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Comment Re:Both major parties are bad (Score 1) 96

The two major parties are very similar in most respects. Both parties have been trying to out-do each other in reprehensible policies.

That's because those reprehensible policies are vote winners in the swing seats, particularly in Queensland and NSW. You get the politicians you deserve.

The Military

United States Begins Flying Stealth Bombers Over South Korea 567

skade88 writes "The New York Times is reporting that the United States has started flying B-2 stealth bomber runs over South Korea as a show of force to North Korea. The bombers flew 6,500 miles to bomb a South Korean island with mock explosives. Earlier this month the U.S. Military ran mock B-52 bombing runs over the same South Korean island. The U.S. military says it shows that it can execute precision bombing runs at will with little notice needed. The U.S. also reaffirmed their commitment to protecting its allies in the region. The North Koreans have been making threats to turn South Korea into a sea of fire. North Korea has also made threats claiming they will nuke the United States' mainland."

Comment Re:Also (Score 4, Interesting) 865

Part of the problem is that there are now so many wardens in the way of new writers that it's almost impossible to get a genuinely original idea to the people with the money (eg. studios). Also it now takes more than having just a great script. You need a great package (insert obvious innuendo here): script, director, star.

Even then original ideas have to survive the rewrites by writers that are already part of the system. And nearly every writer believes that they can write any script better than the last guy. Everyone wants to rewrite the script: studio, producer, director, star, director's cousin's girlfriend.

What you tend to end up with is a generic, derivative mess that is almost, but not quite, entirely unlike the original idea.

Given the process it's amazing that we have any watchable films at all and that's not even considering the crap that goes on after the cameras start rolling.

Comment Re:Same old Ballmer smack talk (Score 1) 645

You do know that things change and advance? To be honest, the expensive phones 5 year ago really weren't that good. They were clunky, slow and offered features that would be common place in cheap phones now. There's a reason why Apple didn't make iPhone before they did - they had to wait until that time it was actually feasible.

It still sounds like Ballmer is behind the curve which is not good for a tech company CEO.

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