What if Jenna-Louise Coleman leaves Doctor Who?

What if Jenna Leaves Doctor Who?

There have been rumors floating around for a few weeks that Jenna-Louise Coleman will leave BBC’s long-running series Doctor Who after the current 8th series. If that’s the case, it’ll be a shame, because while I actually found her a bit annoying with Matt Smith, she’s been nothing short of brilliant with Peter Capaldi’s 12th Doctor.

Jenna’s Clara Oswald has gone from the Doctor’s crush, to a strong woman who brings a moral compass to the new Doctor’s cantankerous and often dark personality. She’s guiding him, helping him find the (often flawed) hero within himself, even if he doesn’t want to find that hero. Perhaps towards the end of the series, he’ll even see the value in a good hug.

But that leaves us with a question; what if Jenna leaves? Who will fill her now valuable shoes?

Let me put forth an idea that Clara does indeed “save” the Doctor by 8th series end, that he comes to accept his role in time as space as the hero, the one who is never cowardly nor cruel. And that this newfound hero is then put to the ultimate test: making a mistake in choosing the next companion. A very, very bad mistake, that’s not his fault, but it is most definitely his problem to fix (or not fix, in some cases).

Let me preface this by saying that while I’ve seen the “Nu Who” series in its entirety, some episodes multiple times, I’ve not seen the entire series from the 60’s onwards. Therefore my idea could be a repeat, or entirely stupid.

What if the next companion, be them male or female, were to be effectively a time traveling serial killer? This person, fooling even the good Doctor into thinking they’re wide eyed and innocent, proceeds to travel with the Doctor, committing murderous acts that up until now were thought unsolved, or the blame placed wrongly on someone we thought for sure committed the crime. JFK. Lincoln. Even John Lennon. Accidental deaths. The Doctor perhaps might think that he’s there to stop these things from happening, but instead, he’s indirectly causing them, these fixed points in time, by bringing with him the evil that caused it.

And over the course of the series, he begins to suspect this companion. But how does he prove it? What does he do about it? Can the Doctor be the one to stop this evil, or is there someone from the Doctor’s past that will catch up with him after all these years, to open his eyes and help him put a stop to it? Someone related to him?

I think it would be a fascinating idea for a series, and would push Capaldi even further to establish what kind of Doctor he is, and truly what kind of hero he is.

Is Java insecure? That depends

Java is often listed as one of the more insecure applications to be installed on a computer. For awhile there in 2013, it seemed as if there was a new Java exploit every week. But is Java really a massive security risk? Yes and no.

In the sense that there are vulnerabilities discovered, problems arise quickly for the average user that ignores the “please update Java” notification. The same goes for Flash, IE, and Acrobat. If there’s a vulnerability, and the average user ignores it (and in my experience they often do), then of course it’s got the potential to be a problem. The same goes for nearly any application that connects to the outside world.

This is why I often recommend that people just not install Java, just use Chrome for Flash and PDF’s on the web (Google reliably updates Chrome automatically) and just avoid IE unless absolutely necessary.

Also, running a computer as a non-admin helps greatly too, as at least in the case of Windows, UAC doesn’t help much.

If a user absolutely needs Java for a given application, then install it, be diligent about patching it, and also if possible disable the browser plugin (which is actually the biggest problem with it).

If a user absolutely needs Java in a browser (I do) then install it, and then disable it for every browser you use, but one. Use that browser just for the known sites that require Java, but otherwise don’t use the browser to surf.

The same goes for being an admin user. I as a Sysadmin unfortunately cannot get away with denying all users admin rights. It’s an embedded culture thing, and it’s not going away. HOWEVER: I have successfully talked folks into having a separate, local admin account that they know the username and password for, that allows them to install their own software as needed.

It gives them the freedom they’re accustomed to, while making the operation of the computer more secure.

So is Java insecure, and “dangerous”? It can be. It’s one more thing to be managed, but in the context of modern software, everything needs to be managed to an extent, because no code is perfect.

In my opinion, users tend to just expect computers to be a simple tool, and on the outside, they are.
But internally they’re probably one of the most complex machines we’ll ever deal with, and thus need to be treated with an air of caution.

Cool use of POD HD500 effects loop, with piezos

I’m running my Fishman Aura Sixteen in the loop of my HD500, pre-mixer, then with a switchable delay and reverb after it. Then for an input, I’m running the acoustic out of my Ibanez into the Aux input for just that patch, then the electric for normal patches.

Run into monitors/headphones, I can switch from acoustic with one patch to electric on another without touching mix knobs on the guitar itself.

This is quite a bit of fun, especially when used in conjunction with the looper.

The drawback is that I can’t run simultaneous electric and acoustic sounds at the moment, until I figure out how to run a dual path signal. The benefit, as it stands now, is that I can switch from a crushing metal sound to a delicate acoustic part with just a foot tap. Way cool!