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  1. Just got out of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. Without spoiling anything for anyone, I will say that as an unabashed Star Wars fanboy I loved it. I won’t say anymore than that. But I am very eager to talk about this movie with y’all.
  2. My family has tickets for The Last Jedi after my graduation ceremony on Friday. Movie doesn’t start until 10:45 pm but I’m so excited to watch it.
  3. I might give it a go then. You know, this time next year, when I've finally finished the Witcher 3
  4. How is AC: Origins? I liked Syndicate but it's really the only AC games I've played. I thought about picking Black Flag up recently. Though I probably don't need to get any new games since I'm still working through the Witcher.
  5. I think my favorite recent development is Witch using anime gifs to get Balrog to look at pms Speaking of, Czar, I’ll respond later today. Finishing up my last final today so after that I’ll be free to get some writing done that isn’t essay driven.
  6. And at the end of the day, I agree with the idea that the internet is a utility and should be regulated as such. In this day and age it’s almost necessary to things like finding a job, running a business, etc. So if anything, I think the current net neutrality rules should be changed or amended, not totally repealed and done away with.
  7. You’re right about that. I think the general idea is the same, though, and while it’s not a totally accurate example, the idea that an ISP could cut up and package the internet is scary and something I’d like to avoid. As far as protecting small businesses go, I’m more worried about this stuff than up and coming ISPs.
  8. The problem I have with the argument that the FTC can and will ensure the ISPs adhere to the rules is that the FTC can only bring suits and fines against the ISPs, and I don’t think that’s a good enough deterrent to the practices repealing net neutrality allows. We’ve seen the government issue fines against companies that break the law before, but these companies are worth billions and a few million dollar fine is more than worth the money they’ll make before the FTC can catch them. Not to mention it’s a purely reactive body, and I personally prefer a proactive approach so I support this sort of regulation from the FCC.
  9. I think it’s no coincidence that Comcast did extensive lobbying for the repeal of net neutrality. Companies generally don’t undertake that sort of lobbying out of the kindness of their own heart. They see it as a way to make money by charging extra for access to services people use. Not to mention they did engage in practices forbidden by net neutrality prior to its institution, such as AT&T slowing FaceTime connections so people would by different cellular packages, or Comcast slowing down downloading speeds. No, it wasn’t on the scale that people discuss now in attempting to preserve net neutrality, but I don’t think for a second those companies will stop with minor things. As we’ve seen with EA, companies will do what the want to make money. Backlash might prevent the most egregious practices, but I doubt the attention span of most people is long enough to sustain protests that would prevent exploitation of a non neutral internet. The way I see it, better to be safe than sorry. I don’t see any reason to take a chance on this turning into the worst case scenario.
  10. I think the potential impact of it is huge, but it remains to be seen how it’ll actually be implemented. I don’t have a particularly hopeful view, though, given given we know companies (like EA, for instance) will do whatever they can to make money. And I know the loss of net neutrality in Portugal has resulted in some insane internet packaging. Like having to pay for a social media internet package and a streaming services one. Honestly, while the impact may not be huge, I see no reason not to have net neutrality except that it’s what the lobbyists want. The potential downfalls far outweigh any sort of benefit to the consumer. Especially those, like Colonel, who don’t have other internet options.
  11. Avocados are God’s gift to man for they enable guacamole. And they’re alright on their own but GUAC.
  12. I had a professor who studies Germany, especially the Weimar Republic and the Nazi Era and he was pretty adamant that he doesn’t think Hitler was a military genius at all and that much of the German military’s success was because they were more modern than the French and Polish. Since Hitler did fail to follow up at Dunkirk, foolishly fought in Hungary (I think? Maybe it was Romania) delaying the start of the Russian campaign and basically sinking it before it began. I was pretty persuaded. While he did build up the German military that wasn’t something he solely did and afterwards he didn’t deploy and use it like a military genius. And yeah, Caesar massacred the Celtic tribes in Gaul. The Hardcore History guy just had his most recent podcast about that very subject and it was titled “A Celtic Genocide” I think, because of the level of destruction by the Romans and Caesar.
  13. So, this came across my Twitter timeline today. It uses a version of a baseball statistical formula to calculate who was the best general of all time. It looks specifically at the tactics of the generals' battles, and not the overall strategy of their campaigns, so be aware of that going in. Even if you don't agree with everything, and it's missing some people, it's cool nonetheless.
  14. I was very happy I convinced her to go to Kaer Morhen and give me the research. I actually did that quest line before most of the Baron and Crone stuff. I was worried about how it might end once I realized what she was doing, but I’m glad things resolved how they did. Also, my Geralt didn’t sleep with her, since he had just found Yennefer again. I thought that would be pretty messed up. Plus, I thought Geralt should have a friend in Keira, and sleeping with her didn’t feel right. And of course after he realized it was all a trick to get the research I think that was the right call. But I’m glad it ended amicably. Her going to Radovid wouldn’t have ended well, I think.
  15. My thinking was that, since the Baron was also going to tell me some information about Ciri, and that based on the location of the Bog and Crow’s Perch she likely was with the Baron last, the Crone’s information wasn’t necessary. So I was more concerned with saving the kids since I knew the Baron would have info to give as well. Plus, I thought the nature spirit wouldn’t be as bad as the Crones, even if it did kill the villagers, though now that doesn’t seem true. And while I found the Bloody Baron interesting, I didn’t exactly like him, so I was more upset that Anna died than anything. But the kids were saved and their family got a goodbye which is more than most people get so I can’t say it was a bad ending. Just a damn hard choice I wasn’t expecting to make, and wasn’t expecting to have such far reaching consequences. Lol, this is such a good game. I can’t believe I waited this long to play it. And I still haven’t even crossed the Pontar or gone to Skellige!