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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

the_skywise Re:And now....as Kirk... (322 comments)

He'd make a good Roc... :)

yesterday
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

the_skywise Re:more NOS and less lense flare (322 comments)

Laddie, don't you think you should rephrase that?

yesterday
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

the_skywise Re:more NOS and less lense flare (322 comments)

Heh... although only Simon Pegg as Scotty good get away with a line like:
"Ach, maybe if I put some NOS into the Warp Core we could overtake 'em... what do I look like a stupid git? I'm givin' her all she's got!"

2 days ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

the_skywise Re:more NOS and less lense flare (322 comments)

Uhh...
Wrath of Khan?
First Contact?
Into Darkness?

2 days ago
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"Star Trek 3" To Be Helmed By "Fast & Furious" Franchise Director Justin Lin

the_skywise It's an interesting choice - (322 comments)

As I was discussing with enraged friends last night:
Obviously the plot won't be one of exploration or discovery or anything resembling hard sci-fi but then this is "AbramsTrek" and Lin's a good match for this.

Lin can do good action sequences and FF's storyline (simple as it is) has always impressed me with how much heart he could squeeze out of those characters. I could easily see him doing a good rendition of Arena or Errand of Mercy. (And if you do those stories Orci I want a finders fee). The question ultimately lies with the script and whether or not Orci screws him over.

McCoy: "Can he do it?"
Spock: "If he has the script, doctor. If he has the script."

2 days ago
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NASA Study Proposes Airships, Cloud Cities For Venus Exploration

the_skywise An airship city? (200 comments)

Golly... where have I heard of that before...

They could call it Columbia...

about a week ago
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NASA's $349 Million Empty Tower

the_skywise Re:Quoted from TFA (200 comments)

Lo and behold, now that it's completed it is indeed useless.

Correct, but it was mere speculation before. Now they've PROVEN it.

Science!

about a week ago
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Jaguar and Land Rover Just Created Transparent Pillars For Cars

the_skywise Re:Not transparent... (191 comments)

Agreed - They could at least put transparent in quotes.

Is is "transparent" or is it a "reverse cloaking system"?

about two weeks ago
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Ford Ditches Microsoft Partnership On Sync, Goes With QNX

the_skywise "HAL - Play Genre Rock" (233 comments)

"I'm sorry Dave, I've BSOD'd... my mind... I can feel it going... I... I'm afraid I... qw30@#$%*(@#$... You seem to be trying to drive a car... How can I help?"

about two weeks ago
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Sony Reportedly Is Using Cyber-Attacks To Keep Leaked Files From Spreading

the_skywise Really... (190 comments)

> Some cybersecurity experts even feel that the Second Amendment can be interpreted as applying to 'cyber arms'."

Uh huh... the 2nd amendment says I have the right to defend myself. That means I can own guns to defend myself when I'm being attacked... PHYSICALLY.

The proper analogy is that I have the right to secure my computer systems from being hacked by malcontents or governments (or both).

It does not give me the right to go over to the local printing press and blow them up if they're xeroxing my naked selfies. That's not defense, that's just vandalism.

Good lord can this world get any dumber...

about two weeks ago
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Black IT Pros On (Lack Of) Racial Diversity In Tech

the_skywise Re:biased claims (459 comments)

That looks more like a missed autocorrect via a smartphone post.

about a month and a half ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

the_skywise Re:WELL DUH! (282 comments)

Are you sure about that?

Have you drank the latest silver bullet methodology to improve your engineering productivity today? ;)

about a month and a half ago
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When We Don't Like the Solution, We Deny the Problem

the_skywise WELL DUH! (282 comments)

This is one of the earliest recognized phenomena in historical literature. It's evidenced here every frackin' day!

Ego trumps reality in arguments every time because it's more important to WIN then to be RIGHT. That's why bluffing is so important in poker.

There's a larger issue here in the examples given though - There's NO SCIENTIFIC RESOLUTION FOR THEM - They're moral and ethical arguments with subjective values. One side will argue that closing down coal plants will cost jobs and increase the cost of energy which will destroy the economy vs the other side arguing that carbon pollution from coal will destroy the environment. Both are hyperbolic but where you fall on the spectrum of "what matters" will determine how you argue, regardless of the "facts". Same with gun control - One argues that restriction of gun rights causes more crime while the other argues that more guns equal more gun crime. Both are objectively scientific facts but which fact trumps the other?

And the report says it's because people ignore science? I think that says more about the quality of the report and the reporters than the people being reported on.

about a month and a half ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

the_skywise Re:So should we make them wear an eye patch? (99 comments)

> If the study had some claim about BAD 3d, that would be a different thing.

I saw Spacehunter Adventures in the Forbidden Zone in 3D as a kid and suffered horrible brain damage.

I don't think it was the 3D tech though...

about a month and a half ago
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French Health Watchdog: 3D Viewing May Damage Eyesight In Children

the_skywise OMG! I LOOKED AT VIEWMASTERS AS A KID (99 comments)

I'm blind now!

Oh wait... No I'm not...

I had a pile of viewmaster reels and a viewer that I'd spend hours looking at when I was between 4-6 and I made my own 3D pictures and posters using red/blue markers as a pre-teen.

I'll agree that back to back marathon viewings of 3D content probably isn't good but I think that's just basic common sense and just as bad as watching back to back marathon viewings of 2D content... which I also did as a child on Saturday Mornings... :/

about a month and a half ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

the_skywise Re:Summary doesn't support headline (306 comments)

Think about it. Even for those of us who are smart enough to qualify our answers, we'll STILL say we're right even without a majority of the information needed to make a valid decision because we "know" better because usually, with experience, we're right. (But we're not really, we're just lucky) Sure, there's exceptions like heart surgery and rocket launches where you want to make a "go" decision with close to 100% accuracy as possible (but generally we still don't even get that close) but the great majority of decisions you'll make in life can't be made with that much accuracy. Should I marry this person, should I start this company, should I invest in this company, where should I concentrate my efforts to have a fulfilling life? By natural instinct you HAVE to develop an inner monologue and gut reaction to events and you have to do it without sufficient information to make that decision because you will never have the time or ability to GET that information before the decision must be made.

Don't believe me? How about Colin Powell?
"Use the formula P=40 to 70, in which P stands for the probability of success and the numbers indicate the percentage of information acquired. Once the information is in the 40 to 70 range, go with your gut.”

about 2 months ago
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We Are All Confident Idiots

the_skywise Actually it makes a certain amount of sense (306 comments)

Incompetence generally isn't fatal in today's society.

So long as you can back it up with deflection ("Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM") which is a basic two year old skill ("I didna take da cookie!") you're not going to lose your position until you reach the level of GROSS incompetence and maybe not even then.

The real problem is when you have skilled people who make mistakes, KNOW they make mistakes and qualify their answers because they know they may not be right. They're overridden by these same people that never accept failure but still give the wrong answers.

about 2 months ago

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