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Comment: Re:Sorry, but many of us disagree (Score 1) 420

by Hammer79 (#33255340) Attached to: Lucas Promises <em>Star Wars</em> on Blu-Ray in 2011
I agree that much of the acting in the prequel was bad; Jake Lloyd as kid Anikan and Natalie Portman as Padmé stuck out as the worst. I do think though that the reason for the vanilla dialog was to make it easier to translate and dub the movie for international audiences. The more colorful dialog from Harrison Ford in the original series probably was somewhat lost in translation. The romance in the second film between Anikan and Padmé just came off as cliché. There were also large plot holes. With the advanced technology of Star Wars, one would think that the doctors would have detected that Padmé was pregnant with twins a lot sooner than when she went into labor. Also, the 'She died of a broken heart' line was just way too corny.

Comment: The out of touch generation (Score 2, Insightful) 123

by Hammer79 (#32052344) Attached to: Kid Health Experts Attack Video Game Summer Camp
Sounds like the complaints are coming from people who missed the computer revolution as children and are failing to see the big picture. I went to a computer camp in the 1989 as a 10 year old, and I had a blast. There were outdoor activities mixed in as well, but I still remember how amazed I was with even the most primitive of coding. Today, I do most of my coding on PIC's, but that early exposure to computers is what sparked my interest in this career path, and led me to pursue education in that field.

Comment: Re:Missing Option (Score 1) 256

by Hammer79 (#31542704) Attached to: I've originated Q Wikipedia articles, where Q =

No, not by fascists. It is run by asshole losers with Aspergers. You can not link to deleted pages, those are only visible for high-level admins or something like that. There once was a guy who wanted to start Deletopedia containing all the articles Wikipedia had rejected. But he was denied access to them. Not that I care anymore, but I think it was a real shame when they deleted all the Pokémon articles because they thought it was to childish or something like that. Hundreds of hours of work wasted for dozens of contributors, just like that.

Asshole losers make fun of other people's mental conditions, like you just did...

Cellphones

Duke Nukem 3D Ported To Nokia N900 95

Posted by Soulskill
from the all-outta-gum dept.
andylim writes "It looks as if Duke Nukem isn't completely 'nuked' after all. Someone has ported the 90s classic on to a Nokia N900. As you'll see in the video, you control Duke using the Qwerty keypad and shoot using the touchscreen. I'm wondering how long it will take for this to get on other mobile platforms." In other Duke news, reader Jupix points out that 3D Realms' CEO Scott Miller recently said, "There are numerous other Duke games in various stages of development, several due out this year. We are definitely looking to bring Duke into casual gaming spaces, plus there are other major Duke games in production."
Science

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus 205

Posted by timothy
from the concealed-carry-in-australian-waters dept.
An anonymous reader writes with this excerpt from an AP report: "Australian scientists have discovered an octopus in Indonesia that collects coconut shells for shelter — unusually sophisticated behavior that the researchers believe is the first evidence of tool use in an invertebrate animal. The scientists filmed the veined octopus, Amphioctopus marginatus, selecting halved coconut shells from the sea floor, emptying them out, carrying them under their bodies up to 65 feet (20 meters), and assembling two shells together to make a spherical hiding spot. ... 'I was gobsmacked,' said Finn, a research biologist at the museum who specializes in cephalopods. 'I mean, I've seen a lot of octopuses hiding in shells, but I've never seen one that grabs it up and jogs across the sea floor. I was trying hard not to laugh.'"

Comment: Re:Desoldering old stuff? (Score 1) 364

by Hammer79 (#28709621) Attached to: Low-Budget Electronics Projects For High School?

What about getting junked electronics (thinking Goodwill here, or possibly even donated) and desoldering components to build other projects with?

That would pretty much be a waste of time. Your time is more valuable to you than you would save by salvaging components. Finding the resistor value that you need for example would be like finding a needle in a haystack. However, stuff like stepper motors are worth salvaging off old printers...

Comment: No Thermistors (Score 2, Informative) 450

by Hammer79 (#28457909) Attached to: Panasonic Begins To Lock Out 3d-Party Camera Batteries
I use third party Li-ion camera batteries in my electronics projects to provide portable, rechargeable power solutions, and most of the cheap knock-offs will have the same pins; Positive, Negative and Thermistor. However, the Thermistor pin will just be hooking into an internal 10K resistor that doesn't change with temperature. The battery will still fit in the camera, but the temp sense pin is merely a dummy pin. From that perspective, I can see a safety concern... In this case though, I think Panasonic is just trying to tie their camera to their preferred battery suppliers.
Image

Kids Score 40 Percent Higher When They Get Paid For Grades 716 Screenshot-sm

Posted by samzenpus
from the show-them-the-money dept.
A large number of schools participating in a pay-for-grades program have seen test scores in reading and math go up by almost 40 percentage points. The Sparks program will pay seventh-graders up to $500 and fourth-graders as much as $250 for good performance on 10 assessment tests. About two-thirds of the 59 schools in the program improved their scores by margins above the citywide average. "It's an ego booster in terms of self-worth. When they get the checks, there's that competitiveness -- 'Oh, I'm going to get more money than you next time' -- so it's something that excites them," said Rose Marie Mills, principal at MS 343 in Mott Haven. Critics, who are unaware that most college students don't become liberal arts majors, argue that paying kids corrupts the notion of learning for education's sake alone.

Comment: Re:Stumbling blocks (Score 1) 259

by Hammer79 (#28088633) Attached to: Best Way To Build A DIY UAV?
Indeed, the problems I listed don't even take into account the code required to make it fly. Collision avoidance sensors (maybe an ultrasonic rangefinder) are a must for such a project, because you can't anticipate every obstacle before flight. Of course that leads to a whole other set of questions, do you go with a run-of-the-mill Microchip Pic as the processing brains, or do you go with something with more processing power (Blackfin pops to mind) and subsequently more power consumption? Do you build in a redundancy system with plane crashes in mind, like an auto parachute or something, or is the weight gain too significant? So many questions, and there are so many directions to go with such a project...

Comment: Stumbling blocks (Score 2, Insightful) 259

by Hammer79 (#28088049) Attached to: Best Way To Build A DIY UAV?
I have thought about doing a similar project for a long time, one where you can just enter GPS coordinates at get the plane to fly to those coordinates and take a picture, maybe take some weather readings as well, and send it back to a base station. A big problem that I see would be that it's hard to know how much a finished board would weigh, and how much power consumption would the instruments impose on the battery pack? Would I get an advantage from a more powerful engine from more lift, or would it just lead to power waste for the sake of a bit of extra speed? I'd also need to know that I have enough lift from the planes wings to carry the UAV circuit too or else it will be bogged down or not fly at all. The project seems to be more mech eng heavy than I'd like to take on as an elec techy.

Comment: Mind-numbing Plot holes (Score 1) 592

by Hammer79 (#28008779) Attached to: What Did You Think Of The New Star Trek Movie?
This movie was terrible for the reasons many have already listed. What this team of writers seems to have forgotten is that it was the smart writing that created the fan base, not the special effects. This movie was an excuse to have a CGI space battle, and to get to said battle quickly before the non-fans' attention span begins to drift. It had no cohesive plot line that made any sense to real fans of the franchise. Some are grinning and bearing it because the Nemesis was such a flop, and TNG crew having run it's course, people are hoping that a commercial success will bring back a TV series which would be more fleshed out in the writing. That's the best case scenario I can see out of this, because they will kill the franchises meaning if they continue down this path. They tried to polish it too much, and it shows with the plot holes that they left hanging in favor of getting to OMG yet another pointless action sequence... Now all they have done is dumb-down this franchise to make money off of people who will see one or two movies and eventually get bored of the same special effects, lame plot, and the entire laughable 'reboot' attempt in general. Don't stray too far from your fanbase, Paramount, or this franchise will be squeezed dry in two movies.

Comment: Hammer79 (Score 1) 820

by Hammer79 (#27910261) Attached to: Is a $72.5m Opening Weekend Enough For Star Trek?
Way too many plot holes... I found myself laughing at the movie more than I was sucked in. Fine, I get the whole alternate time-line thing and I'll bite for the sake of a story, but the tech was way off base from the original. In Next Gen, they constantly had to worry about staying in orbit to stay within transporter range. In the movie, 'Scotty' informs us that he can beam stuff between planets in the same solar system "which is easy by the way" as he says. So how did technology regress by next gen? Also, what the hell is red matter? What a crock, we are supposed to buy that? Also, the shameless ripping off from Wrath of Khan and Nemesis got tiring. Nero was a ripoff of Nemesis' villian, while the abandoning of Spock was too reminiscent of Kirk being abandoned in Wrath of Khan. Also, the captain would not lead a tactical assault team on Nemo's ship, just not starfleet regs... Spocks story made little sense, as did Nero's reason for hating him. Apparently Spock didn't try to save Romulus hard enough, but since when was it his responsibility to rescue Romulus? What about the times the federation helped the Romulans with the Borg or Species 8472? I guess earth got no credit for that lol... Awful reboot IMO, panders to the lowest common denominator.
Social Networks

Juror Tweets Could Create Mistrial 148

Posted by ScuttleMonkey
from the cell-jammers-being-installed-next-week dept.
nandemoari writes "Russell Wright and his construction company, Stoam Holdings, recently lost a $12 million dollar lawsuit brought by investors. But lawyers for the firm have complained that juror Johnathan Powell's Twitter comments broke rules when discussing the civil case with the public. The arguments in this dispute center on two points. Powell insists (and the evidence appears to back him up) that he did not make any pertinent updates until after the verdict was given; if that's the case, the objection would presumably be thrown out. If Powell did post updates during the trial, the judge must decide whether he was actively discussing the case. Powell says he only posted messages and did not read any replies. Intriguingly, the lawyers for Stoam Holding are not arguing so much that other people directly influenced Powell's judgment, rather that he might have felt a need to agree to a spectacular verdict to impress the people reading his posts."

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