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Comment: A La Cartel (Score 1) 196

by CopaceticOpus (#48743129) Attached to: Dish Introduces $20-a-Month Streaming-TV Service

Imagine a world where the cable company bought all the restaurant chains. Meals are no longer for sale! If you want to eat dinner at Chili's, just sign up for an expensive monthly service providing all-you-can-eat food at 37 chains all around town.

What's that, you only want to eat out occasionally at one or two restaurants? That's your choice but the price is the same.

Oh, did I mention that each meal will be interrupted 2-3 times for several minutes of pitches from various unrelated businesses? Don't worry, you'll get used to it! Soon it will seem normal to eat this way.

Comment: Re:It makes you uneasy? (Score 1) 1007

by CopaceticOpus (#48319797) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease

Do you KNOW when TIME CUBE
4 corner simultaneous conference
meets? When you see 24 hour Days
that occur within a single 4 corner
rotation of Earth then join the ONEism.
Also consult the East Lansing Days Inn
for group rate discounts.

The universe does not exist, except as
opposites. Your Belly-Button Signature Ties
To Viviparous Mama.

Comment: Re:Still a second class citizen (Score 1) 214

by CopaceticOpus (#48319627) Attached to: Android 5.0 Makes SD Cards Great Again

The Nexus 6 is just one of many Android devices, with a specific feature set. If you want an SD card then choose a different device.

On the other other hand, changes to the Android OS can limit every device by every manufacturer. I'm really glad Google is reverting the badly considered restrictions from Android 4.4.

Comment: Achievement robots are the goal (Score 1) 389

by CopaceticOpus (#48075083) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

This leaves many colleges favoring achievement robots who excel at the memorization of rote knowledge...

This is also how most colleges go about evaluating their students! SAT scores and high school grades are actually the perfect metrics to use, because they match up with the way that colleges are run. If there is any hope of changing this, we should start by actually valuing creativity, curiosity, and open discussion of ideas in college.

Typical colleges will throw a mountain of work and an onerous set of rules at their students, and then see who can survive. This works because anyone who can handle it will also be able to handle an employer's demands.

Comment: Re:ICANN sell to the highest bidder (Score 1) 67

by CopaceticOpus (#47952149) Attached to: Amazon Purchases<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.buy TLD For $4.6 Million

I hope you are right! I haven't seen that stated anywhere else.

If you are right, then you should really complain about the original submission, which states that Amazon "now has exclusive rights" to the domain and that there is "no word yet on Amazon's plans for the new domain suffix." That certainly reads like they're getting it all to themselves.

Comment: ICANN sell to the highest bidder (Score 3, Interesting) 67

by CopaceticOpus (#47950655) Attached to: Amazon Purchases<nobr> <wbr></nobr>.buy TLD For $4.6 Million

Wikipedia states:

ICANN's primary principles of operation have been described as helping preserve the operational stability of the Internet; to promote competition; to achieve broad representation of the global Internet community; and to develop policies appropriate to its mission through bottom-up, consensus-based processes.

This auction is a blatant contradiction of these principles. An auction does promote a narrow sort of competition, technically, but anyone who didn't have millions of dollars to spare had no opportunity to participate. Now that Amazon has won, the competition is over, and the global Internet community can go broadly fuck themselves.

We should expect much better from the non-profit organization in charge of the world's domain names.

Comment: Re:Is Apple going downhill? (Score 1) 358

Apple was in the right place at the right time to introduce iPod and other devices. But today, the market for pocket-sized electronic rectangles is pretty well saturated, and Apple's competitors have caught up in terms of design quality.

They aren't going downhill, but they are desperately searching for a new hill where they can be king again for a while.

Comment: Re:Never been a fan of multiplayer. (Score 5, Insightful) 292

by CopaceticOpus (#47915113) Attached to: The Growing Illusion of Single Player Gaming

I've always enjoyed single player games as a sort of kinetic puzzle. Even if the action involves racing away from the cops or jumping across platforms, a single player game rewards the ability to learn patterns and find weaknesses in the enemies and rules of a closed system. It's both relaxing and rewarding to master the mechanics of the game.

Multiplayer, on the other hand, is a spastic experience which seems to be dominated by obsessive players with endless time to practice. The reward for the average player is not mastery, but rather learning to die a little less often.

God made the integers; all else is the work of Man. -- Kronecker

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