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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

NormalVisual Re:Good news (420 comments)

Even when he was out of the loop on TNG, Roddenberry still managed to screw with early Ron Moore screenplays like The Bonding, loudly insisting that "children in the 24th century wouldn't morn their parent's death."

Apparently he forgot about the TOS episode "And the Children Shall Lead" when he said that. It was one of Freiberger's episodes, so I guess he could argue that he wasn't too involved.

about a week ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

NormalVisual Re:Good news (420 comments)

I remember reading about it in Starlog magazine a year or two after the first movie came out (although it was told as Vader falling into a volcano after fighting Obi-Wan), and the story of the Emperor being a senator that maneuvered himself into unlimited power was in the prologue to the original movie's novelization back in 1977.

about a week ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

NormalVisual Re:Good news (420 comments)

I actually didn't have much of a problem with the cast of the sequels, with the notable exceptions of Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christensen, Natalie Portman, and Ahmed Best. In fairness to them though, it would have been hard for anyone to pull off the insipid dialog they were often given - in particular the love scenes with Anakin and Padme were just painful to watch, as was any scene with Jar Jar. I did think that Ewan McGregor and Ian McDiarmid were outstanding in all three, though.

about a week ago
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Regular Exercise Not Enough To Make Up For Sitting All Day

NormalVisual Re:Ten years behind but catching up! (348 comments)

Triple cheese burgers didn't start showing up at places like Wendy's until around 15 years ago as well.

Wendy's was selling triples back in 1985 when I was going to college, but the menu across the country sometimes varied (and still does).

about two weeks ago
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FBI Seeks To Legally Hack You If You're Connected To TOR Or a VPN

NormalVisual Re:Locked Homes are Next? (382 comments)

At this rate, it won't be long before a Faraday cage becomes an option for your new home.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

NormalVisual Re:a better question (592 comments)

Of course, your real point seems to be that the plural of anecdote is not data, which is true.

Exactly. Incidentally, most of my machines have Thermaltake supplies - I'm not one to skimp on parts either. I'm still not getting where Apple thought $400 was an appropriate price for a 350 watt supply though.

about two weeks ago
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Why Run Linux On Macs?

NormalVisual Re:a better question (592 comments)

Almost all of my co-workers with PC's have suffered fan failures, power supply failures, etc etc and gone through at least one replacement cycle in that time.

On the flip side, I've had:

2000 Mac Pro - drive failure, power supply failure (and Apple wanted $400 for the replacement supply)
2001 iMac - CD-ROM failure
2004 iBook - 2x power supply failures
2008 MacBook - power supply failure, and a PMU firmware issue that Apple denied yet quietly fixed a few weeks later

In contrast, over the last 20 years I've owned seven PCs, five of which I built myself. One drive failure, one power supply failure, and no other issues to speak of.

about two weeks ago
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SpaceX Landing Attempt Video Released

NormalVisual Re:Try Again Next Time (248 comments)

Their "investigation" (and I use the term loosely) is already complete, they identified what went wrong, and fixed it, all in a matter of days?

I'm guessing they knew what went wrong shortly before the landing when they saw the telemetry indicating they were out of fluid.

that allowed a major mistake to make it into the design and not be detected during testing

This *was* detected during testing.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

NormalVisual Re:Waiting for Republicans to come in and defend t (316 comments)

I'm not an Obama fan, and I'm certainly not a Holder fan. However, if Holder's actions result in eliminating most of the bogus seizures that have been going on, I'll be more than happy to give him due credit for it.

about two weeks ago
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Eric Holder Severely Limits Civil Forfeiture

NormalVisual Re:Now all we need to do (316 comments)

It can be difficult to get the cops to follow the law.

It can often be difficult to get the cops to even know the law.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Anti-Piracy Firm Caught Infringing Copyright

NormalVisual Re:Didn they already get cought (61 comments)

Just washed your hands and can't do a thing with 'em, eh? :-)

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

NormalVisual Re:Open carry is bullshit ... (573 comments)

Now the mall has the 30.06 "no gun of any kind, including licensed concealed carry" posted at all the entries.

I always thought the Texas statute number was quite ironic.

about three weeks ago
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Gun Rights Hacktivists To Fab 3D-Printed Guns At State Capitol

NormalVisual Re:Huh? (573 comments)

Concealed carry also means lower powered, lower caliber and lower capacity weapons.

Not in the least. I often carry a Glock 30 (.45 caliber, 10 round standard magazine) and one or two additional magazines, or a Glock 26 (smaller 9mm with the same capacity, but it kicks more sharply so I don't carry it as often as the 30). The only time it's ever come up was after I'd gotten rear-ended and politely notified the cop that I was armed, to which he expressed quite a bit of surprise since he hadn't had a clue. With the right holster and belt, anything within reason (i.e. not a S&W .500 or Desert Eagle) isn't terribly difficult to keep concealed.

about three weeks ago
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The Downside of Connected Healthcare: Cyberchondria

NormalVisual Re:What other choice is there? (79 comments)

Physicians don't do diagnoses like they used to. They look at you, consider your condition for all of 5 seconds, and prescribe whatever will get you out of their hair.

Until I moved a couple of years ago, I had a doctor that was the exact opposite. It wasn't unusual for him to spend half an hour going over things with me, and he also practiced what he preached - the guy was in his 60s, but didn't smoke and was ridiculously fit. He was also almost always behind on his appointment schedule, but I cut him a lot of slack because he actually did spend time with his patients and was truly interested in their health.

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

NormalVisual Re:huh? (300 comments)

They were quite loud, especially on takeoff. I had the good fortune to live in Bangor, ME in the late 70's, and occasionally they would stop there to refuel, or if weather in Boston or New York was bad.

about three weeks ago
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Hunting For a Tech Job In 2015

NormalVisual Re:Getter by better if you have skills... (174 comments)

It couldn't be that those pompous assholes are not trying to be pompous at all, and are actually just human beings attempting to demonstrate relevant value and what they can bring to your organization could it?

It could be, but part of what experience brings is knowing how to deal with people in this environment. I don't know you, and can't say anything regarding what you know or don't know, but it's easy to try too hard and to come across as being a prima donna even if that wasn't the intent. Interviews aren't just about technical skills - they're also about evaluating how well the candidate will integrate with the team and the company in general. Perceived arrogance turns a lot of people off, recruiters included.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

NormalVisual Re:One fiber to rule them... (221 comments)

If the ISP is throttling certain services to speeds lower than what the customer is paying for, that is fraud and should already be covered by existing consumer protection laws.

It should be, but it's a damned hard thing to prove without comprehensive traffic analysis and the ISPs know this. Your ISP is going to point the finger at Netflix for the slow speeds (because their own VoD services work just fine, thank you), and to their service commitment that says "best effort", and the combination of those two claims is going to get you effectively shot down in court if you don't have anything else concrete. Most people aren't going to spend the time and money pursuing such a claim for a $50/month account.

about a month ago
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Google Fiber's Latest FCC Filing: Comcast's Nightmare Come To Life

NormalVisual Re: One fiber to rule them... (221 comments)

And you bet your ass the city won't lift a finger to fix anything unless they are generating revenue from it

Cities have something that private companies don't - a degree of accountability to the voters. Around here, if city-maintained infrastructure (water, sewer, etc.) went down and wasn't fixed within a very short time, the mayor, city manager, and city council would start hearing about it, and they're well aware that a substantial portion of the folks here do vote in local elections. If that's not the case where you live, you have larger problems than the city taking too long to fix stuff.

What GP has not mentioned is that someone has to own and maintain this "public" line and if it's the city, you bet your ass they are going to charge you for it one way or another.

I'm not sure I see a problem with that, so long as all ISPs are charged pole rent on an equal basis.

about a month ago

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Original 11' Enterprise Studio Model Being Restored, Yet Again

NormalVisual NormalVisual writes  |  about 5 months 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  |  1 year,16 days

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  |  more than 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  |  about 6 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 7 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  |  about 8 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 8 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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