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Comment Cockpit access (Score 1) 248

First, those only stop someone from commandeering the aircraft in the circumstances that we saw in 2001 and do not necessarily address destroying an aircraft

No, they don't. And you can't, completely. You can shoot one down, and nothing at all prevents that. And the TSA doesn't do anything worth doing at all. But the problem that arose in 2001 was using the aircraft as a ballistic weapon with intelligent guidance. Everything that came about post 9/11 was in response to that. We'd had various aircraft destroyed by bombs, and no one felt we had to go anywhere near the lengths we did after 9/11. So what I was saying was that in response to 9/11, we should have done what I suggested, and that would have adequately addressed the actual issues that 9/11 brought to the table.

One of the concerns about the cockpit door is a rapid depressurization of passenger cabin might force that the door be opened.

Fine. If this is a real problem (unlikely, but possible), start building new aircraft without cockpit doors, and replacing the entire bulkhead in older aircraft. Have an external hatch access the cockpit; another the cabin. The pilots and engineer(s) don't need to be in the cabin, and the passengers and stews don't need to be in the cockpit.

Then toss the (un)PATRIOT(ic) act in the sewer where it belongs.

Comment Re:Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 295

Voiceover is definitely called WRT Bolos. But here's the thing: this would actually be a challenging movie to make. As opposed to "just another story." And CGI is now up to the task. Even so, there are quite a few Bolo stories that are man and machine, and some of those stories are more than a little poignant.

No one's made a good mech movie yet (Pacific rim was freaking horrible.) I would love to see one.

But even if there's no studio capable of bringing Bolos to life, there are still many, many stories that haven't even been touched that stay in the usual zone of people vs whatever.

Comment Adult appeal (Score 1) 295

Why do adults see these type of movies? Mystifying. Someone should explain the appeal.

We adults were kids once, and some of us enjoyed reading comics. With a good superhero movie, we get to see some of that come to life. It can be done well, and has been; you can also get a real stinker. Like Superman vs. Batman.

You know, just because I'm 60 doesn't mean I'm dead. Yet.

Also, comics are an art form. Like most art, it doesn't speak to everyone. That's okay. Like most art, it can be done well, or poorly. Also okay. And conversions to movies... same. But when someone does such a conversion poorly, and then claims that the audience is at fault, as here, for sharing their opinion about it... well, that's just humor.

Comment Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 295

It's not safe to make garbage and expect to turn a profit.

Exactly this. There are amazing numbers of untapped novels out there that would make wonderful movies.

That the movie industry spends most of its effort ignoring this resource leaves me with absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for any whining I hear from them. Where's Neuromancer? Where's Tau Zero? Where's (any one of) the Bolo stories, or Galactic Odyssey? Pretty much anything Gene Wolfe ever wrote? Axis of Time series? Novik's Temeraire? I could on for days just in the areas of fantasy and SF. There are tons of untapped thrillers and etc. out there too; Lots of as-yet-to-be-mades (not to mention as-yet-to-be-made-wells) from Clancy, Clavell, etc.

And then, when they commit crimes against art like create utter crap like "Soylent Green" out of really good books like "Make Room, Make Room"... then I'm glad they're not digging up good novels as sources. Let 'em make more formula superhero movies like the (utterly terrible) Batman vs. Superman we're talking about here. Keeps me from tearing my hair out.

Honestly, if the movie industry died (which it shows no sign of, this buffoon's whining aside), I'd just read more books.

Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 92

Putin doesn't care in the slightest about public opinion. Being feared and hated by the world is as good as being respected in his book.

Fear is a kind of respect. Not the best kind, but still better than no respect in the realm of international politics. But that fear comes from respect. If Putin comes off as an incompetent schmuck then people will stop fearing him so much. But ruthless and competent is something to fear.

Trump, on the other hand, has the biggest gun in the room in his hands, so even his incompetence is scary.

Comment Re:very few new movies worth seeing (Score 1) 216

I blame the low-brow entirely formulaic dross that Hollywood continues to churn out.

I don't think that logic works. That would make sense if we were talking about older audiences who have basically seen all these movies before. But the young people who haven't already been exposed to all the plots and archetypes might still want to go see them.

I am not interested in movies (I watch few of them even at home) because they are all the same old shit I've seen before. Most of them are literally just remakes of the same old films, often with the same old title. A new director with essentially the same script. Why would I want to see that? At least make some different books into movies.

Hollywood is going down the toilet. They are still huge so it will take a long time unless LA falls into the ocean, but I've been keeping my fingers crossed for that one for a long time and it still hasn't happened. They will be able to hang on with superhero movies for a while yet, but their dominance is shaking.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 216

You know there's a solution to that, right, you limp-wristed pansy leftist piece of shit?

There is, but you're not going to like it. It entails you discovering that leftists own guns too.

I predict that if we actually do get carry reciprocity, your kind is going to make this discovery in a most unpleasant fashion.

Comment Re:The industry is stupid (Score 1) 216

Since the eighties, the game is played that if sales go down, raise prices to "keep a steady cash flow".

It's called whatever the market will bear, and it's a basic tenet of capitalism. If you charge too much eventually people find an alternative, or they die or riot or something, so charging the maximum amount you can while maintaining a kind of stasis is the universal goal. It's not setting the highest price people will pay today, it's setting the highest price they will pay today and then come back and give you more money tomorrow.

I don't know if the price points now are optimal, but a lot of the people priced out of going to the movies probably aren't profitable customers anyway. They sneak in snacks instead of buying them, and the snacks are where the big profit comes from while the ticket price generally covers little more than the film itself.

Comment Re:Content that you control. Very satisfying. (Score 1) 216

I think the difference is her ability to control the action. Sitting back and dumbly drinking in whatever spews forth from the screen is one form of entertainment. But if you can control what is going on, even very simple content can be very satisfying.

My lady has an aversion to video games but even she can acknowledge that many movies would make a whole lot more sense as a game. Most action movies fall into this category. Sitting and watching that stuff is still thrilling, but it's nothing compared to actually controlling the experience.

Comment In fact Ram is so shit it needs a double reply (Score 1) 216

The last time anyone should have bought a Dodge truck without a diesel was in the seventies, back when their engines were better than everyone else's. (They just were. Y'all can argue if you want, but you'll be wrong.) Through the eighties and up until a few years ago, the reason to buy a Dodge pickup was to get a Cummins straight six, which is a better-built engine than literally any of its contemporary competition. But today Cummins is building V engines and you can get one in a Nissan. Nissan is at least ten times more competent than Chrysler (Dodge trucks) and at least a hundred times more competent than Fiat (Dodge vans.)

Comment Re:What a letdown... (Score 1) 216

If you think that it wasn't being torn in half well before Trump, think more.

Sure, it was. Only gradually. This is all-at-once. It's not necessary to rip off the bandage. You soak it a little, and then it comes right off.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of bipartisan support for policies that screw us all

Trump is substantively different, and if you can't see that, I have to wonder if you're spending your free time ironing your brown shirt.

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 494

300SD were eurotaxis. They were built for a market that puts a million miles on a vehicle, but doesn't get emotional about keeping it going past its economic life.

300SDs were extremely popular in the USA. That's why there are still so many of them running around in spite of the fact that the body is expensive to maintain. It's only relatively recently that most parts became relatively affordable, via eBay. You used to have to just pay exorbitant prices at dealers. But those parts you can't get are a serious problem. The "Febi-Bilstein" ignition lock I had to buy for my 300SD feels like garbage. I have a distinct feeling it is actually neither Febi nor Bilstein, but it's what is available.

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