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Comment Re:Wildly expensive (Score 3, Insightful) 97

And that got me to thinking... when MST3k first started up, they were totally under the radar and an unknown. They should have been able to buy the rights to crappy B grade sci-fi movies for dirt cheap. These were the kinds of movies small indie TV stations would play at 2 AM and I bet they were practically free to broadcast. MST3k could also claim very low distribution and viewership initially. Now, everyone knows what the show is about, and knows that the number of viewers will be much higher. So I have a hunch the copyright holders of these older movies will try to get much larger licensing fees out of MST3k this time around.

Comment Re:Missing the point a bit? (Score 1) 122

a symbolic algebra coprocessor (via ssh)

That just made my brain hurt. From a technical point of view, there is no real usefulness in having the rPi take part of the computational load off of your main machine (which is the point of a co-processor) to perform these kinds of functions. And, if you're willing to bend over backwards to run something external to your device, then you might as well just use Wolfram Alpha online.

Comment Re:He she said (Score 1) 594

Not only that, but it flew over it twice. You can clearly see how the bomber made a big oval loop, overlapping exactly twice over Turkey. Thus whatever they were targeting was along that overlapping path that crosses through Turkey. More than likely there were hitting targets right on the border of Turkey or extremely close to it.

Comment Re:I have an idea (Score 1) 594

Didn't we elect someone to get us the hell out of some sandy region where everyone hates everyone else

That is exactly what has caused this. Iraq was not nearly stable enough to take over its own security. As soon as the USA pulled out, 100+ former Saddam Hussein military officers formed ISIS. Then in addition to that, Obama funnels weapons to Islamic "moderates" to topple Assad, further destabilizing the region. There's pretty much nothing Obama could have done any worse to inflame the Middle East and result in the formation of ISIS.

Comment Re:it was just too long (Score 5, Interesting) 175

Agreed. Before I even saw the first movie, I said, "I'd rather have a 9-movie series doing The Lord of the Rings rather than 3 long movies about The Hobbit."

I had a couple issues with LOTR - one being Aragorn's "reluctant hero" portrayal in the movie. In the books he knew his lineage and his destiny. He took 5 minutes just saying his name and rolling off his bloodline and claim to the throne. He carried around Narsil for pete's sake.

However, my biggest gripe is totally cutting out the moral lesson LOTR teaches. That was in the form of Tom Bombadil and the Scouring of the Shire. Both teach the same lesson (especially the Scouring of the Shire), which is that we are responsible for making the world a better place. It is up to us as individuals to play that role.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 2) 387

NASCAR is intended to be a racing skills competition, not an engineering skills competition. The performance capabilities of the cars are capped in numerous ways so that ostensibly drivers with the best skills accumulate the most points over the season. This is pretty much true of athletic sports too. Take baseball for example. Is it possible to engineer a bat that can hit a ball further than the bats used in MLB? Absolutely. However, not only would that give individual competitors an unfair technological advantage, but it would also damage the historical aspect of the sport and any attempts to try and compare the performance of modern athletes to those that played 100 years ago.

Finally, NASCAR is raced in oval tracks that are more spectator friendly than F1. For example, the Martinsville track was built in 1948. The cars must be capped in a number of ways to limit the risk to spectators who are much closer to the track (and in some tracks, the spectators surround every inch of the entire track).

Comment Re:Real smart fella (sarcasm) (Score 1) 519

Yeah yeah yeah. Everything is relative. Just can't pin anything down at all can we? Keeping religion out of the discussion, as "evil" is actually a religiously defined term, we can more generically discuss "evil" in terms of human decency. Is the killing of large numbers of people because they do not share the same beliefs (and they simply want to be left alone to go about their lives) evil? I think in terms of humanity, globally, universally, yes it is. Being "cerebral" and saying that evil cannot be defined and we need to dance around issues and consider ever demented viewpoint is bullshit. That attitude is part of what is going wrong with modern advanced society. This mindset that "morality' is something that doesn't really exist. Nor is "evil". Or any of these foundational concepts that our societies sought in order to take us from from being mere hordes of savage brutes to where we are today.

So, in the context of this politician, we have someone who was merely trying to spout of the standard PC garbage (there is no right and no wrong and blah blah blah) that he thought liberals would like, and he failed.

The solution of this problem is trivial and is left as an exercise for the reader.