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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    I just won a boardgame on boardgamegeek - yippee!
  2. I'm not sure if the maths are correct, but someone on my Facebook posted the following data points: The top 7 men at this company received 33% of the company's profits last year. In 2012 CEO Bobby Kotick fired 600 employees, then gave himself a $62 million bonus. Kotick is the #29 highest paid corporate officer in the world (and earns more than Bob Iger does to run Disney, a company with 6x the market capitalization, tens of thousands more employees, and 3x the revenues). Western-style capitalism is absolutely broken.
  3. Ugh. People are so dumb.
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    Alita: Battle Angel

    Blade Runner 2049 > Ex Machina > Alita: Battle Angel > Ghost in the Shell 2017 > Blade Runner 2049 Whoa.
  5. I know nothing about this particular situation, but based on previous experience it wouldn't surprise me if the issue is that they told investors they were going to earn more than they actually did (I guess they didn't reckon with Fortnite); and not that there wasn't enough growth to sustain the business. Several jobs ago I left a company right before they announced a bunch of layoffs. The layoffs removed a lot of accounting costs, so they sent the message to investors that the company was 'focusing'; but it didn't actually affect the cash costs significantly. For example, they made one trilingual guy redundant. This guy had been working on projects that involved stakeholders from three different countries. When they laid him off they saved the relatively small expense of his salary but the much larger fixed cost of renting the office space he had been using remained, and they then had to hire a freelance translator for business meetings which probably cost them the same amount as just hiring a trilingual specialist. That is why they pay management the big bucks.
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    Star Wars Episode IX (December 2019)

    But as everyone knows, The Force Awakens was more subversive and progressive than The Last Jedi...
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    Abandoned Games (2019)

    Got Axiom Verge for free from the Epic store. Played it up to the first boss using a PS4 controller and can't be arsed to go back to it. There doesn't seem to be any obvious strategy for the first boss except dodge and shoot it over and over and over and over and over and over and over again. It's a test of patience not skill, and I don't have the time. And the controls seem a bit crappy - I can't (and can't be bothered to) figure out how the aim lock works. It seems to lock the gun direction for as long as you are moving in a single direction, but if you change movement direction the gun direction resets or something.
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    Rugby thread (6 Nations, Heineken Cup etc)

    Yeah England are frightening. Annoying.
  9. Tourist

    Rugby thread (6 Nations, Heineken Cup etc)

    Enjoyed the Scotland Ireland game, but Ireland aren't going to trouble the top of the table or the business end of the World Cup on the basis of that performance. We were lucky that Scotland's finishing is still so poor so often. Bit disappointing to see the Scottish captain blaming the ref afterwards. Also, I remember when I was growing up the Scottish fans were the only ones to jeer the opposing place kicker. I think there is a bit of it at every ground now but I also noticed it a lot during the match yesterday. Scotland have an exciting team right now but sour grapes and unsporting fans don't make it easy for neutrals to root for them.
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    General chatter - discuss anything here

    So glad that this looks a bit crap: https://www.fantasyflightgames.com/en/news/2019/2/8/star-wars-outer-rim/
  11. Tourist

    Football Thread 2018/19

    He really is a plonker.
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    Mary Poppins Returns

    Just saw this (opening weekend in Japan) and thought it was great. Thought Jack was awful, the plot/baddie a bit undervalued, the songs not as good as the original; but Emily blunt and the original Banks kids were amazing, the set pieces were smashing, and there were some perfect moments of nostalgia and emotion. My six-year-old daughter found it a bit boring though, and was disappointed that it didn't include supercalifragilistic - as was I, actually; I think there was room for an actual reprise or two.
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    Rugby thread (6 Nations, Heineken Cup etc)

    Saw the headline (something about England having to deal with Ireland's aerial threat) and thought this was going to be a typically stupid piece about England's big guys versus the Irish up and under, but actually thought this column was pretty darned good: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/blog/2019/feb/01/england-ireland-six-nations-ugo-monye-rugby-union
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    Rugby thread (6 Nations, Heineken Cup etc)

    Looking forward to the tournament. Ireland look very unlike choking these days but - especially after typing that - this tournament always throws up a few surprises.

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