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No kidding; it used to be a few AF jokes sprinkled among the regular stories, which is effective and entertaining. The last few years it's been nothing but all day, which loses appeal quickly.
The actors had nothing to react to and nowhere to go. Basically the whole damn thing was shot on green screen, with a two camera setup. Lucas could just park his ass in his chair, look at the monitors, and do nothing. Makes it hard when you are not only having to imagine the entire set and everything you are supposed to be seeing and reacting to, but also are on a small stage and can't even more around much.
He had a lot of people he was answerable to. Sure he wrote the script for the first one (other screenwriters did the second and third) but it wasn't the Lucas show. The producers worked for the studio, not him, he had others who would question his decisions, make changes, etc. He was in charge only in so far as being the director, who does have a good deal of control, but still plenty of limits.
Not the case for the new three. It was an all-Lucas team. He was in charge, surrounded by yes men and did whatever the fuck he wanted. The result was really bad.
The first and second versions had i5 processors. this third one has an Atom. trying to make battery life numbers and heat dissipation better?
OS/2 failed because:
It didn't come pre-installed on all the brand name computers, even IBM's own. You couldn't order a Thinkpad with OS/2 out of the box, only with Windows.
in the fair tax book which explains the proposed system, they explain that the initial rate is designed to be revenue neutral. adjustments that you suggest are for future revisions.
some degree of debt/deficit is not automatically bad. debt/deficit is degrees of bad depending on what it's spent on and what % of revenue it represents. current levels are bad but automatically precluding any would be bad in its own way.
Plenty of people think the government gives them money every month already because it does. At least in the case of the fair tax, it be for a good cause (making the tax code fair).
Taxing "profit" ? Surely you jest...
How about a "consumption tax" that exempted food, clothing and medical expenses? Everything else would be subject to a sales tax.
Because as soon as you have an exemption, politics will put severe pressure to add more excemptions. This is why the Fair Tax plan just gives everyone a rebate based on typical low income consumption of essentials but sales taxes everything.
Yes, obviously. My post was mainly to inject some mildly ironic humor.
You know what makes even more sense than that? Putting solar panels on fucking rooftops or on the ground.
It's a vicious circle; Have you not seen the pictures from Beijing? There isn't much solar energy getting through the existing smog for panels to cut down on the coal power to cut down on the smog....
(Man, I'm sorry I don't have any mod points today, so you'll have to settle for kudos. Well done.)
"SCIgen uses a "context-free grammar" to create word salad that looks like reasonable text from a distance"
This is great for students who have lazy professors. Write a good introduction on page 1, a good conclusion on page 52, and use SCIgen on pages 2-51.
So much so that they even have a name for it: Maskirovka. The term was originally used just for camouflage, and the uses of it seem entirely in keeping with ordinary warfare. The disinformation campaign around D-Day would have been a brilliant example of maskirovka.
But the Russians do it before a war, and even during active hostilities as a way to demand that they be treated as if they were non-combatants. It's going on right now, pretending that they aren't engaging in war against Ukraine. It's so traditional in the culture that it's not even really something we can blame them for, exactly. But it means that our actions and reactions have to be calibrated around the fact that this is part of the way they view the world.
The government should fund a program to encourage more girls to choose airline pilot as a career.
I thought they were desperately needed as computer programmers.