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A poll for Java old-timers: When a new JDK release is out, you want to download it and you don't have a link already, you go to your browser and start typing...

(I'm assuming you do this often enough that the url/search-bar's autocompletion makes typing the first couple characters of this URL faster than making a search or other options)
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What would be your choice to buy the digital edition of #StarWars :
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Time for my third DS9 update!! now for all of S5 + the first half of S6 (I just watched S6E16). DS9 is curious as a show which format feels inconsistent: it's not purely episodic like most other Trek shows, but it's also not always firm on the track of long story arcs. This is especially remarkable in this last stretch. But you know what, that's a good thing, adds to realism because long-winded events such as major wars don't have homogeneous pacing IRL. You have periods of quick development with important things going on a weekly basis, and then you have long periods where nothing important or exciting happens. But even the "intermezzo" episodes usually have some background of Dominion Wars, so they don't feel disconnected from the rest.  I think the realism should have felt even stronger for people that watched the show in "real time" on TV, because the timing of the long-arc events is very realistic: skirmishes take days/weeks (a couple of consecutive episodes), relationship issues take months (a handful of episodes with small gaps), a full interstellar war takes years (multiple seasons, with larger gaps).

Now, S5 is very good but not in the same level of S4's endless, amazing individual episodes. OTOH the Dominion Wars arc gets serious, and really complex and interesting.  Emotionally though, the most impact still comes from strong individual episodes, where S5 fails to impress (especially coming from S4...) but S6 ups the game again back to S4's standards.  My highlights include (no spoilers):

- S5E6 Trials and Tribble-ations, a beautiful homage to TOS. I can't imagine any Trek fan watching this without a huge, ear-to-ear smile in their face. :)
- S5E22 Children of Time
- S6E2 Rocks and Shoals
- S6E6 Sacrifice of Angels
- S6E7 You Are Cordially Invited
- S6E13 Far Beyond the Stars. OMG!!! Another entry to my top-ten episodes of all Star Trek series. Especially if like me, you are a great fan of the "golden age" literary SciFi from the 1950's.  Oh, and this also finishes my conversion to Avery Brooks fandom; his performance in this episode is simply colossal.

These later seasons are also stronger in secondary arcs that take several episodes: Quark/Rom's mother's stories, Eddington's and Dukat's plots and tragedies in war and life, Worf's many family issues.  BTW, I remember a previous discussion about Worf's appearance in DS9 which apparently not every Niner likes, but now I can't understand this. Even in the first seasons, Worf was a good hook into the critical participation the Klingon Empire would come to have in the Dominion Wars; besides that, later episodes finally add depth to the character, and yes his relationship with Jadzia Dax was perfect for that (and perfect for her character too).

Overall, it's clear that DS9 was still a "transitional" show, sitting between classic episodic shows and modern series with strong core story that extends for the entire show, at most split into "chapters" per season, like very long miniseries (think BrBa, HoC etc.). I'd love to see a future Trek series to fully embrace the latter model, which IMO is the only option in the age of Internet streaming and binge-watching: I just can't imagine myself tolerating the old way of watching a new episode per week or two. (In fact I always hated that, it's the reason why I didn't watch shows like DS9 when they were on TV, remarkably before DVR was a thing.)

I've also noticed another unique quality of DS9: It's the only Trek series that works effectively with suffering and loss. This starts already with Sisko's loss of his wife in the opening episode; but while this kind of plot element is common as a background, real tragedy never happens as part of the main storytelling. Single exception in TOS goes to The City on the Edge of Forever in TV, and The Wrath Of Khan among the movies: no coincidence that these are often listed as the best TOS episode and the best TOS movie!  Also in TNG, we have a few episodes with that quality too (all "Picard episodes").  But DS9 makes it the norm: we see deaths that have important consequences and emotional impact; stories with tragic endings and no "feel-good" upside at all; characters subject to the kind of suffering that changes them (e.g. S4E18 Hard Time).  Suspense is much stronger because you eventually learn that almost anything can happen, the writers aren't over-protective of the main crew, bad luck is not only for secondary or expendable characters.
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+Benjamin Leffler I just watched a few more episodes, finished In The Pale Moonlight. :) It's episodes like this that finally won me to DS9, and in particular to Sisko as the best Captain. In an emotional level I still love and prefer Kirk and Picard for their charisma or, in the case of Picard, his idealized embodiment of Starfleet values. But really if you consider realism and depth, Sisko is what you'd expect from a Captain: a strong strategist, and a leader that is often forced to make hard decisions, and does make them instead of getting away with heroic ways that always work against any odds.
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Which colors do you see? Whatever is your answer, good news: it's the correct answer. Vision is a complex, largely cerebral function, that's why there are tons of optical illusions. If I pose the question more strictly, like what are the dominant light wavelengths emitted by this dress, the answer should consider the contributions from infrared and other "colors" beyond human perception. If I add ...considering only the visible spectrum, there's still some individual variation for that. Even if I'd pick the standard 390-700nm spectrum, our eyes are not perfect, even people with "normal color vision" will have small differences of sensitivity to each color component so the dress color question wouldn't have any human-but-objective answer if you demand a very specific answer instead of extremely approximate categories like "blue".
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Quick poll! What's the WORST bullshit in Lenovo's statement at http://news.lenovo.com/article_display.cfm?article_id=1929 ?
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No security concerns found, trust us!
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Users have a choice
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Voted #3 myself because it's the most deceptive argument–even if users uninstall Superfish, this won't uninstall the root certificate that's actually the worst part of it. Even most technical users wouldn't likely take the extra step to look at the installed certificates–I know that I wouldn't because, WTF, I'd never expect OEM bloatware to go that low.
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I just finished DS9's S4... well, what the hell happened here?

I had already posted an update of my watching of DS9 on Nov 29, when I finished S1. That was passable, with some good stuff going already but it seems all Treks take a couple of seasons to find their way and DS9 is no exception. S2 was a little better, and S3 was better but not yet in the same level of the average TNG season or even the best VOY. (I won't compare any of the "new" series to TOS because the original series was a very different kind of production.)

Important note, the long history arches are well-developed since the first seasons, but this quality alone is no substitute for great individual episodes; not even when you're binge-watching seasons so the longer storyline is very noticeable. I wonder if the people who watched DS9 on TV in the 1990's got the best out of it, since it's hard to keep the whole story fresh in memory, at a pace of one new episode every two weeks in average.

Now, DS9's Season 4 makes a HUGE leap forward. The initial two-way story, The Way of the Warrior, is very good in itself but mostly concerned with setting up the season. So my amazemenent really starts in E3 / The Visitor, easily a top-5 episode among all Star Trek series. And then come along another exceptional episode, and another, and another... I'll be damned if the entire season has more than two or three episodes I'd rank only "good". It's easily the most consistently great season of any Star Trek series (so far; I still have the rest of DS9 to watch). Even TNG's best seasons had their share of really poor episodes–that we fans only put up with because by the second or third season, we're already so much in love with the crew that we could be entertained by watching Picard do his tax returns.

Is this the result of better writing, or the actors finally "finding" their characters, or what? BTW, S4 is also the season where I can see what niners say about Sisko. He's indeed a terrific captain. I didn't even like Avery Brooks's acting in most of S1, but this too improves dramatically along S2-3 already.

The thing I'm most loving in DS9 at this time (I hope it only gets better from here to the end!) is that it has NO silliness. All other Trek series have at least a few episodes where the attempt to deliver comedy, or some "lighter" stories, really spoils the experience of an otherwise serious SciFi/fantasy universe. For example, in TNG I disliked most of the episodes centered in Lwaxana Troi; but here in DS9 S4, her appearances – even still having a dose of humor – are all great. The Ferengi are the same: my least favorite alien species in TNG, and a sgnificant reason why I resisted watching DS9 (knowing that they'd have a much bigger role with the regular Quark character). The first couple seasons partially confirmed my previous opinions, but this changes already in S3, and in S4 the "Ferengi episodes" are firmly among the best.

So here's my apology to Niners, you were right, and other people who didn't sympathize with DS9 should give it a chance. The religion / spirituality stuff is another non-issue, it only seems overwhelming in the first episodes that are busy introducing the whole setup of the series.
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Not a fan of worf i think adding him too the cast took time away from the rest of the cast plus i didnt like that jadzia ended up with him i thought she would have been better with bashir.
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I just finished to watch all of DS9; last impressions in another post later. Meanwhile, I want your opinion: don't you also think Trek's writers failed in their final task in character development for Worf, by not killing him in the end of DS9?

Think about it. Great opportunity, since the final ten episodes, almost a half-season, is dedicated to finishing the Dominion wars, with epic space battles in the end. Worf could die covered in glory of battle. Then he'd appear (later in the closing of What You Leave Behind) in Sto-Vo-Kor, joining Jadzia and also tons of other Klingon friends he lost since TNG. This would be the perfect ending for a character that was always obsessed with the Klingon values and mythology, and particularly with having a proper warrior's death. Even the atheist Trekker me, wouldn't mind watching the Klingon afterlife to be real (this happens already in Voyager's Barge of the Dead).

Worf was already an "old" character at that point, having served 7 seasons with Picard and 4 with Sisko. It's not like there was any chance he would go on to join a third series's crew later. We wouldn't even lose Worf for feature movies to come, since those would be TNG movies in a timeline before the end of DS9. (I don't think DS9 movies were ever in the plans, considering how it ends.)
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+crazygirlfun1 That would have been awesome!
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Hey +AMC Theatres, what's up with the barrage of Christian propaganda you target at children? Today I took my kids to watch Home, and we had to put up with no less than three pieces:

- Hillsong, about some awful evangelical music
- Little boy, delusional fantasy about the power of faith
- Some TV series about Bible/Jesus, don't remember the name

It's not the first time this happens, I remember similar experience watching another kids' movie a few weeks ago.  This is not simple advertising of other movies that happen to be G-rated; it's clear targeting of religious bullshit to children. And these trailers are clearly produced as self-contained "evangelization" material, they are equivalent to trailers of teenager's-action movies that show only the parts with cars exploding and tits exposed. Except that I'll rather have my 6/8 year old children watch some killing or soft-porn than religious indoctrination.

Like the well-known quip goes, Religion is like a penis, it's fine to have one and to be proud of it, just don't try to shove it down my children's throats.

Well all I can do is voting with my ticket money. These days theaters are not really that necessary: I have a big 4K TV, I can stream super-recent movies from Google Play and other sources, I don't like 3D anyway, and my home snacks are better and healthier than your stuff and not overpriced. There's the family fun of going out for a movie, but I can take the kids to bowling or some other fun place afterwards.

Link to Home's website both as a signal to other parents, and because the movie is great, recommended. Just not recommended on AMC.
The official site for DreamWorks HOME. Watch the new trailer, meet Tip (Rihanna) and Oh (Jim Parsons), read the story, get downloads, and more!
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CWB, waiting for our flight soon... Love airports with a good view of the runways.
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Another reason (perhaps the best) why Star Trek > Star Wars. ;-)

One of the core differences between Star Wars and Star Trek lies in how those two franchises treat the question of civilization. In the cosmos of George Lucas, not a single institution is shown functioning or doing its job. Once. At all. Ever. In contrast, Trek always loved to chew on questions like when and how the social compact might work, or fail, or need adjustment, or call for flexibility, or be handled differently by alien minds. Civilization — along with its laws and codes and contradictions — is often a major character in each show. A participant, subject to scrutiny, skepticism, but also sometimes praise. But of course, Star Trek always was an exception to every rule.
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The medium is certainly important, for one thing I don't judge TV/movie SF by the standards of literary SF. But the distance between TV and movies is much shorter. You will find lots of movies (even some SF) that have strong stories, excellent character development etc.; and you'll find lots of TV series that are completely episodic, or rely too much in special effects / action / etc. When TOS appeared it could be compared to other sci-fi TV series such as Flash Gordon, Lost in Space... none comes even close to Star Trek's outlook. We really have to give Trek some kudos.... ;-)

Agreed of course that Star Wars is a very different kind of story like +Sue H comments. But that's not an excuse; a "hero journey story" or a "SciFi-with-some-magic story" doesn't necessarily need to be individualist and dystopic. Brin's blog explains that hero stories are not necessarily individualist, I could add to his examples, for example Lord of the Rings. What +Christopher Butler says about Brin may be true, I'm not really familiar with his writings (never read any of his books for one thing) but I certainly agree with this individual blog.
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Assinado. Enquanto isso, confira o golpe do governo contra a Lava-Jato: http://www.oantagonista.com/posts/luis-inacio-corre-para-salvar-luiz-inacio
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