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Comment Re:Functional programming is trendy hipster garbag (Score 3, Insightful) 417

Programming is about translating what you want a computer to do into a set of instructions that the computer understands that mean the same thing.

That is half of what programming is, at most. The other half is, at least, making that set of instructions easily understandable by another human being. Your code will be read thousands more times than it is written, and readability is far more important than your statement suggests.

Comment Re:Silent Running is FLAT EARTH! (Score 1) 1222

Somewhere, in the distant future, a movie of the short story in which all humans die, and the remaining robots are left on a planet to build their own civilisation, eventually re-discovering earth but being unable to imagine that they were created by organic life, and assume their ancestors are the rusted remains of cars and bulldozers, will be made

And that will be the great bot movie in which the bots come out as the winners. Please, someone, make it.. (and also if you could let me know what the sci-fi story was, that would also be great). Remembered text from the story; "And now man dies, a mutant bacteriophage, vicious beyond imagination...".

Comment Re:Star Wars (Score 1) 1222

Poor movie direction

Alien may have technical flaws, according to your understanding of what the best way to build a deep-space going cargo ship would be, but that doesn't mean the film is 'poorly directed'. In actual fact, the film is astonishingly well-directed, nigh-on perfectly paced, and totally brilliant in nearly every way that counts. Sure, there's a big room with dangling chains and dripping water (er, leaky pipes in a spaceship...?), but that has nothing to do with its effectiveness as an edge-of-your-seat monster-in-the-house movie.

And if Alien is good, then Aliens is basically perfect.

Matrix... blah blah ...Who would design such a system?

Well, robots that care nothing for their human underlings, of course.

A society that has airbag, seatbelts, child protective caps designs a V/R system without die in V/R protection? Really?

The robots designed the Matrix system, not the humans. I don't think the robots bothered with airbags. I'm not defending The Matrix, I think it's a fairly silly film, but your criticisms don't make sense.

Comment Re: Starship Troopers (Score 1) 1222

The book, what it contained, and what Heinlein may or may not have been trying to achieve, is irrelevant when considering the merits of the movie.

In the same way, the existence of the movie has not spoiled any qualities that the book possesses.

The Movie "Starship Troopers" is very great.

The Movie "Enders Game" is very average.

Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 1) 1222

People that like Avatar are generally people for whom such overt and obvious themes appear subtle. They're also people that can deal with similar problems in its visual style - anyone that enjoys subtlety and nuance in story and image will be unable to handle Avatar's approach to color and metaphor. It's not a bad film, it's just made for people that have pictures of fractals and dolphins on their walls.

Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 4, Interesting) 1222

Cloud atlas was an honourable failure, and had several storylines that were compelling and believable. It fell apart under its own weight, since just one of its threads could have sustained an entire movie easily. Due to the fact that no-one will watch a ten-hour movie, the Wachowski's could only really scratch the surface of each storyline, which ultimately let all of the stories down.

But Jupiter Rising is total, complete, absurd, nonsense. And believe me, I did pay attention, it's a little bit patronising to suggest that people didn't like it because they couldn't follow it. I could follow it fine, thanks. It was just very, very, very bad indeed.

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