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The discovery of intelligent alien life would be met predominantly with...

garyisabusyguy Re:...on intelligence and technological advancemen (138 comments)

Followed by a permanent appearance of Michael Crichton on Faux news lying about how this is just like Andromeda Strain or some other hack novel he put together

12 hours ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

garyisabusyguy Re:Yay!! (420 comments)

American Dad already established the Kim is an alien back story

5 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

garyisabusyguy Re:Good news (420 comments)

this^

Nostalgia for the things we found fascinating when we were teens sets a bar that can rarely be exceeded

Just wait twenty years for all the complaining about how the 10th Transformer's movie will never live up to the first one, what with all of the stunning dialog and pacing of the first one

Foggy memories and the halo of nostalgia have a way of turning crap into gold

5 days ago
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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

garyisabusyguy Re:He's baaaaaack! (420 comments)

It would be hilarious to bring back jar jar, but make him more serious than Mace Windu at a funeral

Something about all of jarjar's stumbling luck was an expression of natural force abilities and the sith decided to turn the entire race into their new warriors

5 days ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

garyisabusyguy Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Sure... don't believe me. How about Lee Atwater, the architect of the 'Southern Strategy' and adviser to Nixon and Reagan:

You start out in 1954 by saying, "Nigger, nigger, nigger." By 1968, you can't say "nigger" — that hurts you. Backfires. So you say stuff like forced busing, states' rights and all that stuff. You're getting so abstract now [that] you're talking about cutting taxes, and all these things you're talking about are totally economic things and a byproduct of them is [that] blacks get hurt worse than whites. And subconsciously maybe that is part of it. I'm not saying that. But I'm saying that if it is getting that abstract, and that coded, that we are doing away with the racial problem one way or the other. You follow me — because obviously sitting around saying, "We want to cut this," is much more abstract than even the busing thing, and a hell of a lot more abstract than "Nigger, nigger."
-Lee Atwater
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/D...

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

garyisabusyguy Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

Sure, if you go back to the 40s and 50s, you will find that most of the south was Dems and there were even Dem Senators who had been Klan members

Then this little thing call the Civil Rights Movement came along. Some of the former Klansmen (Sen Byrd is a good example) turned their backs on their past and worked to convince people to no longer be associated with that group

By the 70s many people in the South were disillusioned with the Dem party because of the support of civil rights and they were attracted to the Republican party due to the Southern Strategy that was promoted by Nixon and Reagan

Since that time 'States Rights' was the dog whistle to call the racists and klansmen to the GOP and they have gone over in droves, there is no surprise to find that the ranks of the gop are littered with people of that mindset

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

garyisabusyguy Re:Christianity is just as bad as Islam (418 comments)

I was more inclined to think Europe and Japan, but I suppose that having no argument leads you to just shout about them damn commies

That's ok, I guess it would suck to live with an out dated view of the world, particularly when you are trying real hard to ignore that which is plainly obvious

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

garyisabusyguy Re:Censorship? (418 comments)

I have found progressives more inclined to ask questions of their critics than conservatives

It has to do with mental makeup, that is to say progressives are a great deal more curious about the world around them, while conservatives already know how everything is and just want to shut up those who disagree with them

about a week ago
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Blogger Who Revealed GOP Leader's KKK Ties Had Home Internet Lines Cut

garyisabusyguy Re:Christianity is just as bad as Islam (418 comments)

Providing secular laws and education seems to be the key in blunting the effect of religious zealotry

We can easily identify those leaders who fight against secularism as the promoters of religious radicalism and refuse to vote for them

about a week ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:The return of echomail . . . (105 comments)

With Iridium the approach was to hand ff the transmission between satellites until it was within range of of a ground station to connect to a terrestrial network, or reach another satellite phone, usually one or two hops

They may use a similar approach, although Iridium initially involved the governments in the countries that they maintained gateways in as part of the corporate structure. See Wired story, "The United Nations of Iridium"
http://archive.wired.com/wired...

It would make a lot of sense to use the satellite network as the primary routing mechanism and only maintain gateways in geographic locations that Musk has strong political influence in. This would limit political interference from countries that practice censorship and limit money lost to graft and bribery

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:Internet by satellite: non-news (105 comments)

This ^

Furthermore, Musk has gone beyond ideas or demos and delivered profitable companies delivering these technologies

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:Sometimes, I don't understand you guys (105 comments)

I would say put your eggs into many baskets, this endeavor represents another basket

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:SUPER SLOW unless a faster than light system (105 comments)

People get confused between because the current satellite data providers (like HughesNet) are in geosynchronous orbit, which does suffer latency issues

Iridium is a LEO system that does not currently provided data services, and which has a relatively sparse constellation which requires a wide visible horizon to use

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:Sometimes, I don't understand you guys (105 comments)

Variety?

If all of your eggs are in one basket, i.e. fiber optics, then last mile, remote location, some jackass dragging an anchor or a recalcitrant local government can cut you off from access

Satellite communication is the more expensive option, but it can be worth it if there is no other means of connection

The real question is whether that market is enough to support their cost structure

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:This idea failed in the 1990s (105 comments)

It really depends on how many sats SpaceX can jam into one launch and how much of their capacity is already committed to other contracts

Teledesic was dependent on other companies for launch, the one demo sat they put up was using Orbital's Pegasus

about two weeks ago
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Elon Musk's Proposed Internet-by-Satellite System Could Link With Mars Colonies

garyisabusyguy Re:Beyond borders (105 comments)

It is actually calling for a few thousand satellites, but you are correct.... not that big of an issue considering the area that they are spread out over

I have to wonder, considering the Branson announcement, which billionaire is trying to distract from which billionaires actual commitment

Musk has the lead in the form of an actual, demonstrated, launch capability, but Branson made it to press a few days earlier

about two weeks ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

garyisabusyguy Re:Colour me apprehensive. (94 comments)

Gotcha, every story has to be wrapped up in a bow and dropped in your lap with no loose ends in a 90 minute running time.

I'm glad that Ridley Scott's other works like Blade Runner made it so easily digestible

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

garyisabusyguy Re:Completely believable! (98 comments)

My favorite is Grandma's Boy where the aging dweeb bangs the hot management consultant would would have had him riffed in real life

about two weeks ago
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Silicon Valley Security Experts Give 'Blackhat' a Thumbs-Up; Do You?

garyisabusyguy Re:There is only one hacker who can.. (98 comments)

My guess is that he is the only one that they are willing to hang out as bait and get wasted so they can identify their target without any down-side of somebody else caring what happens to him

A lamb staked out to draw in the wolves

I'll probably wait to watch it on netfix in a few years, no rush to see it on the big screen

about two weeks ago
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Ridley Scott Adapts Philip K. Dick's 'Man in the High Castle' For Amazon

garyisabusyguy Re:Colour me apprehensive. (94 comments)

I got a really stupid script for you

Deep space ship is called on to land on a planet
Somebody sticks their face into an opening egg
The person is brought back on the ship and they somehow miss that they have an alien embryo in it
Ships computer and an android attempt to kill a crew member, by stuffing a rolled up magazine down their throat
Alien pops out, grows without any food and kills most of the crew while they flail about the flamethrowers in a closed environment
Hero runs around with fog machines and strobes flashing
Hero escapes exploding ship (kaboom!)
Hero fights off alien in their undies and drifts into space

Yep, that is Alien, a summer slasher flick stuck in space, but somehow everybody wants the same damn movie made over and over and will not accept when a new movie is made in the same franchise that attempts to draw the viewer further into a story

about two weeks ago

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