Evaluating the villain: Pragmatism: One of Negan’s most strategically utilized skills is his ability to clearly and calmly assess situations and determine what outcome is most practicable and favorable. Only when he’s intent on making an example out of people does Negan seem to act out of impulse or anger. Take, for instance, the murder of Spencer by the pool table or when he threw a man into a live furnace. While he seems to outwardly live and act according to a set of theories and beliefs about humans in the post-apocalypse, in reality, Negan seems to handle every obstacle as a unique problem to be solved in its own way. We see this clearly in his testing of Simon, where he gives the man enough rope to eventually hang himself with, and in Negan’s handling of Rick, to whom Negan talks bluntly and without any misdirection or misplaced aggression. Knowing how to handle different people, by understanding what makes them tick and what they might actually want, is why … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 10: The Lost and the Plunderers
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The curveball death of Carl Grimes, and the introduction of the Hilltop’s strange new benefactor, Georgie, have made it unclear just how closely the series plans to hew to Robert Kirkman’s comics’ storyline, adding an air of uncertainty for even the most fervent fans. But going into last night, a few things did seem apparent. Negan is very likely aware of Simon’s betrayal — not that he can do much about it while being held captive by Jadis. It’s also apparent that Dwight’s double-agent status makes him a crucial figure that could help swing the outcome of the war (though Daryl and the others would have to work through their trust issues before that could happen). With Rick and Morgan both out for blood — and young Henry missing altogether — all the pieces were in place for one of the most brutal and satisfying episodes of the season, and “Still Gotta Mean Something” did not disappoint. … [Read more...] about The Walking Dead Villain Watch season 8, episode 14: Still Gotta Mean Something
Released as part of the Global Economic and Automation Outlook, the numbers put the decline in robot orders in North America, which totaled 13,524 units, at a whopping 18% compared to the first half of 2019. Order revenues fell in equal measure to $716 million in the North American market. … [Read more...] about Robots stumble amid COVID-19 pressure
Slack's billing growth, a key indicator of future revenue, slowed in the second quarter and the workplace messaging app owner said it took a $11 million hit in the first half due to the Covid-19 related concessions. The company said it offered credits, payment in installments and billing duration of less than a year to help users tide over the economic downturn triggered by the health crisis, sending its shares down 18% after the bell. Slack had in the previous quarter signaled weak demand from worst-affected industries like retail and travel, prompting it to withdraw its full-year billings target. "In Q2, growth in many of our customers contracted or flattened versus normal seasonal trends. In August, growth began to trend at more typical seasonal levels," Chief Financial Officer Allen Shim said in a call with analysts. Slack's quarterly billings rose 25%, but it fell short of the 38% growth it posted in the first quarter. Billings are an important metric for growth for a … [Read more...] about Slack’s quarterly billing growth slows due to Covid-19 concessions
Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs. Note 10: Which should you buy? The Note 20 may not be the everything-but-the-kitchen-sink, fully maxed out phone longtime Note fans have come to expect, but save for the plastic backing, it doesn't make any downgrades coming from the Note 10. That doesn't necessarily mean you should upgrade if you already have a Note 10, especially considering most of the Note 20's new software features will eventually make their way to the Note 10, but if you're considering either option, the Note 20 is far from the worst choice for a great Android phone. … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 20 vs. Note 10: Should you upgrade?