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Comment: Cool. (Score 2) 78

by the_skywise (#48940197) Attached to: Reverse Engineering the Nike+ FuelBand's Communications Protocol

I've got one of these and I honestly don't care if the band isn't secure. Sure they can get my motion data and I'm sure some nefarious insurance company could install bluetooth readers worldwide to pilfer my data, confirm that I'm not moving enough and raise my rates but... heck any good scale and heart rate meter would tell you that and probably be a lot more useful.

But now that it's been cracked -
I'd like to see somebody use this to make an android version of the software.

I'd like to see somebody interface with the iPhone better so when I get a call it could display the name of the caller or an appointment reminder on my band (ooh, wotta concept!)

And maybe, just maybe somebody would write a download tool that'd COLLECT THE DATA BETTER THAN NIKE DOES!!!! Because right now I average about 1 bad read a month. (Killer if you're trying to go for the consecutive days award or, y'know, actually, accurately *monitor* your activity levels)

Comment: Government agit-prop (Score 4, Funny) 138

by the_skywise (#48931365) Attached to: The Quantum Experiment That Simulates a Time Machine

> The results are in perfect agreement with predictions from the 1990s--there are no grandfather-type paradoxes.

There is no time travel citizen! Go on about your lives.

Meanwhile the military starts researching chrono-troops. Because, you know, Australia has always controlled the world with its benevolent Empire...

Comment: Not a career politician? (Score 3, Insightful) 120

by the_skywise (#48899327) Attached to: Fark's Drew Curtis Running For Governor of Kentucky

> I don't care what anyone says, the masses are morons. My own grandmother is an idiot. You can't count on them to pick good stuff. Just check out Network TV to see what the masses want for entertainment. There's certainly a place for that kind of thing but it's not on Fark. Now go away and let me finish taking a crap!

And now he wants the "masses" help to elect him?

Do you think that's air you're breathing? Hmmm...

Comment: Nein (Score 1) 332

by the_skywise (#48893965) Attached to: UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

I was one of the early (and later) adopters of HDTV. I've currently got a ~5 year old Pioneer Plasma (Kuro baby!) that does 1080p and, frankly, I'm fine with it. I've seen the 4K TVs and the additional resolution, to my eyes, doesn't seem to do much for the picture. I'm sure there's more detail there. I had the fortune of seeing the Hobbit in both the new HiDef projection screen (with LCD style panning, oooh) and in an IMAX theater back to back and I was amazed at how much more sharper and detailed the HiDef projection was vs the IMAX (EG I could see specific details and patterns on emblems on the clothing) But I only noticed it for a few seconds and then that was because I was specifically thinking about the picture quality. On a "smaller" screen (50" TV screens oughta be enough for anybody!) I just don't think those details are going to be noticed as much.

If I NEED a TV I'm sure I'll take 4k screens into consideration (especially if they're commonplace by the time I need one) but it's not going to make me jump from my current setup.

That said, do I want a 4K monitor for my PC? Oh yeah!

Comment: And this is why MBA CEOs fail (Score 5, Insightful) 126

by the_skywise (#48892873) Attached to: Linus Fixes Kernel Regression Breaking Witcher 2

This, a thousand times this.

The one reason that people like Steve Jobs, Walt Disney, et al made such lasting impacts on not only their companies but the world as well was not because of some great business acumen but because they fixed the problems directly. Sure, they were assholes but ultimately they cared about their products and how customers reacted to them.

Degree milled MBA's don't understand this and would not have given this fix a second thought because a> they couldn't do it and b> the economics didn't make sense because some team would've had to be picked to go out, ascertain the problem, determine the solution which might be a larger fix than a one line change and now you're looking at potentially tens of thousands of dollars expense to fix a bug in a product that isn't even YOURS! It just don't make no economic sense and you'd get dinged and the next stockholders meeting.

You see this in all the industries. Apple after Steve Jobs. Car manufacturers who were eventually run by "businessmen who understood the auto markets" instead of "a car geek who understood business" the entire industry turned into regurgitated pablum with a few occasional bursts of brilliance by a car geek that broke through the red tape. I worked in the consumer electronics industry and have seen first hand how once highly held and coveted products have been turned into cheap commodities by a "fresh executive team" because it's easier to sell to the masses who don't understand the finer details of a product than it is to actually push the envelope and innovate your product into the next generation. Then, when that market dies out completely because the enthusiasts don't want your product because it sucks so the masses don't want it anymore because "it's not cool", the CEOs blame the market for being fickle.

Comment: Re:Once more (Score 1) 100

by the_skywise (#48888347) Attached to: U.S. Gas Stations Vulnerable To Internet Attacks

Agreed. I can't even get the new gas station attendant, a block away from my house that I've been going to for 10 years to get gas, to print out my lottery ticket appropriately.
"I want 2 lottery plays, same ticket."
Hands me 2 tickets with one play each.
"Uh... same ticket?"
"Oh sorry, I don't know how to work the machine that way, I'm new here and I'll figure it out eventually... Is this OK?"
-- Next week - same attendant
"2 lottery plays, same ticket please."
Hands me one ticket (yay!) with 3 plays.
-- Next week - same attendant again
"2 lottery plays, same ticket please"
Hands me 2 tickets with one play each. "Oh sorry, I didn't hear you right."

Yeah, I trust this person to be able to handle maintenance checking of a flammable liquid.

Comment: Re:Not a good sign. (Score 1) 420

by the_skywise (#48887897) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

Abrams knows STYLE. The look and feel of 8mm and Cloverfield are excellent. I don't care at all for the new Enterprise design but Abrams at least attempted to care about it as an actual character compared to Berman and the Enterprise D where the ship was treated as just another prop. Scarlett Johansson is a good, if not obvious, pick (although most directors these days wouldn't know obvious if it came up and bit them on the ass) (I think Angelina Jolie might've been better as her personality is a better match for the character but there's the age factor and stunt work) But I digress...

My beef is with his story telling which seems to follow the pattern of a series of exciting acts that add up to a fireworks style big bang finale but never actually has a point because, ultimately, I don't think Abrams has anything to say. Lost - they're all dead (WTF?!). 8mm has a giant showdown with the alien who then just" goes home" after leaving a swath of destruction miles wide and the kids learn that...uh... rescuing aliens is better than home movie making? Cloverfield. Great monster movie. Where'd the monster come from, was he actually destroyed by the nuke, why is he ripping up the city? Not important, but dang wasn't it cool?!

Star Wars is, ultimately, a serial story-line and the main line has to continue the serialization and I don't think Abrams can pull that off. (It'd be different if he was doing one of the one-offs) Lucas didn't exactly do a bang up job himself on the prequels either (Darth Vader is C3PO's father... WTF?!) but he at least continued the narrative.

Comment: Re: Not a good sign. (Score 1) 420

by the_skywise (#48887731) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

It didn't HAVE to be - Heck while watching STID and realizing (before the great "reveal") that he was probably Khan, I was secretly hoping that they were actually trying to redo the Botany Bay scenario and the third movie could be a full-on rehash of Wrath of Khan. Which, while not completely original and an obvious stealing from the franchise, would've at least been clever.

I wasn't completely enamored of ST:2009 either but it was at least fun, didn't overly insult my intelligence (like STID) and I realized that the characters had truly passed into legendary status like other great heroes of the past (Sherlock Holmes, James Bond, Hercules, etc) and this was a "reinterpretation" of them (much like Roger Moore's Bond vs Connery's Bond)

(and yeah, I gagged when I saw the preview of the new Terminator movie last week - "John! The timeline's changed!" Barf. Might as well throw Doc Brown in for a cameo explaining how they have to go back into the 1950's past to really stop Skynet while they're at it...)

Comment: Not a good sign. (Score 4, Insightful) 420

by the_skywise (#48886799) Attached to: Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

While I'm happy to see that Lucas wouldn't be directing the new movies and think Jar-Jar Binks must die - I'm disappointed that they completely ignored his scripts.

Like him or love him he still kept a good eye on the overall mythos of the Star Wars universe. While JJ Abrams can certainly do sci-fi action I highly HIGHLY doubt his sci-fi story telling skills which, while interesting, never seem to actually have a point (cloverfield, 8mm, ST:2009... LOST!)

I think Rebels is a decent entry for Star Wars, I don't think it's surpassed Clone Wars but with Lucas setting the bar so low with the Holiday Special it's hard to go wrong. Disney has shown with Marvel that they can do good stories too.

But this isn't Lucas' story - So bringing back the original cast plus Hollywood's current penchant for rehashing old plots that worked AND JJ's blatant cribbing of Wrath of Khan into STID doesn't give me warm fuzzy feelings.

I'd like to be pleasantly surprised...

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