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johnnyFive  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: The First Official Virtual Pandemic Happy Hour

I might well be able to do that, so definitely keep us updated!

johnnyFive  ·  4 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

I'm glad we've (indirectly) convinced you, and I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!

johnnyFive  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Amazon’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen

Wiretap law is debatable, tort doesn't seem likely (not sure what kleinbl00 is referring to with that one).

The thing is, for court to happen, the landlord has to get caught.

Also, this presupposes they don't require consent as part of the lease, which muddies the waters still further.

edited to add: this also assumes the tenant has the money to sue over it.

johnnyFive  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Amazon’s Alexa for Landlords Is a Privacy Nightmare Waiting to Happen

"Yikes" doesn't really encompass it.

johnnyFive  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

I had seen some pictures from the area (including some BR2049 references), but that's just eerie. Strangely beautiful, though.

johnnyFive  ·  7 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

I showed it to my wife the other day, who's never read the books (at least not all the way through), but her reaction was similar.

johnnyFive  ·  8 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

For the company, I'm sure it's the hope that it will be profitable. For the director:

    ...a longstanding dream of mine is to adapt Dune.
johnnyFive  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

"Remarkable" probably not, but he fits for beginning-of-the-book Paul just fine.

johnnyFive  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Dune: the Trailer has Awoken

Impressions from someone who almost has the book memorized:

1. The casting was every bit as good as I'd hoped.

2. It looks like they may keep Idaho alive longer. Beast Rabban may have a larger role.

3. I really like the way they're making Paul's "terrible purpose" clearer. I think for a movie adaptation that's a super good idea, and to me bodes well for how they handle the story.

4. That said, the bit at the end suggesting Paul can control the sandworms is ... oof. I hope that's either a dream or just done for visuals.

5. The tiny bit of fight scene between Paul and Gurney was appropriately bad ass.

6. It's interesting what they didn't show. Almost nothing of the Baron (but the little bit I saw fits with #1 above), nothing whatsoever of Stilgar or Thufir Hawat that I noticed. Some of that may also be the result of splitting the first book into two movies.

7. The visual design nails it.

johnnyFive  ·  9 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A New Type of Livestream Entertainment: Scam-Baiting

Kitboga is amazing, and I really enjoy the highlight reels (the actual streams can take a loooong time).

johnnyFive  ·  18 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: We Don’t Know How to Warn You Any Harder. America is Dying.

America died some time ago. It's just only now starting to affect most of us which is why there's all this angst all of a sudden. But I also don't think American Authoritarianism will take the same form as previous regimes, simply because it's never had to and likely never will.

johnnyFive  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wait, are we doing it wrong? [Potential major Hubski experiment]

Fair enough, but I don't see how what you're proposing will change that. How is having fewer visible commenters going to make discussion more diverse?

johnnyFive  ·  21 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Wait, are we doing it wrong? [Potential major Hubski experiment]

This was what jumped out at me as well. If someone new joins, and no one is following them, how exactly will that first follow happen? Moreover, I for one don't really want to have to go through all that curation, especially at first. We don't really have a problem with unwanted users showing up, so I'm unclear on what exactly this is meant to solve.

johnnyFive  ·  25 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Did Pangolin Trafficking Cause the Coronavirus Pandemic?

I rather think the COVID-19 virus had something to do with it.

johnnyFive  ·  31 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Past Presidents can still get the top secret PDB (President's Daily Briefing)

Trump doesn't get or read briefings now, so not sure how this will change much.

One of the primary (heh) consequences of a monopoly is a complete lack of consequences.

johnnyFive  ·  35 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate

The best explanation I've heard is that she was chosen to negate any "soft on crime" attacks the Republicans could make. Not that this actually stopped them from making them, but the hope may be to pull enough centrists his way.

johnnyFive  ·  36 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate

    You have already abdicated your role in this election...

By believing what I believe? So you're suggesting I should ignore my own principals in order to get a participation trophy?

Meanwhile, when was the last time a center-right Dem actually won a national election?

johnnyFive  ·  37 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: In Historic Pick, Joe Biden Taps Kamala Harris To Be His Running Mate

As a leftist, I can tell you that she alienates me pretty thoroughly. Then again, I was unlikely to vote for Biden anyway, so I guess there's no harm done (except to the extent her policies influence further policies).

johnnyFive  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: A dash of cold water for Christian anarchism

To add to this, he never says what he actually thinks "living like Jesus" actually means. Nor does he explain how those social leaders he references (MLK, Gandhi, et al.) deviate from that life.

He uses one supposedly anarchist community in eastern Spain as an "example," but conveniently does not actually discuss what that community did or whether it was successful. The best he can do is say that non-church people who aren't necessarily anarchists are too "minority" a view to possibly be a guiding ethic. This is a non-sequitur on its face, and also ignores the fact that Jesus himself held a "minority" viewpoint at the beginning.

I also agree that dude clearly has very little understanding of what anarchism actually means. He seems to use the common misstatement of it as some Hobbesian state of nature, which isn't really what actual anarchists believe to my knowledge.

johnnyFive  ·  42 days ago  ·  link  ·    ·  parent  ·  post: Leelanau County official uses racial slur to blame coronavirus on Detroiters

Not terribly surprising, given that we've seen that there's no real consequences for something like this.