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Comment Re:Right to 3D print (Score 1) 162

Just wait 'til 3D printing catches on.

In case you're not familiar with this, spare parts for cars is a HUGE business. And everyone involved is fleecing you, no matter where you get that part, whether it's a "genuine" original, a knockoff, even if you get it from a junk yard from a wreck, in the end you'll be charged many, many times over what the part actually costs you to build it in a 3D printer.

Can you imagine just what kind of industry you're standing against if that takes off? If you think the MAFIAA's battle against that dreaded "copying" was big, just wait 'til car companies and the fully dependent downstream companies (which are far from mom'n'pop shops as well!) feel the pain of you creating your own plastic parts for a buck that they wanted to sell you for twenty after mass producing it for a cent.

Comment Re:No One Owns Anything (Score 1) 162

Are you kidding? We're heading into a time reminiscent of old Soviet times where used goods cost more than new goods because the new shit is actually WORSE than what you could buy in the good ol' days. We're there already with routers and WiFi equipment, and I dare say that phones will be next.

Who the FUCK wants phones with the stability of tinfoil due to being of equal thickness?

Comment Re:Qs messing with the universe (Score 1) 163

The Doctor doesn't have close to the powers Q has, which is good. An omnipotent, omniscient protagonist makes a very, very poor and boring story. Where's the challenge? Where's the room for character development? Where's the flaw that makes him likable?

Face it, perfect characters work well as foils, possibly as deus ex machinas and as plot device, but they should not be prominent characters.

Comment Re:Jumped the shark a long while ago (Score 1) 163

Q was a nice plot device, and he was well used. An omnipotent being has no need for power games for he has any power he wants. What I especially liked was that they didn't try to make him a "god", i.e. someone craving worship, because anyone who had total power has no need for petty crap like that. He was quite believable. What would ultimate power eventually lead to? Boredom. That's exactly what happened with Q, and the Continuum. They were essentially incredibly bored. Bored enough that the exploits of an insignificant species become interesting enough to observe because they behave in an odd way, and bored enough that another one of them wishes to die.

It is likely that this is pretty much how an inquisitive mind reacts to total knowledge, total power and eternal life. It sure gets boring really quickly.

Wesley was ... well, a mistake, yes he was. He was the proverbial Mary Sue character. I think it was even revealed at one point that Roddenberry wanted to see himself in him, which makes him even more Mary Sue. It is kinda telling that the character was eliminated from the show around the same time Roddenberry died. In the end, the character was just not really believable, that was his fatal flaw. The youngest ensign in the fleet saving the day on the flag ship time and again... c'mon, it gets old. And again, it was the character, not the actor. Where Kirk was sometimes cringeworthy because Shatner is a crappy actor, Wheaton had little chance to make this character believable. When you're handed shit, you can only polish it so much. And in the end you sit there with dirty hands.

Borg children... never seen the episode. But we're (probably?) talking about an episode, there have been a lot of episodes that were rather... questionable in their logic. In TOS, TNG, VOY, DS9... and even more in Enterprise once the time travel sets in.

Piccard's style of operation was a cooperative one. There's not really a problem with that, and I don't remember a case where a spot decision was necessary and he instead went into a meeting. Kirk was a cowboy, Piccard a diplomat. Both of them due to the nature of the show they headed. Kirk was supposed to be a hands on guy, tough guy in a wild west universe. Not only 'cause TOS was basically a western show in disguise. Times change, and so do viewer expectations. The 90s were a decade when we believed we can solve all problems in the world by talking about them. That also explains the counselor.

Better and worse... all the Star Trek shows have their strong and weak sides.

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