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Comment: Re:Picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue. (Score 1) 146

by captjc (#47655461) Attached to: Chinese Researchers' 'Terror Cam' Could Scan Crowds, Looking for Stress

If stress is probable cause for warrantless attention, Americans have no rights at all, because stress--not liberty--is the cornerstone of our lives.

Whoa, back the FBI surveillance van up there cowboy. The article has nothing to do with the US. This is about China. Sure, if this technology takes off, there is a good chance that the TSA and NSA would be next in line. However, it is way too early to start decrying the loss of American civil liberties over this story.

Comment: Re:This will be GREAT! (Score 1) 116

by captjc (#47645833) Attached to: Wiring Programmers To Prevent Buggy Code

Knowing some of the managers I have met, they would call you up on the phone, multiple times a day and if you'd answer, "HOW DARE YOU ANSWER THE PHONE!? DON'T YOU KNOW THAT THAT CAUSES BUGS!?" However, if you ignore the calls, you will get a face to face meeting demanding why you are avoiding them.

Managers, can't work with them, can't get paid without them!

Comment: Re:It was complete... (Score 1) 252

by captjc (#47644279) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

I wouldn't call it complete. It had plenty of loose ends that could have been picked up. I would have loved to see the Telepath Wars, Garibaldi's revenge on Bester (yes, I know, books). Hell, Call To Arms and the canceled-before-it-aired Crusade left the question about what happens to Earth with the Drakh Plague. Hell, a series could be done on the Galen and the Techno-magi, alone.

While I would say the main plot was tied up very nicely, It was far from complete.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 252

by captjc (#47644253) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

It is the word "reboot" that gets me. It seems to thrown around willy-nilly these days, everything from dumping the entire source material sans a few loose names and concepts and creating something new (BSG 2003), to remaking the same tired origin story again (Amazing Spider-Man, Hulk), to even creating sequels that follow already established continuity (What is basically being done to the Terminator franchise). Star Wars Prequels and the coming sequel trilogy have been called and are reboots in many ways. Hell, Star Trek TNG is even considered a reboot.

This is way to early to either get up in arms or celebrate. Personally, I would rather have a Blu-ray remastering of the original series. If this is a proper reboot, I am sure to probably dislike it. I loved the original especially the characters. Peter Jurasic will always be Londo and Bruce Boxleitner will always be Sheridan, just as Leonard Nimoy will always be Spock and Dirk Benedict will always be Starbuck / The Face Man. However, I want to remain optimistic that maybe this will be a side story dissociated enough that it re-invigorate the franchise without tearing it down. Maybe, I might even get that Blu-Ray remastering.

Only time will tell, of course.

Comment: Re:Don't want it (Score 1) 252

by captjc (#47644171) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

I always hoped someone would make a movie of the battle at Wolf 359 - seems to me that there would be so much to work with within that heroic battle complex (I know, Wolf 359 is ST - But I digress)

Up until Nemesis killed Star Trek, I was always hoping for either A Romulan War or Eugenics Wars movie. Either could be done in a way that could be franchised, wouldn't piss off the fans and could be dissociated enough to get general movie audience.

A B5 reboot, sounds like a horrible idea. The original was one of the best science fiction shows on TV and (despite the early CGI) still holds up today. However, a movie that takes place in the same universe but in a side story would be great. The Telepath Wars or an Earth-Minbari War would be a great place to flesh out a new story and characters and be dissociated enough to do something new without alienating fans and newcomers, alike.

Comment: Re:App stores compete with the 3DS (Score 2) 203

by captjc (#47582727) Attached to: Nintendo Posts Yet Another Loss, Despite Mario Kart 8

A single title like MarioKart is a shot in the arm but it can't turn the ship around by itself. Nintendo will have to hope they can keep throwing out good titles for long enough that sales pick up and some 3rd parties come back.

Worked for Sony. Remember for the first 4 years of the PS3's life, it was a joke. Horribly expensive, almost no games worth playing, and it took developers years to finally figure out how to make game on par with the 360, much less better. Then there were the cries that Blu-Ray was just a gimmick and that they should have gotten rid of it. After a few price cuts and once Sony stepped up their game with first party and indie titles did the PS3 finally gain steam. And this was against a console with paid subscription multiplayer, a start screen full of ads and the worst quality control blunder in the history of consoles!

Comment: Re:Maybe they need a union (Score 4, Insightful) 511

by captjc (#47550619) Attached to: Suddenly Visible: Illicit Drugs As Part of Silicon Valley Culture

Are you kidding, a significant portion of those people are under the delusion that if they work their ass off now, they will be start-up billionaires by the time they're 30. And guess what, there are plenty of companies that are more than happy to indulge their fantasy. Only, after five-to-ten years of that crap do they start to realize that except for a very small few, it is a pipe dream. Of course, by that time they are considered too old for the industry and are replaced by another delusional young go-getter and the cycle repeats. They don't want a unions or regulations, or anything that might jeopardize their chance at being the next software / web billionaire. The ironic thing is that while this is one of the most liberal areas in the country, the entire place is like an Ayn Rand dystopia.

Comment: Re: Not news (Score 1) 342

I'd like to share a revelation that I've had during my time here. It came to me when I tried to classify your species and I realized that you're not actually mammals. Every mammal on this planet instinctively develops a natural equilibrium with the surrounding environment but you humans do not. You move to an area and you multiply and multiply until every natural resource is consumed and the only way you can survive is to spread to another area. There is another organism on this planet that follows the same pattern. Do you know what it is? A virus. Human beings are a disease, a cancer of this planet.

Comment: Re:Why are they getting into the phone business? (Score 1) 168

by captjc (#47535419) Attached to: Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

I wouldn't call Amazon a "New Player" in the phone market. The Kindle Fire is still an Android tablet and has been selling like hot cakes. They also have had 4G connectivity for a few years. The Kindle phone is just a smaller version of their tablet that can make phone calls. Other than the smaller form factor and phone app, nearly everything else is the same.

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