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Review of chapter "Mission Highly Unlikely" from SirLee
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Yeah, that may be, but still, if you want to sterilize the thing, you have to pretty much cover the X-37 with thermite. Having just a few very hot hotspots won't be enough. Deploying that much thermite, from a safe distance, rapidly, and then igniting it (thermite burns very hot, but it's not that easy to ignite) -- still from a safe distance -- wouldn't be trivial. By the time they managed to do it, the spores might have been spread by the wind.

OTOH, a Mark 77s are _designed_ to cover stuff in very hot flames -- deployed from the air -- and ignite on impact. And they already have a bunch of them on hand, meaning that they can use them _now_. In this sort of thing, every second matters.

There's the matter of sterilizing the _inside_ of the X-37. Spaceships might be heat-resistant enough to withstand the Mark 77 napalm-analogue, while thermite would almost certainly melt through the hull like the blood of a xenomorph. But then, the hatch was _open_... and the napalm-analogue, being a gel, would probably splash nicely inside. In a closed ship, you don't need that much napalm to turn it into a very, very hot oven.
Review By [SirLee] • Date [16 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Mission Highly Unlikely" from Difdi
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Depending on how robust those spores are, using a Mark 77 could spread viable spores into the atmosphere. They're probably not that robust, but it would be better not to take chances. Thermite woud be a better option, but even then, how robust are the spores?

Edit: Well, if a flame thrower destroys them, a Mark 77 will mess them up real good. Still, better to err on the side of caution, and the incendiary compound used in a Mark 77 isn't as hot as even the World War 2 version of thermite -- modern formulations burn MUCH hotter. Thermite (old or new) is the hottest incendiary around, short of an atomic bomb. Given what the spores do, I can't see anyone saying "Well, this might work or it might not, and we only have one shot at it, succeed or we're all dead. So we're going to use something less than our best just because."
Comments from author:
Mark 77s are pretty impressively hot, and they spread that temperature spike really well. In canon, old-fashioned flamethrowers were plenty.
Review By [Difdi] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Rating [10 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Mission Problems" from Kilroy
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Alex has certainly had a busy January. hope she gets a little more time off.
Comments from author:
I think you'll find that I deliberately didn't schedule Alex's life like a 22-episode tv show. Some weeks are ridiculously crowded, while some weeks are so boring they hardly even get noticed in passing.
Review By [Kilroy] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Rating [9 out of 10]
Review of chapter "Ghost Story" from raxadian
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Well, I guess is gonna be hard to find an antidote for the kids, unless it exists?
Comments from author:
That will turn out to be a relevant plot point.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Poltergeist" from raxadian
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Well, invisible girl like in Buffy universe?
Comments from author:
That's a real possibility. Invisibility, telekinesis, mind control... There are a lot of options.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Conversations" from raxadian
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Well, all those years sucking at covering her secret identity are making it so anyone who checks her past will at least suspect her, damn.
Comments from author:
Bear in mind that Alex was so bad at covering her tracks that in the tv series, even Dave Watt - who may have been the dumbest guy to ever appear in the tv series - figured it out.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meeting II" from raxadian
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Well, her universe has no magic. But maybe it has mutants?
Comments from author:
It certainly has humans who can gain superpowers from a mere exposure to biochemicals, so that's pretty darn close.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Meeting" from raxadian
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Well, let's see if they can crack Willow...
Comments from author:
Nonsense, she's Willow! :D
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Excursion" from raxadian
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I guess is someone she knows?
Comments from author:
Absolutely. Well, sort of.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "I Got Trouble in my Town" from raxadian
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Well, can you spell screwed?
Comments from author:
Let me see. S.. C... Oh wait, you were asking a rhetorical question. :D
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Next Steps" from raxadian
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Basic is not really used anymore, I should know, since I learned Basic. So unless you use a DOS emulator to run basic programs for a library or accounting something like that.

And there is Python, Python is the new BASIC and is real beginner language, of course, that depends on the timeframe you are using for the story. If it is set in the late nineteens Basic would still be used in a lot of computers. But since you mentioned DVDs and cell phone cameras it has to be at least early twenty-first century. But Python first version appeared in 1991, so a geek like willow should know about it. Of course is possible she doesn't mention it because some not consider it a real language. And there is the whole deal that programming with Python is too easy and doesn't teach you anything. print ("The more you know!")
Comments from author:
Sorry, but I like Perl much better than Python, so Willow does too. And BASIC is still being used in certain vertical applications, just as COBOL is. I've been told that even Algol is still out there in certain private business apps that are too sacred to touch, but I have not seen it.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "In Between" from raxadian
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A few chapters back, you said it was gonna be a DVD, now you say is gonna be a CD. A DVD is not that much expensive than a CD, especially when you buy it in bulk. And even in the time frame the story is set, considering they plan to include videos, a DVD works better.
Comments from author:
Well, they're still in the planning stages on this. Bear in mind that the whole plan is more than a year off for them
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Response" from raxadian
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Yeah, that would be much safer.
Comments from author:
Oh wait, I guess there is some telling when it comes to Atron.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Threat" from raxadian
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Well, I bet the next plan will be using the antidote in Superhero Girl, then torture or kill her.
Comments from author:
There's no telling when it comes to Atron.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
Review of chapter "Another Kind of Reveal" from raxadian
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Well, can't say I didn't saw it coming...
Comments from author:
Yep, some things are just predictable.
Review By [raxadian] • Date [15 Apr 14] • Not Rated
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