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Comment: Re:Netflix Time Now? (Score 1) 252

by oogoliegoogolie (#47642229) Attached to: <em>Babylon 5</em> May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut

They FX look old, they don't look awful. I look thru the 90's CGI and see that the fights are some of the best directed, edited, musically scored battles ever.
I still get goosebumps and my heart pounds when I watch the fights when B5 seceded from the Earth Alliance, the Shadow War, the battle to free Proxima, the fight with the Centauri vessel when B5 was protecting the Narn cruiser (the sweeping camera arc showing the B5 interceptors intercepting the Centauri shells) among many others.
That being said, I always thought that the PPG's look silly.

Comment: Not a damn thing will be done. (Score 1) 567

Climate change is happening and nothing is going to stop it. The thing is, nobody is willing to make sacrifices to stop human-made climate change. Essentially we will have to cease being such zealous consumers of resources. That 's never going happen generally because very few people are willing to:

Give up your cars, including hybrids and electricals. Those may be low or zero-emission vehicles, but the factory where they were build isn't.
Cancel your annual flight down south each winter.
Give up your 300W 50" LCD TV, 100W/channel 7-speaker amplifier, and the rest of their electronic gadgets that soak up coal-plant produced electricity.
Endorse nuclear energy and be willing to allow reactors to be build nearby your homes.
Be willing to wait an extra week for your courier packages to get shipped by rail instead of fuel-guzzling trucks.
Give up tropical fruits & vegetables in winter months to cut down on the trucks (thus emissions) needed to ship those items up north from the tropics. Do you really need watermelon in January when it's -25C outside?
Get rid of your lawn so you no longer need to fertilize it. The nitrogen fixation process uses a ridiculous amount of energy, which likely comes from coal plants.

The point of this comment is that (if) climate change, sea level increase, melting glaciers & polar ice caps, etc. are caused by human activities, then we humans are going to have stop doing many of things that we normally take for granted in our high standard of living lifestyles. How many of us are willing to make these changes? I bet very few.

Comment: Maybe cut out the overabundant cutscenes. (Score 1) 111

by oogoliegoogolie (#47004977) Attached to: Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs

The studios might save a few dollars. Making these has got to comprise a double-digit percentage of development costs because games are filled with them nowadays.
I play a game to play the game, not watch countless movie-clips.
Some games today have so many cutscenes that it seems the gameplay was added just to show off the 'fab' cutscenes.

Comment: Re:Unless you change it (Score 1) 688

by oogoliegoogolie (#46874999) Attached to: Firefox 29: Redesign

So many things are designed with form-over-function nowadays, nobody likes it, yet they blindly continue on.
I would say that the new UI designers come from smartphone or tablet backgrounds where screen real estate is at a premium so they have to hide all the borders, menus, buttons and such, and when they switch to designing desktop applications they seem to forget they are no longer working on a 5" screen and what works on mobile devices does not work on the desktop most of the time.

Even Apple started doing dumb things like hiding 'Save-As' and replacing it with a stupidly dumb absurd 'Duplicate' command that takes three times as many clicks to do a 'Save-As', reversing 20+ years of scrolling direction with their so-called Natural Scrolling, and hiding scroll-bars on 2560x1440 screens in order to save 10 pixels.

I like FF, but this redesign may be too much if I cannot restore it ALL back to before. At least there is still SeaMonkey.

Comment: Re:Is anyone actually stuck on Snow Leopard? (Score 3, Informative) 241

by oogoliegoogolie (#46362027) Attached to: Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone

Snow Leopard is the last great version of OSX so I'm not surprised people still choose to use it. It looked nice-everything wasn't low contrast dark grey-on-light grey, performance was snappy, sure seemed more stable than Mavericks, and didn't suffer from Apple's failed 'let's fill OSX with useless IOS features that have no place on the desktop' experiment.
OSX has steadily gotten worse since SL in design, usability, and reliability, and I still have two older machines that run it.

Comment: Re:You'll regret being an early adopter. (Score 1) 421

by oogoliegoogolie (#46297717) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?

Whaat? I always assumed GG was given out to a select few just to get feedback. So Google Glass is still experimental, is a solution looking for a problem, has a high chance of being suddenly dropped by Google if it doesn't take off, and people still are willing to pay $1500 for it?
Holy Crap! I thought Apple's fanboys were insane!

Comment: Re:I remember Doom 3. (Score 1) 108

1. it was way too dark
At times, but having something jump out of the darkness , even though I knew it was going to happen as soon as I opened the door or picked up something, made me have to change my shorts more often than any other game I played. I remember playing it in with the lights off and somehow a CD case fell off my desk onto the hardwood floor. I hit the roof! Then, another time my GF walks silently behind me and puts her hand on my shoulder as I am sneaking around a dark corridor. OMG, I think I jumped so high that both of us required a change of underwear after that.

2. The gameplay was repetitive.
Isn't every game? From Pacman to Mortal Combat to to COD 14, or whatever they are at now, to Bioshock Infinite, once you get over the initial 'WOW, that's so cool to swing thru the city on your skyhook', each level of the game plays the same as the one before. Yes, it was walk into the room, lights go out, monsters come out, you shoot them, repeat. It was repetitive, but I never got tired of it.

3. The story wasn't very exciting
It's a FPS, what did you expect? You go in. You shoot monsters or bad guys, and kill the boss at the end.

A game doesn't have to be revolutionary to be fun.

Comment: Re:Wrong question (Score 1) 382

by oogoliegoogolie (#45776013) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?

Exactly! There are no reason for mobile sites to exist nowadays. Most mobile sites are so horrendously designed that they end up looking like Gopher sites during the pre-www days. It's not like Desktop sites are designed to make full use of a 2560x1440 monitor anyways; content fills only 30-50% of the screen width-just right for mobile devices. Just fix the sites to all controls work in mobile safari or chrome and be done with it.

Comment: Re:Ups and Downs (Score 5, Insightful) 324

Oh jeez, you really need to stop looking at Google through your Android-colored glasses!
Google was a cool tech company a decade ago when they came up with products that benefited the users, namely an email product that offered 1GB of space free when others gave you 20MB, and of course search. Since then they've morphed from a tech to an advertising and data-mining company, and all of their products reflect this.
Google:"Do you want to sign up for G+" or "Do you want to use your real name on Youtube?"
User:clicks NO
Google:"OK, we'll ask you later"

Do No Evil hasn't existed at Google for a decade, if it ever did.

There's no such thing as a free lunch. -- Milton Friendman