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  1. A study which confirms what pretty much anyone who takes a moment to think about it already knows. http://www.scoop.co.nz/stories/SC1806/S00049/videogame-loot-boxes-similar-to-gambling.htm Still, studies that "formalise" what common sense tells us makes formal regulation of gambling mechanics more likely. Legally prohibiting people from selling games with sex and violence in them to minors is difficult or impossible in some countries (much to the chagrin of the "moral majority"). But it might just end up being possible to legally prohibit sales of games to minors with no sex or violence, but with lootboxes. Better, I think, for video game companies to just ditch the lootboxes and find other ways of generating persistent revenue without raising the specter of regulation as a form of online gambling. A much scarier specter for me is @Werthead's post from the previous thread: By the Maker this better not be true. Option to play the full story campaign in co-op? Yes, totally on board with that. As long as a solo play through is also available. Actual multiplayer with no single-player...has EA not learned from the shit it got for Star Wars Battlefront having no story mode?
  2. So, have people seen the Uncharted fan film with Nathan Filion playing Nathan Drake? For what it is it's very good, and as expected Filion does Nathan Drake very well. I think this can fairly and unfairly put pressure on the Young Nate film. It can put pressure on in terms of making the feature film producers feel the need to make a good movie, not just churn out something generic. But it could also make for an unfair comparison where it's not really fair to compare a 15 minute short film with an incomplete story to a full feature film.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Per the topic of that discussion: would the USA and the world be better off today with President Romney in 2012 than President Obama? 87.5% sure we wouldn't have President Trump in 2016. Per some of the discussion: Interesting the difference of opinion on how big of a deal SCOTUS picks are in the grand scheme of things. Which way you go on the importance of SCOTUS picks will be a big factor on whether you think Trumps' accomplishments have been modest thus far. A conservative-leaning court legalised gay marriage. It seems SCOTUS can make principled decisions consistent with the constitution regardless of ideological make up. On the biggest liberal fear with Trump appointments (overturning Roe vs Wade), what are the constitutional arguments for overturning it? Surely it's up to congress to define human life, in terms of the constitutional right to life. Once that definition is in place then how can SCOTUS apply constitutional protections to something congress has defined (by omission) as not human? Are there other articles in the constitution that apply to abortion law? Speaking from the perspective of someone connected to the USA through trade negotiation, market access and diplomatic relations I think Trump has accomplished quite a bit of harm. Though ironically Trump pulling out of TPP has allowed an improved agreement to be put together which benefits the other 11 countries and disadvantages the USA in the region.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Yes it will change. The only question is how bad it's going to get before it does change. We probably haven't seen the worst of it.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    That's not going to change without major reforms that remove the influence of money on the democratic process
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    No. Jessica Jones Season 1.... err spoiler alert I guess. I assume Cloak and Dagger is pretty much straight PG.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    Yep, obviously Disney can arms length things by Netflixing stuff and be a bit more raw with stuff. I mean skinny white girl doing it doggy style with beefy black man doesn't make for a family friendly theme park ride, but they did it by putting it on Netflix and not having a Disney logo anywhere near it. And even then it raised some eyebrows (for the doggy style thing not the interracial thing, I think / hope). One could even see Disney passing things off to Netflix for the Netflix movie treatment (a la Bright) if there was interest in putting hard PG-13 / soft R content out there. But I don't see popular X-men characters being excluded from cinemas.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Why would anyone think that? But historically the US govt has put significant support behind strong man govts in quite a few countries, believing they can effectively control that person for its own purposes.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    It's the one creative problem with Disney owning the X-men. Disney doesn't do R-rated stuff. Disney would need to create a >10-foot pole length autonomous studio to allow movies like Logan and Deadpool to be made. I would kinda prefer there to be a Comcast deal, and Comcast do a Sony-like deal with Disney for Disney to use X-men characters in the MCU. I don't think it could work like it does with Spider Man though. The MCU would have to cast its own X-men characters and the X-men would have to remain as an entirely independent franchise. Too tricky, I think, to have a whole roster of characters being shared in the same way as Spider Man. Though arguably from an anti-competitive standpoint Comcast might be a worse deal. Though it probably wouldn't be such a scary prospect if the USA still had net neutrality.
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    International News Thread

    With that basic understanding in mind (not a basic understanding in terms of everyone knows this, but hopefully prospective auto-industry investors should know this as a basic understanding in large scale manufacturing business), one would think that investors and lenders take the long view and place a realistic time frame on generating investment returns. I don't know how long Tesla should be given to become a sustainably profit-making car manufacturer, but I would have hoped that a timeframe for that, with some margin for error, would have been established from the outset. And it'll be interesting to see how far this goes: https://www.odt.co.nz/news/world/cave-diver-considers-suing-over-musks-baseless-pedo-accusation Personally I don't think it's worth suing over it. I'd rather want to see the cave diver try to leverage Musk into perhaps making a substantial donation to NGOs who are actively fighting against child porn and child prostitution, as an apology.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    It's funny though, because the US govt has always liked strong men in other countries if the USA has, or thinks it has, control over said strong man.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    You walked right into that one Scot.
  13. Interesting re shortening the working week. https://www.nzherald.co.nz/business/news/article.cfm?c_id=3&objectid=12090637 Perhaps we're not at a point where every type of business can cut hours and not cut pay, but it seems some buisnesses are viable.
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    International News Thread

    It might not be about PR, but it certainly seems to be about his ego. Inherently there is nothing wrong with developing a rescue sub for tight spaces, so long as it works. He should continue working on something that can be deployed in tight situations that allows underwater rescue of people with little or no swimming or diving experience. But to suggest the tube he came up with in the short space of time he had would have done the job for this rescue mission seems very far fetched.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    If the inmates have taken over the asylum, does it really matter who the head inmate is?
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Sure, but some people are willing to break an agreement to expose the truth. Though I imagine the only translator Trump would allow for himself would be a true believer. And whoever Putin used would also be a true believer, and would know that not only would the translator die, but probably a chunk of their family as well.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    Putin probably wanted a witness to what Trump said in the meeting.
  18. Probably depends on whether you want to approach the question scientifically or ideologically.
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    U.S. Politics- SCOTUS 2: The Election Strikes Back

    I guess one might hold out some hope that one of the translators will spill the beans.
  20. Aren't a lot of the failings complicated by the fact of significant external interference? I mean you cite Cuba and Venezuela as prime examples of failures, but given the extreme reaction against both countries on the part of the USA with sanctions and trade bans spanning decades in the case of Cuba, you can't necessarily pin the failure solely on the economic and political system when you have corrupting influences from outside. Maybe they would have failed on their own, but maybe they would have evolved into a more stable system which was still broadly socialist in key elements of economic management. A lot of the other examples you cite are dictatorships of one type or another, which also complicates matters because under those systems of governance the opportunity for popular democracy to have it's influence is entirely eliminated. Are there any really clean examples of this system failing without the presence of external forces (mostly the USA) actively working to destroy it, or the country being run absent functional democracy? It seems all of the examples being given were corrupt or severely undermined from the outset and thus difficult to ascribe failure solely or mainly to the economic model.
  21. Only unkind to Lange to the extent that he was pretty much beaten into submission by Prebble and Douglas. If Lange had had his way there would have been fewer asset sales and a gentler pace of economic reform, I think. Ironically The Muldoon govt will probably be most fondly remembered for it's nigh on socialist / interventionist big govt stuff (i.e. more lefty Labour-like things), and the '84-'90 Labour govt will be maligned for it's capitalist, deregulatory free-market policies. But the real destruction of the neo-liberal economic policies happened in the Bolger/Shipley years where they dialed Rogernomics up to 11 completely untempered by any sympathy or compassion for the working class, which was always there in the Lange govt even in the back of Douglas and Prebble's minds (until they lost their minds and went all ACT on everyone's asses). Which is how Rogernomics became Ruthanasia.
  22. We kind of had that for a while. The Development Finance Corporation (set up by Robert Muldoon's National Government and state owned) was an investment bank and venture capital corporation which was basically a lender to ventures that were deemed too high risk for private venture capital / investment banks. A lender of last resort if you will. It was the investment bank that helped bring the world the wonderful product Sylk, the kiwifruit-based vaginal lubricant, which was about to win an innovation award until the award organisers realised Sir Robert himself would be announcing and handing out the award, so they quickly gave it the silver medal instead. It was a very successful investment bank. During the time it was state owned it never made an annual loss. But then the '84 Labour govt came in, went on a big govt company / asset selling spree and sold DFC as part of that. Without really realising what DFC was or did and how it's lending and business model could not survive in the private sector (and just after the '87 crash). About 6 months after DFC was sold it collapsed and died. Tower group pretty much stripped it of any assets and talent and left the rest of the company to rot. Almost drove my father to suicide that sorry episode. Actually it did drive him to suicide, but he hit the brakes before getting to the edge of the cliff (literally, not figuratively).
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    Ant Man is not a superhuman, but he's also not a pure tech hero. He doesn't get his power from the suit per se, he gets his power from the Pym particles which are controlled in the suit, which arguably is more like Hulk's power (from gamma radiation exposure). It's just that he uses the suit to turn the power on and off at will with much greater control and not losing his mind. Ant Man's strength is his own muscle power enhanced by Pym particles. Iron Man's strength and power comes from servo motors, jet engines, and beam emiters in his suit, physically he's still the weak-arsed super-brain at all times. I guess you have tech based mundane heroes (Iron Man, Black Widow, Hawk-eye(?)), physics (blasted by radiation) based heroes (Hulk, Ant Man, Captain Marvel(Source of power in the MCU TBC?)), super powered heroes (Thor, Dr Strange, Star Lord(?), Groot, Mantis), biologically enhanced super heroes (Black Panther, Spider Man, Captain America). And coming soon to an MCU movie near you genetically mutated heroes a la the X-men (and inHumans?). And villains all exist in those corresponding categories. Black Widow can work, I just don't think it would work using the current MCU formula. It would have to be like an indie spin-off, which could be brilliant and potentially the best MCU film ever because it breaks free from the formula. But will they give the movie that kind of freedom. In some ways a Black Widow movie could be to the MCU what Deadpool is to the Fox X-men, only less overtly comedic, and probably still within the PG rating zone, because Disney. It would be way better if Black Widow went the route of Atomic Blonde, but Disney will never do that.
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    Marvel Cinematic Universe 9: Returning to the Fold

    It almost seems like Black Widow is being a bit sidelined by other female characters of greater overall import (i.e. higher power ranking) and that a really satisfying Black Widow superhero movie has missed its maximum potential. If they make is a spy thriller and not a "super hero" movie it could still be a really good solo movie for the character. But if Captain Marvel knocks it out of the park, which I hope almost all MCU fans want to see happen, then a Black Widow solo movie coming after that may fall flat. It's kind of depressing to think that there may not be room in the MCU for a... err... muggle female Avenger solo movie once the big gun female Avenger get her solo screen time to shine. But on the flip side, Iron Man is likely to be the first and last male muggle Avenger to have a solo movie series, and he only got that gig because he was the start of this whole MCU thing. Iron Man would never get a solo show now if he was just being introduced to the MCU. So in like manner, a solo Black Widow movie would have worked very well before the likes of Wanda Maximoff, Valkyrie and Captain Marvel turned up. Even Okoye, kind of diminishes the value of a solo Black Widow movie. I really wanted a Solo Black Widow movie a coupe of years ago, now, I'm kind of ambivalent about wanting / needing it to happen. But if they make it, I will see it since I still expect it to be a pretty good movie.
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    U.S. Politics: Kraving for Kavanaugh

    Well, technically Stormy Daniels is being trafficked I guess. She is human [check], she is doing sex stuff [check], she is travelling (trafficking) around for the purpose of doing sex stuff [check]. Therefore Stormy Daniels is clearly a victim of human sex trafficking, which naturally means the police must contrive a reason to arrest said victim rather than the perpetrators of said trafficking. One wonders why you'd target the night a famous person was doing a strip show for your human trafficking squad to go undercover at that venue. One would generally assume that at a high profile event where photos and video will be taken and distributed on the web, that human traffickers would tend to avoid putting their criminal activity on display at that time, and possibly they would display their trafficking wares at an alternative venue on that night where while the eyes of the world are looking elsewhere. Perhaps that's ascribing too much analytical capacity to the police of Ohio?
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