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Comment: Re:Mediocre? How about godawful? Terrible? (Score 1) 193

by taustin (#48106073) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

Dude, you missed the best part, at the end, when they're driving a Ferrari under the jet liner that's flying eight feet off the runway, with the copilot sitting on the lowered landing gear dangling an Ethernet cable down to the car so they could grab a copy of the magic software off the plane's flight systems.

It was so ridiculous, I kept looking for Bruce Campbell with a chainsaw for a hand. What made it funny was how earnest they were about it all. How anyone could keep a straight face long enough to finish a single scene, I don't know. Funniest new show of the season. Far funnier than any of the comedies, like Two and a Half Years Past When It Should Have Been Canceled And The Entire Cast Put in a Home. Or Mysteries of Laura, which is based on the premise that using police powers to blackmail your children (who had been kicked out of preschool for peeing on each other) in to a new preschool, then drugging the children to keep them quiet while interviewing with the headmistress, well, that's the funniest shit on television.

Comment: Re:Then, he's the writer of the series? (Score 1) 193

by taustin (#48106005) Attached to: A Critical Look At Walter "Scorpion" O'Brien

From the sounds of it ... he's making some pretty deluded statements about his life, passing them off as if they're true, and then selling it to people who are making it into TV which says 'based on a true story'. In many places, that's called fraud when you financially gain from it.

In Hollywood, however, it's called "a day that ends in 'y'."

"Based on a true story" means "based on the title of a book that you might recognize." If you don't know that, you should be kept in a home for the mentally insufficient, for your own safety.

It sounds like this guy has been going around making extraordinary claims, and nobody has had the slightest inclination to challenge him on it.

Why would they? It doesn't make any difference whatsoever if the producers (or network) believe him in any way. It doesn't matter how credible he is.. All that matters is if they think they can sell more advertising during the show than they think they could during a different show. They thought they could.

I expect they're wrong on that, But that's hardly unusual, either.

Comment: Re:Outrage burnout (Score 1) 150

by taustin (#48086825) Attached to: Adobe Spies On Users' eBook Libraries

There's no point in submitting them for publication in a format that nobody is going to bother to read. PDFs are nice for stuff that's going to be printed. They're marginal on a desktop sized screen. They're utterly useless on a bookreader sized screen.

And PDFs can't be converted to other formats worth a damn, DRM or not.

Comment: Re:CDC "Estimates" (Score 1) 280

by taustin (#47978117) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

From my experience, CDC estimates should be taken with a grain of salt, as they often seem dubious at best.

They're not the least bit dubious, or hard to understand. CDC estimates, like all their actions, are designed o get them more tax dollars to play with. They're reasonably good at it, and never ones to miss an opportunity to profit from public hysteria.

More people die in Africa every month from dysentery than have died from ebola ever. But there's no public hysteria, and thus no tax dollars, in that.

Comment: Re:Meanwhile (Score 1) 280

by taustin (#47978033) Attached to: CDC: Ebola Cases Could Reach 1.4 Million In 4 Months

p>I don't care how justified you think you are, but right now you're getting up there with "voting national socialist in 1935" levels of awful.

And I don't care how you think Americans should spend their money, especially when you resort to namecalling and are too ignorant to recognize Godwin's Law, even when it's humping your pantleg.

Maybe we should contact the government of Nigeria and offer them millions in aid, but we need a little seed money to free it up from the bank account it's currently in.

The flow chart is a most thoroughly oversold piece of program documentation. -- Frederick Brooks, "The Mythical Man Month"