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Comment: Re:I AM SICK OF ZOMBIES! (Score 1) 219

We needed /some/ horde of faceless bad guys after Nazi Germany and the USSR fell, so now we have zombies.

Uh, we needed some more bad guys?

No, because zombies aren't the bad guys. Zombies are a natural disaster that can be shot in the face for action. The real bad guys are the other survivors and their interactions after the break down of society that is supposed to happen. If Jack London had been born later he'd write zombie stories about man died because they were stupid but the dogs survived because of their natural instincts.

Comment: Re:Zombies versus Predators (Score 1) 219

In an actual zombie apocalypse I think my list of threats would be:

1. Opportunistic bastards (thugs, gangs) 2. Desperate bastards (hungry, cold, afraid) 3. Devious bastards (poisoned, stabbed in sleep) 4. Survival skills (and fighting for the good spots) 5. Zombies

Which is the point of zombie movies and the media niche they fill. The conflict in them all is not Man versus Zombie, but Man versus Man. Zombies are nothing more than a natural disaster that can be shot in the face for greater action and the real drama is the survivor's interactions with each other.

Comment: Re: Right, but does it correctly model... (Score 1) 219

Your warehouse might work, but a high rise tower would be a terrible position. You have to figure that the power grid would go down and emergency generators would soon be out of fuel, so no elevators. How many flights of stairs do you want to climb on a regular basis while carrying food, water and fuel?

Being in a tower with only a couple of escape routes also leaves you very vulnerable to human predators who will be looking to steal everything you have.

If I actually lived in such a place, I'd probably try to stay put during the mass exodus and the initial die-off, but I certainly wouldn't seek out a tall building as a permanent base of operations.

You don't send people out to find stuff to carry up. You just go up to the third floor or so, barricade the stairwells, and send people up to scavenge the upper floors for survival materials. Just make sure that the high rise has apartments, stores, restaurants, or something other than offices above you'll get sick of eating chocolate candies off of secretaries desks.

Comment: Re:Jerri (Score 1) 461

But again, as a group of True Believers who doesn't accept the potential to lose as a real possibility, that change may not happen.

It's worse than that, according to their beliefs, they must lose, everybody having been killed except for a small group, before Jesus returns to grant them victory.

Comment: Re:What's the big deal, anyway? (Score 1) 188

by painandgreed (#49166877) Attached to: One Astronomer's Quest To Reinstate Pluto As a Planet

A scietifically-minded species such as ours should have been sufficiently intelligent to create a more efficient spelling system than this. Let's just hope that future generations seize the opportunity to get rid of this ancient and inefficient spelling rule.

Counter point to that feeling is that the language and people using it benefit far more by being able to adopt foreign words than they would be by using standardized spelling.

Comment: Re:It's a better story if he isn't. (Score 1) 222

by painandgreed (#49150145) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
It wasn't in the original test version that they showed in CA and TX, or that they (mistakenly?) sent to the Egyptian Theater in Seattle around 2001 for the midnight movie. There was no voice overs. I like the voice overs. I'm glad they're there and think it is a better movie for it, but they weren't in that original version (as well as some other scenes) and it did change the feeling of the film.

Comment: Re:Because capitalism, idiots. (Score 1) 243

by painandgreed (#49149467) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics
True enough. And if they didn't have money for treatment, then they won't have money for the ER visit. Since many for profit hospitals are downgrading their ERs to urgent care and shuffling ambulances to country hospitals, that means that those costs get paid by the taxpayers.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by painandgreed (#49148623) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Leon puts his hand in freezing liquid without a problem.

Pris puts her hand in boiling water without a problem.

I always thought those were more to show that the replicants had more control over their human++ bodies, being able to bypass feeling pain, or inflict it on themselves voluntarily, like Roy Batty did with the nail.

They were to show the superior to human abilities, same as Zhora kicking and screaming on the ground after having been shot multiple times with a BFG. they punch through metal, they take great abuse, they are certainly portrayed as being superhuman in their abilities.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by painandgreed (#49148591) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

And, unless they somehow account for how Deckard the replicant has grown old ... I just don't see how they get there at all.

"'More human than human' is our motto. Here we have replicants that are so human they think they are human. Most, even with programming, come to realize what they really are. These are not as powerful as the Nexus 6 which allows for a longer life span, and they even age. Our goal is to eventually build them so their internal mechanics will allow them to self replicate. Imagine that. Replicants that are self replicating and believing they are human, perform any function that we might require a human to do but without as much discontent because we can program and control their moods, beliefs, and desires so much more than that of a human."

Comment: Re:It's a better story if he isn't. (Score 1) 222

by painandgreed (#49148527) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

Strongly disagree.

The relationship between Deckard and Rachel works better if he is human. The idea of a human Blade Runner coming to love what he was trained to destroy is tragic and redemptive.

Ya, right. Watch the original test viewing version sometime. It becomes obvious that Deckard is just a lonely, selfish man who finds himself with a woman that has to side with him because her life is at stake. Complete with near rape scene where he corners her and makes her say she loves him because to do otherwise would most certainly mean her death. There was certainly a reason they added the narration to what was the theatrical version, and that's because the original version was a little too dark and noir. It's softened by the narration, but he's still running off with a woman that supposedly fell in love with him in a few hours?

My personal take and theory which is not really backed up by anything but my personal head canon, is that he is a replicant. The entire thing was pretty much a set up to get the two of them together. "'More human than human' is our motto." Why bother with colonists when they could use replicants without such a short lifespan who think they are colonists? Perhaps they could even breed. This comes from a couple of things. One being that, Deckard looks a lot like Holden. So much that in the first viewing, I was afraid they had already killed harrison Ford's character in the opening scene. Roy does call Deckard by name even though they had never met before. The only place he might have found Deckard's name would be in Tyrell's suite. Deckard also does pretty when when getting punched by Leon. He loses a tooth, but that wouldn't be unusual for getting hit by a big guy, let alone one who can punch through metal. There is certainly a case that Deckard is more durable than a normal human.

Comment: Re:I Have Plans Now (Score 1) 222

by painandgreed (#49148435) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel

And that's kind of the problem ... Blade Runner would be a terrible movie to a kid.

I don't know. I was 12 and seeing it only because Harrison Ford/Han Solo was in it. From the opening scene of fireballs and giant buildings in a small city to the death of Roy, the movie blew me away. I was expecting something like Star Wars but this was new, different; perspective changing. Perhaps one of the reasons I like the narration in the theatrical version. The setting and scene was a stark contrast to the clean futures of science fiction that were almost always portrayed, but once the narrations started, I knew enough of the hardboiled detective stereotype that everything fell into place. What was old is new again. The rich get richer, the poor get poorer, and today's fancy neighborhoods are tomorrow's slums. It was one of those things that as a kid opened my mind to new ideas.

That being said, the other film we could have seen was Megaforce with Chuck Norris (which I had already seen and thought stupid). My friend really didn't get Bladerunner and didn't understand and afterwards stated he thought he would have rather seen Megaforce. Unfortuantely, I had to agree with him, he would have enjoyed Megaforce much more than Bladerunner.

Comment: Re:Oh? (Score 0) 139

by painandgreed (#49142521) Attached to: 12-Billion-Solar-Mass Black Hole Discovered

"the space is at 100% of its capacity to hold matter" You can say that, but that doesn't make it so.

OK, Einstein. You win. You've conclusively proven that there is indeed nothing limiting how fast a black hole can grow, and you can now collect your Nobel Prize in physics.

Nope. They need to show their math first. Until they come up with the math, then they need to apply for the Nobel Prize in philosophy, not physics.

Comment: Re:Because capitalism, idiots. (Score 1) 243

by painandgreed (#49139339) Attached to: The Peculiar Economics of Developing New Antibiotics

Yeah, I was just talking to an Italian girl who broke her wrist in the U.S. An American hospital charged her $1,000 for an x-ray that would have cost $20 in Italy.

Majority share of that is due to insurance companies currently. The way they mostly work these days is that the insurance company asks to see the hospitals Master Charge Record, the advertised prices of procedures, and then offers to pay pennies to the dollar based on it. Usually this is between 33-66%. They can do this because hospitals need to be able to accept those insurances or they don't get customers. So, whatever you see on the hospital bill, is actually two to three times what the hospital actually requires and actually gets for any procedure as any self payers are usually non-payers, so the only real source of revenue for hospitals is from insurance.

Then, since US hospitals are in direct competition with each other, they can't just have any old equipment. They need a newer and better x-ray machine than the other hospitals to convince doctors to send their patients to them. They also need newer and better rooms and care for so that the patients will have a good opinion of the hospital and go back. Hospitals are a service industry in the USA.

On top of all that, most hospital departments lose money. The usual big ones that bring in the money and pay for the rest of the hospital are surgery, pharmacy, and radiology because those are the big ticket items that usually aren't performed unless the money is there upfront.

That an X-ray is $20 in Italy, tells me that they are either using old equipment, lightly trained staff, or get significant subsidy from someplace like the government. The cost difference isn't that much between the euro and dollar and an X-ray is going to require attention of at least a doctor and probably an x-ray tech and a doctor, the cost of the machine, PACS system, dictation, RIS and EMR plus support contracts, the property of the hospital it takes up itself, plus all the support staff that come with it. Now it could be that she could end up in some country doctor's house with a broken foot and they pulled out their portable DR machine from a closet and x-rayed her foot on the kitchen table and they did all the paperwork themselves that night. I've heard stories of similar things happening to people I know in Europe without any report of lack of quality, as yes, things are different in Europe to the point that people in the US have a hard time imagining them.

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