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  1. Finally had an In-N-Out burger, was the best £3 burger I'd ever had for sure. Would be very respectable at £6-8. Loved the decor of the place, sort of an aged 50/60s vibe.

    Had Umani in SF, which people had been raving about for a while. Had a normal sized truffle burger, and it was massive, significantly thicker than anything tier 1 in London. Maybe a bit too large. Brioche bun soaking in truffle oil worked well thou.

  2. I guess the problem people have with it is this. For all you say that the film shows that the torture - during the torture period - doesn't get results, the fact is still that they torture a guy and then he gives up information. Presumably the threat of further torture is still there, and you know, they've still tortured the guy for info.

    Having slept on it I still don't think it's really as clear cut as torture revealed OBL's location, but the general jist you take away is that torture certainly helped in a positive way towards OBL's capture. If it is true that the courier wasn't found from information obtained via torture seems straight up wrong they even have those scenes in the film. They didn't even really fit well.

    Clearly BS that Bigelow et al. are trying to have it both ways saying it's a true story but also take liberties with the story.

    Does anyone know if it really was a lone female CIA agent who pushed it through?

  3. What this guy said was typical, really. He brushes over a tortured man being threatened with torture again as 'a bit of a threat'. Embarrassing. He's an intelligent guy so it's also quite disappointing to read.

    What would he say if I went around to his house, smashed all the toes on one foot with a hammer, chucked him a bucket of KFC and then after asking a few questions threatened to smash up all the toes on his other foot?

    Would he call it 'a bit of a threat'? Would you?

    This discussion is completely inane.

    Nah, I clearly address how the film demonstrates two sides of torture, initially torture was used but didn't provide any usable information. I'm sort of surprised you're quite against the film as you are I don't think it really glorifies torture in the way I sort of expected to after reading Greenwald/Cheney etc

    And 'a bit of threat' was more a reflection on the language the guy used in the context of the film rather than a comment on torture, something like "I can have lunch with anyone" rather than him saying "I'm gonna smash your face in, get a hammer and break all your toes".

  4. Having just watched it I think you have to be pretty 'politically involved' to really take home the message that torture caught OBL, like normals wouldn't take that message.

    The torture scenes are there but maybe 5/10 minutes at the very start of the film. And even then it's a mixed message, as they torture this guy he doesn't give up info and then a terrorist attack happens, they give him cake (and a bit of a threat) and he gives up some info.

    The vast majority of the work to find the location in the film is shown to be tradecraft, tracking down leads/probabilities etc.

    I don;t have much to add thou about the film as a whole, it was pretty good and super tense towards the end. Probably the best film that could be both Hollywood and yet actual show the boring day to day of CIA life.


  5. Went to Burger Shake the other day on Marchimont St, London. Not really impressed, 6/10 or so.

    Was about £16 for burger, beer and fries. Felt like they just didn't give a shit basically, closed the place at 9 on a Saturday night too.

  6. I've never watched Seinfeld before, so was glad to hear Sky Atlantic would be showing it.

    I take it from the comments above that it takes a while to get going? The two episodes I watched tonight were pretty much laugh-free zones and I got a stern look from my wife after I'd told her it was supposed to be really funny. I'll stick with it until it gets better though - am I right in thinking the first season is really short?

    Yeah like, 4 episodes

  7. I re-watched season 1 the other day, jesus wept.

    Man I love this show, I keep all nine seasons on my laptop at all times. It's still so good.

    I was crying with laughter when George gets engaged and he's watching the Mad About You credits in bed with no dialogue.

    Funny how some of the episodes are a little out of date with regards to tech, many times there is a confusion of one form or another and they can't meet up. Now it'd just be a mobile call.

  8. The writing also says "No Dickheads", but then they let half the staff in?

    You could easily walk by it thinking it had been raided by the police.

    Awesome burgers, but dreadful service. Not quite as bad as when it was MeatWagon thou.

    I had the Philly: sublime.

    I wish they did plates thou.

  9. I feel the age of post-production 3D for so-so films is waning for sure, but I think most-mega blockbusters will still be 3D it costs like 5m more and still easily recoups that in extra revenue.

    Star Trek and Batman (and Cowboys and Aliens) are just special cases I think where the directors are both big names and against 3D.

  10. Imagine if everything stopped. Imagine if human's no longer created anything or made anything or did anything. Basically imagine nothing new was ever invented ever again. Imagine a million years pass and imagine how fucking bored we'd all be. Now imagine someone was like, "what can we do with all these old movies and TV shows to make them interesting again?" and someone was like "We could make a show about everytime we've spotted the tip of a boom mic? Or when someone's holding a glass and it swaps hands between scenes or when a door number doesn't match up to the address being read out loud by the actor" and they're like "nah that's a shit idea"

    Imagine an all-of-time human to-do list. TV's biggest mistakes would be at the bottom of that list.

    Move this to the TV folder and I will slit your throat.

    I could not agree more.

  11. I was god-awful for about a month until I learned how to use the controller.

    I reckon a trackball or something similar would be a massive step up from an analogue stick, aim assist, massive hit boxes and magnetic bullets.

    But the general trend in gaming for (say) the last twenty years and significantly over the last generation has been quicker, easier gaming and away from precision/twitch gaming, I just can't see MS going against that trend.

  12. People keep on harping on about the 30% cut of revenue from digital as if it printsmoney.gif or something, when the evidence is, it doesn't, nor will it ever get close to the sorts of real money Apple make from flogging hardware, unless Apple have a substantially larger userbase of active customers, which can be just as easily achieved by getting them to buy other devices in their range (all with better profit).

    $1.8 billion revenue last year, trivial for Apple but growing super fast.

    Well if it was download only that would be a major one. But the main selling point will be the machine being a digital media hub, being able to play all of your music, movies and games as well as being able to stream content to other iOS devices. Both Microsoft and Sony have been trying for years to turn their machines into set top boxes that do everything, but Apple are in a far better position to actually deliver that.

    As for the buttons. I dont believe for a second that if Apple have a gaming store for this set top box that there wouldnt be a controller released for it with buttons. The touchscreen gaming works for the iOS devices because you are looking at the screen and interacting with it, it simply wouldnt work if you were connected to a TV as you would have to constantly look at the controller to see what you are pressing.

    I don't see download only as that big a change, all consoles are going there and the difference between download only and download/retail consoles is minuscule compared to the difference between iPhones and pre-iPhone phones.

    I think your second paragraph is both spot on and the crux of the issue. Apple are anti-button, but it's going to require a massive change to make a controller that can do enough.

  13. On the one hand I can't see what Apple bring to the table that is fundamentally different to current consoles, but on the other it seems the days of a box under the telly that just does games are probably numbered and Apple have been leading the convergence between devices.

    A major change would be in the interace, Apple have also been on a jihad against buttons recently, but I can't believe solely touch screen controllers are the future for gaming.

    And for all the arguments that are essentially Apple don't 'get' games, the same was said about phones.


    Not that I think Apple will buy them, but I just looked it up and Nintendo is about a tenth the size of Apple, Apple has about Nintendo's market cap (30bn) in cash.

  14. Every time I see Heroes mentioned, I cry a little inside. I recenlty re-watched the pilot and some of the first series and the potential that this show wasted simply staggers me. It should have been so good, but they simply fucked it up on such a huge level, it beggars belief. A massive shame, really.

    I'd blame Heroes downfall on bad planning/inexperience really, the makers (Tim Kring?) didn't put limits on the powers from the get go and then had real problems trying to contort storylines so that Syler/Peter didn't become all powerful.

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