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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re:It's a production type not a genre over there (476 comments)

Nice attempt at a troll but I'm not biting, despite the "obviously didn't get past the first one" crack. Get back under your bridge.
It's irrelevant anyway since the point was about young adult fiction and the later Dune books (5+) are aimed at a young audience who do not expect literature.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re: JMS didn't get to run it like a movie director (476 comments)

Thompson's character got killed off not too long after that came out.

Yes, executive interference. JMS had plans and had set up a story hook in "Deathwalker" for her to be in a later plot involving personality alteration. HR killed those plans because, 1950s style, they didn't like the workplace romance between her and Jerry Doyle even though their wedding should have been enough to avoid offending prudes.
However see "Crusade" for truly epic levels of executive interference.
It's really a wonder anything got made at all.

4 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

dbIII Re:I don't get why but some people hate VMs (133 comments)

It's always been full screen for me and pissed people off. I'll have to look at it again and see if I can get it running that way. Of course that still doesn't help with the stuff that still needs 16bit (AutoCAD), but I can see a use with a whole lot of label printing abandonware etc.

4 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Shame (80 comments)

I was referring to this:

or perhaps the secrecy of such observation allowed the US hawks to spin and get the level of overkill the US eventually achieved

So yes, that's one accurate example. I didn't put a Kennedy's name on it so that I could delay the descent into cheerleading for one team or the other or a backlash for daring to say something bad about their "Saint".
Some people will not allow a bad word to be said about Saint Kennedy or Saint Reagan, so I find in this place it's better to write about the actions instead of what team they played for or if they are one of those two mythical figures that can do no wrong. That's especially after a tedious thread spanning weeks with an idiot that insisted the the Cuban missile crisis was a spectacular victory for the USA and having to give up the missiles in Turkey and Italy was "belly button lint". I'd dared to question his Saint.

4 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Shame (80 comments)

Yet it didn't seem to fool the Brits at all, or the Americans in the military, or even the general public who were laughing at the "send the missile trucks around the block so it looks like more of them" tactics. They were no so "very, very good" at hiding large amounts of infrastructure as you seem to imagine. Also it's counterintuitive - if they were so good at hiding things then how can someone see so many extra things than actually existed? It's a moot point since the entire missile gap platform sprang directly from political rhetoric without reference to reality.
Disclosure of previously secret intelligence information has shown that reliable information was available and known to be reliable. The missile gap was pure propaganda and the military knew it.

4 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re:Something is wrong with the respondents! (476 comments)

So you saw at least three of those episodes if you watched them all.

They must have come after the Janeway-Paris amphibian sex episode that rubbed in how outside of DS9 there is zero consistent continuity in Trek, at which point I gave up. The firing was reported a bit in the press as was her getting paid significantly less than other cast members. I recall a few trekkies getting very pissed off about it, however how much was Hollywood rumour and how much is real I do not know. The firing may not have been the result of asking for a raise, we'll probably never know it that rumour is true unless she decides she can live without convention gigs.

5 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Shame (80 comments)

Consider the above posters posting record. I think in his view both transgressed against their leaders so seen as equivalent - King before Country.
So with that viewpoint Benedict Arnold is the patriot and Washington the traitor. Funny how someone can grow up like that in the USA isn't it, but there you go, it takes all kinds.

5 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Is someone looking for a job? (80 comments)

You clearly missed the: "But because SpaceX isn't Lockheed Martin or Boeing they can't get the same privilege."

5 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Shame (80 comments)

Only a public lack due to secrecy. US intelligence was actually run with some competence in the 1950s before the plum posts were used as rewards for cronies.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re:Something is wrong with the respondents! (476 comments)

Nice retcon to provide a story reason, but sadly the reality was when she had a lot of screen time but was still stuck on her initial pay, while the rest of the cast were not, and questioning that was enough to get her fired.
I never made it to "Boobs of Nine" and really can't see how it fit with the concept of the Borg at all - sounded like yet another wrecking ball taken to continuity.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re: JMS didn't get to run it like a movie director (476 comments)

Do tell then. I didn't even mention O'Hare's anecdotes about all the hairstyle meetings. There were some serious control freaks on board who outranked JMS, to the extent of firing Christian and Thompson when he had major story events planned for both their characters.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

dbIII I don't get why but some people hate VMs (133 comments)

Sadly there's still a pile of stuff that won't run on Win7 or later, while the newest MS Office runs on XP, so more reasons against than for in some cases.
Also for some odd reason many users seem to hate mucking about with a VM - their nice seamless desktop paradigm gets broken by it or something, so some refuse to use it if there is an alternative. I've had to run an old version of AutoCAD (with the old interface the user likes) on WINE on a linux box and export it via X to the users Win7 box to make them happy - icon launch or nothing for that person and forget about a VM. The user already had X for some scientific software so it was doable.

If there was a way to launch the MS Windows application from an icon without presenting the user with an extra desktop that would make a difference. Trivial in X circa 1990 or later but for all the bleatings about revisions to remote desktop I just cannot see a way to get a remote or VM app exported from an MS system to act like a local application.

5 days ago
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DirectX 12 Lies Dormant Within Microsoft's Recent Windows 10 Update

dbIII Re:DirectX is obsolete (133 comments)

If it's so slow, why was it on the original Nintendo DS? Hardware has got a bit more capable since then.

5 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Is someone looking for a job? (80 comments)

Despite the first Delta IV Heavy launch failure the DoD still chanced it

Looks like space has become a commodity in the eyes of some people. I suggest you take a look at the history of spaceflight to get some understanding of why you don't give up entirely at the first glitch. Giving up too early results in a lack of progress.
Also are you sure SpaceX needs a perfect flight every time to stay in the game?

5 days ago
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SpaceX, US Air Force Settle Spy Sat Dispute

dbIII Re:Shame (80 comments)

or perhaps the secrecy of such observation allowed the US hawks to spin

See the "missile gap" for the most ridiculous amount of "spin". Whoever did not take the lie as real was seen as being too soft, and there was no venue for the truth even if someone in intelligence had done a Snowden.

5 days ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII JMS didn't get to run it like a movie director (476 comments)

Also Claudia Christian wanted to know if she had a job for season 5 and was sacked for asking, Andrea Thompson was sacked for getting into a relationship with Jerry Doyle etc - HR really fucked with that show instead of letting the director direct.
The fifth season was apparently going to have Claudia Christian's character running the station but since she's been got rid of Tracey Scroggins was brought in to play a similar role, which despite a good effort didn't quite work as well IMHO.
See also the spinoff series for even more ridiculous amounts of executive interference.
Maybe the secret is to shoot in Canada or Australia so the executives don't have a clue what you are doing and so don't interfere as much.

about a week ago
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Best 1990s Sci-fi show?

dbIII Re:X-Files vs. Bab-5 - ouch! (476 comments)

I thought porn was for people who couldn't handle twin peaks. Oh, you mean the TV series! Carry on.
I started to rewatch a bit of X-Files but it hasn't aged well, and it drags out almost like LOST.

about a week ago

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