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Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 2) 387

by PopeRatzo (#48622743) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

If somebody damages your car, would you want your insurance company to pay to fix it?

That means they can set prices based on risk. And risk in this case means "perceived risk". It's not brave or not brave. It's just corporate behavior. This is why corporations are not considered people except by reactionaries and the far Right.

Comment: Re:Home of the brave? (Score 2) 387

by PopeRatzo (#48622559) Attached to: Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

Yes, I'd go to the mall. I have a better chance of being killed in an accident driving to the mall.

I will bet your chances of being killed in a mall go way up if there are specific threats against that mall.

I would bet that the decision to not show this movie was made entirely by whoever provides insurance to the theater chain. It must be killing the theater owners not to show a movie that has gotten this much publicity at opening. But if your insurance provider says "No", you do what they say.

Comment: Re:11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed to Water Ri (Score 0, Offtopic) 311

by PopeRatzo (#48614705) Attached to: 11 Trillion Gallons of Water Needed To End California Drought

Actually, the main crop that is quite profitable but requires vast amounts of water is not rice, but nuts, specifically Almonds.

I like almonds, but they kind of bind me up, you know? We make almond milk and add some flax oil and then use the almond pulp to make delicious cakes. It's better that way. If you put some ground flax seed in with the almond pulp, it makes you shit like a goose so it all works out.

I think the fact that I know these things is a sign I'm getting old. Oh well.

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Comment: Re:Identifiable enough that Google targets ads (Score 3, Informative) 157

by Runaway1956 (#48599321) Attached to: How Identifiable Are You On the Web?

Apparently, Ghostery is pretty effective at blocking doubleclick. I do not get those personalized advertisements. The ONLY place where "ads" are even somewhat accurately aimed at me, is Amazon. If/when I clear cookies, and browse without signng in, their limited accuracy disappears.

Comment: Re:When I first read this (Score 1) 228

by PopeRatzo (#48596253) Attached to: Forbes Blasts Latests Windows 7 Patch as Malware

I have a question about that. I noticed that MS did an update, and had already updated my AMD drivers to Omega a few days ago. I haven't noticed any problems.

Is this the kind of problem patch that MS will fix in a subsequent patch or do I have to go uninstall the latest patch even though I haven't experienced any problems yet?

Comment: Re:"Could", (Score 1) 380

by PopeRatzo (#48593113) Attached to: The Shale Boom Won't Stop Climate Change; It Could Make It Worse

heavy crude pulling here in Canada from the oil sands is profitable down to $20/bbl

Is that why companies pulling heavy crude in Canada lost up to half of their capitalization in the past few weeks when their stock prices shot into the crapper following oil's nose dive?

Talk to all the worried people up near Bakken or Marcellus. You don't want to be someone who bought any of those companies in early October.

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