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Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 1) 402

You do realize in 2015 they added a laugh track http://variety.com/2014/tv/awa...

There is nothing in that 2014 article to support that assertion that they started using a laugh track in 2015. Either way, I'm not saying they don't. If you bothered to pay attention to context, I was answering someone who said they wished that they filmed in front of a studio audience. They do. It's indisputable.

Comment Re:That's not the answer! (Score 0) 228

DEA helicopter nightly fly 300 or so feet above my fathers dairy farm nightly. So low that things rattle in his house and it scares the cattle.

You don't own 1 inch above your land.

Someone can be on your land without permission in most states, unless you have your land posted. Then you have to ask them to leave, if they do not, you can make a complaint to the police. IIRC case law says its not trespassing unless its walled in on 4 sides or a building.

Actually you own up to 500 feet currently, at least in the US.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 1) 402

Wait a moment. There's at least EIGHT people who appear twice in that photo, and it's not a simple stitch together either. Check it out. Definitely the "live studio audience" isn't all that it's made out to be.

Do you really think they have trouble filling the studio audience for a popular show like BBT? There are plenty of photos taken by audience members of the audience and line to get in to a taping on Google.

Comment Re:Its laugh track is a crime against humanity (Score 5, Informative) 402

I think that's the main reason I can't watch that show, and to this date haven't watched a full episode yet. Every time I hear the laugh track I want to gag. What is this, 1965? If they're going to do it that way, at least have a live studio audience like Married with Children had that actually responds appropriately to what's happening when it's genuinely funny.

Um, they do have a live studio audience

Comment Re:No.... (Score 2) 317

date after which merchants are supposed to be liable for fraudulent purchases made with old-style cards, and are supposed to have point of sale terminals that accept "chip and PIN" cards.

It's the date after which merchants are supposed to be liable for fraudulent purchase made with New-style chip and Signature cards which are made as swipe transactions (e.g. with an old terminal).

TFIFY. The new US cards are chip and signature, not chip and PIN. At least, they are not required to be chip and PIN. Which is very unfortunate.

Comment Re:Only if you use App Cards with APPS! (Score 5, Informative) 317

Despite the physical similarity to the European chip&pin system, the US one is different. It's basically the same thing as a magstripe, but different form factor. It's security through obsurity, in that the fraudsters haven't figured it out yet and the equipment to skim and clone a chip card is not yet common. It's a jump ahead in the race, but does nothing to stop the race.

Not exactly. The new US cards use a one time token for the transaction like other PIN and chip cards, but MC/Visa have not required issuers to force PINs. So no 2-factor but still much safer for physical transactions than magstripe, provided you don't lose the card itself. Doesn't do shit if the card itself is stolen or for online transactions though.

Comment Re:Unfair (Score 1) 112

Where I live (a rather affluent suburb of Vienna, Austria) trash collection is done by unskilled, lowly-educated workers who don't have much chance at any other type of job. I would hate to think of these poor people being pushed out of about the only job they could get by... robots.

There definitely is an ethical side to employing - or not employing - robots. I truly do hope we get that one right, for once.

Don't worry. If /. has taught us anything, it's that there will be plenty of jobs services those robots to replace the ones they take away.

Comment Re: Neti Pots (Score 1) 151

There is essentially no difference between RO and Distilled water besides the process used, provided the RO membranes are quality and properly maintained. But yea, that is why. Like I said, this is a recent change around where I live. Previously Distilled water was all over the place. Now it's almost always "purified" . Maybe RO has reached the point that it's cheaper than distilling now so every one is starting to swap over to it.

Comment Re:PS4 Drive Replaceable (Score 1) 106

On the other hand, that external drive is another unsightly box taking up space under your TV and will likely need external power, meaning it is yet another power-cable and socket you need to fit into the viper's nest behind your TV.

Or use a 2TB portable drive. USB 3.0 cable is all that's connected and it's the size of a pack of cards. This is what I did with mine. Works like a champ.

Uncertain fortune is thoroughly mastered by the equity of the calculation. - Blaise Pascal