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Comment: Re:The babe from Firefly? (Score 2, Insightful) 834

by Deathdonut (#28039655) Attached to: Sarah Connor Chronicles — Why It Died

Lost was originally written to be resolved in a single season. The fact that the "long term game plan" was rewritten repeatedly based upon actor negotiations and popularity doesn't mean that it was wandering randomly.

The difference between Lost and shows like Terminator is not one of planning but rather subplot encapsulation. Once Terminator reached the level of maturity it had in season 2, most single episodes were written with individual plot lines, themes and even styles. These were often intertwined with extended plotlines, but watchable with their own climax and resolutions.

While there were exceptions to this formula, this is the type of serial television that impresses me in the writing department. Most shows that attempt this format have "filler" episodes that alternate with "progression" episodes. The former have their own plots (frequently cutesy) while the latter are watchable only in the context of the entire show. Terminator was one of the few shows that did a good job of breaking this mold.

Am I a fanboi? Maybe against my will. First season was mediocre at best, but in the second season it seemed to come into its own from a writing standpoint.

Comment: Re:sure it is (Score 5, Informative) 1079

by Deathdonut (#27576931) Attached to: College Police Think Using Linux Is Suspicious Behavior

The concern isn't that he committed libel (crime) by sending out email to a list of people that outed the informant by linking him to a gay personal ad that he probably created (fraud). The problem is that he a suspect in several other crimes including a stolen laptop as detailed in the motion to quash:

http://www.eff.org/files/filenode/inresearchBC/CalixteMemSupport.pdf

While there is probably quite a bit for the defense to attack in how this warrant was obtained, my biggest concern is how it was handled. I suspect the following description is more common than we would like to know:

"... seized, among other things, Mr. Calixte's cell phone, his iPod, computers, disks, and "postit" note on which Calixte was in the process of taking notes about the officers' actions during the search. Christopher left a Property Receipt with Mr. Calixte listing items seized during the search. (Kessel Decl. Ex. C.) The seized post-it note does not appear on that receipt."

That's the type of bullying that makes me sick.

Comment: Obligatory Office Space quote... (Score 3, Funny) 703

by Deathdonut (#26958995) Attached to: The Art of The Farewell Email

When I was given the news, I was able to tell the head of the department:

"Good luck with your layoffs, alright, I hope your firings go really, really well."

Others weren't so glib, but then others hadn't already planned to quit and secured a 40% raise elsewhere. For me, the severence was a bonus.

Facts are stubborn, but statistics are more pliable.

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