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  1. Well, I just tried it and my experience has not been so positive. The gameplay has been essentially unplayable, I've been getting a lot of chop and terrible lag. I've been troubleshooting my setup, but it's mostly consisted of updating the firmware on all my devices. I can stream 4k video just fine from multiple sources, I'm an IT professional, I run unifi gear throughout my house (which I'd call small enterprise class equipment). My speedtest from multiple sources (including google), rate my internet speed as ~200/20 (that's about the lower bound on multiple measurements tonight). My PC is capable of running this game just fine in 1080p, but somehow the game just doesn't play well at all. I'm comfortable calling myself a Google fanboy and incredibly bullish on this tech in particular, regardless of the provider, but despite some considerable technical expertise and what should be overpowered hardware, I can't get this to work well at all. I might be slightly drunk, but this should work for me, of all people. (*please excuse my inebriated grammar. I came here to vent after wanting to play a game I've become excited to play)
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    US budget deficit jumps 17% in FY 2018

    It's those darn Democrats and all their wasted money! If only the Republicans controlled part of the government, then we'd get our spending under control.
  3. Google has announced how they're going to comply with the EU's ruling (it's up to Google to figure out how to fix things, since the EU doesn't specify a course of action). They're going to allow device makers to make forked devices and sell licenced devices at the same time. This is likely not relevant, but it's also unambiguously good. It allows device makers the freedom to experiment without risking their ability to make devices that will actually sell. They're going to split up the licencing of Google Search, Chrome, and the Play store. I still don't think this is a big deal, since device makers can still put their own web browsers or search defaults in devices, but whatever. The big deal here is that they're also going to start charging for android licences in Europe. Google says that the bundling of those services is what allows them to pay for the development of android, so if the EU is going to take that away from them, someone has to pay. I imagine that device makers are not going to be happy that their free OS is now a paid OS.
  4. Venom - 1/5 - Unlike the worst of the DC films, I wasn't entirely bored or actively angry with this one, but I feel like my enjoyment came at the expense of the film, not because of it. First Man - 4/5 - A unique take on an iconic hero. I'll see it again for sure. My full review. Bad Times at the El Royale - 2/5 - Kind of fun, but overly long. The filmmaking was better than the script.
  5. I liked the film quite a bit, but it's not what I was expecting. I plan on seeing it again to see if my first impressions stick. Here's my review: As grand an exercise in engineering and exploration as history has to offer, films about the early days of human spaceflight rightly tend to focus on process and teamwork; the ingenuity of those on the ground, the courage of those shot into the sky. Films like The Right Stuff, Apollo 13, and Hidden Figures walk us through various aspects of early efforts in space, but First Man largely eschews the process, using it as background to focus on the emotional burden of one man. Quiet and reserved, First Man is a fitting portrait of Neil Armstrong. Even while portraying actual heroics, this is a film that shys from the word or even the concept. Armstrong's feats are not presented as super human, and he certainly doesn't seem to think that of himself. Here he's presented as a cog in a great machine; a vital one, and one eminently capable, but a small part of a larger, unexamined, whole. Ryan Gosling was a natural pick for a such a subdued character, and he effectively applies his trademark reserve. As Armstrong's wife Janet, Claire Foy is asked to do more emotional lifting, and she too is easily up to the task. The ensemble is full of notable, or at least recognizable faces that breathe a life into the depth of the space programs many characters, even as First Man choses largely to ignore them. The filmmaking is a significant departure from Chazelle's previous work. Gone are the perfectly choreographed whip pans and smooth dolly shots, First Man is almost entirely hand held. Shot on a variety of grainy films and in a documentary style that seemingly struggles with focus, Chazelle pushes for an authentic, personal, take on the era. In the quiet moments, I sometimes found it on the edge of distracting, but the various flight sequences are payoff for the dedication to the style. Each flight is shot differently, but all effectively accentuate the intensity of the experience. First Man is a curiosity in its unflinching focus on the emotional state of one man. In the face of such grand events, it largely resists the temptation to expand its purview. For someone with an intense curiosity about NASA's early days, it's at times a frustratingly narrow window, but it's an effective one. While perhaps not his finest work, Damien Chazelle continues to be one of our most exciting and capable filmmakers, and First Man is as much a testament to its subject as it is the director's range.
  6. I just got my invite, so I guess they're going to keep going out. Hopefully I'll give it a try tonight, but I might not get a chance until Wednesday.
  7. The specs arms race in phones is largely irrelevant. The Pixel 3 has as much memory as the iPhone Xs, and while Android still isn't quite as good at managing it as the iPhone, I've never really had an issue with the memory on my Pixel XL. If you're going with the Pixel over other android phones, I think it's probably worth recognizing that the hardware in general is simply not the best in class. It's using modern processors and I wouldn't classify the memory as being an issue, but in terms of overall fit and finish, the Pixel simply isn't quite as good as Samsung and Apple. It's not bad, like some of the LG or HTC phones, and it's certainly not cheap, but it's still a step down from the leaders. What keeps me on the Pixel is the software experience. I'd argue it's pretty much on par with iPhone in terms of consistency. It's fast, it doesn't bog down over time, it quickly does what you expect it to do and does so cleanly. One of the things that bothered me about my Samsungs was that it would be a speed demon at times, but either through age or bugs or something else, I'd end up lagging or the scrolling would start jumping or the camera app would take longer to open than it should. A reboot would fix most of it, but there was an inconsistency to performance that I don't get on my iPad. I also didn't get a lot of added value from the extra features that Samsung provided, so I preferred the cleaner software experience. I also haven't used a Samsung phone long term for the last couple years, so it's possible they've gotten better. Also, the camera is simply best in class. I haul around my real cameras as much as possible, so I never really cared that much about the camera in my phone, but I've really enjoyed having such a capable camera on my phone.
  8. When you're going to buy $120B worth of weapons from us, "we accidentally tortured him to death" will be a perfectly acceptable excuse to Trump.
  9. If only this poor indie developer had a cash cow product that could sustain development of their next project on a reasonable and sustainable timeline. This article doesn't really get into the actual working conditions though. The 100 hours thing is a single line in a puff piece about how great the game will be and how many actors they had to get to record all the writing they did. In a small bit of irony, the article does mention that all 1,200 actors are SAG-AFTRA, so at least we don't need to worry that they were worked unreasonably.
  10. I understand that Google wants to push this feature because it's computationally a very difficult problem, but the commercial comes off as saying "let your phone make sure you're not a complete idiot." Maybe it wouldn't be so bad if they just didn't have the people misidentify those thing so obviously wrong. I don't know that that spiky fruit thing is or what obelisk that was or exactly what kind of little animal that was, so maybe it is actually useful, but I'm certainly not going to mistake that for the Eiffel Tower. Still, I think I'll be upgrading to a Pixel 3. I want to hold one first, but I think the notch on the XL is just too big, and the screen on the regular 3 is a tiny bit taller and a tiny bit narrower than on my Pixel XL, so it's really a much smaller phone, but should be a nicer one.
  11. I wonder how well they can do with a scaled down operation. I feel like their entire business model was built around being a large, wide retailer. It's going to take some real doing to make it work at a smaller scale.
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    Warren takes the DNA test

    Well, she's absolutely running. I generally like Warren, I like a good deal of her policies, but I'd sure like a capable candidate that isn't over 70.
  13. I guess I underestimated how much a cool character design can drive people to the movies. Or is it that there's not sufficient competition? Is there any chance that Venom is riding Marvel's wave, even though they're not really connected? I just don't know.
  14. Now at a solid 89% on RT now that pretty much all the reviews are out. I haven't felt the need to read any impressions or reviews, but I've seen a bunch of headlines recommending seeing it in IMAX, so that's what I'm going to do. Also, here is a great interview with the screenwriter. A bunch of interesting stuff in there. Apparently a bunch of the space stuff was shot in 16mm, with the ground scenes shot in 35mm, and then IMAX is used on the moon. I also didn't realize the development timeline. Damien Chazelle reached out to screenwriter Josh Singer right after Whiplash came out. Between when they started writing and when they actually started filming, Singer wrote Spotlight and the Post (winning an Oscar for the former), and Chazelle won an Oscar for La La Land. So while at this point it feels like this was a collaboration between two very talented folks operating at the height of their power, when they started it was a young upstart working with the writer of The Fifth Estate. That's in addition to the Emmy that Claire Foy won and Gosling getting his second Oscar nod.
  15. Even as a teaser, that's pretty limited.