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Comment Re:GPGPU (Score 1) 23

The plans Intel had for Larabee seemed like a good idea. Take an old Pentium core, add a bunch of fast special-purpose instructions specifically designed for doing the sorts of operations that 3D graphics require, stick a bunch of these cores on a single chip and add a few special blocks for certain operations (as well as stuff to actually display stuff on the screen)

It sounded like an interesting idea (and would have been a LOT more open than anything from AMD or NVIDIA) but Intel decided to cancel the project because they didn't think they could match AMD or NVIDIA on price.

Comment Re:Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 1) 401

I mean, if you wanna claim "Nazi-ism" was so rampant after the war that you need extreme emergency measures to beat that meme out of existence, fine, but at least admit to it.

Stop trying to pretend you have a holier-than-thou, benighted interpretation of what freedom of speech means. You do not. You are still part of the problem.

Comment Christ on a popsicle stick, now what? (Score 2) 401

I thought it was an unconditional surrender.

"There's no scope for misplaced tolerance towards internet users who spread racist propaganda. That's especially the case in light of our German history."

Perhaps a more important lesson "in light of our German history" is learning that dictators require the power to silence opposition...especially political opposition. They can't wield it if it doesn't exist. Now it does. History gives no confidence it won't ultimately be misused. Your own country, along with ancient Greece and Rome, are prime examples of nominal free democracies that gave up "emergency powers" to someone who never gave it back.

Submission + - Poll: Hell

Z00L00K writes:
  • Is exothermic.
  • Is endothermic.
  • Where did I put my Hellschreiber?
  • Something that Cowboy Neal cares about.

Comment Re:LARP? (Score 1) 14

That'll have to be a pretty sophisticated VR system. It'd have to be one that taps into your nervous system, can make you feel like you're actually exercising your muscles as you walk, and one that has a hell of a force feedback mechanism, so that you not only can't walk through walls, but can actually feel them with your hands.

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Comment Re:DS9 aka "Cspan" (Score 1) 80

Enterprise had great potential. Especially because of the limitations. Star Trek suffered from the "poof it's done" problem that supercharged technology creates for writers: If technology can solve all problems, you have no plot. Enterprise offered a lot to its writers in this aspect but it gave them a huge problem due to its universe. May I spell it out?

How can we include new races that the viewer has not seen yet?

That is the main problem with Enterprise. Essentially, due to technology, they can't by any means reach a place that has not been explored by the shows that play in this show's future. To compare it to Earth, imagine you're doing a show about the ancient Greeks and their sea voyages after you have done a show about the discovery of the new world. OF COURSE you would have seen everything those iron age Greeks could discover and explore with their ships that can't leave the Mediterranean Sea if your previous show is about ships that sail across the Atlantic Ocean.

So they started to come up with one silly, far-fetched idea after the next. When they started the time travel insanity I turned away.

Comment Re:It'll devolve. (Score 1) 80

DS9 got turned into that whole metaplot-y mess after Bab5 took off and the writers noticed that viewers like story arcs that bind stories together. You can almost exactly pinpoint the transition from episode style writing to metaplot writing. Which is fine, I liked Bab5 and it's season spanning story arc. Lovely.

The only problem is that in DS9 the writers did not cooperate. For B5 it was easy. One main writer can easily spin a plot and drive it. With DS9 you had multiple writers with little communication among them and a hastily slapped together metaplot "war on dominion" that none of them really dared to drive (or could not/were not allowed to). This led to a pace that made molasses look like the Niagara falls. Shows that drove the plot for maybe an inch, followed by episodes that had nothing to do whatsoever with the whole plot. And not in the B5 style of "oh, you just don't know yet HOW they fit", they simply had NOTHING to do with the whole metaplot system.

That alone made it really tedious to watch, to the point where I simply didn't give half a fuck about the whole metaplot anymore.

Comment Re:Okay, if they think that will work (Score 1) 80

It was a good idea for a movie. A spoof of the whole circus surrounding fan favorite shows (it's by far not limited to Star Trek), with actors that are sick of being typecast but pretty much forced to do it because they can't get a sensible acting role anymore due to that problem, with fans going bonkers over their idols, and the added "what if that whole shit was real" spiel to push it over the top. Hilarious.

For a periodical, it's about the worst idea you could have. That whole idea lives off its novelty factor. It's funny once to see the actors suffer at the hands of the fans. ONCE. That is the key word here. Everything about this concept works exactly once. There is simply nothing you could turn into a running gag that is still funny when you do it the 10th time from a different angle.

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