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Comment: Watch the new stuff, then try some of the old (Score 1) 655

by Thag (#35605248) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: How/Where To Start Watching Dr. Who?

I suspect you will find the newer stuff more accessible. I would start with the Christopher Ecclestone season and watch through to the present day.

After that, you may want to sample some of the older stuff, so here are a few suggestions for the various Doctors:

William Hartnell: An Unearthly Child, The Daleks, The Dalek Invasion of Earth. The first two are included in a set called In The Beginning

Patrick Troughton: The Tomb of the Cybermen

Jon Pertwee: Spearhead from Space, The Sea Devils

Tom Baker: Robot (his introductory episode), Genesis of the Daleks, Pyramids of Mars, Robots of Death, Deadly Assassin, City of Death

Peter Davison: Earthshock, The Caves of Androzani

Colin Baker: Revelation of the Daleks

Sylvester McCoy: Remembrance of the Daleks

In my opinion, seasons 12-15, the first four seasons of Tom Baker, are the best of the older series. But the list above should give you a taste of the whole thing. See what you like.

Comment: Re:Keep up or shut up (Score 1) 785

by Thag (#34923812) Attached to: Should Younger Developers Be Paid More?

Top-drawer leadership is more valuable than gold. And way more valuable than a newbie programmer with a background in the flavor of the month. Why? Because top-drawer leaders can build top-drawer teams, and a top-drawer team will outperform any hotshot solo programmer. A top-drawer leader will make everyone in their team significantly more productive, by cutting out the bullshit, and by making the team members happy to be working on the project. There is also the huge benefit of knowing what not to do, and how to limit the scope of a new project or feature early in the design phase, which makes every phase after that much, much easier.

Comment: Re:Number one in what exactly? (Score 2, Informative) 260

by Thag (#29890237) Attached to: Ares 1-X Ready On Pad, Launch Set For 1200 GMT

Comparing the Falcon 9 to the N-1 is like comparing a Honda Civic to a Trabant.

The N-1 was a half-assed design from the beginning, it didn't even have the fuel tanks integrated into the structure of the rocket because the Soviets were too cheap to build the tooling necessary. So they built it with spherical tanks like a Goddard rocket, giving it a lousy mass to thrust ratio. Then the Soviets compounded the problem by only testing selected engines out of each production batch, instead of test-firing all of the engines. Lastly, their design didn't cope with engine failure at all well, which is a problem when your testing regimen guarantees engine failure.

The Falcon 9, on the other hand, uses a thoroughly modern design. Its engines are more reliable than the N-1's, and have been test-fired as a group successfully. Plus, it shares many components with the now-proven Falcon 1a design.

It is possible that they will still have problems with the Falcon 9, just like they did with the Falcon 1, but I think it is very likely that they will overcome them.

Comment: So what upgrade/emulation options exist? (Score 2, Interesting) 300

by Thag (#26830033) Attached to: Palm Pulls the Plug On Palm OS

I am using a Zodiac 2 now, and have a TX in storage if the Zod dies, but I am wondering what options exist for moving/using my data on other platforms?

I know Access has sold their ALP platform to a couple companies, it's on at least one digital camera, too. They also put out a PalmOS compatible layer for the Nokia internet tablets.

I think there is a company that emulates the basic built-in apps on WinCE and iPhone/iPod Touch. Haven't heard great things about that.

Are there other options out there?

Comment: Re:Noone is surprised that the PS2 is still played (Score 1) 172

by Thag (#26335525) Attached to: PS2 the Most Played Console In 2008

Seriously, with BC, upgrading to the PS3 from the PS2 is a pretty obvious choice.

Without it, if you're going to upgrade to something that can't play PS2 games, why not a 360?

I know several people who were once interested in the PS3, but completely lost interest once they found out you can't get PS/2 BC any more. They're in wait-and-see mode now, waiting for Sony to bring back BC.

Though, they still play PS1 games, FWIW.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?