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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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20. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 18:26 Mr. Tact
 
Certainly it is a cheaper one...  
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9. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 15, 2017, 13:05 Mr. Tact
 
Yeah, it's pretty easy for stuff to pile up. Especially if you have the room to store it without it really getting in your way. Say like if you are single and living in a 2,000 sq ft ranch...

Six months seems a bit short, I've definitely gone looking for something that I hadn't touched in more than six months. And something things are simply exempt, like books.
 
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16. Re: Playboy Feb 14, 2017, 11:59 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 11:48:
Fixed. On the other hand, can they be blamed for believing "people only read it for the articles" since men have been saying it for decades?
Yeah, I don't know. I have mixed feelings about it. I subscribed for a couple of decades. And there were months when I didn't look at the pictorials, and months when I only looked at the pictorials. I cancelled when they dropped the nudity -- it just didn't seem "right" (whatever that means in this context).

On the one hand I wanted to give them credit for being willing to change their minds after 50 years of saying. "This is who we are." On the other hand, I didn't really see what it gained them.

*shrug*

They lost me forever, not going to bother re-subscribing.
 
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5. Re: Playboy Feb 14, 2017, 10:16 Mr. Tact
 
Bill Borre wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 10:07:
lol. "Maybe not having pictures of naked women is a bad idea."
Yeah, when they did it last March I thought, "That is insane. They are throwing away their identity." I guess someone in power at the magazine finally realized that.
 
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7. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 14, 2017, 08:44 Mr. Tact
 
VaranDragon wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 04:31:
Can someone explain to me why you need to unlock your phone at the border?
The same reason the TSA asks you to remove your shoes at the airport, the illusion of security.
 
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64. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2017, 08:41 Mr. Tact
 
jdreyer wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 03:58:
KX, love you man, but the more you explain, the more it sounds like you're trying to convince yourself, not us.
Yes. Well said.
 
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63. Re: On Sale Feb 14, 2017, 08:38 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 14, 2017, 01:20:
Conversely, if an atom has split the result is a nuclear explosion, which is what makes up most stars in the known universe.
Sorry can't let this go by... this is exactly backward. Stars create energy through nuclear fusion, normally hydrogen atoms into helium atoms although late in the star's life other atoms are created.
All of it is organized. All of it is logical. There is math behind it all. The only conclusion I can come up with is none of it is random, and it must have had a powerful intelligence behind it. The universe and everything in it provide the evidence that God exists even though I cannot see him because "[God's] invisible qualities are clearly seen from the world’s creation onward."
So your argument appears to come down to, since things are logical there must be an intelligence behind it. This is not good logic. Many of the things you mentioned have been explained, some haven't. Certainly we don't seem to be close to understanding the nature of Dark Matter or Dark Energy. Although support for Dark Matter being composed of WIMPs seems to be growing.

I agree our situation here on Earth seems overly lucky. The right distance from the galactic center, the right distance from our star, having a single large satellite to stabilize our tilt and rotation. However it makes more sense to me we are here because of those conditions. Not to say, we can't be that lucky someone or something had to have helped. You offer no evidence. You are simply stating interesting scientific information some of which we have very good explanations for, and some of which we have less explanation for.
 
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3. Re: Evening Safety Dance Feb 14, 2017, 00:21 Mr. Tact
 
Cutter wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 23:44:
You say that like it's a bad thing. Biker
Lulz, my immediate thought -- "What is sex magic?"

Goggle says...

"Sex magic (sometimes spelled sex magick) is any type of sexual activity used in magical, ritualistic or otherwise religious and spiritual pursuits. One practice of sex magic is using the energy of sexual arousal or orgasm with visualization of a desired result. A premise of sex magic is the concept that sexual energy is a potent force that can be harnessed to transcend one's normally perceived reality."
 
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29. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 20:40 Mr. Tact
 
Acleacius wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 16:25:
Anyone ever deal with Win 7 and upgrading hardware? Apparently it's some kind of drm nonsense. I need to change my motherboard and RAM, so I'm a bit concerned.
I did a RAM and hard drive upgrade a couple of months ago, it was easy and went as smooth as glass -- no issues. However, I am having an issue with upgrading the video card -- not sure if the issue is Win7 or the card. My machine hung on the manufacturer's flash screenshot when I just tried inserting the card... Going to try disabling the on-board video and see if that helps... *shrug*
 
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53. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 17:42 Mr. Tact
 
Kxmode wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 17:06:
Mr. Tact wrote on Feb 13, 2017, 00:56:
Kxmode wrote on Feb 11, 2017, 23:09:
This is a personal attack on my faith and beliefs and has nothing to do with the bible or Christianity.
"faith and beliefs".. that's the problem. When your argument is based on faith and beliefs, you have no argument. You can have faith and belief in the tooth fairy if you want. And while you are free to believe whatever you desire, and in the US have freedom to speak about it, it doesn't provide any validity to your beliefs other than establishing the existence of those beliefs.

You do not understand the point. Faith and belief is a part of what makes a person who they are, and it is not just religious in nature. For example, you have "faith and belief" the sun will rise. Why? Well, apparently because the evidence shows it will. People have "faith and hope" that their efforts of saving for retirement will lead to a relatively comfortable life. Decades of examples of people who have achieved this goal would demonstrate this to be so.

On the other hand, the Bible and Christianity are objects of someone's faith and beliefs. That is the difference. Personally attacking someone's faith and belief instead of the objects of them has no merit in a logical discussion. While they are mutually inclusion, they are also separate. I really hope you understand the difference.
So, what are the objects of your faith and beliefs it would have merit to attack? The bible?

I went back and reread a lot of this topic and I have to say, I'm not sure how we got here. If the discussion is the idea of believing in a "God" there isn't much to attack other than the belief. Did you watch the Ricky Gervais video? He really does hit the nail on the head.
 
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22. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 13, 2017, 16:38 Mr. Tact
 
I hope the new job for Mrs. Blue is an upgrade and not a "this is all I could get" thing. Well, at least you know how to drive unlike some life long NYC residents.

Generally moving sucks just from the hassle standpoint. But getting a change of scenery can be very invigorating. You've already found a home? Be careful about Internet connectivity, especially in slightly rural areas there can be good Internet connectivity on one side of the street and not the other, quite literally.
 
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