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Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by Vastad (#48893783) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

I know the scene you're talking about very well. I know the whole movie very well and its soundtrack is on my iPod playlist.
At the tender single digit age I saw it, the brutal, rapid and almost careless way that 4 characters were simply murdered - especially Ironhide who was such an integral part of the first TV season of Transformers - had a major jaw-on-the-floor impact on me, setting the mood and tension for the rest of the movie. It informed me that this Cybertonian war was serious business just in case the whole opening sequence with the planet being devoured didn't succeed in conveying that.
I identified with Daniel Witwicky and that epic Stan Bush song will always have a place in my heart. Can you imagine my joy when the same song is featured in Saints Row IV for a pivotal scene in the main story?

I have watched it again several times as a much older person and you know what? It's one of the few 80s movies/cartoons that survived the lack of rose-tinted glasses (I'm looking at you Galaxy Rangers). I didn't sit there with my cynical hat on thinking they were doing this to get money off me. The Sharkticon pitfight "One hell of a repair bill", the Dinobots "Me Grimlock say execute them!" sparking a revolution, Leonard Nimoy delivering that delicious line at Starscream's ceremony "Coronation Starscream? This is bad comedy" and then killing him. Just "BLAM!" and he turns to carbon dust. Sure it was cheesy but me and the kid down the street who had the VHS, we incorporated Wreck-Gar's "TV-Speak" in our shenanigans around the neighbourhood. We always cracked up at the same bit where Daniel says "Yeah! I did it!" because it was such a bad piece of dialogue.

There was so much other good stuff, I just can't see how Ironhide missing a chance to do some bad cowboy flick "it's gettin' cold Sarge...will ah see mah mutha-board again?" death rattle can somehow ruin it for you. Seriously?

I think what I'm trying to say in a very long-winded way is that it sucks you cannot enjoy the 1986 movie the same way I can.

Comment: Re:Ads (Score 1) 319

by shadowfaxcrx (#48441777) Attached to: Google Launches Service To Replace Web Ads With Subscriptions

Yeah, well, web vendors brought it on themselves. I installed Adblock because I got tired of loud obnoxious videos playing behind windows, and super bright flashing crap that I have to close before I can read what I came there to read, and 20+ popups bombing my browser, and all the other over the top obnoxious bullshit advertisers decided to assault us with.

If they'd just kept normal banner ads like they used to have, then I wouldn't be running an adblocker. They crapped in their own well, and I have no sympathy for them now that their audience has rejected them.

+ - Portland officer sued over arrest of Bar Harbor couple videotaping police action->

Submitted by KGIII
KGIII (973947) writes "Directly from the website:

"A civil rights group has filed a lawsuit against a city police officer on behalf of a Bar Harbor couple who was arrested this past spring for videotaping police officers on a public street.'"

That's the gist of things right there. In my opinion it's about time. While I don't support everything that the Maine chapter of the ACLU this is one of the times that the group is spot on. The ACLU site has this to say about the taping of police in general and has a number of links to more information. They can be found here: https://www.aclu.org/free-spee...

If you're going to video tape the police then this link has a number of good rules for doing so and is worth reading before you go out and just start filming arrests. http://reason.com/archives/201... It's worth checking into your local laws because here's a store about a guy facing up to 16 years in prison for filming the police,

Yeah, really, 16 years... Let's let that set in for a minute.

While you mull that over and froth at the mouth — here are a few links to sites that are dedicated to preserving your liberties:

http://www.berkeleycopwatch.or... — Where it all began (they got Cop Watch going there).
http://www.copwatch.org/ — Lots of information with a large database — or use this link: http://copwatch.com/AAAindex.h...
http://peacefulstreets.com/ — Yet another group advocating recording the police.


As for a technical remedy it seems like it would be good protection (for the person who's doing the recording) to figure out a way to have the video uploaded and saved automatically as it is recorded and, perhaps, also enable immediate streaming to the web. Having another copy of the video being automatically made and uploaded may help you in court should the police decide to violate your rights and with it streamed there's some chance that someone's watching it and can then be a witness should such be required. Is there software to do this automatically? I imagine you can find a couple of apps that will do this for Android, Apple, and Windows phones or even cobble one together on your own.

Thoughts? I imagine that people would like those features and that they may even pay for those features though giving it away to those watching the police would still be ideal. I suppose you could add more features and do a free and paid version. If there are any app developers here (I'm sure there are) then there's an idea for you to think about. I suspect it would be a good money maker as an app like that would have more uses than just filming the police. It's your million dollar idea and it is free for the taking but I suspect somebody has already thought of it and I'm just not aware of it. Either way, streaming and automatically saving to the web would be fantastic and, as a bonus, it would really irritate the cop."

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Comment: Re:Old-school is best (Score 1) 382

by Vastad (#47785673) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Are the Best Games To Have In Your Collection?

My sister and I establish one simple house rule when playing Monopoly with friends so it is over quicker and the mechanic of luck works differently: No "monopoly" is required to begin building houses and a hotel.

Then it becomes a game where you have to balance buying everything you land on against buying houses. The luck element ends up yo-yoing cash between players as they land on each other's developed lots, but can be mitigated by smart management of finances and knowing when to risk development. The game is over very quickly as all properties become purchased.

Comment: Re:That reminds me... (Score 1) 146

by Vastad (#47688161) Attached to: World of Warcraft: Warlords of Draenor Launches Nov. 13th

I never saw that early trailer. Had no idea it was going to be something that reminds me of Phantasy Star IV, a weird blend of fantasy and sci-fi. I only saw the near-release trailers and at the time was excited that there was an alternative to Anarchy Online if anyone wanted an MMO sci-fi fix.

Comment: Re:I've been watching this (Score 1) 52

by Vastad (#47650137) Attached to: NVIDIA Tegra K1: First Mobile Chip With Hardware-Accelerated OpenCL

Funnily enough, the Shield's size was a deal breaker for me too. I have the Nexus 10 and I'm still very happy with it and its screen real estate. I had zero desire to get any other tablet until I saw and read about the shield. Expecially for that price point. But I just can't see the point of dropping 2" in screen size when I'm an avid digital comic/manga reader.

I'm not even that keen on the gaming, I'm just blown away by all that processing power for less than the price of my Nexus 10 from two years ago!

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