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Comment Re:Could someone ELI5 how Macbooks retain value? (Score 2) 435

OK seriously is that a joke? I have a T61 Lenovo Thinkpad sitting right here. I haven't a clue how to figure out what year it's from. Googling "T61 thinkpad" sure doesn't help.

With a Mac you just go to "About this Mac" in the always-visible Apple menu, and there you are... "MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Early 2013)". They could not make it any easier to tell, unless they etch the year number into the damn aluminum chassis (and who would want that?).

Apple "makes it difficult" my ass.

Comment Re:The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 1) 168

That's interesting... I never felt that kind of jarring disconnect.

They're wildly different movies in terms of setting and tone, but Max's character trajectory makes perfect sense to me.

The first movie shows Max with a family, and the final vestiges of civilization (which are already crumbling).

In the 2nd movie, civilization has completely collapsed, and Max is on his own... he has nothing more to lose.

Comment Re:The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 1) 168

I think it's one of the finest examples of visual storytelling in a long time. There are long sections that could pretty much be straight from a silent film. It reminds me of the original Star Wars, in how it immerses us in this richly developed world without feeling the need to explain every detail, which sets the imagination aflame.

One of my favourite parts is when Furiosa simply turns the wheel and heads off road... and her entire crew follows without question. This tells you so much about her character without a single word. All of the "wives" have distinct personalities. Immortan Joe is a great villain because he has goals that make sense (he is a villain that doesn't see himself as a villain). His freaky sons, the War Boys culture and religion, the Many Mothers.. there are just so many interesting elements.

Do yourself a favour though and watch The Road Warrior. Immediately. One of the greatest action flicks of the 80's. Fury Road is essentially an extended version of its 3rd act, cranked up to 11. And if you've ever seen Waterworld, it's basically a point-by-point (and vastly inferior) ripoff of Road Warrior, just with dry land replacing oil.

The other two (Mad Max 1, and Beyond Thunderdome) are something of an acquired taste. The first has weird pacing issues (but features the same actor that played Immortan Joe as the primary villain!), and Beyond Thunderdome is just... all over the place. Still interesting though.

Comment Re:The only reboot/reprise/sequal (Score 5, Insightful) 168

Um, I'm sorry but you don't know what the hell you're talking about.

Mad Max: Fury Road used an incredible amount of practical FX and stunt-work, 80% was practical according to IMDB.

All the vehicles are real. All the chase sequences and crashes and explosions are real. They mostly just used CGI to dress up backgrounds, and for Theron's mechanical arm... that's about it. All the "action" is real.

We're in full agreement on Raiders of the Lost Ark though... greatest movie ever made.

Comment Diamonds vs Mirrors (Score 1) 410

Hear hear.

One of the most eloquent expressions of this came from (of all places) the founder of 4Chan, Chris Poole at a "Web 2.0" conference a few years back:

"Google and Facebook would have you believe that you're a mirror, but in fact, we're more like diamonds." (eg, multi-faceted).


Comment Re:Hmmm (Score 1) 249

The problem is the goddamn hierarchy in the first place. If they just offered a simple alphabetical list of applications (NOT folders you have to navigate through first) it would work great. Which is exactly how MAC OSX's application folder works.

I cut my teeth on Commodore and DOS, and do plenty of command-line work these days, but I prefer two quick clicks to launch an application, over having to type part of its name, thanks. It's 2000-fucking-fifteen, if you have to type in order to launch something, your graphical OS has failed one of its primary purposes. </rant>

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