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Comment: Am I the only one? (Score 2, Funny) 89

by ajdowntown (#32654580) Attached to: New Fossil Sheds Light On Lucy's Family Tree
The article includes plenty of viewpoints dissenting from the conclusion that A. afarensis walked, and possibly ran, like modern humans do.

Is anyone else as deeply offended by this as me? I, as a modern human, haven never, ever, in my life run, and am offended that I am associated with these prehistoric brutes.

Oh the humanity!

Comment: If it matters... (Score 2, Informative) 670

by ajdowntown (#32431162) Attached to: iPad Bait and Switch — No More Unlimited Data Plan
If it matters to anyone, I just checked with my iPad and was able to upgrade from the 250meg plan to the unlimited plan. So, I suggest that if anyone who has an iPad and thinks they will want the unlimited plan, just go ahead and get it now... AT&T has said they will not force anyone over to the new plans, so go ahead, get it while you still can.

Comment: Re:My question (Score 1) 342

by ajdowntown (#31660850) Attached to: New Software For Employers To Monitor Facebook
For some reason, I was logged out of /. So, now a repost and not an AC. Sorry :-/ ----- In cases like Facebook and Myspace, I am not sure what good these services would be. Think about it, these services can only monitor information that is either open for everyone, or if you are a friend. So, by simply making all your info for friends only, it sort of negates anything software like this can do... unless I am missing something? My action step moving forward: turn off all public info and make private. *Note to self: don't accept friend requests to automated monitoring services* End of story. Nothing to see here, move along...

Comment: Re:I can't be the only one (Score 1) 705

by ajdowntown (#29092983) Attached to: "District 9" Best Sci-fi Movie of 09?
Normally I don't do this, but I am going to say this: Did you even read my post? Or were you too busy making assumptions about my motives?

I have an idea.

First, I know the difference between a hero and a protagonist, he became a "hero" when he decided to fight and sacrifice himself, thus enabling Christopher to escape.

Second, wow you assume I haven't traveled outside the US before, and been to third world countries? In fact, I have spent considerable amounts of time in "less stable countries", for months at a time. What I am saying is, that South Africa (which I admit I have never been to) does not seem like that type of country to me. I would be happy to take any comments from someone that actually has been to South Africa, or even more, lives/lived there.

Third, never once did I complain about the depth of the main character (thanks for reading my post, btw), in fact, i think we should have had a little more on him since he was the protagonist. I wanted to feel for the guy, but I couldn't. As for the other characters, I just wanted motivation for their actions and was hoping for more than the typical "greed" scenario, as was in the case for the father-in-law (maybe show how he didn't like Wilkus because he wasn't good enough for his daughter, or something).

Fourth, I perfectly understood what was happening without the gore, so the answer was no, it was not needed.

Fifth, I think you missed an important point about the so-called drones. It was the media that called them all drones, not the aliens referring to themselves, so you are being rather "humanist" on that perspective. Obviously the aliens could learn things (Christopher's son), and some could deduce a situation and make appropriate actions (like at the end when they come to save Wilkus' life). So to call them all drones is an assumption on your part, not mine. And who's to say there weren't other smart aliens out there? The drones were smart enough to understand bartering and such...


Look, it is ok for you to think this was the end-all-be-all in terms of sci-fi this year, but I simply don't. It was more a social justice issues movie than anything else. I'm not saying there was anything wrong with that, I am just saying I was expecting something more and didn't get it. Maybe District 10 due out in 3 years will be more of what I was hoping this one to be...?

Again, you question if we saw the same movie, and I question if we read the same post?

Comment: An Outrageous Price! (Score 1) 289

by ajdowntown (#29092347) Attached to: TomTom Releases iPhone Navigation App
The price on $99 just seems wildly optimistic to me on the parts of Tom-Tom. CoPilot also just release a new GPS maps software, but for only $35, about 1/3rd the price. So, is Tom-Tom really that much better to justify the steep price tag? I am not trying to troll, I really want to know if it is...? If I were to get the Tom-Tom software, I would most likely get the mount/GPS extender, which hasn't even released a price for yet, so the totally cost just sky-rockets. Find out more about the Tom-Tom iPhone software and mount at iPhone.tomtom.com

Comment: I can't be the only one (Score 5, Interesting) 705

by ajdowntown (#29091837) Attached to: "District 9" Best Sci-fi Movie of 09?
Warning, might be spoilers:

Let me say that I was highly disappointed with this movie, and surely I can't be the only one. I went to see it last night, and walked away not recommending it to anyone. There were definite plot holes, the hero (Van De Merwe) I had a hard time rooting for instead of rooting that we would just get shot. He was weak and pathetic, and only had courage while in the exo-suit, and even then, he was wishy-washy. His character was sort of like Borat, the sound effects sounded like the Matrix, and I just couldn't believe the government would allow the Nigerians to become so powerful inside the district, especially when they knew how dangerous they were. The father in law was evil for no apparent reason, and his wife suddenly believes Wilkus without explanation why? I don't know, I just don't buy it at all. A lot of the gore was unneeded, and made me turn away from the screen a few times... Did we really need to see him biting off his nails? And yes, I did think the parts where the humans blew up from the alien weapons were cool, but it just begs the question, why weren't the aliens using the weanpos to revolt instead of selling them to the Nigerians?

All in all, I just found the movie to be simply unbelievable (yes, I KNOW it is only sci-fi, but still, c'mon!) that were this situation to occur, I just can't see people acting like that. I'd expect tighter government controls, with more international pressures. If this movie wanted to be about apartheid, which is a good social justice issues movie, it needed a little more believability to it, and a little more on the interactions between humans/aliens when the aliens first arrived.

Mod me up or down, I don't care, it was just that I was expecting so much more, and left feeling like I got a better deal on the popcorn :-/

Comment: Re:Richard Dawkins (Score 1) 799

by ajdowntown (#28693867) Attached to: Tomorrow's Science Heroes?
People who say these things fail to realize that science and religion are answering two completely different questions, and hence can live harmoniously together. Science answers the question, "How?", and meanwhile, Religion answers the question, "Why?" Two separate, and distinctively important questions, and certainly not mutually exclusive.

Comment: Re:Wind Could NOT Provide 100% of World Energy Nee (Score 1) 867

by ajdowntown (#28444353) Attached to: Wind Could Provide 100% of World Energy Needs
Yes! Get the facts! DiHydrogen Monoxide is a serious problem. From the website DHMO.org:

Dihydrogen Monoxide (DHMO) is a colorless and odorless chemical compound, also referred to by some as Dihydrogen Oxide, Hydrogen Hydroxide, Hydronium Hydroxide, or simply Hydric acid. Its basis is the highly reactive hydroxyl radical, a species shown to mutate DNA, denature proteins, disrupt cell membranes, and chemically alter critical neurotransmitters. The atomic components of DHMO are found in a number of caustic, explosive and poisonous compounds such as Sulfuric Acid, Nitroglycerine and Ethyl Alcohol.

Read the website for many more disturbing facts!

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