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Comment: Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (Score 1) 329

by hal2814 (#42913969) Attached to: Han Solo To Reportedly Return For <em>Star Wars VII</em>
Two characters from Star Wars were completely and totally awesome: Han Solo and Darth Vader. Han wasn't in the prequels at all. Vader got maybe 5 minutes of screen time and IIRC Vader doesn't even force choke someone, threaten people, or do any other badassery in that 5 minutes. He just whines and breaks stuff. The decision to bring back just about everyone in the Star Wars universe except for its two resident badasses is just as terrible as all of those Police Academy movies that happened after Steve Guttenberg said "Fuck it. I'm outta here." Tackleberry is cool but he can't carry a movie.

Comment: Re:Time Travel (Score 5, Funny) 208

JJ Abram's whole life is about time travel: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, JJ Abrams stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, directing movies that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Jerry Bruckheimer, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only JJ can see and hear. And so JJ Abrams finds himself leaping from movie to movie, striving to put right what Uwe Boll once put wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home

Comment: Re:Thanks Prez! (Score 2) 430

by hal2814 (#42116397) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?
" the GOP could have filibustered it into the dirt and they did not."

No, they couldn't. The legislation as it exists was passed was passed in two parts. One part was passed through the Senate in the brief period when the Senate had 60 members caucusing with the Democrats. Republicans did not have the votes to stop cloture. The second part was passed under reconciliation which does not require cloture but is limited in scope. That part was basically comprised of tweaks the House wanted to make to the Senate bill. Republicans couldn't do anything about either part of the legislation at the time it was passed.

Comment: Re:Keep the Doctor Who series the same (Score 2) 170

by hal2814 (#42008787) Attached to: The New Series of Doctor Who: Fleeing From Format?
Well if you were raised on the show that should be par for the course. The big surprise villain at the end of Episode 1 of Day of the Daleks is:... wait for it... wait for it... the Daleks. That character in Keeper of Trakken who looks JUST like Roger Delgado? He's going to be the next Master. It's a predictable show. It always has been. If the predictability bothers you now that probably says more about how your taste in television has evolved than it does about the series itself.

Comment: Re:Obama ordered Gitmo closed day 3. Blame Congres (Score 1) 503

by hal2814 (#41833873) Attached to: Favorite U.S. Political Party
You may want to actually read what the posted above you wrote. You might learn something. "you need 60 votes" isn't hard to understand. It just happens to be incorrect. There is nothing in the Constitution requiring a 60-vote cloture in the Senate. It can be overridden. And it would only take a simple majority to do so. The only thing stopping them is etiquette.

Comment: Re:Net actual speed (Score 1) 992

by hal2814 (#41264247) Attached to: Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit
The OP probably got this idea from driving in Dallas. Some toll roads like Bush still physically have the booths, but they're not open anymore. Newer toll roads like SRT don't have the booths at all. With the exception of DFW airport, I'm not aware of a toll road in the DFW area where paying at the booth is still an option.

Comment: Re:Was it taken out of context? (Score 4, Funny) 306

by hal2814 (#40749409) Attached to: Gartner Analyst Retracts "Windows 8 Is Bad" Claim
The conversation went something like this:

Microsoft: "If you're a researcher on this Windows 8 thing and you were on Earth, you must have been gathering material on it."
Gartner analyst: "Well, I was able to extend the original entry a bit, yes."
Microsoft: "Let me see what it says in this edition, then. I've got to see it."
... "What? Bad! Is that all it's got to say? Bad! One word! ... Well, for God's sake I hope you managed to recitify that a bit."
Gartner analyst: "Oh yes, well I managed to transmit a new entry off to the editor. He had to trim it a bit, but it's still an improvement."
Microsoft: "And what does it say now?"
Gartner analyst: "Mostly bad."

Comment: Re:Justification of Apathy (Score 2) 525

by hal2814 (#40749293) Attached to: The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox
Did that person manufacture their own tiles or did they go to the store and buy them by the box? Everyone is building something from a kit these days (and by "these days" I mean "since the industrial revolution"). Some kits are just easier to assemble than others. There's nothing more glorious about gluing tile to the ground than there is about gluing vinyl to the ground. They didn't "do it themselves." They just did part of the assembly. The amount of effort put into the creation of ceramic tile is far greater than the amount of effort it takes someone to put that tile on the floor and make sure it doesn't move. Ditto with everything else mentioned in the article. We have a romantic view of what it is to be a craftsman, but really a craftsman is just using an older kit that's a little harder to put together.

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