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Comment Ham-handed love sequences ruined it (Score 3, Informative) 233

If it did not have the love sequences between Portman and Hemsworth it would have been *cough* worth it.

Leave it to Hollywood to make dialogue awkward and cringe-worthy. It got good once the action started rolling, but there really was no chemistry between the two lovers, and Kat Dennings' character felt so forced I felt uncomfortable in the chair.

Special mention to Skarsgård for doing perhaps the best scene in the movie in which he uses shoes to explain the coming convergence. It looks like he had a lot of fun doing that and he seemed quite relaxed and confident in his role, unlike Portman who seemed off the whole time.

Submission + - Intel buys into e-text books buys Kno

BigVig209 writes: "Intel Has Acquired Kno, Will Push Further Into The Education Content Market With Interactive Textbooks"
TechCrunch is reporting that Intel has purchased e-textbook publisher Kno for an undisclosed sum. (

According to a blog post by John Galvin, GM of Intel Education, "The acquisition of Kno boosts Intel’s global digital content library to more than 225,000 higher education and K-12 titles through existing partnerships with 75 educational publishers. Even more, the Kno platform provides administrators and teachers with the tools they need to easily assign, manage and monitor their digital learning content and assessments.

We’re looking forward to combining our expertise with Kno’s rich content so that together, we can help teachers create classroom environments and personalized learning experiences that lead to student success. Check out the Intel Education newsroom for ongoing updates from Intel." (

Submission + - MPAA Backs Anti-piracy Curriculum For Elementary School Students

An anonymous reader writes: A number of groups, including the MPAA, are pushing to educate elementary school kids about the dangers of piracy. From the article: 'A nonprofit group called the Center for Copyright Information, which is supported by the MPAA and other groups, has commissioned a school curriculum to teach elementary-age children about the value of copyrights. The proposed curriculum is still in draft stage, but it's already taking flak. Some critics say the curriculum promotes the biased agenda of Hollywood studios and music labels. Others contend it would use up valuable classroom time when U.S. public schools are already struggling to teach the basics.'

Submission + - Journalists banned from tweeting at 2014 Sochi Olympics (

SlongNY writes: “Journalists using mobile phones to film athletes or spectators will be considered a serious violation and will result in cancellation of accreditation,” said Vasily Konov, head of the state-run R-Sport news agency, which controls accreditation at the games.

This should end well.

Submission + - If Silk Road 2.0 Gets Shut Down, Silk Road 3.0 Will Be Online in 15 Minutes (

Daniel_Stuckey writes: It only took a month for the Silk Road 2.0 to go live after the now infamous Silk Road marketplace shuttered. One month. Should the budding deep-web bazaar experience the same fate as its predecessor, and be knocked out by authorities still whack-a-moling their way through the online front of the war on drugs, the Silk Road 3.0 would be up and running in 15 minutes, tops.

That's according to the Dread Pirate Roberts, the pseudonymous head of SR 2.0. In what are arguably his most breathy public remarks to date the "new" DPR, who either cribbed his handle from the DPR of SR 1.0 fame or who is indeed the original DPR, opened up to Mike Power on his long-term vision for the site.

Comment Re:self-aware sendup of right-wing militarism (Score 4, Insightful) 726

It's always a good thing by the governments to play the left against the right because in reality it has become more of a divide and conquer strategy to make people fight each other instead of fighting the government. Just look at what public officials can get away with these days.

Comment Re:Popularity of space stuff based on replies (Score 1) 75

You make an excellent point. After moving back to Norway from London I found the skies are a lot clearer there in general and that made me more interested in what is happening outside the limits of our stratosphere. Sadly not many people get to see the starry sky in all its glory due to pollution, and I guess that is a thing that doesn't help your thoughts and mind.

Comment Popularity of space stuff based on replies (Score 5, Insightful) 75

It seems that the trend her on /. is to reply less to space-related posts, and rather indulge in trivial online debates over something that happened on Facebook and whether or not choice is a good thing for Android.

This disheartens me. I have logged in again after a long period of inactivity to state my interest in space-related posts here and I would like to see more of that and less of trivial drama that may or may not be related to stuff that matters.

I am prepared to be downmodded for this but I am a willing martyr to get the point across.

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