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Never support a law you aren't willing to kill to enforce - That is a very simple moral guiding principle. The delegation of violence does not make you any less culpable. This statement should be printed at the top of every voting ballot.
Every new law requires enforcement; every act of enforcement includes the possibility of violence, such as the chokehold that killed Eric Garner.
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+Maggie Beegan-Royston and another +1 for using gobsmacked. :-)
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A liberal discount on Atlas Shrugged. Get it now for only $2.99.
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There was Galadriel, too. And whatshername, Aragorn's bride-to-be. But they were both elvish anyway. A few more bit players tucked away in the Elvish poetry, for those who bothered to read it. But human females? Eowyn was pretty much it, and of course the reason why she was so eager to die (in the books) was because she was all gaga over Aragorn. Not exactly a strong female role model, even if she did kill the Witch King. Bleh. 
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Remote Possibility - I didn't know that the Chromecast supported infrared input. This is a very cool feature that makes it feel even more integrated. Even though it's super simple to pause streaming from your lock screen on your phone (no need to fully unlock to stop/start), having the remote do the same thing makes group viewing that much more convenient. I'll have to try this out.
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I imagine they'll be updated soon. I'll have to test out Crunchy Roll.
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Even Rocky had a montage.
 
Music video for Petman/Atlas of Boston Dynamics: Push it to the Limit

Fun-filled 3 minute sequence with 80s bounce, inspires admiration for what BD have accomplished.
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I agree. I think BD has put more into modeling human physiology. I'd like to see a paired dance competition with a good street performer doing robot moves and an actual robot. Dress them up in suits, and then have a robotic Turing test of sorts. Have the audience guess which one is the robot.
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I suddenly see the future of 3D movies. Watch this from your Android phone and pan around. Now imagine if The Lord of The Rings was filmed this way and you had Google's VR headset on with stereo headphones that provide real-time auditory movement. It would be a complete immersive experience where you could look where you want to look, and not where the director is forcing you to look. The director creates the environment for you, and you can choose to experience it.
 
+YouTube now supports 360° video! Watch this in Chrome or on your Android phone.

Prepare to have your mind blown.
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I haven't yet, but I thought about getting one.
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They're bouncy, trouncy, flouncy, pouncy and total badass! - A reimagining of the Hundred Acre Wood on Tumblr. This is a little darker take on the land of milk and honey. I don't use Tumblr, but apparently you have to scroll all the way to the bottom to start at the beginning.

h/t +Ara Wagoner​ for posting a link.

And +Scott Cramer​, I'm sure you'll like this.
This is the story of Christopher Robin's daughter Clover, a girl with a very adventurous...
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Definitely going to check it out!
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Free Stuff - Go make some home movies.
 
Pixar offers their professional rendering software, Renderman, for free!

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Aspiring animators, rejoice! Pixar’s coveted rendering software, RenderMan, can be all yours—for free.

Available for download on any non-commercial Mac, PC, or Linux computer, you can use the software without any limitations or watermarks. The only catch is that you have to pay a $495 licensing fee if you want to make money off your creations.

RenderMan is Pixar’s in-house program that has been used in all the Pixar films, as well as some Hollywood blockbusters like Godzilla and Pacific Rim. The knowledge that you can use the same software as big-budget films right on your home computer is pretty exciting.

Just keep in mind that this program only offers photorealistic 3D rendering. If you want to create your own 3D animations, Co.Design recommends Maya, which is also free to download. The RenderMan website says it also works well with The Foundry’s Katana.


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Breaking Browser - I think it's great that security challenges are run like competitions with real rewards. You can still get street cred for coming up with clever hacks, but now you can get paid, too. And paid a lot. Everyone wins with this type of system.

According to HP, out of the 11 attacks, of which 10 were successful and four ended up with full SYSTEM-level access, resulted in the following count of vulnerabilities to be fixed:

Windows itself: 5 bugs
Microsoft IE 11: 4 bugs
Mozilla Firefox: 3 bugs
Adobe Reader: 3 bugs
Adobe Flash: 3 bugs
Apple Safari: 2 bugs
Google Chrome: 1 bug

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Save Ferris... Firefly... Support Con Man! - There's still 22 days left.
 
Firefly returns! Well, actually, no it doesn't. But it sort of does.

Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion, who starred in the short-lived cult sci-fi TV series "Firefly," are making a web comedy series, "Con Man." It's about a couple of actors who used to be on a short-lived cult sci-fi TV series.

Tudyk's character played the pilot on the show-within-the show "Spectrum," as Tudyk did in the real "Firefly." Now, Tudyk's character is struggling, making a lot of appearances at science fiction cons. Fillion's character played the captain on "Spectrum," as Fillion did on "Firefly." Fillion's character went on to become a big star after "Spectrum."

The promotional video also features fan favorites Felicia Day and Scott Green. I'm pretty sure that's Gina Torres in the swimming pool — she played Zoe on "Firefly." And I don't know who the other guy is, the one who answers the door of his house. I probably should. 

The series, Con Man, is being funded on IndieGogo, and raised more than $2 million as I write this. They want to raise enough money to make a spaceship. 

I'm looking forward to this one.

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A new comedy from Alan Tudyk and Nathan Fillion produced by YOU! | Crowdfunding is a democratic way to support the fundraising needs of your community. Make a contribution today!
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Yeah, big surprise there. *cough* FOX *cough*
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Let's go for a soak.
 
Several folks have pinged either myself or +Luciano Carvalho asking how  you get involved with soak tests. Here's a link to a public article on our Motorola Forums page and you can take it from here....

Disclaimer: By no means am I guaranteeing you will be chosen for a soak but it's kinda like the Lottery, don't buy a ticket ... you're never gonna win the big Millions so follow the instructions and get registered etc.  
When a phone launches and after software is updated, we are extremely eager to understand what owners are experiencing. We watch our own online communities (forums.motorola.com) and other sites carefully for feedback. But we have a way to gather feedback in a more systematic way.
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The new phone upgrade is here! The new phone upgrade is here!

Well, almost....

But still, this is great news, and I'm excited to get the update. I know Motorola has been working very hard to get this out. The original Moto X has several custom hardware components that take extra effort to support.
 
About today's Moto X news frenzy :-)

I will try to address the hundreds of questions I'm getting at once here:

1) is it true that the user test phase started for the original Moto X? Well, that was supposed to be a secret, but who am I kidding, this is the internet, and as per the screenshots and articles out already, you know it's true.

2) what Android version is it going to get? 5.0.2

3) what about 5.1? There are no plans for it yet. When any decision is made, I'll let you know.

4) I have opted in to be part of it, but did not get the invitation, why? I don't know why. I know that not all volunteers get picked, but that's managed by another team, I have no clue about what criteria is used.

5) if the message you got indicated that if you need to reset your phone, do it before you get the push: then do it ASAP! Don't forget to backup your stuff. If you reset after you get the OTA push, you won't get the push anymore.

the 6th is not a question to be answered, it's a maxim: contacting me privately won't give you any advantage, especially if I've never seen or talked to you before. I'll simply ignore your message.

Thank you all! Enjoy your weekend!

Cheers!
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Dare Me - +Netflix​ is creating a new superhero series for Marvel, and the trailer looks great. I think this may make up for the movies. And I like how Netflix gives you the whole season at once. It's like they know we love to binge watch or something.

I grew up reading Miller's Daredevil, with cool ninja stories, and of course, Elektra!

h/t +Scott Cramer
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Very cool.
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"But I must explain to you how all this mistaken idea of denouncing pleasure and praising pain was born and I will give you a complete account of the system, and expound the actual teachings of the great explorer of the truth, the master-builder of human happiness. No one rejects, dislikes, or avoids pleasure itself, because it is pleasure, but because those who do not know how to pursue pleasure rationally encounter consequences that are extremely painful. Nor again is there anyone who loves or pursues or desires to obtain pain of itself, because it is pain, but because occasionally circumstances occur in which toil and pain can procure him some great pleasure. To take a trivial example, which of us ever undertakes laborious physical exercise, except to obtain some advantage from it? But who has any right to find fault with a man who chooses to enjoy a pleasure that has no annoying consequences, or one who avoids a pain that produces no resultant pleasure?"
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