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Comment Re:Overblown (Score 1) 84

And this is why I dropped my subscription. NYT digital is totally clueless. I can have a better experience with the shields up.

I have written to them a number of times suggesting that they lighten up, give their subscribers some actual benefit. Nobody ever listens to me except my dog and he's just waiting for a walk.

Comment Re:Wow! (Score 1) 84

No, it's a lousy point. More sources doesn't equal free sources. Mayhaps you might want to pay for information from whatever varied sources you use. Unfortunately, the way that websites are going, that's not an option. Micropayments went out of style before they were even adopted. So you have to pay for the full ride.

And, unfortunately for NYT, the benefit from being a subscriber are pretty slim. Same annoying, intrusive adds. Same klunk of an interface. Same annoying emails. Most (but certainly not all) sites that have a subscription either drop adverts or markedly tone them down. The NYT team seems a bit clueless.

And I would argue that one million subscribers to the best known newspaper on the planet is not a particularly impressive feat. It just demonstrates how nobody gets it.

Comment Re:Huh? (Score 1) 135

Remember the 'concept cars' of years ago? All sleek and shiny and completely impractical. The closest you ever saw to them on the road was the Batmobile.

Same here. Not designed to be even remotely practical. They're fun experiments and advertising bits. They also serve as conceptual trial balloons to gauge broad acceptance.

Does anybody think that future cars won't have lots of display panels and cameras? Smile for the camera!

(As an aside, how would you make out with your girlfriend (or whatever) in one of these things? Do younger people still do that or do they just fuck in their bedrooms? Did I miss it, again?)

Comment Re:The bacteria are found in the cooling towers (Score 1) 117

because it provides a good environment for them. It is not at all surprising that the bacteria would be found in a recently disinfected cooling tower. The only way to stop that from happening is to somehow make the cooling tower environment a less friendly one for the bugs.

I know! I know! Put a politician, preferably fairly high level (they get more dangerous as they age) in the tower. That's a pretty unfriendly environment. If it's a bad infestation, you can temporarily install a committee. Monitor everything on C-Span.

Comment Re: Paved with good intentions... (Score 1) 246

I notice you subtly passed-over mentioning Uranus. I know that was intentional: your kind always pretends to "forget" Uranus, but everyone who knows about Uranus remembers Uranus, and we notice when you passover Uranus. You think you'll get away with it, but we know, and we're watching you and we're watching Uranus.

Why do ACs always focus on Uranus? In every goddamned discussion about planets, it's always ACs that have to bring it up. Can't talk about Saturn or Pluto. Neptune is always left in the lurch.


Comment Re:humanmade? (Score 4, Insightful) 63

Not in the politically correct portions of Northern Europe. Misogynist.

But more to the point:

The new Dutch flume replaces an older, smaller version that will be retired after 35 years of service

Oh man, they should not retire the thing. They should commercialize the thing. You could make it into the ultimate water park.

Comment Re:More like "lack of clue" instead? (Score 4, Insightful) 203

I've wondered about this. Honda engineers publicly stated that they didn't understand how Volkswagen did it. Honda is a big company with huge engineering chops. They build all manner of one off things. They undoubtedly test all manner of technology. The smoking gun here was run by a consumer protection agency and a small university. Certainly the engineering might of the other carmakers could have managed this.

Comment Re:Endlessly Increasing Budgets (Score 3, Insightful) 203

Why do we assume that all government agencies need an endlessly increasing budget to do their job? Why do we accept endlessly increasing government budgets? We have a kneejerk belief that money fixes everything, but it seems only to bring more corruption, entitlement and fewer freedoms.

There is this concept of inflation. It works for the universe and pretty much everything else except, apparently, intelligence.

Comment Re:Hmm... (Score 4, Insightful) 203

No, it wouldn't the first time. Nor the first hundredth time. This is one of Congress's favorite tricks. Can't get rid of an agency outright? Papercut it to death.

NASA, EPA, NRC and pretty much anything that doesn't blow things up or walk around in the dark....

Theory is gray, but the golden tree of life is green. -- Goethe