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by CmdrWilkens
2016-12-30 01:19am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: RIP Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)
Replies: 81
Views: 9797

Re: RIP Carrie Fisher (1956-2016)

What they probably can't do legally, and certainly shouldn't be able to do, is take an existing actress, green-screen her scenes, and use CGI to superimpose Carrie Fisher's face on the new actress's body. Or use a synthetic version of Carrie Fisher's voice in lieu of the new actress. Except that's ...
by CmdrWilkens
2016-01-16 12:28am
Forum: Pure Star Wars
Topic: Ep7 Reviews (Spoilers)
Replies: 1204
Views: 121808

Re: Ep7 Reviews (Spoilers)

Yeah; for an *galactic* Empire, presumably you would have at least a *near-galactic* Rebellion. For a Rebellion to have the majority of its forces on only a few planets would be utter minimalism. I addressed that in an earlier post in another thread ... I'd venture to guess that the bulk of the Imp...
by CmdrWilkens
2014-06-21 11:35pm
Forum: Hall of Memory
Topic: In Memoriam: Martin Kemmish / SirNitram
Replies: 137
Views: 109134

Re: In Memoriam: Martin Kemmish / SirNitram

Words do poor service but in lieu of anything else please have my condolences
by CmdrWilkens
2013-11-26 01:27am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: "Stand your Ground" still standing
Replies: 97
Views: 7745

Re: "Stand your Ground" still standing

Obviously this is related to the diversion in to the level of firearms training provided to the general German populace via military training so with that disclaimer: Really. So, as you said: No, in Germany everyone gets the 8 weeks (six?) basic training regardless of where they go later on. Even th...
by CmdrWilkens
2012-05-13 12:28am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 3590

Re: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread

Yeah, the officiating sucks, we should just go back to the days where the refs put away their whistles during the play-offs and let the players play. And while we're at it we'll bring back Mick Magoo to wave off all the game tying goals. Yup exactly what I advocated, how did you hit that so spot on...
by CmdrWilkens
2012-05-10 07:12pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 3590

Re: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread

Of course, Ovechkin took a flying leap to try and take Girardi's head off and didn't get a suspension, but our rookie got a three game suspension for a clean hit in the first round of the playoffs. Let's just admit that refereeing in the entire playoffs have been inconsistent at best and leave it a...
by CmdrWilkens
2012-05-03 12:51am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 3590

Re: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread

Darth Fanboy wrote:#2 worked for the Ducks in 07 :nostalgia:
Yeah but the Presiden'ts Trophy was back East that season so they weren't the 2 seed behind the PT winner.
by CmdrWilkens
2012-04-30 11:39pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread
Replies: 50
Views: 3590

Re: The 2012 NHL Playoffs Thread

Curse of the cup? More like Curse of the President's Trophy. Maybe teams in first place should tank late in the year to get the much better #2 seed. Also let's talk about the Curse of Canada, we will see how Ottawa does against the Rangers in Game 7. But i'm not convinced that spineless douchenozzl...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-10-30 12:42am
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Using a VPN to get a foreign IP to get cheaper stuff, legal?
Replies: 17
Views: 2383

Re: Using a VPN to get a foreign IP to get cheaper stuff, le

That's exactly identical to saying importing games is illegal, which is obviously wrong. Oh well; when you're tied into a system like that (be it steam, Xbox Live, or whatever) their licence agreements are more important than law, because no judge is going to ban your account and steal all the shit...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-10-30 12:35am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Thank you Bradley Manning
Replies: 30
Views: 4121

Re: Thank you Bradley Manning

Seeing as how the material was so much that he had no chance to sift through it all on his own, but considering that there have been plenty of cases of wrongdoing uncovered by it, I would argue that the items brought to light and actually published do fall under whistleblowing. After all, he did tu...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-10-27 10:14pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Thank you Bradley Manning
Replies: 30
Views: 4121

Re: Thank you Bradley Manning

Because it's an accurate one? "Whistleblower" implies he sought out specific information to release it. Which is NOT what he did. He copied as much classified shit as he could get away with and handed it out, regardless of the actual content. No, it actually does not imply that. If I get ...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-07-09 12:12am
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Amazing BBC documentary on the war
Replies: 49
Views: 4703

Re: Amazing BBC documentary on the war

]More notably it would take less than a hand for me to count the number of folks who have read One Bullet Away which is Captain Fick's autobiographical tour through training, Afghanistan and Iraq. Take a Dartmouth grad and let him write a book and you'll get a much clearer picture of what was going...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-06-29 11:03pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: Amazing BBC documentary on the war
Replies: 49
Views: 4703

Re: Amazing BBC documentary on the war

Did you even read Generation Kill? If so, Captain America would be one. Then of course there is the guy who ordered a bombardement of a civilian village just....because he was so goddamn incompetent? Also, how about the entire parade of hamming it up on Gunner Palace? The funny thing about reading ...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-06-03 08:43pm
Forum: Gaming, Electronics and Computers
Topic: Naval surface warship simulators ?
Replies: 12
Views: 1922

Re: Naval surface warship simulators ?

There is always Fighting Steel Project from the NWS folks who have also been modding the hell out of the old Jane's Fleet Command
by CmdrWilkens
2011-06-03 08:29pm
Forum: History
Topic: Who Could have made Picket's charge?
Replies: 32
Views: 7393

Re: Who Could have made Picket's charge?

The amazing thing about Pickett's Charge is that despite the number of European military officials observing the war, they did not change their tactics when it came to WWI. If I recall there were no such massive infantry charges of that nature at least not from the Confederates through the rest of ...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-05-10 12:36am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: WI GOP, facing recall, propels disenfranchising.
Replies: 13
Views: 1903

Re: WI GOP, facing recall, propels disenfranchising.

Huh? How can poll workers check whether you're on the rolls of registered voters if you don't present an ID of some kind? That aside, here's to hoping they fail miserably, or that there are more protests and delaying tactics by the Democrats to stop them. At least in my town, they simply don't chec...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-05-01 09:39pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: 2011 NFL Draft
Replies: 78
Views: 5018

Re: 2011 NFL Draft

Rd 2. Torrey Smith, WR - As can be seen above, I was not that much in love with that pick. However, another fan made the quite convincing argument that he is a great speedster who can really stretch the field and was projected as a late 1st round in some mock drafts. There is also the need argument...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-03-13 08:52pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: NHL 2010-2011 Season
Replies: 252
Views: 16064

Re: NHL 2010-2011 Season

The thing with that hit is..."hockey play" or not it could easily have been a major boarding call instead of a major interference call and probably both with the gamer on top of it. If you get ejected from a game and injure another player the standard has almost ALWAYS been that you get a ...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-03-06 10:19pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safety
Replies: 29
Views: 4036

Re: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safet

Are you retarded or something? He put "Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safety" when the regulation is purely designed in order to stem abortions by shutting down the clinics that perform them. No he put "Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safety" which i...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-03-06 12:10am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safety
Replies: 29
Views: 4036

Re: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safet

As someone who has had a significant other who got an abortion, this is just more "wink wink" obstructionism and deliberate spite aimed at women who elect themselves to require such a procedure. Not that this matters to Shep et al , who think it their place to morally judge women and get ...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-02-28 08:26pm
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safety
Replies: 29
Views: 4036

Re: Virginia: Regulation Improves Abortion and Women's Safet

Its a difference in degree of regulation. Currently clinics are treated as limited surgical doctor's offices. This means currently a clinic has to comply with standards for offices that perform activities such as colonoscopies (noted in the article) or Vasectomies as another. So the provider must ha...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-01-06 11:15am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Frat boy Navy captain gets relieved
Replies: 242
Views: 13728

Re: Frat boy Navy captain gets relieved

The fact that he wasn't disciplined 4 years ago is a problem. For the people who failed to discipline him. I see no reason why he cannot be disciplined now. Is there a statute of limitations on incompetency? Nope but just as there is, based on your statements, an inherent standard to which the Capt...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-01-06 01:17am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: GOP Eyes Quick Repeal of New Healthcare Reform
Replies: 6
Views: 1955

Re: GOP Eyes Quick Repeal of New Healthcare Reform

I'm pretty sure the GOP knows that a full repeal won't happen. This is just a political stunt to satisfy their bases back home. What I'd be more worried about, though, is piecemeal resistance. They might not be able to repeal health care reform, but they could do shit to mess it up, like refusing t...
by CmdrWilkens
2011-01-06 01:12am
Forum: News and Politics
Topic: Frat boy Navy captain gets relieved
Replies: 242
Views: 13728

Re: Frat boy Navy captain gets relieved

The fact that he wasn't disciplined 4 years ago is a problem. For the people who failed to discipline him. I see no reason why he cannot be disciplined now. Is there a statute of limitations on incompetency? Nope but just as there is, based on your statements, an inherent standard to which the Capt...
by CmdrWilkens
2010-12-13 06:19pm
Forum: Off-Topic
Topic: NHL 2010-2011 Season
Replies: 252
Views: 16064

Re: NHL 2010-2011 Season

Addendum: Also, I'm laughing to myelf over Ovechkin losing his cool during that ass whooping the Rangers handed the Capitals. I didn't see the hip check he landed in real time so I won't comment on if it was away from the play but that fight he ended up in was really funny. He came up from behind D...