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Comment: Re:It was a movie--duh (Score 2) 132

I think they could have made it work if they framed the shots right. If you move from one star field to another star field, then yeah, the audience isn't going to see much difference. But if Saturn were in the foreground and dead ahead in one shot and they transitioned to Gargantua being dead ahead as they went through the wormhole, I think the transit would have been obvious enough. Particularly if they looked back and showed a distorted view of Saturn through the wormhole after they passed through.

Comment: Re:so breakthrough (Score 1) 142

by kylemonger (#49077539) Attached to: Breakthrough In Face Recognition Software
The annotations were probably more useful features such as distance to the subject, angle of head tilt, or principal lighting angle, lens focal length. Train a net to recognize the shape of heads tilted at various angles and you've gone a long way toward recognizing faces tilted at those angles. Now you can train separate networks to recognize faces at each specific angle or small range of angles. The same for dealing with varied distances and lens focal lengths.

Comment: Re:How is this a good thing? (Score 2) 114

It's a good thing because I appreciate knowing what kind of country I really live in. For most of my life I thought I lived in a country that wouldn't torture people. Later I learned that the CIA not only tortures people, they ship people to other countries so they can be tortured harder. That's one of many examples of the things they don't teach you in school that should nonetheless influence how you think and vote. I want to know the ugly truth about what's going on. It probably won't make me happy, but it might just keep me free.

Comment: Re:Not an overreaction (Score 4, Insightful) 208

by kylemonger (#48973971) Attached to: Art Project Causes Atlanta Police To Close Highway and Call Bomb Squad

True, but the odds are pretty much 100% that your art project request will be denied for liability reasons. People sue the hind legs off each other for anything nowadays, and rampant paranoia is the natural result. So if you want to do your project you just roll the dice and hope that no one notices your guerilla installation.

Oops, someone noticed? Now comes the part where you beg for forgiveness.

Comment: Re:Company does exactly what it says it does... (Score 1) 619

by kylemonger (#48970961) Attached to: Google, Amazon, Microsoft Reportedly Paid AdBlock Plus To Unblock

Ambrose Bierce's short story "The Ingenious Patriot" comes to mind.

Having obtained an audience of the King an Ingenious Patriot pulled a paper from his pocket, saying:

          "May it please your Majesty, I have here a formula for constructing armour-plating which no gun can pierce. If these plates are adopted in the Royal Navy our warships will be invulnerable, and therefore invincible. Here, also, are reports of your Majesty's Ministers, attesting the value of the invention. I will part with my right in it for a million tumtums."

          After examining the papers, the King put them away and promised him an order on the Lord High Treasurer of the Extortion Department for a million tumtums.

          "And here," said the Ingenious Patriot, pulling another paper from another pocket, "are the working plans of a gun that I have invented, which will pierce that armour. Your Majesty's Royal Brother, the Emperor of Bang, is anxious to purchase it, but loyalty to your Majesty's throne and person constrains me to offer it first to your Majesty. The price is one million tumtums."

          Having received the promise of another check, he thrust his hand into still another pocket, remarking:

          "The price of the irresistible gun would have been much greater, your Majesty, but for the fact that its missiles can be so effectively averted by my peculiar method of treating the armour plates with a new -"

          The King signed to the Great Head Factotum to approach.

          "Search this man," he said, "and report how many pockets he has."

          "Forty-three, Sire," said the Great Head Factotum, completing the scrutiny.

          "May it please your Majesty," cried the Ingenious Patriot, in terror, "one of them contains tobacco."

          "Hold him up by the ankles and shake him," said the King; "then give him a check for forty-two million tumtums and put him to death. Let a decree issue declaring ingenuity a capital offence."

Comment: Re:Missing (Score 1) 480

by kylemonger (#48922055) Attached to: Best 1990s Sci-fi show?
The really "out there" Voyager episodes harkened back to Kirk-era Trek, which had truly ridiculous concepts, like food that amplified psi talents and water that would make you move a thousands times faster. Nothing Voyager could do, even the abominable "Threshold" episode, could hold a candle to TOS and its zany ideas. That was one of the things I liked about Voyager. No pseudo-science was too woo for Voyager.

Comment: Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 1) 110

I wasn't one of the ones that called 911 but the booms from the sky were loud enough to make you stop whatever you were doing and wonder what bad thing had happened somewhere. Unforgettable if you've never experienced one before. I imagine this was because the fighters were coming in pretty low to be flying at that speed.

Comment: Re:Other than the obligatory security theatre... (Score 2) 110

by kylemonger (#48895847) Attached to: Bomb Threats Via Twitter Partly Shut Down Atlanta's Hartsfield Airport
Yes, I really do think they would shoot it down. If the plane strays then it means the pilot is either not in control or not obeying instructions from the air traffic control. Either one of those conditions will tighten enough sphincters on the ground that the kill order will be given if they fail to repsond to enough radio hails. They scrambled a couple of fighters to deal with a float plane in restricted airspace back in 2010. I'd heard military jets howling overhead many times, but I'd never heard a sonic boom (except on TV) before that day. http://www.komonews.com/news/l...

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 422

by kylemonger (#48886939) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
TNG got better in the second second, years before Roddenberry died. The episode "The Measure of a Man" was when I knew the series had turned a corner in its writing and that aired in early 1989. The writers strike cast a pall over the end of season 2 but overall it was worlds better than the stinkaroo first season. As for Star Wars, there's a trove of stories and characters to be mined from the extended universe of Star Wars books and comics. Lucas will be a good consultant to sort the good from the not so good in that morass. Given how many times he's re-edited the old films I can't really believe Lucas' hand will ever be all the way out.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 3, Informative) 422

by kylemonger (#48886769) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
I agree. IMO the complaints about the prequels were fueled primarily by nostalgia about the original movies, remembering the delight of seeing them as a child. I rewatched the original trilogy as an adult and wasn't nearly so enchanted. That shouldn't be surprising. These are all children's movies; we grew up. Lucas' movies didn't change so much as we did.

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