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Comment Re:I get no updates from my carrier (Score 1) 99

It would be just like that if the electric company edited the microwave manual so that the Microwave Repair Hotline rang up the electric company. The telecommunication companies inserted themselves in the middle of the update process, so they need to either issue/approve updates or remove themselves from that role.

Comment Re:So now Trump controls where we vacation (Score 1) 186

And there's something wrong with that? (The part about extra scrutiny for non-citizens who want to visit us.)

This doesn't address the American citizens who want to go visit the warm friendly beaches and cities of ISIS-occupied territory, of course. Not that they'd make it clear where they were going when they left anyway. (How _does_ one get a visa for Syria or western Iraq anyway?)

Comment Cockpit access (Score 1) 248

First, those only stop someone from commandeering the aircraft in the circumstances that we saw in 2001 and do not necessarily address destroying an aircraft

No, they don't. And you can't, completely. You can shoot one down, and nothing at all prevents that. And the TSA doesn't do anything worth doing at all. But the problem that arose in 2001 was using the aircraft as a ballistic weapon with intelligent guidance. Everything that came about post 9/11 was in response to that. We'd had various aircraft destroyed by bombs, and no one felt we had to go anywhere near the lengths we did after 9/11. So what I was saying was that in response to 9/11, we should have done what I suggested, and that would have adequately addressed the actual issues that 9/11 brought to the table.

One of the concerns about the cockpit door is a rapid depressurization of passenger cabin might force that the door be opened.

Fine. If this is a real problem (unlikely, but possible), start building new aircraft without cockpit doors, and replacing the entire bulkhead in older aircraft. Have an external hatch access the cockpit; another the cabin. The pilots and engineer(s) don't need to be in the cabin, and the passengers and stews don't need to be in the cockpit.

Then toss the (un)PATRIOT(ic) act in the sewer where it belongs.

Comment Re:Hollywood is usually awful (Score 1) 325

Voiceover is definitely called WRT Bolos. But here's the thing: this would actually be a challenging movie to make. As opposed to "just another story." And CGI is now up to the task. Even so, there are quite a few Bolo stories that are man and machine, and some of those stories are more than a little poignant.

No one's made a good mech movie yet (Pacific rim was freaking horrible.) I would love to see one.

But even if there's no studio capable of bringing Bolos to life, there are still many, many stories that haven't even been touched that stay in the usual zone of people vs whatever.

Comment Adult appeal (Score 1) 325

Why do adults see these type of movies? Mystifying. Someone should explain the appeal.

We adults were kids once, and some of us enjoyed reading comics. With a good superhero movie, we get to see some of that come to life. It can be done well, and has been; you can also get a real stinker. Like Superman vs. Batman.

You know, just because I'm 60 doesn't mean I'm dead. Yet.

Also, comics are an art form. Like most art, it doesn't speak to everyone. That's okay. Like most art, it can be done well, or poorly. Also okay. And conversions to movies... same. But when someone does such a conversion poorly, and then claims that the audience is at fault, as here, for sharing their opinion about it... well, that's just humor.

Comment Hollywood is usually awful (Score 2) 325

It's not safe to make garbage and expect to turn a profit.

Exactly this. There are amazing numbers of untapped novels out there that would make wonderful movies.

That the movie industry spends most of its effort ignoring this resource leaves me with absolutely no sympathy whatsoever for any whining I hear from them. Where's Neuromancer? Where's Tau Zero? Where's (any one of) the Bolo stories, or Galactic Odyssey? Pretty much anything Gene Wolfe ever wrote? Axis of Time series? Novik's Temeraire? I could on for days just in the areas of fantasy and SF. There are tons of untapped thrillers and etc. out there too; Lots of as-yet-to-be-mades (not to mention as-yet-to-be-made-wells) from Clancy, Clavell, etc.

And then, when they commit crimes against art like create utter crap like "Soylent Green" out of really good books like "Make Room, Make Room"... then I'm glad they're not digging up good novels as sources. Let 'em make more formula superhero movies like the (utterly terrible) Batman vs. Superman we're talking about here. Keeps me from tearing my hair out.

Honestly, if the movie industry died (which it shows no sign of, this buffoon's whining aside), I'd just read more books.

Comment Re:the Snowflake Jihad (Score 2) 231

You seem to think there's some assault on free speech here. There isn't. At all. YouTube isn't taking "offensive" videos down -- not any more than they always have, anyway -- they're just not showing ads on videos the advertisers don't want to be associated with. The free speech of the people uploading the videos is fully intact, and in fact YouTube continues giving them a free soapbox from which to reach the world. The free speech of the advertisers is also being honored, by allowing them to avoid appearing to speak in support of things they don't want to support.

The only perspective from which anything "bad" is happening is the one which presumes that the makers of YouTube content have some "right" to be paid. There is no such right, never has been and I sincerely hope there never, ever will be.

(Disclaimer: I work for Google, but that has absolutely nothing to do with my position on this issue.)

Comment Re:I don't have any you insensitive clod! (Score 1) 186

There is a list.

If you apply for a visa waiver, you will be asked for your social media accounts right now but it is listed as OPTIONAL. There is a list on the visa waiver sites they want you to give details on accounts on, the list has about 30 sites on it as well as an "Other" where you can disclose information about anything else.

It is currently optional, but the question is already there even for visa-waiver countries.

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