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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

sound+vision Re:people still watch that crap? (105 comments)

More PKD anachronisms... People smoking inside office buildings. Any sort of portable computer or communications device is described as a large, heavy briefcase. People taking what are now petty electronics like radios in for repair. Some hippie-era slang in his later work. This is all side-by-side with the futurism of his times - personal rockets that could get you to the moon base. Androids indistinguishable from humans. I actually like that part of it, but I'm something of a history nerd, and I think this is all super cool.

Some of his more accurate predictions: Micro-transactions (AIs will refuse to work for you - for example unlock your apartment door or make your coffee - without a few cents payment). Mass surveillance. Runaway megacorp power all around, with policing and related work being increasingly contracted out to them as well. Marijuana becoming a legalized, branded product.

4 hours ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

sound+vision Re:people still watch that crap? (105 comments)

"Dated" actually doesn't bother me, as long as it's just a retro-futuristic aesthetic, and the story itself is interesting. I've been on a Philip K. Dick read-a-thon this year (well several years). Lots of his settings have stuff like interplanetary travel and bionic implants but also tape reels are used for recording stuff, characters use vinyl record players, etc. Then again, dated special effects in a TV medium could actually be distracting. Maybe I'll watch some of these episodes. I noticed you didn't recommend any from the original series. Is there not 1 that's interesting?

7 hours ago
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Behind the Scenes With the Star Trek Fan Reboot

sound+vision Re:people still watch that crap? (105 comments)

This seems to be common among Star Trek fans. There's one guy I know who literally went through every episode of several "generations" of Trek - it took him months - and did nothing but complain about it. The sets, the props, the plot, the characters, everything. A steady stream of complaints on a near-daily basis.

I had considered checking out Trek before, but there's just so much material there and nobody could give a firm recommendation. Now, after this guy, I'll be making it a point to avoid Star Trek. I'd heard the stories about Trekkies, thinking they were exaggerated - they aren't. I'd go to a furry convention before a Trek convention, at least the furries know how to have fun.

yesterday
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

sound+vision Re:Theaters are not worried about 9/11 (575 comments)

Real talk... I used to work at AMC, the hot dog rollers were "cleaned" by pouring Sprite on them. This is when minimum wage was $5.15. If they can't open up their tight anus enough for an extra dollar to clean the grills properly, what do you think their network looks like?

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

sound+vision Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

Which venues have not been used since the Korean War armistice?

3 days ago
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Reaction To the Sony Hack Is 'Beyond the Realm of Stupid'

sound+vision Re:Land of the free (575 comments)

Paul Blart is actually one I've heard of, but that's possibly because I was working at a movie theater at the time (was it around 06-07?) Never heard of the NK movie until the hack, though. Maybe it's a case of filter bubble. Now, ask me which Byrds tunes were originals and which were covers (and who wrote them), I've got your back there.

3 days ago
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

sound+vision Re:Has its uses (302 comments)

This is very, very true. There are quite a few pieces of media that I have been able to find nowhere else but Youtube. It's like archive.org with a much wider focus. Next time Google flips their copyright scheme around, or deletes a user's channel, some of this could be lost forever. For this reason I make a point to download especially notable content from YouTube. As a side-effect, it saves bandwidth if you ever watch the video more than twice. Youtube downloaders seems to break every few months, but "youtube-dl" is one that currently works.

about a week ago
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Facebook Offers Solution To End Drunken Posts

sound+vision Re:Or You Could Just Not Drink To The Point of Int (134 comments)

Sometimes? What are the other times?

I know a lot of people have come up with "Well, I like the taste..." but that's BS. Ethanol is a gross tasting solvent and we drink it for one reason, to experience its effects. In the past, it was safer to drink than certain other things because of the antimicrobial effect, but that's been beside the point for 100 years.

about two weeks ago
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Lenovo Recalls LS-15 Power Cords

sound+vision Re:a non news (71 comments)

In 2012 I was working on a contract from Lenovo where their PSUs were catching fire, too. We had to switch out thousands of them, in the field across several sites. The owners had a service contract stipulating on-site service (and not enough spare PCs to keep the operation going while they ship them out for repair).

It does not say good things about their quality control.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

sound+vision Re:XBOX Live (170 comments)

Between non-Hollywood entertainment and the occasional torrent, I've been doing fine.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

sound+vision Re:XBOX Live (170 comments)

Ditto. I don't use an Xbox for movies, TVs, or gaming, and I was 0% affected by these attacks, didn't even know they were going on. This isn't by chance either. I have arranged my media consumption habits to be DRM-free, not reliant on third-party authentication servers running, and stored locally on my own hardware when possible.

about two weeks ago
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Sony Hacks Continue: PlayStation Hit By Lizard Squad Attack

sound+vision Re:Since when... (170 comments)

While it's possible that the attackers might have purchased hundreds or thousands of VPSes, or convinced as many internet users to willingly participate in the attack... most likely the attack made using a botnet which does require a bit of hacking to set up. Maybe the botnet was bought or leased from the actual hackers by the people who did the Playstation attack. So you could make the case that the "attackers" aren't "hackers", but they still needed to work with hackers to launch this successfully.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

sound+vision Re:Don't use Bleeding Edge Kernels (106 comments)

http://linux.slashdot.org/stor... "The problem was first suspected to be related to Xen. A patch dating back to 2005 was pushed for Xen to fix a vmalloc_fault() path that was similar to what was reported by Dave. The patch had a comment that read "the line below does not always work. Needs investigating!"

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

sound+vision Re:Don't use Bleeding Edge Kernels (106 comments)

Last I heard (admittedly it was on a Slashdot article so it could be wrong) the bug has been present for many years, since the 2.x kernels.

about two weeks ago
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Linux 3.18 Released, Lockup Bug Still Present

sound+vision Re:Linux on the desktop (106 comments)

Graphics drivers haven't caused the system to lock up since Windows XP and the new driver model. Now if your graphics driver chokes, you get a second or two of black screen, then everything comes back up normally with a balloon in the system tray telling you it crashed.

If you mean complete lockups or bluescreens, I've had two of those over five years of running Windows 7, and they were both when I was overclocking (none since).

about two weeks ago
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North Korea Denies Involvement In "Righteous" Sony Hack

sound+vision Kim Il Sung getting even (85 comments)

The real reason for the attack is that Kim Il Sung got hit with a Sony rootkit a few years back

about two weeks ago
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The Cost of the "S" In HTTPS

sound+vision Re:... Is about the least of it (238 comments)

Even if you're going to have annoying floating nav/ad bars, please put it on the left or right side, not top/bottom. Most people are now on 16:10 or even worse 16:9 monitors having tons of wasted horizontal space.

Using NoScript has somewhat reduced these issues for me, but there are sites that require the scripts for functionality that I need, so it's not perfect. One thing I strongly advise anyone on widescreen to do is to move the task bar (or your OS' equivalent horizontal space-user) to the left or right side of the screen instead. In addition to being sensible, I find it aesthetically pleasing, especially on W7 Aero Glass.

about two weeks ago
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New Effort To Grant Legal Rights To Chimpanzees Fails

sound+vision Re:Hail Caesar! (341 comments)

I'm not sure what exactly you're proposing. We already have various laws and regulations in place to protect ecosystems and the environment in general. Sure, there's a lot of holes to be filled there. Giving chimpanzees legal rights won't fill any of them.

about two weeks ago
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Aliens Are Probably Everywhere, Just Not Anywhere Nearby

sound+vision Re:Astrobiologist (334 comments)

On the other hand, we've been sending life into space for 50+ years.

about two weeks ago

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novocain stain

sound+vision sound+vision writes  |  more than 9 years ago

"With fear and fascination
On what was here
And what's replacing them now
Interchange plazas a mall
And crowded chain restaurants
More housing developments go up
Named after the things they replace
So welcome to Minnow Brook
And welcome to Shady Space
And it all seems a little abrupt
No I don't like this change of pace"

-Modest Mouse

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