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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Chris Mattern Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

So take this chance to educate yourself.

Actually, this is a good chance for you to educate yourself. I'd recommend "Understanding Comics", by Scott McCloud.

Due to the format of comics (generally 30 pages, once a month, emphasis on illustration over dialog), there are certain characteristics specific to that genre.

So you think comics have to be small periodicals to be comics? You believe that Will Eisner's Contract With God is not a comic? You believe that Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis is not a comic? You believe that Raymond Brigg's When The Wind Blows is not a comic? You are letting how comics are usually publish blind you to the fact that that is not how they have to be published. And it still wouldn't make comics a genre. Yes, there are certain characteristics to publishing installments periodically, that constrain comics as a medium. All mediums have such constraints--they are better at some things, worse at others. Everything in that medium will have things in common. That doesn't make them genres. They are still mediums.

2 days ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

Chris Mattern Re:Disability Act (34 comments)

Japan is probably about the same, perhaps somewhat worse. China is much, much worse. I read an article a while back about someone in a wheelchair attempting to tour China. Fortunately, they enjoyed a challenge, because it certainly was one.

about a week ago
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Lead Mir Developer: 'Mir More Relevant Than Wayland In Two Years'

Chris Mattern Mir de-orbited in 2001... (225 comments)

...why would it still be relevant now?

about a week ago
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High-Tech Walkers Could Help Japan's Elderly Stay Independent

Chris Mattern Re:I saw this movie (34 comments)

Came for the Rojin-Z reference. Left satisfied.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Chris Mattern Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

No. I have no clue what you mean by "all the staples of the genre" that The Walking Dead, Clone and superhero comics all share--and by your implications, presumable also share with Sandman, Lucifer and others. A medium is means of presentation. Comics is a medium, as is film, books, music, video games. Superhero is a genre, which, like any genre, can be presented in a variety of media. Superhero genre has been done not only in comics, but also in film, video games, and even (admittedly rarely) in books.

about a week ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Chris Mattern Re:I don't get it... (187 comments)

You shouldn't be so dismissive of an entire genre.

Comics isn't a genre. "Superhero" is a genre. Comics is a *medium* (cue joke about being "neither rare nor well-done."). Comics is way of presenting content, like TV, or books, or video games. It is not the content itself.

about a week ago
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Texas Health Worker Tests Positive For Ebola

Chris Mattern Re:No worse than AIDS, are you kidding? (421 comments)

There's one big one going the other way, though: Ebola isn't infectious when who don't have any easily observed symptoms. AIDS is.

about two weeks ago
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How Spurious Wikipedia Edits Can Attach a Name To a Scandal, 35 Years On

Chris Mattern Re:Journalists have less time... (165 comments)

...because they're busy doing what?

Covering the beats of the four co-workers who were let go, mostly.

about two weeks ago
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What Will It Take To Run a 2-Hour Marathon?

Chris Mattern What will it take? (254 comments)

About two hours. Duh.

about two weeks ago
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FBI Says It Will Hire No One Who Lies About Illegal Downloading

Chris Mattern Re:So... (580 comments)

That's how they find out if you're made of wood.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Chris Mattern Re:The monitoring of passengers is a joke (478 comments)

World Net Daily. Yep. "WND Exclusive!" In other words, "Everybody else saw this for the bullshit it is!"

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Chris Mattern Re:The monitoring of passengers is a joke (478 comments)

Taking peoples temps is only a very marginal step in protecting the public.

On the contrary, taking people's temps is a very effective step in protecting the public.

Since the gestation period of Ebola is so long it does relatively little to keep people out of the country that are infected.

As seen in the case of Mr. Duncan, true. But when you don't have a fever, Ebola isn't contagious. At all. None of the people on Mr. Duncan's flight here need to be checked or isolated, because he couldn't have infected them.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Chris Mattern Re:The monitoring of passengers is a joke (478 comments)

Now you have to find everyone else who was on the plane and monitor them for symptoms

And, dear God, that's impossible. There is after, no list of everyone who was on that plane. No, no such records of such information exist...

because some are now infected too.

No. Ebola is not very easy to transmit. The passengers of the plane are at risk, and need to be located, interviewed, and isolated as appropriate (Ebola does not spread via air; not everyone on the plane will need to be isolated), but it's entirely possible that none of them will in fact be infected.

about two weeks ago
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The CDC Is Carefully Controlling How Scared You Are About Ebola

Chris Mattern Re:Only in Africa? (478 comments)

The situation in the American South is totally different though, right?

Nice rhetorical scoring, but, yes, it *is* totally different. Comparing the poverty, lack of trust in government workers and dysfunctional healthcare system in the US South to those factors in Africa is like comparing the neighborhood pool to Lake Erie.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Chris Mattern Re:Sociopath Ruins Lives, Film at 11 (728 comments)

There is a lot of trolling and hate out there, and it can't all be a small number of sociopaths with sock puppet accounts.

Why not? It's not like making a horde of sock puppeet accounts is a terribly difficult thing for one person to do.

about two weeks ago
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Why the Trolls Will Always Win

Chris Mattern Re:The more things change the more the stay the sa (728 comments)

"politic" meaning roughly in the original Greek "To shout down"

Cute, but not true. The original word is polis (I was going to be fancy and do it Greek letters, but then I realized I'd never get them intact into Slashdot's broken system) meaning city.

about two weeks ago
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Goodbye, World? 5 Languages That Might Not Be Long For This World

Chris Mattern Re:If you wanted us to believe your Op-Ed... (547 comments)

Nope. Sections/Paragraphs still start in column 8, columns 1-6 are ignored, 7 is used for comment characters and on some systems for condtionally compiled code, and 72 is the end of the line.

Not in any modern COBOL. A free form option has been required in the standard since COBOL 2002.

about two weeks ago

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