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Comment Re:...and I predict (Score 1) 242

The #1 show in that list was the Big Bang Theory, raking in $6.5M per episode in commercial spots with a viewership in 2014 of almost 20M people (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Big_Bang_Theory). So to generate equivalent revenue, without the bullshit, a viewer could pay just $.33 to watch the episode commercial free, and they'd win.

They re-broadcast that show with new paid for commercials, they sell rights to re-broadcast that show all round the world, then there's the DVD collections, iTunes etc... I'm sure they make a lot of money off that show: Far more than that $.33. They're only selling advertising during that first broadcast because they can. They should consider not showing commercials during the first broadcast - Oh, hold on, isn't that what this article is about?

I think if people stop watching programs with commercials, then they'll stop broadcasting programs with commercials.

Comment Re:Then what are they going to do with the extra t (Score 1) 242

TV shows are now 23 minutes long.

Perhaps you should be asking, "How are they fitting in more Ads into those older shows?". They speed up the shows. So, in the future, they'll turn off that speed multiplier.

Currently they're not frequency shifting the sound, I'm sure they'll fix that.

Comment Re:Massive Economic Benefits = Going to Happen Fas (Score 1) 142

people say this a lot. Got any data on that. And citation if you will.

Just for speeding tickets: 6 billion dollars: http://www.statisticbrain.com/... An average of $152 seems a bit low to me.

If you look at parking meters in San Francisco http://priceonomics.com/san-fr... you'll see they get about $50 million for paid parking, and get $80 Million in parking violations per year.

Comment Re:Massive Economic Benefits = Going to Happen Fas (Score 1) 142

Not to mention, that self driving cars will very rarely commit traffic violations (speeding, etc). That will dry up a major revenue source for a lot of smaller towns, another billion dollar industry.

Actually, at first, you'll see the reverse:
Oh, that car in the next lane is driverless - so you know it's safe to cut it off. Stopping at a stop sign and the car to your right is driverless: you know it's safe to go ahead of it. etc.. Driverless cars will start uploading driving violation videos to you tube or some police agency, cities wanting their cut, will start writing tickets as fast as possible based on these videos. Very quickly, drivers will start behaving - but road death rates for the human drivers will still be disproportionately higher. Soccer moms will very quickly use peer pressure to eliminate drivers. Maybe it'll get to the point where, on bad weather days, the roads will be empty.

Also, with all these electric cars driving themselves, owned by some fleet service, what's going to happen to the $50 billion auto service industry?

Comment Re:Doesn't it already? (Score 3) 182

sorry, not reading the article. But doesn't an iPhone automatically fallback to cellular data when out of wifi range? I'm pretty sure mine does.

What's new here? Is it faster? More fault-tollerant?

Yes, that's what I thought. I had expected this feature to be "ignore crappy wifi that has no route to the internet". I'm disappointed that it's something else. I loath the TWCWiFi around town, some spots work and others turn the phone into a useless brick. All the TCSWiFi spots have the same ID, so the phone happily hooks up to it whenever it sees it - even when the router has no route to the internet. Lame!

Comment Re:Gamechanger (Score 3, Interesting) 514

I think that power companies should offer more incentives for people to have these in order to smooth out the electricity demand.

Why?

Why is not the optimal consumer incentive which the electric company could offer the price difference between peak and non-peak rates? By "optimal" I mean socially efficient, not the biggest or whatever you happen to want the most.

Here's why you'd want it in the UK. Apparently it's the only country in the world where consumers regularly cause 3 Gigawatt spikes:
http://www.geek.com/news/tea-t...

These folk are not going going to notice/care if you charge them double during the spike - because it's peanuts, a small fraction of a KWh. If you try and charge them 100X then they'll rebel and have you investigated for price gouging. So, no, pricing alone won't smooth out these demand spikes.

If each house had a battery and a smart grid could tell each house when to use that battery, then it could smooth out those spikes very nicely.

Submission + - Slashdot experiences total loss of Internet viewers over April Fools

JohnnyDoesLinux writes: There were many warnings about the April Fool's day stories, but nobody believed them. A witness says, "It was if the new beta had taken over the minds of the people running the site, and they just shrugged off good advice".

See for yourself:
http://www.slashdot.org/
So now people are mourning the total loss of Slashdot as a viable website for Nerds, now it is "News for Nincompoops".

Submission + - Slashdots stops sucking effective immediately!!

GrabbaTheButt writes: In a complete 180 degree turn of events, the overlords at Dice have decided to end all Slashvertisments, kill Beta and end all stories that have no place on this site.

When asked why such a radical change? Management said "we have decided to start listening to our user community and stop thinking straight out of our asses".

Comment Re:Results? (Score 5, Funny) 61

1. The first thing SCIgen should do is to incorporate SciDetect, to make sure that their random papers pass the SciDetect test.
2. SCIDetect should then improve their algorithms, and SCIgen should again take a snapshot of SciDetect source code and incorporate it.
3. Run this loop a few times and what we'll have is some serious papers
4. Profit!!!

Comment Re:Parts (Score 1) 190

I'm glad the fact that phones being disabled has helped slow down device theft, but I don't think it will go away anytime soon, just because the demand for parts is always there.

Are you suggesting Apple make their new phones non-user serviceable? I can't imagine Apple moving in that direction. Well, maybe not until California mandates that into law too.

Comment Re:Incredible Cheater! (Score 1) 204

I've noticed that they take a fairly liberal definition of "chess", as they simply discard certain rules, such as en passant pawn capture or castling moves, which are pretty important chess moves. It's a bit hard to argue that this is really "chess" if they just decide to leave out inconvenient rules ("chess lite?"). I probably wouldn't complain about other ommissions such as the 3-repetition rule, but castling?

Even so, a very cool accomplishment in micro-optimization techniques.

The game is also a cheat by performing illegal moves. This is not something that counts as a chess program. Queen takes pawn, K moves next to queen - that's a fail.
abcdefgh9
r.b.kr..8
ppq...pp7
..n.....6
..b.....5
........4
......PP3
PPPPK..R2
R.BQ....1
c7g3????

results in:
abcdefgh9
r.b.kr..8
pp....pp7
..n.....6
..b.....5
........4
.....KqP3
PPPP...R2
R.BQ....1
????????

Comment Re:Just stars or whole solar systems? (Score 1) 184

If they have planets, of couse. And if you could intercept and move on to one of those planets, you could observe a much longer chunk of time go by in the rest of the universe. That would be fascinating for any astronomer.

At a third of the speed of light your time dilation would only give you a 5% increase in your time duration. So, not so fascinating. You'd be better off increasing your life span by becoming a eunuch (13.5 extra years of life) - well, maybe on second thoughts you might not be better off after all

Comment Re:I wish I'd thought of that (Score 1) 221

Perhaps because, in the USA, don't you physically change the licence plate every year? In the UK the licence plate is permanent and is all that the police nornally need to know. You could physically and illegally change the number plate for a false one, but so you could change my VIN in the windscreen - only looks like a strip of metal stamped with the characters.

You get to drive your new car off a USA car dealer's lot without number plates. You get the plates a month or two afterwards.

Hence why you see lots of cars on the road without number plates. Cops get mad if they can't give you a parking ticket - hence the need for visible VINs.

Also, if you have personalized plates - you get to keep your plates, so your old car's new owner needs to get new plates.

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