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Comment Uh-huh (Score 3, Insightful) 378

Scientists swore for decades that smoking was safe, until it was proven otherwise.

Scientists swore that thalidomide was safe, until it was proven otherwise.

Scientists swore that fen-phen was safe, until it was proven otherwise.

The list goes on and on. This is just a sample: http://prescriptiondrugs.proco...

So forgive me if I don't trust the "scientists". Do I believe that GMO in inherently bad? Of course not. It's simply a method. It's how that method is used that concerns me. When it's done for profit, then I am highly suspect of its safety. When it's done for strictly humanitarian reasons with no profits involved I'd be much more willing to be open to it.

Our history is rife with companies that would poison their own mothers if they could make a buck from it.

Comment My theory (Score 1) 146

Because they are worn down by a society that refuses to make a place for them and allow them to earn a decent living and become productive members of society. And you get to a point where you're just tired of constantly being on the outside looking in, as the lives of everyone you know evolves and grows and you're stuck in the same place you've been for 25+ years, with absolutely no hope of things getting any better.

Comment Try being unbiased? (Score 1) 311

Find me an unbiased news source that's more concerned with reporting the news without any kind of socio-political slant, focus on profit above getting to the truth, and spreading half-truths and blatant lies for the sake of ratings (and dubbing their news programs as "entertainment", which somehow then makes lying OK) and I'd be more than willing to pay for it.

And this goes for newspapers too. No one wants to pay to read a litter-box liner that's 80% ads, 19% loud-mouthed editorial, and 1% actual news.

There was a time when news outlets actually provided the news. But when everything in media became profits-over-substance the news now had to be all about entertainment and ratings -- which led to this ridiculous trend of shock jock mouthpieces, faux-outrage, and fear-mongering instead of, y'know, NEWS.

They made their bed, now it's time to lie in it. The only ones they have to blame are themselves.

Comment Cheap 10" Android tablet? (Score 1) 169

Does one exist? It seems there are plenty of cheap 7" tablets to go around, but once you get into the 10" range the only cheap ones are Windows tablets. If you can make a $200 10" Windows tablet why are all the 10" Android tablets $350+? It makes no sense.

Of course this also begs the question -- why are all the Android phones in the $350+ range. If you can make a speedy 7" tablet with all the bells and whistles and sell it for $200, why is the equivalent with a SMALLER screen and a cheap cell radio go for two to three times as much, if not more?

7" tablets are too damned small, 10" tablets are too expensive, as are phones. Guess I'll stick to my old GS3 and my boyfriend's 10" Galaxy Note 2012. The pricing on this shit is all fucked up and I don't understand why no one seems to have an issue with the ridiculous pricing disparity.

Comment Re:The federation needs to be united. (Score 1) 93

Yes, Michele is Vic's real-life girlfriend. That's the only reason she's on the show. They created the character of ship's counselor, Dr. McKennah, just for her, even though we're told in TNG that ships of the TOS era did not have ship's counselors.

Here's the #1 problem with Continues (and there are many): the magic of TOS Trek was the relationship between Kirk, Spock, and McCoy. Spock is the rational mind, McCoy is the emotional mind, and Kirk is the wise mind. Each character is just as important as the other. But not in Continues. Continues is 100% Kirk, all Kirk, Kirk 24/7. Spock and McCoy are reduced to cameo appearances and a few lines here and there. There is no dynamic between them, no bond. The only one on the ship that Kirk has any kind of meaningful dynamic with is McKennah, who shouldn't even be there.

New Voyages understands the importance of the trilogy and it shows. Yes, some of the early episodes are rough around the edges, but most are 6-11 years old at this point. The most recently released episode, Mind-Sifter, released last year, shows just how far the production has come, and it is top notch. NV shoots for 1, possibly 2 episodes a year because they want to ensure quality. Continues is pumping out episodes as quickly as they can and it shows. The editing is sloppy, the stories are a mess, and unlike NV's 50+ minute episodes (like TOS), Continues' episodes are getting shorter and shorter, with their latest release being only 42 minutes.

Comment Re:The federation needs to be united. (Score 1) 93

Vic once worked with New Voyages and attempted to wrest control of the production from James Cawley and play Kirk when Cawley stepped down. When Mr. Cawley made it clear it would be a cold day in Hell before that would happen Vic ran off and made his own production, starring himself and his canon-breaking girlfriend, Dr. McKennah.

His shills always pop up to denounce the vastly superior New Voyages at every opportunity. Vic has made it his own personal vendetta.

So no, there is no chance these two productions will ever work together, especially since Vic and his legion of lemmings continue to badmouth New Voyages at every opportunity while the NV team says nothing ill of Continues and takes the high road every time. That right there should tell you something.

And watching Vic play Kirk is like watching a bad comic impersonation of Shatner while on helium. Anyone who says he plays a great Kirk needs medication.

Comment It would be helpful (Score 1) 158

If you told us what you wanted to do remotely. Watch video? Browse the web? Play games?

Essentially what you need is what you explicitly state you do not want: a console, Steam Machine, etc. Maybe you could get away with a Raspberry Pi with a wifi adapter and Chrome remote desktop or Team Viewer. It might work for gaming if you can install the Steam client on it, and you should be able to stream video (probably better off putting video files into a shared folder or USB stick and playing them locally).

But no, there is no cheap transmitter-like device that accomplishes solely what you're looking for. You basically need some kind of computer attached to your downstairs TV that can connect to your main machine via wifi. It doesn't need to be an expensive computer, but it still needs to be a computer of some kind, with wifi and USB ports capable of supporting a wired mouse and keyboard. Cheapest solution in my mind is a Raspberry Pi. Next up would be an inexpensive/older laptop or computer.

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