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Comment Dumb concept = producer's own fault (Score 3, Insightful) 381

As someone who is aware of super hero comics and once faithfully followed one of them and watched the cartoons, the whole idea of Batman vs. Superman was just ludicrous from the title alone.

Batman is basically a rich guy with fancy gadgets on his toolbelt. He's not a LOT different from anybody. He just has better gadgets.

Superman is a God, effectively.

This fight is over before it even starts so why the hell would I want to pay to see it? Well, I wouldn't and didn't and never needed to read the reviews. These characters used to be allies as well so the idea of having them fight each other sounds like something a four-year-old kid would come up with, bashing action figures in a sandbox. Whatever, man. Not gonna see this movie. Honey Boo Boo, which I have also never seen, sounds more interesting.

Comment Paypal too (Score 2) 72

PayPal and eBay shared the same keyfobs for a long time, but sometime about two years ago, PayPal logins stopped working for me and nobody from their side could figure out why. Long story short, the only fix was to turn off the keyfob and use PIN codes sent by SMS.

I am not sure if this really impacts security as PayPal was trivially easy to social engineer and have the keyfob taken off a target account, so having a keyfob on your account really didn't mean that much.

Now eBay is doing the same thing. Oh well.

Comment Re:Yet Global Shipping Program still a rip off (Score 1) 62

Thanks for explaining that. Sold on ebay for ~20 years but never heard of GSP. Sounds ghastly.

I used to do international all the time in my previous job and we always used Fedex or LTL freight, never the mail. All the customs stuff was integrated and easy to do as long as it wasn't being mailed. Fedex made it a snap. Never had one issue with paperwork or customs or duties.

Our Canada office always used UPS to ship to US offices. Everybody was careful to avoid US Mail or Canada Post.

Comment Re:Better be fast (Score 1) 62

The cost is dictated by size and weight. I've shipped many five-six pound items that were bulky and cost $50 to ship. No matter if using USPS, Fedex, UPS, whatever, the cost was expensive. Thankfully I take this cost into account for my auctions. And I eat the cost of the box I have to supply (these are anywhere from $2 to $8 each!) and packing materials (bubble wrap is fucking expensive).

So I not only don't make money on shipping, I lose money. And then some doofus demands a refund because the USPS is late with delivery. The only way the eBay process could be more abusive to sellers is if they outright just took the merchandise and stole it. Oh wait, they fucking do that too when a buyer says they didn't get the item or it was a fake or some other BS. They take back what the person paid and let them keep the merchandise. So the seller is out the merchandise, the postage, the money to pay for those things and still has to pay eBay for the sale fees.

It's a fucking scam at this point.

Comment Re:I see what's coming. (Score 1) 101

Helium balloons also have another use the government would not like: you can take a few of them and inhale the gas and die. It's a quick, cheap, effective and painless suicide method.

We all know how much the government really hates people making their own choice to end things. It is surprising helium balloons aren't already banned.

Well, when MY life reaches the "game over man, game over!" stage, I have money saved to buy some of these balloons and celebrate myself exiting this existence. Happy Birthday to me. Happy fucking birthday to me.

Comment Re:WTF (Score 2) 101

Legally Google should only have SSN's for their own employees, though with the level of spying and data analysis they conduct for their advertising it's possible they can connect the dots and statistically identify an individual including their ID numbers.

The thing is, an SSN is not considered confidential information. It's merely an identifier. The fact that banks and credit companies and lenders have USED it for identification and credit ratings and such is entirely of their own volition. They're not supposed to do that. It's not meant for that purpose. But the barn door was left open long ago.

In fact, there are algorithms that can deduce your SSN with good rate of success just by knowing your DOB and place of birth. So if it's possible to figure out your number based on what would be public information, can you really call the SSN confidential? If you can just guess and get it right, no.

The real problem is this number was never meant to be used the way it is. It was never meant to be the key to unlocking credit and loans and money. It was never meant to be secure. We have stupidly allowed it to be all those things and done nothing to secure it along the way, besides just saying "Oh wow don't share that!" and assuming that's all we had to do.

If things were the way they should be, an SSN would have no more usefulness than someone's phone number. It's not a lot of good beyond using it to call them. And an SSN should not be any good for anything beyond crediting stuff to your retirement, if there is any by the time you retire.

Comment They aren't even LOOKING for new ideas (Score 1) 542

Hollywood is so busy gazing into its own navel, they don't even want ideas from outside. Across the world, tons of literary content never before in English have been translated and published, and a lot of these books are jammed with ideas and approaches and concepts never seen or used by Hollywood. Fresh, new material ripe for licensing and/or theft.

But Hollywood doesn't want ANY of it! Because Hollywood is always busy trying to remake the last thing that was a hit, not trying to make new things.

Alien Covenant is at least 50% a remake of the first movie and Scott is not only proud of this, he wants to make (or remake) a ton more movies it the same series, probably all of them retellings of an existing story.

Spiderman, Batman, and Superman have all been rebooted multiple times despite the fact that everyone pretty much knows the origins for these characters. Hell, the fact that people already know is considered a PLUS, not a negative. Remake it again. Stupid moviegoers will happily buy the goddamn tickets anyway.

That's the other half of the problem: Hollywood keeps remaking bullshit but the motherfucking public rewards this by spending billions on tickets and DVDs and BDs and rentals and happily spend spend spend every damn time they remake this shit.

Geeks and nerds are the worst. You lot go to every single super hero movie to support the genre or whatever, but your devoted movie dollars go to reward completely crap and studios who don't even try, and you convince yourselves these movies are good. And you go again!

No wonder Hollywood keeps making this crap. They have no reason to make the next Arrival or take any of a dozen excellent contemporary Chinese fiction works and make a movie from that. And then they make crap like Great Wall, which flops because it is crap, and that right there will reinforce Hollywood's idea that they should just stay insular.

Comment Re:Batteries from Nevada to Australia? (Score 1) 274

And there is plenty of cargo capacity at the moment. Elon can ask for bids on the shipping part and probably get a good deal for a load of 80-odd containers.

I don't know what the cargo frequency is from Long Beach (the most likely port of origin) and Australia but there will certainly be more than one shipper eager to take the shipment. Probably be good publicity too. Hell, somebody can do a documentary on the whole process, from construction and build, to packing, to shipping, to installation, and secrete a camera crew ON the boat.

Somebody call Beyond Productions or Seven Network. They'd do it.

Comment Re:Batteries from Nevada to Australia? (Score 1) 274

Seriously? They truck them or ship via rail to a port and then cargo ship to Australia, whereupon they are put on trucks or rail again.

They don't need to do anything fancy or hyperlooped or orbital The battery systems would have always been designed for shipment as cargo. So, all they have to do is make them and ship them. No magic in it. Just logistics.

Comment Re:Very scary (Score 1) 84

We could be surrounded by alien data sand waiting to be discovered, except somebody vacuumed it up from the floor mats in their car and threw it out.

This is just retarded. Anyone storing data on something so incredibly volatile deserves to have their data destroyed.

Retarded? You seem to be. Storing or distributing data like that would be a great test. If a feeble species like ours never finds it, oh well, we were just too retarded. But if we did find it, hey, maybe we are not all morons like you after all. Eh. Well, we probably are.

Comment Very scary (Score 0) 84

This and other similar forms of radical memory storage are frightening to me. Not because of anything they do or are, but because they carry a huge implication.

If we humans, certainly not all that advanced, have come up with ways to store data in single atoms like this, or in forms like grains of sand, then what does this suggest about how more advanced species might store and distribute their data? And would we even know it was there?

Suppose right now, the beaches of earth were covered in grains of sand that were really data storage grains. We would have no idea. We'd never look, and even if we did, we would never understand what we had. By the same token, we could be exploring the moon or Mars or somewhere else and encounter non-terrestrial data artifacts and never even see them much less bring them back.

We could have untold wealths of knowledge RIGHT THERE and never know it. If Type 0.5 humans can store data this way, what could a Type 2 civilization do?

We could be surrounded by alien data sand waiting to be discovered, except somebody vacuumed it up from the floor mats in their car and threw it out.

This is the stuff of nightmares. And OCD. And there is nothing we can do about it. We can't detect it.

Comment It was even more egregious (Score 1) 122

The whole story was on BBC Newshour this morning:

After finding these images were still on FB, the BBC asked for an interview with FB to get an explanation of why this was still going on. FB then asked them, please send us the images you want to talk about. We want to see it before we say anything.

The BBC complied that request. And then got reported.

So FB ASKED them for the images, which were already present on FB. And instead of doing anything about the images, they went to the police with them.

FB, you are a fucking bunch of cowards and goddamn stupid too. You, by asking for the images, are guilty of the crime you sought to accuse the BBC of committing.

Comment Re:Looking forward to electric cars! (Score 1) 160

Good luck getting 300,000 miles out of your brakes and battery. There's also a damn good chance you'll be on your second (or later) alternator or starter by then, too. As you yourself actually pointed out.

Is it SO bad to have replaced an alternator even twice in 300K miles? That's a LOT of miles. Some repair expenses to reach that number are perfectly reasonable and should be expected.

Oh I know, people want to reach 300K just having put in gas and never spending a dime on maintenance or parts or tires. But that's not realistic. Things wear out. Things break, especially if people drive like idiots on bad roads and neglect maintenance.

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