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Peter Jackson Announces Third Hobbit Movie

bhsurfer Re:Plenty of authentic material left.. (303 comments)

Given the right treatment I think the Fall of Gondolin would be a great movie. Bring on the Balrogs! Actually there's plenty of stuff in the Silmarillion that could be made into film. I'd like to see Ungoliant killing trees in the theater.

more than 2 years ago
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Ask Slashdot: Best Practices For Leaving an IT Admin Position?

bhsurfer Re:Just Leave (290 comments)

If you're not replaceable then you're not promotable. I *want* people to be able to do what I do so that I have the option of doing something else.

more than 2 years ago
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Dennis Ritchie, Creator of C Programming Language, Passed Away

bhsurfer Re:dmr (725 comments)

I was thinking about that book myself - I don't know that I've ever read a better programming book. Not only could the guy invent a language but he could write well enough to explain it in as easy a manner as possible given the subject matter. That's a talented guy right there.

more than 3 years ago
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Do Developers Really Need a Second Monitor?

bhsurfer Re:I think it's kinda silly (1002 comments)

You just nailed exactly what I was thinking. Someone too cheap to pony up 150 bucks for my mental comfort doesn't deserve my attention to begin with. Something stupid like that just shows you how much they value (or don't value) your time.

more than 3 years ago
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Filming For The Hobbit Begins In July

bhsurfer Re:ugh, sequel (298 comments)

I think the siege of Gondolin out of the Silmarillion would make a hell of a movie, as would the part where Morgoth & Ungoliant destroy the trees. Man, I need a life. I also agree that, given the right writing, the sequel they're planning could be decent.

more than 4 years ago
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Blind Soldier Uses Tongue To "See"

bhsurfer Re:Cobra Commander (107 comments)

Speaking of bad movies, imagine this guy doing De Niro's Taxi Driver thing... "You lickin' at me? Are you licking at ME?"

more than 4 years ago
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The Computer That Can Read Your Mind

bhsurfer Re:Mind reading (145 comments)

Ever have one of those mornings where your GF is pissed at you for something you did in HER dream? Man, I hate that...

more than 4 years ago
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Researchers Say Women Secretly Desire Hairy Geeks

bhsurfer Re:I guess this means ... (130 comments)

watching stallman playing pitt's part in "burn after reading" would be totally worth the price of admittance.

more than 4 years ago
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Toyota Pedal Issue Highlights Move To Electronics

bhsurfer Re:missing option Manual Transmission (913 comments)

I have a toyota tacoma (pre-recall) that has a 6 speed manual transmission and I love it. It's amazing to me, however, the number of people who simply don't know how to operate a manual vehicle. I insisted that my daughter learn to drive in one, and my son will be learning how in this particular one this summer. Seems to me there's no harm in knowing how to operate common machinery even if later on you decide you don't want to use it and choose an automatic instead. Some folks might think it's old fashioned or whatever, but I wouldn't be too amazed to find that those are largely the people who don't know how to use one.

more than 4 years ago
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Grateful Dead Percussionist Makes Music From Supernovas

bhsurfer Re:Cool! (57 comments)

I'm sure the guys in the grateful dead would be really upset by "distortion of reality"...

more than 4 years ago
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Google Attackers Identified as Chinese Government

bhsurfer Re:No, Seriously... (651 comments)

Nah, as a matter of policy we (the US) don't seem to follow the Geneva convention anymore. The use of either Pelosi or Clinton could, however, be construed as "cruel" even if it's not "unusual."

more than 4 years ago
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NASA's Cashflow Problem Puts Moon Trip In Doubt

bhsurfer Re:Sure they do! (357 comments)

You know, that same problem put MY moon trip in doubt.

more than 5 years ago
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Guitar, Studio Wizard Les Paul Dies At 94

bhsurfer Re:Played by? (227 comments)

Jimmy Page had (probably still has) that old Danelectro guitar that he kept in a different (open) tuning for stuff like Kashmir, In My Time Of Dying, White Summer/Black Mountain Side, etc. I always get a kick out of the thought of him rocking out in front of tens of thousands of people on a 30 year old $50 guitar. Jerry Garcia's first electric guitar was a Danelectro too.

Page is still the first person I think of as well when I think of a Les Paul guitar.

more than 5 years ago
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Are Women Getting More Beautiful?

bhsurfer Re:As a male... (834 comments)

This thought makes me want to join the army and start another world war. wow. You just completely derailed my day...thanks.

more than 5 years ago
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A Practical Guide to Ubuntu Linux 2nd ed.

bhsurfer Re:1244 pages (85 comments)

i have, like & recommend the toolbox book as well. it's a decent one that will last over multiple releases.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

bhsurfer Re:My experience shows a short path (727 comments)

That's true. I could try to make the argument that anything you can do there you could do another way but we're all creatures of habit so it would be pretty pointless - one size doesn't really fit all. Since I ignore all the extras I can (and do) easily live without iTunes, but people who are used to using it might balk. Thats ok, we don't have to do things the same way, but I don't think that it's impossible to do things without that particular program - rather more a question of how much time someone wants to put into learning new ways to do things. Since the usual answer to that is "none" I'd say linux doesn't work for those people.

more than 5 years ago
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Ubuntu 9.04 For the Windows Power User

bhsurfer Re:My experience shows a short path (727 comments)

I've been using PPTP as my Ubuntu VPN client since 7.10 through the new releases with no problems. I'm guessing parent poster didn't look too hard for it - it comes up first when googling "linux vpn client." I've also successfully synched both an iPod & a Creative Zen Vision M mp3 player - it took about 5 minutes of "hardcore research" to pick a client. I'd say file this one under "can't be bothered to even pretend to look for a solution" and let him go on his merry linux-bashing way.

more than 5 years ago
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Space Station Crew Drinks Recycled Urine

bhsurfer Re:Nonsense. (349 comments)

I do not avoid the company of astronauts, but I do deny them my essence.

more than 5 years ago

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