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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Rakarra Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (172 comments)

I do like the format for the TV series. The last two seasons have borrowed equally from books 3, 4, and 5. Everyone has actually been getting character advancement.

yesterday
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George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Rakarra Re:"GRR Martin is not your bitch" (172 comments)

I take it that you have not read the Wheel of Time... :)

I have done the rereading 6 or 7 times, and don't need to do that again for the rest of the series.

The Wheel of Time books are really easy to reread.
First, you read all of book 1 cover to cover. That one is pretty well written with a good pace.
Then for all the other books, read the first chapter, skip the next 600 pages where nothing of consequence happens, then read the last 3 chapters where all the mind-blowing developments occur.
I've yet to decide if book 2 and 3 fall into the "read all of it" or "skip most of it" camp.

yesterday
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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Rakarra Re: "Support" != actually sacrifice for (412 comments)

The people outside the special economic zone that is the bay area are the real America,

Safe the "real America" bullshit. It didn't work for Sarah Palin, it sure as hell won't work for you.

2 days ago
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Most Americans Support Government Action On Climate Change

Rakarra Re:"Support" != actually sacrifice for (412 comments)

If a vehicle is in poor repair then it shouldn't be on the road in the first place.

Well are YOU going to pay for them to get a new car? Most people with junkers on the road don't have them for style points. It's because they have just enough money so that they aren't using that car as their primary residence.

2 days ago
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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Rakarra Re:Won't be enough (173 comments)

Catherine Schell went the Seven of Nine route. Initial assumption was that she was just the eye candy, but she displayed some acting chops and character development as well.

The other major addition to Space: 1999 Season 2, "Tony," maybe not so much. He was put in there to be action boy.

2 days ago
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Safety Review Finds Yucca Mountain Nuclear Waste Site Was Technically Sound

Rakarra Re:Won't be enough (173 comments)

Hey, we don't want a stray nuclear explosion to send the moon off on a fantastical but low budget trip across the universe, requiring some really bad acting and 1970s styles to come back into fashion!

1970s music was awesome. Its color palette, not so much.

Martin Landau's acting in the series was excellent, Barbara Bain's was competent. Barry Morse was quite good in his season as well.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Rakarra Re:What's more irritating? (251 comments)

Yes, the idea is that this time has come.

The idea behind IoT is that it's a desirable goal to have in the first place. I don't think it is -- it's just another vector for attacks, just another target for malware, and another way for things to draw steadily more power over time.

2 days ago
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Why Screen Lockers On X11 Cannot Be Secure

Rakarra Re:So to cicumvent the screen locker... (374 comments)

As an aside, I think that allowing compressed files to be expanded with the execute bit set is also a security hazard...just one that's probably worth the cost

I'm generally fine with that, but I am very much against putting '.' in the PATH, as I've seen others do.

2 days ago
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One In Five Developers Now Works On IoT Projects

Rakarra Re:What's more irritating? (251 comments)

The thing is real hackers have been doing this shit for years.

True, but this is the point where it gets "momentum" in society. A tipping point, like going from an Internet where most people are technologists or students, to an Internet that contains everyone, including your grandmother.

Or at least, that's the presumption. IoT is overall a terrible idea, adding almost no real value while opening up every day objects to hacking.

2 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Rakarra Re:And all this without Jobs (525 comments)

You're not going to see an immediate drop in quality, especially with products that were designed when Jobs was still at Apple. That's a long pipeline, and any 2015 product has been in development for years. What you may eventually see is no revolutionary new product announcements. We haven't seen anything new that's taken the world by storm like the ipod, iphone, MacOSX, etc for some time.

I'll mention one thing I quickly noticed: I don't think Jobs would have approved the current crop of TV ads. Those things are just horrible.

3 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Rakarra Re:Tax (525 comments)

And of course, every purchase made at an Apple Store has the regular state sales tax deducted from the purchase, as normal.

3 days ago
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Apple Posts $18B Quarterly Profit, the Highest By Any Company, Ever

Rakarra Re:Tax (525 comments)

I'd say the Shakers come pretty close.

Is that where the phrase "shakedown" comes from, when someone extorts a higher-than-normal fee?

3 days ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

Rakarra Re:The Prophet Muhammad? Who's that? (227 comments)

Oh, you mean Islam's Prophet Muhammad?

Most people don't recognize him as a prophet at all.

It's a title. I call Elizabeth II "Queen Elizabeth" even if she's not my queen. Same with Prime Minister David Cameron.

3 days ago
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Facebook Censoring Images of the Prophet Muhammad In Turkey

Rakarra Re:Simple (227 comments)

We don't get mad when TCP/IP is used in an authoritarian country. At some point Facebook is like any other infrastructure on the internet--it's a conduit

We don't get mad at neutral protocols any more than we get mad at a hammer. We do get mad at people who attack others with hammers, much as we get mad at Facebook for facilitating censorship.

3 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Rakarra Re: Nope (332 comments)

I used to receive ATSC digital HD broadcasts with a smallish antenna that I placed on my desk that was by my front window. Total space footprint was less than a cubic foot. But yes, I'm just speaking of the local affiliates (equivalent to starter cable). At least back then, maybe only Discovery Channel did any over the air broadcasts.

I won't say it didn't get drop-outs, but if I had line of sight to the broadcast tower it would probably have been much better.

4 days ago
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EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Rakarra Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (282 comments)

Will the EFF be the ones who apologize to the families of those killed by attacks that could have been stopped?

Of course they won't. And they shouldn't. Because they know, and I know, that stripping an entire nation of its freedoms is not worth saving a few theoretical citizens from outside attacks.

4 days ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Rakarra Re:I didn't even need HD ... (332 comments)

... I've often thought "I wish the content/story were better", but never "I need to see more pores".

Yeah, the people making the TVs can't doing anything about that either.
What they can do is make the things you're watching look better.

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Rakarra Re:Nope (332 comments)

Blu-ray is already a physical-media format that we don't need. The CD isn't obsolete simply because a higher-capacity disc came along to replace it; it's obsolete because there's a better way to music files: the internet. The DVD is on the way out for the same reason

Man, you really paint a dystopian vision of the future. :-(

about a week ago
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UHD Spec Stomps on Current Blu-ray Spec, But Will Consumers Notice?

Rakarra Re: Nope (332 comments)

Is that because cable providers charge more per year for high-definition service?

This. Although HD antennas for over-the-air free digital broadcasts are pretty cheap.

about a week ago

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