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  1. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Rubicon is so surprising because it was around the same time as Homeland, and Homeland got all the attention but Rubicon is just better.

    Rubicon is so surprising because it was around the same time as Homeland, and Homeland got all the attention but Rubicon is just better.

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  2. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    I loved Sliders!!

    I loved Sliders!!

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  3. Comment on What are your unpopular movie opinions? in ~movies

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    John Wicke is a comic book film, and isn't very good.

    John Wicke is a comic book film, and isn't very good.

    4 votes
  4. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    That would be a good thread. You could start it?

    I'd use my powers to create original content instead

    That would be a good thread. You could start it?

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  5. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    Doogie Howser MD, but this time she's a girl[1] and it's not a 30 minute sitcom but a 50 minute comedy drama.

    Doogie Howser MD, but this time she's a girl[1] and it's not a 30 minute sitcom but a 50 minute comedy drama.

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  6. Comment on You get to reboot any TV show, and give it a twist. What gets made? in ~tv

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    This is what made me ask the question. I was enjoying the first season of Jerico, and then it got cut. It got a second season which was not great. And there was Space, Above and Beyond which was...

    I have my own selfish desires for shows that I feel were unjustly cut, despite being entertaining and thoughtful.

    This is what made me ask the question.

    I was enjoying the first season of Jerico, and then it got cut. It got a second season which was not great. And there was Space, Above and Beyond which was potentially a really good sf show, but got cut after one season.

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  7. Comment on UK Ministery of Defence buildings lit up in rainbow colours in ~lgbt

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    Progress is slow, but happening. (As always, I welcome any tagging help).

    Progress is slow, but happening.

    (As always, I welcome any tagging help).

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  8. Comment on UK Parliament gives final backing to Withdrawal Agreement bill, UK is due to leave EU on January 31 with 11-month transition period in ~news

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    We can more there now. We have no idea if we'll be allowed to stay there after Brexit. In theory any agreement the UK makes with EU will include freedom of movement, because that's been a pretty...

    We can more there now. We have no idea if we'll be allowed to stay there after Brexit.

    In theory any agreement the UK makes with EU will include freedom of movement, because that's been a pretty clear and hard line that EU has always taken. And if it doesn't there's likely to be some kind of protections around people who have moved from the rest of EU to UK, or from UK to other parts of EU. At the moment those are nebulous, and most people are hesitant to uproot their lives when things are so uncertain. Especially when the UK government is behaving so brutally towards EU migrants.

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  9. Comment on UK Parliament gives final backing to Withdrawal Agreement bill, UK is due to leave EU on January 31 with 11-month transition period in ~news

  10. Comment on Prince Harry and Meghan quit the Firm - couple step back as senior members of Royal Family in ~news

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    They clearly say they want to become financially independent.

    They clearly say they want to become financially independent.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on Is anyone else here wondering when our overlord will open this place up a little? in ~tildes

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    People don't contribute because they know few people are reading and fewer are discussing.

    People don't contribute because they know few people are reading and fewer are discussing.

    13 votes
  12. Comment on What are some good idle/incremental games? in ~games

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    On Android I play Idle Zen (and because this is android I need to warn you against Zen Idle which has lots of IAPs, unlike Idle Zen). I've pretty much completed it, I think. I enjoyed Tower of...

    On Android I play Idle Zen (and because this is android I need to warn you against Zen Idle which has lots of IAPs, unlike Idle Zen). I've pretty much completed it, I think.

    I enjoyed Tower of Hero.

    People tell me that Soda Dungeon is good, and I've just started it but haven't really got to grips with it yet.

    I seem to remember I spent some time on Inflation RPG, and also BattleDNA2.

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  13. Comment on TV Tuesdays Free Talk in ~tv

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    I finished watching The Witcher. I didn't get it. This review pretty much sums up how I feel ("...and I’m not saying this world that you love is terrible, it could be amazing, I’m saying this...

    I finished watching The Witcher. I didn't get it. This review pretty much sums up how I feel ("...and I’m not saying this world that you love is terrible, it could be amazing, I’m saying this adaptation of it isn’t great, but you can ask for better, you can expect better, you don’t have to accept this TV show just because it's tied into this world you love.", "it's like they forgot how to make a TV show"): https://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/5live/entries/1365c100-4a9b-4c4c-91df-38628e386f3e

    I rewatched all of Lost In Space and it's still a bit frustrating. They set up some amazing characters but whomp they're gone.

    I'm going to cheat a bit here. I'm eagerly looking forward to Armando Iannucci's new show Avenue 5. Part of my anticipation is caused by learning that John Finnemore is on the writing team. I am spending some time listening to the radio comedy he's done. In his name he wrote Cabin Pressure - a very funny sitcom, John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme - a long running sketch show. He's also done a lot of writing for David Mitchell, including bits for That Mitchell and Web Sound and That Mitchell and Web Look, and some introductions for Mitchell as chair of The Unbelievable Truth., as well as being a contestant on *The Unbelievable Truth. (All of these are available as torrents). So, while I'm waiting for Avenue 5 I have been re-listening to these radio programmes.

    Finally, my child wanted to watch Top Gear or The Grand Tour. The co-parents have said the Grand Tour is not suitable, so I've been watching old (Clarkson, May, Hammond CMH) Top Gear and New (Flintoff, Harris, McGuiness FHM) Top Gear episodes to find out if they're suitable or to at least be prepared if they're not. Top Gear is a weird show because it could be suitable for 8 year olds without any trouble but they feel the need to throw in tired jokes about murdering prostitutes or searching for old escorts and I have better things to do with my time than explain this stuff away. CMH have got undeniable chemistry, but a lot of the blokey jokes are just awful, and most of the humour feels forced and laboured. The setups feel less and less real as the show gets older -- this kind of thing appeals to some nine year olds, but then you have to filter out all the stuff about viagra. Frustratingly I don't care about swear words, but tv ratings do. So an episode might get a 15 because they swear in it, but the episode that includes searching for old escorts gets a PG. This is a long and complicated way of saying CMH's Top Gear needed to die, and I'm glad it did, and that FHM's Top Gear will be good if they manage to tweak it a little bit -- either make it family friendly, or be clearer that it isn't, and cut down the toxicity a bit.

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  14. Comment on I Was Google’s Head of International Relations. Here’s Why I Left. in ~tech

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    This has caused problems. "Don't be evil" makes people think of pantomime villains twirling their moustaches. Of course that image isn't how an engineer thinks of themself when they introduce a...

    The company’s motto used to be “Don’t be evil.”

    This has caused problems. "Don't be evil" makes people think of pantomime villains twirling their moustaches. Of course that image isn't how an engineer thinks of themself when they introduce a real name policy, or pervasive tracking, or closing of accounts with no chance of appeal, or any of the other bad stuff that Google does.

    Companies probably need a "Can you do better?" motto instead, or "what are the unintended consequences?". Admittedly, these are not nearly as catchy as "don't be evil".

    4 votes
  15. Comment on What's your screenshotting tool of choice, and why? in ~comp

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    Windows 10: I use either "Snip and sketch" (shift + windows key + S) or I use Snipping Tool (which is the previous version of snip and sketch). I use this because it's easy and does everything I need.

    Windows 10: I use either "Snip and sketch" (shift + windows key + S) or I use Snipping Tool (which is the previous version of snip and sketch). I use this because it's easy and does everything I need.

    12 votes
  16. Comment on Why does LibreOffice's font rendering suck so much on mac? in ~tech