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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

aevan Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (186 comments)

This. So very much this.

Formula is formula because it's proven to work. If audiences truly were wanting something different, they'd be in the indie festivals, at the small off-beat theaters, or happily watching things with subtitles and so forth. Instead (it seems) they just want fast hard simple plots with lots of explosions and beautiful people. Or infantile fart jokes. Hollywood just sees 'everyone is wanting Super Heroes, we'll make Variation #245 on SuperHero Plotmachine'. "This year is fairy tales. What can we remake/reimage next?'

I just get annoyed when they remake a movie or such that isn't even 5 years old.

4 days ago
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Warner Brothers Announces 10 New DC Comics Movies

aevan Re:Hollywood is mentally bankrupt (186 comments)

Depending on your definition of original. Frozen has strong elements from The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson. I wouldn't go as far as some and claim it's a ripoff, but the inspiration is clearly there (it robbed me of a lot of outrage, I had been planning to lambast them for another 'theft we will claim is original then copyright for eternity'... but was pleasantly surprised).

4 days ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

aevan Re:Its not about intelligence (481 comments)

I'm saying that in some cultures that had food issues, and may still have food issues, that which can be used and consumed will be used and consumed. Wasn't that how why got dogs in the first place? Protection, hunting, work, and in a pinch, rations. It's only when you suddenly have abundance that you can start being subjectively selective. When you then start trumping up artificial boundary conditions on what is acceptable and not, you have absolutely no place to admonish those whose culture didn't suddenly decide that it's not ethically edible but instead selected other things as their 'sacred cow'. Especially when those convictions are ONLY because you can afford not to, and will be sacrificed the moment it's not convenient.

Don't often hear about sea kittens at a coastal city, or farming vegans...it's more young urbanites for whom the only exposure to an animal is the family pet, and their 'hunting gathering' is limited to supermarket sales.

Buuut if you want to believe we can turn all of the poorer parts of asian, south american, africa, and even our own less affluent areas into pill-supplement-popping balanced vegan dieters...by all means continue to think that. Personally I see no real difference in eating horse, cow, pig, whale, dog or rabbit (that said, I don't eat any of the previous). Now if you want to argue ethics in raising said creatures, methods to kill, etc...then yes, I'll say we have room for improvement there (vastly in some cases).

As for the biology lesson, I'd imagine we'd have evolved a different dental structure, a different digestive system (one more optimised) and wouldn't have to actually plan out our diet so exotically if we were meant to be plant-only. No other animal that I'm aware of would need a laundry list of things to stay healthy on a vegan diet. Herbivores could continually graze on local flora, carnivores opportunistically hunt local fauna. Guess that leaves omnivores for us...

about two weeks ago
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Is an Octopus Too Smart For Us To Eat?

aevan Re:Its not about intelligence (481 comments)

They all get eaten when you're hungry. Necessity is a damned fine seasoning. Would that it were capable to experiment with a thousand PETA supporters, starve them and their families, their children... but offer them roasted dog meat for their hunger. Pretty sure convictions would be put aside for a majority. Cuteness, intelligence, whatever...they are still the 'them' to our 'us' in the end.

about two weeks ago
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Online Creeps Inspire a Dating App That Hides Women's Pictures

aevan Re:Women in the drivers seat`? (482 comments)

I know it's sounds like a good idea...but all I can think of is someone posting beautiful romantic insightful feelings...

..and have the profile pic be goat.cx trollololololo~

about three weeks ago
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The Physics of Space Battles

aevan Re:Babylon 5 Starfury (470 comments)

Don't know if they kept it up consistently...but one of Andromeda's early eps had a battle on the viewscreen, and they wanted to rush in to help. Rommie interrupted with something close to "I'm sorry, but the battle is 5 light-minutes away. By the time we got this, it was already too late".

Another series that got it 'right' I think was Mugan no Ryvius. Ships in orbit had 'passes' where they could take shots at each other when their orbits 'lined up', but otherwise had an hour between volleys and such.

about three weeks ago
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Google's Doubleclick Ad Servers Exposed Millions of Computers To Malware

aevan Re:And there's the reason why... (226 comments)

...and then someone will capitalise on all those customers lost, and provide an alternate they can palate. ..then they will get too big, make a drastic change or such to lose their group.. and a new alternate will emerge. It's almost like it's happened before.

about a month ago
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German Intelligence Spying On Allies, Recorded Kerry, Clinton, and Kofi Annan

aevan Re:Oblig. Madison quote: (170 comments)

Is angels a species or position then? Is falling a bureaucratic thing, a holy impeaching? Some biological response to ethical violation?

"No True Angel would rebel against God" =P

about 2 months ago
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News Aggregator Fark Adds Misogyny Ban

aevan Re:Sigh (748 comments)

It's not acceptable, because it's not accepted? *blink*

*pictures a few hundred years ago someone making the same statement with the labels reversed, to defend child brides.

about 2 months ago
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Long-Wave Radar Can Take the Stealth From Stealth Technology

aevan Re:Might cause a re-thinking of the F-35 (275 comments)

Use of AWACs dates to WW2 with them hooking up radar units on Avengers[TBM-3W]. Was a bit late to see action though. EC-121 was the awac for Vietnam.

about 2 months ago
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Verizon Throttles Data To "Provide Incentive To Limit Usage"

aevan Re:Equal Share of Bandwidth (316 comments)

So you're claiming they haven't gained more customers, and so the congestion is entirely the amount downloaded, and not that downloading increased, coupled with there now being many more users fighting for that same finite bandwidth?

about 2 months ago
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How Gygax Lost Control of TSR and D&D

aevan Re:5thed is irrelevant. (183 comments)

I thought it was spelled Rulemaster?

about 3 months ago
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Deaf Advocacy Groups To Verizon: Don't Kill Net Neutrality On Our Behalf

aevan Hm. (76 comments)

Is Verizon's argument that Net Neutrality is bad because they cannot ransom special groups? "allow ISPs to create Internet "fast lanes" for companies that can afford to pay for speedier service" [Emphasis mine]

about 3 months ago
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Why Are the World's Scientists Continuing To Take Chances With Smallpox?

aevan Re:The problem is... (190 comments)

Next SciFi movie special: Having a crisis of morality, a technician at a biological research facility attempts to destroy the last samples of a virulent strain. Improperly doing so, an ancient plague is revisited upon the world. Can a small town sheriff, his plucky daughter, and the random love interest survive this new apocalyptic world?

about 3 months ago
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ExoLance: Shooting Darts At Mars To Find Life

aevan Re:Please, stop! (50 comments)

Good news! We found evidence of life on Mars!
Bad news... it'll take 3 years for the relief ships to get there to help the survivors.

about 3 months ago
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ChickTech Brings Hundreds of Young Women To Open Source

aevan Re:Coding (158 comments)

I've seen studies go either way. I've seen claims that women CAUSE more accidents (random braking etc) that they themselves don't get INTO the accident, but effect the people they had cut off etc (claims by traffic cops). I've watch women apply makeup while making lane-changes on 6-lane highways, or declare they waited long enough to cross a highway "they'll just have to stop". Personally come across as many accidents caused by hesitation as by aggression.

tl;dr: Both genders have their share of incompetent morons.

about 3 months ago
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Mt. Fuji Volcano In 'Critical State' After Quakes

aevan Re:Great (151 comments)

Eyja Fjalla Jökull

Isn't that how you summon a Deep One?

about 3 months ago
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Obama Administration Says the World's Servers Are Ours

aevan Re:Curious (749 comments)

I'm aware that they'd have to, which was why my question is if the government was fine with this scenario. Companies like Boeing do have presences in other countries, and I doubt the United States would appreciate Boeing complying with giving potentially sensitive information over, just because it is court-ordered in a country they do business in. Yet now, morally, they have no leg to stand on (not that they'd care in the first place).

I'm more thinking of how companies will have to twist with this, how it would effect international corporations and trade, and primarily how international agreements are pretty much a trading of concessions: belligerence like this pretty much sets it back.

about 3 months ago

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