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Comment on The Sunset Boulevard Effect by Anonymous

Mon, 19 Mar 2018 12:45:26 +0000

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Comment on The Ghostbusters Are Horrible People by Nick

Sat, 17 Mar 2018 14:57:10 +0000

Because Ray *had already chosen* Mr. Stay-Puft by the time Peter ever brought up J. Edgar Hoover.

Comment on Episode 503: The Killmonger Doctrine by David Hampton

Fri, 09 Mar 2018 07:42:51 +0000

I thought it was an incredibly impressive plot with characters who are driven by understandable and empathized motives. All of the supporting cast was given roles with a large impact and no one was denigrated in the dialog that wasn't already established as having a character conflict. In a surprising twist I actually felt that the "super hero" parts of the film were the most distracting. The actual plot was incredibly moving and set in a very believable cultural conflict. I can not recommend it strongly enough. Unfortunately the science and infrastructure described felt very much like the writers trying to justify the special effects budget. But they were not consistent or practical. All of this doesn't change the fact that it was an amazing plot with a really neat premise that explores a Utopian African with good geopolitical relevance. It's just annoying for all the impracticality it introduces. Grounding that utopia on the endless energy and science fiction technological capacities of Vibranium, and suggesting that it's a resource which may have no limit is very bad for plausibility. I don't like that the effort gone to make the other hero's abilities and support networks have consistent limitations was just flat out dropped for Black Panther. Because of the nonsense infrastructure the nation of Wakanda wasn't as believable as it could have been. I'm really glad that other people are trying to find ways to make it more realized and better detailed. Because otherwise the part of the Infinity Stone arc set in Wakanda may be much less important than it could be. That the hero's win is the usual given, but how they do it should matter. Where they do it should matter. The franchise did such a good job of incorporating the damage done in the second Avengers film I'm surprised they went to such lengths to not have a similar impact on Wakanda. There wasn't any lasting damage to the mine or the Vibranium or the nation. With the implications that Wakanda has a massive source of this magic rock - unless the Infinity Stone arc is set within a few weeks of the Black Panther film - I'll be confounded as to how the other characters don't have a massively improved arsenal. From the trailer of the next Avengers film I don't expect that to be the case, but I'm going to be very disappointed if the plot is; the Avengers lose and retreat to Wakanda, where they all get upgraded weapons and armor like it's a bloody video game. Because it'll underscore the impact of the possibility of a Utopian African nation as a predicable plot way point instead of a fully realization nation that fits into the larger MCU. Instead of being a place you could imagine was possible to realize in our own universe.

Comment on Karate Kid Week: Disqualify Daniel Larusso by Shez Shafiq

Thu, 08 Mar 2018 22:36:54 +0000

Daniels crane kick was perfectly legal. The kick is consistent with other kicks to the face in the rest of the tournament where points were given. I’ve never seen a problem with it, neither did the judges.

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:47:17 +0000

Human tech being based on recovered Area 51 tech does solve some of the problems with this ridiculous scenario, but it still doesn't explain why hostile aliens would let us have access to that technology in the first place, rather than having it self-destruct as soon as it's no longer in their control...

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:43:18 +0000

If they're confident enough to go around attacking civilizations on other planets, then they are smart enough to consider the consequences of doing so.

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:41:27 +0000

Interesting comments, but if these aliens are able to use the technology they've supposedly scavenged, they've got to be fairly intelligent. How long are the technologies they scavenge going to work if they don't know how to repair or maintain them? I don't think an advanced space-faring civilization would go trekking across the universe on some jury-rigged space ship thrown together by MacGuyvering aliens. Comparing them to what people even less advanced than us did when exploring the earth in the past is probably pointless, too.

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:34:26 +0000

I'm not sure what you think NASA's methods have to do with the methods of aliens traveling between star systems. I think it's safe to say that the alien's fighters would be highly networked. In fact, they most likely would be drones. There would be no point in having an alien pilot on board in the first place.

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:30:01 +0000

By the way, one more thing I'd like to mention is that aliens who have conquered interstellar travel are not going to be stupid. If it is possible for Will Smith to capture an alien fighter, then it's a scenario that the aliens have considered. Why wouldn't they simply not allow any lost fighters to operate at all, or not allow them access to their network? Why would any useful technologies onboard not self-destruct as soon as the fighter pilot is no longer in control of it?

Comment on How to Hack into an Alien Space Ship by chevdo

Wed, 07 Mar 2018 05:17:15 +0000

"he has already figured out at least part of the alien’s computer language by looking at the binary code the aliens send through our satellites" This is your mistake. If the aliens are sending code to earth satellites to control them, it would be earth code, not alien code. Jeff Goldblum could not 'learn all about alien code' from examining the messages they send to take control of earth's satellites since those messages would have to be mimics of human-made code the satellite would understand. There are also problems with your "Powerbook as a GUI to the captured fighter tech". The alien tech would be running zillion times faster than a 1990s Powerbook. In order to get that virus onto the alien mothership thru the fighter Jeff is going to have to do it quickly enough that the aliens don't have time to intercept or fix his attack. So using the Powerbook to control the fighter tech is a ridiculous kludge, like using a morse-code tapper to program a Powerbook. To even have a chance of getting ahead of the aliens time-wise with his virus attack, Jeff would not only have to be able to program the fighter directly, he'd probably need to go several layers deep into its tech, from high-level alien interfaces (after-all aliens need friendly interfaces, too) right down to its low-level equivalent of assembly language. This isn't a corporation's IT department who might not notice the breach for days, weeks or months, this is military tech. There would be an army of aliens tasked solely with snuffing out cyber-attacks ASAP.