Well, remember how bad Jar Jar was? Or so many of the other "attract the kids" characters shoehorned into movies that made the adults want to shoot themselves? This could have just as easily turned into that by going the lowest-common-denominator route of "cute & kid friendly!" characters that will sell a lot of toys… » 11/20/14 1:04pm Yesterday 1:04pm

As someone who has to deal with the EPA regularly, I will tell you that a little more practical knowledge from the people on the receiving end of EPA regulations and how those regulations actually play out in the real world (as opposed to the theoretical lab of the EPA's mind) can't hurt. » 11/20/14 9:58am Yesterday 9:58am

I still don't think they have any intention of "redeeming" Ward. I think they want him to be the "lone wolf" character of the series. Aligning himself with whichever faction suits his needs at the time, but without ever doing anything that will directly or indirectly harm Skye. I think that is the one thing they're… » 11/20/14 9:24am Yesterday 9:24am

In fairness, the depowering of her happened in a future that now no longer exists. But the attempt to kill her is a legit complaint. Though I think by the end of the movie, she realized that she was also really going off the deep end & Mags was really trying to prevent a terribly horrible future & she wouldn't listen… » 11/13/14 6:19am 11/13/14 6:19am

In fairness, Marvel has earned the good-faith hopefulness that the io9 (and rest of the media) community grant it. They've put out consistently good product with few disappointments & higher quality "hits" than anyone else. I mean, Iron Man, Cap 2, Avengers & GotG are some of the best comic movies made, while IM 2 & 3… » 11/13/14 8:56am 11/13/14 8:56am

This is complete horeshit. There will always be a necessity for making a phone call. Driving, for one. Even hands free, I'm not "talk-to-text"ing and "read me that text"ing my way down the fucking highway. I'm not going to try to explain a complicated thing in text when it's a lot easier to make a phone call. » 11/11/14 3:17pm 11/11/14 3:17pm

This is why I hate all politicians at this point. One guy says a thing but leaves out the obvious ways that it can fuck you if you think about it for even 15 seconds. Another guy responds not by listing any of those dozen things everyone with 3 firing neurons can see, but with a bunch of scare-tactic bullshit that's… » 11/10/14 12:53pm 11/10/14 12:53pm

In theory, I like this. In practice? We'll see. The Law of Unintended Consequences always kicks in whenever the government tries to regulate any industry. It might work. It might just be trading the problems of fast-lanes & throttling & shit for tiered usage pricing & price hikes & something equally shitty. » 11/10/14 11:38am 11/10/14 11:38am