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  1. Yes, I'd strongly suggest leaving the movies till after the series (aside from the pilot, of course). The list is chronologically accurate (mostly - Lost Tales comes after Crusade, and Legend of the Rangers before A Call to Arms), but it interrupts the flow of the series. And for within each season, there's a recommended viewing order for the episodes. The pilot isn't all that great, and some people aren't fond of the first season either (I'm a fan, though!) so persevere if the show doesn't grab you immediately. I like Crusade, though what order to watch it in is a real nightmare due to network meddling (eg there are two different first episodes). If you can tolerate a lack of closure, I'd recommend it. My suggested viewing order:
  2. It's relevant in that it's evidence that she really meant it when she told him to kill himself. She's not exactly an uninvolved bystander here. I don't think discouraging such behaviour online would be a bad thing.
  3. Only one monster can approach at a time. And there's the time dilation effect - something like a second in the rift equals a day outside? Optimistically, they could hold out for hundreds of years, but without food or water, not much more than that. Certainly not till the end of time. Perhaps being in the rift eliminates their bodily needs as well as dilating time? That does seem to be a standard property of temporal weirdness, eg when people are subjected to rapid ageing they actually get old instead of instantly starving to death and their young corpse undergoing accelerated decay.
  4. Definitely a clone; that's his standard operating procedure (or if it wasn't, it's out of character and bad writing). It was weird that they didn't make it obvious onscreen, though. I hope so. Perhaps not as often, but he certainly should be back.
  5. I completely agree with you that healthcare shouldn't be handled by the private sector, but I'm less convinced that the same logic doesn't apply to other industries. It's easier to add incentives to innovate and improve to public producers than it is to prevent private producers from behaving undesirably in response to free market incentives. Health insurance companies have the same incentives as any other industry to compete by appearing to offer better and/or cheaper products than their competitors, and other industries have the same incentives to minimise costs. The downsides might be particularly obvious and serious with healthcare, but they exist in other industries as well.
  6. The incentives are a bit more complicated than that. What sells is the perception of quality, which isn't necessarily the same as actual quality, and planned obsolescence is a problem.
  7. The whole point is that people won't have to be productive any more if they don't want to. The big problem is resource allocation; in theory, we should have a universal basic income that lets everyone live comfortably, but in practise we'll probably hang on to the current system for much too long and have unemployment and poverty levels that make the Great Depression look like a picnic.
  8. Perhaps. I wouldn't care to put an exact timeframe on it, and it's a gradual change that's already in progress, not something that will happen overnight.
  9. For a few more years, anyway; automation is approaching the point where we should soon be living in a post-work utopia of unlimited free time, though without major changes to how the economy works it's likely to end up more towards the dystopian end of the scale.
  10. Huh. That's weird. Ah, it's because you have multiple regional party lists rather than just one list for the whole country? So each region has the potential to generate overhang to ensure local proportionality within a relatively small number of seats, not just national proportionality?
  11. Ooh, that's a nice triptych.
  12. But one of them has a kitty!
  13. Or whether "sensible" is even a factor. They could build or grow Dyson structures just because it seems like a cool idea.
  14. 20 years or more would work better for actor ages (I assume we'd want at least occasional guest appearances by TNG-era characters).
  15. What would have happened to you if you did have an unforseen illness or accident during that time?
  16. The problem is that if you compress them too much, you get nuclear fusion (and if you don't compress them too much, they can be compressed more so the rod isn't impossible to deform). Even if you somehow had enough energy to create it, and assuming there's enough matter in the universe, a single atomic nucleus a light year long would be... quite a long way up the periodic table. Elements tend to get more unstable the higher up they are, so this new element would probably not have the properties we'd want in a rod. Also, it would probably be a black hole, which would present additional difficulties in pushing on one end, and in determining whether or not the bell rang at the other end.
  17. Why can't the universe itself be necessary existent? And even allowing for a necessary existent outside the universe, why assume it's a sentient being?
  18. 5 minutes? Hahahahahahahahahahaha. Try once an hour in the evenings.
  19. I don't think there's any probing involved; I'm no expert, but I think it's typically more along the lines of "please stop using adblocker" being included by default for everyone, but loading the ads removes it. Stylish can also hide Facebook's annoying "please log in" message.
  20. The "Stylish" plugin for Firefox lets you add custom css to websites, eg "div.promoted-tweet {display: none !important;}"
  21. It gave him the ability to fight another god, it explained how he survived using the Infinity Stone in the first installment, and it may well have further ramifications down the track even if he can't reshape planets any more. And I'm not sure he really has lost all his power; if he didn't have power of his own, rather than merely access to Ego's, what use would he have been he to Ego?
  22. Try https://streamable.com/pmp54
  23. You believe he has any thoughts on how it actually works? I rather doubt his understanding is any deeper than "water pumps need priming, and the economy pumps money so it needs priming too".
  24. A dangerously powerful person with no emotional maturity throwing a horrific tantrum when things don't go their way?
  25. One thing that does remain limited in a UBI utopia is space. We can't all have beachfront summer homes unless we put massive skyscrapers along the entire coastline of the planet, which I don't think is really optimal. Though it should be possible for anyone who wants to to take the occasional vacation by the seaside, rationed according to demand.