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    Amazon Acquires MGM Film Studios for $8.45 Billion

    Respectfully, you're seeing the older stuff through a modern lens. It doesn't shock you to see Uhura on the bridge, but it was a big deal for its time. I'm sure many people at the time saw it as, to use your words, "beating people over the head" and "recruiting less talented people because of...
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    Xbox always on DRM is back.

    Nintendo and Squeenix can't do a thing if I want to pop in my Chrono Trigger cart at any time. In fact, I just did a few days ago. The worst thing we have to deal with on old systems is dying CR2032s, and that's not exactly hard to fix. I don't know if I'll keep up with the hobby if the digital...
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    Amazon Acquires MGM Film Studios for $8.45 Billion

    You beat me to it by a minute!
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    Amazon Acquires MGM Film Studios for $8.45 Billion

    I'm always confused by people complaining about liberal ideas in sci-fi. It's not exactly a new phenomenon. Have people forgotten the black woman, Japanese man, and Russian on the bridge of the original Star Trek? It may not seem that unusual now, but in the context of the times it was pretty...
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    GameStop Stock keeps going up no end in sight

    They also need to cut out the Starbucks and pull themselves up by their bootstraps. /s
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    Atari VCS Console Finally Set To Release

    There is a market for expensive clone consoles (Analogue products), but those clones offer bespoke features you can't get in an emulator box. This seems like a weird hybrid of classic aesthetic and premium price that will appeal to nobody. I'm theoretically their market (middle aged, disposable...
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    Windows’ Hidden Self Destruct Code

    Ugh, I wish I could be done with Windows. I hadn't used it in more than 18 months, but when COVID hit and I had to go all online for work there was no choice. The Linux version of Zoom is stripped of all of the audio options I need so I'm stuck with Windows until this is over. My wife has gotten...
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    Note twenty and note twenty ultra pre orders with at&t

    This is why I'm still on an LG G5. When I cracked the screen it took me 5 minutes to replace it. The battery takes more like 5 seconds.
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    Intel Announces Sunny Cove Brings 18% IPC Improvement

    I hate this crap where they play with the scale of the graph to make it look like vast improvement. You can make anything look like a huge change when you don't start from zero and zoom in enough...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    You seem to fundamentally misunderstand the first amendment. It doesn't protect you from corporations or any other private entity. Facebook has the right to censor you or me or anyone else they wish. If you don't like it, the only remedies are anti-trust action, amending the constitution, or...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    Don't assume you know what I've read. You're just gaslighting. First, progressive doesn't mean Marxist any more than conservative means white supremacist. It's that whole all squares are rectangles but not all rectangles are squares thing. Second, there is no denying that the Nazis were...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    If what you are saying was true, that ideology would be dominating the political scene. Last I checked, Trump won the presidency and no left-wing cabal stopped him. Heck, Facebook was complicit to some degree in the whole Cambridge Analytica debacle. Do I hate that Facebook is full of...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    Sorry if I come across as rude, but you're just incorrect. Fascism is extreme right wing nationalism. Ask any reputable historian. The inclusion of the word "socialist" in the Nazi name was a rhetorical gambit. Socialism and Fascism are literally polar opposites on the political spectrum. We...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    Your analogy isn't even close. You don't have to use Facebook. I don't and I'm getting by just fine. Facebook isn't imposing it's speech on you. If you don't like it, don't use it. It isn't a government entity, therefore the first amendment doesn't apply. Hobby Lobby is absolutely applicable...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    You jumped the shark with the Nazi thing. You would have been better off comparing them to Stalin since he was left wing and Hitler was right wing. /s Just because potentially dangerous speech (i.e. Alex Jones doxing a Sandy Hook parent) is censored doesn't make it a vast left wing conspiracy...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    It didn't even occur to me that people rely on these platforms for news because I don't use them that way. They are inherently unreliable, just as Wikipedia is. It's so easy (and dangerous) to assume that everyone else sees the world through the same lens. Maybe the real answer is a more...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    I couldn't agree more that these companies have out-sized, government-like influence. The remedy is really simple and has nothing to do with regulating their speech: anti-trust law. If they're too big, they need to be broken up. Facebook and Google are the Standard Oil of the 21st century.
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    I can't decide if your reply is a straw man or a non-sequitur. What about my statement was analogous to someone inciting harassment or violence through the spread of lies? Back on topic, if Kyle Bennett wants to ban me for any or no reason he can and there isn't anything I can do about it. I...
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    Florida Introduces "Stop Social Media Censorship Act"

    Wow, this sounds like an awful idea. These are private companies and they are entitled to regulate speech as they see fit on their platforms. Perfect example: all of the big platforms booted Alex Jones for spreading lies and hate speech. Should they be forced to take him back? Speech like that...
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    Windows 10 Update Can Degrade Graphics, Mouse Performance in Certain Games

    The joke is on MS. I log in to Windows maybe once a month these days. They can have the data from that if they want it, I can't imagine it's worth much. Thanks MS for finally pushing me to embrace Linux.
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    Samsung Galaxy S10 Preorders in South Korea Are Slower than Its Predecessors

    I'll be sticking with my LG G5 until there is a compelling reason to upgrade. I'll just spend the 30 seconds it takes to pop out the battery and replace it when it starts to wear out. I already replaced the screen once and it took me a grand total of 10 minutes. Could anyone explain to me how...
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    Tesla Is Unveiling Its All-Electric Crossover, the Model Y, on March 14

    You have all of my sympathy for your back problems, but I think you've made my point for me. If the only use case is "it's easier for passengers (not the driver) to get in and out after back surgery or if they're old and have a bad back" I feel safe calling the advantages pretty limited. I...
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    The End of Blu-ray

    Don't forget, blu-ray isn't just for movies. If you're concerned about cold storage, blu-rays are supposed to be much, much better than other optical media. I'm paranoid enough that I back up my important stuff on M-disc blu-rays. It isn't cheap, but it beats the heck out of explaining to my...
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    Tesla Is Unveiling Its All-Electric Crossover, the Model Y, on March 14

    Sure, but a sliding door is even better for that purpose and doesn't come with nearly the list of drawbacks. Look, a minivan is hardly my cup of tea, but even I understand why pretty much all of them have sliding doors.
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    Tesla Is Unveiling Its All-Electric Crossover, the Model Y, on March 14

    Why on earth does Musk insist on silly, unnecessarily complex things like gull-wing doors? He has plenty of good ideas, but he needs someone with veto power whenever he is about to do something dumb, Good for whoever at Tesla got that quashed for the Model Y. They add cost and they create more...
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    Activision and EA CEOs Appear on List of "Most Overpaid" in the US

    Yes. Who really needs more than $10 million per year? I genuinely would be hard pressed to ever spend that kind of money.
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    Windows 10: New Study Shows Home Edition Users Are Baffled by Updates

    This is what finally pushed me to dump MS in favor of Linux.
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    Tesla Launches $35,000 Standard Model 3

    I see these things around here (NJ) all the time. The concept is nice, but for that kind of money what's with the crappy looking tablet stapled to the dash? Do we really want drivers looking down and away from the road to adjust the climate control or see the speedometer? Physical buttons are...
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    Doug Bowser Named New President of Nintendo of America

    Why would this matter? Whether you own a Switch by itself or own another console too, Nintendo is still making money.
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    Netflix Cancels The Punisher And Jessica Jones

    Whether you like it or not, Star Trek has always tackled social justice issues. Last I checked, the original crew included a Russian man, a Japanese man (whose actor happens to be gay), and a black woman at a time when that was pretty ground breaking. Sci-fi and comics have often been on the...
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    Smart Speakers are Apparently the Next Big Thing

    Audiophiles don't listen to surround, they listen to stereo. If you're listening to .mp3s, these are probably fine. If you listen to something that isn't a crap sound source, it makes a difference.
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    Linux Developers Threaten to Pull “Kill Switch”

    I couldn't help pointing it out! For the record, swype worked pretty well for me and whatever the hell is on my Samsung tablet is worthless.
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    Linux Developers Threaten to Pull “Kill Switch”

    Was that a Freudian slip writing a racial slur?
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    How Much Have You Spent on Steam?

    $811.33 I only have bought one game that was over $30. Since the Steam sales have gone downhill I've really slowed my spending. I've spent barely anything in the last four years.
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    Senate Vote Passes to Save Net Neutrality

    You do understand that these are the types of actions that precipitated the need for a formal title II classification, right? Please stop with the facile "the internet was fine before net neutrality" argument. Just because something hasn't happened doesn't mean it won't. The debacle of the...
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    Robocaller Hit With Record $120 Million Fine

    My solution is to block numbers with my area code/prefix. I don't live in the area where I got the number, so it's a safe bet that anyone calling me from that area code is a spoofed number. Someone spoofed my number and was bothering some guy a month or so ago. The idiot who received the calls...
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    Netflix Is Focusing on Sci-Fi, Fantasy Shows to Meet Increasing Demand

    I'm with you on Smith. I thought the production values for Lost in Space were great, but Smith's schemes didn't make any sense. Every time she started to pull something I kept thinking "OK, but what are you actually trying to accomplish?" I'll avoid spoilers, but the super important space agency...
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    Netflix Is Focusing on Sci-Fi, Fantasy Shows to Meet Increasing Demand

    My wife and I were so angry with the cliff hanger at the end of the last season. It took a while for the show to get going, but by the end I really liked it. I think it got off on the wrong foot with many of the fans because the tone was so different than the other SG shows. Also: fat Jack O'Neill.
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    Amazon Gets Tax Breaks While Its Employees Rely on Food Stamps

    You really shouldn't listen to Trump. The USPS is not "subsidizing" Amazon: http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/statements/2018/apr/02/donald-trump/trump-usps-postal-service-amazon-losing-fortune/
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    Live - Zuckerberg Before Congress Pt 1

    What I found interesting is how Zuckerberg interacts with politicians. He would get lulled to sleep by some moron asking tech illiterate questions then the next questioner would trip him effortlessly since clearly Zuck isn't as quick on his feet as politicians that do this stuff for a living...
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