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Posted by Phantom Roxas on 12 April 2018 - 07:21 PM
The Disney/Fox merger is estimated to end in Summer 2019, with management changes at Fox to be announced over the next twelve months to ensure that it will be up and running if the deal does go through.
Continuing with the Sky bidding war, the British Panel of Takeovers and Mergers has mandated that Disney will be required to make an offer for Sky if Fox's own bid to acquire Sky falls through. This is a ruling that Disney, Fox, and Sky all seem to have accepted, as the panel believes that Sky is the primary motivation for Disney for acquiring Fox. In other words, Disney may not be necessarily interested in Fox directly (Though there are certainly incentives for them to acquire Fox), but rather to acquire Fox's stake in Sky by acquiring Fox itself.
There is still some slow progress on a potential CBS-Viacom merger. The current issue is that Viacom believes it has been undervalued by CBS, offering to buy Viacom for $11.9 million, while Viacom suggested the deal should cost $14.6 million. CBS CEO Les Moonves only seems interested in running CBS, and has no interest in acquiring Viacom, so Shari Redstone - whose family owns National Amusements, which owns CBS and Viacom (Hence the incentive to have CBS and Viacom recombine) - may try to oust Moonves from CBS to make a merger more likely.
Since the Department of Justice presented Carl Shapiro yesterday, AT&T is trying to undermine his argument in particular. As his arguments form the crux of the DOJ's case, dismantling his argument would be key to AT&T's victory. Judge Leon agreed with an assessment that Shapiro's evidence seemed too overly complicated.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 29 March 2018 - 10:35 AM
Whoa, you into redheads too mate?
Yup! High five!
I mean, I've got Mary Jane in my sig, and when it comes to Fire Emblem, my waifu is Cordelia… who is kind of in a similar position as Mipha, really, as far as having the unrequited love. And Lucina pretty much would be the bane of Cordelia's existence.
So what I'm saying is that I'm voting against Lucina precisely because I dig redheads.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 27 March 2018 - 09:17 AM
Careful now Roxas, you should go check out Toyo's status where she was railing about how we have like 8 mods for an active user-base that normally caps off at 40
The implication of that statement is that we have too many, but I'll take it elsewhere. I certainly disagree almost completely with everything you said in the rest of the first part tho
Looked at the status, and no, Toyo focused on saying we don't need more mods.
And if you disagree with me, that's fine. The purpose of this thread is to engineer a debate.
Calling her a hindrance and lax are really unfair.
She proved otherwise last year. She was active, she impeded nothing, and she made pushes. Activity is a real concern, but calling her a hindrance like that is the opposite of past evidence. She’s only lax in regards to her free time, always making sure she gets any commitments taken care of, to the point of stepping down when she felt she wouldn’t be able to pull her weight.
i don’t want to make a case for her, I want to respect her wishes, but I need to make a point of that.
Jesse made a good point of what the team shouldn't be, and I'm sorry, but it seems like she would only be brought on due to favoritism rather than her qualifications, and I believe that favoritism is most apparent with you.
The only push I recall her making was for transparency threads, and… well, all I've seen so far is that she would be reorganizing that thread. And she's said that, even if she wasn't a mod, she would still like to talk with the team about it, so really, she doesn't even need to be a mod to continue working on the one thing she pushed for.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 26 March 2018 - 09:12 AM
I will say that it take a while for Sign to really stand out to me, but considering the arc when it's introduced, and in particular, the contrast between Sasuke and Naruto's respective developments at the time, really make it a perfect song paired with its visuals.
While I have the obvious bias towards Naruto, I did not want to just ignore the Freezing opening, and it's… okay. It's a great song, but compared to Sign, the visuals are rather extremely lacking in much action or dynamic, and seems to rely way too much on the song to make up for much of the energy rather than the animation.
There's a certain synergy between the song Sign and the visuals of Naruto Shippuden that make the opening as a whole work rather well. Without that synergy for Avenge World and Freezing Vibration, I'll have to vote for Naruto here.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 20 March 2018 - 10:26 AM
Yes. Bring her on.
What the tem needs is people open to communication. Birdie fits that to a T.
I have honestly probably seen her post maybe 10 times total over my entire history on YCM ever.
Juxtaposing these two posts to highlight my main concern. I've really not seen her active enough to justify the seemingly high desire to welcome her back to the team. That or the people who want her back are extremely passionate about wanting her back, and I don't quite understand it.
I want to know what she brings to the team. Giga says that she's open to communication, but mido's comment kind of flies in the face of what Giga says she can do.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 19 March 2018 - 11:05 AM
Just want to get this out of the way now. Night doesn't seem to have been online since Thursday. While Flame Dragon did say that Night posted in the mod forum, the weekend has come and gone, and it does not seem that he has made an official statement. Could we possibly have an update on the current situation?
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 11 March 2018 - 02:07 PM
No mentions for this one. Just going to focus on the status update. We're almost done with the current page of the roleplay, but a few of the most recent posts have helped to clear up some issues with the battle, so I believe this merits a status update now, as there are likely to be other major posts coming up, and I would like to space them out between the status updates.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 06 March 2018 - 02:16 PM
I don't think it's come up much lately, if at all, but may I ask what the current state of public relations are as far as the mod team is concerned? Back in the complaints thread, I think there was some agreement (I don't want to call it a consensus) that it's fine to abolish a dedicated PR Mod position, and push for the rest of the team to improve their own skills in that regard. Does the team feel that they've been doing better at that?
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 05 March 2018 - 12:32 AM
I'm a bit hesitant on the second point, if only with regards to balance of power. What I liked about the 3 Super Mod system was that each of them kept the others in check. One only needs to look at when Pika was the sole person in charge for why we went with the 3 Super Mod system. As a compromise, I'd say we could have 2 Super Mods instead. Think of the system that the Roman Republic had with their two consuls to understand where I'm going with this. That way, there is a balance of power at the top and less chance of there being any sort of manipulation.
The problem is that, with the current structure of mods, a Triumvirate would mean three Super Mods, and five regular mods. We do have Flame Dragon and Sakura, so I suppose the question - at least regarding your particular concern - is whether we should have only one Super Mod, or if a third member should be promoted to act alongside them.
Posted by Phantom Roxas on 04 March 2018 - 01:46 PM
So, to give a rundown on what's happened so far, remember that we once had AOL-Time Warner as a single conglomerate.
The merger has long since been regarded as disastrous in hindsight, so that merger split up, with AOL having been bought out by Verizon, which also bought Yahoo, so AOL and Yahoo have been merged to create Oath.
Time Warner Cable has been bought by Charter Communications and rebranded as Spectrum.
Time Inc. was spun off, and then bought and then by Meredith Corporation, which is selling off Time's international divisions.
Certainly the "Time" part of Time Warner is meaningless now. Even though the company retained it after Time Inc. was spun off, it really highlights how little is left.
I suspect that Warner Bros., Turner, and HBO would not be bought out by the same companies. If they're sold, they will likely be separated. I would be surprised if any of the companies who've bought the other former assets of AOL-Time Warner acquired these three. I suppose they could all be independent, but with how popular mergers and acquisitions are right now, I doubt that they would last long.
There's also what AT&T could do. Would they simply walk away from this merger altogether, or would they be willing to settle for at least one of these individual assets?