Doesn't make up for the awful redesign. Nice try, though.
457 posts • joined 10 Aug 2007
Doesn't make up for the awful redesign. Nice try, though.
Good thing they closed the Staples that was conveniently close to me a couple of years ago.
Redbox rental. Would've felt even more ripped off if I'd spent $8.50 to see it in a theatre.
When I say "make better movies", I'm including prole trash in that, not just make more artsy-fartsy stuff.
I like prole trash just as much as the next person - not everything can be Citizen Kane, nor does it need to be in order to entertain.
I was thinking, in this particular, of Aaron Eckhardt's Frankenstein movie - total waste of $1.50 and 2 hours I'll never get back.
One can't help but imagine all involved in this (and similar projects), on seeing daily rushes early on, saying, "Um, it's not turning out quite like we pictured it but ... well, fuck it, in for a penny, in for a pound." Nobody sets out to make a bad movie except, of course, Uwe Bohl.
You mean, like, with a DRM scheme of some sort? That worked really well for the music industry, didn't it?
Not really meaning to be sarcastic here and certainly, in general, no defender of the movie industry and their absurd business practices but I have to admit that this is a kind of Catch 22 for them.
The studios have every right to try and protect their IP, but if they add stringent DRM, legitimate consumers (who *should* have the right to make copies their purchased media so they can play it on any device they own), as well as freetards, will bitch to high heaven, complain that it's pointless as the DRM will eventually be broken, etc, etc.
With the wide availability of stream-capture software, it's hard to see a streaming-only solution being the answer.
Couple of obvious suggestions to ease the losses due to piracy:
> lower prices on the product so people are more willing to buy it, rather than pirate it
> make better movies
Everyone except Tom Clancy, of course.
Couldn't be any worse than Pineapple Express and they didn't hesitate to release that turkey.
(Only thing that made it watchable was Franco.)
I think they deserve props for making it look like an ankle bracelet.
I splurged and treated myself to an LG G for Xmas.
Kind of pointless as far as what it can do since my actual cell is a Windows Phone. Google has hinted at porting the Wear app but, again, pointless for me as I only turn the phone on when I want to make a call and immediately turn it off afterwards and, as no one has the number, I've no need for notifications, either. (It's paired with an HTC One, in case you're wondering.)
The fitness features? Meh. I may try the new music control features, though.
I really just bought it for the novelty of changing the watch faces and it works pretty well for that.
I like the square design, it looks pretty sharp but the rubber strap is a flaky skin magnet so I'll have to switch the band out.
All in all, very pleased with it.
If they just can't avoid making the lens protrude slightly, why not put an ever-so-slightly
raised lip around it to protect it from scratches?
... of this scene from The Jerk.
Start putting CEOs in jail (instead of just fining the companies) and this sort of thing would stop PDQ, I'd think.
Sign me up!
Oh, wait, that probably doesn't mean what I think it does.
Guess I'll stick with AT&T.
Common sense tells me this only works if the balloons are stationary, so how would they keep the balloons in place?
Knowing that story in advance only made us more disappointed at what was changed and/or left out
Always finding new ways to keep us entertained.
Still plenty of material to make more films from. There's the Silmarillion (all the parts he didn't work into the Hobbit trilogy). And he can always go back and add all the stuff that he left out of The Lord of the Rings movies, Tom Bombadil, say, or the battle for the Shire or the pretty obviously implied (in the books) marriage of Legolas and Gimli, left out as to not scotch Legolas' appeal to swooning teenage girls. That was a pretty shocking omission.
It's more a case of Shock of the Poorly Thought-out, Badly Designed and Just Plain Butt Ugly.
Not as bad as the recent "argh! give me an icepick so I can poke out my eyes, no, wait, this *is* an icepick poking out my eyes" Graun makeover, so kudos on that, at least.
The stationary menu bar at the top (with the pop-ups as you roll over) is a nice feature, I'll admit; Ars implemented this in their last remodel.
My pet peeve, though, is the inclusion of a "most read" section - why the fuck do I care what other people are reading? It's all about me, remember.
My Win 7 PC boots up faster than my Playbook.
who will grow up accepting the police/surveillance state as just part of life, while waiting for all us old farts kicking up a ruckus to die off.
Unfortunately, an all too common reaction to how things work in today's corporate/oligarchic world.
"Arr! We be out piratin' on the high seas. Leave yer message after the tone."
Well, with that mangy beard and those tats, I doubt any of the "indigenous farm folk" would mistake *him* for a transvestite (or even being one step away).
Nice to see a telco actually trying something to expand coverage to un- or under-served areas. I guess that's what having some semblance of real competition in the marketplace gets you.
How do companies like this even stay in business?
on my win7 32-bit machine but I basically only use it to visit 1 pr0n site.
I got infected with BuyNSave ad(mal)ware just a couple of days back. Using Add/Remove programs to uninstall it only removed it's name from the list off installed programs but MalwareBytes cleaned it right out.
I upgraded VLC just this evening to the latest version and was pleasantly surprised to see that it now does actually remember your settings from the previous version. I only use it for .mp4s and before it was always a minute or two's hassle to uncheck every other file extension..
I thought Looper was pretty interesting, both the time travel aspects and the make-up job on JGL.
"These are just like the architects who draw pretty pictures, then hand them to a team of civil engineers to actually make it work."
Gee, why does Frank Gehry immediately come to mind? Although, in that instance, 'pretty' really is in the eye of the beholder.
"... to threaten freedom of expression, the openness, stability, resiliency, or security of the internet, responsiveness to the user community"
Why not start by applying those priciples to American ISPs? Have to learn to crawl before you can walk.
Even in these tough economic times, I doubt Mesa's future existence as a city hangs on one factory employing 900 people.
"... the first thing I do is duckduckgo it."
I have been using duckduckgo as well for a while now but seeing you write it out like that, as analogous to 'google it', I am struck by the need to abbreviate it for efficiency.
Therefore, I propose that henceforth we use 'ddg it', pronounced 'dig it', as in 'dig for it'.
This internet meme is provided royalty free for everyone to use. You're welcome.
No Batmobiles in the 40s serials? Sadly, no.
A tight wartime budget put them in a Cadillac limo for the first serial in 1945, and the low-budget 1949 serial had them in a '49 Mercury.
Much as we might find the name MaxiPad amusing in a sniggering schoolboy kind of way, I doubt Apple see fit to so christen it.
I predict it will be called ... (wait for it) ... the iPadXL.
Or if they just didn't care. Or if they were too lazy to try and figure out how to change it.
Unless we start charging these companies with criminal negligence backed up by jail time for the CEOs, nothing will change.
Poor Mexico, what'd they ever do to deserve that?
Too bad he didn't make this bold statement of support *before* the election, not that it would have made much difference to the results.
A tampon of some sort? (Please don't make me go look at a picture. 8/ )
OMG! There's so much more to the internet than that!
There's kittens in adorable costumes, there's cats sleeping in funny positions and, my new personal favo(u)rite,
"Information gathered through cyber espionage can be used to gain an economic, diplomatic or political advantage."
I guess that explains why the 5 Eyes engage in so much of it themselves, then.
This should make an interesting topic of conversation at work for the next few days.
Now we'll have to live that down, too. :\
OMG, Frank! Is that you?
Well ... we don't have to drive to the adult bookstore anymore to get our pr0n. That's convenient.
It's interesting that, while Flash has superpowers and Arrow doesn't (sort of like Superman and Batman), Arrow apparently doesn't find this odd.
Not being very familiar with the old comics, I had assumed Arrow had some sort of powers that came from somewhere and that his not having them in the was a departure made to ground things a bit more in reality.
Anywho, grats to Mr Gustin for landing such a plum role.
Well, that's one advantage of having no friends - never having to deal with dodgy apps like this.
Hey, Verizon! I want FIOS!
Yeah, thought so.