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Comment Re:Are subtitles available... (Score 1) 71

Indeed, as I have cause to mention in the commentary track. :) AnimEigo used the alternate English rendering "Rupan."

(That alternate English rendering makes it a little more understandable why there's an album of romantic Lupin III music called "Isn't it Lupintic". In Japanese, the pronunciation of "Lupintic" is similar enough to "Romantic" to make it work as a pun.)

After a few years, when more of the Arsène Lupin works had entered the public domain, the renaming wasn't seen as necessary and subsequent releases went back to his original name.

Comment Re:Are subtitles available... (Score 3, Informative) 71

It might make a little more sense distilled into this article, which I wrote for another blog afterward to discuss the matter.

Effectively, the original Maurice Leblanc Arsène Lupin stories borrowed Sherlock Holmes, much to Conan Doyle's annoyance. Subsequently, manga writer Monkey Punch based Lupin III on the Leblanc stories without permission, much to the Leblanc estate's later annoyance. (He was able to get away with it because Japan didn't honor trade copyrights at the time, and the Leblanc estate didn't even find out until years later.) Castle of Cagliostro drew on the Leblanc stories and the Lupin III franchise, and a number of other works, and inspired countless other works that borrowed from it in return.

And it never would have happened if the rights holders had been able to shut Leblanc and Monkey Punch down.

Submission + - Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" Officially Released

prisoninmate writes: As of a few minutes ago, Debian Stretch or Debian 9 has been declared stable and ready for deployment in production environments. It's one of the most anticipated GNU/Linux distributions of 2017, on which numerous upcoming Linux distros will be rebased in the months to come. Debian GNU/Linux 9 "Stretch" is a major release that includes better support for modern hardware components and architectures, up-to-date core components and applications, as well as dozens of other new features, stability and security improvements, and countless bug fixes. Debian 9 is dedicated to the project's founder Ian Murdock, who passed away on 28 December 2015. Check out the full release notes for more details.

Submission + - Stephen Furst dead at 63 (

schwit1 writes: Stephen Furst — actor and filmmaker known for playing Flounder in 'Animal House' — has died due to complications from diabetes.

Along with playing Kent 'Flounder' Dorfman in the 1978 comedy classic, he also had starring roles on "Babylon 5" and "St. Elsewhere." He directed a few episodes of 'Babylon 5' as well.

Submission + - Revised Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro fan commentary now available

Robotech_Master writes: I have just finished an extensive rewrite and rerecording of my classic Lupin III: Castle of Cagliostro commentary track, with assistance in vetting it by Miyazaki expert Reed Nelson (who recorded the commentary track on Discotek's more recent release of the film), and I'm now happy to be able to offer this much more accurate, much higher quality downloadable commentary track for general listening. Anyone even slightly interested in Lupin III, Hayao Miyazaki, or the classic literary works of Maurice Leblanc that inspired them should enjoy listening to this. Among other things, it offers proof that excessive copyright really harms creativity by restricting the uses people are able to make of prior art--by showing what can happen when people get away with ignoring copyright and creating anyway. Not only were Lupin III and Cagliostro effectively inspired as "fanfic" of characters and works that had come before, many of those characters and works were effectively fanfic themselves--and Cagliostro in turn inspired parts of a number of other works that came afterward, including a couple by Disney.

Comment Re:Still don't get why people liked this show (Score 1) 84

I never was a huge fan of it, myself. When the episodes were good, it was pretty awesome. But most of them just seemed kind of boring.

Nonetheless, a lot of my friends were into it. And in kind of a meta sense, it's a lot more fun to watch this kind of show together with other people.

Comment Re:MST3K with production values is weird. (Score 1) 84

I don't get the sense that there's any animosity between them. In fact, Rifftrax has done a lot to help boost the new season of the show, including giving away Rifftrax videos to backers of the Kickstarter, and of course hosting a MST3K reunion show gathering together as many of the alumni who are still interested in doing riffs as they could get their hands on. I imagine that Rifftrax is enough of a full time job that they don't really have time to spare for the other stuff.

I've also noticed that Rifftraxers Bill Corbett and Mary Jo Pehl are both on writing staff for some of the episodes, too.

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 2) 307

It doesn't take years if the flux is high enough and the components are sensitive. Direct neutron damage really can be a problem for electronics.

You are definitely right about all the high energy secondary particles. They cause a whole heap of problems for electronics (including signal spikes etc).

My point really was that there's nothing special about the interaction between radiation and biological intitities (as the original poster was implying). Neutron radiation (including secondary effects) will damage non-biological materials just as well as biological.

Comment Re:Radiation wrecks robots? (Score 4, Informative) 307

In this case the "radiation" is the emission of high-energy neutron particles. Neutrons will run into anything *... and when they do, they transfer a ton of their energy into whatever they hit... causing "damage cascades" as atoms get tossed around (Wikipedia has a decent animation here: ).

That atom-scale damage adds up after a while... causing material failure... regardless of the type of material.

For instance, inside of a reactor all of the steel holding all of the fuel in place is constantly bombarded... leading to all sorts of effects like radiation induced swelling and embrittlement.

In humans the primary issue is when those neutrons hit DNA / cells and damage them. It actually happens to us all day long from radiation around us... but our bodies can deal with a certain amount. Too much damage though... and your body can't cope any more.

In robots / electronics the issue is much the same. The neutrons run into _everything_ and degrade it. More sensitive pieces (like camera sensors) will degrade rather quickly while larger components (like structural steel) will most likely be fine for long periods of time.

* The probability that a neutron will hit a certain type of atom is called a "cross section" (XS) and is an _extremely_ well studied phenomenon. You can look at some here: for instance, this is the probability for a neutron running into Hydrogen:

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