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  1. JAN/FEB 2018 TV DISCUSSION

    How to begin this? I really like Madam Secretary. You could consider it a 2nd rate version of The West Wing, but it's usually relatively easily digestible TV with a very optimistic (and encouraging) view on how the big problems in this world could be fixed if everybody had good intentions. The characters are likeable etc. However last Sunday's episode was close to a jumping-the-shark (let's hope there is no filter for that) episode. The main point of the episode seemed to be to say "dear administration, there is a way to get rid of him" which was not presented subtly at all. Plus there was a huge plot hole that was used to hit the reset button at the end. The episode might have worked better if there was any setup in a previous episode (or any future payoff and a later one) for the main story but there was none and there will be none. Oh, and this is not meant to be any political commentary, the whole thing would be just as insulting if H. Clinton would be in office right now.
  2. 2018 Non-Event General MMA Talk Thread

    Last I checked Dagestan was not the safest place in the world. For example the Austrian ministry for foreign affairs has put a travel warning on Dagestan (for other Russian republic in the north Caucasus region like Chechnya or Ingushetia as well). I doubt that UFC wants to run a show there.
  3. YOUR WI-FI IS FUCKED

    The biggest thing about Meltdown is that while now that it's out everyone is fixing what they can who knows what hackers and intelligence services around the world were doing with this for the 20+ years that the issue is out. I mean if two groups found the issue independently of each other the chance that attackers did so in the past is quite high.
  4. YOUR WI-FI IS FUCKED

    I am too lazy to open a new thread, but now all your PCs (and smartphones) are fucked: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meltdown_(security_vulnerability) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spectre_(security_vulnerability) The second one is much less severe, on the other hand it does not only effect x86 Intel CPUs but also the ARM architecture. Fixes for Meltdown are available, though some benchmarks (done with Linux as there it's much easier to compare pre-fix and post-fix kernels) indicate severe effects on performance in certain scenarios. Fixes for Windows also seem to lead to compatibility problems with certain software, for example antivirus software. And just for your amusement: Intel CEO Brian Krzanich sold half his Intel stock in December, long after Intel got informed about the issues, but obviously before they were published: http://money.cnn.com/2018/01/04/technology/business/brian-krzanich-intel-shares/
  5. Sexual Assault and Harassment in Hollywood

    Didn't help Edward Snowden who still has to hide in Moscow.
  6. DECEMBER 2017 TV THREAD

    I could not agree more. Someone wrote in one of these threads (might have been the November thread, I am too lazy to look it up) that both Discovery and The Orville are the proof that bad Trek is still good TV. I cannot agree with that statement. Discovery is (for the couple of episodes I watched) boring as fuck. They could not have done a worse job with the setting, the main storyline and the characters. On the other hand the only way that The Orville is bad Trek is that it might not match Gene Rodenberry's vision (even though it's closer to it than any "real" Trek was since TNG).
  7. So, How's It Going?

    As it took longer to get rid of the fever than I hoped (I think it has finally gone now) I went to the doctor yesterday and she told me that this year was especially bad. She got loads of whole families in her office all suffering from the same thing (either a stomach bug or a feverish cold).
  8. So, How's It Going?

    Getting a feverish cold somewhere between December, 23th and January, 6th (my yearly Christmas vacation) has become a tradition for me. Last year I was lying down on New Year's Eve, two years ago it hit me a day after New Year's Day and the year before I got a stomach flu on December, 27th. This year it started early, I just took the temperature and it was at (according to the Google calculator, I know nothing about Fahrenheit) 102 °F (38.8 °C). I hope to be somewhat okay by tomorrow evening (the main celebration time of Christmas over here).
  9. NXT Takeover: WARGAMES~~~!!!

    Because he looks like HBK. Problem is that he did the Van Terminator. Did anyone see the table where Wolfe was lying on for while? Wolfe bled at least a pint of blood on that thing.
  10. NOV 2017 TV THREAD

    I have watched the first two episodes yesterday and today and so far I would describe the show as "Galaxy Quest that does not go for the TV show angle". It's a clear parody of Star Trek so far and I am loving it, though it's nothing I can see working in the long run, so I am not surprised they have changed the direction in the following episodes.
  11. NOV 2017 TV THREAD

    Designated Survivor really took a huge step back regarding the magnitude of the main storyline. The first season was about the murder of the whole US government (including senate and the house of representatives) and a plan to take over the country while the second season deals with the murder of a journalist and some corruption thingy the mother of the first lady did while the first lady was still a child. The show basically has become a third rate West Wing (or a second rate Madam Secretary).
  12. 2017 VIDEO GAME CATCH-ALL THREAD

    (since you brought scp into play here)
  13. NOV 2017 TV THREAD

    At least it got renewed for a second season.
  14. OCT 2017 TV DISCUSSION THREAD

    I watched the fourth episode of Star Trek: Discovery today. That show gets worse and worse, I am now almost in the hate-watching phase. There are no likeable and barely any interesting characters on the show, the long boring Klingon scenes are killing me and acting/directing so far has been very underwhelming. The only good thing about the show so far is that the special effects look awesome.
  15. Your Wrestlers RIP Thread

    This got into the news headlines over here in Austria (at least for a couple of hours). Funny thing is the obituaries I have seen until now all have treated his wrestling success as being fully legit sports achievements.
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