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Comment: Re:That thing is enormous (Score 1) 32

by Guspaz (#48915415) Attached to: Getting Charged Up Over Chargers at CES (Video)

The difference is minor. You're talking about 10W per port on the Anker product, and 12W per port on the Octofire. This does not explain the enormous size of the Octofire product.

You could practically take half a dozen Anker charges, consuming less space, and get 360W of charging... not that there'd be much value in that.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by Guspaz (#48889059) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Except Lucas didn't direct or write Empire, and he didn't direct or solely write Jedi. He came up with the story, and then other people wrote the screenplay and directed it. I think George Lucas isn't too bad at coming up with plot, but he's not so great at writing or directing. We've all heard the stories about how Star Wars was originally a rather terrible film that was saved in editing, but compare the quality of the dialog between Star Wars and Empire. There's a huge improvement between the two...

Comment: Re:They cured my acme, the cancer patient said.... (Score 2) 420

by Guspaz (#48889021) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Many of my problems with Into Darkness had to do with problems with the film itself, rather than as a Star Trek fan. Now, I've still got problems with it as a Star Trek film, but more on the level that they poorly copied something existing instead of coming up with something new. I think that the elements that they copied didn't work because they were trying to force many of them in for the purpose of making references rather than to make the film work. Even then, that's not really a problem because I'm a fan, it's a problem because of lack of originality, something not unique to Trek.

My main problems, though, were that they decided to fill the film with too much deus ex machina. It's like they wrote themselves into corners, and then decided to just do crazy stuff to resolve it that didn't make much sense, or that seem like they didn't think through the plot consequences. Like the whole "Did they just cure death with the magic blood? So death isn't a problem going forward?" issue.

That's not bad Trek, that's bad film-making.

Comment: Re:Needed! (Score 5, Insightful) 104

by Guspaz (#48853663) Attached to: Google Pondering $1 Billion Investment In SpaceX's Satellite Internet

These are low-earth orbit satellites. Musk says he's expecting latency around 20-30ms. That's much higher than DSL or cable are capable of, but should be low enough for twitch gaming.

The satellites aren't very far away, and light travels much faster in vacuum than through fibre optic cable.

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