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Comment Re:The Lemming Society is pathetic. (Score 1) 200

You get five stars for being over-the-top judgmental and insulting -- apparently that's a requirement on the Internet -- but unless you have the time and money to see every movie, try every restaurant, etc, then you have to decide which ones to try and which to avoid based on something. What you're advocating is either making random decisions (which can be fun occasionally but also leads to wasting a lot of time and money suffering through crap), or making decisions based on other, less relevant criteria (such as which movie has the most competent advertising team, or which restaurant happens to be located in front of your eyeballs when your stomach rumbles).

If you want to make your decisions based on subconscious reasoning that you don't even understand yourself, go ahead, but don't blame others for trying to make an informed decision.

Comment Re:Poor business (Score 1) 200

The problem is that any given reviewer wont "mesh" with what *YOU* like. Or what *I* like.

That's the point of aggregation sites like RottenTomatoes. Any given particular reviewer might have tastes that differ from yours or mine, but if 999 of 1000 reviewers all say the movie stinks, then it's very likely the movie stinks. Sure, you might be the rare exception whose tastes are similar to the lone holdout, but that's not the way to bet.

Comment Re:Asymmetrical warfare and rules of engagement. (Score 1) 91

Realize the Russians are not trying to win this war. They want to pressure the Ukraine government to stay away from the EU/NATO (...) As soon as the Ukraine gov gives up the war will disappear.

That is to win the war, just not by military means. You make it sound like Kiev could stop, then Russia could stop, then things would be fine. Ukraine is the second poorest country in Europe, only beaten by tiny Moldova. They need good trade relations either with EU to the west or Russia to the east. Traditionally it's been east. They were in talks with the EU to open up to the west. The president was trying to halt those talks and instead make a new deal with Putin, which lead to the revolution and a pro-western government.

The only way they could "stay away from the EU/NATO" would be to basically give up on everything they've stood for and that people have died for and come begging on their knees to Putin for a new trade deal. Quite likely they'd have to formally surrender Crimea and rebel controlled territory in the east to Russia too. That's close to unimaginable and it'd probably start a new war of secession in western Ukraine. So the talks with the EU/NATO must continue while the conflict areas will be used to interrupt and delay the process.

At this point it's only a question of how long they can be kept in limbo. But the EU has shown before with Cyprus that they can accept nations with territory they consider illegally occupied, without taking any action. Whether they'd have the balls to do it with Ukraine is a different story, but it's not an absolute blocker. Already things are opening up with the association agreement, it looks like visa-free tourism is going to happen... they're heading down that track whether Putin wants them to or not.

Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 91

Putin doesn't care in the slightest about public opinion. Being feared and hated by the world is as good as being respected in his book.

Fear is a kind of respect. Not the best kind, but still better than no respect in the realm of international politics. But that fear comes from respect. If Putin comes off as an incompetent schmuck then people will stop fearing him so much. But ruthless and competent is something to fear.

Trump, on the other hand, has the biggest gun in the room in his hands, so even his incompetence is scary.

Comment Re:Norton (Score 2) 60

The difference now is that many hackers have developed tools for MITM attacks on https.

Yes and the same tools work with a self-signed cert or with HTTP. To make them work with HTTPS and a signed cert, you need to have a compromised CA signing cert. This is still currently mostly limited to nation-state adversaries.

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Sea Ice Extent Sinks To Record Lows At Both Poles (sciencedaily.com) 98

According to NASA, Arctic sea ice appears to have reached on March 7 a record low wintertime maximum extent. On the opposite side of the planet, Antartica ice hit its lowest extent ever recorded by satellites (since satellites began measuring sea ice in 1979) on March 3 at the end of summer in the Southern Hemisphere. Science Daily reports: Total polar sea ice covered 6.26 million square miles (16.21 million square kilometers), which is 790,000 square miles (2 million square kilometers) less than the average global minimum extent for 1981-2010 -- the equivalent of having lost a chunk of sea ice larger than Mexico. The ice floating on top of the Arctic Ocean and surrounding seas shrinks in a seasonal cycle from mid-March until mid-September. As the Arctic temperatures drop in the autumn and winter, the ice cover grows again until it reaches its yearly maximum extent, typically in March. The ring of sea ice around the Antarctic continent behaves in a similar manner, with the calendar flipped: it usually reaches its maximum in September and its minimum in February. This winter, a combination of warmer-than-average temperatures, winds unfavorable to ice expansion, and a series of storms halted sea ice growth in the Arctic. This year's maximum extent, reached on March 7 at 5.57 million square miles (14.42 million square kilometers), is 37,000 square miles (97,00 square kilometers) below the previous record low, which occurred in 2015, and 471,000 square miles (1.22 million square kilometers) smaller than the average maximum extent for 1981-2010.

Comment Re:Norton (Score 1) 60

Step one: Any browser that cares about security MUST stop regarding https with CA certificates as any more trustworthy that self-signed certificates or plain http.

Why? Plain HTTP can be compromised by anyone on a hop between you and your destination. HTTPS with a self-signed certificate can be compromised by anyone on a hop between you and your destination, but can be detected if you do certificate pinning or certificate transparency. HTTPS with a signed cert can only be compromised with cooperation from a CA. The set of people that can compromise signed HTTPS is significantly lower than the set that can compromise self-signed HTTPS.

Comment Re:very few new movies worth seeing (Score 1) 210

I blame the low-brow entirely formulaic dross that Hollywood continues to churn out.

I don't think that logic works. That would make sense if we were talking about older audiences who have basically seen all these movies before. But the young people who haven't already been exposed to all the plots and archetypes might still want to go see them.

I am not interested in movies (I watch few of them even at home) because they are all the same old shit I've seen before. Most of them are literally just remakes of the same old films, often with the same old title. A new director with essentially the same script. Why would I want to see that? At least make some different books into movies.

Hollywood is going down the toilet. They are still huge so it will take a long time unless LA falls into the ocean, but I've been keeping my fingers crossed for that one for a long time and it still hasn't happened. They will be able to hang on with superhero movies for a while yet, but their dominance is shaking.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 210

You know there's a solution to that, right, you limp-wristed pansy leftist piece of shit?

There is, but you're not going to like it. It entails you discovering that leftists own guns too.

I predict that if we actually do get carry reciprocity, your kind is going to make this discovery in a most unpleasant fashion.

Comment Re:The industry is stupid (Score 1) 210

Since the eighties, the game is played that if sales go down, raise prices to "keep a steady cash flow".

It's called whatever the market will bear, and it's a basic tenet of capitalism. If you charge too much eventually people find an alternative, or they die or riot or something, so charging the maximum amount you can while maintaining a kind of stasis is the universal goal. It's not setting the highest price people will pay today, it's setting the highest price they will pay today and then come back and give you more money tomorrow.

I don't know if the price points now are optimal, but a lot of the people priced out of going to the movies probably aren't profitable customers anyway. They sneak in snacks instead of buying them, and the snacks are where the big profit comes from while the ticket price generally covers little more than the film itself.

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