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Comment: Re:Make it DARKER dammit. (Score 1) 218

by Jody Bruchon (#49164175) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
That's part of the point of TNG. They did an excellent job of chipping away at the sanitized image of all those characters with little hammers over the years. Take a semi-Utopian advanced human society and reveal all their flaws, because our flaws are part of what make us human in the first place. Picard might have been a clean looking leader in the beginning but we learned over many seasons that he's reclusive and dislikes kids and barely avoided being kicked out of the Academy and doesn't always make good decisions, like flying into a big ass meteor only to be sealed in by a Romulan ship he knew was out there. TNG and TOS are two sides of a humanity coin: one shows how we are and what's great about it, the other shows how we think we want to become and how that's not as perfect a thing as we envision.

Comment: Re:Live (Score 4, Insightful) 218

by Jody Bruchon (#49164133) Attached to: Spock and the Legacy of Star Trek
Surprisingly, you've stated my opinion better than I think I could have. The death of Gene Roddenberry and the slow decline of Star Trek seem to have coincided. It makes a LOT of sense if you watch the various older shows and films and "making of" specials about Star Trek TOS and TNG. Gene had a vision and Gene made Star Trek what it was. After his death, some of the people who worked with him (like Jonathan Frakes) did a decent job of keeping his vision around, but few who watch, say, Voyager (and have seen TOS/TNG) would say that Voyager is generally a better series.

The newer Trek creators have forgotten that Star Trek is about exploring the nature and folly of humanity. Futuristic space exploration just happens to be an excellent container to ship it in.

Comment: Re:I don't think this [release] matters at all... (Score 3, Interesting) 193

by Jody Bruchon (#49010913) Attached to: Xfce Getting a New Version Soon
For those of us who prefer to roll our own distros or compile stuff ourselves, XFCE is far easier to build from scratch than any GNOME or KDE4 environment. The dependencies on libraries not shipped in XFCE directly are minimal and there aren't many snags to worry about.

Comment: Re:Why don't they get it? (Score 1) 779

by Jody Bruchon (#48967651) Attached to: WA Bill Takes Aim at Boys' Dominance In Computer Classes
Don't forget about the more recent and glaring example: Big Bang Theory. I've seen it referred to as "nerdsploitation" and "blackface for nerds" in various places. Let's face it: actual nerds are still picked on and outcast even by our "modern and enlightened" society (cough, cough). Being a nerd or geek is now something to loosely emulate in an exaggerated fashion to seek attention, but being an actual nerd or geek is still unacceptable.

Even worse is the fact that radical feminism is now directly attempting to destroy the "safe spaces" created by the outcast nerds and demonize their existence. Look at Linus Torvalds: actual nerds who understand Linus and Linux, how the ecosystem works, and that see how well Linus' methods have worked for over 20 years straight are happy with his behavior. "Polite society" feminist trolls focus in a myopic way on extremely specific actions he has taken to black-label him and try to get him ousted from the open source community in the name of "being nice." These are the same people that loudly clapped when Sarah Sharp made a politeness stink on the LKML but stopped tuning in immediately before Linus engaged in a courteous two-way conversation with her and they resolved their differences cleanly. Sarah Sharp still contributes heavily to the Linux kernel. Sarah Sharp isn't hiding under a rock playing the victim card while doing nothing of actual value. What do today's nerd-hating oppression olympics P.C. hordes contribute to the world of real nerds and geeks once you exclude their vitriol? Funny how rabid social justice douchebags rarely submit patches to open source projects.

Nerd outcasting is still very much alive and well. It's just that now they're trying to cast out the outcasts from the island that they founded because they were cast out in the first place. At some point even the most timid victim will lash out against the bullies and re-align their jaws.

Comment: Re:Except in the UK! (Score 1) 83

by Jody Bruchon (#48896497) Attached to: Data Encryption On the Rise In the Cloud and Mobile
7-Zip is by far the easiest way to do this. Select files, right-click, 7-Zip, Add to archive... and if you supply a password and check "encrypt file names" the whole archive is AES-256 encrypted with the password you used. Upload that bad boy and feel more secure. On the other end, download it, right-click, "extract here" and then delete the 7z file. It's just one extra step prior to upload and after download and the shell integration makes it dead simple. If you're on Linux using p7zip at a command prompt, "7za a -mhe archive_name.7z file_and_dir_names_go_here -p" and it'll prompt for a password.

Comment: Re:What has happened to Linux? (Score 2, Interesting) 553

by Jody Bruchon (#48815969) Attached to: SystemD Gains New Networking Features is under Red Hat control. All of the biggest douche moves in Linux have come from Red Hat, including all the Poettering-based junk and the lovely musings of Ulrich Drepper. At least Drepper wrote some interesting papers and made some valuable contributions despite his acerbic handling of bug reports; I don't really find anything Poettering does to be of real-world value. Red Hat has beaten Microsoft in the EEE philosophy; I think Microsoft is far less evil than Red Hat at this point in history. It's too bad because Red Hat historically helped to bring Linux into the corporate mainstream and has otherwise done some great things for the community. Why did they start going downhill so hard?

Red Hat and Ubuntu are the enemies of clean, functional, and elegant open-source solutions. The irony is so thick that you could cut it with a knife.

Comment: Re:I'm done... (Score 1) 177

Good, JavaScript is faster. Now where is my in-browser ad blocking engine written in C? Since lots of articles have run that whine about Adblock Plus slowing down browsing due to injecting a massive CSS file into every page, let's see the ad blocking capability put where it really belongs. THAT is a feature that almost every user of Firefox wants: ad blocking in the browser.

Comment: Re:As expected... (Score 1) 400

by Jody Bruchon (#48718589) Attached to: Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low
I've noticed that a very high number of movies made since Save the Cat! came out follow the three-part formula outlined therein. It was especially apparent having seen Pitch Black (2000) and The Chronicles of Riddick (2004), then watching the (annoyingly titled) Riddick (2013).

On top of most films following the same general plot format, the buildup of any kind of suspense is practically nonexistent. Everything has to move so damned fast that you don't even have time to come up with something to anticipate based on what has already happened before the next action-packed mostly-CGI-and-obviously-so thing smacks you in the face. A classic film like Halloween where the first 90% of the film is nothing but suspense build-up could never be made today, even if it was set in the same time period so that modern technology couldn't get in the way of the plot. Suspense is largely a thing of the past.

While I'm here on my soapbox, does anyone remember when "special effects" were actually special? (Get off my lawn!)

Comment: Re:Risk = Reward (Score 1) 224

by Jody Bruchon (#48682297) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford
Women make safer choices. That's better if safety and stability are higher priorities. Men make riskier choices that come with greater potential rewards; some obtain the rewards and some fall flat on their faces. Neither choice is "better" without looking at what matters to the person making that choice.

Comment: Re:First they came... (Score 1) 360

by Jody Bruchon (#48682255) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet
Freedom of speech exists to protect the most disgusting, offensive, disturbing, and unpopular speech. It does not exist to protect speech that is not objectionable, as such speech does not need protection in the first place. Production of video constitutes a form of speech; content is irrelevant. The concept of "obscenity" does not exist in the First Amendment and its existence anywhere in the body of statutory and case law as an excuse to penalize people for unpopular speech runs strongly against the entire purpose of the First Amendment.

Computer Science is the only discipline in which we view adding a new wing to a building as being maintenance -- Jim Horning