why streaming services can't make money... the established music CARTELS that have a stranglehold on everything having to do with entertainment media. If the 'middle man' between the artists and the people providing their music to the masses (the streaming services) were to evaporate like they should we could all have music and artists that produce music could make a lot more money for their work, not to mention the streaming services would actually net a profit at the same time. As long as the blood-sucking cartels are allowed to reap the lions share of the profits no-one else is going to be able to. RIAA and the MPAA are nothing more than modern day leg breakers that have been granted pseudo-legality to propagate their monopoly. Without the established dinosaur industry giants in media we would have better music and better movies et al, and have them at a much more reasonable price.
I think you are overlooking the fact that EVERYONE is infected with a version of the zombie virus. It doesn't matter HOW you die, when you die you come back a zombie if any significant portion of your brain stem is intact. In a post-apocalyptic event there will be a significant percentage of people that die without a zombie doing the killing. The latest few episodes of The Walking Dead addresses this pretty well... a simple flu bug (albeit a nasty one) has a very high mortality rate, and sometimes within minutes of succumbing the dead rise up and attack the living. You are also assuming that everyone knows exactly what is going on and how to 'kill' the zombies. It always did aggravate me that there were no military enclaves that survived long term; they should have the training and perspicacity to remain organized enough to survive.
When the nips activate Mecha-Tokyo! Hell by now they probably have the entire island mech-afied. We've been playin around with robots that look like bees or hummingbirds, and they have cars and buildings that turn into giant robots! Haven't you guys seen Voltron? That wasn't a kids cartoon, that was PROTOTYPE!!
I ride motorcycles. Over the past few years, it's become 'normal' for the police to stop a motorcyclist for no other reason than the fact that he's on 2 wheels. I'm not talking about random here and there stops, this is an organized troop of LEO's that wave every single motorcycle coming down an interstate into a rest area and taking the opportunity to 'educate' the detainees. In the process of having the luxury of this captive audience, they look for and prosecute every violation they can see. The impetus for this is largely enforcing a totally ridiculous helmet law. Regardless of your thoughts on helmet use the practice of singling out a subset of all motor vehicles for 'education' is or SHOULD be illegal. This would be no different than the cops saying ' studies show that cars painted red speed
Right now this blood, saliva and breath test is supposedly voluntary. I would imagine having gone through the 'education' experience on motorcycles the experience is anything but when you're sitting there talking to the officers. I'm sure that there will be a 'positive' result from this test as well. Why not do it more often? More places.. look at all the 'bad guys' we can catch this way! You as a private citizen cannot avoid breaking the law. A prominent law professor and a retired 30 year detective did a very interesting lecutre I watched on youtube.. there are simply too many laws to be aware of all of them, so the opportunity to have cause to LOOK for a reason to cite someone at one of these random stops is egregious. Anyone that doesn't see the bad precedent this sets deserves the police state we are heading for.
But I grew up a comic geek. Thor was never my favorite, but he was always 'on the list' of comics I bought. I grew up daydreaming that some day they could take the pages of the comix I loved and turned them 'real'... and they have. For the most part I've enjoyed every single one of the Marvel movies. Some of them I had to grin through a rictus of pain at how bad they were, but I would gladly sit and watch all of them all over again (and have). I enjoyed the little tidbits they gave about the Asgardians in general. I could never get past that in the comix really, what made them special, or better than human? They showed off the tech a bit, and fleshed out the rest a tad. Not a full explanation mind you, but sort of like letting you peek behind the curtain enough to know something was going back there that made it make sense.
I thought they did justice to Malekith and the Dark Elf saga. I liked what they did with Loki, and Frigga and Jane. I REALLY liked Frigga in this, and in the comic she's almost and afterthought from my recollection. They definitely did the 'I am woman hear me roar' thing in this and I didn't mind. They didn't steal the show, they had an equal part in it.
I would give it an 8/10 myself. The plot could have been a bit better, the dialog was a bit forced every now and then. I enjoyed it. I will see it again. I would not say that about the WORST Marvel movie to date, Iron Man 3, or the Tony Stark cry-for-me waste of money they called IM3. Gah.
Censorship is WRONG. There isn't any way to satisfy everyone on what is and is not acceptable. Put a warning, make it difficult to get to, make it safe for the children.. but you CANNOT censor content 'correctly'. This is one of the greatest dangers of electronic cloud based media; everything is up for possible sanitzation at any time.
My wife was in a very serious motorcycle accident on June 14th of this year. It took 30 min for ambulance to get to her to transport her to a local hospital where she never even left the parking lot but was loaded onto a helicopter and flown to a level 1 trauma center. I've avoided the avalanche of bills that have come in until she as finally home this past weekend, but out of all of them the bill for the helicopter ride was the most outrageous. The MINIMUM fee for life flight to take off from the pad is TEN THOUSAND DOLLARS. I sat in my wifes' hospital room for almost 3 weeks overlooking the helipad and it was as busy as a municipal airport. The cost per mile was 75 dollars btw. Our bill was $13,000. As grateful as I was for it's existence in no way is it possible that the cost to keep this service running 10,000/flight, especially not when there had to be a dozen flights a day on average. I am aware that the flight crew are specialists, not only pilots but nurses, but even if they were flying the surgeons to the accident it couldn't possibly cost this much. I am thinking very seriously about pressing the issue in some way to try and limit this egregious and larcenous practice. I read recently where some municipalities were going to try and force all ambulance rides to be my helicopter. I can't imagine why....
When McBurgers are readily and cheaply available I doubt you'll see a huge increase in insects in our diet. The parts of the world where bugs are common in the diet are also places that can't afford to raise cattle and pigs etc. As contrary and diverse as our Western culture has become it might be possible to introduce this as a 'cool' alternative, at least in part. Personally I've eaten grasshopper and ants. Both were presented as delicacies, the ants as chocolates and I don't even recall how I ate the grasshopper, but I didn't just catch it flying by and pop it in my mouth. I did watch a special on I believe African food and they showed them peeling open a very large beetle to eat, which almost caused me to lose my lunch. It's all in the presentation I suppose.
I'm not a sappy emotional kind of guy, usually far from it, but that had me tearing up. He may not have the raw vocal talent that Bowie has, but he nailed it in every other respect. That's always been one of my favorite songs anyways, now even more so. I'm gonna have to see if I can get a copy somewhere.
Well, lets answer some of these pressing questions, shall we?
The first murder with a printed gun will occur some 100's of 1000's of years after the FIRST murder, and the untold millions since that had nothing to do with guns, or printed guns to be precise.
Ditto with the first accidental shooting.
Child to be killed.. hmm. I'll get back to you on that one, don't have a way to separate out the reports of children killed due to EVERY OTHER dangerous situation on the planet.
First suicide.. lets see.. around about the time someone smart enough to figure out how to print his own gun decides to take his own life and can't figure out how to obtain one of the countless other guns, knives, scarves, ropes, pills, cars ad infinitum, ad nauseum. Oh, and more power to them btw, there is truly only one thing in life that you truly own, and that IS your life. Don't tell me you think you have the right to regulate someone else's life, really?
First robbery... read above in regards to dangerous objects people use to commit robberies. OH, and while you're at it.. could you compile a list of petty thieves that have access to expensive 3d printing machines for me, hmm? I'd like to make sure we get a little perspective on this problem before it gets a little ridiculous.
Car jacking.. see above
Plane hijack.. now that one is interesting. Since the 9/11 hijacking's were supposedly carried off in part with plastic knives. What could have possibly stopped a few dangerous men with sub-standard weapons from wreaking havoc. Let me think... can't be an informed educated and trained group of men and women on the plane at the time that wouldn't have had a reason to fear a FUCKING PLASTIC KNIFE.. you know, ppl that HAD guns, or were familiar with them perhaps? Ones that didn't melt into a puddle at the mere mention of the word GUN. Nope.. I know.. lets spend untold millions of dollars creating ways to invade people's privacy, degrade and denigrate in public and prevent honest citizens from going about their lives. Yah, that sounds much more like it.
M$ derailed the graphics industry with their strongarm tactics a long time ago. There were already really good graphics api's when directx was shoved bodily down the throats of developers. The only way DX would have been acceptable is if it would have been available to all platforms, not just windows. OpenGL would have/will open gaming up across almost every platform available now. I keep mentioning games because that was where I was always most involved and interested, but having a fully developed and matured opengl would have sped up the adoption use of 3d acceleration on the desktop etc on multiple platforms as well. Put a stake in it's heart, chop off it's head and burn the body!
I was an avid Diablo and Diablo II player. Same with Starcraft. These games gave me endless hours of enjoyment in some cases decades after release. I have not and will not purchase either Starcraft II or Diablo III. I am a 'lost sale' because of the WAR on gamers by the studios. Any game I purchase, in a store or otherwise, that I can't play at my leisure now or at any time in the future because the creator or owner of the license shuts down a server, or stops supporting the game will not be in my inventory.
That's one of the benefits of a LFTR reactor; they don't HAVE to be giant plants that costs billions to build. They are far more scalable, so you can build more, smaller plants and put them where you need them to support the grid. That also has the benefit of not having to completely overhaul our woefully insufficient power grid. We could easily build massive solar plants in the desert out west to generate all the power we'd need.. but how the hell do you get it where you need it? The further you have to send power down a line, the more losses you get.
Umm, wrong there skippy. You do NOT need huge amounts of water cooling. No cooling towers needed at all. The whole system runs at a much higher temp altogether, that's part of the design issues we have to address when building a LFTR. Current steam generators use a very 'low quality' steam to extract energy to convert to electricity. A LFTR runs bets several times hotter than a LWR. The turbines for a LFTR would be immensely smaller and more efficient than the ones used in current reactor generators and you don't have the need to use that water as cooling for the core. One of the primary advantages of a LFTR is the efficiency of the design and the extreme hot temps it runs at. A 'byproduct' of LFTR would be the ability to use all that heat to do interesting things like make clean water from salt water, making fuel from captured CO2 in the air etc etc. A LFTR plant could at one location make electricity, butanol (for cars) and a methanol alternative for diesel vehicles (both of which are practically drop in replacements for gasoline and diesel btw, no blending or other issues like alcohol) AND make clean water.
Wow man, chicken little much? Yes a liquid sodium reactor would react in a very violent way to a water intrusion... but the whole system isn't PRESSURIZED. The byproducts of a LFTR reactor are orders of magnitude LESS radioactive than the byproducts of a LWR, and ALL the fuel is used. None of it is left to lanquish in your vaunted zirconium steel (which by the way, are cracked and fissured by end of life due to the temp and flux in the core). The whole concept of the LFTR is it's 'safe mode' is to freeze like you intimate. You simply heat it back up to unplug the channels. The chemical separation portion of the reactor is a fairly simple and non-complex affair, unlike the current enrichment facilities for uranium processing and could easily be managed by a small group of chemists at about the level of complexity used to make freaking beer. There's also NO possibility of a 'china syndrome', and it can't go BOOM no matter what you do. If Fukishima had been an LFTR reactor we would never have even heard about it, because when the power went out, the freeze plug would melt and the entire contents of the core would have drained into the safety tank and cooled into a solid. When they were ready, you just heat it back up and start pumping again. Hell, even the quantity of reactants in the core at any one time is miniscule compared to a LWR, so even if there WERE a catastrophic event and the fissionables were released they effect would be marginal compared to the radioactive MESS you have with a plant like Fukishima. Bottom line man.. they freaking guy that owned the patent (read that as the acclaimed inventor of) nuclear power said LFTR was far better, both in efficiency and safety. And that was with 1950's tech. I imagine we could do a bit better now.