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Comment Re: JMS didn't get to run it like a movie director (Score 1) 480

... when he had major story events planned for both their characters.

Can you say, "first obvious on-screen lesbian relationship"? It was right there for all to see, except for the folks who insisted that onboard sleeping quarters were tight and they were just really good friends. Thompson's character got killed off not too long after that came out.

Comment Re:Go write a global illumination algorithm (Score 1) 480

I was a big B5 fan in the day. As I recall, "sound in space" and some other real world physics effects were running hot topics in the B5 newsgroups, mailing lists, and the few websites in existence at the time (Wintermute's Lurker's Guide to Babylon 5 should be in the Archive, somewhere...). JMS really did peek in on those and use them in the show.

ps. Yes there is sound, but most of it is coming from your own ship. Motors, fans, vibration etc. Other ships exploding? Not so much, unless fragments hit your ship. There was some debate about how much noise the rarefied cloud of expanding gasses could carry, and what you would hear as it impinged on your vehicle, suit, etc..

Comment Re:So, what else is there to watch? (Score 1) 148

Marvel sold ITSELF to Disney. It is a wholly owned operating unit at Disney now, just like Lucasfilm and Star Wars. What you ought to be watching for is Luke and Leia showing up as Force enabled superbeings opposing a Villainous Vader (aided by Maleficent) on an Avengers themed Agents of Shield, with Snow White, Cinderella, Belle, Ariel and the other princesses (and their cute animal friends) all lending a hand. All on the Disney owned ABC network of course, with ESPN calling the play by play destruction.

Comment Re:What? (Score 3, Informative) 440

Anything not forbidden to the Federal Government by the Constitution is allowed, assuming the appropriate laws are passed.

Uhh, no. Rather it is quite the opposite.
"The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the states, are reserved to the states respectively, or to the people." http://www.law.cornell.edu/con...

Limited government, and explicitly so at the Federal level

Comment Re:Better go kick WSUS into a sync... (Score 4, Informative) 178

Absolutely. We have a scheduled nightly patch push three times per week. New patches come into the test facility, they get run against our known baseline applications (commercial and homegrown) then get pushed after they pass QA. Nothing gets pushed straight from MS or anyone else. We can push out of cycle,but usually nothing is so critical it can't wait for 2-3 days of testing.

Comment His Dark Materials (Score 1) 410

...was a good read. At first. But somewhere toward the end of Book two it started climbing up its own ass. Book Three was a mess, too many Important Points to be made, not enough story to hang it on, and the allegory and archetypes got all hosed up. I liked the first movie they made of the series, but I was really afraid of how they would handle that last part, seeing as even the author of the book himself never got a good grip on it. ;)

Comment Re:"Accidentally" (Score 1) 455

Machine vision come into play. One cop with a camera is no big deal. 1000 cops with cameras is a logistics nightmare, but still workable. 1000 cameras all linked to facial recognition, license plate recognition, wants and warrants databases, and so on become a powerful tool for tracking and detaining "undesirables" in a fairly large region.

Comment Re:Take it Private (Score 1) 113

Wiki needs to be purchased.

And the idiot knee-jerk reaction strikes again. *GONG*

Wikipedia, and the Mediawiki Foundation, ARE private. Private, not-for-profit corporations that are not state or public agencies of any kind. They have paid staff that do actual work to make the wiki better too. The "magic of contracts" has nothing to do with any of this.

If you're going to spout some half-baked ideology, at least try to understand it.

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