wondered if some idiot robber has ever walked into it.....
Comments from author:
Probably. The coffee shop owners no doubt still tell the story. And laugh.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Return" from fanreaderonetwo
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"But inevitably, the journal is controlled by people who believe the classic science, and they choose the big names in the field to review papers - and they also believe the classic science. So people have to be willing to say 'wait a minute, this contradicts what I believe, but they have evidence - I think this needs to be published and read and tested and evaluated'. People who can do that are scientists, regardless of the subject."

*****

Recalling a quote from ????? IIRC the idea started during WW2 and the V2 rockets.

If a distinguished elder scientist says that something is quite possible, he is likely correct. If one tells you something is impossible, he is possibly wrong.
Comments from author:
Yep. Arthur C. Clarke. I might have cited this one in my Bufft/TBBT crossover along with the best-known one.
Review By [fanreaderonetwo] • Date [23 Oct 14] • Not Rated
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