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Comment: Re:lol sure (Score 1) 123

Who teaches these fabled courses?

This article is pure bs.

Previous graduates maybe. It had to start somewhere though.

Even if this is real (which is really hard to believe) it is going to be outdated, wrong, and useless like nearly everything else NK does that isn't given to them by China and Russia.

Maybe it's taught by the Chinese. Possible I guess.

I just can't help but imagine a bunch of Norks gathered around a Tandy 1000 hooked up to an acoustic modem with an egg timer. Every 10 minutes they switch off. "Ok, now you a hacker."

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

Have you seen Caprica? While it's set in the Battlestar Galactica universe instead of Star Trek, it is a mostly planet-bound drama set in an age of interstellar travel, examining the implications of technology on the populace. Themes include religion, ethnic gangs, terrorism, and corporate greed. It was well reviewed but tanked in the ratings.

I think I have, I'll have to check and make sure. thanks for the heads up.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 2) 324

Or how about life on Earth. One thing I've never got form watch Star Trek is what kind of government or socioeconomic structure, or demographic and ethnographic makeup, does Earth have. Does it have a (semi-)independent government based somewhere (Rome? Geneva? Johannesburg?) or is it practically communistic in nature? What kind of ideologies, or even religious beliefs and faiths, are there, if any (even if underground)?

exactly. All they ever go on about is starfleet headquarters.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

Fascinating... I don't think I saw that episode, there are many of the ST:Enterprise eps I didn't see.

You're not missing much, basically just Archer doing his usual huff-and-puff self-righteous speechifying and Tucker once again reminding us that he's been in space before. A weak episode even by Enterprise standards.

Which is why I haven't seen all the ST:ENT episodes...

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 1) 324

Fascinating... I don't think I saw that episode, there are many of the ST:Enterprise eps I didn't see.

This non-starfleet trek idea may fit with a series of sci-fi books, perhaps.

I wonder if the author would have to get "permission" to write in the ST universe from whatever empire owns those rights, if Kirk/Spock are not part of it.

Comment: Re:Action movies are boring. (Score 4, Interesting) 324

I'd like to see a story set in the Star Trek universe that isn't about Kirk/Spock and not about the Enterprise or space battles or StarFleet.

Rather, some other interesting story that takes place in that universe with it's set of rules - replicators, holodecks, no monetary system, intellectual pursuits, what have you.

What is illegal in that universe? What would a criminal do? Are there bad guys? What would a "good guy" do to deal with a "bad guy?" What kind of DRAMA is there? What do people DO who aren't in Starfleet? Hmmm? What's that LIKE?

Certainly Roddenberry's universe isn't so mind numbingly BORING that there couldn't be a non StarFleet story to see the other side of the society. Right? Please?

I think the closest I have ever seen was Ben Sisko's dad on Earth where he had his restaurant and the Founders were invading by impersonating Starfleet officials and there was martial law or something. There are other nuggets here and there on DS9, Jake Sisko being a writer, Quark's Bar, etc. The interaction between Odo and Quark were always fun but that is still just an inch away from Starfleet and it wasn't Earth. What do Humans on Earth do in the ST universe?

Anyone know of anyone ever looking at that?

I know "Cracked" once did a bit where they postulated that the ST universe would actually be horrible to live in. Well, is it?

Comment: Re:more NOS and less lense flare (Score 3) 324

Heh... although only Simon Pegg as Scotty good get away with a line like:
"Ach, maybe if I put some NOS into the Warp Core we could overtake 'em... what do I look like a stupid git? I'm givin' her all she's got!"

I need TWO nosses, because I live life a quarter parsec at a time.

Comment: they are presently trying to fight this with signs (Score 3, Insightful) 290

by flappinbooger (#48661709) Attached to: Hotel Group Asks FCC For Permission To Block Some Outside Wi-Fi

I was at a trade show a week ago at a "high end" hotel in downtown Chicago. They had signs up saying to NOT put up your own access points because the hotel wanted to guarantee that the guests had the best possible internet experience.

Yerp.

Had nothing at ALL to do with their $10 per day up to $35 per 8 hour period wifi access plans.

The captive portal was BROKEN, it gave the user the chance to bill the charge to the room and create a login for their "stay." The logins never worked and every few minutes it would forget the mac address and I'd have to recommit to charge my room. It's one thing to charge people for access, but to have a broken mechanism for charging is just insult to injury. Access for ME was supposedly free because I was an "exhibitor" but still, it was ridiculous.

Comment: Re:Total Boondoggle (Score 1) 289

by flappinbooger (#48496459) Attached to: Physicist Kip Thorne On the Physics of "Interstellar"

The technology required for wormholes is so far removed from our current and plausible near-future capabilities that to throw lots of money at it would almost certainly be a total boondoggle.

So basically what he's saying is we might as well dump the money into a black hole. Sounds like most government programs.

or green energy

Comment: Re:Note to IT recruiters. (Score 2) 276

An MS cert does not trump someone with 2 years of real experience. MS certs are only for people that have zero experience hoping to work somewhere other than best buy.

I once had to help a MCSE guy configure an email account. In outlook. They have no value if there is no experience backing up the ability to pass a test. I've been working with computers for over 30 years, and I'm 40. No official certified training, just a lifetime of being a geek. They still call me for the hard problems and never complain about the bill when it comes.

My understanding is there are "boot camp" test prep courses that are worthless then there are (apparently) some real cert programs.

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