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Comment Waiting for the dashcam videos (Score 1) 413 413

Cannot wait for the epic dashcam crash videos as INSANE Russian and Chinese drivers hit Canadian and American roads. It's going to be teeth, hair, and eyeballs ALL over the road.

All that fear about Mexican truck drivers is nothing compared to what's gonna happen with this.

Comment Re: Looking more and more likely all the time... (Score 1, Insightful) 512 512

Whoa, modern physics is never incorrect? Any science that claims to be perfect is inherently flawed because our current state of science and knowledge certainly isn't complete in any area. We may think we have a pretty good understanding of things but there is absolutely no way we've got it nailed with a flawless understanding. It's not possible.

The only thing we can say for certain is that we don't know what we don't know.

And 50 or 100 years from now someone will look back on what we think we know right now and laugh at how silly and naive we were. And in 1000 years, what we know right now will be a joke if anyone even remembers it.

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 1) 321 321

Tossing them out an airlock, they would probably live for 20-30 seconds. They'll suffocate long before heat or cold or radiation kills them.

As was said of the man you went insane and ripped out his own entrails in a fit of madness, "He lived long enough to regret his actions"

Comment Re:WTF? (Score 2) 321 321

Here is the thing, other than your dog and perhaps your cat and some farm animals, not a goddamn thing in this universe CARES what people call it.

If you have a mythical being known as "significant other" he or she may care what they are called.

But that's it. What humans call Pluto and whether we consider it a planet, a mini Planet or a bowl of yogurt are of no consequence whatsoever to that world. It. Doesn't. Fucking. Care.

So if IT doesn't care, don't you go getting your panties (purchased for research purposes of course) in a wad.

Comment US needs an OFCOM (Score 1) 272 272

It's too bad the US has no real authority to review advertising for matters of whether its truthful or not. For example, calling their plans "unlimited" when they aren't would not fly in the UK.

But in the US you can call anything anything and modify it as needed with tiny disclaimers.

It would be fun one day to see an add for a new phone with a disclaimer saying you actually get a paving stone and some wadded up paper, ala the faked game console/iPad boxes that always appear in stores during the holidays.

Comment Why do they want to be like Valve/Steam? (Score 2) 46 46

I get why Amazon wants to/has to make their own video content: People expect it these days and they have to compete with Netflix and HBO. But in gaming, there are already a ton of publishers and a ton more developers in all shapes and sizes and for all markets and kinds of games.

It is a great time to be a PC gamer. There's so much choice. If you don't think there is, try playing something new instead of the same old things.

Anyway, there are a lot of people making games. Some great, some good, some bad. What is Amazon going to bring to this that isn't already being done? It's not like the video service where they have to meet expectations, and it's not an unmet need since there already are tons of games.

Amazon is hiring some heavy hitters and spending A-level cash on game engines. This says they intend to bring out an epic franchise brand, which means they will have to spend a LOT on making it, and take years, and after all the work, maybe people won't want to play it. Most games end up like that, especially the big, grand, spendy grand attempts. Very few of those command lasting presence. So they're basically betting a lot on what will probably be ONE title and the odds are it won't be huge hit. Maybe a moderate hit. Why do this? Why take on that financial risk when there are plenty of existing companies and people who already do that?

Amazon already sells their games, and now they have Twitch to show them off too. Amazon doesn't need to make content in this space.

Comment Not surprising after Tron: Uprising was gutted (Score 5, Interesting) 205 205

There was another Tron mostly nobody saw, an animated series called Tron: Uprising which ran on various Disney cable networks.

It was.. excellent. Beautiful art, great music (improved versions of Daft Punk plus new stuff), really good casting and decent writing and plotting. All in all, one of the best animated anything that the American animation industry has yet produced. It was rather similar to an anime. Nobody would have been surprised if it had in fact come from Japan, but it didn't: it was Disney.

And of course a show like this made no sense to Disney so they killed it after one season. Boom.

Highly recommended viewing. Only 19 episodes so go for broke and watch them all at once. It will probably make you sad this was the last Tron, perhaps forever.

Comment Re:Would YOU want a camera on you all day? (Score 1) 294 294

I work in a white collar office with 11 cameras installed, last time I counted. I work under them every day. They watch everything I do, along with all my coworkers. And the video is uploaded out of the country so it cannot be tampered with locally.

Who installed this 11-eyed monster? Me.

It's not for me. It's because we have an office full of expensive computers full of sensitive data. The cameras aren't the only thing we do but they are a visible deterrent. We have cleaning crews and other vendors in the office. And we have an honest system snack area with an unsecured open cup of money for people to pay or make change. Guess what's NEVER been pilfered? Yep, the money cup, in part because THAT spot is cross-covered by four cameras.

But mostly the cameras watch us working, or not working. They have been mainly inconvenient for the people who want to sneak off for a nap. I made sure there are no blind spots left.

My house is the same way, covered by a "number" of cameras. I get more emails with images and video from my cameras every day than I get from anyone else. There's a dashcam in my car too. It caught a truck accident 2 weeks ago today. Good stuff, great time to have a camera rolling.

So I live, work, and drive with cameras on ALL the time. My life is fine.

Comment Re:And what about the infrastructure issues? (Score 1) 294 294

This is why excursion trains with old equipment should always have a modern locomotive attached to act as the hub for ATC or signalling. And also for pulling the old engine off the line when it breaks down.

Does it ruin things to have a diesel in the consist? No. It's still a train.

Comment Re:1947... (Score 1) 65 65

Oh no, I'm totally willing to cut some slack. This stuff is not easy, be it reverse engineering OR inventing it with original research.

We're on the edge of unlocking a whole new realm of material science where we can do things that would have looked like magic even 50 years ago. Alien or not, this does show that science can do a lot in a very short period of time.

Comment Re:1947... (Score 1) 65 65

Anyone remember Roswell, NM?

My first thought exactly. So it took us 60 years or so to figure it out.

"it was a sheet of metal, very light weight, but you could crush it up like a ball and it would bounce right back no matter what you did, and it would not cut or burn"

Comment Re:Ottawa will never allow it (Score 1) 129 129

Not even sure about a bank as so many banks still use BBM. They might not like having another bank in charge of the company, though there are probably ways around that with a holding company or something.

My feeling is some kind of Canadian consortium can come to BlackBerry's rescue Despite FairFax taking a look and walking away, I still think they could do it with Canadian money without needing foreign partners. Canadian investors are as good as any, have plenty of money to invest and they can read the tea leaves as well as any. It comes down to what they think the value is. If not FairFax, perhaps somebody else.

Comment Ottawa will never allow it (Score 1) 129 129

Canada considers BlackBerry as a national Canadian treasure of sorts. It's a huge success story and has been the backbone of just an immense number of high-tech jobs. BlackBerry is a flagship company. As such, Ottawa will never allow it to be sold to outsiders like Microsoft or anyone else.

It's just not going to happen.

This means the value of the company is a lot less than it seems since the value can't be taken out of Canada in any meaningful way.

Imagination is more important than knowledge. -- Albert Einstein