A tuxedo, a martini, and a gun. Good looks, charm, and always so impossibly cool. That’s James Bond. Also James Bond: a dude who totally abuses his license to kill and offs a lot of people in his movies. Auralnauts did their always fun kill count and showed all the deaths that all the James Bond have caused.
|Specs at a glance|
|OS||Android TV (Android 5-based)|
|CPU||Nvidia Tegra X1, 8-core 64-bit ARM CPU (4x A57 2MB L2, 4x A53 512KB L2)|
|GPU||NVIDIA Maxwell 256-core GPU|
|Storage||16GB (plus microSD expansion)|
|Networking||802.11ac, 2x2 MIMO Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, Gigabit Ethernet|
|Case Size||25mm × 210mm x 120mm|
|Connectivity||2X USB 3.0 ports, USB 2.0 micro USB port, HDMI 2.0 port with HDCP 2.2, infrared|
|Starting price||£149.99 ($199) with Shield controller. Stand is £24.99 ($29.99), remote is £39.99 ($49.99)|
The Nvidia Shield is almost certainly more important to Google than it is to Nvidia. After the failure of Google TV—in part thanks to its lacklustre UI and poor developer support—its follow-up Android TV needed to do better. Unfortunately, that hasn't quite happened. Sure, Google's own Nexus Player is fine piece of hardware, and Razer's Forge TV has its charms, but neither sport the flagship specs, nor the feature set of Nvidia's sleek black box. There's no doubt that the Shield is the best Android TV device money can buy, but like all Android TV devices, it comes with a few compromises.
But let's start with the good stuff. Where the Nexus Player sported an odd, if largely inoffensive hockey puck design, the Shield is a thing of beauty. It's slightly bigger in terms of footprint than your typical smart TV box at 25mm in height, 210mm in length, and 120mm in depth, but its sleek design made up of sharp angles and a subtle LED light strip just looks darn cool. The mix of glossy and matt plastics helps with the aesthetics too, although, like seemingly all consumer electronics these days, it's a magnet for fingerprints. Fortunately, with the Shield placed under a TV, you likely won't be handling it all that often.
The Shield can be positioned horizontally or vertically, but it's a wee bit wobbly in its vertical position unless you purchase a separate stand for a substantial £24.99. One word of advice if you do take the plunge, though: Nvidia has used some sort of black magic to create what might just be the stickiest rubber coating in existence and applied it to the bottom of the stand. More often than not it simply wouldn't budge from the surface it was on when I needed to move it, and I ended up having to pry it up with a fish slice.
"write a story in fewer than 5000 words set in a possible future shaped by climate change. ... Kim Stanley Robinson will be judging entries with the grand-prize winner getting $1,000. "
Deadline is January 15, 2016
On Thursday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed a bill into law that requires police get a warrant to use a stingray during investigations. The devices, which are also known as cell-site simulators, are usually used to locate a phone but can also in some cases intercept calls and text messages.
The law, known as the California Electronic Communications Privacy Act, imposes other sweeping new requirements to enhance digital privacy, and imposes a warrant requirement before police can access nearly any type of digital data produced by or contained within a device or service.
"Governor Brown just signed a law that says ‘no’ to warrantless government snooping in our digital information. This is a landmark win for digital privacy and all Californians," Nicole Ozer, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union of California ACLU, said in a statement. "We hope this is a model for the rest of the nation in protecting our digital privacy rights."
Microsoft is making a big splash with its latest gear, the Surface Pro 4 and the Surface Book. These pricey products are designed to compete directly with Apple’s traditional hegemony on premium gadgets. But just how well do these latest offerings measure up against Apple?
I'm SO EXCITED. Imma just focus on Netflix stuff from now on, the movies can shove off. Just like they shoved off the Capt Marvel movie to make room for more fucking Ant-Man. I guess I can let Carol's new default costume in Marvel Heroes cheer me up. It's the comics one and she's super butch yay.
In other tv news, I'm giving Blindspot one more episode to give me something interesting, and then I'm gone. I'll mourn the hair and the face and the good lighting, but by the gods the writing is dull and makes no sense, it's increasingly iffy on race, and the main dude must have been given the job based solely on Not Only Is He White And Looks Like He Goes To The Gym, Green Eyes Too OMG!. Blargh. Buuut now I have an open slot for Quantico, and if tumblr is to be believed, it has a female lead and is pretty awesome!
Having a conservative track record isn’t everything in the Republican Party. Just ask Donald Trump, who doesn’t have one. Or Rep. Kevin McCarthy, who does. McCarthy decided today not to run for speaker of the House after supposedly having the edge. He faced opposition from the Freedom Caucus, a group of House Republicans who have pushed for a more confrontational approach with Democrats.
McCarthy is in the middle of the House GOP ideologically. Of course, because the GOP as a whole has gotten much more conservative in recent years, that means McCarthy is quite conservative too. But the resistance to electing him speaker wasn’t just about ideology; McCarthy represents a Republican establishment less willing to threaten a government shutdown or refuse to raise the debt ceiling to achieve legislative goals. The split within the party is largely a disagreement over tactics.
The Freedom Caucus1 isn’t composed exclusively of far-right Republicans; many members sit squarely in the GOP’s ideological mainstream. You can see this in the following chart, which shows Freedom Caucus members according to two metrics:
- How conservative are they? This is measured by the “first dimension” of DW-Nominate, an algorithm that rates members of Congress on a liberal-conservative scale based on their votes in Congress.
- How establishment are they? This is measured by the “second dimension” of DW-Nominate. The second dimension has measured different things over time. Today, the authors of the DW-Nominate system argue that it correlates best with the establishment vs. outsider dynamic.
Clearly, the members of the Freedom Caucus are on the more conservative side of the Republican Party. Notice, however, that its members also tend to be toward the bottom (or anti-establishment) portion of the chart. In fact, the correlation between Freedom Caucus membership and the two different dimensions are nearly equal — in other words, being in the Freedom Caucus is just as much about being anti-establishment as it is about being conservative.
We saw this in action during the speakership vote at the beginning of the year. Again, more conservative Republicans were more likely to vote against Speaker John Boehner, but Republicans with higher anti-establishment scores (toward the bottom of the chart) were also more likely to vote against him.
The importance of “outsiderness” in the GOP has been evident for a few years. We saw it in votes on the debt ceiling in 2011, the fiscal cliff in 2013, and the budget battles of the last month. As the political scientists who maintain the DW-Nominate system have pointed out about the second dimension: “Although Congress is nearly one-dimensional liberal-conservative, enough stress has built up to clearly divide the Republican Party on many issues.”
If all this sounds familiar, it might be because it’s also playing out in the Republican primary for president. Ben Carson and Trump don’t rank as highly conservative in our ideological rankings as most other 2016 candidates. Nor do they rank as super conservative in the minds of Republican voters. Yet, Trump and Carson currently rank first and second, respectively, in polls of the GOP race. Why? Carson and Trump are outsiders. In FiveThirtyEight’s graphical view of the GOP race, Carson and Trump are far, far away from the establishment.
Neither Carson nor Trump has ever held elected office. Carson is a soft-spoken, nice guy who doesn’t get entangled playing politics. Trump is the exact opposite: fighting everyone under the sun. Typical politicians are a little bit of each.
The normal rules of politics seem to apply less to the Republican Party each passing day. Carson and Trump’s tenure atop the polls is evidence of that. Boehner came to realize it. And McCarthy apparently figured that out too.