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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:They have gone further before (590 comments)

Well, this new character isn't actually Thor either, no matter what they may say. I expect that they will do a short run with a woman and return to the original Thor, because it's all about business and they don't want to confuse potential customers who like the movies (or the actual Norse mythology). This is just one of the regular "everything has changed" publicity stunts that they pull every few years because they don't have any real character development. Remember the death of Superman? Of Captain America? It's about the same level as when Dallas (the original series) said, "the whole last season was just a dream".

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 Re:Another comic book gimmick (590 comments)

I think it's due to a lack of visionary storytelling. Just like all the alternate universes. I blame it on management running the show instead of the creatives. Oh, for the days of Miller on Daredevil, Byrne on X-men/FF, Layton/Michelinie on Iron Man....

about two weeks ago
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Marvel's New Thor Will Be a Woman

Gramie2 They have gone further before (590 comments)

Does no one else remember Beta Ray Bill from Walt Simonson's run in the '80s (the golden age for Thor and large swathes of Marvel, in my opinion). Beta Ray Bill was able to wield Mjolnir and Thor's power even though he was a vaguely-humanoid alien.

about two weeks ago
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Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

Gramie2 Re:Today, I would never have learned programming (608 comments)

If you really are interested, you could check out Basic4Android. No, it's not free, but it is very reasonably priced (starting at $60, and you can usually find coupons online to lower the price even more). It makes Android apps possible for the average programmer. There is a superb community growing around it, too, and the main developer of B4A answers many of the questions himself.

about three weeks ago
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Qualcomm Takes Down 100+ GitHub Repositories With DMCA Notice

Gramie2 Re:Not github's fault (349 comments)

So you make up a completely fictitious name and address. Perjury problem solved! As long as the content gets pulled down, who cares?

about a month ago
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Canadian Supreme Court Delivers Huge Win For Internet Privacy

Gramie2 Re:This ruling .... (112 comments)

Rather than mark your ballot, you have to go to the polling station personnel, and tell them that you decline your vote. That is treated differently than a spoiled ballot.

about a month and a half ago
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EU's Top Court May Define Obesity As a Disability

Gramie2 Re:Thyroid problem (625 comments)

It is simple. It's just hard, and people don't want to do things that are hard.

My ex was/is obese, and all the chocolate bar wrappers I found in her car, and empty ice cream containers I found in her house, may have had something to do with it. Now she's an a meal-replacement diet and has lost over 20 lbs. in about four months. No, it's not easy, but I respect and support her for taking control of her health.

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Gramie2 Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

You are right that some military personnel would presumably join the revolution. What are the odds that they would bring with them all the infrastructure (fuel, personnel, maintenance equipment and parts) needed to keep those A-10 Warthogs, F-18s, secure communications networks, satellite sensing systems and other high-tech machinery running as you fight the people who own the skies, seas, and telcos?

about a month and a half ago
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Interviews: Bruce Perens Answers Your Questions

Gramie2 Re:Protecting the Weak from the Strong (224 comments)

Here's the thing: the State has weapons that could reduce you, your house, your neighbourhood, or your city to a smoking ruin. They have people (stronger, faster, and more capable than you), who train daily to kill in the most effective ways, with weapons and equipment that are simply unavailable to you. If they were to take you seriously as a threat, they could locate you in seconds and put a drone through the nearest window.

So owning your very own semi-automatic, or even fully-automatic small arms is completely pointless except, at the very best, to let your corpse serve as a witness to the rest of the world that your State kills its own. Armed resistance can not overcome the enormous imbalance of power that modern states possess.

Resistance is not futile, but armed resistance is. The most effective counter to government encroachment is not to be found in the Cliven Bundys of this world.

about a month and a half ago
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Teacher Tenure Laws Ruled Unconstitutional In California

Gramie2 Re:Finally! (519 comments)

And the one who taught you to spell "apostrophes"!

about 1 month ago
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NSA's Novel Claim: Our Systems Are Too Complex To Obey the Law

Gramie2 Re:Lies. (245 comments)

They fundamentally believe that your physical safety is more important than our individual rights.

I'd be more inclined to say that they value their own power and influence over your individual rights (I'm not American, and so have no rights in their eyes). If they really worried about your physical safety, they would be getting evidence on polluters, unsafe working conditions, social collapse, the prison industry, and all the other things that contribute to the decay of your quality of life.

about 1 month ago
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Canada Poised To Buy 65 Lockheed Martin F-35 JSFs

Gramie2 Re:Russia (417 comments)

US military bases in Canadian territory? That would be news to me and, I suspect, to our government and military. There are certainly joint exercises here, and US military personnel working with Canadians, and occasional visits by US ships and planes, but no permanent facilities.

about 2 months ago
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Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

Gramie2 Re: The reality is... (310 comments)

I'd agree with this. My son had the times tables drilled into his head mercilessly, when he was about 10. Now, in Grade 11, it makes the algebra, functions, and trig smoother and less mysterious. I challenge both my boys to do mental arithmetic all the time, because I believe it's so important to be able to estimate results that a computer/calculator spits out.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Gramie2 The problem may not be protecting what you own (408 comments)

I have to say that my first instinct is to ask where you see your quality of life. If you have so much expensive stuff that you spend significant time and energy protecting it, then maybe having that stuff is the problem.

I haven't locked my house for at least a couple of month, and when I look around to see what might be stolen, the computer — and, more specifically, the hard drive in my desktop — is the only thing that I would really miss, that would be hard to replace. The laptops, TV, Playstation and other gadgets can easily be replaced. You know what? It's liberating not to have to be afraid of losing things.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Anti-Theft Products For the Over-Equipped Household?

Gramie2 Re:Emu (408 comments)

I remember going to a dairy farm in South Africa (about 25 years ago) that used ostriches to guard the dairy cattle. An ostrich can disembowel you with a single kick, and they are mean.

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

Gramie2 Re:Caps Are Definitely Coming (475 comments)

Verizon received tax breaks from the New Jersey government of $2.1 billion in 1994, in exchange for a promise that every household in the state would have 45Mbps symmetrical fiber by 2015 (50% of them by 2004).

Verizon then donated heavily to the political powers of NJ, and was released from their promise with no penalty.

Who's the parasite again?

about 2 months ago
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Comcast Predicts Usage Cap Within 5 Years

Gramie2 Re:Awesome! (475 comments)

You're a Johnny-come-lately.

I remember connecting to bulletin boards with my 300 baud modem (circa 1988), and I could read the discussions as they came in. That's right, my reading speed was about the same as the transfer speed.

The modem used to overheat, and I would have to put it in the freezer for a while so I could use it again.

about 2 months ago
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Percentage of Elderly In Japan Continues to Grow as Number of Children Drops

Gramie2 Re:This may be crass but... (283 comments)

Japan is nowhere near able to feed itself. It produced under 40% of its caloric needs in 2011. It does produce all the rice it needs (thanks to ridiculously subsidized and protected farmers), but is the world's largest importer of corn.

I would also be surprised if it had any significant textile/clothing industry; everything now comes from other countries in Asia.

about 3 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Gramie2 Re:The simple solution is make them document it (322 comments)

I suppose it's theoretically possible that vandals are risking arrest to remove -- and not break or damage -- a single antenna (out of the several on a cruiser), the one antenna that could embarrass or implicate officers in inappropriate/illegal behaviour, but it's ludicrous to suggest that it is likely or even probable.

about 4 months ago
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LA Police Officers Suspected of Tampering With Their Monitoring Systems

Gramie2 Re:Nobody should be constantly monitored (322 comments)

I'm pretty sure that people who work in retail are basically on camera all the time, certainly when they in the public areas of the store. In private, of course they should not be monitored. Unless, perhaps, you count ankle monitors that some convicted felons wear as an alternative to being in prison.

If you were in England, you would be on some of the estimated 6 million surveillance cameras: 70,000 operated by the police, 300,000+ by schools, 13,000 by the London Tube, etc., and most of the rest private individuals and corporations.

Given the track record of police abuses in the U.S., and the dramatic [fall in complaints about police behaviour](http://www.policefoundation.org/content/body-worn-cameras-police-use-force), plus the usefulness of having on-the-spot video evidence against criminals, I would support mandatory cameras for all of them.

about 4 months ago

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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gramie2 (411713) writes "Codegear (now a subsidiary of Borland) has just released version 1.0 of Delphi for PHP, a RAD development environment (running on Windows) that produces standard PHP code. It features a large set of built-in components, including ones that use AJAX for database access, and Codegear is encouraging users to develop their own components. The framework, VCL for PHP, is open source, and documentation follows the PHP model.

Initial database connectivity is for MySQL and Interbase (Codegear's commercial database that spawned the open-source Firebird), but more are promised."
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Gramie2 Gramie2 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Gramie2 writes "I was toying with the idea of throwing my son in the car and driving for two days to watch the latest shuttle launch. I didn't, but it occurred to me that I don't know the logistics of going to watch a launch. Where is the best place to stay near the site? Where do you view from? I imagine that there are restrictions, so do you have to make get tickets or make other arrangements ahead of time?

And how do you find out the launch schedule? What about smaller launches? How do they compare? Is there one time of year that is better than another? Any other recommendations for the whole experience?"

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