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Mark Winfrey
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Great explanation of the mechanics and significance of gravitational waves.

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I had not really looked deeply into the Netflix/Verizon conflict, for a variety of reasons including not having Verizon or any problem with my Netflix service and assuming there are factors (both technical and monetary) that are not public or easily understood.

However, the article and video linked below makes it pretty clear (in an easily repeatable and verifiable way) that Verizon is purposefully manipulating data flow to make Netflix less attractive to customers.  The idea that they would do this (either to extort funds from Netflix or to promote a competitor) is repugnant but the fact that they are so easily found out is downright insulting.

I am not one to frivolously declare that I will not use a certain product or service (since that sort of thing seems to often turn around and bite you) but this gets me pretty close.

For anyone with Verizon (or any other service where you feel your Netflix stream doesn't always work well), how does the test video (http://goo.gl/RhIKvl) run?

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The new SLS design is starting to hit final design benchmarks, and it is a beast.
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More smuggled reality from North Korea.  Ignore the linkbait-style headline.

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I don't think those of us blessed to live in mostly-free countries understand how a person's perceptions of what's possible can be warped when you deny them basic education and substitute decades-refined brainwashing.  People in North Korea are literally convinced that their leaders are immortal gods who read their minds.

When people express confusion or disdain for the way people respond to tyranny or abuse, there is often an undertone of disrespect as if that population is "letting it happen" to them and therefore almost deserving of their suffering.  It takes conscious effort to even start to grasp the hold that this sort of manipulation, whether by a corrupt government or an abusive guardian, can have on a person's perception of what is and is not possible.

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This was an excellent distillation of one of the factors that causes many recent movies to fall flat: the misunderstood application of Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey" as a replacement for storytelling.  Undermining the world and characters by originating all conflicts to a single interconnected source is a common thread through many of these movies I've found infuriating and I appreciate both this clear identification of that element as well as the examples of it being subverted or used correctly.

Spoilers for: TMNT, Amazing Spider-man, Man of Steel, Star Trek (2009), Kung Fu Hustle

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Heads-up for anyone who likes WinAmp, download the installation files if you want to be sure to have it available in the future.

So apparently they're shutting it down because it isn't very popular, compared to iTunes and Windows Media Player.  I think it's far superior for me, though.  The article mentions its resource efficiency, its lack of trying to sell you music, and the ability to sort your music how you see fit...all of which I really like.  Why do you like WinAmp, if you use it, and what caused you to switch from it, if you have?

EDIT: WinAmp was purchased from AOL by a company called Radionomy, so it still lives on but I thought the article had some interesting things to say so I'm leaving the post up.

Just my 2 cents for anyone thinking of seeing Man of Steel:

Meh.

The action existed only for its own sake without any relation to real drama, the characterizations were dull and unsatisfying, the movie lacked any humor, and the world was insufficiently fleshed-out to make me care about it.  Production values, special effects, and acting performances were all fine but in service to nothing of any emotional importance.

Everything below assumes you've seen the movie, so fair warning.

I enjoyed the Krypton portion of the movie, knowing the eventual outcome did nothing to undercut the heroism or tragedy of Jor-El.  I did not care for most of the remaining supporting characters, the exception being the sincere (if hugely misguided) Jonathan Kent.  I found Clark himself to be a bully and heedless of others, a critical character flaw in a being of such unstoppable power.  I was disappointed in the replacement of the crutch kryptonite with "Kryptonian atmosphere".  The conflict with Zod was shallow and senseless, unfortunate in that it could have been an excellent demonstration of free will and morality versus social responsibility and cultural arrogance.

Overall, I found the movie to be a pile of missed opportunities.

Anyone else see the movie and have an opinion?

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Theoretically hilarious.
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