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Comment: Re:So while all of this was happening (Score 2) 693

4. Figure out why you're a target and change it.

I know why for me. Because I didn't want to get in trouble for beating the crap out of someone.
Because I didn't want to fight.
Because it was never a one-to-one fight.
Because whenever I fought back, I was immediately outnumbered and had the shit kicked out of me. Sorry, but IRL, martial arts training does NOT prepare you for fighting 15 people.
Because every time I complained, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because every time I fought back, the stupid, piece of shit principal would reprimand ME.
Because the one time I fought back against someone who was attacking me IN A CLASSROOM WITH A TEACHER PRESENT, I had the teacher try to jump on ME and restrain ME.

Fuck that noise.

By the time I hit High School, the only thing that kept me from going Columbine was lack of access to a gun, and the fact that other large weapon would have been caught by my parents when they drove me to school.

People like this are the reason I DON'T allow myself to own a gun. The urge to shoot people like this is just overwhelming.
All school REALLY taught me was that you can't trust people in authority. Ever. And, as much as your parents want to help you, they can't do anything for you. Not that my parents didn't bust their humps trying. My grade school principal HATED my family, because my parents gave him and his lazy ass, do-nothing self absolute hell. But I still got the crap kicked out of me on a weekly basis from Grade 3-4 to Grade 8 and still had to deal with assholes throughout high school.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 2) 318

by Chas (#46759149) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

The thing is, I don't give a crap how much it costs to support streaming.
If you want to give it away, ad-supported, for "free"? Cool!

But if I'm going to pay a subscription fee, I'll be damned if I'm going to put up with ads on top of that. And if the sub price doesn't cover what it'd cost to go ad-free, then they need to rethink their pricing and delivery scheme.

In short "I don't want to see ads. PERIOD!"

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 4, Informative) 318

by Chas (#46758443) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

No, what you're seeing is fewer ads, but longer overall.

Take an Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode.

43 minutes of show.
Plus 6 (count 'em) 2-3 minute commercial breaks when you see four ads back to back.

Granted, that's only about 28% (when TV is 36%). Still, for someone paying the monthly fee, that's ridiculous.

Comment: Re:huh? (Score 4, Interesting) 318

by Chas (#46757603) Attached to: Netflix Gets What It Pays For: Comcast Streaming Speeds Skyrocket

One. Nobody "prefers Hulu". Except the people who implemented it but don't actually USE it.

Look at Hulu. It's a mediocre streaming site with ever larger chunks of intrusive video ads. And paying them doesn't make the damn things go away or space them out further or make them shorter ads. That's how the entertainment industry would LIKE people to consume their media. Paying them directly, then supporting them indirectly through ad revenue as well.


I mostly agree with your sentiments about it being bad that Comcast got paid for content their users REQUESTED and were already paying them to deliver.

Not entirely sure about lock-out though.

Comment: Cue the IRS kicking my door down in 3...2...1... (Score 2) 379

by Chas (#46757347) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: How Do You Pay Your Taxes?

Just filed by TurboTax this year. Basically, this year has been STUPIDLY busy, and I've been working 7 days a week, and pulling an average of 12 hours a day.

So last night it kinda occurred to me, uh, maybe I should file my taxes?

Unfortunately I'm booked solid today. Ooops.

Now I've had my taxes done for me for the last 25 years (basically ever since I started working as a teenager). In all that time, I've only had one tax scare (due to my employer at the time screwing up my witholdings). So, regardless of how "easy" people say it is to file for yourself, I was always terrified of filing myself.

This time I didn't get a choice.

Luckily it was mostly pain-free. One small goof around educational witholdings (interest on college loans). But I got it filed.
And it's become cheaper, by far, to file this way than to have a service do it.

Now I just have to hope nothing got screwed up.
(I'll unclench my butt from my chair once the direct deposits go through.)

Comment: What "let"? (Score 1) 134

by Chas (#46740007) Attached to: Obama Says He May Or May Not Let the NSA Exploit the Next Heartbleed

Obama isn't in a position to "let" or "prohibit" SHIT (even his own).

He's a fucking douchebag, Chicago Machine politician.

He has no opinions or even feelings outside of what his little cabal of "advisors" tell him he does.

He's also in NO position to dictate to the NSA what they will or will not do with an undiscovered bug in a security device/program.

The NSA damn well WILL use it, and so long as nobody leaks it to THE PUBLIC, it's "See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil" from the rest of the government.

Even if Obama were to, God forbid, try something PROACTIVE, they'd still just ignore it and sacrifice yet another desk jockey stooge once caught.

Nothing is rich but the inexhaustible wealth of nature. She shows us only surfaces, but she is a million fathoms deep. -- Ralph Waldo Emerson