Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut
It would be nice to see some new episodes of that.
Babylon 5 May Finally Get a Big-Screen Debut
They FX look old, they don't look awful. I look thru the 90's CGI and see that the fights are some of the best directed, edited, musically scored battles ever.
I still get goosebumps and my heart pounds when I watch the fights when B5 seceded from the Earth Alliance, the Shadow War, the battle to free Proxima, the fight with the Centauri vessel when B5 was protecting the Narn cruiser (the sweeping camera arc showing the B5 interceptors intercepting the Centauri shells) among many others.
That being said, I always thought that the PPG's look silly.
Homestar Runner To Return Soon
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Overkill? LG Phone Has 2560x1440 Display, Laser Focusing
Remember when Apple came out with the Retina display and all of the FAndroids laughed at it and said 'No one will want, no one will notice, and no one needs, a display with such high PPI on a smartphone'?
Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change
Climate change is happening and nothing is going to stop it. The thing is, nobody is willing to make sacrifices to stop human-made climate change. Essentially we will have to cease being such zealous consumers of resources. That 's never going happen generally because very few people are willing to:
Give up your cars, including hybrids and electricals. Those may be low or zero-emission vehicles, but the factory where they were build isn't.
Cancel your annual flight down south each winter.
Give up your 300W 50" LCD TV, 100W/channel 7-speaker amplifier, and the rest of their electronic gadgets that soak up coal-plant produced electricity.
Endorse nuclear energy and be willing to allow reactors to be build nearby your homes.
Be willing to wait an extra week for your courier packages to get shipped by rail instead of fuel-guzzling trucks.
Give up tropical fruits & vegetables in winter months to cut down on the trucks (thus emissions) needed to ship those items up north from the tropics. Do you really need watermelon in January when it's -25C outside?
Get rid of your lawn so you no longer need to fertilize it. The nitrogen fixation process uses a ridiculous amount of energy, which likely comes from coal plants.
The point of this comment is that (if) climate change, sea level increase, melting glaciers & polar ice caps, etc. are caused by human activities, then we humans are going to have stop doing many of things that we normally take for granted in our high standard of living lifestyles. How many of us are willing to make these changes? I bet very few.
Swedish Farmers Have Doubts About Climatologists and Climate Change
Uhhhh, so if a region's climate changes from wet to semiarid, the local weather is not going to change?
Game Industry Fights Rising Development Costs
The studios might save a few dollars. Making these has got to comprise a double-digit percentage of development costs because games are filled with them nowadays.
I play a game to play the game, not watch countless movie-clips.
Some games today have so many cutscenes that it seems the gameplay was added just to show off the 'fab' cutscenes.
Firefox 29: Redesign
So many things are designed with form-over-function nowadays, nobody likes it, yet they blindly continue on.
I would say that the new UI designers come from smartphone or tablet backgrounds where screen real estate is at a premium so they have to hide all the borders, menus, buttons and such, and when they switch to designing desktop applications they seem to forget they are no longer working on a 5" screen and what works on mobile devices does not work on the desktop most of the time.
Even Apple started doing dumb things like hiding 'Save-As' and replacing it with a stupidly dumb absurd 'Duplicate' command that takes three times as many clicks to do a 'Save-As', reversing 20+ years of scrolling direction with their so-called Natural Scrolling, and hiding scroll-bars on 2560x1440 screens in order to save 10 pixels.
I like FF, but this redesign may be too much if I cannot restore it ALL back to before. At least there is still SeaMonkey.
Apple: Dumb As a Patent Trolling Fox On iPhone Prior Art?
Looks exactly the same to me. Take your finger, touch the slider, and move your finger to drag the slider to change the state. If you think Apple's implementation is fundamentally different, then patent trolls have taught you well, young lawyer.
Apple Drops Snow Leopard Security Updates, Doesn't Tell Anyone
Snow Leopard is the last great version of OSX so I'm not surprised people still choose to use it. It looked nice-everything wasn't low contrast dark grey-on-light grey, performance was snappy, sure seemed more stable than Mavericks, and didn't suffer from Apple's failed 'let's fill OSX with useless IOS features that have no place on the desktop' experiment.
OSX has steadily gotten worse since SL in design, usability, and reliability, and I still have two older machines that run it.
Ask Slashdot: Should I Get Google Glass?
Whaat? I always assumed GG was given out to a select few just to get feedback. So Google Glass is still experimental, is a solution looking for a problem, has a high chance of being suddenly dropped by Google if it doesn't take off, and people still are willing to pay $1500 for it?
Holy Crap! I thought Apple's fanboys were insane!
New DOOM Game Not Dead: Beta Comes With Wolfenstein Pre-Order
1. it was way too dark
At times, but having something jump out of the darkness , even though I knew it was going to happen as soon as I opened the door or picked up something, made me have to change my shorts more often than any other game I played. I remember playing it in with the lights off and somehow a CD case fell off my desk onto the hardwood floor. I hit the roof! Then, another time my GF walks silently behind me and puts her hand on my shoulder as I am sneaking around a dark corridor. OMG, I think I jumped so high that both of us required a change of underwear after that.
2. The gameplay was repetitive.
Isn't every game? From Pacman to Mortal Combat to to COD 14, or whatever they are at now, to Bioshock Infinite, once you get over the initial 'WOW, that's so cool to swing thru the city on your skyhook', each level of the game plays the same as the one before. Yes, it was walk into the room, lights go out, monsters come out, you shoot them, repeat. It was repetitive, but I never got tired of it.
3. The story wasn't very exciting
It's a FPS, what did you expect? You go in. You shoot monsters or bad guys, and kill the boss at the end.
A game doesn't have to be revolutionary to be fun.
Google Confirms Shut Down of Schemer
'Cue the Google apologists' you mean.
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Mobile Versions of Websites Suck?
Exactly! There are no reason for mobile sites to exist nowadays. Most mobile sites are so horrendously designed that they end up looking like Gopher sites during the pre-www days. It's not like Desktop sites are designed to make full use of a 2560x1440 monitor anyways; content fills only 30-50% of the screen width-just right for mobile devices. Just fix the sites to all controls work in mobile safari or chrome and be done with it.
Google Cuts Android Privacy Feature, Says Release Was Unintentional
Oh jeez, you really need to stop looking at Google through your Android-colored glasses!
Google was a cool tech company a decade ago when they came up with products that benefited the users, namely an email product that offered 1GB of space free when others gave you 20MB, and of course search. Since then they've morphed from a tech to an advertising and data-mining company, and all of their products reflect this.
Google:"Do you want to sign up for G+" or "Do you want to use your real name on Youtube?"
Google:"OK, we'll ask you later"
Do No Evil hasn't existed at Google for a decade, if it ever did.
LeVar Burton On Google Glass
Strange that you never heard of Levar Burton. Maybe you would prefer the opinions of current headline making celebs such as Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, or Kanye West?
Critics Reassess Starship Troopers As a Misunderstood Masterpiece
It's surprising how well the CGI and other FX hold up today.
"The enemy can not push a button if you disable his hand. MEDIC!"
Scientists Induce New Hair Growth In Balding Men
I question how honest someone is being to themselves when they say that they are going bald or are bald and yet state it has not affected them. I've been bald for since the 90's. Do I worry about being bald? No. Am I aware I am bald? Every day.
I have no guilt about money being spent on 'unbalding' research. We're not talking about cosmetic surgery or injections, but instead returning something that has been lost to me.
To all the people, bald or hairy, that think going bald is no big deal. If the world was a fair place then yes, having no hair would not matter, and neither would other superficial things, but we don't reside in some fairy-tale realm. Unfortunately we have to deal with the real world and deal with real people that judge you on you appearance which includes height, body weight, the clothes you wear, swagger, body decorations like tattoos an piercings, and of course YOUR HAIR!
Baldness adds years to your age. I'm not talking about shaved heads. I mean being bald and still letting your hair grow at the back and sides. 5-10 year easily gets added on.
Thankfully shaved-heads have been an acceptable style for the past 20 years. Unfortunately not everyone can shave their head and still look good. Many men have Charlie Brown heads.
As much as women say they find bald men sexy, those women are few and far between, and the bald men they are attracted to are usually 'larger than life' men like movie stars. In the real world the majority of women consider balding men unattractive.
Everyone knows that baldness is very emotionally debilitating, but it also affects you physically.
-You're colder in the winter because of the lack of hair thus less insulation. Sometimes I even have to wear a hat or toque indoors. I find hats uncomfortable. Debilitating no, but it is annoying.
-the sun quickly cooks your cranium in the summer because there's no hair to insulate you from the sun's rays. Wear a hat you say? Well hat's make it worse if you shave your head because the hat forms an air-tight seal with your shaven head, preventing any air circulation underneath your hat. It's either shade or a bandanna or put up with the sun beaming down on the cranium for us baldies.
-Hair acts as a cushion your head when you bang your head on something. Hair also has sensory functionality and warns you when something is about to touch it. When you have a chrome-dome, that sensory function is gone. Don't believe me? Hold your hand out and slowly move it towards your head and you hair will pick up and feel your hand while it is still inches away.
-Hair hides stuff on your head. I have numerous acne scars on the back of my head that make me feel uncomfortable if others see. A coworker recently had a tumor removed from her brain. They went in through the upper back of her skull. Her scar is not visible because she has thick long flowing hair which hides the scar. That scar would be visible from thirty feet away on my shaved head.
Those above items will seem trivial to many, but they are things I have to be conscious of and work around at times. You don't realize what a full head of hair does for you until it's gone.
My favorite season:
It's the best three weeks in Canada, and the only time you are able to go outside in shorts, sandals, and a t-shirt at any time of the day or night and not freeze. Plus we get 16 hours of sunshine! :)
Fall is my least favorite. Sure there's the magnificent fall colors, but that only lasts two or three weeks. After the leaves all fall off we're left with 50 shades of drab, dreary, depressing grey for two months until the snow comes in late December and brightens up the place a little.
Ask Slashdot: Is iOS 7 Slow?
It seems most designers use the mottos 'thin is in', 'flat as a mat', 'white means bright', 'tiny font is what they want' and 'hooray for grey' as a framework when creating UI's nowadays.
What really scares me is that these not-so-great UI design ideas from IOS7 will continue to creep into OSX.
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