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Q: What are we supposed to do when someone doesn't understand the question?

Ichthys KingWhat are we supposed to do when a question we ask receives an answer that doesn't help answer the question? There are multiple ideas on the proper responce, which end up summing together to the rule that if someone doesn't understand your question, then you're straight out of luck and aren't allo...

 
 
2 hours later…
12:49 PM
Since it is for fiction, you basically get to make the rules as to why, and the explanation too. Take this dialog for instance.
"I'll introduce you to the project lead. He's a bit of an odd guy, but if you just refer to him as 'Mr. Doe' then he's not too bad, and he can really get the job done."
Mr, Mrs, etc are titles of respect. You earn respect by doing what needs to be done and being valuable. When you're the lowly peon then those above you or that don't respect you can basically refer to you however they want, within whatever guidelines are in place. When you're earned some respect then you get to dictate the terms.
And you can even turn it into a character arch:
Boss: "Hey Larry, I need you to get those reports finished up and on my desk before you leave today."
Mr. Doe: "Ok, will do sir, but can you call me Mr Doe?"
Boss: "Today, Larry."
*Toward the end of the story*
Boss: "Wow, you really pulled this project through. I am seriously impressed, Mr Doe."
Mr Doe: "Thank you sir!"
On a completely separate note, I had a random driving thought today; So perpetual motion is impossible. In an extreme case, eventually the sun will explode and the the machine will stop.
But I kind of wonder if maybe people are asking the wrong question; Maybe instead of asking "how do I make a perpetual motion machine?", they should be asking "How close to a perpetual motion machine can I get?"
 
 
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8:56 PM
Obviously making machines more efficient in general is a major goal in all engineering, but I'm really curious how close to break even a clever engineer could get, where the amount of energy out is almost as much as the amount of energy in.
 
 
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