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  1. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    Wonder if that was a big factor in how well it was received?
  2. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    The ones that come to mind are that the plot was too derivative of Ep. IV, the main characters were able to watch the Starkiller weapon blowing up the New Republic capital worlds from light-years (at least!) away, the massive chain of coincidences that get the main characters in the Millennium Falcon, and Han Solo having the reflexes to drop out of hyperspace a couple of hundred feet from the surface of a planet (unless he's Force-sensitive,maybe?). I blame that second one on JJ Abram's lack of understanding of how big space is. The Star Trek reboots had some similar problems.
  3. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    So what? Again, it's worth noting that the Galactic Empire and the First Order are not the same organization. Probably also worth noting that TFA takes place 30 years after ROTJ. I don't think the First Order troopers need to be constrained by the legacy of the Empire troopers. I can't remember seeing any stormtroopers with flamethrowers in the original trilogy, either. Which stormtroopers in the film have a hand-to-hand weapon as their primary weapon? Even the stormtrooper who used that electric rod thingy threw his blasters down first. Finn is only using a lightsaber in that scene because he doesn't have any other weapon.
  4. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    DID he use the lightsaber to block blaster bolts? I don't remember that... I was thinking of this scene: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZoiRJnr-rtU As for why you'd have a melee weapon on a battlefield as a stormtrooper... maybe their guns break easily and they need a backup weapon. Modern soldiers carry bayonets, too.
  5. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    What about the scene earlier in the very same movie that showed Finn fighting hand-to-hand with another stormtrooper, who clearly had his own melee weapon that he was trained in? I know stormtrooper miss rates in the movies are legendary, but that stretches believability for me. What are stormtroopers trained in if not blasters or melee weapons? Again, these are soldiers. It's also worth noting that these aren't Imperial stormtroopers and that Imperial troopers were supposed to be really good shots. Just apparently not so much against people with plot armor - they seem to do alright against people who aren't the main characters.
  6. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    The hit Luke gave him was on the shoulder and barely even a graze. Ren's was in the abdomen and it was very clear to me that he was significantly injured by the way he was acting. He had literally just killed his own father. Literally seconds prior to that. Seems like he may have been a little distracted and perhaps emotionally compromised. I wouldn't call a blaster wound to the gut "slightly wounded." Furthermore, how do you know Finn was untrained? Remember, Finn was a soldier. He may not be experienced with a lightsaber, he may not be a force-sensitive, but calling him "untrained" is a huge stretch. I mean, our modern day armies train in hand-to-hand combat even though most of the time they'll be armed. In fact, earlier in the film, we saw him fighting in melee combat with another stormtrooper. It seemed obvious to me that both of them had melee weapons training of some kind, even if it wasn't lightsabers. For that matter, since some people have complained about Rey being able to fight Ren at all, it seems really obvious from her fight scene on Jakku that she had some kind of melee weapons training, too. Now, I have my problems with TFA, but everything you're saying is easily explained by paying attention and connecting the dots.
  7. Oberon_Command

    The Han Solo Movie and the Star Wars Franchise's Direction

    It probably would have gone much faster if not for the fact that, in a preceding scene, Kylo Ren hadn't taken a blaster bolt in the abdomen. Given that the same weapon that hit him was previously shown to one-shot stormtroopers in armor, I think it's frankly astounding that Kylo Ren could stand, never mind fight with a lightsaber. A lot of people on the internet seem to have forgotten that he was fighting with a gut wound. I'm not entirely sure why. Sometimes a small thing is all it takes to push someone over the edge.
  8. Oberon_Command

    Why are enums broken

    That seems simple to fix - write a wrapper template that makes it so that flags you pass into it have to be of the specified type. The compiler will optimize away the wrapper and you'll get the type safety of the enum. I've seen exactly that solution used before, as a matter of fact. It works pretty well - you get the semantic clarity of bitset with the benefits of the enum class.
  9. Oberon_Command

    Why are enums broken

    If it's part of the standard library, it may as well be part of the language.
  10. Oberon_Command

    Why are enums broken

    If you need flags, why would you not just use std::bitset? This kind of thing is exactly what it's meant for. You can still put an enum into a std::bitset and eliminate the "abuse", albeit with some casting. If that bothers you, you can always write a template wrapper for std::bitset that specializes on the enum class and does the casting for you.
  11. Oberon_Command

    The Battlefield V "Historical Accuracy" Controversy

    No, we cannot say that it is "objectively bad," because "good" and "bad" as applied to art (and other things, but that's another story) are human-invented points of view and are therefore not "objective." Interpretation of art is always predicated on what the person subject to the work values and the relative priority of those values; interpretation requires an interpreter. We are not identical CPUs bound to interpret the same input the same way as everyone else. Movies can mean different things to different people. Now, I doubt you'd find anyone whose values would be opposed to internal consistency, of course - but it seems obvious that some people value other traits of a film more. The only reason any trait seems "objectively good" is because enough of us agree that the trait is a valuable one. Even then, the absence of a "good" trait may be ignored when other traits are present. If we disagree on what traits of a film are important, then chances are good we will come to different judgments of its value. For example, Someone who values subtlety, originality, deep characterization, and realism is obviously not going to judge Star Wars: A New Hope "good" given that criteria. The fantastical elements obviously fail the "realism" metric, the presentation is bombastic and epic (fails the "subtle" metric), the characters are thin archetypes (fails "deep characterization"), and the plot borrows most elements from other films (fails originality) - in fact, huge portions of the film are shot-for-shot pastiches of other films! Yet I suspect SW:Ep IV is probably one of those movies I would assume you think is "objectively good."
  12. Oberon_Command

    Why are enums broken

    You could also investigate using std::bitset to represent flags instead of manually or/anding the bits. You can still use an enum for this, but then each enum value would just be a name for a bit.
  13. Oberon_Command

    The Battlefield V "Historical Accuracy" Controversy

    Frankly, I would have gone even younger. "I was the standard and they broke the standard [to make it more inclusive]" reminds me of a pre-teen boy responding to his parents' wish they he allow his little sister to play with his toys, possibly at the same time as him. The shock! The horror! "But MOOOOM, these are my toys!" Surely you can see the immaturity and entitlement inherent in this attitude?
  14. Oberon_Command

    Communism 2.0

    Which country are we talking about? That's not even the case in the US, never mind the parliamentary systems like Canada and the UK. That... doesn't seem to match up with my view of history. Even recent history - there were plenty of people who voted against legalizing gay marriage in various Western countries, for instance. Care to support your statement with data? What country do you live in and which university did you go to? I studied in Canada and this experience is completely foreign to me. My teachers rewarded me for going above and beyond, both in high school and university. If anything, they were grateful to have a student who actually paid attention in lectures and tutorials and could "talk shop" a little about their field! In major universities a great many students do nothing in lectures other than play with their phones or watch movies. I suggest that this is mostly because intellectual property law is a minefield, as your university instructors should have taught you.
  15. Oberon_Command

    Communism 2.0

    Who will enforce this? What is the algorithm used to compute a person's ranking? How vulnerable is it to blackmail and bribery? What guarantee do we have that someone wouldn't manipulate others for the sake of a higher ranking, or subvert the system entirely? I have many questions and am not at all convinced that this is workable.
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