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Serious Network Function Vulnerability Found In Glibc

ConceptJunkie Re:Heartbleed (159 comments)

Yeah, like anyone can actually read and understand OpenSSL. Perhaps it would get studied more if someone entered it into next year's IOCCC.

7 hours ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re:Yay!! (420 comments)

Whoosh?

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re: Good news (420 comments)

Just as an exercise, imagine the original star wars movies without the spaceships and you'll know what i mean.

Do you mean this?

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re:Good news (420 comments)

A lot of people say that having seen the movies as an adult they don't hold up as well as when they saw them as kids. Does "Star Wars" affect me the same as an adult as it did when I was 12? No, but I still think it's a fine movie. However, my opinion of "Empire" has increased significantly since I first saw it with my Dad in the theater.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re:Good news (420 comments)

Lucas is a visionary. He sucks at the details. He set out to recreate the Saturday morning serials with "Star Wars" and was very successful in setting a new bar in special effects. His vision for the scope and scale of the movie, the simplicity of the characters, being mythical archetypes, perfectly fit what he was shooting for, and made for a fun and exciting movie. But he can't write dialog to save his life. Even the dialog in "Star Wars" wasn't great, and in the sequels, it was awful. He also cannot direct people, because everyone in the prequels looked like awful actors, even though they aren't.

But he's got the vision, an eye for the kind of spectacle that makes great movies, and should be recognized as such. The problem was when he was allowed to also do those things he was really awful at.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re:Good news (420 comments)

I rewatched the original trilogy as an adult (I was a teenager when they came out) and still felt the first and third were pretty good, and yes, nostalgia plays a part of that, but my opinion of "The Empire Strikes Back" improved significantly. I like it much more now than when I first saw it.

3 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

ConceptJunkie Re:JJ's ST wesnt that bad (420 comments)

I thought JJTrek was almost, but not quite as bad as Bayformers. There were fewer grotesque continuity errors and no (as far as I can remember) testicle jokes, and the action wasn't so much of a confusing mess, but the Trek reboot movies were just as stupid and incoherent.

3 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

ConceptJunkie Re:You have been Zuned (158 comments)

But in the case of Android, I don't believe that is primarily Google's fault, short of requiring OEMs to provide an upgrade path, and I think the logistics of that would be difficult... how many upgrades? how long to support? Yes, some OEMs are idiots, but that's nothing new.

Windows RT was solely Microsoft's bad idea.

4 days ago
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Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

ConceptJunkie Re:Ouch! (158 comments)

You're right, except for the fact that no one (outside of Microsoft anyway) ever expected RT to succeed in the first place. The wisdom of the masses can often be wrong, but this one was a gimmee. It's the same thing with Metro on the desktop. No one liked it. It was almost universally panned from the first moment people got a chance to see what it was, but MS doubled down on the bad idea. Now they are backpedalling on it in Windows 9^h 10 (but of course, not eliminating the need for it on the desktop which would be the proper solution).

4 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:Utopian Future, My Ass (138 comments)

Of course there's no utopian society, and I don't believe there ever will be. But that doesn't mean it isn't interesting to consider what one might look like, how it would work and what challenges it would face. If you're trying to argue Star Trek wasn't perfect, well of course it wasn't. But it was a worthwhile example of speculative fiction that raised and considered interesting questions. Besides, the Federation is supposed to be the utopia, but that doesn't mean all races in the galaxy are. I think the development and fleshing out of the Klingons as a realistic society over the course of TNG was one of the best parts of Star Trek.

Also, if you're not "supposed" to know, then why did you comment like you did know? I bet you're a hoot to talk politics with.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:Sounds good to me (138 comments)

Wait do they have balls?

If Michael Bay had done the Star Wars prequels...

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:Plot synopsis (138 comments)

Congratulations, you've captured everything about JJTrek. You win an internet. Have a nice day.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

Yeah, the "twist" was that the story didn't make any sense and turned the most memorable Star Trek villain ever into a boring, forgettable cardboard cutout.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:Utopian Future, My Ass (138 comments)

Look who's blind. The Klingons weren't the blacks. That's laughable. The Klingons were the commies, particularly the Chinese.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

I discovered Simon Pegg when I watched "Spaced" a few years ago, and really like him. With that kind of geek cred, I'm surprised they would let him anywhere near the writers' room, but from what you are saying I'm interested to see what he is able to do.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

And for all that, Star Trek was still pretty much "science fiction lite"... it didn't tackle some of the really wild concepts that you see in SF books, where the authors are not limited to practical budget considerations or keeping it simple enough that new viewers can pick up partway through a season. I haven't seen "Interstellar" but from what I've heard it's a great movie that actually holds up as real science fiction. Most so-called SF movies these days are really just action movies or horror movies in a science fiction setting (including JJTrek and JJTrek 2). That's not necessarily a bad thing. I thought "Pacific Rim" was great. But the thing is, audiences are more sophisticated than they were almost 50 years ago when the original series aired. We've seen "Blade Runner", "The Matrix", "Contact", "Fringe" and whole host of other movies and TV shows that expanded the popular consciousness of SF tropes. There's room to tackle all the heady and serious subjects that were tackled in the original series and the newer series, plus there's a whole lot of science fiction concepts that people take for granted today that would have been incomprehensible or at least confusing to most audiences from decades ago.

Sure, you need to have wide appeal, and you can pretty much get that for free with good SFX, but is there no room for something other than fluff? Is Michael Bay the template from which the Star Trek reboot needs to be cut? Is the audience really that dumb? (Note I just described above that the audience isn't. I think there is a wider demographic to which a "real" Star Trek movie could appeal to now than there ever was). Besides, Star Trek II, widely considered the best one (by me as well) wasn't deep or complex, it was just a really good story that utilized the SF setting and Star Trek canon well). "Star Trek IV" had even wider appeal could almost be considered a comedy and yet most people also consider it excellent, and it was still very true to the spirit of the TV series. I know a lot of people liked JJTrek, and there were elements of the production design that I really liked, as well as some of the actors (particularly Karl Urban, Simon Pegg (despite his overuse as comedy relief) and Zoe Seldana, all of whom captured their respective roles with heart), but I thought the movies overall were awful... a Bay-Transformers level of awful.

The problem with the Star Trek movies is that they always lacked the primary advantage of the TV show, the ability to address a topic in detail, to be thoughtful and detailed, and sometimes slow and talky, which is usually the best way to express and explore these ideas. The movies never did could really do this (with the exception of the "The Motion Picture", which I always really liked as well... it was the most true to the original series, whatever its flaws were), even the good ones, because there is a built-in requirement for action and spectacle. What we are seeing now, however, is all action and spectacle and absolutely none of the issues and concepts that are the heart of Trek (and of any good fiction) or even a decent story. The new movies are just mindless eye candy.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

That only works if what they do doesn't suck. I had no problems with the canon breaking (it's not like previous writers ever adhered to canon in any meaningful way), the problem I had was with the incoherent plots, stupid writing and the lack of any, you know, science fiction. Karl Urban was good, though.

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:It's about time. (138 comments)

Wassamatter, the "incoherent string of loosely connected action set pieces" not new and original enough for ya?

5 days ago
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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

ConceptJunkie Re:Sounds good to me (138 comments)

You and your high-brow stuff. Go read a book, you freak. What Star Trek needs is bewbies. Bewbies and car chases and explosions. And maybe some robot testicles, although I know that's a pipe dream. Although I'm with you on the ball-punching.

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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

ConceptJunkie Re:Except of course the story was FALSE (418 comments)

Shhh! You're depriving all those people whose only card to play is calling someone a "raaaaaaaaaaacist".

5 days ago

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Viruses

ConceptJunkie ConceptJunkie writes  |  more than 11 years ago

This whole "viruses/virii" argument is so stupid. First off, there are the Latin speakers who will argue 37 different reasons why such a word would or would not exist. Then there are the people who insist that virus is simply an English word and takes English pluralization.

Here's how it works. Hacker slang (or jargon, as in the "Jargon file") allows for the Latinesque construction of plurals by replacing "us" with "i", or "um" with "a" (or Anglo-Saxonish pluralization like "vaxen" or Hebrewish pluralization by adding "-im". Is this grammatically correct Latin (or Middle English, or Hebrew)? It doesn't matter... it's a play on words. The only point is that it is consistent with similar words.

What I find incredibly annoying is that people insist on using the "ii" suffix even though there is no precedent in real Latin, fake Latin or anything in between, presumably because it looks cool, or they have heard the word "radii".

Anyhow, that's my rant, and I'm sticking to it.

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Microsoft Rules

ConceptJunkie ConceptJunkie writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I like Microsoft rule #3 so much I hate to change my sig to #4.

These are certainly not real rules, but are rules that Microsoft appears to follow by their actions.

Here are the others I've come up with:

Microsoft Rule #1: Every app must be expanded until it can be used as a vehicle for a virus that can trash the system. (In fact, no app is useful _unless_ it can be used as a virus vehicle. If MS wrote edlin today it would have scripting that could be used to access kernel functions via TCP/IP.)

Microsoft Rule #2: Flexibility in UI is acceptable, but defaults must confuse new users and frustrate experienced ones.

Microsoft Rule #3: GUI standards are no longer necessary. Shiny objects are always user-friendly.

Microsoft Rule #4: No useful thing can be designed unless by committee. Consistency and clarity are not signs of maturity. Simplicity is for amateurs. (Breaking up Microsoft would have about as much effect as asking a blind guy if he would not look over people's shoulders during the final exam.)

Microsoft Rule #5: Security has less "gee-whiz" factor than skinning and is therefore a less important feature. (Plus it's just too darn much trouble to check each memory buffer copy, especially when we'd rather spend time making the media player look like eyeballs.)

Microsoft Rule #6: Dominating a market is the same as excelling in a market ("Economic might makes right", or more simply "A monopoly means God smiles on everything you do.").

Microsoft Rule #7: Change is improvement by definition. (But this is universal among software companies...)

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