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Blade Runner 2 Script Done, Harrison Ford Says "the Best Ever"

JonnyCalcutta Re:Best Script Ever? (299 comments)

Just to remove any doubt as to his ability to star in shit movies - Die Hard 4.0

about a week ago
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Dad Makes His Kid Play Through All Video Game History In Chronological Order

JonnyCalcutta Re:Wait what? (222 comments)

My four year old loves and plays Minecraft - its the PS3 version mostly but he has also played the PC version and had no real problem with WASD. He isn't bothered about any survival elements, just loves to build houses, railways, and muck around.

My 8 year old has also been playing it since he was 7 - on the PC and the PS3 - and never had any issues. As far as I'm aware most of his class plays it as well (although its been superseded by Terraria). He does watch a lot of these funny British guys but being British I'm happy that's its culturally closer than most of Youtube, and that its 100% child friendly without actually being aimed down that way. He also uses the web to research tips / hints and even asked me for his own web page so he could post stuff (I gave him a blogger site on my account). If your kid plays games I personally think Minecraft is a winner.

about two weeks ago
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Renewables Are Now Scotland's Biggest Energy Source

JonnyCalcutta Re:Math (235 comments)

If you're feeling a bit cramped, feel free to move up. We've got plenty of electricity to go round. And land.

about three weeks ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

JonnyCalcutta Re: Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

Exactly. And not just speaking for others but suggesting it was some kind of universal truth.

about 2 months ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

JonnyCalcutta Re:Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

I too would love an example. I'm genuinely intrigued.

about 2 months ago
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Jedi-ism Becomes a Serious Religion

JonnyCalcutta Spiritual Needs (268 comments)

"For Mark Vernon, a former priest, psychotherapist and writer, says the Jedi story has real power. "The reason it's so powerful and universal is that we have to find ourselves. It's by losing ourselves and identifying with something greater like the Jedi myth that we find a fuller life."

Speak for yourself

about 2 months ago
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In UK, Internet Trolls Could Face Two Years In Jail

JonnyCalcutta Re:Trolling is a very broad term (489 comments)

Did England get a vote on Scotland?

England-centric much? If you want England to leave the Union go ahead and organise your own vote - I'll even help you.

But let me put that in perspective for you. Does Europe get to vote in the UK's 'in/out' referendum?

about 2 months ago
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Brits Must Trade Digital Freedoms For Safety, Says Crime Agency Boss

JonnyCalcutta Re:Trading Freedom for Security? (264 comments)

I'd mod you up if I could, that's a pretty good description and pretty much sums up my thoughts. Its a non-conspiracy of people with their own agendas, failings and short-sightedness.

I think the bit you missed though is that the problems arise when they _are_ powerful. My failings affect myself and my immediate family, theirs affect millions of people.

about 2 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JonnyCalcutta Re:Should be interesting RE- Nato (375 comments)

Here's a hint - name the nuclear members of NATO? Now name the non-nuclear members of NATO. So can you b

about 3 months ago
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Would Scottish Independence Mean the End of UK's Nuclear Arsenal?

JonnyCalcutta Re:Here's the interesting paragraph (375 comments)

I'd also suggest simply reading the Scottish Governments white paper on independence. You can read all about currency plan b (and c,d and e).

about 3 months ago
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Dungeons & Dragons' Influence and Legacy

JonnyCalcutta Re:Blame the Players, not the Game (127 comments)

Couldn't agree more. Some of my best memories are from playing RPGs as a teen / early adult. And like the other posters above that didn't prevent me from having the more normal and less respectable teen fun (drinking / smoking / partying / hanging round street corners / martial arts / football / movies). On the other hand, when the RPG campaign was rocking I wasn't adverse to skipping a party to keep the gaming going - it was that good.

If someone thinks people should be skipping RPGs because its not studying maths or inventing new water filters for the third world then they are the ones with the unhealthy view, IMHO.

about 5 months ago
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Scotland Could Become Home To Britain's First Spaceport

JonnyCalcutta Re:Must vote remain underlings (151 comments)

So far, the best reason for a yes vote is because the "West Lothian Question" is blatantly unfair and undemocratic, but since it goes in Scotland's favour, I've not heard a peep out of that crowd about it.

Bleh. If that's all you know about it I'd keep quiet and stick to your areas of competence.

about 5 months ago
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Consumers Not Impressed With 3D Printing

JonnyCalcutta Re:Premature much (302 comments)

This. I bought a fairly cheap Samsung b&w laser printer a few years ago after wasting fortunes on ink for a colour inkjet that was used a few times a year. What with cleaning cycles and ink just drying up it felt like it was costing me a cartridge per print. Now after around 3 years it has cost me a total of £25 for one replacement toner cartridge (plus the original sub-£100 cost for the printer with original cartridge). Lack of colour has never been an issue as like you and others I just outsource any colour printing to the local store.

about 8 months ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

JonnyCalcutta Re:My son does fine with both (355 comments)

As a parent of two boys I see this the opposite way. I see restaurants and driving as good times to interact with my children (with them nailed in place) and also for them to learn how to entertain themselves and to learn appropriate behaviour. As far as I'm concerned the use of technology as a general pacifier is much more of a problem than anything else - I'd quite like my children to have some kind of attention span before technology inevitably takes it away.

I'm not suggesting we're luddites or saints though - my kids still watch too much TV and play too much Minecraft but I think of them as entertainment devices and not off switches for children.

As another poster suggested - your vows will be like so much dust in the wind once you have a real kid running about, forming its own personality (e.g. talking back / having tantrums) so I believe you just have to do your best to hold on to (a little bit) of your core beliefs, be flexible and let kids be kids. And don't listen to strangers with advice.

All the best with the little one.

about 8 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

JonnyCalcutta Re:Creationisticism (194 comments)

Yip. If you want to know the truth you have to do the research yourself (so I've been told). http://www.davidicke.com/ is apparently the place to start.

about 9 months ago
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Last Week's Announcement About Gravitational Waves and Inflation May Be Wrong

JonnyCalcutta Re:An illusion (194 comments)

I've often wondered something similar myself (but I was too lazy to become a physicist). What if the universe is infinite and inflation is simply the result of a 'local' (e.g. at least a 15 billion light year radius) eddy in the flow of infinite space/time.

If you want to know bring some marijuana.

about 9 months ago
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Time Dilation Drug Could Let Heinous Criminals Serve 1,000 Year Sentences

JonnyCalcutta Re: Prison is more than punishment (914 comments)

Yup. And that's why those deciding the punishments should not be those involved.

about 9 months ago
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Rolls Royce Developing Drone Cargo Ships

JonnyCalcutta Mod parent up - intercontinental hobos ahoy (216 comments)

Sorry, I'm commenting to remove a bad mod (I'm sure I didn't click Redundant).

I love the idea of intercontinental hobos though. Containership Willy, riding the currents. Would their bindles be low power outboards?

about 10 months ago

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Posting football goals on Vine is illegal, say England's Premier League.

JonnyCalcutta JonnyCalcutta writes  |  about 4 months ago

JonnyCalcutta (524825) writes "The football Premier League in England are warning about posting goals on online services such as Vine and Twitter. The claim is that posting these clips is 'illegal under copyright laws' (not forgetting the billions payed by media companies for games' rights). I'm automatically dubious about blanket statements from rights holders already known to push the truth, especially concerning such short clips, but I don't know enough about copyright law to understand the implications fully. Is it illegal and what can they actually do about it? Does adding commentary give the uploader any rights to post?"
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