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Comment Re:Wesley Crusher (Score 1) 363

Wesley Crusher vs. Jar-Jar....let the hate and anger flow.....

Please. Wesley Crusher all the way. I don't know any nerd his age, that didn't want to BE him. His character might of been crap, but I would have a thunder-dome cage mach with Wil Wheaton to play him as a kid. And at the end of the day, Wil came out to be his own guy not defined by Star Trek so you can't even hate the actor. (On the flip side, why is Shatner still alive?)

Jar-Jar? There is nothing there. No one wants to sympathize with him, talk with him or even want to be him. At-least Wesley, while you could hate him as a character and be jealous of the actor. With Jar-Jar? He deserves not even our hate.

Why? If you cut all of his scenes and dialog, you can watch the movie and not lose anything. Whats even worse? You can leave him in episode 2, with no context and fans would be talking about this character. Who he was, why the hell did he give Palpatine the senite. Was he threatened? What was his deal! As it is, I would just punch Jar-Jar if I saw him. He will never be R2D2.

Comment Re:What ban? (Score 3, Informative) 125

If you RTFA you will find a link to a 2013 article about it: linky

I am sure there might of been a slashdot entry but alot of the eroctica section got nerfed. Then almost as soon as it happened it was back. Like almost no point to the whole thing. More likely not because of the outrage but because of the lawsuits on an undefined policy.

That's what the cloud fire guy is talking about. Companies arbitrarily deciding whats good or bad on their networks. He makes probery the best quote out of the whole thing:

"I'm somewhat skeptical of slippery slope arguments. But, if you ban books that depict sex with dinosaurs, it doesn't take much before you ban books." - CloudFlare CEO Matthew Prince

Comment Re:Dead on Arrival - Voodoo 3D anyone? (Score 1) 174

Everyone said the same thing about the original Voodoo 3D card. But after the Voodoo 2 came out, even graphic card venders were jumping on the bandwagon. Yea this is going to be expensive, but if its good enough to see the future thats coming, it will be enough to jump start VR even at that price point.

Comment Re:Wow, end of an era. (Score 1) 152

I was just thinking about SPARC the other day. My old boss runs this electronics junk shop. He is closing down this month forever but I saw him in the back, taking apart old Sparc 10's and Ultras and pulling out the addon cards to try to sell off eBay. Sad really. He should of done that 10 years ago when they were worth much more:P

Comment Saw this first hand a few years back. (Score 1) 143

Really depends on the electronics. I worked at an electronics junk shop for a few years and we had this big scrap bin for junk that we thought was scrap. I look in it one day and I see like 7 PDP8 Omnibus boards. Thing is I didn't know what they were, I just knew the electronics on them was dated in the late 70's. I am sure thats what happened here with the Apple 1.

But yea. Your right about the second hand pickers. Out here in east Texas, some of these collectors are just wierd:P But there must be some money in it with all the "antique stores" out here

Comment Re:Come a long way (Score 1) 368

Everyone says it can fit in the cache of a CPU but CAN it? It seems to load mostly in lower memory and stays there. Sure its footprint is non-existent but I have yet to see an OS that does this feet.

Be nice if it could though. Load directly from flash to the cpu to do memory checks and or dumps when the watchdog dies.

Comment Re:intentional (Score 1) 416

I always kept wondering why they bothered destroying the copy of themselves on the Enterprise. It seems to me it would be far more effective to keep the landing party as clones of yourself, let them do their job and say "oh well" if they got killed. And of course at the end of the mission, you TELL them you're beaming them back up but - are those phaser banks charged yet scotty?

Believe it or not nothing is destroyed. The original Star Trek people didn't want to push the moral boundary's of "Are we murdering people every time we use this thing?" All they wanted was something to move the plot so they made it turn your body into a stream of mater that reassembles at the target. .

It makes some interesting mechanics and episodes. Of course they throw all this out the window when its convenient :P

Comment Re:all they have to do is lure them to a webpage (Score 1) 134

The side channel communication was kind of cool though (Usenix!) But seems completely useless unless there is another application looking for it. Its a web script that has to run at-least a minute and even then the author states it only gets 50% of the cache lines. Its easier to do a code injection in one of the wonderful holes in un-patched XP computers out there than do this kind of mission impossible.

Comment Re:This dimwit became a grandmaster? (Score 1) 237

Looks there was an Indian boy who was using a blue tooth device sewn into his cap and an accomplice. It went undetected for a long time, and he qualified for the nationals as the top seed. Even he shows more "thinking" than "run-to-the-toilet-and-look-at-iPhone" grand master.

I remember hearing that story a few years back. Funny enough it was the awful pun that made it stick with me ( Indian Chess Player Plays With Deep Blue...Tooth - Techdirt:P) Here is the wiki as I loath Techdirt for their puns

Hey! It looks like his Chess ban is up next year, damn 10 years makes me feel old:P

Comment Why the hell has no one suggested Lua? (Score 1) 215

I mean seriously. One of the strongest arguments for basic is that you don't need to teach someone functions to start a program. With the goto statement in Lua, you got that. At the very least, once the student knows lua and goes on to other things, it will be useful if he ever needs to use it as a scripting language.

Comment I just don't know what Nokia is doing anymore. (Score 5, Interesting) 109

You have this tablet, by pure specs doesn't look that much better than the newer atom tables coming out and the glorified auto app sorter for your android (Z Launcher)? When I worked for US Nokia as a lowly support, developers and managers were just screaming at Finland about trying something to innovate. If you didn't speak Finish, your opinion didn't matter.

To make matters worst, they thought they "won" when they released the N97 and just planned to make reversions off that thing. Sure it was good, but they just never paid attention to Google. Got laid off about 6 months after that.

So now that the non-compete clause is almost over they are trying again? I still think Stephen Elop was a Trojan horse. It doesn't help maters how he and his cronies got a sweet deal after the merger.

I know Nokia isn't "just a phone company". They have multiple divisions and a large part of Finland economy. But to just come out with an Android tablet, branded launcher all relying on Foxcom's support and build quality? I am not saying I know much about Foxcom, but it still feels kind of a big gamble right after you get burned badly from a market you dominated. What the hell are they thinking?

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