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Comment: Re:There might be hope for a decent adaptation (Score 5, Insightful) 299

by Nidi62 (#49182223) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

Starship troopers is a fantastic movie.

You just have to acknowledge that it's a parody piece that (rightly) shits all over the source material for the war worshiping jingoistic crap that it is. :)

Did we read the same book? I took out of it that war is horrible, leaving the lucky ones dead and the unlucky ones in broken bodies and scarred souls, but still a necessary evil to allow the people back home to live peaceful, happy lives. It also implies that drafts are bad and the only soldiers should be volunteers who willingly measure the rewards vs the risk of dying/getting injured, realizing that their sacrifice benefits the whole. Remember that the general feeling of the cap troopers was that they would be happy if the war was over tomorrow and no one was ever forced into a capsule if they did not want to go, and they weren't even punished for doing so besides getting discharged.

Comment: Re:No, the film is *bad* satire. (Score 0) 299

by Nidi62 (#49182081) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

In "Starship Troopers" the book, a trainee asks why they are learning to throw knives when they have nukes. The instructor stops the drill, and points out that you don't housetrain a puppy by decapitating it. The military is supposed to used controlled force to achieve policy objectives, not wanton destruction. He tells the recruit who to talk to if he still doesn't understand.

In the movie, the instructor throws a knife through the recruit's hand, and says, "Hard to push a button now, eh?"

I get that the movie is satire. I even get that there's a lot in the book that can be fairly satirized. The problem is, the movie is lazy, unfair, incompetent satire.

That's why I said you had to basically overlook all the criticism that either omits things from lines or takes them out of context. If you do that then it is a decent movie. If they re-did the movie from the standpoint of "why you fight" and "violence as a specific means to an end instead of mindless killing" it could be a very poignant movie. Especially considering the current climate in the US with the recent withdrawals from Iraq/Afghanistan and as evidenced by the success of American Sniper. It would be like the 1st half of Full Metal Jacket plus Platoon without most of the anti-war stuff(going from not sure why you are fighting to realizing the why doesn't even matter in the first places, you fight for survival and your buddies), in space.

Comment: Re:Just Starship Troopers? (Score 1) 299

by Nidi62 (#49181919) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen
I never understood the whole anti-religion thing of the 3rd movie. Made no sense since in the book every unit had their own chaplain who could be from any ordained sect of any religion and had to counsel someone from any religion. And they turned the powered suits into giant walkers. Horrible.

Comment: Re:One of my all time favourite reads (Score 0) 299

by Nidi62 (#49181855) Attached to: 'The Moon Is a Harsh Mistress' Coming To the Big Screen

I just hope they don't butcher it the way they did with Starship Troopers. That one completely missed the point of the novel. It was as if the screen writers hadn't even read the book.

The movie was decent-ish as long as you ignore the obvious jabs against propaganda and the militart-industrial complex (and the thinly veiled Nazi/SS-inspired uniforms). Although who would select fully automatic weapons without any sights as a standard-issue weapon is beyond me (and why even wear the armor if it won't even stop your own general issue weapon at several hundred yards?). But I do wish that someone would take it and actually make a movie closer to the book with powered armor and all that. Could actually make for an excellent movie if done right, and we all know Hollywood loves making reboots/redoing movies.

Comment: Re:FOE is in favor: Yeah, right! (Score 3, Funny) 187

by Nidi62 (#49166523) Attached to: World's First Lagoon Power Plants Unveiled In UK

How difficult can it actually be to filter out the fish from the inrushing water?

Pretty difficult, I imagine. In no time at all, your filter will be completely clogged with all kinds of marine life and junk.

The obvious solution is to just install a filter over it, to keep the first filter from getting clogged.

Comment: Re:seriously (Score 1) 244

Why are there so many studies about a non-existent problem ? If you want to model a disease, why not a deadly flu ?

People don't pay attention to scenarios involving plain old flu. Zombies are essentially a placeholder for all types of disasters. Responses to zombie outbreaks include quarantine, crowd control, logistics, evacuations, communication with media and the population, areas blocked off due to a natural disaster(flood, earthquake, etc) modeled as "infected area", etc. For people, a zombie "bug out bag" containing water/food/medicine is good to use if you lose power or have to evacuate to a shelter during storms/disasters, and planning routes to avoid heavily trafficked areas are helpful if given an order to evacuate as well. Zombies are just a generic disaster that cover pretty much every facet of any kind of disaster response.

Comment: Re:Last straw? (Score 1) 531

Oh, wait, did you mean the airstrikes were IMPROVING our safety? ROFL WAFL!

It has allowed the Kurds to take back some territory. Without it, ISIS would have continued to expand their territory, and become a greater threat.

I firmly believe that the Kurds are the only ones with the willpower to stand up to and defeat ISIS. The problem is that the US cannot supply arms to the Kurds because they also want an independent Kurdish state which would essentially destroy the friendly government we have in Iraq.

Comment: Re:do you want exodus? (Score 1) 145

by Nidi62 (#49119123) Attached to: Attention, Rockstar Developers: Get a Talent Agent

3. I love short three month gigs. After all I earn in three month more than I need for 15 month of living.

You must be living very frugally. Never got out of the spending habits formed during the grad student days, I suppose.

That's about the only way to save money these days. (Note: not a programmer/developer) I recently changed positions in my company that was literally (and I mean that in the actual sense and not "figuratively") a 60% increase. Haven't changed my spending habits at all, other than eating out a bit more. Went from breaking even each month to actually being able to save some AND I can actually pay off some of my student loans.

Comment: Re:This is a joke right? (Score 1) 318

Non-expanding bullets injure more often than kill. A wounded soldier can be recovered and get medical attention. A wounded deer may run off and die slowly in a lot of pain. By the way it is legal in some places to hunt some animals with non expanding bullets.

DEER Rifles using centerfire, mushrooming ammunition.


Notice that deer hunting has the mushrooming ammunition restriction but the other category does not. That is because deer take more energy to kill.

The others are also predators and nuisance animals. We use .22lr and .22mag on groundhogs on my grandfather's property because he raises horses.

Comment: Re:The banned weapons (Score 1) 318

"In 1868, the Great Powers agreed under the Saint Petersburg Declaration to ban exploding bullets, which by spreading metal fragments inside a victim’s body could cause more suffering than the regular kind. "

Enjoy :)

And ever since, until the advent of full metal jacket rounds, soldiers were carving Xs into the soft lead tips of their rounds so that the heads would fragment inside the body. Memoirs and other personal accounts from every side in both WWI and WWII recount both doing this to their own ammunition and being on the receiving end of "dum dums". When people are trying to kill you the only rule that matters is survival.

Parts that positively cannot be assembled in improper order will be.