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Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 1) 49

You mean except the part where I said there's an assload of circumstance evidence that should be looked at?

Yes, specifically the part where it was investigated by multiple people and you rejected their findings because they didn't fit your existing narrative about senior Democrats being paedophiles.

This is your problem every time. You reject things that contradict what you want to believe. If something doesn't support your desired truth, you just google a bit more or find a reddit board that will give you the correct evidence.

Comment Re:Jumped the shark a long while ago (Score 3, Informative) 75

Have you seen Star Trek Continues? You can watch it for free on YouTube. It has the original characters, Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Scotty, Uhura, Sulu, Checkov, but played by new actors. They filmed it in the original style, 4:3 with the same lighting, music, even 60s style direction and camera angles. And it's brilliant. Better than the original series in many ways.

I guess they thought something like that would be too niche, or were not brave enough to have new actors do what amount to impressions of the old ones. The guy who plays Kirk in Continues has it down to perfection, every mannerism, speech pattern, facial expression...

But no, they went with the crappy reboot, which is basically an action movie in space, barely related to Trek at all. Generic, forgettable bad guys... Khan was nearly good, but ultimately under-used and overshadowed by the enemy-within storyline.

This new show, going back to the prime timeline, has the potential to be good. It's an interesting time in Trek's fictional history. Women apparently can't be starship captains, the Federation is fairly new and not as solid as it is by the Next Generation era. The galaxy is a more dangerous place, and people are still struggling to get to the level of social justice and post-everything society that we see a century later. It's just that there will be inevitable demands to make it action oriented and dumbed down, so it needs strong advocates for real Trek values and ideas.

Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 2) 75

And yet, the same person may well turn around and say "Facebook allows for 71 genders - hm. This seems a little odd to me".

That's the kind of thing that Trek was great at forcing the viewer to question. They meet all these alien races, some of them androgynous, some of them with three or five or 71 genders, and the viewer accepts it because they are aliens. That acceptance and normalization of the concept then transfers to humans, if only a little.

There was an episode of TNG with an androgynous race where any kind of gender was seen as abhorrent, and of course Riker turned one of them female. There are also the Trill race, of which DS9's Dax was a member, where they often switch gender when changing hosts. I recall an episode of Enterprise where there was a three gender race too, with the third gender being treated as little more than a breeding animal.

Comment Re:Only half true article (Score 1) 258

$1bn is a pittance for such a project. Japan has invested tens of billions into the technology over several decades and it still doesn't work. In fact they abandoned the most recent experimental plant late last year and decided to try again from scratch a few years down the line, which sounds more like kicking it into the long grass.

Comment Re:Dramatic contemporary issues (Score 4, Informative) 75

Star Trek has always been "SJW". Its vision of the future is idealized, mostly free from prejudice and highly progressive, mostly atheist in the Federation, and with a strong sense of fairness and social justice. Many, many episodes are based on some kind of prejudice or social injustice, and the members of Starfleet getting involved and resolving them.

For example, Data is a machine but has at least some of the rights afforded to other lifeforms, which he had to repeatedly fight for, awful SJWs that he and his friends and advocates were. There were numerous TOS episodes where they alluded to race relations. In The Drumhead a rabid right wing nut starts a McCarthyesq witch hunt for enemies of the federation, and Picard defends her victim's rights with an impassioned speech.

Comment Re:Not luck at all (Score 1) 136

is especially excellent at negotiation and hiring good talent.

Indeed, he claims to have personally vetted every hire at his Trump University scam. To be fair to him they performed well, using high pressure sales tactics to rip off their victims in a most efficient manner. It only really failed because of his own incompetence at making it look legit and fighting the victim's lawsuit.

I guess he probably has some negotiation skills too, since you would hope he at least read that book he put his name on. I mean, it was written by someone else, but you would think he had read it afterwards.

Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 1) 49

I don't know when Slashdot became so luddite... Geeks should be loving this, we get cool new tech, cars with insane performance and zero emissions, get to rebuild the power grid right this time... We should be doing everything we can to help and make sure it gets done right, but instead it's just endless complaining that it can't possible work (even though it's already working) by armchair engineers.

Comment Re:Same could be said for color TV (Score 1) 255

Great point. Avatar was so successful as a 3D movie because the director resisted going over the top with it. Rarely did anything fly out of the screen into your face or give you sudden vertigo. Even the scenes high up in the air were carefully designed to avoid being uncomfortable.

Comment Re:Tin Whiskers? (Score 2) 114

Since the Indians are not experiencing the same failure rate on identical hardware, it seems likely that it's something about the environment in the EU's satellites that is causing the problem. Maybe power supply issues, temperature control issues, or vibration issues.

As you say, lots of things (like test equipment and of course aerospace) are exempt from RoHS so it's unlikely to be that. They will have used the most suitable materials.

Comment Re:Daily dose (Score 1) 49

Mashiki, when you hear claims like these being made, you really need to stop and ask yourself it it's another Pizzagate. You fell for that one and many other bits of fake news hook, line and sinker, and I'm afraid it's happened again.

Scotland is blessed with some of the best renewable energy sources in the world. For them, exploiting those is much, much cheaper than other forms of energy. Coal is competitive on cost, but obviously since they have social healthcare it quickly loses on externalized costs.

Their plan isn't even particularly radical. They were always aiming for 200% renewable electricity capacity by 2020, but that turned out to be too easy so they set some stretch goals.

Scotland's oil resources are running out, so they need to find a replacement for that source of income. Their wind resources are exceptional and they can supply huge quantities of clean, renewable energy to the rest of the UK and Europe.

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