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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
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
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).
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
@Keen - That's another question, why did Cage restart at that exact moment? He died at different times, sometimes the day after, shortly after landing on the beach (or hours after the landing), sometimes he died on the same day (trying to sneak away and getting run over by a truck, or during training with Rita). Yet he always restarts at the same time, so it's not a simple "24h back in time".
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
As far as I understand it, it's the Omega who has the ability to control time. - As you say, the death of an Alpha is just a trigger, a signal that tells the Omega it has to reset the day. - Cage somehow ceased control of that ability by getting Alpha blood on him (the Omega could no longer restart the day, only Cage could). - So I'm not sure about your first sentence, because I don't think Alphas have any time control powers.
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
@Keen - When Cage tries to run away from the General's office he gets tasered. I'm guessing he was out for a few hours the most, which would mean that the helicopter ride and waking up at Heathrow happen on the same day.
Jun
8
comment Why does Bill Cage wake up in the helicopter?
At first I thought he jumps back in time 24h, but the fight with the Omega happened while it was still dark, and the helicopter flies by Big Ben at 8:40 a.m.
May
28
comment What was the connection between the Mayfly Man, Tessa and the other women?
I'm wondering how the Mayfly man managed to find these women. It's unlikely that their dating profile said "I work(ed) for Major Sholto".
May
7
comment How could Harold Finch keep his fortune while faking his own death?
With his fiancée he used the alias Harold Martin. And it was Harold Martin who died in 2010. - When Finch enrolled at MIT he used the alias Harold Wren. It was Harold Wren who, together with Nathan Ingram, founded the tech company IFT, which made Ingram a rich man (so maybe that's also how Finch got rich). Harold Wren is an alias that he still uses. - I wouldn't be surprised if Harold spread his wealth over several aliases.
May
1
comment In what year is House of Cards set?
Garrett Walker was president from January 20, 2013 – October 28, 2014. He won the 2012 election.
Apr
30
comment Why does FX's Fargo have a 1h13m airtime?
The pilot episode was 70 mins, the regular episodes are 50 mins.
Apr
21
comment Was The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus a Suicide Note?
Officially Heath Ledger's death was ruled an accident, so speculating about a 'suicide note' means speculating about his death being a suicide, which I feel is off-topic here.