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I really like the New York Times Connections, but sometimes it’s just bullshit.

Hairy is not what they claim.

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Popular Mechanics isn’t the most high brow publication but their latest article on a “controversial” rehash of steady state theory (proposed long ago by actual astronomers and then dismissed by evidence) is bizarre.

The lawyer-turned-cosmologist’s assertion that there is no experimental evidence for the Doppler shift in light is hilarious.

https://apple.news/AdRP7-YNISSC5O_8QyG_8cg

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podperson,
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@TealCartoons nice but I’m not sold on the jawline.

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https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/08/business/3-body-problem-china-reaction.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

It’s true that griping that the characters are “diverse” instead of all Chinese doesn’t reflect well on those complaint. But the fact that they’re all college buddies living close to London doesn’t scream diversity either.

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On the one hand, it is ridiculous than the DOJ is suing Apple over its “monopoly” but not Amazon (say). OTOH I really want Apple to offer better integration with other companies’ products. Messages, Airplay, etc.

And it will be good for Apple in the long run.

Unfortunately the really important monopoly over the next decade will be Reality OS and that lawsuit will probably be in 2041…

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I thought Three Body Problem (the book) was quite good. Not fabulous but good. The TV series is like a slightly better episode of Dr Who but, upon consideration, sillier than Independence Day but with far more death porn.

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Three Body Problem TV Show—how is slicing up the ship with monofilament better than any of the alternative plans?

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Dune 2 is a reminder that 1) Dune isn’t as good a book as people think it is, 2) cartoonishly evil villains never make sense, and 3) there is no coherent message to be pulled out of the hot mess of prophecy, psychic powers, eugenics, and religious craziness that it’s built of.

Nice spectacle but a hot mess.

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I guess what it shows is Denis Villeneuve shouldn’t write scripts.

podperson, to random
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My girlfriend is a big tea drinker so I bought her this Ittala teapot as a gift. Only problem it does not appear to be able to pour hot tea (it dribbles like crazy even if you are very careful).

We tested the hypothesis that the design must have been tested with cold water and this appears to be the case. It only dribbles a bit when pouring cold water.

#ittala #designfailure

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The second episode of F1: Drive to Survive seems very special to me. It changed my perception of Christian Horner. It’s a portrait of leadership, patience, loyalty, and simple decency.

The punchline version of this is “how does a soft drink company beat Mercedes, Ferrari, and McClaren” at car racing?” Leadership.

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Just watched “Anatomy of a Fall” which is excellent (the fight scene on which the entire story pivots is a masterpiece that will lead to an interesting conversation or ten).

I’m surprised it isn’t more commented on that this is kind of a riff on The Staircase the way Gone Girl is on the Lacie Peterson murder.

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If you are ever invited to go snowshoeing by friendly Finns… speaking as a highly unfit coder… make sure you have made peace and set your affairs in order.

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The ridiculous EU carton cap is more than just annoying. It’s inconvenient, expensive, hard to use, and bad for the planet. For a company professing to care about the planet like Good Morgon it’s just rank hypocrisy. Use an ordinary carton with no plastic spout.

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It’s rather strange to me that Masters of the Air gets off to such a shaky start. Really it could have started mid mission and done all the stuff in the first episode in flashbacks (or even outright omitted them).

Band of Brothers started slowly but it did include more detail on training, which seems like it would have been more interesting for bomber crews.

Episode 2 is solid and by episode 3 it finds its feet.

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It’s hard to pin down exactly what isn’t wrong with #Argylle. Now, to be fair, we did walk out on it because it clearly wasn’t going to improve…

I think there might actually be a decent 6/10 movie in there if you whittled out 30 minutes of dross, tightened up action scenes, dropped Henry Caville once the action starts, and reshot every scene with the female lead using an actress with comedic chops.

Ugh.

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@ianbetteridge

If your new take on all things Apple right now is that the VisionPro is a huge joke and demented Apple "fanboys" defending it are gormless prats (actual fanboys are always demented gormless prats, but not everyone who defends something you're making fun is a "fanboy")…

Anyway, good luck to you.

I loved theOnion's piece…

https://www.theonion.com/new-apple-vision-pro-app-features-friends-family-telli-1851180472

$3500 is a lot to pay to be a beta tester. But I paid over $1000 for an Oculus SDK and that was just trash.

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Is it bad that I kind of wish there were more air disasters because we don’t have enough new air crash investigation episodes? I mean cargo planes, commuter jets… who cares?

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Could someone do me a version of the “weird nerds defending Elon” meme but for Apple nerds defending the Vision Pro? Thank you. #lazyweb

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@ianbetteridge @tuban_muzuru

Personally I was very bullish on VisionPro and I still think it will be transformative but the first release is skippable barring major software improvements.

Because of the secrecy in which it was developed it doesn’t have geo positioning support and XR support is still experimental.

It doesn’t even seem like it’s compelling for porn production :)

So this is the “FireWire iPod” or iPhone 2G pre App Store.

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Fellow lawyers! Great opportunity here to represent a client who doesn't understand that when he loses a defamation case and then defames the plaintiff again that he will get sued again and lose again.

podperson,
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Anyone else getting increasingly annoyed by so-called "smart" TVs?

My new Samsung TV is lovely once it's actually pointing to the content I want, but it (a) doesn't stay pointed at an input source, (b) doesn't have a lick of "common sense" (e.g. prioritize inputs I use a lot), (c) detects but doesn't automatically switch to inputs.

All I want is a TV that takes HDMI inputs and doesn't switch them randomly. It it must have apps, maybe don't randomly rearrange them… constantly?

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The reviews are in, VisionPro is impressive but it's not quite there yet.

So, where is it?

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The final barrier to adoption!

New Apple Vision Pro App Features Friends, Family Telling Wearer They Look Really Cool And Normal In VR Headset

https://www.theonion.com/new-apple-vision-pro-app-features-friends-family-telli-1851180472

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It’s interesting to me how little most folks even in the Apple ecosystem know about Vision Pro. I mentioned to a developer of Mac 3D software that demand for 3D content creating software on Apple platforms is likely to skyrocket and and he said he didn’t think VR products would go mainstream.

Vision Pro isn’t a VR product.

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