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Comment: Re:It's totally superfluous (Score 1) 159

by strikethree (#48674851) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

No, they spent 10 years simplifying things like scanning for wireless access points, detecting the encryption type, and storing credentials. Or setting up routing over Bluetooth. Or configuring and switching between different types of VPNs. Or bridging between multiple interfaces. And having a little icon in your system tray that you can right-click on to do it all.

It took 10 years to do THAT? It acts like they have spent maybe 3 months throwing together some cheap Python scripts that they do not understand. It is a buggy, terrible, network access denying, piece of crap abortion from the pits of hell.

Comment: Re:NetworkManager (Score 1) 159

by strikethree (#48674833) Attached to: NetworkManager 1.0 Released After Ten Years Development

It may have its warts, but it does what it says on the box.

It absolutely does not do what it "says on the box". I have _never_ had a Linux box have usable networking when NetworkManager was installed. God that piece of crap needs to burn in hell. Forever. It is the most horrible abortion I have seen attached to a Linux box. At least PulseAudio, the next worst abortion works sometimes, now. NetworkManager never works.

Comment: Re:Slashdot is exceeding itself lately... (Score 1) 213

by strikethree (#48674575) Attached to: Tech's Gender Gap Started At Stanford

So, since you seem to be a younger dude perhaps you could explain exactly what it is that happened 1990-2000 that made the field so undesirable to women.

I am not that person but perhaps women are smarter than men? That is when pay vs work hours went upside down. It is also when the work environment went to utter crap.

Comment: Re:miscreation (Score 1) 342

by strikethree (#48674559) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

They should've made it one move, for a younger audience, made by a different director, without trying to make it a prequel and "foreshadowing" everything we've already seen.

While I agree with you for the most part, it definitely IS a prequel of sorts. That ring that turns Bilbo invisible really is the One Ring made by Sauron.

Comment: Re:Slashdot: Not a Lot of News for Nerds (Score 1) 342

by strikethree (#48674555) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Um, The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings are very much nerd topics. We were the only ones reading them for decades. Dungeons and Dragons uses a LOT of lore from those books.

While your complaint may be valid for other movies, it is definitely NOT valid for this one.

Comment: Re:My take on this final installment (Spoilers) (Score 1) 342

by strikethree (#48674535) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

Certainly, Dol Goldur falls, but why does Galadriel appear so weak at particular moments throughout? It feels rather convenient that she falls to the ground weakened while the men (including the aged Saruman) fight it out amongst the Nazgul. While she may cast out Sauron from Dol Goldur, her appearance here felt very highly inconsistent, cycling between frail elf maiden and "beautiful and terrible as the dawn" elf queen.

This bothered me DEEPLY. She emits a powerful "spell", clears the area around Gandalf, picks him, moves him, and then is suddenly laying on the ground helpless as the Nazgul surround her. Why was she helpless?

But it gets even worse. Is that possible? Yes, yes it is. She suddenly stands up in the middle of the Nazgul and in front of Sauron (after laying there helpless, remember) and invokes a terrible power that is so strong, that it banishes Sauron from the world (but not not entirely because the One Ring binds him)... and she falls over helpless. Again. What the? I can't even begin to describe how incredibly lame that was.

Oh, and you also let the elves take center stage again over the dwarves by showing us an awesome phalanx setup, then having the elves just leap right over that and completely invalidate the phalanx altogether.

Yes. That was absolutely terrible too. Now what? The Elves are stuck on the wrong side of the awesome phalanx? No, everything mysteriously thins out.

Also, isn't Sting, Bilbo's sword, supposed to glow blue when orcs are about? Did that happen and I just missed it, or did you guys forget that important detail in post-production?

They did get this one right: It did glow blue and they showed it. It was a bit washed out in the "daylight" so I am not surprised that you missed it but I was specifically looking for it and therefore caught the moment that it did happen.

The rest of your analysis is exactly correct. Hell, all of it was correct except missing the blue glow. I just felt the need to point out exactly how excruciatingly bad those other two points were. I mean that they were movie wreckingly bad, not just bad. Ugh.

Still, not a terrible movie. Just very unsatisfying in some aspects.

Comment: Re:Flight (Score 1) 106

by strikethree (#48674481) Attached to: Scientists Say the Future Looks Bleak For Our Bones

If humans could fly, we'd consider it exercise and never do it.
-- origin unknown

Fuck that! If I could fly, I would be everywhere. Hercules would look like flabby sack of flesh compared to me. I would be doing loops, speed diving, flying to the tops of mountains, over volcanoes. I would have circled the planet itself a dozen times by now.

Flying would be AWESOME. Who cares if it is exercise?

Comment: Re:Occam's Razor (Score 1) 267

by strikethree (#48674471) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

In any case, unless the three letter agencies are withholding crucial information, there's not enough to go on here to point the fingers at Kim Jong-Un. I'm sure there are people who would blame him no matter what, because frankly he's an asshole of Goatse dimensions, but the evidence needs to be far more solid than this.

I fail to see why anyone cares about all of this. It is a simple criminal matter over a corporation that is well-known to have utterly pathetic security practices. Local police should be handling this matter until it is proven that interstate laws have been broken.

The only reason I personally care is so I can channel Nelson and say Ha Ha. There really is nothing exciting here, much less war worthy. Just wow.

"Any excuse will serve a tyrant." -- Aesop