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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Crude? (95 comments)

We're talking about the Constellation, not the Enterprise.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:hang on a minute... (95 comments)

It's commemorating the 40th anniversary of the present Air and Space Museum main exhibition hall, which opened on July 4, 1976.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Paint job, or just looked different on TV? (95 comments)

Of course it doesn't look like it appeared on TV, but when he did the restoration, Ed left the top portion of the saucer as it was originally done, minus touch-ups to hide where repairs had been made. Comparing the top and bottom of the saucer, it's obvious that while the original paint scheme did have very faint grid lines and weathering, it wasn't airbrushed to the extent of being overbearing like he did to the lower saucer and most of the rest of the model. He also added details to the model that were not present originally.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Crude? (95 comments)

There is some debate as to whether the model was actually one of those Revell models we used to get as kids at the local Gemco

It was a hacked-up AMT model, just like you'd get at the local hobby store. More than you'd ever want to know about the AMT kit can be found here.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (95 comments)

Beats me. Samzenpus altered the original title, which was "Original 11' Enterprise Model Being Restored, Yet Again"

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Crude? (95 comments)

And then on top of that, you have to admire the trust the actors had in their work. It's got to be hard to put on a convincing performance when holding one of those silly things, accepting on faith alone that it's going to look pretty damned good when it's in the can.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Crude? (95 comments)

Bingo. I bet the one-off single-show models were done as well as required- and no more.

The ones I was referring to specifically were props like phasers, tricorders, etc. that were used throughout the production run, but as you say, no studio wants to spend more money than absolutely necessary. If the prop guys can hack out 10 phasers in a day that will look acceptably on screen, instead of spending a day on each one making them museum-quality, it's not hard to figure out which route the studio will choose.

This is part of why I was so impressed with the Star Wars miniatures. There's detail there that's too fine to show up on even on 4K, and I really respect the obvious pride and effort that went into them.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Crude? (95 comments)

Models built for TV in years past often weren't built with much detail, simply because it wouldn't show up on screen anyway. That said, the TOS Enterprise did have a lot more detail than one would expect for a TV show (there are markings and such that are too tiny to see on TV), but it pales when compared to the Enterprise built for "The Motion Picture" which has much, much finer detail. A couple of years ago I had the opportunity to see a lot of the Star Wars filming miniatures - the Millenium Falcon hero model built for "The Empire Strikes Back" was just jaw-droppingly gorgeous, and holds up to inspection from just inches away. Compare that to some of the ST:TNG props that I've seen that look fine on screen, but when examined closely look like someone gave a 5-year old a couple of shots of vodka and turned them loose with a paintbrush.

yesterday
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Restoration (95 comments)

Not to mention you'll have the TSA rifling through your wallet's contents in the pattern buffer.

2 days ago
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Original 11' Star Trek Enterprise Model Being Restored Again

NormalVisual Re:Saw it at the Smithsonian a few years ago (95 comments)

I saw it there around 1980, probably before the first restoration.

The restorations took place in 1974, 1980, and 1991. I agree that the pre-1991 treatment the model got wasn't that good. As I remember they just hung it from the ceiling and mostly ignored it afterwards. The model had some major structural issues when Ed got hold of it, mostly because the model was designed to be mounted on a stand and couldn't deal well with the stresses from being suspended from above.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

NormalVisual Re:I think voice recognition would be better. (561 comments)

You know what else would be an extremely useful tool for home-defense? ED 209.

Yeah, but you'd have to get one for each floor. I hear they don't deal well with stairs.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

NormalVisual Re:If You are Too Incompetent (561 comments)

Take the money you were going to spend on this smart gun and take a basic gun safety class.

If it's priced like the existing smart guns (Armatix, etc.), you'll likely be able to buy a week at Gunsite or similar training program, where you'll also learn important stuff like identifying/using cover, off-hand shooting, clearing malfunctions, retention, and tons of other skills that will be far more useful than an electronic lock.

2 days ago
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High School Student Builds Gun That Unlocks With Your Fingerprint

NormalVisual Re:But what about... (561 comments)

A jammed gun is about as useful as an electronicallty controlled gun that has its electronics fried.

Most people with any experience can clear a jam in less than a second. Tap, rack, bang.

2 days ago
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Researcher Fired At NSF After Government Questions Her Role As 1980s Activist

NormalVisual Re:Wrong Title (496 comments)

Where does it say that its purpose is to allow the people to violently overthrow a corrupt government?

It's mentioned several times in the Federalist Papers. From Federalist #28: "If the representatives of the people betray their constituents, there is then no resource left but in the exertion of that original right of self-defense which is paramount to all positive forms of government, and which against the usurpations of the national rulers, may be exerted with infinitely better prospect of success than against those of the rulers of an individual state. In a single state, if the persons intrusted with supreme power become usurpers, the different parcels, subdivisions, or districts of which it consists, having no distinct government in each, can take no regular measures for defense. The citizens must rush tumultuously to arms, without concert, without system, without resource; except in their courage and despair. The usurpers, clothed with the forms of legal authority, can too often crush the opposition in embryo."

4 days ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

NormalVisual Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

This made me think of Steve Martin in "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels":

Passenger: "Miss, may I go to the bathroom now?"
Flight Attendant: "Of course, sir."
Passenger: [pause, then contented facial expression] "Thank you."

(yeah, yeah, I know that's not how catheters work...)

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

NormalVisual Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

A lot of airlines are now charging extra for bulkhead and exit row seating. This started with Northwest back in 2005 AFAIK.

about a week ago
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3 Recent Flights Make Unscheduled Landings, After Disputes Over Knee Room

NormalVisual Re:Anthropometrics (811 comments)

And then on top of that, if it's a codeshare flight, you're at the mercy of the actual carrier for any equipment changes, not the airline that sold you passage. In that situation, who knows what aircraft configuration you'll find yourself with.

about a week ago
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Stallman Does Slides -- and Brevity -- For TEDx

NormalVisual Re:Shortest version (326 comments)

Both sides of the aisle possess those attributes.

about a week ago
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Silicon Valley Fights Order To Pay Bigger Settlement In Tech Talent Hiring Case

NormalVisual Re:Punitive Damages? (200 comments)

I doubt that the lawyers company will be looked upon favorably by the tech giants anymore either

I wouldn't be so sure. If they're like most employment lawyers that I'm familiar with, they work both sides of the table, so odds are they've helped other companies screw over their people in the past.

about two weeks ago
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IT Job Hiring Slumps

NormalVisual Re:GIst of the problem is ... (249 comments)

Businesses making more money don't lead to more hiring. It leads to higher profit for the business. Nothing else.

It does when they need those people to make more money. If I own a store, and am making good money, I might want to expand and open new stores so I can make even more money. Those stores won't run themselves.

about two weeks ago

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Original 11' Enterprise Studio Model Being Restored, Yet Again

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  2 days ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The original 11-foot U.S.S. Enterprise studio model from the original series has gone back into the shop again. The Smithsonian owns the model and has had it on display in a gift shop at the National Air and Space Museum for the last 13 years, but will be placed on display in the Boeing Milestones of Flight Hall in 2016, to coincide with the museum's 40th anniversary. In the meantime, the model will be undergoing its fourth restoration to address a number of issues. The last restoration in 1991 was performed by Ed Miarecki, a professional modelmaker well known for his work in "Star Trek: The Next Generation", as well as films such as "Event Horizon". This previous restoration had Trek fans up in arms owing to the paint job, which many feel doesn't represent the way the model looked originally. Hopefully this next restoration will bring her back to her former glory."
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Supreme Court Refuses to Hear Newegg Patent Case

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 8 months ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes ""It's a really tough time to be a patent owner", said Soverain Software, LLC president Katharine Wolanyk, after the Supreme Court refused to hear their appeal after the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit invalidated three of Soverain's shopping cart patents. Soverain had sued Newegg for allegedly infringing the patents in question, and had won in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Newegg later had the decision overturned on appeal, with the court ruling that the patents in question were obvious, and thus invalid."
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Jack Daniels Shows How to Write a Cease and Desist Letter

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "When the Jack Daniels distillery recently became aware of a book whose cover they felt substantially infringed their trademark, they didn't go into instant "Terminator mode" — instead, they wrote a very thoughtful, civil letter to the infringing party, and even offered to help defray the costs of coming into compliance. I believe plenty of other companies (and many in the tech world) could use this as an example of how *not* to alienate people and come off looking like a bunch of greedy jerks."
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Whose Cameras Are Watching New York Roads?

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 2 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "License-plate reading cameras are popping up on utility poles all over St. Lawrence County in upstate New York, but no one is willing to say who they belong to . One camera was found by a utility crew, removed from the pole, and given to the local police. "Massena Police Chief Timmy Currier said he returned it to the owner, but wouldn’t say how he knew who the owner was, nor would he say who he gave it to....(Andrew) McMahon, the superintendent at Massena Electric Department, said one of his crews found a box on one of their poles and took it down because “it was in the electric space,” the top tier of wires on the pole above the telephone and cable TV wires, and whoever put it there had taken a chance with electrocution. He said they had never received a request or been informed about its placement.""
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Australian Restaurant To Use iPads As Menus

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 4 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The Pearl restaurant in Melbourne will soon begin using Apple iPads running custom software to describe the available culinary options to its customers. Chris Lucas, the proprietor, has spent $40,000 in development costs on top of the costs of the devices themselves in order to research the food offerings in as much detail as they choose.

No word regarding the expected longevity of the iMenus, but it's doubtful they'll deal with spills and accidental drops nearly as well as paper menus."

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Sony Offices Raided In Copyright Dispute

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "A copyright dispute between Latin recording artist Alejandro Fernández and Sony Music has resulted in more than 6,000 CDs being seized from Sony's Mexico City office by the Mexican police, along with master tapes and cover art. Fernández's contract with Sony was for seven albums, and the label had compiled and was attempting to market and sell an eighth album, created from previously unreleased tracks. The seizure comes two weeks after Sony ignored a cease and desist letter from Fernández's attornies. Sony of course maintains it has done nothing wrong."
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Seagate 1TB Drives Failing at Alarming Rate

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 5 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Owners of Seagate 1TB drives have been experiencing serious issues of late — many recent 7200.11 Barracuda SATA drives have a problem with the version SD15 firmware that often results in the drive failing on power-up after working perfectly fine for a time. While the data on the drive appears to be safe, the drive is completely bricked, resulting in the inability to flash it to any further firmware revisions without a bit of hardware hacking. The problem is making for an interesting discussion on Seagate's community forums, particularly since Seagate still refuses to acknowledge the issue and is tightly censoring the "official" discussion on the forums, so many 7200.11 owners are having to discuss the issue outside of Seagate's control. Tom's Hardware has also picked up the increasingly-vocal story. So, if you've got one of the big Barracudas, it's probably a good idea to to stay on top of those backups."
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"Cloverfield" Trailer Available on Apple.c

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 6 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "After much waiting and speculation, the hi-def trailer for J.J. Abrams' new monster movie "Cloverfield" has finally been made available on Apple's web site. Still no really clear shots of the monster(s), but we really didn't expect that, did we? Let the hours of vapid and pointless speculation begin!"
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MythTV Listings To Cost $15 for 3 Months

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "Schedules Direct, the folks that have been working towards providing listing data for MythTV users in the shadow of the impending shutdown of existing listing services by Zap2It, has finally announced pricing for their soon-to-be-available service. They will be initially charging $15 for a 3-month subscription, but anticipate substantial price decreases as they get more people on board. I for one am quite happy to hear this news."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "The mailing lists were buzzing recently when Michael Buesch, one of the maintainers for the GPL'd bc43xx Broadcom wireless chip driver project, called the OpenBSD folks to task for apparently including code without permission from his project in the OpenBSD bcw project, which aims to provide functionality with Broadcom wireless chips under that OS. It seems that the problem has been resolved for now with the BSD driver author totally giving up on the project and Theo De Raadt taking the position that Buesch's posts on the subject were "inhuman"."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "U.S. District Judge Deborah A. Batts ruled today that recording XM Satellite Radio broadcasts using the built-in recording functionality of some XM receivers is not equivalent to taping music off the radio with an analog cassette deck, as detailed in this article. The judge's reasoning was that the built-in recorders in XM units essentially make XM a broadcaster and distributor, whereas XM is only paying to be a broadcaster."
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NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  more than 7 years ago

NormalVisual (565491) writes "It appears that the unconstitutional and controversial warrantless surveillance program being conducted by the Bush Administration can continue until an appeals court can hear the case, according to this AP article. The 6th Circuit ruled that while the lower court had ruled the program was unconstitutional, they felt that the case's chances before the appeals court and the possible danger to national security warranted their decision to let it continue despite the likelihood that the appeal process will take months.

Good to know that the whole "separation of powers" thing works so well for keeping the government in check, eh?"

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