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Valentine's Day: Why humans aren't the only heartbreakers

Jul 5th 2020, 3:31 am
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Valentine's Day isn't a bed of pink roses for everyone. All those treacly greeting cards, chocolate hearts, teddy bears and balloons only serve to remind some of us of our own stupid heartbreaks. Can't we just move on to Arbor Day or https://wiki.avora15.org/index.php/Valentine_s_Day:_Why_Humans_Aren_t_The_Only_Heartbreakers some other holiday that doesn't feel quite so judgmental?

It's not just humans who stomp on our hearts, though -- we've all fallen in love with some gadget, website, streaming show or other bit of tempting technology only to be left disappointed by its broken promises. Read on to see which tech and science has left Team CNET downtrodden and questioning our undying love.

Pining for the old MoviePass

When I first discovered MoviePass, I thought we'd be together forever. It was perfect. The film subscription service promised to let me watch as many movies as I wanted for the cost of less than one ticket a month. Boring Sunday afternoon? MoviePass. Late weekday night? MoviePass. The latest minor superhero movie you knew would suck but whatever? MoviePass. I started watching several movies a week and finding myself weirdly proud to run out of titles to see at theaters.

Sure, I was needy. I wanted MoviePass to be available at all times. I was exactly the kind of user the company was hoping not to attract -- the one who'd watch anything, anytime, instead of casually remembering my card's existence every few weeks.

You probably know the story. . I could no longer watch the same movie more than once. Surge pricing entered the scene. It just wasn't the same service I'd fallen in love with.

How are things now? I still have my card, but I barely use it anymore, because MoviePass only offers very specific movies, and they're often at inconvenient times. "There are no more screenings at this theater today" has become its go-to answer, and I've just given up and started going on movie dates without it.

Still, I refuse to let it go. I have some unreasonable hope things will change and go back to what they once were. MoviePass didn't respond to a request for comment, but at this point, I doubt it's gonna happen and my friends insist I should forget about it.

But we could be so happy together...

-- Marta Franco, San Francisco

Hoping (and hoping) for hyperloop 

It's been since Elon Musk promised us a "cross between a Concorde and a railgun and an air hockey table." The insane new transit concept would shoot us to our destinations at supersonic speeds like so many bank deposits launched from the drive-up lane to a smiling teller on the other side of the window.

Alas, here we are knocking on the door of the 2020s and remains a distant fantasy.