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Comment: Is no one blaming Lucas? (Score 1) 105

by Dracos (#49383097) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

Star Wars is his brainchild. A half-formed, empty, vegetative brainchild. He conceived it, wrote it, and insisted on directing (the one of the six he didn't direct was by far the the best film of the lot).

The prequels were complete and utter garbage in every way. If any actual director afterward didn't think Natalie Portman could act, then that speaks to the colossal failure of directing by Lucas.

The real test will be if the Disney+Abrams films live up to the originals, but the prequels have probably cast their immutable shadow over the entire franchise.

Comment: GenCon belongs in Milwaukee (Score 2) 884

by Dracos (#49338525) Attached to: Gen Con Threatens To Leave Indianapolis Over Religious Freedom Bill

Having been to GenCon 7 times in Milwaukee and twice in Indy, Milwaukee is the better place for it. Cooler weather, cleaner city, Giordano's pizza, and The Side Door. One year in Milwaukee I was headed back to the hotel at 2am, and all of downtown was filled with the deafening roar of 250+ bikes starting their ride to Sturgis... probably can't get that anywhere else.

I hope there is some vague "business environment" clause in the contract between GenCon and the Convention Center that could be invoked to move GenCon elsewhere sooner than 2020. The economic impact will be welcome anywhere it goes, and bigotry like this shouldn't be rewarded. I wouldn't be surprised if the bill was partly aimed at GenCon attendees anyway.

Comment: OEMs should prepare for rage (Score 1) 362

by Dracos (#49305325) Attached to: OEMs Allowed To Lock Secure Boot In Windows 10 Computers

Secure Boot is clearly a clumsy means to lock out alternative OSs, and this announcement is the next step toward the untlimate in vendor lock-in.

Any OEM who doesn't implement the secure boot option (even on a single model) will face a wall of rage. I'm sure MS is offering the OEMs some type of poisoned candy to not implement it, though.

Comment: Why wouldn't they? (Score 2) 317

by Dracos (#49278059) Attached to: Microsoft Is Killing Off the Internet Explorer Brand

At this point the IE brand is so tainted that it's basically an albatross around MS' neck.

Because Spartan is a long-overdue pruning of the Trident codebase (which has been gathering ugly cruft for 17 years) rather than a clean sheet rewrite, it'll still carry a slight IE odor no matter how much they cut out. Even the name Spartan is ripe for jokes about it's feature implementation.

Comment: If Iran even wants the bomb (Score 2, Funny) 94

by Dracos (#49270653) Attached to: Top-Secret US Replica of Iran Nuclear Sites Key To Weapons Deal

Regardless of who's answer you believe, they would never drop it on Israel, and the reason why is simple. It is against Islamic law for a Muslim to cause harm to kill another Muslim.

Israel is surrounded by water and muslim countries. If anyone dropped a nuke on them, the follout is guaranteed to be blown over at least one muslim country regardless of wind direction (there's the simple answer), if not five or more. This would cause harm to or kill thousands of muslims, and any muslim country who did that would face an uprising that would make the Arab Spring look like a game of hackeysack.

Comment: Legalities aside (Score 4, Interesting) 33

by Dracos (#49245223) Attached to: Fight Over Arduino Name Pits Originators Against Contract Manufacturer

It's pretty clear from anyone in the community that Arduino(TM) should belong to Arduino LLC. Massimo Banzi is the one person most associated with the name, is where everyone gets the IDE from and where the brand guidelines are, and a simple whois lookup shows it was created 26 October 2005.

But this is going to get very dirty and will drag out for a while.

Comment: Apple should be so lucky (Score 1) 389

I don't see them selling 3MM watches per year. That's probably why they did the stupid expensive versions, to recover the research and development costs via insane markup on very limited sales volume rather than the usual merely ridiculous Apple-expected markup on large sales volume.

Plus, the Swiss watch industry caters to an established, conservative market which doesn't have anywhere near complete overlap with whoever Apple expects to sell watches to. The Swiss guys will be just fine.

Comment: Rather have a Pebble (Score 1) 450

by Dracos (#49229411) Attached to: Reactions to the New MacBook and Apple Watch

I just want a watch that has a cool face layout; if that means it has customizable TFT or e-ink, so be it.

However, a smartwatch that is tied to the manufacturer's phone devices is crippled by definition. Apple, Samsung, Sony, whoever... I don't want any of their smartwatches.

And we all know that when the next iOS comes out, it won't support these first gen iWatches.

Comment: Sky is falling (Score 1) 445

by Dracos (#49183295) Attached to: Microsoft Convinced That Windows 10 Will Be Its Smartphone Breakthrough

MS has been trying to break into mobile for a decade, all while Apple, Google, and (for a while) BlackBerry did.

The Windows brand is tainted, even without the debacles of Vista and 8. Windows is everywhere else, and people are either tired of it (even subconsciously) or don't consider it a thing... it's dangerously close to becoming a generic trademark like Kleenex or Band-Aid, except that no one refers to their computers by the OS, if anything they refer to them by the OEM.

MS doesn't know how to connect with consumers for anything other than XBox. Consumer purchases are driven by emotion, but MS tries to sell to consumers with the same tactics and strategy that they sell to business: dispassionate and cost-driven. Hipsters and college kids don't care about that shit.

Also, MS still seems to do product feedback only to validate their own agenda.

An inclined plane is a slope up. -- Willard Espy, "An Almanac of Words at Play"