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Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate history' story made into TV series

Bleu

Re: alternate reality??

Ooh, aren't we the clever one, ballistic trajectories is the intended meaning. Have you had a flight on a ballistic trajectory lately?

From what I hear, until Branson gets his overpriced fun-fair ride off the ground, cheapest way is in a high-altitude fighter in Russia.

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I'd go along with you but

I only agree with your first point.

Your second is odd at best.

Both are completely off-topic.

I must watch Prometheus at some stage, sounds pretty stupid, but I am an effects fan, small-time maker at times, missed my vocation.

Am quite sure that Scott will f*** this up completely, since he is not a reader, and his scriptwriters will be intent on imposing their own orthodox and cretinous visions, you, current anonymous coward, are doing a very good job of suggesting a possible very propagandistic twist.

Mr. Nagomi will become a cameo for someone, everyone in fictionality will be subject to a reality shift like Mr. Dick was so deft at depicting.

I didn't leave the cinema during Stargate, felt like it, but the angle was pretty obvious (and I loved the small scenes that brought the gods of ancient Egypt to life).

You may consider changing your user name from anonymous coward to keen user of Internet megaphone?

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Re: Also ...

BTW, I very much doubt that you read all of them, but congrats for enjoying A Scanner Darkly once upon a time.

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Re: Also ...

Guess your tastes have radically changed since 'long ago'. Of all PKD 'property' taken up by Hollywood, that is the only one that is faithful to the novel and its good points.

Two which are faithful to short stories are Screamers, and Impostor: the short (40 minute) version of that is great, with padding for feature length, execrable. I think Screamers worked well as a feature.

Honourable mention to Total Recall, captured some themes, and fun, wish Verhoeven would make another SF movie, that, with Robocop and Starship Troopers, made up a tour de force.

Semi-honourable mention to Bladerunner, exploited side themes and decoration from the novel, great movie, but absolutely contradicted the central themes, so a derivative but simply exploitative work.

There is also a good French movie faithful to Confessions of a Crap Artist, but that is not SF.

*All* of the numerous others are execrable, as is the long version of Impostor.

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Bleu

Scott Doesn't Read

Ridley boasted of not having read Do Androids before (and after) making Bladerunner.

Bladerunner is a good movie, but not bothering to read the rather short novel implies that Mr. Scott is a bit of an ignoramus outside the (not always effective) exploitation of talented scriptwriters, effects people, cinematographers, and so on.

I shudder to think what kind of travesty he and a US network will make of High Castle.

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New Star Wars movie plot details leak, violate common sense and laws of physics

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Re: As fans on the expanded universe know...

I am a little bit of a fan of the 'Expanded Universe', hear that a few of the novels are alright, but I don't read them because it is a tragedy that Star Wars and Star Trek books have almost replaced good speculative/science fiction at bookshops.

I like a certain period of the comics, there were a few really good ones. Have finished some of the video games, only on small platforms and at arcades, but they are all based on events in the films.

I think only a fanatic will know arcane details from the expanded universe.

However, I can understand and sympathise with your disappointment at the new product ignoring the expanded universe.

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Re: Garbage pod!

Also one that is supposed to be in the setting of Bladerunner, mostly not a good film, but has a few moments, setting is a rubbish dump planet.

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Re: H2G2 style

Now. there is a high concept, as I am led to believe they say.

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Re: The floating hand...

Sorry, it's a hotel, if you are cockney, my apologies, if not, pretension.

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Re: The floating hand...

Bullshit, just a Noo Yawker with pretentious pronunciation of 'herb' and 'homage'.

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

Reference to 'nuking Hiroshima' is more than a little tasteless at this time of the year.

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Re: Tom_

Soon to be contacting you, forces of the dark side are!

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Re: El Reg... Really?

Sorry,

Your post is incomprehensible.

Best of luck.

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Re: Tom_

Wow, you might try previewing your posts, but maybe your local education system didn't give you the grounding in written language.

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Re: El Reg... Really?

Open on your browser all day?

Not to condemn, but you must be retired and have a very cushy payout or be rather above all at work.

I only look at the site from work when bad code and descriptions start to drive me to death, so I need a little clarity, never have it open all day.

Each to their own.

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Re: El Reg... Really?

The Kardashian thing has two tech. angles, cosmetic surgery and manipulation of 'social networks', thankfully the Reg. chooses to ignore both.

Interesting, though, neither tabloids nor 'quality' papers comment on the obvious cosmetic surgery.

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Re: El Reg... Really?

Gave you an 'upvote', not because I thought you had a point, the talk about sports was dim, but the 'downvoters' were clearly acting as a gang.

Sometime friends of yours?

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Re: Stormtrooper turned good guy?.

Downvote just because you care too much about rubbish,also clearly dragging people from whatever fandom basement you dwell in to give you upvotes,

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Re: The floating hand...

Do you not voice the h in homage (there is an english-language pronunciation, not the same as the french from which it was adopted, see restaurant for another example) or are you just a little dim?

I noticed a major London paper yesterday had 'an UN ...', unbelievable, are we supposed to be pronouncing UN as un-?

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Re: Good guy stormtrooper

If you like comics, some of those *were* great, at one stage they had many 2000 AD masters working on Star Wars comics, I didn't notice until that time was almost over, but have a lovely Cam Kennedy job about Jabba and an Ian Gibson about droid adventures. Writers and inkers were also from golden-period 2000 AD.

Check at times, hoping to find another title from that time, they all look like crap now.

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Re: El Reg... Really?

No, you are commenting on a meta-phenomenon, feel no guilt!

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Re: El Reg... Really?

Harrison Ford breaking his ankle (sounds more like a bad sprain, break one of your own and see), has no tech connection.

Some gossip site has no tech connection, except they have an Internet site.

They have been selected to run a little pre-publicity or they are just making it up.

Who cares?

It is sure to be a pile that trundles along and gets a few points from the protagonists from the original three.

Speaking of which, I enjoyed parts of all of the prequels, child actor playing young Vader was perfectly precocious, proud, and pouty, that got the next most criticism to Jar Jar, who played pretty much the same as when he was the same actor in the Fifth Element, but I cannot recall the same mass hysteria against that, quite the opposite.

I would love anyone to watch Return of the Jedi and say with a straight face that it is not the most cloying of all.

Fans and those older than about 25 will recall that Lucas spoke of a nine-part series, for which he'd written the outline.

Threw his toys out of the pram after herd-like media reviews from Menace to Sith, I really do not believe he did not have at least a sketch of the nine-part matinee series he claimed.

As if Disney will do anything but flog the horse until it is dead, and as if Lucas needed more money.

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BOFH: The Great Backup BACKDOWN

Bleu

Re: Cloudy McCloud and the Vault of falsely sensed security, Chapter 1

I am not looking forward to the 'ribbon' interface the next time I have to encounter it, tomorrow morning. Design disaster?

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Re: Stupid request for advice

I do not know, but Hans, Terry and Richard, thanks for food for thought. I tried to reply earlier, but must not have pressed the 'post' button.

Person who points out the idea of a physical print also has a good point (I thought the idea was the BASIC command at first). Screens surely do not do justice to good photographs ... but a print is not a backup, audio recording principle, always keep the original, even if the cleaned-up version sounds better.

Same applies to *good* digital video and photographs, I would think.

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Re: What timing!

Not holidays yet, on call until Fri., looking forward to escaping.

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Re: I suppose the BOFH'S Helldesk

I prefer unix or linux, but was adept at that in DOS and early Windows.

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

Since you are posting as anon. coward, how would I know?

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Bleu

I hate outlook.

A boss enthusiastically set up my net mail account on Outlook.

They later gave me a company account.

I log in from anywhere else and find my pre-Outlook mail has vanished from my account on the net, suppose it illustrates my earlier post about backup on a physical medium.

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Re: What timing!

Very strange post from chivo243, nice that the other two in your office gave you a vote.

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Re: We all moved to sharepoint.

You can boost your beloved Sharepoint, but some want a physical medium for backup.

What kind of snooping-free promises do these services provide? None afaics.

No secrets outside work (a few, not secret to co-workers), but sure don't want to put anything in the cloud, where it is certain to be stolen if there is any interest.

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Re: responsibility

That is a confusing post.

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Say goodbye to landfill Android: Top 10 cheap 'n' cheerful smartphones

Bleu

Re: a list of *smaller* phones

You are asking for an impractical thing.

Your ideal is closest to a good clamshell or small brick plus a very small touchscreen device, two things to carry, and charge, but keep the phone handy. Get the other out when needed. Not often.

Know a few friends doing that. Recent shift to android, because of broken usb in a good brick, with this, much I like, much I dislike, as a phone, I don't like it.

Off-topic, also don't like how any link for downloading any program takes me to the goorglon, is that depending on provider and place?

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Re: We have Thirtyfive Dollar Androids here ...

That is interesting, I guess the same ones are sold for about thrice the price here, but only the tablets. I just wonder where things go after people buy them, well I know, they throw them out, recycling is essential!

Certainly, lithium is abundant thanks to hybrid cars and batteries in portable devices, but it is still rare, I see no care in recycling.

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I want it back

I want my smart-dumbphone back, only thing this does better is Internet.

Provider services were also more fun. Still keeping it charged, nice macro-lens, low-fi video, broken USB socket,too much money to fix (induction charger).

New models on offer are not so good, maybe I should get a serious estimate for repairing the socket.

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Malaysian Airlines flight MH17 claimed lives of HIV/AIDS cure scientists

Bleu

RIP

Clearly a tragedy. My heart goes out to all who have lost loved ones.

I will not speak of the question of blame, except to say it is not in one place, may well be other than where it is being imposed, recall nerve-gas attacks on Syrian population that are now known to have come from a Libyan stock via Turkey, to be used by Syrian rebels? That was the reality, as well as those of us not there can know.

My favourite hyperbole in this incident was the numerous major outlets speaking of a hundred AIDs researchers being aboard.

It is what articles in major papers were saying.

My instant thought was 'liars', knowing that these conferences are junkets for a mix of activists, health bureaucrats (referred to as health workers in this context, not that any have done any primary care lately), and researchers, as the underclass.

So it turns out that the touted hundred came down to six, two bureaucrats, two researchers (I don't know whether they were real researchers or trick cyclists), and two activists.

Sure, a terrible incident, am just saying that on those points alone (the widely reported hundred AIDs researchers vs. the reality), take care not to suspend your critical faculties.

Treat constructed narratives in general with great caution.

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Japanese artist cuffed for disseminating 3D ladyparts files

Bleu

Re: Manco

Mushi mushi passes at times, some like wordplay, sure not our majority, also pronunciation is just about never mooshi-mooshi as you imply.

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Re: Manco

I have been to that country, router has the same pronunciation, 'ou' as in who. Route is still a word, route is still not pronounced in the same way as the word meaning a great defeat.

Your pupils were just joking and perhaps a little ignorant.

Why do Americans pronounce 'route' correctly, but switch it in router? Do they all say 'rout' 66 and so on now? 'I get my kicks on rout 66' just sounds silly.

A better example is US 'root for' your team, hilarious to Australians. Saw an example.

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Err

Parlay, not parley (me, checked and missed, withdrawing and reposting is too much trouble).

Also, OPs mentioning the female counterpart of the phallic reps, posts were not there when making mine, but A for observation to you.

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This post is worth an article ...

but not begrudging the Reg, been enjoying it for some years.

Firstly, agree with OPs who enjoy this work. I find it quite amusing, it also has a nice tie with the nation's creation myth (see Amaterasu Omikami).

Also, OP mentioning phallic cults and festivals, they sometimes carry the giant organs to, for example, indy rock shows where trad. festival style dance-and-music groups appear, and there are also vulva-centred festivals, featuring similarly giant-scale reproductions.

Some will recall the Akihabara knife maniac several years ago. As a consequence, the 'heaven for pedestrians' (road closed to traffic in business hours on Sundays) was suspended for a few years.

What was never reported in press overseas was that his murderous rampage was mainly because he came to hate the many 'idol' events and fan groups. Not that he wasn't one of the fans, but it all just made him feel even more socially excluded and inadequate.

One Akihabara 'idol' who became a minor celebrity called herself Asuka Sawamoto. Her speciality was panty-flashing (quite modest), and she was arrested *three times* for that between spring and summer of the same year. She'd been banned from there (or was locked up, I've forgotten) at the time of the knife attack.

The real reason for the street being reopened to traffic and closed to pedestrians was more Sawamoto than the knife maniac.

She also got immense publicity on two-channel, when trolls here went nuts on discovering that she had been lying about her age (by numerous years, at least eight) and using a false name.

She later parleyed this into a hard-core career. Not interested, so do not know if it is still going. Before that, she had a band, saw them once, lunchtime show, not great, but fun and funny, band was pretty good, also modest, tape-on-nipples at most (though I presume the private photo sessions on offer went further).

Another band I knew of at the time had a keen panty-flasher as a main performer, she was ordered to stop by the band leader after the serial Sawamoto arrests.

At the same time, more than a few male music performers like to take everything off, a few places don't allow it (you can tell, because said performers keep their undies on).

Occasionally, drunken male students or other early-twenties will do things like pulling their pants down, set fire to their pubes while yelling 'Japanese fire', zero police interest.

Could continue, stopping there.

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South Korea: We're 'concerned' that Obama saved Apple from ban

Bleu
Trollface

Re: Amercan voters in sth Krrea

vt. If the USA pulled all it's armed forces, Nth Korea would march straight in.

Neither Sth Korea nor the USA want that, bu

You must be joking, the South Koreans want peace (with their ethnic racial brethren), the US govt. wants to make trouble, mainly to piss in China's nose.

Also a double-standard at play here, Sth. Korea has, like Japan, a population collapse in progress, but liKe Japan-accepts almost no non-natives, sure isn't interested in imposing arseholes from the worst places they can flnd on the less well-off portions of the local populations, unlike western countries.

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Happy

Re: @obnoxiousGit

Nlce comment.

Before leaving for now, even more off-topic, an Irish friend asked me why Blair had converted to Catholicism, l half-passed in my attempted replies.

Friend's explanation was sweet and to the point, the Catholic church offers absolution, and Blair had made a major war criminal of himself, so was desperate to be absolved.

Personally, I doubt that Blair has the human quality my friend credited him with, but it's a theory worth spreading.

Off the topic but not the thread, mayhaps food for thought.

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Pint

Re: In case anyone really cares about why this happened

Climate change? bush? wtf?

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Pint

Mad plans ... but nice and polite

Meant to reply to the OP who referred to the probabilty that the US spying programs might also shuffle info. back to their national champ companies, I have no doubt they do, but is there a case where it's been proven?

One might hope that Mr. Snowden's files include such an example, but it seems to have been out of his scope ... or if not, out of the scope of things the Grauniad is willing to publish.

As I said in an earlier post, all of lt does sweet FA for the many talented americans being thrown onto the scrapheap. it's all about stock values for the holders, most of whom have not done a day of productive work in their lives.

Current pres. case in point, also a massive real-estate swindle, quetly shovelled under the carpet by an obedient media machne.

Beer ... the usual reason.

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Trollface

Re: Typical American behaviour

Hey, let's not let it get in the way of your juggernaut.

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Mushroom

Amercan voters in sth Krrea

Last time I checked, there were still several tens of thousands of US soldiers in Sth. Korea, they don't appear to have announced a sudden massive withdrawal of late.

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Unhappy

Re: Typical American behaviour

Truly a joke, the US national champion companies vigorously ask the state for handouts and importation of cheap labour, while throwing talented programmers in regional states onto the scrapheap of crap jobs at fast-food places and, at best, crap jobs in shopping malls.

Not from there, but have enough 'net friends (and enough nous to judge) to know.

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Paris Hilton

Re: Typical American behaviour

Yankee lawyer = liar.

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Gimp

Reg. reality

Ridiculous indeed, but the key questions are which player installed, maintains, and extends limits in the system as it corruptly stands?

Hint, it's not Sth. Korea.

I would like to vote anything above my own post down, but it takes too long.

... also would vote many lower posts up.

To lower-posting people whose comments I like, consider just replying to a top post, relevant or not, seems to be the favoured method of the system-gaming Norde Americano propaganda crowd, who, lord knows why, flood the place with crap on any contentious point (I like the Reg, been reading it for years before even one post).

How does one obtain a 'badge' so that one can edit one's own posts?

I omitted two words in my last, as an obsessive I can't stand it!

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Unhappy

Re: WTF?

Bear with me, pls.

This is just another example of the USA bullying US competitors with their `champion companies'.

A long history is behind it (attack on Japan's DRAM production and the very good TRON OS, visits from Gates and the Googleoids to the White House where they always get exactly what they want, while not creating work for their fellow countrymen).

Most recently (before the attack on Samsung), the massive propaganda attack on the Airbus superjumbn in contrast with just about no critical comment about the much greater lateness and tendency to catch fire for no reason stated in the manual (like the Xbox and several Apple i-devices) of the 'Dreamliner' was a pretty startling example.

... and all are dedicated to inflated stock value, no interest in decent jobs for US workers (alright, admit that doesn't entirely to contract-bloated Boeing, but lovely how their lies dominate the media, innit?)

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