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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

LordLucless Re: Hitchhiker's (410 comments)

Agree. This might come across as heresy, but I even dislike HHGTG as a book - it's really a series of loosely-connected jokes strung together by an absurdist plot. The funniest things in HHGTG are the asides and internal monologues - and that's pretty much impossible to reproduce in a movie (unless you do the whole thing in voice-overs, at which point it becomes less a movie and more, well, a radio play).

My favourite Douglas Adams book was Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency: funny, with a coherent (albeit, somewhat wild) plot.

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Parents Investigated For Neglect For Letting Kids Walk Home Alone

LordLucless Re:Child Autonomy (778 comments)

Irrelevant. Your personal definition of adulthood has no bearing on whether or not children should be granted autonomy, nor how much. Nor does it have any bearing on outcomes. What really matters is what type of adults are produced by the two societies - one that treats people as children until their mid-twenties, and one that gives them personal responsibilities from a young age.

about two weeks ago
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Radio Shack Reported To Be Ready for Bankruptcy Filing

LordLucless Re: How long has it been... (314 comments)

A decent return even after factoring in 20 years of inflation?

about two weeks ago
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Samsung In Talks To Acquire Troubled BlackBerry For $7.5 Billion

LordLucless Acronym Soup (59 comments)

a strategic partnership to bring BlackBerry's BES12 cross-platform EMM solution to Galaxy smartphones and tablets that feature embedded KNOX technology.

Does this convey any actual meaning to anyone?

about two weeks ago
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Exploring Some Lesser-Known Scripting Languages

LordLucless Re:Who supports it (60 comments)

As a Python fan, I was hoping it would catch on, and couldn't figure out why it wasn't taking the world by storm. Perl was the dominant player in CGI at that time, which made it a big thing. Over the years, I kept taking my little bookshelf polls every now and then, and the ratio changed. Turns out it just took awhile. Now, there are very few Perl books and lots of Python books.

I think the problem was that the world didn't migrate from Perl CGI to a better CGI language; it went from CGI to PHP/Coldfusion/ASP, and python wasn't really relevant there. It wasn't until the flaws in those sort of systems became apparent, and OO, MVC frameworks like Django, Web2py, Pylons, etc, came into their own that python started appealing to the masses.

about two weeks ago
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Is 'SimCity' Homelessness a Bug Or a Feature?

LordLucless Re:Games versus reality (393 comments)

Most aren't, but sounds like the OP is.

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

LordLucless Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

Here's the relevant bit from the DMCA:

A statement that the information in the notification is accurate, and under penalty of perjury, that the complaining party is authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.

Note that the penalty of perjury doesn't apply to the statement that the information provided is accurate, but only to the specific claim that the complaining party is the authorized agent of the owner of the copyright that is allegedly being infringed.

It's got nothing to do with GitHub, or nothing to do with porn, it's all to do with the fact that the DMCA is a bad law, and specifically allows people to make as many fraudulent takedown notices they want, as long as they don't claim to represent an IP owner when they in fact don't. If they do represent an IP owner, then they have carte blanche to be as fraudulent as they want. Sure, they have to state that the information they provide is correct, but there's no penalty if it isn't.

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

LordLucless Re:Mass perjury (165 comments)

Nope. The bit in the DMCA that is protected by perjury is the bit where you say you are the holder of the copyright that is allegedly being infringed, or an authorised agent. There is no protection at all against lodging takedowns against material that does not infringe - at least not in the DMCA.

about two weeks ago
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Porn Companies Are Going After GitHub

LordLucless Re:any repercussions? (165 comments)

It's because the only punishments for false takedown requests in the DMCA is for misrepresenting yourself as the owner of the alleged infringing material. There is no punishment for making a take down request against materials that do not infringe. It's one of the stupider bits of the law.

about two weeks ago
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Writers Say They Feel Censored By Surveillance

LordLucless Re:I wouldn't worry about it (130 comments)

Which is all true - and utterly irrelevant.

This is an article about writers. You demonstrate why ordinary people should fear government surveillance, but writers - that is, people who are deliberately putting pen to paper in order to publish the results - are no more affected than anyone else. They publish their material - the government doesn't need surveillance to snoop on writers (at least, as far as their writing goes), they just need basic literacy.

All this is clearly elucidated by the GP. But clearly, you didn't bother reading what he wrote before launching into full snark mode.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

LordLucless Moving the Goalposts (300 comments)

A fine example of moving the goalposts. He starts with the thesis:

we're not going to see sub-orbital airliners

He ends with the conclusion:

Supersonic bizjets for the rich might well be viable...Virgin Galactic's sub-orbital pleasure hops are unlikely to be problematic...But point-to-point sub-orbital passenger services are, I think, going to remain a pipe dream for the foreseeable future.

Congratulations. You've just proved yourself wrong. Maybe next time start out with a more reasonable premise like "We're not going to see point-to-point sub-orbital passenger services in the forseeable future", instead of whatever sounds dramatic.

Not to mention, his primary objection seems to be screeching about 9/11 security theatre. Maybe that's a good reason why they won't be seen in the US, but the rest of the world isn't afflicted by that particular form of paranoid dementia, and we still hold out vague hopes the US will snap out of it sometime soon.

about three weeks ago
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Why We're Not Going To See Sub-orbital Airliners

LordLucless Re:SF Economic Plausibility (300 comments)

Not to mention, why would a society based around the oppression of the populace, regularly and deliberately raise one of the oppressed to the status of popular hero, through a game designed to teach guerilla warfare?

about three weeks ago
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Professor: Young People Are "Lost Generation" Who Can No Longer Fix Gadgets

LordLucless Re:Dupe (840 comments)

Well, churning your own butter is easy. Just accidentally forget about the cream you were beating in your mixer. Done that before.

about three weeks ago
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Bots Scanning GitHub To Steal Amazon EC2 Keys

LordLucless Re:I guess i am old (119 comments)

No, he was surprised that what he *thought* were keys to S3 unlocked the whole kingdom. In reality, the keys he was using were root credentials, and were always intended to unlock the whole kingdom.

about three weeks ago
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School Defied Google and US Government, Let Boys Program White House Xmas Trees

LordLucless Re:Congrats to the school, and mostly to the kids (355 comments)

Christmas trees are non-Christian Christmas decorations. They were imported into Christmas from the pagan Yule festival. Christian decorations would be crosses, crucifixes or nativity scenes.

about a month ago
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Prosecutors Raid LG Offices Over Alleged Vandalism of Samsung Dishwashers

LordLucless Re:This means war! (87 comments)

Except this doesn't sound like it has anything to do with the internet, or computer technology at all. It was physical vandalism, performed on the premises, in the flesh, by LG workers.

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

LordLucless Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (351 comments)

You know that more people than J. J. Abrams have used lens flares, right? And that the lens flares in B5 that you love so much were added digitally?

about a month ago
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Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

LordLucless Re:It looks like a friggin video game. (351 comments)

If that's truly the case, then motion blur will be added digitally where it enhances the action, just as lens flares are now.

about a month ago
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Marissa Mayer's Reinvention of Yahoo! Stumbles

LordLucless Core business? (222 comments)

...merge with AOL to cut costs and focus on the unglamorous core business that it has. Is it time for Yahoo! to "grow up" and set its sights lower?

What exactly is Yahoo's "core business"? Their webdirectory is defunct, search outsourced to Bing, and email largely been eaten by its competitors. I would have thought "settings its sights lower" would have involved winding up the company.

about a month ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

LordLucless Re:Nope. That's not what happened here... (160 comments)

All Steam did is wall off a handful of regions where the local currencies are extremely volatile

The second reason is more complex and is down to differential pricing. Not every currency is of the same strength or stability.

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ONLY for accounts gifting games to one another between the rest of the world and these tiny regions

Problem is, when you do that, you create a huge reverse-import problem; why would a US or European consumer pay the going rate in their territory for a locally-bought copy

Yeah, sorry bud. He exactly described what they did and why. They want to be able to take advantage of the Russian economy to target Russian consumers, but don't want to allow consumers to benefit from the same economic fluctuations.

Maybe you should work on your literacy levels instead of spending time thinking of insulting things to say about people whose posts you apparently can't comprehend.

about a month ago

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Australia Elects Libertarian Senator (By Accident)

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about a year ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "Australia's Liberal Democratic Party, which describes itself as a classically liberal, free-market libertarian party, has had their candidate for New South Wales elected to the upper house, with roughly double the number of votes they were expecting.

In part, this has been attributed to them being placed first on the ballot paper (which is determined by a random process) and similarities in name to one of the major parties, the Liberal Party of Australia."

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Australian spy agency seek permission to hack third-party computers

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  about 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "ASIO, Australia's spy agency, is pushing for the ability to lawfully hijack peoples' computers — even if they are not under suspicion of any crime. They seek the ability to gain access to a third party's computer in order to facilitate gaining access to the real target — essentially using any person's personal computer as a proxy for their hacking attempts.

The current legislation prohibits any action by ASIO that, among other things, interferes with a person's legitimate use of their computer. Conceivably, over-turning this restriction would give ASIO the ability to build their own bot-net of compromised machines.

Perhaps inevitably, they say these changes are required to help them catch terrorists."

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NSW Police taken to court for massive software piracy

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The New South Wales police have been sued by Micro Focus for around 15 years of copyright infringement. Allegedly, they have been using Micro Focus' mainframe software throughout the entire force, while paying for only a fraction of the required licenses. More, they supplied other departments — NSW Police Integrity Commission, NSW Department of Corrective Services and the NSW Ombudsman's Office — with the software.

The other departments have already settled out of court, but the police are still stalling."

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Man charged for possessing book in London

LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 2 years ago

LordLucless (582312) writes "The Metropolitan Police have announced that they have charged a man for possession of a book.

Mohammed Shabir Ali "possessed a document of a kind likely to be useful to a person committing or preparing an act of terrorism", a crime under the Terrorism Act of 2000."

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LordLucless LordLucless writes  |  more than 7 years ago

LordLucless writes "The Sydney Morning Herald is reporting that New York City is banning the use of the word "nigger". There is no penalty for using the word, but the city hopes that the moratorium will discourage its use nonetheless. Is this a futile PC gesture, or does it present the specter of more draconian measures in the future?"

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