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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Scot Seese Team America: World Police ? (563 comments)

.. And Team America: World Police by the South Park guys, which completely ridiculed Kim Jong Il - was cheerfully sent to theaters without issue?

Oh, here's why- Team America: World Police was distributed by Paramount Pictures, a wholly owned subsidiary of U.S. media behemoth Viacom, which couldn't give a flying fuck about a despot on the other side of the world.

Sony, on the other hand, has its parent company headquartered in Japan, where North Korean missile tests fly over their island on a regular basis, and has actually had citizens literally kidnapped off the beach by North Korean intelligence officers.

Where does this stop? Will Sony approach media outlets like Amazon Instant Video, Google Play Movies and iTunes, only to be told off? It wasn't bad enough that Sony has suffered huge losses from the hacking, now they also eat nearly $50 million on the films' production costs and sunk advertising to date.

During the Cold War, Hollywood ROUTINELY made films depicting the Soviets as drunken bumbling incompetent bloodthirsty warmongers, with fare like Stripes, Spies Like Us, Red Dawn (original), and many many others - This, at a time when there were literally hundreds or thousands of KGB agents active on American sold and > 10,000 ICBMs pointed at us - And you could turn Johnny Carson's monologue on every night and listen to him crack about Brezhnev being a drunken idiot.

Did Sony react to a real threat? Or is this part of the new culture of not offending anyone?

 

yesterday
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Why the Time Is Always Set To 9:41 In Apple Ads

Scot Seese Individually Interesting, Collectively Creepy (109 comments)

A number of similar articles have revealed more tidbits of Apples' Jobs-worship culture recently.

Taken one by one, they just come across as nice gestures to honor the company's co-founder. Additively they're starting to become really, really weird.

When Tim Cook dropped the bomb during his Charlie Rose interview that Jobs' office is maintained exactly as it was before his death, sealed, undisturbed - it raised an eyebrow.

The entire affair reminds me of the religion that pulp science fiction author started - the one with an office maintained in his honor at all their locations. You know the one. I suppose next we'll discover there is a Steve Jobs alcove located in the rear stockroom of all Apple stores.

Look, I got my first Apple product in 1983, and own quite a few current models at this time. But... admiration is one thing, hero worship is quite another. No thanks.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

Scot Seese The "George Carlin" Rule (331 comments)

To paraphrase the late George Carlin, If the answer to "..was the last person to get a job in my major my professor.." ..a "yes", then perhaps you should rethink your career track.

Mike Rowe may be right. Thirty years ago they shuttered all the vocational training shops in High Schools across the U.S. and rejiggered the curriculum to entirely "College Prep." Apparently someone thought the new millennia would see floating cities, personal jetpacks and genetically engineered mental telepathy as the new societal construct, and the only way to fulfill this prophecy was to produce eager young archons -disciples of the critical thinking required to operate the flying cars and mind operated workbots. Except it didn't happen, and you have to write a check for nearly $200 to the guy running the power snake in your basement floor drain on a Sunday night emergency call.

When everyone has an MBA, does anyone have an MBA?
Where does a Gender Studies degree take you when the corporatization of universities is closing the door on living wages or career advancement in higher education?

With a large number of Associate or certification programs producing comfortable middle-income career tracks in the skilled medical, production or transportation sectors, is a 4-year degree and $50,000-$100,000 of student loan debt that secures a $39,000/yr salary moving papers around inside a cubicle somewhere in the Midwest ... worth it, or right for everyone?

http://www.businessinsider.com...

about a month and a half ago
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Detritus From Cancer Cells May Infect Healthy Cells

Scot Seese Jarisch-Herxheimer Reaction (46 comments)

.. This finding is not entirely surprising, as the Jarisch-Herxheimer reaction has been understood for quite some time, particularly relevant to treatment of bacterial infection.

Nutshell, antibodies, natural or pharmaceutical, kill bacteria, causing them to dump endotoxins contained within the bacteria into the bloodstream, often causing the patient to feel significantly worse for a period of time.

Not unlike taking a large garbage bag out of the dumpster, throwing it into your swimming pool, then cutting it open with a box cutter.

Chronic inflammatory or bacterial illnesses like rheumatoid arthritis or Lyme disease are particularly notorious for the "Herxing" patients feel during treatment.

about 2 months ago
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Google Releases Android 5.0 Lollipop SDK and Nexus Preview Images

Scot Seese Re:Just make it fast (77 comments)

One of the drivers behind Android L was improving performance on low to mid range Android devices. Google is interested in improving the Android experience for those customers with the 1 cent contract phones, and other flotsam at the bottom of the product menu.

Android L allegedly will perform smoothly, even on devices with 512mb RAM. Which should be a win for those customers with 1gb and 2gb handsets made within the last 2-3 years, as they will be lightning fast.

about 2 months ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Scot Seese Re:Bad idea (252 comments)

Sharp observers would notice the phrase "Desktop Class" used in Apple keynotes the last year or two, when describing the power of their A# mobile processors.

I for one would not be surprised if Apple released a 12" "WorkBook" that is essentially a 12" iPad with full keyboard & touchpad, running iOS w/2gb RAM. Their entire "office" suite - iWork - is already a complete feature copy of the OS X version - all that's missing from making it truly useful on the iPad is .. a quality keyboard.

about 2 months ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

Scot Seese Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (187 comments)

No..

Actually, patrons are mentally bankrupt. Hollywood puts original content in front of audiences every now and then, and it underwhelms at the box office.

Brand familiarity and the powerful psychological pull it has on consumers are just as responsible for you wanting to see the next Star Trek movie as you are likely to keep buying the same laundry detergent.

about 2 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

Scot Seese Absolute Estate Tax Solves Problem (839 comments)

If estate size > $N millions then tax = 75%.

I have no problem with intelligent, insanely hard working entrepreneurs amassing a fortune and enjoying the fruits of their labor.
When that person passes away, take a swipe at that Scrooge McDuck sized pile of gold coins and redistribute it to primary schools and skills training programs for unemployed / underemployed adults.

The decedents survivors still get millions - and keep real property - and society gets massive cash infusions into education and skills programs designed to keep society employed, productive, fulfilled and vibrant.

Leave the whales alone, stop hassling them with nickel and dime taxes every time they turn around, let them enjoy their 200 foot yachts, Ibiza birthday bashes with P Diddy and Ukrainian supermodel girlfriends, annnnd when they pass away, a whole lot of single moms working 3 jobs waiting tables get converted into dental hygienists and LPNs with professional livable incomes and personal fulfillment & satisfaction.

You know nearly every wealthy person says they don't want their children to be burdened with extreme wealth or have everything given to them? Well, buddy, have I got a solution for you...

about 2 months ago
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HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Scot Seese HBO, Hit Your Marks: (139 comments)

$49/mo.
-OR-
Episodes ala-carte $2.49
SD / $2.99 720HD / $3.49 1080HD
-AVAILABLE-
Within 12 hours of air

Step 3: Profit.

about 2 months ago
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Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

Scot Seese Re:Meh (201 comments)

Why couldn't they have hit the sweet spot - 5", 1080p, and focused on camera quality & battery life?

Google doesn't understand hardware.

about 2 months ago
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Too Much Privacy: Finnish Police Want Big Euro Notes Taken Out of Circulation

Scot Seese ID For Cash Transactions (314 comments)

Or, they could.. you know - require photo I.D. for large cash purchases, much like the U.S. post-911.

Try going to Sears and paying $1500 for a new stove in 2002. Drivers license sir? We have to record your name and address.

about 2 months ago
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Feces-Filled Capsules Treat Bacterial Infection

Scot Seese Now Wanted - Better GelCaps (135 comments)

..

Now we need better gelatin capsules that don't get caught and dissolve in the back of your throat.

Because.. I just don't want to think about that.

*shudder*

about 2 months ago
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Texas Ebola Patient Dies

Scot Seese Airborne Mutation Remains Greatest Fear! (487 comments)

Probably the biggest concern is the possibility of a mutation occurring that would allow the virus to go airborne.

Were that to happen, you are then looking at every SciFi/Fantasy end-of-days horror movie fan's highlight reel. The Stand meets Outbreak with a dash of The Walking Dead minus the zombies. The government bombing population centers in a vain attempt to contain th...

No, wait that's what CNN wants you to believe to drive click traffic and Geico commercial video pre-rolls.

Disinfectant hand washing and passenger screening will stop this. But that doesn't boost web traffic CPM, so let's sell the worst case scenarios. It's crucially important for everyone in the sound of my voice to believe we're all going to die from a horrible wasting hemorrhagic fever, melting like the wax nazis at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark.

Give us dirty laundry.

about 2 months ago
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Why America Won't Match Sweden's Cheap, Fast, Competitive Internet Services

Scot Seese Citizens Vs Shareholders (346 comments)

Government owned utilities using tax dollars to massively build out last-mile solutions do not have a "..Fiduciary responsibility to maximize shareholder value."

The Swedish internet model used taxpayer money to build out a massive national network providing excellent last-mile broadband, which all private competitors are now entitled to ride over.

I remember the first time I visited Gothenburg in 2001, and people had full Video On Demand, digital cable and bundled services. Thirteen years ago.

about 2 months ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

Scot Seese Evolutionary Psychology Says: "Duh." (482 comments)

So..

Attractive women get more replies, implying that they have an advantage in that they have a larger pool of prospective partners to choose from, allowing them to be much more highly selective, and they are complaining about.. having options? That must be so terrible for them.

Everyone has a "type", and physical attraction will always matter, to a degree.

I absolutely guarantee the women who may be tempted to use the dating website referenced in this thread have a "type", as well - 5'10" or taller, height/weight proportionate, no thinning receding hairline, attractive facial features, car no more than 4 years old, and any and all photos taken at home will have the background scrutinized with the skill of a CIA photo interpreter to determine your relative level of career and personal success.

A Redditor conducted a little experiment on Tinder a while back. He constructed three fake male profiles. One "ugly" guy, one "average looking guy", and one "underwear model."
http://redditlog.com/snapshots... .. Would you care to guess the resul.. oh wait, you already did! The top 10% of Tinders' users get 90% of the attention, and if you aren't moderately to extremely attractive, you are all but invisible.

The women mentioned in the parent article need to simply hit the "block" or "report" buttons on whatever dating site they're on, and get over themselves already, because they're just as bad if not worse than the men in the "chasing looks" department.

about 3 months ago
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Energy Utilities Trying To Stifle Growth of Solar Power

Scot Seese Failure of Imagination; Utilities Could Sell Solar (488 comments)

This is simply a failure of imagination.

Utilities are in the business of sinking money into power generating and distribution capability, amortized over decades against customers' utility payments.

Nothing is preventing the utility company from building solar thermal or solar pv facilities for the purpose of selling the power. Nothing is preventing the utility company from purchasing rooftop pv systems and reselling them to homeowners, along with skilled installation.

Instead, they want to coast on coal plants and grid they built out, much of it long ago - and keep slamming your checks.

about 3 months ago
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Consumer Reports: New iPhones Not As Bendy As Believed

Scot Seese Unboxy Therapy Bent 2nd iPhone 6+ w/Witnesses (304 comments)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v...

The guy from Unbox Therapy, angry at the accusations that his original video was somehow staged, just posted a new video yesterday. In the new video, he unwraps a brand new iPhone 6+ on the street in Toronto with a handful of random witnesses watching, and again - by placing his thumbs on the back of the phone and applying moderate pressure- IMMEDIATELY produces a 25-30 degree bend in the unit, with the crease forming again at the bottom of the volume control cutouts.

In the new video, the iPhone deformed so badly the screen separated from the body.

He then attempted to bend a Moto X (2014 model) with visibly considerable force applied to it, and couldn't.

Is this really important? You decide. A lot of people - men, particularly - have carried their smartphones in the pockets of their jeans. If you're a big guy, and you have a tiny iPhone 5S in your back pocket and sit down in your car on a 3 hour road trip, the iPhone 5S won't deform because it's thicker, and much shorter in length, therefore providing a much shorter lever for your rump to apply force to. The iPhone 6+ however, being both thinner and significantly taller, provides a much longer lever for your 200+ pounds of man ass to press against the back of the car seat, making it quite conceivable that the iPhone 6+ WOULD have a bending problem in actual consumer use.

This issue has gotten enough viral traction and major media attention that it isn't going to go away. Worse yet for Apple is that unlike Antennagate, this problem won't be solved with a rubber bumper case costing Apple 20 cents manufacturing cost - NO, bent iPhone 6+ units still within their return period or covered by AppleCare are going to cost the company $200+ per unit, according to recent teardown parts costing estimates.

When, as educated tech consumers, are people going to stop confusing "smaller and thinner" as being "more advanced" ? All we are doing here, people, is sacrificing durability and battery life.

about 3 months ago
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Where Whistleblowers End Up Working

Scot Seese Deep Throat & Investigative Journalism (224 comments)

The machinations employed by government agencies and powerful corporations to punish whistle blowers clearly emphasizes the need for powerful investigative journalism, news organizations with the balls to stand up to steep fines and possible jail time to protect sources, and the absolute requirement that whistle blowers employ intelligence tradecraft to protect their anonymity at all costs.

It took several decades for FBI Deputy Director Mark Felt to be named as Deep Throat, and was only "outed" when Felt - then 91 and riddled with dementia - was named in a 2005 Vanity Fair article, largely only because Woodward confirmed his identity due to Felts' family having solved the mystery.

If you can't trust a journalist to sit in prison to protect your identity, and you are sitting on a time bomb of corporate or government malfeasance that needs to be made public, you had god damned better be sure to have that information delivered using methods that scrubs your identity from both the documents and the delivery.

about 3 months ago
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Why the iPhone 6 Has the Same Base Memory As the iPhone 5

Scot Seese Re:Memory doesn't cost that much. (264 comments)

I had this discussion with a coworker the other day. He and his wife have three children, which - as new parents, causes them to generate photos at approximately the firing rate of an MG42 installed inside a pillbox at Normandy.

So, Apple wants $20/month for their 1 TB iCloud plan.
DropBox wants $99/year for the same 1 TB.

Flickr will cheerfully store 1TB FOR FREE.

I told him this yesterday during a coffee chat - *blink* ... *blink* .. "I'm going to talk to (wifesname) about Flickr tonight."

Even though I myself am fully in Apple's hardware ecosystem (rMBP, iPhone 5S, AppleTV, Apple Time Capsule, iPad Air, yaddayadda) I prefer to use quality third-party solutions for apps and cloud storage. One of the ways Apple hooks you is with the burden of inconvenience should you ever decide to try something different. What if I wake up tomorrow and want to purchase a nice new LG G3 Android phone?

- All my photos are privately stored on Flickr, zero inconvenience
- All my iTunes library is duplicated on Google Play Music, thanks to the awesome Mac desktop toolbar app that constantly monitors your iTunes library, and duplicates it in your Google Play account, up to 20,000 songs FOR FREE.

For people who shoot tons of photos, those 1 megabyte JPGs are really whats gobbling up most of your cloud storage. iWork documents tend to be very small. Shove those photos onto Flickr and suddenly that free 5gb iCloud Drive storage is more than you'll ever use.

about 3 months ago

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