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News Comments > Out of the Blue
12. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 19, 2017, 09:34 Mr. Tact
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 19, 2017, 03:55:
Just saw the movie Arrival.

Spoiler questions / comments:

If she is living non-linear how did she not know about the phone call? She acted surprised. And how did she save mankind the first round if she didn't know the number? Why would she ever need it?

Lastly, lack of knowledge (phone number) would indicate linear thinking, but in the future she is non-linear. So which is it?

Are these a major plot holes?

On the other hand maybe she doesn't realize she's existing in subtle but alternate-divergent timelines or universes. She might simply be delusional.

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Why doesn't she know about the phone call?

Well -- talking about non-linear events almost always makes for confusing verbiage. My personal spin: She is surprised because she is only just figuring out what's going on. That the visions of a child, her child, are not some fantasy but that she is seeing her future. And realizing she can manipulate her action in that future which enables her to change the present. She isn't "living non-linear", ie... she isn't moving forward and backward in time, she is simply seeing and interacting with her future. Unless I'm misremembering you aren't shown her changing the past.

Now your next question is a standard time travel plot problem. Terminator.. how was John Conner ever born the first time, without Kyle having gone back in time to father him. How can the general be at the party for her to get the phone number, unless she already called him. It is pretty much unavoidable to have a problem like this when you are dealing with time altering events. I don't really understand your "Why would she ever need it?" question.

If you consider this a major plot hole, no film containing any form of time manipulation isn't guilty of it.
 
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News Comments > Over 20 Million Terrarians
8. Re: Over 20 Million Terrarians Feb 18, 2017, 21:10 Mr. Tact
 
One thing this game has which I would love to see in Minecraft is the ability to carry your character's inventory from one save to another. It really is needed in Terraria because certain items can only be found in certain biomes and not all biomes are in every world.

But yeah, I doubt there is another game at the $10 price mark which is as good. I built from scratch to near completion in at least two versions, maybe three... I don't remember for sure.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
27. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 17:32 Mr. Tact
 
You're probably right that the continuing penalty of being someone with a "record" is in some cases, probably including this one, is more than it should be.

He might be able to get it expunged later, I know that is possible in some cases. However, I wouldn't be surprised to find out it is difficult, expensive (paying the lawyer), and/or not possible in many cases.
 
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
77. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 17, 2017, 16:04 Mr. Tact
 
I don't buy your analogy of the mob or Walmart. Yeah, millions shop at Walmart, there are also millions that don't, myself included. Yeah, Walmart closed down a lot of smaller retailers, but there are still plenty of others around.

You seem to be ranting against the "Millions of people have said that they will only shop at Walmart. They're the problem." Do you scream at the wind too? I stand by what I said previously. If Steam's conditions for having products on their site were as egregious as you seem to think they are -- we'd be hearing a lot more complaining about it and people would be doing something about it. Yes, setting up a distribution site is not a minor task, but devs would flock to support one if the option of using Steam was so damaging.

Someone would become the Walmart of software distribution, lower prices -- if Steam was the IBM, unbending status quo.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 15:00 Mr. Tact
 
If only I had said that...  
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News Comments > Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced
13. Re: Path of Exile The Fall of Oriath Announced Feb 17, 2017, 14:26 Mr. Tact
 
I've been considering having another go at PoE for a long time now, this looks like a pretty good reason to do so.

Full release currently slated for June/July... so have some time yet.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 14:18 Mr. Tact
 
Yep. Excellent film.

Both blu-ray and UHD are available.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
13. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 13:25 Mr. Tact
 
Primalchrome wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 13:16:
One of my favorite tidbits about Archer is how different Judy Greer is from her character Cheryl. Seeing her answer questions on some interviews and panels always requires a doubletake. H.Jon Benjamin, Aisha Tyler, and Chris Parnell seem to handle conversations much the same way as their characters...
I feel this way about Hugh Laurie. Watched seven seasons of House before I ever saw him in anything else or give an interview. I hear that British accent and immediately think, "Why is he doing that?" LOL.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 12:41 Mr. Tact
 
If you can't do the time, don't do the crime. This wasn't some kid, he is 24 years old. Unless he has some mental condition which reduces his capacity to act like an adult it would seem a criminal conviction is not out of line.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 17, 2017, 11:53 Mr. Tact
 
BobBob wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 11:05:
Anyone else in SoCal? All this forecast in the news of a major rain storm and so far it's barely drizzling. I was looking forward to heavy rainfall.
They aren't in Oroville...
 
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
73. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 17, 2017, 08:52 Mr. Tact
 
1) Do you have any actual evidence Valve is taking 30%?

2) Even if they are, in the example you give, if Cogcentric was doing what you claim Valve is -- you would have known prior to starting your seminar business about the issues of dealing with Cogcentric. And you'd have to make business decision about either living with it, or finding another way.

I don't really see where the problem is. Assuming you are right, yeah 30% off the top sounds like it might be a bit steep. But if it is nearly as egregious as you seemed to think it is -- it sure seems likely to me we'd both hear more complaints about it and see some action to battle it.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
40. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 17, 2017, 08:19 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 17, 2017, 03:19:
Fair enough, but the holes were much smaller, many fewer, and better integrated than those in Prometheus. I'm still pissed about that movie.
Yeah, but frankly -- that movie was just so bad overall I never even bothered noticing plot problems or inconsistencies. It is such a bad movie, why bother?

Which raises an interesting point, I guess these type of things only really bother me in a movie I like or one I at least want to like. But if the movie is just plain bad, it isn't worth the effort.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
50. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 22:49 Mr. Tact
 
For someone who doesn't give a f*ck, you sure do blather on, and on..  
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
69. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 16, 2017, 22:29 Mr. Tact
 
I could buy an argument that Steam isn't all peaches and cream for independent game developers, however Slick's opinion seems likely to be at least a bit overstated. It seems to me if was really THAT bad for the game devs. they would have banded together and created an alternative. It would be interesting to know the exact details of the deals, especially for successful games. Say something like Factorio, which I know was doing pretty well before they were on Steam.

I would say if any current game developer is bitching about it, they have no one to blame but themselves. This isn't exactly hidden information. As far as the "diehard fanbois" *shrug* if Steam was half as bad as some people claim they wouldn't do half the business they do. Yeah, they aren't perfect -- no person or business is. Being first gets you a lot of credit -- ask Henry Ford. But it isn't necessary all important, ask Friendster or MySpace, who turned down a chance to buy Facebook for $75m.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
36. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 16, 2017, 14:16 Mr. Tact
 
descender wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 14:09:
I really don't fault the movie for any of this stuff though. It's all based in scientific fact and was close enough IMO.
In general I agree, hence my "suspend my disbelief" mantra. But again, when the actors specifically talk about something and then don't manage to make the obvious, next step, logical conclusion, it is annoying.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
33. Re: On Sale Feb 16, 2017, 08:43 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 04:47:

Super secret:

The point of the film is that aliens through their complex non-linear language were able to teach Dr. Louise Banks how to "think" non-linearly. And by doing so, she could, in principle, live a non-linear life. As explained the alien said their race would need the human's help in 3,000 years. This non-linear language was the first step towards that eventuality. Although I will say this plot device creates a sizeable hole in the sense of asking why non-linear beings would need human's help in precisely 3,000 years? Meh... whatever. Great movie!

Super secret:

There are plenty of scenarios you could think up where even being able to change your past actions wouldn't be enough to avoid a problem. Maybe they have foreseen a human scientist will be responsible for curing a disease, or they need human help in a war which is unavoidable. *shrug* I didn't really find the "we will need your help in 3,000 years" that bad.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
32. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 16, 2017, 08:15 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 16, 2017, 02:07:
There's an even bigger hole. In order for that time dilation effect to occur, the planet itself must be traveling and near the speed of light. Which means that little landing skiff would have to approach the speed of light to catch it. And then escape the massive gravitational pull of a black hole that accelerates a planet to nearly the speed of light to return to the mothership.
While that might be a bigger hole, it is far less "offensive" because they don't specifically talk about it in the film. Like I said, I do my best to suspend my disbelief, it is a movie after all and the purpose is entertainment. But when you actually have the actors saying things which amount to "Gee, aren't we idiots!"... kind of hard to forgive.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
24. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 20:07 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 19:38:
I don't know. I think the last few years have been good for sci-fi, especial cerebral. Interstellar, The Martian, Arrival, Looper, and Predestination. Then there's Moon, Ex Machina, District 9, Source Code, and others that I'm forgetting. Of course, there have been some real stickers like Jupiter Ascending.
Interstellar, Looper, Predestination and Source Code all have time travel components and hence have similar problems. I loved the first two thirds of Interstellar and the last third much less. I recently watched it again since it was on the movie channels and noticed a really bad plot problem I missed in the original viewing. Although, in my defense, I do try my best to "suspend my disbelief" when watching films the first time through.

Specifically, when they are planning on going down to the first planet near the black hole -- they actually discuss how time dilation is going to be a problem. That one hour on the planet will be seven years to the ship in orbit. Yet, they fail to realize that means the data they have been getting for the past decade came from someone who had been on the planet less than two hours. And they never notice the data being sent was exactly the same every time? Terrible hole...

I thought Ex Machina was also very good. Had forgotten about it.. movies always get bonus points in my book for not having "Hollywood" endings. Moon was interesting and it was 2009 so, kind of out of my couple of years range. As is District 9 which I didn't particularly care for anyway. And yeah, while mildly entertaining, Jupiter Ascending was sci-fi fluff.
 
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News Comments > Origin Access Free Trial
36. Re: Origin Access Free Trial Feb 15, 2017, 18:38 Mr. Tact
 
At 10% of that price, I'd consider it. Maybe.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 18:32 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 15, 2017, 18:25:
On a side note saw The Arrival. Excellent, cerebral sci-fi! I didn't think it was Oscar "Best Picture" worthy but it was extremely good. The real star of the film is the alien language. It's the most unique aspect of the film that I've not seen in any form elsewhere.
First, it is just "Arrival" -- "The Arrival" is a pretty bad Charlie Sheen movie from 1996.

That aside, I really liked it too, I thought it was the best sci-fi movie of the last couple of years. However, it hasn't gotten broad praise from the sci-fi community. Some people dislike any story involving time manipulations, which I have some sympathy for but it didn't bother me in this film.
 
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