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Comment: Re:call them (Score 2) 353

The difference here is that very very few people will care. We're talking about mailing in a DVD on Friday, and getting the next on Tuesday instead of Monday.

My solution to this is, don't make Saturday a day when you expect Netflix to be doing anything. My watching days (barring postal holidays) are Tuesday and Friday. I watch the new movie Friday evening, get it to the mailbox before Saturday morning pickup. That leaves Saturday in the hands of the US Postal Service; Netflix gets it on Monday and sends out a new one that I get Tuesday afternoon.

Wednesday-Saturday also works -- they send it out Friday, you get it Saturday (with the added bonus of having Sunday to watch it if you don't have time Saturday), put it in the Monday morning mail to go back, they get it Tuesday, and you get your next one Wednesday.

Either way, as long as you're not expecting Netflix to be moving discs along on Saturday you can still watch two a week.

Comment: Re:Somewhat cheaper... (Score 2) 496

by Deep Esophagus (#46646607) Attached to: Will Cameras Replace Sideview Mirrors On Cars In 2018?

There is also something to be said about feeling disconnected - no pun intended - that you get in video but you don't get in mirrors. You are looking at a direct reflection of reality with your own eyes as opposed to a digital image - it may not be measurable in metrics but your eyes are still seeing the reflection (insert "objects are closer than they appear" message, LOL) versus a digital eye that you then interpret. I just think disconnecting ourselves further from what is outside of our cars is probably not the best idea.

This. My daughter had a loaner Prius while her 2008 model was in the shop, and the loaner model (2013) had a rearview camera. I couldn't see a damned thing on that little screen when I was backing up, especially at night. It was like those grainy, out-of-focus videos claiming to show proof of Sasquatch or UFOs (or Sasquatch flying a UFO).

And what about obstructions? My rear windshield gets covered with mud or snow, I can flick on the rear wiper and see clearly out of it. What happens when mud or snow spatters over the camera lens?

Comment: Re:Costco's target market DOES buy extra goods (Score 1) 440

by Deep Esophagus (#46622083) Attached to: Million Jars of Peanut Butter Dumped In New Mexico Landfill

Maybe those employees will do themselves a favor and quit. Costco's always boasting about how well-off their employees are compared to Wal-Mart, so I'm not crying over those pampered whiners.

Right, because having no income with which to pay for rent and groceries is the best way to support someone else's protest.

Hiring manager: So, why did you leave CostCo?
Applicant: It pissed me off that they destroyed peanut butter instead of donating it to the poor, so I was really doing myself a favor. I won't work for a company that engages in practices I disapprove of.
Hiring manager: Next!

Comment: Re:Lame duck President (Score 5, Interesting) 316

It's too bad the American people are so divided, so beholden to their preferred "team", or else they might notice how thoroughly they're being fucked regardless of which party is in power.

My kingdom for mod points! Amen, preach on! As a centrist, I manage to piss off my friends on the right and left just about every day when I point out the fallacies in their partisan logic. My Facebook profile lists my political preference as "They are all lying weasels, every last one of them".

Our country's fondness for sports has made team affiliation creep into everything. Mac or Windows? Republican or Democrat? Plastic or paper? Die, heretic! We just aren't happy, apparently, if there isn't a "them" for "us" to oppose. And when there is a "them", we'll do and say anything, however outrageous, to bring "them" to utter destruction.

Comment: Re:BZZZZT! Article Suspect! (Score 3, Insightful) 377

by Deep Esophagus (#45640059) Attached to: Study: People Are Biased Against Creative Thinking

Jobs (and Apple generally) don't really do 'innovative', in the sense that nearly everything they produced had some sort of less-well-refined immediate antecedent elsewhere, or was purchased, or or the like.

When Woz drove the product development, that wasn't the case. The Apple of early Woz era years was wildly innovative. If TFA had said "Steve Wozniak" instead of "Steve Jobs" he could have made his point a lot better -- Despite the fact that his technical brilliance gave Jobs something to sell and grow the business, he didn't really fit in to corporate culture once Apple became the very thing they loathed.

Comment: Re:Cop was "in his car"? (Score 4, Interesting) 1010

I'll grant that a nickel's worth isn't enough to hang him over... but what we're up against here is the tragedy of the commons. One person doing it has little to no impact on the scheme of things, but once people decide it's OK for him to do it, why not me too? And my neighbor. And the 600 other people in the immediate vicinity. You can't let him get away with it and then run us off, that's discrimination!

This isn't about stopping that one guy from helping himself to a nickel's worth of electricity. It's about setting a precedent before it gets out of hand. I'm normally as anti-authority, anti-government as they come* but I can see the need to stop this early.

*And with that comment out in the open, I'd like to wish cheery holiday greetings to my fans at the NSA

Comment: Re:make my day... (Score 4, Insightful) 453

by Deep Esophagus (#45597139) Attached to: The Desktop Is Dead, Long Live the Desktop!

Yup, gamers. My son was all about the portability of a laptop, but he finally gave up and went back to big iron because the desktop box was easier to upgrade and repair, had more RAM and HD capacity, and (most important to him) far better framerates on his FPS games.

I keep a laptop in a travel bag for the rare occasion I need to compute on the move, but all my important work is on the desktop box. I'll give it up when they pry the GeForce card from my cold, dead hands...

"The only way for a reporter to look at a politician is down." -- H.L. Mencken