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Comment: Re: I'll tell you how- they're turning the interne (Score 1) 194 194

I'm not talking about the old episodes. I'm talking about resurrecting the show as a made for Netflix series.

At $2M/episode * 20 episodes/year = $40M / year. For $20/month that would take less than 170,000 fans to keep the show running, not counting any income from DVD sales, merchandising, licensing, etc. I bet there are that many fans who would do that without a problem.

Comment: Re:Get rid of the fucking adverts completely (Score 2) 194 194

Not only THIS, but even on Netflix, binge watching a series, the constant dramatic-crisis-leading-to-a-black-cut-and-back-to-the-scene-not-quite-as-it-was every 4-5 minutes showing where the commercial was "supposed" to be is highly annoying. It interrupts the story and wastes valuable story telling time. Agents of Shield and Once Upon A Time are recent series I have noted with this issue.

Something else I've noticed is that many of the recent shows, when streamed on Netflix, seem oddly filmed with all of the action and interest happening in the top 50% of the frame and the bottom 50% almost irrelevant. It wasn't until about a month ago, when I watched regular TV at a friends house, that I realized the networks are showing Ads on the bottom half to third of the screen DURING the freaking show! UGH! Never going back to broadcast TV.

Comment: Re:But how would it hug the comet... (Score 4, Funny) 419 419

With nuclear arms?

That warm soft glow isn't radiation, it's love!

If it was an ice comet it wouldn't glow, it would melt. Defeating the purpose of sending a probe there.

How many probes does it take to get to the center of a 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko?

Comment: Re: Do people really take this risk seriously? (Score 3, Insightful) 236 236

Or, just possibly, there is a long period large body that transits the oort cloud approximately every 60 million years, sending large chunks of debris into the inner solar system on just the type of semi-clockwork periodicity you seem to think the universe lacks?

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 2) 287 287

As people under 25 get older, their cars will become automated. At that point, the only thing they will care about is pointless shiny and interior infotainment.

HP and muffler growl will go away as concerns. Even exterior looks will fade as a point of care as car sharing and on-demand ride services take over from individual ownership.

Comment: Re:You're dying off (Score 2) 287 287

Amen to this. My Audi is going on 3 years old, and my one disappointment with it is the poor Multimedia interface. My son just bought a Mazda and we were looking at Volkswagen for him as well. Both have far superior in-dash systems for music, navigation, and vehicle information. What's really sad is that Volkswagen owns Audi, so you'd think they would put the better media system in the more upscale vehicle line.

Comment: Re:No. (Score 5, Interesting) 507 507

I've got to agree with JohnFen. As a Program Manager, while Waterfall techniques could frequently end up with late or over budget, or both, projects, at the end of every project (I oversaw 5 multimillion dollar projects using Waterfall methods) we at least had a working application that met the original specifications.

Now, after two similarly sized Agile projects, all I can say is it seems to be an excuse for developers to skip QA/QC procedures "because we're already into the next scrum" and end up with a mess that doesn't come close to matching the original specification at the end blaming changing requirements and "developmental issues" during the scrum process. I just turned down a contract that explicitly required Agile coding because I don't have any confidence that the end user will be satisfied with the results.

Comment: Re:Why? (Score 1) 164 164

Over most of history spying has saved lives more than taken them.

*Citation needed*

I'm fairly certain that while spying by "our" side has probably saved many of "our" lives, it has also probably been used to take many of "their" lives. As well as spying by "their" side being a root cause of them taking many of "our" lives.

Fit any of your own designations of who "our" and "their" are into that sentence, and I'd bet it holds true.

Comment: Re:Economy of Scale (Score 1) 83 83

Every analysis I've seen, even independent analysis by skeptics, say that an Uber driver can expect to earn $19-$30 per hour, after taxes and expenses.

Not quite pennies, especially in today's limited job market. The most dedicated drivers I know, after the first couple of months using their own car, use their profits to buy a just-young-enough semi-beater to take all the depreciation and save their own car for strictly personal mileage

*full disclosure* Not a rideshare driver, but I sure have been considering it.

Comment: Re:Yet another makes the same mistake. (Score 4, Insightful) 79 79

Bingo!

All this does is provide emergency shade/shelter from rain. It completely fails to provide: 1) potable water containment, 2) grey/black water containment, 3) cooking facilities, 4) sanitary facilities, 5) perishable goods storage, 6) personal goods storage, 7) any form of even temporary privacy, 8) any form of air conditioning or even ventilation, 9) any form of power for receiving news , maintaining contact, or even doing useful work outside daylight hours.

This would scale less well than tents, for equivalent protection/amenities, and in no way be a long term housing solution for families waiting for an area to rebuild, as many of the FEMA trailers turned into.

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