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Comment Re:Pegg's Star Trek is an abortion (Score 1) 92

Why even bother unless it affects the plot in some way?

Because the scene plays off a moment in Generations where an older Kirk is at a crossroad in his life when Chekov introduces Sulu's daughter, which Kirk replied that the last time he saw her was when she was so tall. In the new movie, a young Kirk is at a crossroad in his life when he notices Sulu being greeted by his spouse and little daughter.

The problem is making him gay for no reason other than to pander.

Science fiction is a reflection of today's society. ST:TOS made TV history in the 1960's with the first interracial kiss when the civil rights movement was ongoing. I'm sure critics called that pandering as well.

Comment Re:Please (Score 2) 92

In the 80s/90s shows they are glorified flat, thin text terminals, basically portable versions of 1970s computers. What's worse is that people carry stacks of them, 1 for every report or case or whatever.

The Apple Message Pad (Newton) was state of the art in 1993 with 640K of memory and monochrome LCD screen, which basically portable versions of 1970s computers.

How retarded.

What's retarded is making a comparison out of context. Science fiction is a snapshot in time. Although Star Trek is set in the future, it has frequent references to the 20th century. I wonder if anyone today in the 21st century knows what the significance of 1939 in Germany?

Comment Re:Pegg's Star Trek is an abortion (Score 2) 92

There are only three scenes with Sulu's "husband" and daughter in the Star Trek Beyond. If I haven't heard about the controversy before seeing the movie, I could have assumed that the "husband" was Sulu's brother and maybe the daughter was his niece. The scenes are quite subtle. No kissing, no glory holes, no rainbow flags.

Submission + - Skinny People With Obesity-related Health Problems (nytimes.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Claire Walker Johnson of Queens was a medical mystery. No matter how much she ate, she never gained weight. And yet Ms. Johnson, with a long narrow face, had the conditions many obese people develop — Type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and, most strikingly, a liver buried in fat. She and a very small group of very thin people like her have given scientists surprising clues to one of the most important questions about obesity: Why do fat people often develop serious and sometimes life-threatening medical conditions? The answer, it turns out, has little to do with the fat itself. It’s about each person’s ability to store it. With that understanding, scientists are now working on drug treatments to protect people from excess unstored fat and spare them from dire medical conditions.

Comment Re:Kicking millions of Chinese out of jobs... (Score 1) 140

However in China Labor is much cheaper.

Not anymore. It's no longer cheaper to ship products on the ocean as it was before. All those up and coming workers are expecting better pay and benefits to support a middle income lifestyle. China need automation because labor is no longer cheaper.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 3, Interesting) 65

if they help fortune 500 companies stay rich, their methods will be legalized soon.

During the robber baron days, it was common for the corporations to hire mercenaries and thugs to wage battles with workers and strikers. Murder, mayhem and riots were so routine that the government had to dispatch the military. That activity got outlawed. Internet warfare between corporations will get outlawed in time.

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