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'It's For The Fans' Isn't A Defence, Iron Fist's Finn Jones, It's An Insult

Mar 13, 2017, 11:05am

I hate this 'excuse', though I think Smith using it in the context of Yoga Hosers is somewhat fair. He basically made a bunch of films that were for fans of his podcast. I'm not even sure that they are supposed to be 'good'.

PSA: Prince's Music Is Now On Spotify, Apple Music & Pandora

Feb 13, 2017, 11:01am

Although I'm sure that the motivation is money for WB, I'm glad to have easier access to his catalog all the same.

The Latest Ben Affleck Batman Rumour Is Encouraging, But In A Really Bad Way

Feb 10, 2017, 10:06am

I think this might be overly optimistic. One of the major problems with the prior films was endless rewrites. I'm not convinced this is a matter of quality (Affleck has good form), as executive meddling.

Russia Has Compromising Info On Trump: Report

Jan 11, 2017, 1:37pm

The first problem is that there's no serious suggestion that he colluded with Russia even if he was a beneficiary. The second problem is that they'd actually have to publicly present some evidence that the Russians were even behind the leaks. The report itself currently provides no evidence and is entirely based on conjecture (the term "assessment" is used a lot). That's not to say no evidence exists, but I remain extremely skeptical seeing as Wikileaks maintains Russia was not the source of the leak. This current claim is based on a unseen addendum to a report that had no evidence at present.

Long story short - if they had any real evidence, he'd be booted by now.

These Are The 10 Most Hated Reddit Posts Of All Time

Sep 2, 2016, 11:38am

You might want to look into the Ellen Pao situation a little closer. I know there is this popular narrative that she was bullied out of reddit, but the fact of the matter is she was always an interim CEO while she sued her former employer for sexual harrassment. Unfortunately, the defendent had a treasure trove of emails that were absolutely damning for Pao. On top of that, a lot of her decisions had to be reversed almost immediately because they basically killed the user base. That's not getting bullied out of a job. That's failing.

The New Yorker's Social Media Editor Rages Against Working At Facebook In Twitter Rant

Aug 31, 2016, 9:04am

Well they were listing the "memorable" moments, many of which were positive. However, I suggest reading the article because the "insensitive" management she alludes to appears to be a massive understatement.

Review: Soylent's New Coffee Drink Is Fine

Aug 15, 2016, 3:43pm

Doing it for five days is a stunt. Doing a diet for three months is a review. 3kg in five days on pure liquid diet is far from impressive.

10 Mindblowingly Futuristic Technologies That Will Appear By The 2030s

Jul 20, 2016, 12:48pm

Yeah - I'd actually predict even faster adoption. The profit and safety motives are significant.

The real question is how we'll handle the mass redundancy in logistics and transportation?

The 8 Worst Kinds Of Fictional Romances

Jul 20, 2016, 12:44pm

I think using Battlestar as an example of number 5 is a bit off. It's been a while since I last saw it, but if I remember correctly, weren't both of the cited examples totally pathetic? Like it wasn't love, they were just mutual sad sacks getting together due to a lack of options.

I have a similar comment regarding "Community" as an example of pairs juggling - that was definitely a parody of the concept (and of item number 5 initially too).

Tesla's Autopilot Driving Mode Is A Legal Nightmare

Jul 15, 2016, 9:49am

I'm actually a Human Factors Psychologist. You've probably never heard of the profession, but we're typically the guys who determine what level automation is appropriate for a given task to reduce mental workload without taking the operator 'out-of-the-loop'. The fact is, "Autopilot" as implemented by Tesla was flawed from the beginning. People cannot reliably maintain vigilance for low mental workload tasks over long periods. As a consequence, when the automation fails, it's impossible for them to respond instantly. The only reason similar technology is viable in aircraft is because the pilots have minutes to respond, not seconds. Indeed, even then we've had to slightly dial back some forms of automation or come up with new ways to keep the pilot engaged.

Tesla reminding people that they have to maintain vigilance is totally inadequate and is not consistent with basic safety engineering principles. This was an accident waiting to happen.

Stephen King's 'IT' Remake: The First Look At Pennywise The Clown

Jul 14, 2016, 12:48pm

The makeup looks a bit too sinister in my opinion. I thought the original did it better where he looked like a normal clown, but on closer inspection had razor sharp teeth and Tim Curries crazy eyes.

Ashley Madison's Ad Campaign Was Better When It Wasn't Faux-Sensitive

Jul 14, 2016, 12:45pm

I am still sometimes flabbergasted that this product even exists.

Simon Pegg Has A Canonical Explanation For That Big Development In The New Star Trek Universe

Jul 13, 2016, 3:09pm

This is getting increasingly hilarious. I love Pegg, but he should have listened to Takei on this. The whole thing puts Pegg in a bad light because seemingly the only reason to make Sulu gay rather than any of the other bridge characters is because a gay man playing the role originally forever makes the character gay. It's like Pegg thinks a gay man can't act like a straight man for a role. Then there is the obvious implication that Sulu was made gay by some event post-birth, which is terribly offensive. I tend to think Pegg would be better off saying "I didn't consider the implications" rather than coming up with an convoluted explanation that breaks the internal logic of the reboots. It's a different timeline. Sulu has different experiences. This shouldn't change his sexuality.

The New Development In Star Trek Beyond Is Not A Big Deal

Jul 8, 2016, 1:06pm

Are you guys going to do an update with Takai's response. Namely that he asked them repeatedly not to make the character gay, that he thought it made no sense, and that it undermined Roddenberry's vision? Seems like quite the PR misstep to me.

Jake Dyson Is Fixing The Way We Light Up Our Homes And Offices

May 25, 2016, 2:46pm

Man - he's master his fathers knack for outrageously expensive over-engineered solutions (that are often worse than the product can replace). Honestly, a legitimately great vacuum design 30 years ago and a amazing ability to bullshit will keep this family in money for many generations.

Would Fixed Taxi Fares Lure You Away From Uber?

May 24, 2016, 9:20am

Not inherently, but it certainly removes one of the main reasons I moved over to Uber in the first place: dodgy operators taking sub-optimal routes to increase the fare. At least with uber there is tracking.

What The Heck Makes Flying So Expensive?

May 16, 2016, 10:33am

I stand corrected on the salary - I had a closer look and you are indeed correct. However, that article is a terrible source - it makes a number of extreme claims that I can't find any collaborating evidence. For example, as near as I can tell, ALPA hasn't made any comments regarding food stamps (I searched their press releases)

What The Heck Makes Flying So Expensive?

May 13, 2016, 8:54am

I don't know where your getting your information from, but there are no commercial pilots, anywhere, on food stamps (unless its involving some sort of fraud). In addition, they aren't worked to the point of exhaustion. The FAA has the strictest legislated safe work limits in the world:

How To Avoid Game Of Thrones Spoilers

May 11, 2016, 3:08pm

Don't visit Gizmodo either - spoiled the end of episode 2 for me. Yes - I'm still salty.

No 'Boaty McBoatface' Ship, But Submersible Gets The Name Instead

May 11, 2016, 9:58am

Ship, boat, whatever. I'm a landlubber, not a Navy guy.

Regardless, I still don't see why a ship can't have a stupid name.

No 'Boaty McBoatface' Ship, But Submersible Gets The Name Instead

May 9, 2016, 4:05pm

I personally think the 'crowd' was right in this instance. What's inherently wrong with having a dumb name for a boat? It personifies it, makes it engaging. People would have cared what the boat was up to. There would have been news reports. Maybe a children's cartoon. The general public at large is not going to be particularly interested in the RRS Sensible Name.

This Character Was He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named While Filming Game Of Thrones Season 6

May 6, 2016, 1:29pm

I ended up watching it, but it kind of killed the momentum and tension of some of the scenes. It really became a "C'mon!" situation.

This Character Was He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named While Filming Game Of Thrones Season 6

May 5, 2016, 11:52am

Yeah - this website and later the SMH spoiled the episode on me, less than 12 hours after it aired. Seriously disappointed.

Australia Post Is Going To Start Charging You Rent For Unclaimed Parcels

May 3, 2016, 4:29pm

It's because their service has gone to the dogs in the last few years. Most of the time they don't leave a card and when they do, I am ALWAYS home. They don't even try to deliver the package!

*EDIT - In short - these are the circumstances under which people are going to exceed the six days. Are they going to let people call bullshit?

Australians Should Be Allowed To Circumvent Geoblocking: Productivity Commission

Apr 29, 2016, 1:39pm

Wouldn't "massively increase pricing for everyone" be a fairer outcome. If we're being charged more by a middle man, aren't we effectively subsidizing American viewers?