SlashDice isn't about supporting anything which doesn't generate revenue for Dice.
SlashDice isn't about supporting anything which doesn't generate revenue for Dice.
And, can you talk to people who have Skype with them?
Or are you thinking everyone you know is going to start using some open source product to talk to you because you say so?
If they're not compatible with Skype, then they're not replacements for it.
Open Source isn't always the solution, especially when they're not compatible with the things they're supposed to replace.
The people that go to them don't expect much and hence are rarely disappointed
Actually, prior to X-Men, we were regularly disappointed. Because everyone who tried to make a comic-based movie did a terrible job prior to that. There's almost not a single comic-based movie before this which treated the material well and didn't devolve into some corny parody,
Are they escapism and popcorn cinema? Absolutely they are.
But, what you can't argue with is the bottom line -- they make money. Lots and lots of money. When X-Men came out on DVD, the sales of the DVD were higher than the highest grossing films in the box office. That was the first time sales of a DVD had done that, and suddenly people stood up and took notice.
Disney bought Marvel for something like $4 billion dollars. I believe the Iron man films alone have brought in something like $4 billion dollars, and that's possibly before we hit the merchandising.
So, you may not like them (and nobody says you have to), but there's really no denying that the Marvel properties which have been turned into film since X-Men have generated huge amounts of money, have been seen by tons of people, and have even more films (and money) in the pipeline.
DC is hoping they can cash in on the action, but they may not have as many properties as people relate to, and if they don't have a "big vision" kind of deal where someone who knows the material keeps it such that the fans still watch it.
If they carve it up, do a bunch of things which don't go according to canon, or generally do a half job and expect to just roll in the money, they could be seriously disappointed.
Marvel has been smart, they know the rules and stories of their characters, and have entrusted it in the hands of people who actually know the material. Which means the people who want to see them don't find themselves halfway through a film going "no, that's not right".
Contrast this with the Spider Man series, which is a Marvel property but has been in the hands of Sony. They're on their second reboot of the damned thing. We don't want yet another Peter Parker origin story because you don't want to pay the actor. If that's all you have, just stop.
So, "pre sold to comic fans" isn't a gimme. If DC just acts all cynical and "give me the money", they might find they've made crappy films that nobody has any interest in seeing. Think Dare Devil and Electra.
The proof is in the pudding, and in the revenues. Just jumping on the comic book movie isn't a guarantee of anything.
Yeah, that's kind of my point. If you're releasing a major version a month or so before you launch new products, you'd hope you have the OS for those products squared away.
This sounds like they pushed out iOS 8, ran into problems and released iOS 8.0.1, and apparently 8.0.2, and then 8.0.3.
And now they're rolling out 8.1.
That is a lot of churn in a relatively short period of time. Which tells me I'm still going to wait a while, because I expect 8.1.1 or 8.2 to appear within a month or so.
Wow, so it wasn't much more than a month ago they rolled out iOS 8, and then bug fixes for it, and now iOS 8.1.
That kind of thing doesn't instill a lot of confidence.
I'm curious to know how many people have been holding off on upgrading to iOS 8 to begin with. I know I looked at it for my ipod touch and sorta decided to wait a little while and let it sort itself out. I think I'm glad I did.
No, the concern of Piketty, at least the main one is that our current system causes the return on capital investment to be proportionally greater than the growth of the economy
Of course it is.
When large corporations offshore, they have the net effect of shrinking the economy, keeping more as profits, and then paying the executives handsome bonuses.
The amount your wealth goes up is proportional to how much you're removing from the economy for your own ends.
And corporations don't give a sweet damn about the economy at large. Just their share of it.
If corporations cause the economy to grow, it's purely a side effect.
Capitalism is a big giant ponzi scheme. And the people in charge have successfully been moving more and more of the stuff into their control, while taking more and more away from the rest of us.
No, that's the problem of the companies who own these apps. But it's not my problem.
But making the overall internet less secure to account for the people who own these apps? Like I said, dumb.
Make the default click-to-play. If people or corporations want to override that, then they can assume the risk.
Making it insecure by default to accommodate corporations is stupid. There's already settings on my work IE that I can't change myself, so this is a solved problem. Corporations already manage those settings.
Of course, this doesn't fix the fact that Java and Flash are still security holes waiting to happen. Flash has been dangerous to run for over a decade. And since Flash isn't click to play by default, for Adobe to be saying this is a bit of a joke.
And Java? I honestly haven't seen any site outside of corporate apps which have used that in a very long time. I'm sure some still exist, but embedded Java in web pages seems to have almost gone away.
It's time to stop treating browsers as things we trust to just say "oh, sure, you've got some code for me to run? Awesome, I'll get on that!". Since everybody uses them, someone is always going to try to exploit them -- and so far Flash and Java seem to be pretty rich targets.
A tax on consumption hits those hardest who consume the most: the middle and lower classes.
So, if Bill Gates buys a $50 million dollar home and a $200K car
The problem is many people view economics as saying that the goal of capitalism is to ensure as much income inequality as possible.
Because, apparently, that's the whole point.
Click to Play is great for the public web but it is important to remember that there is a huge darknet of private intranet sites as well. Click to play breaks a lot of Java intranet applications that assumed that the applet would load at page load time without any user interaction.
Know whose problem that is? The owners of those private intranets and applications.
Make the default click to play. If companies have stuff which is broken by that, change the setting and accept the general security risk when your users hit other websites and get hosed as a result of it.
But deciding everyone else should be less secure because it might break the internal applications of companies
Of course, I've never agreed with Java and Flash on most websites
Especially since Flash seems to be primarily used for advertising, and badly implemented site navigation. I'm not sure I've even seen any embedded java in any page I've seen for years.
But letting Java plugins and Flash plugins run without prompting has been a security hole for a very long time by now. it's not like people haven't known about it
I've treated flash like a security hole since it existed
But letting an object hosted on a site but delivered by a 3rd party just execute arbitrary code? Hell, no. No way I'd trust that.
Is there anyone out there choosing to run Vista instead of Windows 7?
LOL, well, there's me, but I might be the only one.
I've found upgrading Windows over the years more annoying than buying an entirely new machine, and I've been happy with my Vista machine.
Of course, I don't actually use IE, so I have no idea of what version I've got. Except for work machines, I try not to use IE.
And blow jobs.
It's been done.
So, are you saying that it's OK to rape and beat your wife as long as you don't leave marks?
And absent signs of physical trauma, you won't believe it happened?
Well, because women and men cheat for different reasons.
I know someone who eventually always seems to be drawn to chatrooms and texting people -- in no small party because he's a complete man-child (not that everyone who cheats is).
It absolutely devastated his wife, because while he wasn't always available to her emotionally or sexually, he was having 'interactions' (purely virtual AFAIK) which were both emotional and sexual with someone else. He said it put some zest back in his life, which devastated her even more.
It was just as hurtful as if he'd actually been schtuping someone. He thinks he's done nothing wrong, and completely makes the same argument as you do -- and it boils down to "if you're going to overtly flirt with strangers, or start having on-going conversations with people are aren't strangers
It also massively undermined trust and pretty much everything else in the relationship. Because if your partner is spending all of their time wondering who you're rubbing your parts up against when you go out, the rest of it starts to deteriorate.
So, I figure your options boil down to: 1) accept that it's going to happen but stay in the dark, 2) accept that it's going to happen and be informed, 3) try to prevent it from happening, or 4) realize you're not gonna stop it and move on with your life.
And depending on the kind of person you are, there may only be 1 or 2 in that list which are even options for you.
In university I did the whole open relationship thing. It's not for everybody. I don't have a problem with people who can do it
It was fun, because I was in my 20s, and who wouldn't have liked a couple of different flavors? Would I do it now? I don't think so, but you never know.
Me, I think people started screwing around within 6 months of the first people getting married (at most). Men seem to have an evolutionary imperative to cat about as much as they can.
So either we need to fix evolution, or we need to better understand what we think marriage is for and what it means.
Today's scientific question is: What in the world is electricity? And where does it go after it leaves the toaster? -- Dave Barry, "What is Electricity?"