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Comment: Re:11,000 years ago, not 300 (Score 1) 56

by yodleboy (#49672537) Attached to: The Milky Way's Most Recent Supernova That Nobody Saw
Dark Helmet: What the hell am I looking at? When does this happen in the movie?
Colonel Sandurz: Now. You're looking at now, sir. Everything that happens now, is happening now.
Dark Helmet: What happened to then?
Colonel Sandurz: We passed then.
Dark Helmet: When?
Colonel Sandurz: Just now. We're at now now.

and so on...

Comment: Maybe the Seismological society didn't know... (Score 2) 168

by yodleboy (#48748319) Attached to: Seismological Society of America Claims Fracking Reactivated Ohio Fault
Maybe the Seismological society didn't know about it, but I find it hard to believe that the drilling company didn't. Wife works as exec assistant to head geologist at an oil/gas company. They spend hours pouring over seismic data, logs, 3d maps etc of the underground structure before anything else ever happens. And this is at a small company (100-200 emp). I'd love to see the data the company in Ohio has and if this unknown fault is clearly seen in it.

Comment: Re:No... (Score 1) 598

by yodleboy (#48740883) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
"By now most expect MS to suck."

Then they are missing out. I've run the hell out of my windows 7 box since the OS came out and have had nary a blue screen in that time. It just works, ya know? The touch screen laptop i got my wife for christmas has windows 8 on it and it looks like the teething problems with that OS are mostly resolved as well. As easy to use as our Android phones and still compatible with software we've had for years. 2 weeks of constant use and not a hiccup so far.

Anecdotes are anecdotes, but it's funny that these days I see a lot of Facebook friends ranting about some problem or other with their IOS/OSX devices. Often followed by a sarcastic comment about "it just works". When Apple devices fail, I think it hits harder lol.

Comment: Re:No... (Score 1) 598

by yodleboy (#48740801) Attached to: Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive
"The hardware design is amazing. Look at the board and component layout."

Yeah wow, they've managed to be amazing by putting the same hardware as everyone else, minus removable batteries and SD card slots into a phone. Of course the lack of those is entirely to compel upgrades and has nothing to do with form factor or any of the other BS Apple likes to proclaim.
Risk paranoia in modern business is going to hit them harder than others I think. Without a Steve Jobs to force through something bold and ballsy from time to time, they will listen too much to the risk managment types while they miss the next big thing (tm).

Comment: It's getting old Google...Stop already... (Score 4, Interesting) 190

by yodleboy (#48712159) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Options For a Standalone Offline Printing Station?
This insistence that everything is in the 'cloud' is getting really old, particularly with Android. There are occasions dear Google when someone is offline. I don't want to have to store my Earth KML files on Drive to view on mobile Earth app. I don't want to have to connect my android phone via USB to copy or move things around on my SD card. I don't want to have to print over the internet. Whatever networked fantasy land you live in at GoogleHQ, is not reality. If I wanted to be restricted to what I could do with my devices "for my own good", I'd go back to the iPhone. You are rapidly chipping away at my reasons for switching to Android.

Comment: You guys will complain about anything... (Score 1) 351

by yodleboy (#48667079) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy
Was Hobbit perfect? No, of course not. However, it could have been much, much worse. I'll point you to the epic ruination of Starship Troopers or the somewhat lesser mangling of Ender's Game or the utter crap fest of Battlefield Earth (strip out the thinly disguised Scientology elements and you still have the bones of a good story). These are books I grew up with and I felt real excitement knowing they would finally be movies... Then I saw the movies...

For all the purists that think every line of dialog should be preserved to properly honor J.R.R. I'd like to mention Dune. I've worn out copies of this book. I've got just about every version available of the David Lynch movie. However, I said for a long time that I wish that movie had more from the book and was more faithful. Then I got the Dune mini-series on SciFi channel. It was chock full of hours and hours of dialog. You know what? I can't stand it, it's just boring. Books and movies are different media and just blindly spamming straight from the book does not make an engaging movie.

Had Peter Jackson made the LOTR movie purists wanted, it would have flopped and you wouldn't have gotten The Hobbit at all. Had he made the first Hobbit movie the way purists wanted, we might not have gotten the end of the story (see Battlefield Earth, it's abysmal failure doomed the second movie intended to actually finish the story).

Hey, if you don't like the movies, that's fine. Everyone gets an opinion. However, given the Hollywood track record with adaptations of Sci-Fi/Fantasy, and the need for them to make movies with as broad of an appeal as possible, I think that we actually got far better than we could have expected...

Comment: Re:The "Protesters" (Score 1) 1128

by yodleboy (#48457753) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting
"a failed justice system"

Show me the failure here... The grand jury found no probably cause to proceed. That's the way the system works, all available evidence is reviewed and a decision is made. Remember that whole 'innocent until proven guilty" bit? Also, show me where burning down your neighbors home/car/business makes any point other than that you are a lawless punk. Hey, next time I get really mad about something, why don't I go burn your neighborhood down, that should really get you on my side...

Comment: Re:Will the cameras work? (Score 1) 643

by yodleboy (#47769349) Attached to: U.S. Senator: All Cops Should Wear Cameras
"We're not asking for perfect. We're asking for better"

You must live under a rock... The mindset in the USA these days from local government all the way up to Federal level is that all solutions must be perfect solutions and make everyone happy. So...nothing really gets done. Some places do seem to buck this trend, but I see it more and more.

This is what happens when "moderate" or "center" become dirty words. We're getting a nation of extremists that refuse to compromise. It's pathetic and embarrassing.

Comment: Re:Follicles follicles follicles! (Score 1) 109

by yodleboy (#47288121) Attached to: Scientists Successfully Grow Full Head of Hair On Bald Man
"Right. Because they totally don't pay attention to anything else. You know, like how many houses, cars, or basketball teams he owns."

Finding those things out requires conversation... If she says "thanks for the drink, I was just leaving" at the the first sight of your baldness, how will you get to that point? Assuming your idea of casual conversation does not involve screaming "I HAVE N HOUSES!!!" at her back as she walks away, of course...

Comment: Half-Life 2 Ep. 3... does this surprise anyone? (Score 4, Interesting) 134

by yodleboy (#47118699) Attached to: Valve's Steam Machines Delayed, Won't Be Coming In 2014
given that after 7 years they have yet to release a conclusion to the cliffhanger ending of Ep. 2 for one of the biggest games ever developed is it any surprise that they won't be releasing SteamBox on time? I've long since stopped caring about Ep. 3 and I won't hold my breath for SteamBox. Even if it is released, will Valve ensure a steady supply of content for it?

Comment: Re:What a complete waste of time and money (Score 1) 203

by yodleboy (#46983493) Attached to: Virgin Galactic Passengers May Just Miss Going into Space
"Getting to orbit is a lot harder, yes; but that's an actual achievement, instead of a publicity stunt. You can actually do useful stuff once you're in orbit. You can't do that from a jumped-up fairground ride."

You mean useful like going in speedy circles around the planet for 50 years? Or useful like building a giant space station for 3 or 4 people to go around in speedy circles after the bus has left? What marvelous uses!
Those newfangled aeroplanes were quite the jumped-up fairground ride in their early days as well.

All great discoveries are made by mistake. -- Young