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Comment Re:Why remake perfectly good classics? (Score 1) 216

the production values are low by modern standards

hardly. see it in the original Super Panavison. the front projection in the Dawn of Man sequence looks better than an awful lot of green screen compositing done nowadays. the moon sets look wrong, but nobody had been to the moon at that time, and the sets represented the scientific consensus as to what the moon looked like. ignoring the lower gravity is less of a sin than what is typically foisted on audiences in sci-fi films now. the sets and miniatures are of amazing quality, and the miniature motion tracking shots look absolutely real. some might find the motion tracking to look cheap, because realistic isn't what people are used to.


The Parking Meter Turns 75 Today 126

nj_peeps writes "75 years ago Carl Magee filed a patent application for what would become one of the most hated inventions in history: the parking meter. From the article: 'Magee's brainwave was to install a device that had a coin acceptor and a dial to engage a timing mechanism. A visible pointer and flag indicated the expiration of the paid period, meaning you either had to move, put in more money, or face the wrath of the local constabulary. The design continued largely unchanged for more than 40 years.'"

Failed Games That Damaged Or Killed Their Companies 397

An anonymous reader writes "Develop has an excellent piece up profiling a bunch of average to awful titles that flopped so hard they harmed or sunk their studio or publisher. The list includes Haze, Enter The Matrix, Hellgate: London, Daikatana, Tabula Rasa, and — of course — Duke Nukem Forever. 'Daikatana was finally released in June 2000, over two and a half years late. Gamers weren't convinced the wait was worth it. A buggy game with sidekicks (touted as an innovation) who more often caused you hindrance than helped ... achieved an average rating of 53. By this time, Eidos is believed to have invested over $25 million in the studio. And they called it a day. Eidos closed the Dallas Ion Storm office in 2001.'"

Comment Re:UAVs on US soil? (Score 3, Informative) 502

Surely you jest. I'm against the use of UAVs, period. You seriously want some automated plane firing missiles at suspected "terrorists" in America? Or anywhere, for that matter? Where innocent people will be killed? Let's hope UAVs remain at a standstill in this country. We've got enough problems with Homeland Insecurity going nuts with every "boo" the so-called "terrorists" do.

surely you realize that, while all UCAVs are UAVs, not all UAVs are UCAVs.

Comment Re:Code Name is Offensive (Score 2, Informative) 366

Does the fact that none* of the Apple Operating system names are of animals not native to America? *After 5.1, which is "Kodiak" - which can be found in Alaska. 5.2 Mac OS X v10.0 "Cheetah" 5.3 Mac OS X v10.1 "Puma" 5.4 Mac OS X v10.2 "Jaguar" 5.5 Mac OS X v10.3 "Panther" 5.6 Mac OS X v10.4 "Tiger" 5.7 Mac OS X v10.5 "Leopard" 5.8 Mac OS X v10.6 "Snow Leopard

there are pumas in the American west and in Florida, they are just called Mountain Lions or Cougars or Floida Panthers. same thing.

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