Things You Should Know This Week (04.09.2016)

Movies
I saw Batman v. Superman. It was dour, disjointed, and worst of all, boring. One exception: Gal Gadot was fantastic in her few minutes as Wonder Woman. Contrast this with Captain America: The Winter Soldier, which I re-watched later in the week. Despite also being a “serious” comic book movie, I had a blast viewing it. My recommendation to you: skip Batman v. Superman, watch (or re-watch) Winter Soldier, and get ready for Civil War which comes out next month.

Batman v. Superman

The teaser trailer for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was released this week. If you are a Star Wars fan, you have no excuse not to see it and get excited.

Tech
The other VR headset, the HTC Vive, shipped this week. I am more excited about this one due to its use of your actual room to let you move around in VR.

Your technology is often assigned a gender, and that gender is generally feminine. Why? Here are some thoughts.

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket took off, flew around, and then landed again. This is big. Just don’t call it Shirley—we all know that phallic rockets need male names.

Policy and Law
Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Diane Feinstein (D-CA) proved that you can reach across party lines to propose bad law with the snottily named Compliance with Court Orders Act of 2016. This bill would force U.S. companies to decrypt data for law enforcement. Something that is not possible with good end-to-end encryption. So, in order to comply with the law, companies would have to put backdoors into their products, making all of us less secure.

Ending on a Happy Note
If you live in the DC area and have not been to Sugar Shack yet for a donut (or 3), you need to get moving. I recommend the maple bacon to start.

Maple Bacon Donut

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