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Comment: Episode V (Score 1) 457

by captain_nifty (#46930155) Attached to: Favorite Star Wars Movie?

As a kid it was all about Hoth with the imperial walkers, the AT-ATs were about the coolest thing ever, but as I got older I appreciated the better acting/chemistry between actors and storymaking decisions that still make it my favorite star wars movie.

The prequels fell short, in my opinion George Lucas needs limits, for the first movie, he had no money, for the second and third this was still more or less the case, and most importantly Lucas didn't direct them. Give him a room of yes men and have him direct and you get the prequels, not bad movies, but not great either.

Comment: Start Menu? (Score 2) 1009

by captain_nifty (#45944871) Attached to: Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

Will they bring back the start button.

They spent ~20 years training a generation of business computer users that the lower left corner is where to go for the menu.

Their UI was so ubiquitous that they got a key added to almost every keyboard manufactured.

And then for no apparent reason they decided to change it.
UI design shininess should really take a backseat to legacy.
When will microsoft realize their real customers are businesses /governments/ large offices
They aren't going to get the new OEM computer market that they have had in the past because people aren't buying new computers.
They need to adapt to the changing market and their attempt to remake themselves as a integrated tablet environment has failed spectacularly.

Continuing a 3 year release cycle with drastic changes each time requiring huge amounts of emplyee training and modification of legacy apllications is going to kill the business market too.

Sometimes I feel a little sad watching the Redmond death spiral and waiting for the year of the linux desktop.

Comment: Re:At which point (Score 4, Insightful) 504

by captain_nifty (#45326129) Attached to: Feinstein and Rogers: No Clemency For Snowden

The most effective write in would be one that unambiguously shows your disdain for the process, this is normally done by voting for a cartoon character, say Micky Mouse or Donald Duck, but I think a more effective method would be to gather a large number of votes for a candidate that sends a very clear message to those in power who continue to violate the law in the execution of policies to increase their power.

Vote Edward Snowden for all federal elections!

Comment: Re:Moo (Score 1) 273

by captain_nifty (#44842905) Attached to: Study Shows Professors With Tenure Are Worse Teachers

It would be better if Universities, get out of the Educating Kids for Jobs market, but strict educational research path.

We need to get Organizations to recognize non-College degrees as valuable education for their work. And save your College education degree for career paths in research and education.

The Undergrad classes, should be taught not in a University setting but in a Schooling setting outside of research. Not Dumb it down, but teach it with the expectation that people will use it to go to work in industry.

Perhaps this outside of research schooling you suggest could be provided to all in a publicly funded manner, and to make it more effective should be done early in a childs life, oh wait I forgot public K-12 schooling in America has become so simplified because Johnny might feel bad about not being able to read.

A high school diploma used to be proof of basic reading and mathematics abilities needed for employment. The solution isn't to add more education later in life to prepare people for the world, if public schools were properly educating people, the HS diploma would regain value and colleges could become institutions of higher learning, instead of High School part 2 that many are becoming.

Comment: Re:Something wrong with this picture! (Score 1) 175

by captain_nifty (#44318589) Attached to: Peru To Provide Free Solar Power To Its Poorest Citizens

I'm guessing the northwest US.
Electric costs in the $0.06-$0.08 / kWh range (lots of cheap hydro, which is pretty green already)
Added to the incessant cloudiness/rain of the region and your PV generation rates go down too.

I ran the calcs as well and it was giving me about a 25 year break even time frame (with lots of pro PV assumptions) and most panels I saw were giving a 20 year lifetime (ie they would output less than 75% of their rated power after 20 years)

Bottom line it's not worth it in my area, unless you get some great subsidies.

Comment: Re:good (Score 1) 333

by captain_nifty (#44303137) Attached to: EFF Sues NSA, Justice Department, FBI

"The simple fact of the matter, which so many refuse to accept, is this: you can NOT fix a corrupted system by working WITHIN that system...why? Because its corrupted silly!"

That's an assumption, not a statement of fact. If it were strictly true, then every government, everywhere, would simply slowly decline until the next revolution. I prefer to believe that the damage is not too deeply rooted to fix.

That sounds like an apt summary of history of world governments.

Comment: Sounds familiar. (Score 1) 294

by captain_nifty (#44301185) Attached to: Scientists Seek Biomarkers For Violence

It's the Pax. The G-23 Paxilon Hydrochlorate that we added to the air processors. It was supposed to calm the population, weed out aggression. Well, it works. The people here stopped fighting. And then they stopped everything else. They stopped going to work, they stopped breeding, talking, eating. There's 30 million people here, and they all just let themselves die.

16.5 feet in the Twilight Zone = 1 Rod Serling

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