Most convincing spending black hole number?

20 BILLION pounds!!!   0 votes - 0 %
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Links by Tonatiuh (4.00 / 1) #1 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:28:24 AM EST
How do you keep track of so many links?

Your postings must be works in progress for days at the time :-)

These days by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #2 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 09:56:22 AM EST
I mostly go back through my Feedly "Saved for Later" stars and Twitter favourites, but I also have an ongoing text file with other stuff.
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Calvin and Hobbes by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #3 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 10:12:56 AM EST
Obvious joke link.

I remember the Comdex I went to where After Dark was introducing their Star Trek screensaver. The "booth babes" were the actual programmers, in Star Trek uniforms, on a Trek (TOS, of course) set. Wish I had pictures of it.

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I'm right with you on Sherlock by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 1) #4 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 04:10:51 PM EST
The middle was the best one and the last, well, glad it's the last one for a while.

I mean, there were a thousand better solutions and I am left wondering why none of them were chosen to go with.

Starting to wonder if Moffat has lost his touch or if he's getting tired of the fans or if something else is going on behind the scenes. Because the last couple of Who episodes had the same feel to them.

Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

Sherlock by notafurry (4.00 / 1) #5 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 04:23:29 PM EST
I think you're missing the point on the third one - Sherlock didn't expect his brother to get off, he sacrificed himself. It was the logical play; he was hired and committed to ending the threat of Magnussen's information, which was all contained in his brain. Note the shot - not just a fatal wound, but specifically targeting the brain.

Allowing Magnussen to live would result not only in the failure of the job he'd been hired to do, but result in incredible damage to Mycroft, Holmes himself, Watson, Mary, the client, not to mention the ongoing threat Magnussen poses. There was no practical legal solution to the problem. Too many witnesses, too much power wielded by Magnussen, too little leverage.

On the other hand, shooting him reduces the damage dramatically. Watson himself is going to face severe punishment, but that's already going to happen if he does nothing. Watson will probably see some punishment, but it's much more likely that the focus being on Sherlock gets him off lightly or completely. Mycroft will not be harmed. Mary will not be harmed and the threat of her past being exposed is eliminated. The obligation to the client is fulfilled. The future threat Magnussen poses is eliminated. And since Magnussen's power rests entirely in information only he possesses, Mycroft's ability to clear up the peripheral issues for Watson and company is increased significantly.

Add to this that Holmes' commitment to and belief in law and order is limited to a coldly rational perspective rather than some implicit moral value, and it becomes obvious that he would shoot  Magnussen. Anything else would have been completely out of character.

Sorry, no. by MartiniPhilosopher (4.00 / 1) #7 Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 11:54:13 AM EST

They've made it abundantly clear that this is set in a real world analogue and given Mycroft's position within that world, it wouldn't be hard for him to make Magnussen disappear once it becomes clear that all of the blackmail material resides solely in that brain. Once that brain no longer has access to the media, the threat goes away.

The other solution would be to ruin the media arm being used. That much could be accomplished through discrediting. Sherlock and Watson clearly didn't get patted-down or searched on the visit to the house. So it wouldn't have hard to have a mini-camera and voice recorder of Magnussen's confession. Given that they had Watson ask the obvious question of validity, broadcasting that confession would have made the rest simple.

Both of these avoid the stupid ending that makes Sherlock a murderer.

However, I suspect that this was inspired by the Murdoch scandal and as such is standing in as a fantasy as to what the writer would have liked to have happened instead of the rounds of trials and hearings that are currently going on.


Whenever I hear one of those aforementioned douche bags pontificate about how dangerous [...] videogames are I get a little stabby. --Wil Wheaton.

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Also by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #8 Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 12:07:39 PM EST
The writer controls the setup. It's one task of the writer to create a setup that makes it seem impossible for the hero to win, until the hero does something creative and surprising using clues that have been planted in the setup.

That's not an easy task, it's an incredibly difficult task given all the other writers who've tried to do the same thing, that the audience have already seen. But it's still a task that can be achieved with various degrees of success. This seemed like a very low degree of success.

Saying that there was no other option for Sherlock, just means that the writer hasn't given him another option.

Also, it's true that in this series Sherlock is presented as a high-functioning sociopath, whose "commitment to and belief in law and order is limited to a coldly rational perspective". But that to me makes it seem very out of character that he would sacrifice himself to help Mary, Mycroft and other people. Yeah, he's supposedly learning and growing and becoming a more caring person, but I can't see him instantly flipping from sociopath to martyr.
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Wasn't Magnussen killed in the original? by wiredog (4.00 / 1) #9 Thu Feb 06, 2014 at 01:11:24 PM EST
It's been a while since I read through the canon, but IIRC, he was killed by one of the people he was blackmailing.

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Yes by TheophileEscargot (2.00 / 0) #10 Fri Feb 07, 2014 at 06:43:47 AM EST
I don't remember that one but seems so.
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Helipads? by gmd (4.00 / 1) #6 Wed Feb 05, 2014 at 11:33:15 PM EST
 In soho? What's that all about?

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