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Comment: Bad scripts and plots (Score 1) 141

by axl917 (#49430173) Attached to: Why CSI: Cyber Matters

It isn't the actors themselves that's the problem, Patricia Arquette is fantastic when given good, dark material to work with...True Romance, Lost Highway, Bringing out the Dead. But this is just awful, every episode so far is just a re-hash of "we gotta stay determined, the bad guys are bad, trust your team" and it all works out by the end of the hour. Little cookie-cutter sized bits of drama, that's just not her. The rest of the crew...the upright white male #2 in command and the nerdy back team...are just forgettable.

Maybe that's just the CSI/NCIS formula (I like the New Orleans one though, Bakula and his 2 sidekicks work great together), but it's sputtering here.

Comment: Re:No thank you (Score 1) 267

by axl917 (#48334879) Attached to: 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Gets a Name

But why can't there simply be room for two belief sets? Faith vs. science? Like in Anne Rice's vampire series, for many many centuries the vampires had varying beliefs on they whys and the hows of their vampiric existence. It was only later on that it was discovered that a spirit had taken over the body of a dying woman and somehow animated the cells into eternal life, but one can still view the original event as one of divinity.

Comment: Re:Solution in search of a problem (Score 1) 168

by axl917 (#48316981) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Single Sign-On To Link Google Apps and Active Directory?

DeepFreeze to minimize the frequency of needing to reflash the disk images.

DeepFreeze? What is this, 2002? We dumped Faronics years ago, there's nothing it did that could not be handled by group policy and, more importantly, not giving everyone admin rights to their boxes.

Comment: Re:Yay DRM (Score 1) 93

by axl917 (#47214929) Attached to: Civilization V Officially Available On Linux For SteamOS

Is Steam stopping me from playing the games I purchased? No? Then I don't really care. Steam doesn't get in my way, and is quite convenient for installing a game on multiple computers (plus I don't have to keep track of disks). Find something worth complaining about.

Yes Steam is probably the best, most consumer-friendly DRM distribution system around, but that doesn't mean you shouldn't care at all. Unless you are happy having all your games rendered unplayable if Steam goes offline / Valve goes out of business. In the scale of a year that's unlikely, but in 10? 50? Quite apart from the legitimate short-term disadvantages, I think in 50 years we will look back on this period of time in the same way we view the lack of archiving of television in the mid-20th century, as a massive unnecessary black hole in our cultural history.

In 50 years, I highly doubt you'd wish to come down from whatever advanced technology we will have to play games on x86 architecture, any more than I have a desire to dust off my Atari VCS and play pong.

Comment: Re:Will he still be an egomaniac? (Score 4, Insightful) 193

by axl917 (#46725427) Attached to: Stephen Colbert To Be Letterman's Successor

Yes, Colbert is much, much more than the faux-O'Reilly persona he's affected in recent years. All the work he did on the Daily Show...I recall the "Even Steven" segment he did with Steve Carell was rather brilliant.

I feel a bit bad for Craig Ferguson. He's a great comic but his shtick is a bit out there at times, and much less scripted and structured than I think CBS wanted for the prime night-time slot

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