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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

DexterIsADog Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

I do remember the state of s.f. on television in the 70's. Also every other medium in which s.f. was represented. Don't get me started, I'll tell you about being in Isaac Asimov's security entourage at conventions.

It really did suck. Lost in Space was cheesy, but deliberately so, and pretty campy. Much better than the original Battlestar.

2 days ago
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Battlestar Galactica Creator Glen A. Larson Dead At 77

DexterIsADog Re:Sci Fi Really Ages Quickly (186 comments)

No - the original Battlestar Galactica was real crap. Cheesy as all heck

I think you're really looking at the show unfairly. When it came on the air (over 36 years ago) there was nothing else like it on television.

I remember having friends over to see the first episode. I am a pretty uncritical consumer of space opera, and I said I thought it was pretty good. Two guys, two girls all looked at me like I was a retard.

I have to admit, it did suck pretty badly, even considering the state of s.f. television back then.

about a week ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

DexterIsADog Re:Summary is hogwash (271 comments)

Well, I won't wish a federal grand jury on anyone. It's one day a week... for 18 months. And they extend most of the juries to a full 2 years.

On the other hand, my jury occasionally finds flaws in the US attorneys' cases, and make them fix them. Eventually we'll get a case so fucked up that we'll tell them, "no, in fact, we're *not* giving you this indictment." That will be a good day.

about two weeks ago
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Dealer-Installed GPS Tracker Leads To Kidnapper's Arrest in Maryland

DexterIsADog Re:Summary is hogwash (271 comments)

Ooh! Ooh! I'm a grand juror in that federal district. Maybe I'll get to hear the testimony and vote whether to indict.

about two weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

You're trying to obfuscate, but the fact is you're still advocating taking away basic constitutional rights, when the science shows that for the cases we see in the U.S., there's no benefit, other than placating ignorant fools like you.

sumdumass, indeed.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Progress comes at a cost (112 comments)

If Branson were still young enough and had the time, and were qualified, I'm sure he'd test his own ships. He does have the nerve to risk his own life. Your comment seemed to criticize him for lacking the balls. He's got giant balls. What he has little of is time.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Tourism (112 comments)

I agree with MMC Monster. Health care will continue to grow. That's my industry. For example, If you take a course to learn how to configure FACETS, a claims system made by Trizetto, now owned by Cognizant, you can get $80/hr to start, and that's not even in the primary markets.

I think it was the (plane) crash that killed the Concorde as much as anything. It worked pretty well for a while. We will continue to see technology like it, and some will succeed, some will fail. The first space elevator will probably also be a hell of a ride, as well as a way to get cargo into orbit.

My comment was that the Concorde was cool, and I really liked riding it. As a race, we still need to spend some resources on things that are just plain fun.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

You just keep digging. These people were not infectious, and were monitoring their conditions.

Funny, you remove all doubt about your ignorance when you add a dollop of the AIDS paranoia. That is so vintage 80's. Why don't you move to Cuba, where they round up people with AIDS and put them in camps? That seems about your speed.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Progress comes at a cost (112 comments)

Who is "we"? Did Branson sit his geriatric ass in there? Funny how the risks are always taken by the plebes, the rewards taken by the already rich.

Yeah, the nerve of that old guy, letting the younger engineers and test pilots engineer and then test his spacecraft.

Why, I'm sure he never took any risks with his own life, that chickenshit...
http://www.virgin.com/news/richard-bransons-ballooning-adventures

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo Pilot Named; Branson Vows To 'Move Forward Together'

DexterIsADog Re:Tourism (112 comments)

Yeah well, all three of those people will just have to suck it up and wait like the rest of us. We already had Concorde and that died.

I flew once on the Concorde. It was awesome. We should do more of that. Suborbital, 1 hour from NY to Tokyo? Bring it. I'd do it once just for the fun of it.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

...They also say that wild animals get Ebola and infect humans. So that fantasy is actually real life in other parts of the world.

Yep, that makes a lot of sense, actually. Take something that's technically true, twist the actual facts to fit that a fantasy to use the factoid, and voila! One more drop of hysteria added to the mix.

Why is it when people in the U.S. have a difficult situation to face, some percentage of the population pusses out and advocates for jettisoning constitutional rights. If we don't do what's right in these cases, we have little claim on our republic.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

I would welcome a risk-reward ratio discussion, even though I'm confident that civil rights would STILL prevail in an intelligent examination. That's not happening. Ignorant citizens and cynical pandering politicians are dominating this issue.

And really, if you're arguing about minimizing effort by abrogating people's civil rights, you may be one of the above.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:How about... (349 comments)

yeah i'm all for protecting civil liberties.

No. Really, you're not. And that's the point.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

Stop giving away other people's rights so casually, for NOTHING. It doesn't get any simpler than that.

about three weeks ago
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Ebola Forecast: Scientists Release Updated Projections and Tracking Maps

DexterIsADog Re:OK, but ... (294 comments)

If, instead of concocting and posting this fantasy, you had used the time for a short, brisk walk, you would have done immeasurably more good for your continuing health, than if you took precautions to avoid the non-infectious bike lady's animal-distributed Ebola blood.

Hmm, I like that. I'm going to get a bumper sticker; "Look out for the bike lady's animal-distributed Ebola blood!"

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:How about... (349 comments)

Okay, I got it. You're willing to call for a measure that is unnecessary, and WON'T help, because it's relatively easy to lock up just a few people for no good reason.

That idea just drips awesome sauce.

about three weeks ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

DexterIsADog Re:Ridiculous (349 comments)

You're still not getting it. The threat of death to people in the U.S. from Ebola is MINISCULE. The every day threat of death to people in the U.S. from cars, as one example from many, is comparatively HUGE.

Idiots who demand quarantines of people who may have been exposed to Ebola are clueless retards who can't judge the relative threats they face.

Aside from that, demanding quarantines that will discourage people from volunteering in the first place *increases* the size of the threat to the U.S. If we don't help resolve the current outbreak in Africa and it grows, the likelihood of a real outbreak in the U.S. grows as well.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

DexterIsADog Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (415 comments)

Not sure you got my point. My smart phone (Galaxy S3) on my arm means I don't need another device. Which I want. When I go running.

about three weeks ago
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How Apple Watch Is Really a Regression In Watchmaking

DexterIsADog Re:I really don't understand smart watches... (415 comments)

Running, for one. Not having to carry a phone is useful. Yes, there are hundreds of fitness trackers. Why not a multi-purpose tracker that also lets me reply to the wife?

You still have to have the phone on you. The watch talks to the phone.

That's right. So I got an arm strap for my phone. Don't need yet another gadget. $20 vs. whatever Apple is gouging the rubes for this time.

about three weeks ago

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