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Comment: Lucas: Inversely Proportional to Popularity (Score 1) 457

by KaLeVR1 (#46947409) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?

Over the years, George Lucas has re-released each movie over and over with extended versions, director's cuts, "remastered" cuts, and so on. When he did the new versions of episodes 4-6 with new footage and updated special effects, he said in the directors comments and featurettes that he now had the influence and control to remake Star Wars as he originally intended. He also talked about how Luke Skywalker was supposed to be a young boy like Anakin was in the Phantom Menace but that Mark Hamill was forced on him by the studio because of his popularity at the time.

When I first saw Lucas' comments I thought how great it would be to get the "real" Star Wars that Lucas envisioned. In fact I think most people thought that. But if you look at the results of this poll, you can see that the most popular Star Wars movies were the ones where Lucas had the least creative control. The more control he had, the more childish and superficial the story and characters became. That's why I'm so glad that Disney took over the franchise. As this chart shows, the less involvement Lucas has with Star Wars, the better it will be for fans and the future of the franchise.

Comment: Unique conditions and needs (Score 1) 54

by KaLeVR1 (#46783333) Attached to: The Dismal State of SATCOM Security

There are a couple of factors that are worth considering. Unlike fiber or coax transport systems, satellites are usually used for very long distance communications. Because of this, it is quite frequent that your link will terminate in another country or even continent. This will make standards compliance and procurement a challenge from day one since you can't guarantee everyone has access to the same equipment.

Secondly encryption standards have to be agreed upon and quite often, equipment from different manufacturers can't be cross-utilized, so you can't just assume that off-the-shelf crypto will be an option to everyone who will participate.. This means everyone has to agree what to use in advance, which could lead to still other challenges. So it's not as easy as the question implies.

Comment: Re:8 now 9....tomorrow will be 15 (Score 3, Insightful) 291

by KaLeVR1 (#38031566) Attached to: Firefox 9.0 Beta Available

It pisses people off because Mozilla has inflated their versioning system. They are incrementing quickly not because they are integrating major, watershed features but because they want to pump up the version number quickly. This is because marketers believe consumers view version numbers as an indicator of a product's maturity. To such people, Chrome would seem to be way out in front. So they are forcing all of these reinstalls and obsoleting extensions over and over for little gain, all because their marketing folks think this will help with market share.

I think we've all been insulted.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous (Score 2) 291

by KaLeVR1 (#38031478) Attached to: Firefox 9.0 Beta Available

I don't know why Mozilla doesn't just skip the next few decimals and just match Chrome's version number with their next release since that's clearly what they are trying to do. I've read the articles claiming that consumers are too dim-witted to know that the version number doesn't necessarily indicate which browser is the most advanced and Mozilla is trying to regain lost mind-share. But it's a waste of time and bandwidth to install a new version every week just because they want to actually use all of the numbers along the way. It all seems a bit childish to me.

Comment: Re:I really doubt that BoA cares (Score 1) 667

by KaLeVR1 (#37953864) Attached to: Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

That cannot be more incorrect. The banks that got clobbered by derivative and other debt trading in the '08 crunch disappeared almost 3 Trillion dollars from wealth management accounts. That's retirement accounts, trusts, and life savings. Someone once said, "A billion here, a billion there and pretty soon you are talking about real money."

Comment: Re:Are the sheep finally waking? (ATM Convenience) (Score 1) 667

by KaLeVR1 (#37953806) Attached to: Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

By the way: the excuse that big banks give you conveniently placed ATM machines is bunk. I have an E-Trade account and they reimburse all ATM fees no matter how high. I never have to search for a particular bank and the fee is automatically returned. You can't beat that.

There is NO REASON to do business with a big bank.

Comment: Are the sheep finally waking? (Score 5, Insightful) 667

by KaLeVR1 (#37953714) Attached to: Fee Increase Attempt Inspires 'Dump Your Bank Day'

I last had a B of A account when I was 19. They had the highest credit card rates of any major bank in the country. I shopped around for a day and found a bank with an interest rate 7 points lower than theirs. I moved accounts and a few years later found a credit union with a rate 3 pts lower than the new bank. So I cut my rate from 19.8 to 9.9 just by not being too lazy to shop around. For some reason however, 19 out of 20 people I tell this story to have ump-teen superficial reasons why switching banks would be too much trouble. The truth of it is, they are complacent and lazy.

There shouldn't be even a single person complaining about the bank bailouts or Wall Street who still has an account with these money pimps. If you do business with them, you are an enabler and partially responsible for the bank meltdown of '08.

Comment: Re:Release cycles? (Score 1) 1231

by KaLeVR1 (#29978518) Attached to: Some Early Adopters Stung By Ubuntu's Karmic Koala

I participated in an interesting Ubuntu forum discussion about a data corruption in the ext4 file system and Canonical's decision to deploy the OS despite some misgivings of some of its engineers. I gave a link where bug chasers trying to build the final release suggested that they install ext3 as default since there were some unresolved bugs allegedly in ext4 when transferring large files. One engineer took over responsibility of the bug and said it was not conclusive enough to change their plans.

It was very obvious that the priority was sticking to the schedule and the published feature set at all costs. You can find the post here:,18172
The reference cited contains the entire text from which the excerpt was taken. I think it gives a clear example of why these problems persist. Canonical won't be accused of vaporware like Microsoft is when it is late delivering RTM versions. What it is being accused of is far worse I think and may have a long term cost. Especially if this is not a one time thing.

+ - Rush Limbaugh slams Wikipedia over NFL scandal->

Submitted by KaLeVR1
KaLeVR1 (34637) writes "Rush decided to explain how he was a victim, while being rejected by investors attempting to buy the St. Louis Rams. He blames Wikipedia as the source of what he says is bad information cited in allegations against him by journalist Michael Wilbon of the Washington Post saying, "Their sources, as best I can tell, were Wikipedia and each other. But the Wikipedia post was based on a fabrication printed in a book that also lacked any citation to an actual source.""
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+ - Microsoft Store set to open on Thursday->

Submitted by harrymcc
harrymcc (1641347) writes "It's official: Microsoft's first storefront in its new effort to take on Apple in retailing opens in Scottsdale, AZ on Thursday, the same day that Windows 7 launches. We'll see how the chain fares; for now, it's fun to compare it to Microsoft's first foray into retailing, which preceded the Apple Stores and came and went rather quickly a decade ago."
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