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Comment: Re:Why does this need a sequel? (Score 1) 298

by ah.clem (#48592709) Attached to: Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

Did Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep have a sequel?

It's always nice when hack directors decide to "fix up" the writing of gifted authors, or decide that they know better their intent. "Bladerunner" bore no resemblance to "Do Androids..." other than to steal a few great ideas. Can you imagine what a clusterfuck Scott would make out of "Ubik"? It will eventually happen; PKD is just too good for some asshat "artiste'" not to adapt beyond all recognition, time after time. The only person I might trust to do something like Ubik correctly would be Joss Whedon; at least he seems to get the genre and have fun with it. IMO, Scott is just an egotistical fool. Too bad PKD had to sell out; he was just writing too far ahead of his time and like lots of brilliant artists, had a lot of personal baggage.

Comment: Re:I don't get it (Score 2) 167

by ah.clem (#48511657) Attached to: Is a "Wikipedia For News" Feasible?

You know, I like this idea a lot, but I am not sure about it's success. I can see it would be very useful for collecting like information into one place and provide a single point of entry for all information relating to a particular story or like stories (for example, a few days after the Ferguson shooting, a white cop in a southern town shot an unarmed black man he pulled over for a seat belt violation, and the city sat on the information and video for almost a week, which resulted in no story at all, which I believe was the point - who knows about that shooting? What else happened in the world that day that got by *me* in all the noise?). Your Infobitt system would have allowed for that information to be posted almost immediately; no axes grinding, just the facts - unarmed black driver shot by white policeman, city refusing to release any information. Folks who cared would want to know that. I suspect that that people don't want to know about things anymore. I read many news feeds every day and I also read the comments for most articles. It's pretty much a troll and hate fest. In my opinion, the media is used to divide, not unite or inform. The trolls and haters don't want to see facts, they just seem to want to turn the crank a little tighter. Folks like me might be inclined to contribute to Infobitt, but really, who will be reading it? Again, just my opinion, but I think that most folks would have no idea how to use the data collected and summarized, feel even more frustrated and powerless, and spend more time in front of the television. A front-end without a back is not very effective, IMO. Perhaps I am missing the back-end? The tools that allow people to act/react in a significant way to what they are reading? That would be essential to the success of this venture, IMO.

Comment: Re: People (Score 1) 481

by ah.clem (#48069617) Attached to: Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

Catholics believe in transubstantiation, the literal transformation of bread and wine into the actual flesh and blood of christ, and other christians view it as the symbolic consumption of the body and blood of christ. Cannibalism is a major tenet of christianity, it is the culmination if their ritual, they just don't like to talk about it a lot. Ask a catholic about it, or even ask a non-catholic christian why they symbolically eat the flesh and blood of their savior. I guarantee you'll have an interesting conversation.

Comment: Stay local (Score 4, Insightful) 182

by ah.clem (#47964835) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who Should Pay Costs To Attend Conferences?

Don't over think it - you can't afford to go, but they will pay for training. Find the training locally and forget the conference. Conferences are over-rated and while I wouldn't pay for my guys to attend a conference (especially Vegas), I always paid for training (and even exam costs when I had the budget for it - the last few years I could only cover training). If your job is as good as you say it is, you're a bit crazy thinking about leaving over a conference. A whole bunch of IT sucks hard out there, these days. Just my opinion and I hope this helps - it's what I would tell you if you worked for my office and came to me with this issue.

Comment: This is just fucked (Score 3, Interesting) 180

by ah.clem (#47911721) Attached to: How Governments Are Getting Around the UN's Ban On Blinding Laser Weapons

This plus the microwave weapon that makes you feel like you're on fire for "Crowd Control" - oh, no one would ever use it to "interrogate" someone, I'm sure.

What a sick fucking world we've created, or have allowed to be created by silent consent. Getting tear-gassed in the 60's was all for nothing, we were all just a bunch of idealistic assholes; we shoulda just kept our mouths shut and concentrated an getting rich, then we could be doing the burning and the blinding. What a colossal species fail we are.

I welcome that killer asteroid.

Comment: Re:He definitely never has been on monkey class... (Score 1) 128

by ah.clem (#47385375) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

It's because you have never lived under harsh conditions.
I used to fall asleep on a C-2 while it was under fire. It was a lot easier than sleeping in the jungle.

I mean, yeah, your life is hard. It's a shame you can't sleep on a plane.

Touche'! If I could buy you the beverage of your choice, I would!

Comment: Re:Any good shows with lots of episodes (Score 1) 139

by ah.clem (#47297779) Attached to: I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Yes, my son and I used to watch that series, what was it, "Spenser"? There was one line he delivered so badly in an ep that it became what is now called a meme in our family, trotted out often in response to various queries; "The day is short; your client's money is long; the question shall be answered." in that clipped monotone that he used, followed by bared teeth.

I do appreciate what Brooks is trying to do. There are a couple of DS9 eps that seem to have his mark on them, one that comes to mind is "Far Beyond the Stars" (I think that's the title) which is one of my favorites, and later on, in the 7th season, he makes his point about racism in America in one of the Vic Fontaine eps, but it feels kinda forced and out of character for the Sisko character. In any case, I just don't feel him as an actor, but I didn't get a "great actor" feel from anyone on that series.

Comment: Re:Any good shows with lots of episodes (Score 1) 139

by ah.clem (#47294919) Attached to: I prefer to settle down at night with a good..

Next on the list is Star Trek: DS9 I'm a big Trek fan but I never really got into DS9 but I think I will go through each episode from the start, now it's like a wrapped present.

DS9 is, in my opinion, the absolute worst of the entire ST franchise. I have just finished a 3+ year on/off challenge to watch the entire franchise (every series and movie except for the cartoons) - TNG was tiring, Voyager was brutal; oh, man - but DS9 - I gave up 3 times. Bad acting, crappy plots, characters it was impossible to care about - until Vic Fontaine! The bright spots for me were the Vic Fontaine eps; just too little, too late. In my opinion, Avery Brooks and Nana Visitor are total hacks and I kept hoping they'd be killed off early in the series like Denise Crosby (Tasha Dar), another hack actor in TNG. As you haven't seen all the eps, I won't post spoilers, but I will say that every scene with Nicole de Boer (Dax) in it did get my attention.

Comment: Re:Bets, anyone? (Score 1) 431

by ah.clem (#47258565) Attached to: Chinese-Built Cars Are Coming To the US Next Year

And yet my Dodge Ram is US body, US engine, US transmission, US tires and made within the last three years.

I feel your comment is somewhat misleading; I am certainly willing to be wrong, it would seem (based on some research and about a half-hour of reading) that the Ram Truck 1500 series (Ram Truck being owned by Fiat, BTW) is assembled in the US, at the Warren Truck Assembly plant, from parts manufactured at the Saltillo Stamping Plant in Mexico and the Warren Stamping plant in the US (I didn't bother trying to find out the percentages). The only Ram truck assembled at the US plant is the 1500 series. Some of the 1500 series and all the other Ram trucks sold in the US (2500, 3500, 4500, 5500) are manufactured and built in Saltillo, Mexico. There is also a plant in Windsor, OT that builds Ram Trucks for Canada.

While it would be nice to think that we as Americans hadn't given away the store, I am of the belief that we have, and it's not coming back.

Comment: Re:Really? (Score 1) 293

by ah.clem (#47248049) Attached to: Average HS Student Given Little Chance of AP CS Success

America needs to wake up and realize that the education problem one is a cultural one, and it's about the decisions PARENTS make with regards to how they raise their children.

I can't agree that it's a cultural issue; rather, in my opinion, it's an SES issue. Poor families are poor, no matter their race or culture. While there are outliers in any distribution, there is a strong correlation between SES and a child's educational success. I'm not going to try to speculate on reasons for this in this short comment, but you can Google "SES and Education" and find quite a lot of data regarding this subject. Ancedotally, I have witnessed this very phenomenon in my 30 years involved in educational settings.

This correlation is really no news to anyone involved in education (including school boards and elected politicians). It's always been a curiosity to me why no one wants to really do anything about it; it's almost as if it's in someone's best interest to maintain the status quo...

"Bureaucracy is the enemy of innovation." -- Mark Shepherd, former President and CEO of Texas Instruments