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Comment: Galactica '80 (Score 1) 186

by Megane (#48408775) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

Battlestar Galactica lasted just one season on ABC from 1978-79

We all want to forget Galactica '80, but it did happen. I don't remember much about it, because I was a kid then, other than Starbuck walking around in a white uniform. But I also remember that Cracked magazine had done a Galactica spoof a few months before, where at the end they find Earth and it's the 20th century. I was both shocked and amused that the TV people actually went and did that for real.

Comment: Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (Score 1) 186

by Megane (#48408757) Attached to: Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77
FWIW, even the original DVD of the first episode / movie version was in glorious 1.1 mono with SENSURROUND. Dude rigged up the wrong home theater equipment, he needed sub-woofers! Stereo (like color and wide screen) is just one of those things that you miss the most from stuff that came out just before it went mainstream.

Comment: Re:VoIP is the whole problem (Score 1) 159

by Megane (#48398991) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Dealing With VoIP Fraud/Phishing Scams?

You can hang a caller ID box on your line and watch the kind of crap that comes in. Usually they try to make a "real" phone number, only it's in an area code you've never heard of. But some of them give shit like "123-4567" or just "1" or "---------------" for the phone number. Also fun are the ones that set the name to "NEW YORK" or "FLORDIA". I can just imagine Cletus from the Simpsons saying "Well gawwwawleee we've got us a call from NOO YARK!"

The insidious ones are like mentioned in TFS, where they use an actual number that's not theirs, often picked at random. I heard of one case where they used the phone number of some little old lady in Boston, who of course got all the backscatter from the phone spammers.

And of course most people on the receiving end of the junk calls have no clue that the CNID could ever possibly lie to them.

Comment: Re:Probably fake cards, actually (Score 4, Informative) 178

by Megane (#48388887) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Non-USB Flash Direct From China Safe?

I think it's funny that he's worried about being pwned by the flash card firmware (answer: you can't, it's not a generic interface like USB that can be keyboards, mice, network cards, etc. on a whim), and not about being cheated by the old "1GB card that claims to be 4GB" scam.

Anyhow, here are some relevant links:

Comment: Re:News coverage (Score 1) 188

by Megane (#48374193) Attached to: Philae Lands Successfully On Comet

Someone in another thread was complaining that there were four twitter accounts being used by ESA. But now someone has created an entire domain for a single XKCD comic? I mean, explainxkcd could have a better presentation for #1446 but there's no reason to create a whole new freaking domain for this.

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