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Disney Turned Down George Lucas's Star Wars Scripts

jacks smirking reven I am say, 68% excited (415 comments)

Couple things for the naysayers to consider though, and why I believe Episode 7 will be good (but not near the hype):

- Abrams himself said he is a much bigger fan of Star Wars than Star Trek. You can see that in the Trek films. They are far more "space action" akin to W than Trek.

- Disney is the big mouse and certainly has and can screw with production they have really let the Marvel folks run their own system and it's working to great effect. The hot thing for studios these days is a more hands off approach and that's good for everyone.

- Kathleen Kennedy is running SW and shes been around for the golden years for Lucas and Spielburg. Disney will let her and Abrams run the show.

- Dear god the script. Both ST reboots were penned by Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. They are responsible for quite a bit of the new hollywood schlock (Look at their IMDB's). Hell you could make a case that Abrams direction is what made the new Treks at least somewhat enjoyable and not just Transformers in space (and Into Darkness came close). Lawrence Kasdan who wrote TESB is involved. Basically everyone who's had their hands on the SW script has far more talent then those two.

And lastly my biggest hope is that this is a movie being made by a generation that grew up on SW. They had to eat what Lucas was giving them like the rest of us and should want to start anew. Every fan has thought "if i made a SW sequel..." and now some of those folks are getting to, with some help from those that helped in the beginning.

Could it all go south? Very much so, but I am keeping restrained excitement.

2 days ago

Surface RT Devices Won't Get Windows 10

jacks smirking reven Another Ballmer anchor cut loose. (157 comments)

While I would be pissed if I owned an RT device, the whole thing had the classic Ballmer "me too!" strategy all over it.

x86 can't support a tablet for more than 4 hours? Better use ARM! Everyone else is! Screw compatibility!

Whats that Intel? You've new chips coming in 8 months that will give Windows tablets 9 hour run-times with no real work on our part? You left a voicemail? Our WinPhone 7 never upgraded to voicemail and we didn't want to ditch it for WinPhone 8. Oops.

2 days ago

Microsoft Announces Office 2016 and Office For Windows 10 Coming Later This Year

jacks smirking reven Re:Office 2007 started the move into alternatives (142 comments)

I don't know what 1990s you were living in but in the one I was in I sure wasn't able to own a compelling virtual reality experience for less than $500. All those developers who don't care at all about VR? I don't suppose they're the ones who sold out the Oculus DK2 for months? I know i'm never going to want to check out a HoloLens, the one I got 23 years ago still works just great over my parallel port. Sure there was VR in 1992 but there was also an automobile in 1886, not exactly accurate to say an Acura is just a rehash of an old idea.

2 days ago

Should Disney Require Its Employees To Be Vaccinated?

jacks smirking reven Re:Yes. (643 comments)

One of my main issues with mandatory drug testing, especially before one even has the job, is it's still unfairly selective. Lets say you had 3 job candidates:

#1 - An alcoholic with a real issue. They sober up the night before the interview/test.
#2 - A cocaine addict who stopped using a few days before the interview/test.
#3 - An occasional marijuana user who smoked a joint 2 weeks ago.

Assuming everything else about those candidates is equal only one of those people is going to fail the test and not get the job. All 3 of them could be perfectly fine at it and never present an issue but some common sense and risk analysis would tell you the one who failed is probably the least likely to present an issue down the line.

2 days ago

Windows 10: Can Microsoft Get It Right This Time?

jacks smirking reven I am going to say "Yes" (488 comments)

As many have mentioned, Windows 8 failure was purely from a UI standpoint. Any Windows users who have used it with Start8 or Classic Start can attest that it's faster, more stable and overall better than Windows 7. This is also the first Windows release under Satya Nadella (Ballmer Free!) as well as with a new lead for the Windows faction of the company (I have read many an issue with Sinofsky being a terrible lead for Windows 8) so I think 10 will likely be the "best" Windows we have seen yet.

Now to speculate, my belief is MS will continue its cheap/free licensing of Windows 10 for tablets and phones. They will also offer a free/cheap upgrade for Windows 8 users to upgrade to Windows 10, and unlike Android tablets MS can push that right to users without having to go through the OEMs (not sure about Windows Phone 8) so we'll quickly see Windows 8 market-share plummet and 7 and 10 will be the majority of users.

Now despite all this Windows will likely still drop marketshare on the desktop and will gain a bit on the mobile side. Linux folks will still use Linux. Apple folks will not be dropping their Macs and iPhones to get Windows 10, but that doesnt really matter. If Windows 10 is technically as good/better than 8 and get' the interface right (which it seems like they are doing enough to satisfy desktop users) then they will keep their Windows userbase happy and likely Win10 will be the one we see business move off Win7 and right now that's likely job #1 for them.

about a week ago

Bill Would Ban Paid Prioritization By ISPs

jacks smirking reven Gloriously Short Bill (216 comments)

Credit where credits due, the actual bill itself (linked in the article) is only 4 pages in total and although IANAL it does seem to be straightforward and to the point. It also generously defines "edge provider" as

(A) any content, application, or service over the Internet; or
(B) a device used for accessing any content, application, or service over the Internet.

Maybe someone with a bit more knowledge can poke a hole in it, but in this age of 1000+ page bills that no-one seems to have the will to read it's a nice change.

about three weeks ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

jacks smirking reven Re:Seems like more marketing nonsense (216 comments)

If i hadn't already made a comment that would be points to you good sir. Very informative.

about 2 months ago

How the Rollout of 5G Will Change Everything

jacks smirking reven Seems like more marketing nonsense (216 comments)

No mention in the article of what changes are happening on the technical level. Is "5G" still LTE based and just the next highest revision? That was LTE was supposed to be, it's acronym means "Long Term Evolution". And the mention of keeping 3G/4G online alongside it seems counter-intuitive since the older tech (especially 2G/3G) seems like it's far less efficient with spectrum than even LTE is.

Considering we here in the states barely have nationwide 4G coverage and most of us are working with 2-10GB per month maybe it's a little early to get excited on being able to use that up in a matter of seconds rather than minutes.

about 2 months ago

Nokia Introduces Windows Tablet

jacks smirking reven Nice device, already irrelevant (112 comments)

I really like the look of this device and the recent Nokia phones I've held and used have a very nice build quality. If this wasn't Windows RT I would definitely consider purchasing it. With the new Bay Trail Atom chips there's very little reason in my eyes to offer RT if I can have x86 Windows and 8+ hours of battery life and there are devices coming to market soon that will offer just that and every generation of chip's will extend that further.

Besides power consumption, app store lockdown and not wanting to alienate first gen customers, what reasons are there not to just cut your losses with RT?

about a year ago

Early Surface Sales Pitiful

jacks smirking reven All the RT's fault (251 comments)

The Surface failure to me entirely comes from their dual marketing of the Pro and RT versions, which we all know was brutally confusing to the public due to the fact the interface was identical but one could run desktop apps and one could not. Most people could care less about ARM vs x86. They see Windows they want to be able to use Windows just like at home/work. Some say that's a reason people would avoid the Surface where to many I think it would have been a plus.

If MS had ditched RT and only released the Pro and sold it at a loss to meet that $500 price point, or a second less expensive version with an Atom/i3 type processor it would have made marketing simpler and more effective and more people i feel would have been on board. The face that RT came first means they blew through all their momentum on something nobody wanted. By the time the Pro came out (which besides the battery life is a great piece of hardware) it was too expensive and nobody cared.

MS tried to win on all fronts and ended up losing both.

about a year and a half ago

Smartphones: Life's Remote Control

jacks smirking reven Where is the IR? (121 comments)

The part I have never never quite gotten is why its so rare to fine IR transmitters in modern devices. This would ensure near total compatibility with all home AV gear. I know space is at a premium in these things but surely such a handy and simple thing would be worth it for the value add. The add ons i have seen are expensive or clunky, and thebbedt ones seem to be IOS based.

about 2 years ago

Is Intel Planning To Kill Enthusiast PCs?

jacks smirking reven How would OEM's work with this? (1009 comments)

I am inclined to call bull on this idea as a whole. Unless I am underestimating the market for discrete components (and not just those who build their own PC's, but all the enthusiast makers as well such as iBuyPower, Maingear etc) otherwise the OEM motherboard makers should flip out about this. On Newegg right now I can find 15 variations of just Ivy Bridge processors from Intel in various configurations and prices. If I am Asus/MSI then I have to build a motherboard for each of those rather than one board that can support all of them?

I can see this being an option offered for the Dell/HP/Lenovo's of the world who are already accustomed to building machines with soldered chips and have the infrastructure to support it. I cannot think Intel is so clouded as to wipe off a hardcore section of their customer base, even if its a smaller amount of total sales.

about 2 years ago

LightSquared Wants To Share Weather-Balloon Frequencies for LTE

jacks smirking reven Kinda hope they succeed. (141 comments)

As mis-planned as LightSquared's business plans seem, I do really hope they or someone with a similar idea succeeds soon. Competitors obtaining and lighting up spectrum for data seems like one of the few market based actions needed to really put a bit of pressure on Verizon/ATT and even local broadband providers. That combined with some hopeful new ideas for the FCC on how it doles out spectrum and we could see some increased capability in US broadband options.

more than 2 years ago

The Uncertain Future of NYC's Last Arcade

jacks smirking reven Probably should move (188 comments)

Real estate in Manhattan is only getting more expensive, even in Chinatown and the youth culture (hipsters they may be) are in Brooklyn and they would love nothing better then to prop open their shiny MBP's next to a vintage Galaga machine, even if they were born 10 years after it was new...

Also I'm curious do they host any of the retro tournaments (ala King of Kong) at this location, a move to a larger facility might make that feasible and get some more attention to the place.

Overall the arcade of old is a hard business model to sustain in this day and age for obvious reasons, especially with some games costing $1 or more per credit. You need something unique to get people in and staying in.

more than 3 years ago

Apple To Unveil Light Peak, New MacBook Pros This Week?

jacks smirking reven Where does Light Peak fit? (311 comments)

From what I've read it's not fast enough to replace HDMI/Displayport and not as cheap to integrate as USB 3.0 (will Apple retain a royalty on the connector ala Firewire?) I do understand the need to have a universal, optical interconnect but I'm not so sure i want Apple being the one pushing it...

more than 3 years ago

Kepler Investigator Says 'Galaxy Is Rich In Earth-Like Planets'

jacks smirking reven Re:Avatar (206 comments)

One would imagine that if we had figured such things out as cryostasis, interstellar transport, highly advanced cloning and mental transmission (especially that one) that we'd probably have made some advancements in astronomical observation as well. I was more bothered that with all that we couldn't get some metal out the ground without essentially using 20th century strip mining.

more than 4 years ago

NASA Ends Plan To Put Man Back On Moon

jacks smirking reven Good (460 comments)

At this point in US space travel's history it seems like we're in a transition period. The old technology has finally caught up with itself and now without the Shuttle we must pay the penance for its mistakes and not having proper plans afterwards. Rushing into a new manned programmed for what seems like no good reason other then to just do it will be a waste of money and take awy from developing tech. Spend the next 10 years using robots for science (the area NASA/JPL does very well with) and develop new propulsion, energy, life support etc for a new manned directive in the future. In the meantime let commercial ventures work out some new low cost delivery systems. Any plan for a moon base would involve robot systems paving the away ahead before humans regardless so let's focus those funds long term rather then making a couple of special interests happy.

more than 4 years ago

AMD Multi-Display Tech Has Problems, Potential

jacks smirking reven No Displayport == No luck (sortoff) (138 comments)

I was excited for this (and still) for a digital signage setup, being that to drive 6 individual screens at native res from a PC source was a challenge without real expensive gear (like an NVidia QuadroPlex), so at $500 this would be a bargain for certain setups, but without DisplayPort the card can only drive 2 screens video DVI/HDMI, anything else you need active (not a dongle like for the MBP since the card only has 2 DACs) DisplayPort to DVI adapters, which run at $99 each and are in terribly short supply thanks to this card. So if you want to use 6 screens without DisplayPort tack on another $400.

more than 4 years ago

MIT Designs Aircraft That Uses 70% Less Fuel Than Conventional Planes

jacks smirking reven Great... now its up to the aerospace companies... (459 comments)

Who are fairly averse to risk and bold updates. Boeing was inching closer to something refreshing before 9/11 happened, and now even its "replacement" is riddled with delays.

With all these private rocket companies (SpaceX, Armadillo, Bigelow etc) why no venturing into the commerical airspace market? I would assume its too regulated and just impossible to compete with Boeing/Airbus/Tupolev and make a profit, even with a killer design.

more than 4 years ago

Scientists Question Safety of New Airport Scanners

jacks smirking reven Issue not with the passengers (357 comments)

As someone who has done a fair share of work in airports (digital signage) and has been badged in a couple of term, I can say this from observation and from talking to people in the airports and the TSA, the issue is not the passengers, it's the workers. The passengers are checked to ridiculous measures, but if you work at an airport your protocols are entirely different. All the tarmac entrances and any "employee only" entrance isn't guarded by the TSA, but rather independent security companies hired by the airports themselves, so every airports strictness at these points are anywhere from stricter or far more lax, especially if you're a regular employee that they recognize. I have had to throw gear into the back of an electricians truck many many a time and driven it onto the tarmac without them opening or even swabbing the boxes. At that point I am less then 30ft away from a 767.

All this extra effort at the checkpoints is to keep up what most people here already know what it is. The illusion of absolute safety in a system where it can never be guaranteed 100%.

more than 4 years ago


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