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@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:14 PM)

It's too bad it's like this because some of what they're doing with tiny cars is pretty cool, but I'm not willing to sign up for that f-ing hassle.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:13 PM)

At this point I'm trying to decide how much of a markup I'm willing to pay some scalper scum or if I should just say to hell with it.

@  PlutoniumBoss : (18 September 2019 - 02:11 PM)

That is pretty much the constant story with Hot Wheels. Anything you might actually want has most likely been picked clean and marked up.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 02:02 PM)

I've been watching some Youtube Hot Wheels videos out of boredom and discovered there exists a new car that just came out maybe a month ago that looks just like one I had when I was little, and I've been looking around hoping to get it. Slim picking everywhere, but online there are a slew of sellers asking for 3 and 4x the retail price, plus a hefty shipping markup.

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 01:59 PM)

Oh, that explains the problem I've encountered with finding one little car

@  TheMightyMol... : (18 September 2019 - 01:31 PM)

Oh boy. I work at Target, and literally every single morning, there are two or three guys outside who make a beeline straight to the Hot Wheels.

@  Steevy Maximus : (18 September 2019 - 01:00 PM)

Hot Wheels

@  Benbot : (18 September 2019 - 12:25 PM)

Which collecting community has the worst scalpers?

@  TM2-Megatron : (17 September 2019 - 09:55 PM)

I've never read the source material and don't know much about it, but I enjoyed the first film quite a bit, and found the second alright

@  Sabrblade : (17 September 2019 - 09:49 PM)

The first movie was definitely not for me. I flat out hated it. Didn't even bother with the sequel.

@  Maruten : (17 September 2019 - 05:02 PM)

I liked the first movie a lot and enjoyed the original volume of the book, and the way they were developed in parallel was really interesting. It all got super extra unpleasant as soon as they went back though. I don't remember really whether the initial sequels are "good" or not, but either way both the second movie and the second run of the book quickly demonstrated that the property sure wasn't for me.

@  Paladin : (17 September 2019 - 04:45 PM)

i have a real hard time offering praise of anything connected to an utter shitstain like Mark Millar.

@  Rycochet : (17 September 2019 - 01:23 PM)

Kick Ass 2 was okay for what it was, a sequel to a film that was okay, just okay. It had a good performance from Nic Cage while the sequel had Jim Carrey who decided he didn't want to promote it after one of america's regularly scheduled massacres.

@  Benbot : (17 September 2019 - 12:20 PM)

Was Kick Ass 2 really that bad? I never got around to seeing it, but after watching the first movie again the other day, I'm thinking about it.

@  wonko the sane? : (13 September 2019 - 01:54 PM)

Why do you feel a need to label yourself for doing something harmless?

@  Telly : (13 September 2019 - 11:10 AM)

thats more than i look at on reddit

@  Benbot : (13 September 2019 - 10:49 AM)

am I a basic bitch for only browsing the front page of Reddit?

@  Shrug : (12 September 2019 - 12:26 PM)

I managed to find about 2/3s of my goal Sega Genesis collection before the last price bump

@  Anonymous X : (12 September 2019 - 11:11 AM)

So relieved that I picked up most of my NTSC GameCube collection in 2010/11 before prices on the secondary market went bezerk...

@  unluckiness : (12 September 2019 - 12:54 AM)

I have fond memories of it since it was the last console Mario Kart that didn't have the ridiculous pre-race cart assembly

@  TM2-Megatron : (11 September 2019 - 10:26 PM)

Like many Gamecube games, underrated

@  unluckiness : (11 September 2019 - 09:24 AM)

Double Dash is great. Just watch out for blue shells

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 07:43 AM)

I used a double dash on my mobile. The chat didn’t like it.

@  TheMightyMol... : (11 September 2019 - 04:17 AM)

The mobile version of the site chokes on certain characters, I think.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (11 September 2019 - 04:10 AM)

what's with that punctuation anyway

@  Nevermore : (11 September 2019 - 03:20 AM)

Now where did that come from, Bass X0?

@  Bass X0 : (11 September 2019 - 01:52 AM)

Politics and Religion — tools of foul play!

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you owe, you're expected to actually pay it at the time you file, before they even process your return

@  TM2-Megatron : (10 September 2019 - 11:10 PM)

If you file electronically, I find you usually get your refund within a couple weeks

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 06:22 PM)

Well, lucky it took less than two months for me. For a little over 200 Euros.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 06:11 PM)

Pretty much, yeah. Canada revenue will be all up your ass if you earn less than 200K and owe tax, but your refund is basically "duke nukem forever".

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Whereas if you overpaid and they have to refund you, they will take their sweet time to let you know.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:34 PM)

Like, here in Germany, if the tax authority responds to your tax report quickly, you can rest assured they want more money.

@  Nevermore : (10 September 2019 - 05:33 PM)

Do tax authorities in other countries base their time to respond to filed tax reports on whether they owe or are owed as well?

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 11:13 AM)

Check what the requirements are for your cad program, and try to beat them by about 20%, and understand that software requirements have been stable for a few years: not really keeping up with the advancements in hardware. Unless you're doing something SPECIFIC which requires ludicrous amounts of power, just give your self a cushion on hardware and don't bother going whole hog.

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 10:16 AM)

What I'm currently using is an i5 2018 Surface Laptop. My current desktop is all but dead. I think in the end affordability will win out over specs. I need to use CAD programs, but I'm a student, not a professional.

@  wonko the sane? : (10 September 2019 - 10:06 AM)

Okay. Whats the specs on the I7 and what are you currently using?

@  Benbot : (10 September 2019 - 09:23 AM)

fun and games

@  wonko the sane? : (09 September 2019 - 04:43 PM)

Depends entirely on what you use the computer for.

@  Steevy Maximus : (09 September 2019 - 11:52 AM)

Probably not

@  Benbot : (09 September 2019 - 09:39 AM)

Do I need an i7 on my new computer?

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:08 PM)

https://imgur.com/fkyjpza

@  Nevermore : (08 September 2019 - 12:07 PM)

Today's convention haul:

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 08:54 AM)

But it was Huuunnngrrrryyyy. What was I supposed to do?

@  MEDdMI : (08 September 2019 - 08:23 AM)

But did you feed any small fuzzy creatures after midnight?

@  wonko the sane? : (08 September 2019 - 06:32 AM)

Shouldn't be. I literally just built it. Not even three weeks ago even.

@  TM2-Megatron : (07 September 2019 - 10:13 PM)

Sounds like your computer's on its last lags, Wonko

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 07:37 PM)

Dunno, crucial says it's fine, gonna need a second opinion.

@  Pennpenn : (07 September 2019 - 06:52 PM)

Good luck! (or break a leg if it's like theater luck...)

@  wonko the sane? : (07 September 2019 - 06:46 PM)

Alright. The damages now seem to include my primary SSD. Thankfully, the gaming drive (I have now lost all my games and mods entirely.) Let me wipe it and install there. Once the crucial utility is installed again, will verify the drive.


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Posted 11 April 2019 - 11:12 PM

Australian actor Evan Evagora will join the series. As expected, no details yet on his role or anything else.

 

https://deadline.com...lar-1202575021/

 

https://www.digitals...t-evan-evagora/

 

According to episode director Hanna Culpepper, the series will not be titled "Star Trek: Picard".

 

https://trekmovie.co...ar-trek-picard/

 

And Alex Kurtzman says the Picard series will be very tonally different from Discovery.

 

https://www.hollywoo...y-shows-1196765


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 10:33 AM

It's supposed to start filming any day now.  I hope they'll share...something.  I want to be teased.



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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:47 AM

 

 

I'll say this; Julian Bashir is no Dr. Soong; nor even an Ira Graves-tier intellect (not even close, despite his genetic enhancements). Both those men developed ways of transitioning an active, living consciousness into an artificial neural net. Their work, techniques and technologies are virtually unknown in the wider Federation, given how reclusive both became as they got older; and even the specialists who may still remember their earlier work and know a bit more about them still don't actually have a working understanding of their greatest breakthroughs. Hell even Geordi, who probably spent more time working on Data than anyone except Dr. Soong himself, only has a rudimentary understanding of how his brain works and certainly couldn't create a stable neural net himself (the Holy Grail, as it were, and not even Data could do that).

 

FWIW, I don't think you have to suggest that Bashir is of lower "tier" intelligence to retain Soong's and Grave's distinctive accomplishments. Bashir is highly intelligent, but not specialized in the area that Soong and Graves were. 


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:52 AM

"The Inner Light" was on a couple of days ago.  I wouldn't mind seeing more reference to this episode in an upcoming Picard story.  He lived for decades as another man, had a wife, children, grandchildren.  There's no way that it wouldn't have a lasting impact on him. 

 

FWIW, later stories did address it a bit, and that flute showed up a few times. The way he talks about it in "Lessons" to his one-episode-only girlfriend is particularly good.

 

(Totally unnecessary geek boast. I got a copy of the Ressikan flute from Etsy for my flute-playing wife for Christmas. We live in a wonderful era where such things are now possible.)


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Posted 12 April 2019 - 11:55 PM

 

"The Inner Light" was on a couple of days ago.  I wouldn't mind seeing more reference to this episode in an upcoming Picard story.  He lived for decades as another man, had a wife, children, grandchildren.  There's no way that it wouldn't have a lasting impact on him. 

 

FWIW, later stories did address it a bit, and that flute showed up a few times. The way he talks about it in "Lessons" to his one-episode-only girlfriend is particularly good.

 

(Totally unnecessary geek boast. I got a copy of the Ressikan flute from Etsy for my flute-playing wife for Christmas. We live in a wonderful era where such things are now possible.)

 

 



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:43 PM

three new cast members added:

 

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Posted 18 April 2019 - 02:57 PM

 

 

 

I'll say this; Julian Bashir is no Dr. Soong; nor even an Ira Graves-tier intellect (not even close, despite his genetic enhancements). Both those men developed ways of transitioning an active, living consciousness into an artificial neural net. Their work, techniques and technologies are virtually unknown in the wider Federation, given how reclusive both became as they got older; and even the specialists who may still remember their earlier work and know a bit more about them still don't actually have a working understanding of their greatest breakthroughs. Hell even Geordi, who probably spent more time working on Data than anyone except Dr. Soong himself, only has a rudimentary understanding of how his brain works and certainly couldn't create a stable neural net himself (the Holy Grail, as it were, and not even Data could do that).

 

FWIW, I don't think you have to suggest that Bashir is of lower "tier" intelligence to retain Soong's and Grave's distinctive accomplishments. Bashir is highly intelligent, but not specialized in the area that Soong and Graves were. 

 

 

Which makes me wonder, is the Doctor on Voyager actually alive like Data?  There should be more to creating a sentient brain than just letting a holographic character run for too long.



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Posted 18 April 2019 - 03:09 PM

Well, the EMH is more than just a regular holodeck character. There's an AI capable of learning and developing new neural pathways at the core of his program (which took many years to design, according to Dr. Zimmerman), so theoretically it's possible he could eventually cross the boundary between a program doing what it does and being truly "alive", but that divide is pretty mysterious and ill defined, in general. Based on Juliana Tainer's descriptions of Data's early days, he didn't sound that different from a newly activated EMH (not quite as abrasive a personality, though). It took time for his neural net to grow to a sufficient complexity and stabilize.

 

It didn't help that Voyager kind of played fast and loose with vague technobabble even more than other Treks, though... seriously, a Voyager drinking game based on when they say "of some kind" can be hazardous to one's health.


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Posted 22 April 2019 - 12:33 PM

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Posted 22 April 2019 - 01:47 PM

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It was a picture of a director's chair with Michael Chabon's name on it. You didn't miss anything.

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Posted 27 April 2019 - 11:29 AM

On the topic of the flute, has it been brought up again that dude had no idea how the thing works, so they get someone to hide behind him and hold it up to his face while he makes silly faces
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Posted 17 May 2019 - 01:27 AM


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 07:53 AM

I told my wife two weeks ago something about Star Trek: The Picard Show.

She asked me if that was the name for real. I laughed and told her no.

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"Someone once told me that Time is a predator that stalked us all our lives, but I'd rather believe that Time is a companion who goes with us on the journey, and reminds us to cherish every moment -- because they'll never come again."

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 08:13 AM

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:02 AM

I can see they brought their A Game for the title... Then promptly sent it away again to save money.

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:26 AM

Star Trek series titles have never been particularly creative.  "The Next Generation"?  Seriously?



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Posted 17 May 2019 - 10:31 AM

This is a new low, yes.

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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:06 AM

Seems like "Star Trek: That Same Generation Still" would have been really good.


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Posted 17 May 2019 - 11:43 AM

Star Trek: Obvious Pandering

Or maybe

Star Trek: All Our Budget Went to One Actor

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