The ‘honest trailer’ for ‘Guardians of the Galaxy 2’ shows how Marvel movies have become too flippant for their own good

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • There’s a new edition of “Honest Trailers” poking fun at “Guardians of the Galaxy 2.”
  • It points out that Marvel movies make too much fun of themselves to be great.
  • For example, Drax and Rocket Raccoon laugh a lot on-screen, telling the audience when to laugh.
  • And dramatic moments are undercut with jokes, killing their emotional impact.
  • The movie is still pretty good though.
  • Watch the video below.


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The design behind the Hyperloop dates back long before Elon Musk — take a look at its evolution

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In 2013, Elon Musk, the famed entrepreneur and CEO of Tesla and Space X, came up with an idea for a vacuum-and-maglev-powered super-fast train that would travel through a tube. It would be called the Hyperloop.

In a research paper, he outlined its potential and challenged other tech companies to develop it for commercialization. Two startups, Shervin Pishevar’s Hyperloop One and Dirk Ahlborn’s Hyperloop Transportation Technologies, are perhaps the closest to making the Hyperloop a reality. (Musk hinted in July that he is working on his own system, tweeting that he “received verbal government approval” to build stops in Washington, DC and New York City.)

But Musk is not the first person to suggest air pressure-driven transportation. As io9 notes, the concept behind the Hyperloop originated in the late 17th century with the invention of the world’s first artificial vacuum, which led to designs for “underground rapid transit systems” powered by pneumatics (i.e. pressurized air) in the decades that followed.

Take a look at a brief history of the technology that led to Musk’s Hyperloop.

In 1799, inventor George Medhurst proposed an idea to move goods through cast-iron pipes using air pressure. In 1844, he built a railway station (for passenger carriages) in London that relied on pneumatics until 1847.

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Throughout the mid-1850s, several more pneumatic railways were built in Dublin, London, and Paris. The London Pneumatic Despatch system was meant to transport parcels, but it was large enough to carry people, too. To mark its opening, the Duke of Buckingham traveled through it in 1865.

Around that time, French novelist Jules Verne published “Paris in the 20th Century,” which envisioned tube trains stretching across the Atlantic Ocean.

In the mid-1860s, South London constructed the Crystal Palace atmospheric railway, which ran through a park. A fan, which measured 22 feet in diameter, propelled the train. On return journeys, the fan’s blades reversed, sucking the carriage backwards.

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Daniel Craig on coming back as Bond: ‘There is no decision just yet’

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Daniel Craig has finally broken his silence and talked publicly about if he will return to play James Bond once again.

“I’d hate to burst the bubble, but no decision has been made at the moment,” Craig told Morning Magic 106.7 in Boston on Tuesday. “There’s a lot of noise out there and nothing official has been confirmed and I’m not, like, holding out for more money or doing anything like that. It’s just all very personal decisions to be made at the moment. I know they’re desperate to get going and I would in theory love to do it, but there is no decision just yet.”

So there you have it. Despite numerous reports that Craig will be returning as 007 for the 25th Bond movie, which was announced in July will be released on November 8, 2019, it sounds like Craig is still working things out.

Craig will be seen next in Steven Soderbergh’s heist movie, “Logan Lucky,” which opens in theaters Friday.

Craig has been playing James Bond since 2006’s “Casino Royale.” His last movie as Bond, 2015’s “Spectre,” grossed over $880 million worldwide. However, leading up to the release of the movie Craig seemed to tire of the role, now famously stating that he’d rather “slit my wrists” than play Bond again.

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Microsoft just made a brilliant acquisition in the cloud wars against Amazon, Google (MSFT)

  • Jason Stowe, Cycle ComputingMicrosoft has acquired a startup called Cycle Computing for an undisclosed sum.
  • Cycle Computing’s software allows companies to run massively huge apps in the cloud, a profitable area for cloud vendors.
  • Cycle was an early partner with AWS and Google and its customers will be asked to move to Microsoft’s cloud. 

In a bit of a coup in the cloud computing world, Microsoft on Tuesday announced that it bought a startup called Cycle Computing for an undisclosed sum.

Cycle may not have the name recognition of some of its better-known tech peers, but the startup has played a crucial role in creating today’s cloud computing industry. When businesses swipe a credit card today and instantly get access to unlimited supercomputing power, it’s in large part thanks to Cycle.

Cycle Computing gained nationwide attention in 2012 when its technology transformed Amazon’s then nascent Web Services into a supercomputer boasting the equivalent of 50,000 individual computers.  

Scientists were trying to find potential new cancer drugs and they used Cycle’s software to simultaneously run their app across tens of thousands of virtual computers in Amazon’s datecenters. (Specifically, they used 6,700 Amazon EC2 instances to create a 51,132-core computer — with each core is basically equivalent to a single computer).  The setup was so powerful that it cost researchers $5,000 to run their AWS app for just one hour.

It was an early proving project for Amazon’s AWS business which, back in 2012, was still trying to convince enterprises to give it a go. This project was pointed out by Amazon’s cloud genius Werner Vogels as one of his most proud moments to date, he told Business Insider at the time.

In the years since, Cycle Computing grew to be used by all three of the big cloud vendors, AWS, Google and Microsoft Azure. Plus, a bunch of competitive products came onto the market that also let virtual cloud computers work together as if it were one massive supercomputer.

A grab for AWS, Google customers

Flash forward to 2017 and there’s now an entire market of such products called “cloud orchestration,” complete with its own consortium under the Linux Foundation, the “Cloud Native Computing Foundation” of which Cycle was a founding member. CNCF has grown so powerful that Microsoft and AWS bowed and joined it last week.

Microsoft did not disclose the terms of the sale and it’s hard to guess because Cycle Computing was unusual in another way: it was bootstrapped, taking on zero VC funding. Cycle raised $1 million in debt financing in 2016.

Amazon CTO Werner VogelsThe founders “started Cycle twelve years ago on an $8,000 credit card,” founder and CEO Jason Stowe said in a blog post on Tuesday announcing the news.

So this could have been sweet exit for them and their employees, who own 100% of the company. Or it could have been an aqui-hire fire sale. 

There’s some reason to believe it was a happy exit. Cycle claims Novartis and NASA as marquee customers as well as a list of unnamed top companies in manufacturing, life insurance, pharma and biotech, media and financial services/hedge funds. Stowe says that all told, its customers are using the product to run the equivalent of “1 billion core-hours this year, growing at 2.7x every 12 months,” in other words, a billion hours of computing time and growing.

But here’s the clincher: while Microsoft says it will continue to support all of Cycle’s customers on their original cloud of choice like AWS or Google Cloud, future Cycle customers won’t be given that option. And existing Cycle customers will be asked to move to Azure.

Microsoft says: “We will continue to support Cycle Computing clients using AWS and/or Google Cloud. Future Microsoft versions released will be Azure only. Customers will be given assistance to migrate.”

And that’s why this is brilliant. These are huge application that use a lot of cloud services and rack up big cloud computing bills. Microsoft is trying to boost usage of its cloud Azure. With this acquisition it gets to do that, while also encouraging AWS and Google customers to jump ship. 

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Stephen Colbert took Trump to task for his response to Charlottesville

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In Stephen Colbert’s opening monologue on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” Monday, the host went after Trump for being slow to condemn the white supremacist “Unite the Right” protesters in Charlottesville this past weekend.

Saturday, white supremacist protesters marched in Charlottesville, Virginia for the “Unite the Right” rally that resulted in three deaths. One of those was Heather Heyer, who was killed when a “Unite the Right” protester drove his car into a group of counter-protestors.

In Colbert’s monologue, he addressed the white supremacist rally and criticized Trump for taking two days to condemn Neo-Nazism and white supremacy. 

“You know what’s not hard to say? Nazis are bad,” Colbert said.  

Colbert slammed the president for saying he condemned “many sides” of the protest initially. Colbert asked how Trump could condemn anyone if he doesn’t say who he’s condemning. 

Colbert went on to say that Trump is usually so quick to react to the things that he hates, and began listing off a number of things that Trump had been very vocal about disliking in the past, from Hillary Clinton to the movie “Django Unchained.”

Colbert’s episode, which also featured the first interview with former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci since his firing, made “The Late Show” the highest-rated Monday telecast since Colbert took over, according to Variety.

You can watch Colbert’s opening monologue here:

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Former Uber engineer slams Tesla in texts to Travis Kalanick: ‘We’ve got to start calling Elon on his sh-t’ (TSLA)

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  • Waymo, Google’s self-driving sister company, claims in a lawsuit that Uber stole intellectual property and trade secrets when it acquired a startup cofounded by Anthony Levandowski.
  • Levandowski was the head of Waymo’s self-driving team before joining Uber.
  • Levandowski slammed Tesla’s approach to self-driving tech in text messages to Travis Kalanick, Uber’s cofounder and ousted CEO. The texts were made public via a court filing.

A former Uber engineer slammed Tesla CEO Elon Musk in texts to Travis Kalanick, Uber’s cofounder and ousted CEO.

The engineer in question, Anthony Levandowski, is at the heart of a lawsuit filed by Waymo, Google’s self-driving sister company. The suit claims Levandowski, the former head of Waymo, stole intellectual property and trade secrets and used them for Uber’s autonomous efforts.

Levandowski joined Uber in August 2016 when the company acquired his self-driving startup, Otto. Uber fired Levandowski in May over his refusal to cooperate in the legal case.

A court filing, first reported by IEEE Spectrum’s Mark Harris, shows text exchanges Levandowski had with Kalanick while the two were planning the Otto acquisition.

An interesting nugget buried in the texts is a shot Levandowski took at Musk’s approach to self-driving technology.

“We’ve got to start calling Elon on his sh-t,” Levandowski wrote in a Sept. 2016 text. “I’m not on social media but let’s start ‘faketesla’ and start give physics lessons about stupid sh-t Elon says…”

Tesla did not immediately return Business Insider’s request for comment.

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Levandowski’s example of “stupid sh-t Elon says” is the Tesla CEO’s reasoning behind his decision not to use lidar, a notoriously expensive sensor that helps self-driving cars detect obstacles.

Musk has said Tesla does not use lidar for its Autopilot technology because it cannot penetrate rain, fog, dust or snow. Instead, Tesla cars are equipped with a radar sensor, which use radio waves to detect obstacles instead of lasers.

Waymo, Ford, and General Motors are a few companies that are equipping their self-driving cars with radar and lidar.

Levandowski also accuses Musk of lying about the number of crashes that have occurred while a Tesla car is operating with Autopilot activated.

“Tesla crash in January … implies Elon is lying about millions of miles without incident,” Levandowski wrote. “We should have LDP on Tesla just to catch all the crashes that are going on,” Levandowski said in a text message in September 2016. 

Levandowski appears to be referring to a Jan. 20 fatal crash in China that occurred while Autopilot was activated, as reported by the New York Times. Tesla removed the Chinese term for “self-driving” from its webpage regarding Autopilot following the accident, Reuters reported at the time.

The court filing does not show any response from Kalanick.

Levandowski may have been skeptical of Musk’s approach to self-driving cars, but Kalanick reportedly asked Musk in 2016 to partner on an autonomous ride-hailing platform. Musk turned down the offer.

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Here’s why those Taylor Swift courtroom drawings were so terrible

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • Taylor Swift spent a week in court last week after two lawsuits from an alleged assault incident.
  • No cameras were allowed in the courtroom.
  • As a result, courtroom sketches were released of Swift and the attendees. 
  • Fans were quick to point out that they didn’t look like the singer at all. 
  • The artist behind the sketches said it’s hard to draw someone as pretty as Swift. 

It may be easy to conjure an image of Taylor Swift to mind, but drawing the superstar singer is apparently more difficult than it looks.

After receiving criticism for his courtroom sketches of Swift during her trial against Denver-based JD David Mueller for an alleged assault in 2013, the artist behind the drawings is speaking out saying the singer is just too pretty to capture in a courtroom sketch. 

“A person like Taylor Swift, who is very pretty — has perfectly proportioned dimensions on the face — is actually much harder [to sketch],” Jeff Kandyba, a Boulder-based artist who has been sketching in courtrooms since the ’80s told Fox 31 Denver

The sketches of Swift started to spread around after fans noticed the singer looked pretty unrecognizable. 

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As a reminder, this is what Swift looks like:

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Fans were quick to speak out against the sketches. 





Others compared the artwork to other celebrity courtroom sketches. 



Some even accused the artist of being a Katy Perry fan. (The two singers have some bad blood.)



Kandyba said he did practice sketching Swift ahead of time, but it can be more difficult creating a still image in his mind of a person who is moving around. 

“It’s hard. Some people are just much easier to draw than others,” Kandyba said. “If you give me somebody with a beard and glasses — bingo — got it.”

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‘The Walking Dead’ actor Jon Bernthal on why he’s not worried about becoming typecast as a tough guy

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The INSIDER Summary:

  • “The Walking Dead” actor Jon Bernthal is used to playing tough, macho, no-nonsense men. 
  • He has played similar roles in “Daredevil,” “Mob City,” “Baby Driver,” and, now, his new movie “Shot Caller.”
  • Bernthal tells INSIDER he’s not afraid of getting typecast into any one role though.
  • The 40-year-old actor says he tries to do different projects as much as possible. 
  • He is aware it’s an issue though.
  • “I feel like I have so much more to say and I’m definitely looking for those other kinds of bits of material,” he tells INSIDER. 

You may recognize Jon Bernthal for his role on “The Walking Dead” as Rick’s ex-best friend Shane. 

His role as the tough-as-nails cop gone bad helped pave the way for the 40-year-old actor to land other no nonsense, tough guy roles in Hollywood. Since “The Walking Dead,” Bernthal has starred in war movie “Fury” alongside Brad Pitt, played a former criminal in “Snitch,” is creating his own brand of justice in “Daredevil” spin-off, “The Punisher,” and recently played a mouthy bank robber in “Baby Driver.”

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Bernthal’s latest role in “Shot Caller” has the actor playing a prison gangster alongside Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Jaime Lannister on “Game of Thrones”), but he isn’t afraid of getting pigeonholed into Hollywood’s bad boy.

“I guess the short answer is no,” Bernthal told INSIDER of getting nervous of being typecast. “Look, I try to make these characters as specific as possible and as unique as possible.”

“I do recognize that that’s an issue and I do recognize that one of the things Hollywood sometimes, for being this base of unbelievable creativity … it can often times be the least creative place on Earth,” he continued. “Just because you’ve done something once, now they need to see you do it 100 times because you’ve proven that you can do it.”

Bernthal says in order to avoid getting a label he looks for all kinds of different roles, not just the ones where he’s playing the tough guy. 

“I’ve got a movie coming out called ‘Sweet Virginia’ that I’m enormously proud of that real departure from those kinds of characters,” says Bernthal. “I did a thing in David Simon’s miniseries last year called ‘Show Me a Hero,’ which is a totally different kind of character for me.”

In HBO’s six-part miniseries “Show Me a Hero,” he played a civil rights attorney. In contrast, he plays a kindhearted motel owner who was once a former rodeo champion until injured in “Sweet Virginia.” The two roles are a far cry from what fans may be used to seeing from Bernthal.

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“I want to show other colors and I feel like I have so much more to say and I’m definitely looking for those other kinds of bits of material,” says Bernthal. “I just project, again, whether it’s smart or not I don’t know, but I just project based on how good the material is and work with actors that I admire.”

Bernthal’s next movie, “Shot Caller,” is in theaters August 18.

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The Cubs tried a strange four-player outfield to limit offense, and it still didn’t stop Joey Votto

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Joey Votto is one of the most accomplished hitters in MLB, and he put his skill on full display Monday night.

The Cubs were beating Votto’s Cincinnati Reds 7-2 when the All-Star first baseman came to bat against Jose Quintana in the top of the fifth inning. Despite his club’s big lead, Chicago skipper Joe Maddon decided to combat Votto’s tendency to fly the ball to left field, moving third baseman Kris Bryant to the outfield and leaving shortstop Javier Baez to defend the left side of the infield by himself.

That’s when Votto managed one of the most memorable hitting feats of the month. The Canadian ripped a screaming double down the right field line, overmatching the Chicago defenders who were in position specifically to deny him of a hit.

Check out the big moment below:


As the broadcaster said, the Cubs couldn’t have stopped that ball from going for a hit if they had seven outfielders. Baseball’s sabermetric revolution has led to more efficient defenses, but nothing can account for balls like that one.

While this was Maddon’s first time employing that particular shift with the Cubs, he said it worked for him many times during his tenure with the Tampa Bay Rays. He also said that Votto’s prowess at the plate may have limited the shift’s effectiveness.

“Joey Votto right now is ungodly,” Maddon said, according to ESPN. “Whatever you do, you’re taking chances anyhow. It’s almost like Tony Gwynn when he was good.”

Votto is batting a magnificent .317/.447/.603 this season, blasting 31 home runs and leading the league in both walks and OPS+. While Votto’s spray chart suggests that Maddon had the right idea in going with four outfielders, the 2010 National League MVP changed his approach ever so slightly, and the result was a ball that the Cubs had no shot at.

But while Votto’s hit was impressive, he couldn’t ignite a comeback — the Cubs scored eight more runs and wound up winning 15-5. They will continue their series against the Reds on Tuesday.

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Steve Jobs interviewed 20 people to be CEO of Apple and disliked them all — here’s the unconventional way John Sculley wowed him and snagged the offer

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When Steve Jobs was in his late 20s, he was hunting for a CEO to run the company he co-founded, Apple.

Apple’s board told Jobs he needed adult supervision, but that he could sign off on whoever they hired. Jobs and the board went through about 20 candidates, most in the tech sector, but Jobs vetoed them all.

Finally, he met John Sculley, who had risen to become Pepsi’s CEO in just ten years. He also had a reputation for being a marketing master, having helped create the “Pepsi Challenge” campaign that sparked the Cola Wars of the 1970s.

Sculley recalled meeting Jobs for the first time, in 1982, during an interview for Business Insider’s podcast, “Success! How I Did It”:

“When I got to Apple, I wasn’t even sure I was in the right place because there were no commercial buildings around, it was just houses and a few tilt-up structures,” Sculley said.

“It turned out that Steve was upstairs on the second floor of a converted house…The building where Steve was building the Macintosh — it was still over a year away from being introduced — had a pirate flag flying from the flagpole on top of the building, a one-story building. When I went in, there were motorcycles and a Bösendorfer piano, which is one of the highest-end pianos, because Steve loved beautifully designed products.”

When he met Jobs though, Sculley’s strategy wasn’t to flatter the young founder. It was almost the opposite. Here’s the relevant part of the interview:

Shontell: So you meet him and at this point, he’s turned down every other CEO option in tech and he’s gone outside of tech now to find you. How did you win him over? What was that first meeting like? How did you not blow it like all the other guys did?

Sculley: I decided to talk to him about things that I knew he knew nothing about.

Shontell: So you made him feel dumb?

Sculley: No. I wanted him to realize that he didn’t have all the answers. So I took him to the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and I took him through the Greek sculpture and showed him what Praxiteles did with the Praxitelean curve. I showed him how the Parthenon was designed and the mathematics used behind it, and I started teaching him about all these things that he had never been exposed to before.

And I think it was, in hindsight, a good way for us to talk to each other. Let’s get to know each other on a subject that I thought I could spark his curiosity and something he didn’t know anything about.

Shontell: And it worked.

Sculley: It worked.

Five months later, Jobs offered Sculley the job. Sculley initially turned it down, but then Jobs fed him the now-famous line that changed his mind:

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life? Or, do you want to come with me and change the world?”

The following Monday, Sculley started as CEO of Apple.

To listen to Sculley’s rapid career rise and his role at Apple, check out the full podcast episode, below, or read the transcript here:

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