Category Archives: Stupid

Director Danny Boyle’s Casting Innovations

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With the movie Steve Jobs, director Danny Boyle threw away that silly notion that the star must at all resemble the real-life subject.

That’s just silly, uncreative, and, well, dammit, creatively fascistic.

Boyle has announced that he loved doing the Steve Jobs movie so much that he’s got several more movies with real-life subjects in them.

See the casting reveals after the break.

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Where Is Steve Jobs In The New Steve Jobs Movie?

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Man Ruins New Samsung S6 Phone Imitating Walnuts Video

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Not The Hero We Deserve

T-Mobile won’t disclose how many government data demands it gets

In an email, a T-Mobile spokesperson said a transparency report was “something we are considering,” but added they “don’t have a timeline on this decision right now.”

Batman Up, Legere, or just fuck off into the bowels of Comcast where you won’t even rank as Court Jester.

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I Can’t Even Give This Post An Apt Title

Huge Loss For Free Speech In Europe: Human Rights Court Says Sites Liable For User Comments

The ruling is about as bad as you can imagine. It is absolutely going to chill free expression across Europe. Things are a bit confusing because the EU Court of Justice has actually been much more concerned about issues of intermediary liability, and this ruling contradicts some of those rulings, but since the two courts are separate and not even part of the same system, it’s not clear what jurisdiction prevails. It is quite likely, however, that many will seize upon this European Court of Human Rights ruling to go after many websites that allow comments and free expression in an attempt to block it. It is going to force many sites to either shut down open comments, curtail forums or moderate them much more seriously.

For a Europe that is supposedly trying to build up a bigger internet industry, this ruling is a complete disaster, considering just how much internet innovation is based on enabling and allowing free expression.

I agree with this Comment over there:

This is just the rotten cherry on top of a huge pile of shit that has been building all over the world. We are fast approaching totalitarianism everywhere. Disguised yes but totalitarianism. You can’t have strong dissenting opinions from the established norm or you are a radical, a terrorist, an extremist. Just imagine a few key actors from the past in the environment of today. Or rather we don’t need to imagine since them too suffered from the same maladies. Still, the current environment is rapidly becoming much worse because at the same time there’s a generalized crackdown onto the open, spreading nature of the internet (that would have greatly helped such past characters) and at the same time technology and surveillance are advancing in an alarming pace. Technology per se is not an issue but the use of such technology to slash free expression and privacy that were conquered not long ago is simply terrifying.

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Off The Grid, Mauled By The Machine

Off the Grid in a Florida Suburb, Fighting Municipal Code

An extraordinary story of one very, very stubborn woman against a bunch of government officials unthinkingly doing their jobs.

Whether or not the woman is on an even keel is beside the point. But we’re all in trouble when a reporter writes something like this:

Those who crave disconnection the most may often carry the most baggage, and only a zealot will fight the government indefinitely.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

That reporter wouldn’t be able to write those words if zealots hadn’t fought King George!

Previously here:

Our Founding Malcontents
Dissatisfaction

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A Rising Tide Of Insanity That Will Drown Us All

11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.

One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.

They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.

It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.

Same-day update: Story above has an update. Trouble Not Over for Florida Parents of 11-Year-Old Taken in CPS Dispute

Contrast: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed

Additional (thanks to Moriah Jovan):

Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime

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HTC: No.

Weibo:

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Um, no.

HTC chair apologizes to shareholders

Wang said HTC’s performance was mainly due to its poor operational efficiency and overly conservative marketing strategy amid fierce competition in the global market.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

In an era where Big Phones sell, what does HTC have? Nothing.

Next!

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Lenovo Will Eat These Words

Xiaomi, China’s New Phone Giant, Takes Aim at World

Lenovo CEO Yang Yuanqing says Xiaomi’s business model is no longer unique. “It’s just an online model,” he says. “Now everyone knows how to do that.” A Huawei spokesman says it doesn’t comment on competitors.

Boldfaced emphasis added by me.

Oh really?

Barnes & Noble thought it was easy too.

So did Cool-er.

So did Kobo.

And countless others whose names aren’t even remembered.

“We’ll just do what Amazon did,” they thought.

And they all lost their shirts!

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Writer Kills His Career With His Own Words

This is just awful: Cait’s Reviews > The Boy and the Peddler of Death.

The writer steps in and quickly displays the kind of mind that should never be seen in public.

It goes on for two pages.

Never, ever do this to yourself!

Next-day update: Being a coward, the writer deleted his posts. Tim Cushing pointed out in Comments that they’ve now been archived for everyone to still see.

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Snooty Snobs Should STFU
Got A Bad Review? Really, Just STFU!

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