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How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

camperdave Re:LOL (317 comments)

Comparing a $10 USB stick with an SSD is like comparing turtles to cheetahs. Those USB sticks might write at 2-5 megs/sec. Maybe. 1/100 the speed of a good SSD. It's not a cromulent comparison.

That may well be, but have you ever looked at a turtle's drag coefficient?

11 hours ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

camperdave Re:What people want... (453 comments)

Granted. However, the problem with public cars is, that because of the societal dictate of a 9-5 workday, everybody needs the car at the same time. Further, because of the layout of the typical city (businesses in the core, residences on the outskirts) the cars would be spending half of their travel time empty. In the morning, they would go to the outskirts, pick up people, and drop them off downtown. Then they would drive empty back out to the outskirts to pick up the next batch of travellers. The reverse would happen during the evening. If we had more homogeneous city layouts, mixing residential and business, commutes would be shorter and public cars more effective. Why, for example, do we not have combined office/residential buildings? It would sure cut a lot of commuting if all a person needed to do to get to work was to take the elevator.

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

camperdave Re:What people want... (453 comments)

How about buses, trains, boats, and airplanes?

What part of "affordable, on-demand, point to point, weather-resistant transportation" did you not understand?

2 days ago
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In a Self-Driving Future, We May Not Even Want To Own Cars

camperdave What people want... (453 comments)

What people want is affordable, on-demand, point to point, weather-resistant transportation for themselves and their cargo. Until the transporter gets invented, the automobile is the closest thing we have.

2 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

camperdave What would happen? (235 comments)

What would happen if the Russians just decided to keep the International Space Station going unilaterally? Is there anything critical to the operation of the ISS that only the US can provide?

Or is the ISS getting so old - seals are starting to leak, parts are getting brittle with age and the harsh environment of space - that it's safer to ditch it than to continue to use it?

All in all, it seems like quite a waste to splash a hundred and fifty billion dollar microgravity research station, especially when they're planning on adding new modules to it next year, and in 2017.

5 days ago
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Russia May Be Planning National Space Station To Replace ISS

camperdave We'll build our own station (235 comments)

We'll build our own station... with blackjack and hookers!
In fact, forget the station.

5 days ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

camperdave Re:Really? (519 comments)

It's not a matter of adding an RTG. It is a matter of *substituting* a pile of solar panels with an RTG. Solar panels aren't exactly massless. So the tradeoff is mass per watt, not simply mass.

When it comes to RTGs vs solar, the basic rule of thumb I've read is that solar is good sunward of the asteroid belt, and RTG is better outward of the belt.

about a week ago
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What Would Have Happened If Philae Were Nuclear Powered?

camperdave Re:I'm quite surprised it wasn't (519 comments)

NASA is almost out of Plutonium.

... and I'm almost out of ketchup. However neither has any bearing on ESA's Philae mission.

about a week ago
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Blowing On Money To Tell If It Is Counterfeit

camperdave Daylight Readable (112 comments)

Can any of these biomimetic technologies be put to a better use: a low power, sunlight readable, full color display system?

about a week ago
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UK Hotel Adds Hefty Charge For Bad Reviews Online

camperdave Re:Contracts (306 comments)

In the UK, national trading standards laws trump point-of-sale contracts in retail transactions.

Laws trump contracts pretty much everywhere and in every circumstance.

about a week ago
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City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

camperdave Re:Toronto Municipal Gov't divided (168 comments)

Is your car driven by someone with CPR training?
Is your car driven by someone who has passed a criminal background check?
Is your car required to have snow tires?
...

It's about more than mere automobile safety.

about a week ago
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US Marshals Auctioning $20M Worth of Silk Road's Bitcoins

camperdave Re:But the case hasn't even started! (119 comments)

Then explain why every apartment complex will refuse cash and tell you to go get a money order to pay your rent?

There are security issues with handling, storing and transporting tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of cash that the apartment complex would rather not deal with.

about a week ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

camperdave Re:We may hear from Philae later (337 comments)

You have a far better chance of winning the top prize in every major state lottery for the next ten years.

about a week ago
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Robots Put To Work On E-Waste

camperdave Re:Isn't that creepy for them? (39 comments)

Imagine a picture of a robot holding up a motherboard, captioned with the words "Alas, poor Yorick..."

about a week ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

camperdave Re:The problem with certifications (276 comments)

In other words, the error correction process is moved up to layer eight.

about a week ago
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World's Youngest Microsoft Certificated Professional Is Five Years Old

camperdave Re:Too bad for MCPs? (276 comments)

There is a third option: The boy is a "paper" MCP. He knows the right answer to the questions, but doesn't understand the reasoning behind it.

about a week ago
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MARS, Inc: We Are Running Out of Chocolate

camperdave Re:The Fix: Buy good Chocolate! (323 comments)

One, it's amazing the things some people would rather have than money.

Money is pretty useless. You can't eat it or shelter yourself from rain with it.

Canada's new polymer bills would make for a fairly waterproof shelter, if you layered them properly.

about two weeks ago
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Philae's Batteries Have Drained; Comet Lander Sleeps

camperdave Re:We may hear from Philae later (337 comments)

It's not escaping from the comet that's the difficult part. It's the slowing down enough to enter Earth's orbit. First, Philae is already travelling well beyond Earth's escape velocity, so you've got to slow down a lot before you get anywhere near to an orbit; and Philae and the comet are only going to get faster as the days and weeks to perihelion tick by. Even at Aphelion the comet is travelling at half of Earth's escape velocity. Second, Philae has no heat shield, so you're not going to be able to knock off any serious amount of speed through aerobraking. Third, Philae has only one thruster, which can be fired once only and only at full strength (and that thruster has already failed). Fourth, even if you could somehow remotely fix the thruster, Philae can only orient itself in one plane. So, you only have one chance at a course correction. Fifth, 67P (and Philae with it) doesn't get close enough to the Earth to do any appreciable gravity assist manoevres (the closest it gets is halfway between Mars and Earth). Finally, and most importantly, Philae has no way of launching itself, so its going to have to rely on a violent outgassing, which only happens near perihelion.

So, Philae would have to be blasted off of 67P by a random yet serendipitous outgassing that throws it clear of the comet, without destroying it, at an attitude that the single reaction wheel can compensate for, on the off chance that the previously malfunctioning thruster can somehow push it on a perfect course of multiple Jupiter/Mars flybys that would cut the lander's speed in half, allowing it to settle into an orbit around Earth. The odds against it are, if you'll pardon the pun, astronomical.

The only way Philae will see Earth again, barring some future trophy hunting space jockey, is as a harbinger of 67P's crash into the planet.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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HUGO Winning Author Daniel Keyes has died.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 5 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Author Daniel Keyes, 86, died June 15, 2014.

KKeyes is best known for his Hugo Award winning classic SF story “Flowers for Algernon” (F&SF, 1959), the Nebula Award winning and bestselling 1966 novel expansion, and the film version Charly (1968).

Keyes was born August 9, 1927 in New York. He worked variously as an editor, comics writer, fashion photographer, and teacher before joining the faculty of Ohio University in 1966, where he taught as a professor of English and creative writing, becoming professor emeritus in 2000. He married Aurea Georgina Vaquez in 1952, who predeceased him in 2013; they had two daughters."

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SpaceX to unveil manned Dragon Capsule.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 6 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is set to unveil the Dragon V2 at a media event from Hawthorne, California, tonight at 7 pm. Pacific. The ‘Dragon V2’ is an upgraded, man rated version of the unmanned spaceship that has made several successful cargo trips to the International Space Station. The new craft will carry a mix of cargo and up to a seven crewmembers to the ISS. According to Musk, this is "Actual flight design hardware of crew Dragon, not a mockup,"

Following the space shuttle’s forced retirement in 2011, US astronauts have been totally dependent on the Russian Soyuz capsules for ferry rides to orbit and back. The crisis in Ukraine, which has resulted in some US economic sanctions imposed against Russia, also has the potential to threaten US access to the ISS as the Russian government considers reciprocal sanctions of its own.

“Sounds like this might be a good time to unveil the new Dragon Mk 2 spaceship that @SpaceX has been working on with @NASA.” Musk tweeted.

SpaceX is one of three commercial space companies competing for funding from NASA's Commercial Crew Transportation Capability program.

Anyone wishing to watch the unveiling can join the webcast at www.spacex.com/webcast at 7:00pm Pacific, 10:00pm Eastern."

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How Do You Sort?

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 9 months ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I was recently going through a pile of receipts and other papers to put them into date order. Lacking one of those fancy sorting sticks they have at the office, I wound up with all sorts of piles and I was getting confused as to which pile was for what when it struck me: Why don't I use one of the many sorting algorithms I learned back in my computer science classes? So swept all the papers back into the box and did a radix sort on them. It worked like a charm. Since then, I've had occasion to try quicksorts and merge sorts.

So, when you have to physically sort things, what algorithm (if any) do you use?"
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Doug Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse, dies at 88

camperdave camperdave writes  |  about a year ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Douglas Engelbart, inventor of computer mouse and so much more, passed away in the late hours of July 2 at his home in Atherton, California. He was 88 years old.

The idea for the mouse occurred to Dr. Engelbart in 1964 while he was attending a computer graphics conference. He was musing about how to move a cursor on a computer display.

In December 1968, he set the computing world on fire with a remarkable demonstration before more than a thousand of the world’s leading computer scientists at the Fall Joint Computer Conference in San Francisco. In what would later be known as "The Mother of all Demos", he sat on stage in front of a mouse, a keyboard and other controls and projected the computer display onto a 22-foot-high video screen behind him. In little more than an hour, he showed how a networked, interactive computing system would allow information to be shared rapidly among collaborating scientists. He demonstrated how a mouse, which he invented just four years earlier, could be used to control a computer. He demonstrated video conferencing, teleconferencing, hypertext, word processing, hypermedia, object addressing and dynamic file linking, and a collaborative real-time editor."

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Falcon Launches, Dragon in Orbit

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "At 10:43 EST today, SpaceX launched a Falcon9 rocket topped with their Dragon capsule. The objectives of today's launch are: Launch and separate from Falcon 9, orbit Earth, transmit telemetry, receive commands, demonstrate orbital maneuvering and thermal control, re-enter atmosphere, and recover Dragon spacecraft. The launch was scheduled for earlier today, however telemetry problems forced a delay.

Dragon is a free-flying, reusable spacecraft being developed by SpaceX under NASA's Commercial Orbital Transportation Services (COTS) program. SpaceX plans on ferrying astronauts and supplies to the international space station later next year."

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I look forward to the first snowfall...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I look forward to the first snowfall...

        * with a childlike sense of wonder
        * as a reminder to install snow tires
        * meh
        * with a sense of dread
        * It doesn't snow around here
        * because CowboyNeal shovels my driveway"
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Leslie Nielsen, actor, dead at the age of 84.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Leslie Nielsen, star of Forbidden Planet,The Poseidon Adventure and most famously for the Airplane! and Naked Gun comedies, has passed away at the age of 84. For the past twelve days he had been in hospital fighting a case of pneumonia. Nielsen has appeared in over 100 movies as well as numerous television shows, and is probably most remembered for his role as Lt. Frank Drebin in the Naked Gun films."
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When Digital TV Broadcast begins, I will...

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "When Analog TV Broadcasts end, I will:
  • Not care. I don't own a TV.
  • Keep watching via cable.
  • Use a settop box.
  • Break down and get a dish.
  • Stop watching TV.
  • Buy DVDs instead.
  • Fire up a bunch of torrents.
  • Be busy reading Slashdot.
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Star Wars, The Clone Wars

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 6 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I'll see Star Wars, The Clone Wars:
  • The first day it comes out.
  • When it gets to the cheap theatres.
  • Once it hits DVD.
  • When the torrent finishes.
  • If my Significant Other drags me out to see it.
  • When Hell itself freezes over.
  • Not even if Hell freezes over.
  • Only if CowboyNeal buys the popcorn.
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Shuttle Repairs Not Needed

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Apparently, the astronauts won't have to fix the gouge in the heat shield tiles after all.

"After a week of intense scrutiny and a battery of tests, mission managers concluded that the small, but deep, divot in Endeavour's undercarriage will not require repair during a planned Saturday spacewalk, said John Shannon, chairman of NASA's STS-118 mission management team."
From what I understand, there is a structural support frame directly behind the gouge and the NASA folks seem to think this will conduct enough heat away from the shuttle's hull to prevent a melt through."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "Natasha Stillwell, one of the hosts of Daily Planet, will be doing her last show tonight, Fri., Feb. 2 at 7 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT. She has been a fixture on the Discovery Channel's science magazine show since 2002, serving as a co-host alongside Jay Ingram.

It has been a difficult decision to leave Discovery Channel and Canada, but I'm excited about applying my experience to new broadcast opportunities in the U.K.," continues Stillwell. "In the last four years I've been lucky enough to travel the globe, bringing the wonderful world of science back to Canada. It's been a rollercoaster ride of once-in-a-lifetime experiences since the day I arrived; from tracking jaguars in the Argentine jungle, to conversing with robots in Japan and washing the windows of skyscrapers in downtown Toronto! I owe a massive thank you to Paul Lewis and Discovery Channel for the opportunity to work on Daily Planet and I'd like to thank the Canadian public for their warmth and generous support during my time in this magnificent country."
Natasha will be returning to the United Kingdom to pursue professional opportunities closer to her family.

More details here. No announcement has been made yet as to who will be Jay's new co-host."
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camperdave camperdave writes  |  about 8 years ago

camperdave (969942) writes "I am in the process of building a system for a friend. She would like a video capture/TV tuner card of some sort. I have no experience with these devices, so I would like to get the opinion and advice of the Slashdot community. What are the advantages/disadvantages of using PCI based cards vs USB devices? Are there features to look for, such as mpeg encoding? Any caveats, thing to avoid?"

Journals

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2011 Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Well, my days of not taking Slashdot seriously are certainly coming to a middle...
  2. I am a vampire. I may ponder, or mull, or mediate, consider, ruminate, or think about...
    ...but I never reflect.
  3. Flying cars: Bringing stupid into the third dimension.
  4. For there ain't no Bottle in all the world
    Like that dear little Bottle of mine.
  5. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  6. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  7. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.
  8. Woah... Frogger flashback!
  9. What happened?
    He was starting to make sense. So I shot him.
  10. Build a better mousetrap and patent lawyers will beat a path to your door, carrying cease and desist letters.
  11. I'm gonna develop grass that only grows an inch and a half tall, and retire on the hush-money from the mower companies.
  12. I resent that. I am not sleeping on the job. I'm thinking laterally... with my eyes closed.
  13. adoxography: (n) 1. Skilled writing on an unimportant subject. 2. Any Slashdot posting.
  14. What fun it is to laugh and sing a slaying song tonight!
  15. If money is power, why don't we fix the dollar to the kilowatt?
  16. Buy our vacuum cleaners. They really suck!
  17. The pen was considered mightier than the sword until it was discovered that a sword could hack off a person's hands.

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OldSigs2

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. Is a Turing test valid if the human is an idiot? (From ivan256)
  2. Lost: one compass. If found, please return to the guy wandering aimlessly in the woods.
  3. The myth ain't busted 'till Savage and Hyneman blow something up.
  4. "Despite being an elegant and technologically sound solution, I think IPv6 will be adopted universally within a few years." - Sybert42.
  5. To destroy Paminella's tower, bake the hall in the candle of her brain.
  6. Honey, I'll be honest with you. If I could think of an excuse that you would buy, I'd use it.
  7. Maple Flu: A disease affecting Canadians; most prevalent when Canada Day (July 1) does not fall on a weekend.
  8. Camping Tip: You can duplicate the warmth of a down-filled bedroll by climbing into a garbage bag with several geese.
  9. Wild berries can be poisonous, or even cause hallucinations.
  10. Camping Tip: In an emergency, a drawstring from a parka hood can be used to strangle a snoring tent mate.
  11. Camping Tip: The guitar of the noisy teenager at the next campsite makes excellent kindling.
  12. Patents force people to work around patents.
  13. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  14. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  15. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  16. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  17. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  18. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  19. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  20. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  21. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  22. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  23. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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OldSigs1

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 3 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. "I'm not impatient. I just hate waiting" - My Dad
  2. "Any landing you can walk away from is a good one" - Flight Sim Pilot
  3. Life is an adventure
  4. Wake up, Zeke! The day ain't gonna waste itself.
  5. The chicken and the egg came at the same time... along with the toast and orange juice.
  6. There are two kinds of people in the world. Those who are me, and those who wish they were me.
  7. Life... It's what happens around you while you're busy reading Slashdot...
  8. We don't inherit the Earth from our parents. We borrow it from our children.
  9. Can't sig now. Gotta read Slashdot.
  10. But, you have access to the greatest source of knowledge in the universe.
    Well, I do talk to myself sometimes, yes.
  11. "It is my firm belief that helicopters fly because they are so ugly that the ground repels them." - Pittance
  12. Freedom is not just another word for doing whatever the US says.
  13. Everything I needed to know about life, I learnt from reading "Everything I needed to know about life" posters.
  14. We have a blind date with destiny...
    ...and it looks like she's ordered the lobster.
  15. Eyes sore and red from reading Slashdot long into the night?
    There's a Visine for that.
  16. If my dad took a photo, would that make him a "papa"-razzi?
  17. Before: 2 Sith, 100s of Jedi.
    After: 2 Sith, 2 Jedi.
    Qui-gon was right. Anakin did bring balance to the force.
  18. Where can I get one of these?
  19. Mental note: If you're going to clone a grand army, make sure the prototype is a good shot.

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Quotes, Sayings, etc.

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago

  1. Patience is not learned , it is practiced.
  2. It is by the juice of the coffee bean that thoughts acquire speed, the teeth acquire stains. The stains become a warning.
  3. Differences of habit and language are nothing at all if our aims are identical and our hearts are open.

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Sigs

camperdave camperdave writes  |  more than 7 years ago The following is a list of sigs I have had, or will have (in no particular order).

  1. I ache therefore I am, or in my case, I am therefore I ache - Marvin the Paranoid Android
  2. When you talk about damage radius, even atomic weapons pale before that of an unfettered idiot in a position of power.
  3. Never ask a Canadian about global warming during the winter. They'll just say, "Bring it on!"
  4. Camping Tip: Bear bells provide an element of safety for hikers in grizzly country. The tricky part is getting them on the bears.
  5. Camping Tip: Navel lint makes a handy fire starter.
    Warning: Remove lint from navel before applying the match.
  6. We used to watch 2D video on a 3D box. Now we watch 3D video on a 2D box.
  7. Why is the sky blue?
    Well, molecules in the air scatter blue light from...
    I asked why, not how.
  8. Tango Lima; Delta Romeo.
  9. It's not how much gold there is, but who's wielding it.
  10. "This is E.G. Marshall inviting you to return to our Mystery Theater for another adventure in the Macabre. Until next time, pleasant dreams?"
  11. If the lessons of history teach us any one thing, it is that no one learns the lessons that history teaches.

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