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theMightyME

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saw godzilla.. loved it.. I liekd all the tongue in cheek parts the msot.. like when you saw the monsters fighting on the news and it was all cheesey like an old godzilla movie... or the news showing the path of the one monster with a little graphic lol... or the scene where godzilla all but gave a thumbs up to the protagonist

I thought it did a great job of being a godzilla movie.. even when that means a ridiculous choice here and there.. those ridiculous choices were in line with what I would expect from a godzilla movie...

my favorite part was the halo jump which was well crafted with the protagonist falling through the midst of the fight

I think it was a better movie than pacific rim, but the monster fights weren't as fun

but overall it really nailed the feeling of a godzilla movie to me...

as a child I distinctly remember a scene from a godzilla movie in which a little kid is playing in a shrine and then suddenly realizes godzilla is standing directly behind him.... that is the only part I remember but it is a distinct early memory of mine

in other news.. whats with all the google hate.. I think they are by FAR the most ethical of the big companies, and their resolve and push for scientific progress is impressive... whether it is driverless cars, space elevators worldwide free internet, or meat that can be grown... I love their businesses model, I love their push for science and technology, I love the way they treat their employees... no massive company is as humane and decent IMO

I get the fear of surveillance and information gathering.. but unlike microsoft (who collects info , doesn't tell you about it, and then releases ads like scroogled which criticize google for collection info and showing ads), google is upfront about it and pretty damn transparent as well allowing the user a lot of access to the data they gather on them, and they use the data to improve the lives of the user as well through services like google now instead of JUST using it for marketing... so yeah... do not get the google hate at all... and I am WAY up on all the google news.. I listen to like 3 podcasts about tech companies.. 2 of which are primarily focused on google, and I read a bunch of articles too

YES they are practically skynet.. and YES they will probably lead to the robot Apocalypse... but in the meantime we get space elevators, driverless cars, free worldwide internet for all, a $50 modular smart phone, the most accurate and feature rich maps service.... and on top of all of that they are fun (the model number of chromecast for example is H2G2 (a common abbreviate for hitchicker's guide to the galaxy) - 42 (the answer to "what is the meaning of life in said book)

they even activate social life hacks to help the health of their employees without taking away their options... for example all food and drinks are free at google, but they placed the healthier items in better view and reach so that busy staff are more likely to eat healthy... but they still offer the unhealthy crap if you want it... the healthy stuff is just more in your eye line and in the most optimal position to be reached for.. so if you are just lazily reaching for a drink you'll end up with water instead of soda)
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
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My biggest part of not standing google not only comes from them driving in my driveway, taking pics of my property, and not getting in trouble for trespassing or invasion if privacy.

But when the President in his State of the Union address specifically addresses your company as a partner then yeah all your info thru them is being "drag netted". Screw space elevators and whatnot, I'm from the country if I wanted that I would climb a tree.
 

In other news, Rocket Raccoon's voice! I like it.

Picked up GotG vol 2 yesterday. Once I get caught up with Deadpool I'll give that one a go. I think the movie could be something very special

But I'm never getting excited ever again :p
 

Cyan

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Oh man, TNE. I've lost track of everything in my like 2 weeks of working odd jobs. Can someone catch me up? PS: SpiderMan 2 was awesome!
PS: I've been saved by the Lord. Turns out when you listen to the word of god, and what the holy spirit has to say to you it's a very peaceful message, and happened to be quite inline with my thoughts on how people should act. Loving one another, not judging each-other, knowing that we're all equal, and in this world together, and that we should try to help one another as much as we can.

Bonus: the church is letting me take my boyfriend to church too, which he said he wanted to do today. He said it was awesome, so I'm really happy about that.

As for my thoughts on gayness, I honestly haven't researched if it's really looked at as a bad thing, was overblown, was contextual, or was even edited in. But I don't think it matters much. The Bible seems to say it's a abomination once. It says, however, Love the sinner, everyone is equal in the eyes of the lord, sin is sin (all sin is equal) and that God will still love you no matter what you do, and you can still be saved even if you are living in sin (it'll just make life/finding God harder.) I know that people who would judge me for my relationship are being unChrist-like, and therefore I pray that God will give them peace, as He has given me.

Should my love and relationship turn out to be sin I will pray to God for forgiveness, for I can not be without it, and I will receive forgiveness, for God is good, and has grace and understanding far beyond what we can comprehend.

As for getting married: I will get a court marriage, leaving God out of it if my studies lead me to believe that God would not want a part in it. I will still do it because of the governmental benefits and other things, and because I want to be with my boyfriend for the rest of my life (and beyond).

To all atheists I've offended , non-believers I've offended, or just people offended by this post I wasn't to say I'm sorry, and that I do not wish to offend you, but I want to express my joy in coming to know the Lord.

I guess this post got a little long, deep, and probably controversial, and for that I am sorry, and should that last one be true I am deeply sorry.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
What about a Batman movie, like Son of Batman or Batman: Under the Red Hood?
I haven't seen Under the Red Hood, but Son of Batman is one of the weakest animated DC and Batman film I've ever seen. It's still an alright watch, but it's something to be said when I have to suspend my belief almost everytime I saw Damian do something I found pretty ridiculous. It's like he suddenly became an animated shonen character.

Also I would've pretty much murdered the animation team for what they did to Deathstroke if it wasn't for all the work it'd take me to work up the anger and dedication to torment and locate some humans with the risk of a prison/death sentence or a counttry ban.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
cyan... read the first sentence and then basically skimmed to the word atheist... I am not offended by you having religion and enjoying it... it is not offensive to do so... the topic doesn't interest me so I just skimmed to what was relevant to me and was never offended

matt... I get it... BUT EVERY tech company is tapped into by the government... google unlike some has actually begun to take steps to prevent it from further happening.. they have been experimenting with new encryption methods for example, and encryption and security are supposedly big points of discussion in google's upcoming I/O event... personally I wouldn't be offended by a google car taking pictures of the outside of my house, but to each their own... a space elevator isn't necessarily what you think it is.. it is designed to bring materials from the surface to space at a fast rate... and could drastically improve development of satellites, and space stations

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now to some exciting news

Menashe tells me that TV Enthusiast is getting close.... so if you are even mildly interested please visit the TV enthusiast post I made
http://nintendoenthusiast.com/forums/threads/tv-enthusiast.2005/
I am looking to cull some staff from here so if you are interested in that let me know... bit even if not I would like to keep some transparency with you guys about the process and the kind of content we put up.. so feel free to jump in and pitch some ideas and/or contribute to the discussion

I am going to be very busy...
 

Wolven

The Wolf of TNE Street
So I officially beat Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It was a very average game, to say the least. I can safely say that more than a few Call of Dutys are better than this, both in the gameplay department and visuals department. For its time, I must say, it must've been very visually impressive. But the cover-shoot mechanic was awfully broken at points. Controlling Drake was very clunky, and I died a couple times because Drake didn't go behind the right obstacle or jumped the wrong direction. There were times that the gameplay really shone, such as that place underground, there are times when it didn't, such as in the jungles and at the end where the game was essentially unfair and broken. The story was great, it was very classic but told well, however, Drake came off as a dick sometimes. I hear that the game improves much more in the 2nd installment. I will soon play that one.
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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So I officially beat Uncharted: Drake's Fortune. It was a very average game, to say the least. I can safely say that more than a few Call of Dutys are better than this, both in the gameplay department and visuals department. For its time, I must say, it must've been very visually impressive. But the cover-shoot mechanic was awfully broken at points. Controlling Drake was very clunky, and I died a couple times because Drake didn't go behind the right obstacle or jumped the wrong direction. There were times that the gameplay really shone, such as that place underground, there are times when it didn't, such as in the jungles and at the end where the game was essentially unfair and broken. The story was great, it was very classic but told well, however, Drake came off as a dick sometimes. I hear that the game improves much more in the 2nd installment. I will soon play that one.
Yeah the first Uncharted is pretty bad. The second one is a lot better, but what you're getting is basically "a lot better but more of the same stuff". One good thing, though, is that enemies don't come out in places where they shouldn't anymore. I remember in the first Uncharted you'd open a door and the characters would be like "that's the first time this door has ever opened! Thank god you solved that puzzle, now you can go where no man has gone before!", but as soon as you stepped in you fought a squad of mercenaries trying to kill you, which was stupid to say the least. So the second one has less of that. And it's got more varied environments, which of course are also much more graphically impressive, so there's that.
 
Nice. Got one of those as well. You trying to stream, just record, or what?

grimabepraised
Dunno yet. Probably going to stream every now and then, but might primarily use it for video reviews on the front page.

I also appreciate that you're a Fire Emblem Awakening fan. I've gone full blown hardcore fanboy with that game. Bought all the DLC a few days ago in one sitting and am approaching 200 hours. Easily measuring up to being my favorite game of all time since SWBFII and SWRC.

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Shoulder

Your Resident Beardy Bear
PS: I've been saved by the Lord. Turns out when you listen to the word of god, and what the holy spirit has to say to you it's a very peaceful message, and happened to be quite inline with my thoughts on how people should act. Loving one another, not judging each-other, knowing that we're all equal, and in this world together, and that we should try to help one another as much as we can.

Bonus: the church is letting me take my boyfriend to church too, which he said he wanted to do today. He said it was awesome, so I'm really happy about that.

As for my thoughts on gayness, I honestly haven't researched if it's really looked at as a bad thing, was overblown, was contextual, or was even edited in. But I don't think it matters much. The Bible seems to say it's a abomination once. It says, however, Love the sinner, everyone is equal in the eyes of the lord, sin is sin (all sin is equal) and that God will still love you no matter what you do, and you can still be saved even if you are living in sin (it'll just make life/finding God harder.) I know that people who would judge me for my relationship are being unChrist-like, and therefore I pray that God will give them peace, as He has given me.

Should my love and relationship turn out to be sin I will pray to God for forgiveness, for I can not be without it, and I will receive forgiveness, for God is good, and has grace and understanding far beyond what we can comprehend.

As for getting married: I will get a court marriage, leaving God out of it if my studies lead me to believe that God would not want a part in it. I will still do it because of the governmental benefits and other things, and because I want to be with my boyfriend for the rest of my life (and beyond).

To all atheists I've offended , non-believers I've offended, or just people offended by this post I wasn't to say I'm sorry, and that I do not wish to offend you, but I want to express my joy in coming to know the Lord.

I guess this post got a little long, deep, and probably controversial, and for that I am sorry, and should that last one be true I am deeply sorry.
You cannot offend me with your own beliefs because they are YOUR own beliefs, and not mine. Beliefs are like opinions; everyone has different ones and for people to be offended is in some ways rather unsound. I may not always agree with what others believe in, but it's not my place to judge someone based on their beliefs alone. I'm more inclined to judge someone on their personality, and from what I gather, you are a very good person, Cyan. The fact that you are able to go into a Church and be accepted for who you are and have your BF there with you to share your beliefs is a good thing. It allows the both of you to live your lives how you want, and I hope at some point in the near future being homosexual and religious (at the same time) is seen as not a big deal nor taboo of a subject. In my mind, Religion should never be taken literally, but rather metaphorically, and being homosexual is honestly not. A big. Deal.

Oh, and the next time someone comes up to you and says they might be offended by what you say or believe in, remember what Stephen Fry once said, and yes he really did say this:

 
@theMightyME google is pissing me off now because they're becoming too big for their own good, and them buying twitch makes me sick to the stomach

If all they do is get better servers and less lag and delay for twitch? Fantastic. If they don't, and they integrate Google+ and whatever, and make it unrecognizable from twitch? Fuck em.
I think the biggest concern is content IDing. If that happens, I think UStream would become a viable option for some people.
 
So @mattavelle1 I convinced my roommate to watch Fallen with me some time the week, I'll let you know how it goes.

Til then though, I'm tempted to rewatch the X-Men movies, but Days of Future Past rubs me the wrong way. I loved the actual story line, and I admit I haven't been following the film that much, but early on in development I read that they made the movie to correct the continuity errors between films and to also sort of reboot the series. When you got to make a movie to fix the series like that, it makes my head spin. Time travel and such rarely works in film so I'm very hesitant about the whole thing.

But I guess I will watch 1, 2, First Class just to get re-caught up in the the movie universe.

Nothing beats the 90's cartoon though :p

/rant
 

mattavelle1

IT’S GOT A DEATH RAY!
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@CitizenOfVerona man can wait to hear your thoughts.

Also on a totally unrelated note. I was talking to my worker about TNE TV and all the things we have done and are working on.

Well I think he's gonna join the forums........and after hearing his choices of username I believe I'm going to regret telling him about stuff here.
 
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@theMightyME google is pissing me off now because they're becoming too big for their own good, and them buying twitch makes me sick to the stomach

If all they do is get better servers and less lag and delay for twitch? Fantastic. If they don't, and they integrate Google+ and whatever, and make it unrecognizable from twitch? Fuck em.
Twitch has a real shitty interface and commenting system though. Real talk. Google can fix them right up
 
High there TNE!!
So I finished watching the 1st series of Attack On Titan. I really enjoyed it overall though at times Eren and his whining pissed me off almost as much as Thomas Covenant did.

As I say overall was a good watch, any other recommendations for anime TV series from my knowledgeable TNE buddies?
I'd recommend Hajime no Ippo, Berserk, Monster, Death Note, Kaiji, Akagi, Full Metal Alchemist, Full Metal Alchemist: Brotherhood, Major, Mushi-Shi, Rainbow: Nisha Rokubou no Shichinin, etc.
 

MANGANian

Megalomaniacal Robo-Zombie
@theMightyME google is pissing me off now because they're becoming too big for their own good, and them buying twitch makes me sick to the stomach

If all they do is get better servers and less lag and delay for twitch? Fantastic. If they don't, and they integrate Google+ and whatever, and make it unrecognizable from twitch? Fuck em.
Well, I doubt you'll have much to worry about when it comes to Google+. They've been less pushy with it than what I'm used to, and it seems they're trying to streamline it into as a kind of connect between their services.

Coming from me, Google+ tools are a godsend when it comes to community management. They've done a lot, but the problem is the service is bloated and almost forced when many have already settled with the likes of Facebook and others. Even Facebook have been taking a few cues from Google+. It's the presentation Google has failed on when it came to Google+; even more so when they lobotomise Youtube.
 

repomech

resident remnant robot relic
High there TNE!!
So I finished watching the 1st series of Attack On Titan. I really enjoyed it overall though at times Eren and his whining pissed me off almost as much as Thomas Covenant did.

As I say overall was a good watch, any other recommendations for anime TV series from my knowledgeable TNE buddies?
Moribito: Guardian of the Spirit. It won't disappoint.

 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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@CyanPrime - Dude, you're just stating who you are and what you believe, and that's certainly not offensive.
matt... I get it... BUT EVERY tech company is tapped into by the government... google unlike some has actually begun to take steps to prevent it from further happening.. they have been experimenting with new encryption methods for example, and encryption and security are supposedly big points of discussion in google's upcoming I/O event... personally I wouldn't be offended by a google car taking pictures of the outside of my house, but to each their own...
That's true. Google is just so big, though, and they accrue so much of our data from our internet searches and gain so much income from AdWords and AdSense that it's hard to look at any company and assume "oh, they're going to be perfectly moral with that massive amount of information."

But that's the bargain of privacy with modern technology, and really, who cares if there's someone at google who knows I have a thing for red heads, videogames, whiskey and hot sauce?

What is more worrisome - and it's what we were talking about in MH last night @mattavelle1 - are the various government apparatuses around the world that collect this data, and what they could do with it (maybe there's an algorithm that links me looking at a NYT story on al Qaeda with searching for whiskey and porn in the same browser session, and voila, I start fitting an algorithm-derived profile of a desperate young terrorist about to do something stupid). But true to form, there's not much new under the sun.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cia#Abuses_of_CIA_authority.2C_1970s.E2.80.931990s
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Family_Jewels_(Central_Intelligence_Agency)

(More and more and more and more.)

Surveillance and data collection are old hat. It's just easier now by virtue of a technologically interconnected society. And yet despite everything, it's not an Orwellian nightmare.

...well...yet. :p
Man, that's similar to me (save the for the happy relationship thing). The Wii really reconnected me with gaming on a different level. I probably wouldn't own a gaming console now (and wouldn't have bought one in 2007) without that little white brick.
 

repomech

resident remnant robot relic
@Mike D. nails the real issue. This isn't about someone knowing what kind of fish sticks you prefer and what you watch on Hulu (although I'd prefer that info be gathered without ties to identity and to improve the efficient delivery of products and services at a larger statistical level, rather than to increase the overall level of advertising in society or to build up specific consumer files). This is about the potential for this data to exacerbate authoritarian tendencies/capacities of states, and also the potential for private data collection to enable para-state or para-intelligence shenanigans from private institutions themselves. It's not like we didn't all just witness Obama and a rogues gallery of mayors coordinate the repression of the Occupy mass movement not a few years ago - to say nothing of the actions of the shit-bird administration that came before him, and the ever present state within a state agencies that seem to believe that they are entitled to carry out extra-legal/illegal operations. Ever heard of COINTELPRO? Anyone who has ever read about the bloodbath that happened in Indonesia in the 1960's, or Central America in the 1980's (and isn't such a twisted asshole so as to condone it), with the CIA providing kill lists to death squads and military dictatorships, would think long and hard about the ease with which certain agencies can invade our privacy.
 

theMightyME

Owner of The Total Screen
that is the thing though... people fear google because they are big... but if it wasn't google it would be somebody else.. or lots of less defended sources... if google never existed we would be int he exact same situation information wise when it comes to the government.. because they do something MUCH scarier then hack into our search results... they hack directly into our ISP connections

remember when the snowden stuff came out it was revealed that microsoft was the first to comply with the nsa... the others (including google) fought until they were given court orders... if google wasn't around microsoft would have probably been in their place as a search giant... do you think that would have been better

I just don't see fearing google because they are large and have a lot of info...

the info they have is pretty useless as a threat.... and as user you can fuck with the picture they have of you (matt you could start doing google searches for satan... if previous google searches peg you as a christian, those searches will totally fuck with them)

as I said the more insidious issue is the data that your ISPs have.. and how easily that was compromised by the nsa already
 

EvilTw1n

Even my henchmen think I'm crazy.
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WHA?

I have wanted full Motion-Plus boxing for years!
...and the ever present state within a state agencies that seem to believe that they are entitled to carry out extra-legal/illegal operations.
That's the biggest worry, IMO. Politicians honestly have an interest in keeping security-state concerns as a cudgel to use against opponents, and legislate off of that. It takes a while for fear to unwind and for the government to ever examine the power it has accrued, but it has a way of happening (the CIA and FBI post-Watergate being prime examples).

But government agencies? No, their calculus is different. They aren't accountable to voters. Their cloak allows them to be "accountable" behind closed doors, and when they aren't comfortable with the questions being asked by those who are supposed to be the gatekeepers?
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/11/us-usa-cia-interrogations-idUSBREA2A0XY20140311

That said, I'm not worried about a CIA coup of the US government or something. I'm worried about them fucking up at their jobs, detaining an innocent civilian because of stupidly broad data collection policies, and then exporting them to a black site in a country halfway across the globe.
as I said the more insidious issue is the data that your ISPs have.. and how easily that was compromised by the nsa already
Indeed.
http://www.buzzfeed.com/justinesharrock/what-is-that-box-when-the-nsa-shows-up-at-your-internet-comp
 

Juegos

All mods go to heaven.
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One thing I mentioned while playing last night, is that unfortunately that is simply how capitalism works: you need a big business to come in and shove people around with enough force to make things end up in a stable new economy. The powers to invade privacy are there, and like Mike pointed out, have been used and abused by governments (for the benefit of their buddies in businesses) for decades. It takes a big company with lots of talent and power to eventually subvert the norm and establish a new one.

Right now the internet is a frontier town, and lots of semi-legal business is done through it. Since its invention the government, at the behest of their big old buddies, have been retaliating with hyperbolic force at just about every new business trend that may harm their bottom line. Napster was crushed by record companies, streaming services were crushed by cable companies, video game emulators are crushed by video game manufacturers, and all sorts of digital content was crushed for the benefit of retailers like Wal-Mart and GameStop. But eventually, big businesses like Amazon, Google, Netflix, OnLive, Steam, and others, have found a working middle-ground that has become accepted as a working solution for both consumers and businesses. That kind of middle ground is what you can actually call progress in the long run, unfortunately for all the creative-but-untamed great products and ideas we have.

So where Google is right now, is in a position to establish a number of such middle-grounds. They do this because they know there's better business in doing this than in simply dethroning old kings and inheriting both their riches and their problems. Eventually Google will turn into assholes, as all businesses that cling to old ways past their prime do, but in the meantime they are probably one of the few companies that can bring some sort of order to the lawlessness that is the internet.

I haven't given it much thought, but right now I think it's even preferable that Google does what they do. It's good that Google goes on and sets all these standards for how to deal with data on the internet, so that the government can actually go and set down some rules and regulations that gives them agency to stop any extreme activity from happening. Maybe this can mean that selling users' personal data for revenue will be limited, if not outlawed. Or maybe it will just establish a certain level of privacy and encryption for certain types of personal data. Either way, it's something that needs to happen because the current law makes it too easy for governments and corporations to do crazy shit with our data without much of our consent.
 

repomech

resident remnant robot relic
That said, I'm not worried about a CIA coup of the US government or something. I'm worried about them fucking up at their jobs, detaining an innocent civilian because of stupidly broad data collection policies, and then exporting them to a black site in a country halfway across the globe.
I think we differ on this point (not the coup, I agree that is not likely as an agency - but ex-directors don't seem to mind muddying their hands with electoral fraud on domestic soil so their sons can get installed - they're a font of reaction). And here I will speak broadly about not only the CIA, but the entire repressive intelligence and military apparatus of the US. They designate as an enemy any movement, organization, party or leader seen to be against US foreign policy/corporate interests. Let's not forget they were on Apartheid's side, and against nearly every national liberation and national democratic struggle of the anti-colonial era. They even helped with electoral rigging in western nations like Italy. Their actions over the past half century have included involvement in much of the top unsavoury acts one could name. The coups, the sponsorship of terrorism when it suits them, the kill lists, the training and enabling of torturers. The real risk often isn't even the "collateral damage" of "innocents", it's when they are successful against those they deliberately targeted. See, that's when student protestors disappear in the dead of night in Sao Paolo never to be heard from again. That's when nuns are raped and burned in San Salvador and rats are sewn into the vagina's of women tortured for their participation in leftist indigenous movements in the Yucatan. That's when Mandela is captured and imprisoned. That's when democratic aspirations are drowned in blood. That is when Cuban planes carrying civilians blow up in the sky and ex-Directors of the CIA turned Presidents pardon the perpetrators. That is when perhaps as many as or more than a million Indonesians are butchered. They were all "guilty" in the eyes of the CIA.

I don't want them "doing their jobs". I don't even want them having jobs.
 
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