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Submission + - Top 25 films with unrealistic computer scenes (

An anonymous reader writes: Hilarious and cutting take computer scenes in the movies.

From the article:

Not that we're saying that we're not fan of ridiculous computer scenes. A lot of these scenes were conceived to make something a bit boring or difficult to follow more entertaining than it really is. So, prepare to isolate the subnet node with a firewall worm that reroutes the server as we explore some of the classics, ranked from the best, most enjoyable ones to the ones that, quite frankly, reboot our sub commands

On Weird Science (number 22):

"This film epitomises unrealistic scenes that we can't help but still love. The premise of the film contains magical elements to begin with, as two boys use their computer to create their dream woman. Before they take the step of connecting to what we presume is a government computer facility, they already have some sort of a 'woman simulator' program running, on which it is possible to edit parameters such as bust size and IQ level. Is this something that Wyatt created, bespoke, just for this project, or did he send off for it out of the back of a computer mag?

It would be possible to use a modem to connect to a powerful computer and run software on it. Many of the big mainframe and mini computers of that time allowed users to log in and be allocated resources such as storage space and CPU time. However, this process definitely didn't involve flying through a virtual space, and even if it did, the graphics we see on screen are well beyond the capability of Wyatt's Memotech MTX 512 computer. As this is going on we encounter another movie computer convention: pointless beeping sounds that accompany computer activity when carrying out a task."

Submission + - Top 20 Christmas films for badasses (

rhyder128k writes: If you dread Christmas and you're not a wuss, this is the list for you. We've got senseless violence, we've got explosions, we've got monsters taking over a town. If you're still not feeling that Yuletide buzz, there's futuristic dystopias, secret societies and the adventures of a counter-assassination expert who lost her memory. These are hard-edged and subversive movies that are set over the Christmas period.

A film that makes good use of a Christmas setting tends to explore duality. For this reason, often, Christmas films are films of two halves. A Christmas setting brings with it a set of expectations, and this is a situation that is ripe for subversion. There is a contrast between what Christmas represents to us on the surface and the reality of what it's really like. Family celebration and acts of generosity are the Christmas that gets depicted on a Christmas card. For a lot of us, we're painfully aware of the commercialism of Christmas and how far Christmas has strayed from its religious and spiritual origins. It can also be a time of loneliness and sky high stress levels. So, load up on a festive hamper of hand grenades, and let us pull the pin out for you.

Comment Re:Repeat history (Score 2) 184

Spot on. I liked the old divide between the two desktops, with Gnome as the "business desktop" and KDE as the "power user" desktop. Absolutely weird for people like me seeing new standard Gnome apps with LESS features. For most tasks, I like having a feature rich environment, even if it means that I have to dig a little; it's what I'm into, like a lot of Linux users. Thankfully apps like Digikam and Kate are sticking to the old KDE ethos.

Submission + - The Societal Effects of Shared Custody Arrangements (

rhyder128k writes: Giving men and women equal rights of custody would have benefits for most of society macroeconomically and socially, but no one seems to be talking about it. I've outlined some of the possible changes to society as a whole.

From the article:

"When we're talking about making changes to custody arrangements, we are talking about making changes to the family itself, the fundamental unit of a society. This terrifies some people, and yet it needn't. Urbanisation, information technology, sexual revolution, the effects of 24/7 media: social change was the dominant theme of the 20th century. Single parent families were once a rarity, but currently, 1.8 million households would be classified as such. What the family is can't be frozen, any more than it can be reverted it to what it was 60 years ago. It has already changed, and it will continue to change.

One of the most common mistakes people make when considering gender politics issues is to ignores the reality of a zero-sum game. In other words, it's impossible to impact the lives of one gender without affecting the other gender as well. If shared parenting became the default judgement it would mean that childcare responsibilities, for many women, would drop to only three and a half days a week. Similarly, many men would experience an improvement in their ability to sustain meaningful relationships with their children and to achieve a more substantial family life. It would also bring about other less obvious benefits for men and women that we'll come to in a moment."

Comment Re:Yecch! (Score 2) 277

Personally, I've no problem with it, particularly if insect derived food were processed. For example, it could be presented in the form of burger. Having said that, I'd probably get used to seeing insect shaped food. Particularly if it were cheap and nutritious and tasty. I'm certainly willing to give it a go. Maybe one day we'll all be telling our grandchildren, to their horror, that we used to eat things that looked recognisably like the leg of an animal.

Comment Re:Short Experiment (Rowling's) (Score 2) 128

I don't really like the way that Rowling is held up as an example of a rags to riches success against the odds. According to Wikipedia she completed her university education and gained a degree in French and Classics. She then travelled the world a bit, got married, had a kid and then got divorced. When she returned to the UK, she moved into a flat and had all of her bills paid by the state. She then lived the (expensive) coffee shop lifestyle while she was writing her book. At one point, she received a massive grant from an arts council.

It was cushy. I wish I'd had it as hard her when I was struggling to get my first bit of paid writing work.

Comment Feminism (Score -1, Troll) 156

Usual feminist nonsense. The countries that adhere least to feminist philosophy have the most female tech entrepreneurs.

Remember how feminism works:

Some tech jobs are male dominated = men and women are equals.

Jobs such as working with young children are female dominated = female brains are different!

Any argument that could be made in favour of affirmative action for women in tech could also be made for affirmative action for men in nursing or working with kids. This could be extended to non occupational roles such as being a homemaker.

I remember reading a quote along the lines of "Apartheid cannot be reformed, it must be abolished.". Feminism can't be tweaked to make it male inclusive, it has to be either replaced with a new, gender-neutral philosophy or attacked by a male orientated one.

I wonder what the gender composition of most the penal system in that country is? Oh hang on, that's because female brains are different, right?

Comment Feminism (Score 0, Troll) 181

Job such as teaching is female dominated = women's brains have evolved to be better at certain things.

Negative role such as being in prison is male dominated = men's brains are different.

Positive role such as winning sole custody of one's children is female dominated = women will always be better are certain things.

Job is male dominated = men and women are equals.

It's femilogical, and you're being sexist if you don't agree.

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