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"To avoid criticism do nothing, say nothing, be nothing.."
(Elbert Hubbard)


I studied Physics at the University of Vienna, but I'm interested in all natural sciences.

Since I don't believe in life after death I try to explore and learn as much as I can about this world.


Jun
27
comment Are Sean Bean's characters more prone to die than others?
My problem with the question is that it's open ended, in the sense that the statistics will change over time. So to be accurate, an answer would have to be updated regularily. - Unless someone can find an interview with Sean Bean saying "Yes, I like playing characters who die." one can't definitely say that his characters are more prone to die.
Jun
24
comment Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?
@Bruno - You are making my point. There are also other factors one has to considers, e.g. number of theaters, ticket price, currency conversion, release date, ... - The point is, simply looking at the box office numbers is not enough to draw the conclusion that military movies are as popular outside the US as within.
Jun
24
comment Do “American” military movies generally profit outside of the US?
To me this actually shows the opposite, that those movies are not as well received, because as others have mentioned "outside the US" has a much bigger population than "the US". - Europe alone has more than twice the population of the US. And if you add another big market, Asia, you get more than 10x the population. Yet, the box office outside the US is not 10x bigger.
Jun
22
awarded  Nice Question
Jun
20
accepted Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
Jun
20
answered Is Person of Interest sci-fi?
Jun
18
awarded  Yearling
Jun
10
comment Why did Sherlock choose this solution for Magnussen?
By revealing that he uses a memory palace Magnussen actually gave Sherlock a way to blackmail him. - Sherlock could have threatened to reveal that Magnussen doesn't keep any physical evidence. If the blackmailed people knew that all the evidence is just in Magnussen's head, some of them would probably try to do what Sherlock did at the end: simply kill Magnussen. No Magnussen, no evidence.
Jun
10
comment How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?
Yes, there is an upside to it, as you lay out in your answer, but there is also a downside. Memory doesn't work like a computer harddrive and there is good reason why it's usually wise to make backups of one's files. - An accidental head injury, old age, Alzheimers,... if he misremembers things, or doesn't remember at all, his empire will crumble. Betting everything on one card can make you, but it can also break you.
Jun
10
comment How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?
One solution to deal with a blackmailer is to simply kill him. Why don't the people try to kill Magnussen? Well, Mary did. But Magnussen must claim to have a "fail safe": If you kill me, the information gets released! Of course, if he doesn't keep evidence, then it's an empty threat. So if someone like Mary comes along, he has nothing to bargain with, and his death won't trigger a fail safe
Jun
10
comment Why does Magnussen list “Hounds of the Baskerville” as a pressure point on Sherlock?
I'm not sure how that pressure point would work in practice. Do as I say, or I'll give you frightening hallucinations!
Jun
10
comment How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?
There is of course also a downside to not keeping evidence, as shown by Sherlock at the end of the episode. - Since Magnussen blackmailed powerful people, once can assume that not all of them will just roll over (e.g. Lady Smallwood hired Sherlock to retrieve the letters). What happens when they don't find the evidence Magnussen claims to possess? They will either think he hid it too well, or that he was bluffing. The second conclusion would be a problem for Magnussen.
Jun
10
comment Does Magnussen have no electronic assistance to remember the facts he needs for blackmail?
@NapoleonWilson - Putting Watson in the bonfire was a crime. - Of course, the letters he flashed to Sherlock could have been fake, but at some point he did have the real letters, which begs the question: is it smart to destroy them?
Jun
9
awarded  Nice Answer
Jun
9
comment How is it possible that Magnussen can blackmail so many people without actual evidence?
There is a related question. There are hints that Magnussen actually does keep physical evidence.
Jun
9
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
I thought so as well, but why does Cage killing an Alpha create a "spawnpoint", whereas a Mimic (or Rita) killing Cage does not? - Did Cage actually lose the abilitly when he got the blood transfusion? Because that in turn would mean that the Omega had regained the ability, which begs the question, why didn't the Omega reset the day to save itself? But if Cage never lost the ability then he should have woken up at Heathrow, unless the Omega blood changed something.
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
What also occured to me is that since the Omega was dead, it must have been Cage who triggered that last reset. Maybe subconcioulsy he wanted to go back to a time where he wasn't yet exposed as a coward
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
@Keen - Thanks for the link. Although, I do see some problems with that guy's theory. - Maybe I'll ask another question tomorrow (e.g. why is the Omega dead after the reset?)
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
I think it was said that the Mimics are actually part of one big organism, with the Alphas being the central nervous system, and that it is the Omega (the brain) who has the ability to reset the day.
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
It did occur to me that there might be a ~24h rule, but Cage dying at various times and still "respawning" at exactly the same time made me think that time jumping is more flexible. - Sometimes he lives longer than 24h, e.g. when he and Rita escape the beach, or when he actually reaches the dam in Germany (at one time he suggest to Rita that they stay the night at that abandoned house, so if he had died the next day, he would have jumped back 2 days).