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Ask Slashdot: Can Star Wars Episode VII Be Saved?

haplo21112 I can happen (403 comments)

1. Deep Storyline, focusing on story first action second, that's what made the original trilogy good
2. Don't throw away the content the fans are screaming for...ok some of the expanded universe is just silliness, but there is some good stuff...AKA Timothy Zhan books...keep most the concepts from there...Mara Jade, Leia and Han's kids...
3. Attribute 1,2,3 and to unclear memories and retcon some of that crap!
4. Don't make new characters poor clones of previous characters
5. for the love of god make sure the villains aren't Vader/Emperor retreads...and PLEASE don't find some half asses way to resurrect the them!

about 2 months ago
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Movie Review: Ender's Game

haplo21112 Was worth seeing, could have been better (732 comments)

1. I understand the need to trim the general aging of the characters. Using an endless succession of the kids to age them over the timespan of the book wouldn't have worked. However since the kids were now a fixed age it rushed the storyline.
2. Giving away the fact he was fighting the real battles was just stupid
3. Having a single ship carry the little doctor (which was now not so little)...was a total waste of a plot device
4. They should have spent more time on the training of Dragon Army...establish Ender's creds as a leader
5. Changing the ending sending Ender off alone was an error, I don't know if they intend sequels, but it really messes with the continuity
6. Bean was TOO big! and they spent no time on his relationship with Ender
7. The move had the soul of Ender's Game, but not the heart
8. The kid's ethnicities are all screwed up, plain and simple
9. Card wrote versions of the movie over the years perhaps one of his revisions should have had more influence

about 9 months ago
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Apollo Veteran: Skip Asteroid, Go To the Moon

haplo21112 Skip the Moon too..Mars and Beyond. (191 comments)

Just gear up and go to Mars, better yet concentrate and figuring out how to build the Fastest damn spaceship possible, something that can reach .5 the speed of light or faster, load some people on board for a one way trip and aim it at a nearby star. Lets stop wasting time looking at blurry pictures through telescopes and just get out there and see what we find.

about a year and a half ago
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City of Heroes Reaches Sunset, NCsoft Paying the Price

haplo21112 This is why all games should self host (290 comments)

Its fine for the maker to host the main servers and all, but really the door should be open for users to do thier own hosting.

about a year and a half ago
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Microsoft Surface Struggles to Ship A Million Units

haplo21112 Underpowered, Overpriced, and lacking apps... (375 comments)

...not backwards compatible with even current gen applications for Windows. The built in version of office isn't really fully baked yet by Microsoft's own admission. Not really properly supported for enterprise use yet. Surface Pro which will suck too, but at least have some measure of backward compatiblity and enterprise support will launch soon.

I can't for the life of me understand why its struggling.

Microsoft blew this one hard.

about a year and a half ago
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Roomba Celebrates 10 Years of Cleaning Up After You

haplo21112 Roomba = Junk (92 comments)

My only comment, Spent the money on the Roomba and the Scooba within 18 months both were completely dead.

The Roomba lost its mind and no amount of fiddling could get it back.

The Scooba was replaced 3 times due to a design flaw that iRobot refused to admit to, but is well documented on the web.

about 2 years ago
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University Team Builds Lego and Raspberry Pi Cluster

haplo21112 I love it...that got Many PI.... (147 comments)

....I can't even get one! I've been in the Queue since before initial release and still have yet to receieve mine, and even got an email two weeks ago about further delays!

Still a really great accomplishement though.

about 2 years ago
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Seagate Hits 1 Terabit Per Square Inch

haplo21112 With Leaps Like this SSD continues to fall behind (224 comments)

Don't get me wrong I love my SSD drives, but that tech needs to to start finding some way to move forward at a faster and a better $/GB..I guess its $/TB now :)

more than 2 years ago
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Bring Back the 40-Hour Work Week

haplo21112 It doesn't work that way unfortunately (969 comments)

"For every four Americans working a 50-hour week, every week, there's one American who should have a full-time job, but doesn't."

Unfortunately this isn't reality. Its not just the FTE and the Salary for said person, but the benefits package, bonuses, physical space, equipment (blue or white collar), and a host of various other things of the sort that an employeer has to take on the books. Add it all up and its often cheaper for the employeer to expect 4 people to work overtime. Please don't come back with the "well if the other four accept a little less benefits, etc...to allow for the fifth" arguement. Personally not interested in socialism.

more than 2 years ago
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Doctor Who To Become Hollywood Feature Film

haplo21112 Re:Hugh Laurie (357 comments)

Thats might qactually be interesting to see....I could buy him as the Doctor.

The biggest problem, is if they screw with the known rules of the Dr Who universe, and what happens with the TV series in all of this?

more than 2 years ago
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Is Bill Gates the Cure For What Ails Microsoft?

haplo21112 Microsoft's Mistake not promoting Ray Ozzie (337 comments)

This was the man that should have taken the reigns of Microsoft by now. Instead he has left the company. He was a worthy successor to Gates in drive and vision.

more than 3 years ago
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George RR Martin Finishes A Dance With Dragons

haplo21112 Not the Conclusion and NOT done (279 comments)

The last book is "The Winds of Winter" if I remember correctly. Also it ain't done yet...he indicated yesterday its close, BUT it ain;t done yet...however he and the publisher have announced a street date based on the fact its ALMOST done.

more than 3 years ago
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Obama FCC Caves On Net Neutrality

haplo21112 United States Government in action (853 comments)

Government for the corporations, by the corporations. We might as well change the constitution....

"We the Corporations of the United States of America, in order to best subjugate, and bleed the masses...."

more than 3 years ago
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Stargate Universe Cancelled

haplo21112 Groan, SCIFI channel is clueless (762 comments)

I refuse to use that other stupid name.

The Series had a highs and lows, I think the thing that killed it was to much character development, not enough conflict and exploration. Its a show about going to some unknown place, but they have never gotten anywhere. And for Christ sake, turn the DAMN lights on! The Ancients could build Atlantis and the Destiny, but they couldn't equip the ship with a decent f**ing light bulb.

more than 3 years ago
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Adobe May Change To Monthly Patch Cycle

haplo21112 Going to take a little more than that (76 comments)

Adobe patches are crap in general.
1. They usually take the form of nearly complete product updates, patches 80% of the size of the installed product are common.
2. They currently only rarely issue roll-ups so you end up in the you have to have 9.3.1 base, then install 9.3.2 patch , then install 9.3.3 patch can't jump from 9.3.1 directly to 9.3.3

This sort of stuff drives the guy at my company in change of Adobe software deployments insane. For a new machine install it takes forever as each individual patch is installed by the software deployment system.

more than 4 years ago
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Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

haplo21112 Re:We pass so many useless laws, why not one for t (574 comments)

My comment was mostly sarcasm, with a tiniest bit of rage intermixed. Really I'm just damned sick of not being able to purchase decent concert tickets. ex, 5 minutes after they go on sale which is as fast as you can get through to order all that is left is the nosebleed sections.

more than 4 years ago
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Scalpers Earned $25M Gaming Online Ticket Sellers

haplo21112 We pass so many useless laws, why not one for this (574 comments)

Just make it a law that its illegal to resell tickets for anymore than the face value.

Hell why don't we just go all the way and print the purchasers name on the damned ticket and if you don't show up at the event with positive ID sorry out of luck.

more than 4 years ago
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Is Internet Explorer 6/7 Support Required Now?

haplo21112 Drop IE6 maybe IE 7 too early (512 comments)

There are a lot of companies that mandate the standard of what goes on the Corporate machine image and are slow to update. For example the one I work for got to IE 7 (on XPSP3) as a standard over IE 6 about a year and half ago. The only thing thats going to bring them kicking and screaming to IE8 is the looming upgrade to Windows 7. The upgrade to Windows 7 isn't even a serious consideration until sometime next year.

more than 4 years ago
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What Tools Do FLOSS Developers Need?

haplo21112 Give me UltraEdit for *nix (310 comments)

I love that tool for my windows editing, if something that replicated its functionality that was as easy to use and learn existed for *nix world...I'd be in heaven.

Yes there are lots of editor tools, but I have yet to find one that works as easily (and intuitively at least for me) as UltraEdit. I have never had to access the help for this tool its that easy, but at the same time hugely powerful!

Clone that! Make it work native in KDE! Yeah that would help immensely.

more than 4 years ago

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