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Comment: Flaw in your reasoning (Score 5, Insightful) 490

by Drewdad (#46586199) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?

"they already allow Netflix to "compete" with the studios own DVD sales by offering physical DVDs for rent,"

The studios do not allow it. The law allows it, because the law allows Netflix to rent physical DVDs that it has purchased.

The media companies would love to be able to block Netflix, lending libraries, etc. but the first-sale doctrine prevents them from doing so.

Comment: Re:True innovation (Score 1) 606

by Drewdad (#46337375) Attached to: 'Google Buses' Are Bad For Cities, Says New York MTA Official

I worked from home for eleven years. It was great for a while, but humans are social animals. I felt isolated, and I missed out on all of those social opportunities at work, informal discussions, scuttlebutt, etc. Eventually, I moved to a traditional office environment, because the isolation was so detrimental to my career opportunities.

Comment: Re:Good (Score 2) 1143

by Drewdad (#45384105) Attached to: EPA Makes Most Wood Stoves Illegal

"Some fireplaces are so poor that they actually have negative efficiency."

Almost all fireplaces are negatively efficient. They radiate in only one direction (while a stove radiates in six), and most of the heat goes up the chimney. Meanwhile, cold air is being sucked in to replace the hot air going up the chimney. Stoves are designed to draw air from the outside of the house, rather than the interior.

Plus, if your house is well insulated (which means few air leaks), the fireplace can't draw well and you get a smoky house.

Comment: Don't poke the peons (Score 3, Insightful) 218

by Drewdad (#45232713) Attached to: 87-Year-Old World War II Veteran Takes On the TSA

Poor schlub is just trying to take home a paycheck. He (or she) did not make the stupid rules; she (or he) just has smell feet all day.

Take the TSA to court, or send letters to your congresscritter, or something. Don't make life more miserable for the privates.

(Did I mention that the TSA is just a depression-era jobs program wrapped up in patriotism and fear?)

"The geeks shall inherit the earth." -- Karl Lehenbauer