It may not catch everything. But, as much as anything it is a deterrent. It eliminates a large range of possibilities for would-be terrorists. In addition they have to be wondering - does it really only catch what they're actually telling us it can catch? Or can it do more?
It lets them concentrate other assets on finding other things. It reduces the chances of a terrible incident. That's good enough for me.
Besides, most of airplane security is smoke and mirrors anyway. It's all designed to keep the sheep happy and flying so the economy doesn't shut down
At what a cost to tax payers? Who is going to pay? Should tax payers pay millions - heck billions - so that sheep are happy while flying?
Who really cares? I just wish people would stop talking about it like it matters. Ticket sales are great, viewership is great, revenue is great. It is quite clear that fans don't give a crap about drug use by their stars so why do we keep pretending?
I don't like the privacy issues but I could live with them if the technology worked but they can't even guarantee it would have caught the latest bomber! If you put it under rolls of fat, or in a body cavity it can't see the explosives either. So for $100,000 per machine - and you will need several per airport - we are not even going to be able to stop current terrorist attempts....much less what they can think of.
It is a huge, huge waste of money which doesn't even promise security. How anyone can be in favor of such stupid wastes of money is beyond my comprehension.
It actually was Norwegians. It's pointed out at several times in the movie and the helicopter has "Norge" written all over its said. Also, the guy who gets shot in the beginning speaks Norwegian (poorly. They got a non-native Norwegian to play the part). He says something to the effect of: "That's not a dog! It's some kind of thing!".
I am glad it was in Norwegian othewise it would have spoiled the whole movie right in the first few minutes.
Quote from: Shkspr on January 14, 2010, 02:04:32 PM
Right now the book light I think is the most effective is the Lightwedge. It fits snugly over most HC book pages (you can get them in smaller sizes if you read mostly paperbacks) and illuminates the whole page without a whole lot of bleedover. The downside, of course, is the need to pick up and move the wedge when you turn the page. Depending on how you read, this may make it uncomfortable. The light is bright, however, without putting illumination all over the room.
The out-of-the-box solution I've been enjoying is an over the ear model. I pick them up fairly cheap, and find them handy. I think my first one lasted about 6 months, and I only picked up a new one because I accidentally left mine on when I took it off and ran down the battery. At any rate, it hooks over the ear like a bluetooth device and I angle the halo of light (at arm's length it's about 6-7 inches) to center exactly where my focus is, and then forget about it. I have light wherever I look, so no need to adjust the device, and I can use it to pad around a darkened house after my family goes to bed (my wife and I have different schedules). I find the fact that the light is focused the same place my eyes are compensates for the single LED output, and the plastic so far has held up at least unil the battery dies - you can replace the battery in the model I own, but I get the lights cheaply enough that it's a wash with the battery cost. If you spring for a more durable light, you may find otherwise.
I don't think I'll ever go back to a book mounted light thrower.
I never did like the lightwedge. I just never found it to illuminate the page perfectly. Some spots were always darker than I wanted.
I like the idea of the over the ear thing but I read in bed next to my kid so I look over at him often and I would think shining the light in his eyes might annoy him.
I really am tired of the forced relationship. They have said they love each other in more ways, more times than I have with my wife I think but somehow they each wonder if the other really cares?
I mean how stupid is Chuck to wonder if Sara loves him? She was willing to run away with you in Prague - thus destroying her entire life up to that point for Chuck. Isn't that good enough? It just starts to feel stupid.
So far I have only watched the first part of the premiere but I thought it was ok at best. As someone said it felt colder than season 2 in some way and having to reboot the whole show was kind of silly. We had season 2 so don't just dump all that progress.
Quote from: leo8877 on January 11, 2010, 06:36:27 AM
Hey all, thanks for the responses. I am going to try it out for a bit. Question: For those of you with 2 consoles, do you normally put the X game in your queue on both consoles, or do you stick with 1? If you put both, do they ever ship you the same game on 2 consoles? I want to get X game asap, so I don't care which console it comes on, but I don't want to get 2 discs of the same game shipped if possible.
90% of the time one version has something better or worse so I pick the best version. The only game recently which I didn't hear about any big differences was Batman: Arkham Asylum. Bayonetta has load time issues on the PS3, Darksiders has screen tearing issues, etc.
What an odd choice. They basically had a blockbuster or as close to a sure thing as possible in Hollywood and they tossed it away. I can't imagine suits being willing to take that risk so I bet Rami must have just said FU! and walked because they wouldn't do his story idea.
Quote from: Thin_J on January 11, 2010, 06:31:28 PM
There are multiple moments in GI Joe that are even dumber than Sam going to robot heaven and conversing with the primes toward the end of Transformers 2.
I didn't really love either movie but I certainly think that is untrue. What was dumber than the Sam thing? At least GI Joe fit into the world it created. There was nothing about the Transformers universe which suggested the Autobots were some kind of supreme beings with power over human life and death.
Quote from: Kevin Grey on January 07, 2010, 08:55:50 PM
Why do you have to have at least 6 games in your queue? Wouldn't it be just as good to have the queue completely empty?
Don't have a clue. I read that on some website. I think the speculation was that their algorithm for deciding who gets the new games takes into account how many games you have in your queue. I don't even know if it is needed but it is easy for me to find at least 6 upcoming games I want to play so I just do it.
I love it. It is great for playing older games and if you "game" the system you can get new releases on release day. To get new releases you need to have over 6 games in your queue including the new release you want, then send back your current game at just the right moment. If all your other games are low availability or not released yet then you will get the new release. At least that works for me. I have been a member for a long time and I put new releases I want in my queue as soon as I hear about them. I also know the sweet spot for my local mail service - if I main it back on Friday before a new release on Tuesday I will get it. I have gotten Batman: Arkham Asylum and Dragon Age: Origins that way.
Of course I have heard a lot of complaints about Gamefly so I know it doesn't work for a lot of people but personally it has been great.
Personally I found it almost too small to really see what is going on. They seemed to have basically duplicated the graphics from the PC versions which looks great on the monitor but tiny on the iPhone screen.
If they can milk a truck of money from console gamers well...they would be kind of stupid not to.
And while it can be difficult to imagine how they do it I think they are pretty bright folks. Enable lock on enemy then have it so you only hit "x" once to attack and keep attacking until that target it dead, or something like that.
I hope this means Superman is dead for film. Superman just doesn't work in today's world for me. The scene where he is watching the news in Superman Returns and he sees some of the bad things that happened while he was gone - and then rather than stopping genocide in Darfur, or ethnic cleansing, or freeing the people from the military junta in Burma Superman goes on to save a bad driver in Metropolis, and a bunch of thieves. Great work! Save those white folks! Seriously why even have the scene where is floating over the whole world if he only wants to rescue caucasians in America?
Superman only works in a fictional world where nothing bad is happening to people in the 3rd world but Superman Returns went out of its way to bring up events in the real world (9/11 etc.) That was just a stupid decision.
I am a little disappointed that they still have the ad company which says "lots of splatter sells!" The one guy is covered in gore after killing the huge worm, then several other people spatter in the big fight.
Hopefully, like Dragon Age, the gore won't be the thrust of the game.
The full version of the Mass Effect 2 Cinematic Trailer will be making it's debut on Xbox Live on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.
If you do not have Xbox Live, you can watch the full trailer on Xbox's website at www.xbox.com also on Tuesday December 22 at 10am GMT.
If you have not heard of the Cinematic trailer yet... congratulations on awakening from the coma. You can watch a 90 second teaser of the trailer in the Mass Effect 2 video gallery here: http://masseffect.bioware.com/media/videos/
To make sure you don't miss the trailer, here are some major cities and the time zones they are in:
Midnight - Honolulu 1am - Anchorage 2am - Vancouver, Los Angles 3am - Edmonton Denver 4am - Winnipeg, Minneapolis, Mexico City 5am - Toronto, New York 6am - San Juan, Halifax 7am - Buenos Aires 8am - Rio de Janeiro 10am - Lisbon, London, Dublin 11am - Madrid, Paris, Rome, Berlin 12pm - Athens, Johannesburg 1pm - Moscow, Baghdad 2pm - Dubai 3pm - Karachi 5pm - Bangkok 6pm - Hong Kong, Perth 7pm - Tokyo 8pm - Brisbane 9pm - Sydney 11pm - Auckland
Don't miss it.
So has anyone seen it? And please, is it anywhere but XboxLive?
Quote from: Crux on December 22, 2009, 11:50:16 AM
Well, the good news is I accidentally fixed it. I had my bucket ready, was going to take out the feeder line to the hot water for that faucet and see if it was supplying water to the actual faucet or not. I turned the valve off, only to discover that I didn't have a spanner quite big enough to fit around one of the fittings. Just for kicks I turned the valve back on again and voila... water.
Glad it is working now but the problem is probably still there. It sounds like it must be gunk in the pipes so a good snaking of the pipe would be a good idea.
To each their own. Personally I believe MS will screw me just as quickly if they think they can. Obviously you believe one huge corporation is more personally evil than another. I think they are all about profit more than helping me.
That does suck but I think comparing it to MS's Red Ring offer is a bit unfair. That was extremely rare and it wasn't because MS really cares more than Sony it was because they had a huge freaking problem with their design.
Quote from: EddieA on August 19, 2009, 06:22:20 PM
Geek.com had some gameplay videos, but they won't play now. They showed the battle system, and it looked kind of like Eternal Sonata, where you have a set time to move and then attack. They also showed the world map system. The city you're in has lost much of its power, so you have to find power cells in the form of connected hexagonal pieces that fit into a grid. Once you've restored power to a section of the city, you can then explore it.
Removed at the request of Sega.
It boggles my mind that a corporation is stupid enough to pass up free advertising. Unless the gameplay the clip showed was vastly different than the final product Sega was getting free hype and the threw it away. Stupid, stupid, stupid.
I did put up spoiler tags but I also believe that after a certain time people need get used to the idea spoilers will be "out in the wild" I would say that after the movie is out of theaters is a good rule for movies but I can't think of a good time rule for books. I also can't decide about movies made from books. For example when the Lord of the Rings trilogy was released should people have used spoiler tags? The books had been out for 50 years or more.
Anyway it is about courtesy in the end so I put up the tags since folks asked.
Deathly Hallows came out in 2007! Almost 3 years ago. Half-Blood Prince in 2005. Almost 5 years ago. I appreciate the need for spoilers and I will do what I can but come on! After a certain point - like years- you have got to stop expecting people to use spoiler tags.
"I want all the CGI of Transformers 2, but I don't like robots - what can you do for me?" said the film executive "How about a remake of another 80's icon...with mythic monsters?!" replied Louis Leterrier "Make it so" commanded Jean Luc Picard who was in the meeting for no reason anyone could remember.
Quote from: Scuzz on December 14, 2009, 10:54:59 PM
i do think this book was probably my least favorite because of (in my mind anyway) the lack i=of intelligent thought behind Dumbledore's actions......he knew what was going to happen and did it anyway........
I think he knew the potion would kill him but he didn't know the Horcrux wouldn't be in the basin. So he was sacrificing himself to defeat Voldermort.
And the last was my least favorite. Introducing a totally new element - the Hallows, bringing Dumbledore back again to explain to Harry everything. Couldn't Harry be grown up enough to figure it out just once on his own? And the overly storybook ending with Harry happily married and Draco just living a normal life too. Yuck.