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The Book That Is Making All Movies the Same

hal2814 Re:No wonder ... (384 comments)

I'm surprised that Star Trek did not occur to you. I'd classify Wrath of Kahn as great, especially compared to The Motion Picture. But that was also due in large part to an amazing performance by the villain.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Moving From Contract Developers To Hiring One In-House?

hal2814 Re:Project management includes handling QA. (524 comments)

Yeah, QA is where you need to start. Our company has a mix of in-house and contract developers, but ALL code goes through QA. If it doesn't meet acceptance criteria and pass all tests, it's not complete.

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Block Noise In a Dorm?

hal2814 Re:Go to the f-ing library (561 comments)

I've found that upper floors and specialty libraries (science, law, etc) are the place to go when looking for a quiet place to study. Our science library even had soundproof booths you could reserve.

about a year and a half ago

SpiderSense Suit Delivers Superhuman Perception

hal2814 Oblig. Deadpool (37 comments)

My common sense is tingling.

about a year and a half ago

Han Solo To Reportedly Return For Star Wars VII

hal2814 Re:This idea is getting worse every day... (329 comments)

Two characters from Star Wars were completely and totally awesome: Han Solo and Darth Vader. Han wasn't in the prequels at all. Vader got maybe 5 minutes of screen time and IIRC Vader doesn't even force choke someone, threaten people, or do any other badassery in that 5 minutes. He just whines and breaks stuff. The decision to bring back just about everyone in the Star Wars universe except for its two resident badasses is just as terrible as all of those Police Academy movies that happened after Steve Guttenberg said "Fuck it. I'm outta here." Tackleberry is cool but he can't carry a movie.

about a year and a half ago

Valve and JJ Abrams Collaborating On Half-Life, Portal Movies

hal2814 Re:Time Travel (208 comments)

JJ Abram's whole life is about time travel: Theorizing that one could time travel within his own lifetime, JJ Abrams stepped into the Quantum Leap accelerator and vanished... He woke to find himself trapped in the past, directing movies that were not his own, and driven by an unknown force to change history for the better. His only guide on this journey is Jerry Bruckheimer, an observer from his own time, who appears in the form of a hologram that only JJ can see and hear. And so JJ Abrams finds himself leaping from movie to movie, striving to put right what Uwe Boll once put wrong, and hoping each time that his next leap will be the leap home

about a year and a half ago

Star Wars Live-Action Show Could Still Happen

hal2814 Just get the right one... (126 comments)

I just hope they get the right Ronald P Moore. Despite what James Callis says, the Ronald P Moore in the Portland phone book is NOT the same one who did Battlestar Galactica.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Will You Shop Local Like President Obama, Or Online?

hal2814 Re:Thanks Prez! (430 comments)

" the GOP could have filibustered it into the dirt and they did not."

No, they couldn't. The legislation as it exists was passed was passed in two parts. One part was passed through the Senate in the brief period when the Senate had 60 members caucusing with the Democrats. Republicans did not have the votes to stop cloture. The second part was passed under reconciliation which does not require cloture but is limited in scope. That part was basically comprised of tweaks the House wanted to make to the Senate bill. Republicans couldn't do anything about either part of the legislation at the time it was passed.

about 2 years ago

The New Series of Doctor Who: Fleeing From Format?

hal2814 Re:Keep the Doctor Who series the same (170 comments)

Well if you were raised on the show that should be par for the course. The big surprise villain at the end of Episode 1 of Day of the Daleks is:... wait for it... wait for it... the Daleks. That character in Keeper of Trakken who looks JUST like Roger Delgado? He's going to be the next Master. It's a predictable show. It always has been. If the predictability bothers you now that probably says more about how your taste in television has evolved than it does about the series itself.

about 2 years ago

Favorite U.S. Political Party

hal2814 Re:Obama ordered Gitmo closed day 3. Blame Congres (503 comments)

You may want to actually read what the posted above you wrote. You might learn something. "you need 60 votes" isn't hard to understand. It just happens to be incorrect. There is nothing in the Constitution requiring a 60-vote cloture in the Senate. It can be overridden. And it would only take a simple majority to do so. The only thing stopping them is etiquette.

about 2 years ago

Surface RT vs. iPad: a Comparison

hal2814 No keyboard with the Surface? (357 comments)

All I got from this article is that once you add in the cost of the Surface's most notable feature, it costs $20 - $30 more than an equivalent iPad.

about 2 years ago

Texas Opens Fastest US Highway With 85 MPH Limit

hal2814 Re:Net actual speed (992 comments)

The OP probably got this idea from driving in Dallas. Some toll roads like Bush still physically have the booths, but they're not open anymore. Newer toll roads like SRT don't have the booths at all. With the exception of DFW airport, I'm not aware of a toll road in the DFW area where paying at the booth is still an option.

about 2 years ago

Gartner Analyst Retracts "Windows 8 Is Bad" Claim

hal2814 Re:Was it taken out of context? (306 comments)

The conversation went something like this:

Microsoft: "If you're a researcher on this Windows 8 thing and you were on Earth, you must have been gathering material on it."
Gartner analyst: "Well, I was able to extend the original entry a bit, yes."
Microsoft: "Let me see what it says in this edition, then. I've got to see it."
... "What? Bad! Is that all it's got to say? Bad! One word! ... Well, for God's sake I hope you managed to recitify that a bit."
Gartner analyst: "Oh yes, well I managed to transmit a new entry off to the editor. He had to trim it a bit, but it's still an improvement."
Microsoft: "And what does it say now?"
Gartner analyst: "Mostly bad."

more than 2 years ago

The Nation Is Losing Its Toolbox

hal2814 Re:Justification of Apathy (525 comments)

Did that person manufacture their own tiles or did they go to the store and buy them by the box? Everyone is building something from a kit these days (and by "these days" I mean "since the industrial revolution"). Some kits are just easier to assemble than others. There's nothing more glorious about gluing tile to the ground than there is about gluing vinyl to the ground. They didn't "do it themselves." They just did part of the assembly. The amount of effort put into the creation of ceramic tile is far greater than the amount of effort it takes someone to put that tile on the floor and make sure it doesn't move. Ditto with everything else mentioned in the article. We have a romantic view of what it is to be a craftsman, but really a craftsman is just using an older kit that's a little harder to put together.

more than 2 years ago

Don't Super-Size My Smartphone!

hal2814 Re:If consumers didn't want big phones (660 comments)

Well, consumers right now are buying what they think they want. A lot of consumers are new to smartphones and don't know exactly what they want. On top of that, the consumer is likely in at least a two year contract on whatever they do choose. Their exposure to the phones will consist of looking at and maybe holding a security-tethered phone in the store right next to a bunch of other similarly-sized phones. That's going to lead a lot of people to buy as big, shiny, etc a phone as they can afford out of fear of not getting a capable enough phone. While I think that for now a run-up in phone screen size is inevitable, I do think that phones will settle into a small range of screen sizes over time just like has happened with things that have experienced similar run-ups like number of steam holes in an iron, SPF on sunscreen, amount of Vitamin C in vitamin supplements, etc.

more than 2 years ago

Facebook and Wal-Mart Join Forces

hal2814 Re:Why Amazon beats Wal-Mart (127 comments)

"The most advanced tech they can operate is the play button on the dvd."

I'm going to have to call BS on that one. They can quite easily navigate on-screen menus to order UFC pay-per-view fights, thank you very much.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Reportedly Plans Smartphone

hal2814 Re:I had Cox Wireless. It was crap. (78 comments)

TracFone and its subsidiaries (Straight Talk, NET10, etc) have been around since 1996. Page Plus began offering cell service in 1998. Virgin Mobile has been around since 2001. Boost has been in the US since 2003. Simple Mobile since 2009. There will be plenty of MVNOs that are here today and gone tomorrow. But at the same time, MVNOs aren't something new and many have built up reasonable track records of success. There are plenty of serious player driving prices down. You just refuse to look at them because once upon a time you decided to be a pilot for wireless service through that bastion of reliability and customer service that is the cable company and it didn't turn out so well.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Reportedly Plans Smartphone

hal2814 Re:Let's see some new service providers (78 comments)

The majors will never be price competitive because they don't have to be. Worst case scenario is that they get out of the retail business and sell service strictly to the MVNOs. And the MVNOs are getting better. They're not all "crap vendors" anymore (though plenty still are). They have incredibly competitive prices and some have even heard of customer service. I personally think as MVNOs improve, the big boys will be more than content to lose market share to them because they'll make money either way. I foresee a situation like long distance service in the late 90's. Sure you could use AT&T, Sprint, or MCI for long distance, but if you wanted a decent price for the exact same product you went elsewhere.

more than 2 years ago

Amazon Reportedly Plans Smartphone

hal2814 Re:I dont have a smart phone. (78 comments)

So you don't currently have a smart phone? How do you know you need an unlimited plan? I just took my first foray into smartphone world about a month ago and found that I don't use nearly as much data as I thought I would. My usage for the first month is just a shade over 2GB and that's using the smartphone like a fiend since it's still a new shiny toy to me. FWIW, the T-Mobile Value plan, Straight Talk, Virgin Mobile, Simple Wireless, and Cricket all have plans with data in the ballpark of $50/mo.

more than 2 years ago


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