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Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by NormalVisual (#48890017) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
Even when he was out of the loop on TNG, Roddenberry still managed to screw with early Ron Moore screenplays like The Bonding, loudly insisting that "children in the 24th century wouldn't morn their parent's death."

Apparently he forgot about the TOS episode "And the Children Shall Lead" when he said that. It was one of Freiberger's episodes, so I guess he could argue that he wasn't too involved.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by NormalVisual (#48889981) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
I remember reading about it in Starlog magazine a year or two after the first movie came out (although it was told as Vader falling into a volcano after fighting Obi-Wan), and the story of the Emperor being a senator that maneuvered himself into unlimited power was in the prologue to the original movie's novelization back in 1977.

Comment: Re:Good news (Score 1) 420

by NormalVisual (#48889919) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts
I actually didn't have much of a problem with the cast of the sequels, with the notable exceptions of Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, and Ahmed Best. In fairness to them though, it would have been hard for anyone to pull off the insipid dialog they were often given - in particular the love scenes with Anakin and Padme were just painful to watch, as was any scene with Jar Jar. I did think that Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid were outstanding in all three, though.

Comment: Re:a better question (Score 1) 592

by NormalVisual (#48844677) Attached to: Why Run Linux On Macs?
Almost all of my co-workers with PC's have suffered fan failures, power supply failures, etc etc and gone through at least one replacement cycle in that time.

On the flip side, I've had:

2000 Mac Pro - drive failure, power supply failure (and Apple wanted $400 for the replacement supply)
2001 iMac - CD-ROM failure
2004 iBook - 2x power supply failures
2008 MacBook - power supply failure, and a PMU firmware issue that Apple denied yet quietly fixed a few weeks later

In contrast, over the last 20 years I've owned seven PCs, five of which I built myself. One drive failure, one power supply failure, and no other issues to speak of.

Comment: Re:Try Again Next Time (Score 1) 248

by NormalVisual (#48836359) Attached to: SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released
Their "investigation" (and I use the term loosely) is already complete, they identified what went wrong, and fixed it, all in a matter of days?

I'm guessing they knew what went wrong shortly before the landing when they saw the telemetry indicating they were out of fluid.

that allowed a major mistake to make it into the design and not be detected during testing

This *was* detected during testing.

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