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31  Community / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools! on: April 01, 2014, 01:52:28 PM
That Guy With The Glasses has a few:

Mobile Suit Gundabridged (staring Linkara)

Freeman Across the Universe (Freeman's Mind)
32  Community / Off-Topic / Re: April Fools! on: April 01, 2014, 12:14:28 PM
Heroes of the Storm Pajamathur spotlight

Blizzard Outcasts: Vengeance of the Vanquished

Starcraft II: Herald of the Stars
33  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 30, 2014, 05:44:47 PM
... training pilots is almost certainly more expensive, definitely no.

If we take out debates on AI security (as that becomes a very deep, deep hole to go down), the human pilot would have to be SIGNIFICANTLY better at the flight role to convince a program to revert back.

Krensky mentioned training.  He would be correct.  Fighter jockies come in somewhere around the low to mid 2 million US mark for training.  Then you get Officer Pay, Housing, Pension, Medical, Logistics, etc.  Plus the risk of loss of a human soldier in a combat environment and the costs that come with that.  (Both monetary and non.)

Once drones become dependable, I don't see a scenario, outside of maybe iRobot (with Will Smith) taking them out of combat roles.

Yes, but can you get an AI to act?  And since when does sense make a difference in Hollywood?

2 AIs spawned 6 movies and a ton of books.  C3P0 and R2D2.  Smiley  LOL

You'll notice that neither of them were fighter pilots.  True, R2D2 rode along, but there was always a person in the cockpit.

What I'm trying to get at is that it is much more likely for a Hollywood production to have a movie about a human fighter pilot overcoming AI than it is the other way around.  And if it is the other way around, it will always turn into a robot apocalypse story somehow.  Roll Eyes
34  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 30, 2014, 04:32:58 PM
... training pilots is almost certainly more expensive, definitely no.

If we take out debates on AI security (as that becomes a very deep, deep hole to go down), the human pilot would have to be SIGNIFICANTLY better at the flight role to convince a program to revert back.

Krensky mentioned training.  He would be correct.  Fighter jockies come in somewhere around the low to mid 2 million US mark for training.  Then you get Officer Pay, Housing, Pension, Medical, Logistics, etc.  Plus the risk of loss of a human soldier in a combat environment and the costs that come with that.  (Both monetary and non.)

Once drones become dependable, I don't see a scenario, outside of maybe iRobot (with Will Smith) taking them out of combat roles.

Yes, but can you get an AI to act?  And since when does sense make a difference in Hollywood?
35  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 30, 2014, 09:54:06 AM
Well, the point I got from Stealth was a human pilot with an AI fighter beats all comers.

Sadly, physics and biology disagree.

At least until we can develop a G-defuser.  Actually, that sounds like a sci-fi movie right there: Drones replace pilots, but new tech is developed that eliminates the G-force element.  Do we bring pilots back in?
36  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Non-Video Links (Quizzes, Tests, Illusions, Etc..) on: March 29, 2014, 11:35:25 AM
Hospitals are testing new suspended animation technology on humans

Currently it only keeps the patient alive for a few hours, and hospitals are only planning to use it to buy doctors time one critically wounded patients, like gunshot victims.  It's also a bit gross, since they drain the blood and replace it with a "cold saline solution".
37  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 27, 2014, 10:43:00 PM
They're genetically engineered supersoldiers. The difference is minimal.

So is being random mutations from space goop, and yet people still got upset about it.
38  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 27, 2014, 09:56:39 PM
While I like the fact that they're wearing clothing, and their impressive physicality, the trailer doesn't make me confident. Fox is pretty much all breathless gasping, wide open lips, and fainting; I've never seen her in anything that would lead me to rate her as an actor and this trailer does nothing to alter that opinion. They're going for the reporter origin from the 80s cartoon here but all this trailer does is posit her as a terribly passive witness to events rather than a character with their own agency

It also feels like it's stolen at least half the back story of the Amazing Spiderman films. I suppose since they're clearly ditching the Daredevil tie-in origin, inserting another Marvel character is... logical.

Speaking of lips, giving the turtles human lips just looks weird.

Casting William Fichtner as Shredder (and to a lesser extent Danny Woodburn as Splinter), however, is pretty damn unforgivable though.

Look on the bright side: at least they aren't aliens.  Tongue
39  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 26, 2014, 07:36:06 PM
Jupiter Ascending's latest trailer makes me want to see it even more, which is a minor feat. This film could easily suck, but you have to give it up for the Wachowskis' sense of scope, if nothing else.

Ok, I'll admit to dismissing this at first.  That trailer... is making me interested at least, if only for just how pretty it looks like it's going to be.
40  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 26, 2014, 01:32:43 PM

Speaking of Edge of Tomorrow: Official Main Trailer

Also, that it's based off a Japanese novel makes them using exosuits make sense.
41  Community / Off-Topic / Re: Cool Vids (Keep it Clean) on: March 26, 2014, 12:58:31 AM
Deus Ex: Human Revolution fan film

Nice little joke in there.

"I'm seeing yellow again."
"What?  I though you wanted that?"
"No.  I never asked for this."
42  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 25, 2014, 06:51:36 PM
Hercules, starring The Rock

A look at the set of Avengers 2, with a look at the Scarlett Witch and Quicksilver.  Also Hawkeye.
43  Community / Off-Topic / Re: An Interesting Debate: RPG Mechanics vs. IP on: March 20, 2014, 02:07:55 PM
Both.  You need good mechanics, and a good setting to use them on.  Both are important, both are necessary.
44  Community / Off-Topic / Re: The Silver Screen: Movie News, Reviews & Reactions 2014 on: March 20, 2014, 01:59:38 PM
Apparently, Young Adult Dystopians is the flavor for the year.  Not sure I can take another Hunger Games / Divergent / The Giver style story.  For all the Dystopian societies cropping up, none of them sell the bleak, morale defeating human experience very well.

Might be due a subconscious fear that the world that our children are going to inherit is going to be broken due to our own hubris.  Or something.
45  Community / Play-by-Post / Re: Tier Zero (Spycraft 2.0 Military Science Fantasy) on: March 20, 2014, 01:04:08 PM
Any chance you know the picture's title?  And you should turn on the SFW setting the site has.

Off on the Duty.  It's a horse girl soldier, hence the cartoonish statement.
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