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Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 270

by Kittenman (#48901149) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

IMHO, the greatest accomplishment of the original Roddenberry Trek TV show was the mainstreaming of the concept of Star travel.

Nicely put and totally agree. I watched the originals when they came out, watch the reruns. I didn't bother with the rest (Next Generation, etc) as we'd done all that before.

Comment: Re:It's about time. (Score 2) 134

by Kittenman (#48880919) Attached to: Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

You must mean Tiberian bats you insensitive clod!

Episode 67 clearly established they were Factarian moon bats. What you hear was an overdub based on a misspelling.

I'm sorry, I've got the Swedish dub and translates back to English as Fat, Aryan moon bats. This fits in with that Nazi vampire episode - the one that's only ever screened at Fan meetings.

Comment: Re:I dare anyone to beam my atoms... (Score 1) 162

by Kittenman (#48880839) Attached to: Researchers Moot "Teleportation" Via Destructive 3D Printing

I guess you have to be really geeky to remember the philosophical discussion between Spock and McCoy over this very question in the novel somewhat stupidly named "Spock must die!"

I remember it! McCoy pondered that he might have been a ghost (or whatever -- someone other than himself) since the first time he was teleported. Spock's final comment was that he'd have no way to test the argument one way or the other, so any answer was irrelevant.

Go on, ask me a hard one...

Comment: Re: Pope Francis - fuck your mother (Score 1) 873

by Kittenman (#48823753) Attached to: Pope Francis: There Are Limits To Freedom of Expression

Actually what he said is you can't offend anyone.

PROBLEM: First of all, it's impossible to know with certainty what might possibly offend someone. Second, even if you knew someone would be offended, that doesn't mean their viewpoint isn't worthy of the examination and dissection that will cause the offense.

I'm pretty sure there are a lot of things that would have offended the members of the Spanish Inquisition that are damn well worthy saying!

Geez, I didn't expect the Spanish Inquisition.

Comment: Re:It's a first... (Score 1) 108

by Kittenman (#48789961) Attached to: NASA's New Horizons To Arrive At Pluto With Clyde Tombaugh's Ashes
I saw a BBC show once about how the English treat their dead. They were running out of room in the Victorian times, and started cremations. The clincher was WW1, when the troops were being blown to smithereens with artillery and there wasn't enough of them to be resurrected, whether you're the deity or not.

Comment: Re:Streisand Effect and Mohammad cartoons (Score 1) 512

by Kittenman (#48771405) Attached to: Publications Divided On Self-Censorship After Terrorist Attack

If I where in charge there, it's what I would have done. Ask every form of media in the nation (print, paper, radio, tv, etc) to show the MOST controversial cartoons Charlie Hebdo printed for a 24-hour period in honor of those that died.

Fuck this 1 min of silence bullshit.


Totally agree (with everything except your typo/spelling mistake). A 'one minute's silence' doesn't do anything concrete. Everyone kick in a dollar to a bank and let's do something constructive in their memory is a better idea. Or clean up a beach. Or plant a tree. Or feed a homeless guy.

BTW, I think France (and Holland?) showed the Danish paper's 'Mohammed' cartoons after that country took the flak last time this sort of thing went down. Here in NZ the papers are standing 'solid' with 'Charlie' - but not showing any Mohammed sketches. I guess there's solid and there's solid...

Comment: Re:Modern Technology (Score 1) 189

Well, the problem happens when some technology evangelist or manager who doesn't know a damned thing about the existing system claims it's easy to migrate it to modern tools. .....

Sorry, disagree. Disclaimer: I work on legacy systems, and they've provided me with $$$ for many a year. But for 'legacy' I prefer 'industrial-strength, production' that happens to run on a mainframe (or Enterprise Server - whatever).

But I digress... these old systems are massively tailored (I'm on one now...) and have been doing the job for decades. But saying that they're not easy to convert or replace is obvious (if you mean it's difficult) or wrong (if you mean it will never happen). Modern IT tools and techniques (pick your favourite ones and insert in these brackets) can solve complex business problems. Might take a while to work out why the original did that thing it does on March 14th if it's a Tuesday... but that's tailoring.

If it's a problem that can be solved by IT, then IT can solve it.

Now another question ... should the existing system be migrated or totally replaced? I've got four or five old clunkers here that make me weep, and I'm leaning towards replacing the functionality with nice, modern easy-to-understand stuff. Keep the business process, replace the code.

BTW, where do I apply for this GBP135,000 job?

Comment: Giving up booze? (Score 1) 214

by Kittenman (#48750293) Attached to: New Year's Resolution for 2015
I usually skip it during the working week anyhow. Stacked on some pounds last year and though Christmas wasn't especially heavy, drinking-wise, I've been thinking about just flagging the beer/wine/scotch thing. It's not doing me any good, it costs cash and I sleep better and my health is better without it.

But what do I do with all those beers cases I have around the house?

"Don't think; let the machine do it for you!" -- E. C. Berkeley