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Comment: Um, seasonality, anyone? (Score 1) 250

by Hnice (#42586979) Attached to: Instagram Loses Almost Half Its Daily Users In a Month

I hate instagram and FB and all my friends and i'm old and stupid, but, i'm also in web analytics, and comparing mid-January to mid-December doesn't make any sense. I mean, I can't think of one, maybe there's some reason that in mid-december, people might be taking a lot more pictures than at other times of the year. Oh wait, I can think of one. A giant one. The biggest one all year.

Or maybe there were more devices going into new owners' hands in mid-december and THAT drove up usage like crazy. Or maybe people take more pictures when they're not at work, and lots of people have lots of days off in Dec and not in Jan. Or maybe oh forget it you get the point.

Compare this week this year to this week last year in December, then do the same in January, and THEN we can talk. Was the week-to-week change different last year? Otherwise you end up with dumb crap like this. Oh, hey, did you hear that Amazon's revenues are down 48% vs. four weeks ago? THEY"RE DOOOOOMED because I'm an idiot.

NEXT.

Comment: Confusion (Score 2) 261

by Hnice (#40470197) Attached to: Google Unveils Nexus 7 Tablet, Nexus Q 'Social Streaming Device'

"It's designed to plug into the best speakers and TV in your home"

See, this is the problem right here: why on earth would I keep the best speakers in my home anywhere *near* my tv? Watching TV and listening to music are completely different activities. They don't even use the same chair.

I don't need to stream *everything* to one place, I need to stream *different* things to *different* places, and I'll gladly pay $250, but not $250 per room if I'm only going to use some of the functionality.

Comment: Re:I use my iPad on the train (Score 1) 805

by Hnice (#39268427) Attached to: Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

You think that's true? I'm not -- I think that the issue is that they really don't realize exactly how assholish it is. I think that the fact that we're JUST NOW in 2012 getting stories about people who are mad as hell and not going to take it anymore is an indication of the fact that really, most people simply haven't thought about it very hard.

At least that's what I hope. And like I said, I'm not an optimist when it comes to human nature, but I really do think that we're still at the 'ignorant of exactly how much it makes people want to kill you' stage.

Comment: Re:I use my iPad on the train (Score 4, Insightful) 805

by Hnice (#39262447) Attached to: Cell Phone Jamming Devices Enjoy an Increase In Popularity

Yeah -- I mean, this is the problem. Like, frequently -- most of the time -- I sort of wish that talkers would, you know, die, but there's lots of unobtrusive usage that's nobody's business.

I'll tell you what I really think is going to happen: I think in 10 or 15 years, we're going to look back on this time period, and be sort of aghast at how people behaved with regards to their phones. I don't accept that things are moving in a more-talk-is-OK direction, I think that there's the possibility that this is a manners-haven't-caught-up-to-tech blip. There's going to be a certain amount of soul-searching as we deal with the driving issue, and I'm hoping that what will come out of that will be, 'Wait -- is what I have to say really important enough to need saying, now, in these circumstances?'

And I'm not generally optimistic about human nature. But cell phone usage, I just don't see how this can go on very much longer as it is -- I mean, it's raw uncut assholishness, all the time, and everyone KNOWS it, but for now, they all DO IT anyway.

My fingers are crossed for what alcoholics refer to as a 'moment of clarity'.

Comment: Who cares? (Score 5, Insightful) 1205

by Hnice (#39207951) Attached to: The Specter of Gasoline At $5 a Gallon

The writing's been on the wall for years. If your car gets 35mpg and you live within 15 miles of your job, an increase of $2 a gallon hits you with a whopping $5.80 increase per week -- what's that, a big mac? A latte and a half?

And if you *haven't* got a fuel-efficient car and tried to live where you work or close to transit, given how long we've known that gas prices fluctuate in response to world events, well, you've done it to yourself. Shut up.

Free market, y'all. You asked for it, you got it, and you demanded a house with a lawn and an SUV anyway, and now you've got the nerve to cry about gasoline prices? I believe the french refer to this sort of thing as 'yo problem'.

Comment: Re:No kids, live in Maine (Score 1) 1367

by Hnice (#38854153) Attached to: Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Understand me -- I wish that these people who are almost certainly wrong are right, and that there's no warming happening.

BUT IF THERE IS, aren't you going to gain any enjoyment from the fact that Texas, the reddest, denyingest of states is going to catch fire first? Be honest: that's going to be funny. When Arizona, Nevada, and Kentucky follow, I mean, seriously? I'm not supposed to smile at *all*?

Comment: Re:No kids, live in Maine (Score 1) 1367

by Hnice (#38854133) Attached to: Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

Sorry -- what exactly haven't I anticipated? I'll be dead in 50 years, by which time, what, 3, 4 degrees? Texas will be on fire, and I'll get to watch from afar. And if it's not, that's great, too.

Are you under the impression that the earth desperately cares whether you or I hang around?

Comment: No kids, live in Maine (Score 4, Funny) 1367

by Hnice (#38852025) Attached to: Don't Worry About Global Warming, Say 16 Scientists in the WSJ

That's how I removed myself from this jackassery.

Personally, I think that the preponderance of the scientific evidence suggests that we ought to be worried about climate change. However, there are people who seem to have a chip on their shoulder about this, and they seem to be centralized in the very states that are going to have it worst if they're wrong. Frankly, I hope they're right and that their already-sun-belt homes don't wind up in the middle of a new desert, and that their kids don't end up with some kind of mutant skin cancer.

But if they do? I don't care. Maine could use an extra degree or two, and it'll be funny to watch all the Red States run around begging the federal government for disaster relief like they do when a river floods or there's a hurricane in the gulf. "Oh, noes! Hotness! Who could have guessed! Please help us, evil socialist elitists. Our kids can't play outside and we're all so THIRSTY!!!! Waaaaaah!"

I'm smiling just thinking about it.

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