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Comment: Re:Don't worry actors (Score 1) 99

by myowntrueself (#49383269) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars

To my mind, the difference is clear. It's Lucas.

I agree. I felt so sorry for Natalie Portman in Episode III. "Oh Ani! YOU'RE BREAKING MY HEART!" Seriously. I cringe. That is no one but the director.

Watch Natalie Portman in Black Swan. She is utterly brilliant.

Not that I hate Star Wars. Far from it. The broad story arcs echo many ancient myths and stories. George Lucas has said that he read Joseph Campbell's "Hero with a Thousand Faces" which surveys many ancient myths for commonality. The idea of a young boy escaping his mundane life to find his "hero's journey" is primal, as is the story of a son of facing the sins of his father. In my mind these things elevate Star Wars into the pantheon of cinema, in spite of the horrific dialog.


Comment: Re:Same question as I had more than a decade ago (Score 1) 169

But if you see .net as having some sort of technological benefit, and you see the war as having been fought and lost by the enemy who has capitulated by releasing .net as open source (I know, I know, with strings attached...) then there's no longer any need to keep fighting the war.

Is your name Priam? He thought the war was over too, and that this big wooden horse left as a gift by his enemy would be perfectly safe to bring into his city. He didn't pay much attention to the strings attached.

Comment: Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 1074

Wow, what a convenient, sweeping generalization you just made there. Unfortunately, there are extremists in every group, however, the extremists in the Republican party have taken over and are an ever growing faction of ignorant rubes.

While I do admit there are people far to the left that take things too far, none of them have the power to really threaten the rights of the everyone

Well, the "extremists" here won in these school districts, and they even won the case at the SCOTUS level (since the court refused to hear the case). It's now a judicial precedent. So how is this "extreme" when it's the law of the land, and upheld by multiple courts?

Comment: Re:Fuck so-called religious "freedom" (Score 1) 1074

It is about being hostile to other students.

So it's "hostile" to express a possibly unpopular opinion? What about the students celebrating Cinco de Mayo? How are their actions not hostile to someone who doesn't like that holiday? It's all a matter of perspective. Anything you do is going to offend someone, somewhere. What about if the school has a dance or prom with dancing? That's going to highly offend someone (some Christian sects think dancing is "from the devil"). Should we ban dancing in schools because some wackos are offended by it? They're going to claim that having this dance is "being hostile" to them, and they're right: it is. Having that dance is openly insulting their religious beliefs. The only way you can avoid offending these people is to kowtow to their beliefs. I sure as hell don't want to do that, to limit myself to please some moralistic assholes, do you?

What if the students have a music appreciation class and get to bring in their own music, and a student brings in some kind of innocuous pop music (I dunno, maybe some Michael Jackson, obviously not new)? Some religious nuts complain that this is "being hostile" to their religious beliefs that music shouldn't have drumbeats (I'm pretty sure there's some wacky Christians out there who believe this). Or that even having the class is "being hostile" to their beliefs because it isn't solely religious music, or that they even have music because their religion says music is evil. Now you're not providing an "inclusive learning experience" because you're offending a bunch of religious people. Obviously, limiting peoples' expression because of some minority is not serving the majority who think music and dancing are OK and worthwhile parts of school.

So why should these students wearing flags limit their expression?

Comment: not official (Score 1) 148

by gl4ss (#49378927) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

either you bought an already compromised tablet or you installed something suspect from the appstore.

and you can find out the offending app with free programs available from the appstore too, if you really can't remember what shit game you installed that it came with. if you don't have anything showing up on the application manager that you would guess to be the culprit, then your tablet came with the malware to begin with.

you know what's funny? slashdot runs apps on the mobile side that occasionally just forward you to another page that tries to get you to install a malware .apk.

if you want a system into which you can't install any apk if you so wish after setting the setting to do so, then too bad, buy an iphone or a microsoft phone.

anyways, you could report it to google. at least report what they're advertising. it is against the rules to do such popups you know.

(and if you can't take care of it wtf you're doing on slashdot anyways, if you can't uninstall 2015's purple monkey from your machine)

Comment: Re:How is bigotry a good thing? (Score 1) 1074

A hate crime is when you hate someone so much that you go and beat the crap out of them or kill them not because of something they did to you but because of things about themselves that they cannot control.

Um, last time I checked, assault and murder are illegal, and have been for centuries. Why exactly do we need new laws against these things? It doesn't matter why you murder someone; they're still dead, and if the law is working correctly, you'll still go to prison for it (with sentencing based on whether it was pre-meditated or not, or an accident or negligence). If you decide you hate black people and want to go kill one, and you do so, that's "murder 1" and the punishment is already rather harsh for that. So why do we need a new law?

Comment: Re:More of the same (Score 1) 148

by gl4ss (#49378791) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Who's Going To Win the Malware Arms Race?

well, "they" can "win".

I mean, big corps can win and somehow manage to put in a system where you can't run applications you want to run on your pc.

as long as you can run whatever program you want, there will be malware. and probably a little while after you can't run what you want but hackers can.

Comment: Re:Take a bus, sometimes (Score 3, Interesting) 313

by gl4ss (#49378231) Attached to: Poverty May Affect the Growth of Children's Brains

was it like that when growing up?
also, what about the parents brain size?

what kind of poverty are we talking here anyhow? if you have money to feed your kids with overpriced flavored ice just wtf kind of poverty is that compared to europe directly after and during ww2?+??

or is it that if the parents constantly tell their kids that they are poor, then their brains don't grow?

Comment: Re:Isaac Asimov: (Score 1) 101

by gl4ss (#49378019) Attached to: Robots4Us: DARPA's Response To Mounting Robophobia

well the first step would be the magical device in his stories that enabled all that - the positronic brain...

yeah, given that we're not any closer to an AI that would NEED those three laws, who gives a fuck?

killer machines we already have, but they're just more complicated versions of the V2 in principle - they don't make any choices nor do they ponder the choices or have any capability to make a choice.

Comment: Re:Unsealed after Ulbrich conviction (Score 1) 142

by gl4ss (#49377715) Attached to: Silk Road Investigators Charged With Stealing Bitcoin

the investigators were corrupt and TOOK MONEY FROM WHOEVER RAN silk road.

would it really be that hard to try to paint a picture where the said investigators then worked to frame some doofus as being the real operator of silk road? that's what they fucking took bribes for anyways, to not expose the real culprit.

Nobody's gonna believe that computers are intelligent until they start coming in late and lying about it.