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#1226918
Topic
PC Specs
Time

Tobar said:

Frankly, these days you’re legitimately better off buying a pre-made system. Individual parts costs are through the roof and so it’s actually cheaper to buy pre-made now.

Well, I took Tobar’s advice and bought a prebuilt PC. I bought it on Amazon Prime Day this week when it was on sale for $650 (instead of it’s current $750 price).

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07B6H4GNY

CYBERPOWERPC Gamer Xtreme GXIVR8020A5
Mobo: MSI B360M Bazooka
CPU: Intel Core i5-8400 (2.8GHz 6 Core)
RAM: 8 GB DDR4 (1 x 8GB)
Video: AMD Radeon RX 580 4GB

It comes with a 1TB 7200RPM HDD, but I think I’m going to migrate my drives from my old PC into my new on instead. The one major niggle I have is that the case isn’t designed to have an optical drive (ie. Bluray burner), but I suppose I can get an external enclosure for my burner and plug it in through USB. After all, the only thing I use my Bluray burner for is ripping my physical movies and shows and burning fanedits.

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#1226914
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Dek Rollins said:

That’s the biggest problem here. I’m annoyed that implications are ignored, but I’m more annoyed by “hey, why don’t we just redo a bunch of stuff the old show did?”

I feel like they’re damned if they do and they’re damned if they don’t. If they do something similar, they get crap because it’s similar. If they do something different, they get crap because it’s different. Or it’s different in the wrong way, or it’s… whatever it is that people don’t know they want but know they don’t want that.

Voyager and Enterprise are too much like TNG. DS9 is too much like Babylon 5. The Kelvin Universe is too much like Star Wars but with an Apple-style aesthetic on the bridge. For that matter, Star Wars is now too much like Marvel or too much like A New Hope or Old Luke is not enough like Young Luke.

I feel like people too often enjoy not liking things. Whereas I’m saying people don’t have to like it but they don’t have to make the time to bitch about it either.

Post
#1226739
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Dek Rollins said:

chyron8472 said:

Mrebo said:

chyron8472 said:

Dek Rollins said:

Man the thing I love about Enterprise is that everything Kirk supposedly did first was actually done first by this Archer guy. That’s the best and most original writing to come out of Star Trek in years.

What did Kirk supposedly do first that no one else in the whole of Starfleet couldn’t have similarly done previously? By the time Kirk became a captain, Starfleet had been around for hundreds of years.

Enterprise doesn’t retcon Kirk doing anything first. And just because Kirk is routinely going where no man has gone before doesn’t mean no man has ever been anywhere Kirk ever goes.

Kirk apologist!

Well, seriously. It’s not like no one is going to go anywhere until Kirk gets around to doing it. TOS never says 1701 was the first ship to ever time travel; encounter the Romulans; or get the Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites in the same room at the same time. I’m not sure what thunder Archer is supposed to have stolen from Kirk.

Did someone mention Romulans?

No one from Starfleet ever did see them in Enterprise. Heard their voice on audio-only comms, or saw their ships, yes. Saw the actual face of a Romulan? No. Administrator V’Las of the Vulcan High Command did see (one of) them, but no one else did and he was kicked out of the High Command not long before that organization was dissolved entirely.

http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Kir'Shara_(episode)

The Earth-Romulan War (which takes place one year after Enterprise ended) happened before Kirk took command, and Kirk in TOS mentions no one had seen what they look like yet. But they are cousin-species to Vulcans, so it would make sense for a Vulcan not in Starfleet to once have seen them, especially if the Romulans are deviously trying to throw the Alpha Quadrant species into chaos from behind the scenes.

http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/Earth-Romulan_War

And how about Spock being the first Vulcan to join Starfleet?

The USS Intrepid in TOS is entirely manned by Vulcans, so no. That’s not a thing.
http://memory-alpha.wikia.com/wiki/The_Immunity_Syndrome_(episode)

Also, T’Pol transferred her commission from the Vulcan fleet; she never enrolled at Starfleet Academy.

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#1226734
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

Warbler said:

moviefreakedmind said:

I don’t want “therapy”. I think the concept is shit.

in other words, you refuse to get help. So don’t say “I don’t refuse to do anything”.

No, I said I don’t want therapy. I think my second statement makes clear that I don’t see it as “help”.

To be fair, it’s expensive; they only know about you what you want them to know; you only get an hour at a time to talk;
and they only (pretend to) care about you so long as you pay them.

I would say a better solution is to have a friend to talk to about stuff like that, but I’m one to talk because I don’t have one of those either.

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#1226663
Topic
The Something Political Thread (Was: Random Political Thoughts)
Time

I feel like the cultural-mixing thing is rather uniquely American. People often refer to America as a “mosaic” or a “melting pot”, whereas other nations generally don’t have cultures that routinely meet and mix like ours does. Like, there are even countries in Europe that were like “yeah, you’re that culture and I’m this one, so I think we should split the country in half so I don’t have to share my space with you.” (eg. Czechoslovakia)

…But then, Japan has culturally appropriated a lot of things from America (or “the West” maybe?) and I’m not aware that people there have problems with it. Do Japanese have a problem with it?

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#1226642
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Mrebo said:

chyron8472 said:

Dek Rollins said:

Man the thing I love about Enterprise is that everything Kirk supposedly did first was actually done first by this Archer guy. That’s the best and most original writing to come out of Star Trek in years.

What did Kirk supposedly do first that no one else in the whole of Starfleet couldn’t have similarly done previously? By the time Kirk became a captain, Starfleet had been around for hundreds of years.

Enterprise doesn’t retcon Kirk doing anything first. And just because Kirk is routinely going where no man has gone before doesn’t mean no man has ever been anywhere Kirk ever goes.

Kirk apologist!

Well, seriously. It’s not like no one is going to go anywhere until Kirk gets around to doing it. TOS never says 1701 was the first ship to ever time travel; encounter the Romulans; or get the Vulcans, Andorians, and Tellarites in the same room at the same time. I’m not sure what thunder Archer is supposed to have stolen from Kirk.

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#1226638
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Dek Rollins said:

Man the thing I love about Enterprise is that everything Kirk supposedly did first was actually done first by this Archer guy. That’s the best and most original writing to come out of Star Trek in years.

What did Kirk supposedly do first that no one else in the whole of Starfleet couldn’t have similarly done previously? By the time Kirk became a captain, Starfleet had been around for over a hundred years.

Enterprise doesn’t retcon Kirk doing anything first. And just because Kirk is routinely going where no man has gone before doesn’t mean no man has ever been anywhere Kirk ever goes.

DuracellEnergizer said:

Dek Rollins said:

Man the thing I love about Enterprise is that everything Kirk supposedly did first was actually done first by this Archer guy. That’s the best and most original writing to come out of Star Trek in years.

Dammit. If I had known that from the start, I would’ve watched this years ago and made it my #1 priority to rewatch it every year.

Except that his saying that would fall flat on its face had he actually watched the show.

Post
#1226432
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

But that is what we are discussing! Discrimination is not always illegal. The basic concept is generally true, but not always. The real target, ultimately, is the intolerance itself, which can manifest in all manner of ways that would be difficult to end without destroying freedom.

Discrimination based on immutable characteristics is illegal.

I’m assuming many people believe said characteristic is not necessarily immutable.

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#1226424
Topic
Where does the US Democratic Party go from here?
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

I hate Hillary Clinton and hope a tuition-free college gets swept up by a tornado and lands on her just like Dorothy’s house did to the Wicked Witch of the East.

And that thinking is why Trump got voted in. Like I said, the fact that Hillary didn’t/doesn’t know how to change that perception is mostly what sealed her fate. You’re not actually helping the country by painting her as the Wicked Witch of the East/West.

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#1226414
Topic
Where does the US Democratic Party go from here?
Time

Trump won because he was an opposition candidate—A candidate to vote for because voters hate everyone else. That’s how the Tea Party was once popular—because they were against the status quo. Now they’ve been around long enough that they are the status quo and yet they still don’t get done what the people want done. So now voters also hate the Tea Party.

Hillary lost not just because of her reputation, but also because she was the status-quo candidate. The fact that she to this day blames Comey and Russia and all these other factors, it shows that she couldn’t have changed the outcome because she won’t accept what she herself could have done differently.

If Bernie won the primary, sure, he likely could have beaten Trump because Bernie is also perceived as anti-status quo, but from the left.

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#1226402
Topic
Where does the US Democratic Party go from here?
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

Mrebo said:
I’ve seen no evidence that “vast majority of the country supports” progressive values, as mfm says.

I’m talking about common sense gun control, drug legalization, tuition-free college, universal healthcare, and the like.

I’m not convinced the “common sense” you list here is common enough to be labeled as such.

Also, I voted for Hillary in the primaries in part because Bernie was really pushing ideas like tuition-free college and I don’t believe it is necessarily feasible. I liked Bernie better as a person, but I thought Hillary’s policies were more realistic.

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#1226250
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Mrebo said:

Oh hey Frink. Getting the facts right isn’t apologetics.

Puggo, the quote is also in the articles I linked. The context and the understanding is what’s missing from the current discussion. Thus the NYT expressed a different understanding 2 years ago.

dahmage, that’s true. But asking someone to engage in future hacking is different from asking for information that’s already in the hands of shady people.

Consider that asking someone to steal the Pentagon Papers = bad; wanting them published = less bad.

You sound like you’re grasping for reasons why Trump’s public call for Russia to get directly involved in American politics, through shady means and for sinister purposes, isn’t really as bad as it sounds. It’s like you’re saying “If you think about it, he didn’t really say what you think he said, and so he’s really not that bad a guy. Especially compared to Obama.”

I mean, seriously? Come on.

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#1226217
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

I really liked Scott Bakula’s Archer. He does a really good job of being authoritative yet friendly with his crew, and a good mix of being level-headed and emotionally driven. Also, I love how Trip and Malcolm relate to each other (“keep your shirt on, Lieutenant.”)

Mayweather and Hoshi are also both great, but I really liked T’Pol better before Trellium mucked with her emotions. I used to think that the uncertainty and breathiness in her late-season-3-through-season-4 dialogue was Jolene Blalock trying to convey that constant emotional battle T’Pol now deals with, but then I discovered Blalock’s Ishta in Stargate SG-1 sounds exactly the same, so I don’t know what to make of it.

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#1226200
Topic
All Things Star Trek
Time

Mrebo said:

When does Enterprise get [subjective opinion]? The [everything important] of the [unspecified particular] episodes I watched bored me.

I don’t see how you could get a proper recommendation out of this. There is no equivalent Riker-beard event that happens in Enterprise. If you think Commander Shran is boring, I’m not sure what to tell you.

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#1226197
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

Mrebo said:

It’s well and good to not tolerate intolerance. But that doesn’t mean it always can or should (let alone must) be abolished by law. Criticism and boycotts are two avenues for fighting intolerance.

I see no logical end point in the quest to force people to not be intolerant, without abolishing the rights described in the US’s First Amendment.

Basically this.

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#1226062
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

flametitan said:

chyron8472 said:
JEDIT: I’m not saying they should put up with it. I’m saying standing there in the store having a shouting match about it isn’t going to get the customer what they want.

Who the fuck said anything about that?

Yeah. I have no idea where that came from. I think it’s a way of backpedaling the call for people to “respect” discriminatory fundamentalists, which I think is an unjustifiable stance.

I think people should strive to be polite. Some Many MANY people are asshats just because, regardless of whether it might be called for. In general, I think respect and general politeness is a laudable goal. I understand that the squeaky wheel gets the grease, but I don’t, for myself, think stomping around and making a scene is the proper way to get someone offering you a service to give you what you want.

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#1225977
Topic
Politics 2: Electric Boogaloo
Time

moviefreakedmind said:

Why should the person denied service be expected to respect that service’s choice?

Because life is too short; there are likely other choices; and being respectful in general toward others should be the ideal.

One should be indignant, sure, but throwing a hissy fit just makes them look like a child and accomplishes nothing. And you don’t want to give someone incentive to pee in the soup you asked them to make (a la Fight Club).

JEDIT: I’m not saying they should put up with it. I’m saying standing there in the store having a shouting match about it isn’t going to get the customer what they want.