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Comment: Re:Not to be the different guy, but... (Score 1) 79

by gmhowell (#49825635) Attached to: GameStop Swoops In To Buy ThinkGeek For $140 Million

No, I'm in agreement with you here. As much as I don't buy from ThinkGeek anymore (unless they have a really, really wantable T-shirt on sale*...because I'm cheap as hell), having something akin to an Amazon Locker is a boon and a win for them.

It's a heck of a smart business strategy and it's going to be interesting (to me at least) to see how successful it is.

*I have a "Fhloston Paradise" t-shirt, and alas, no one ever recognizes the reference. That causes me to be bummed in almost unreasonable amounts.


Comment: Re:Charges? (Score 4, Insightful) 197

by XxtraLarGe (#49823353) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht was sentenced to life in prison, and ...

Count One: Distributing OR aiding and abetting the distribution of narcotics.
Count Two: The distribution of controlled substances intentionally accomplished by means of the Internet.

I love how tacking "internet" onto a law magically makes it different. Surely they could be even more redundant. Why not "The distribution of controlled substances intentionally accomplished while being a human" or "The distribution of controlled substances intentionally accomplished while intentionally using a computer on the internet while being a human"?

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 1) 296

by jdavidb (#49819101) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

so it's not like Netflix is proposing a crazy new concept, ... why so angry bro?

I'd say nobody's ever served by having an angry outburst, but certainly those of us who have been enjoying adfree netflix viewing are bothered by the idea of ads being inserted. This is clearly a decrease in value and for many of us it may be enough to prompt us to look for alternatives.

Comment: Re:Exactly. (Score 2) 296

by Mr. Slippery (#49818639) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising

I cannot comprehend this entitled attitude. on cable tv you see ads. in a magazine or newspaper you see ads. before movies you see ads. during movies you see ad placements. so it's not like Netflix is proposing a crazy new concept

I cannot comprehend this apathy about the ongoing invasion of every bit of space and time by attempts at mind control. ("Buy! Buy! Buy!")

Once upon a time you actually could pick up some magazines and see very few ads, or even none at all. There were not ads before movies. Product placement was inconspicuous or non-existent. There was even less ad time on broadcast TV -- one guy estimates that the time spent on commercials more than doubled since the 1950s.

Ads as we know them are memetic toxins. Anyone unconcerned about them is unconcerned about their own mind.

Comment: Two things... (Score 4, Insightful) 557

As a manager, here are the two pieces of advice I'd pass on:

1. We don't use passive voice in our memos. College is wrong. I've been out of college for a long time, but I always want to write to the business writing prof I had and let him know. We stress active voice.

2. I picked this up from a Murawski course (which deals with active voice writing). It was, "Doing work is bringing your supervisor a solution, not problems." That is, me going to my boss and saying, "Hey, I've got a problem here," isn't doing work. The work is going to my boss and bringing him or her a solution to the problem. Now, sometimes you get stuck and need help, and that's fine, and I'm happy to help - but your goal as an employee should be to bring me proposed solutions to problems (or, better yet, just take care of it, if you can).

Comment: Re:Maybe (Score 1) 227

I'm sure the wife comment was made in jest. However, my wife - whom I love dearly and would not trade for anything - is not great at managing money, for a variety of reasons. She therefore manages to commit us to spending most of my paycheck, which, being in a very low-cost area, is probably comparable to the OP's. I have tried in vain to explain to her that a salary that's twice as much as most of our employed friends' (leaving aside the fact that many of them are unemployed) should go a lot further than it does, and would, if not for all the stupid iPad games and restaurant meals and expensive gifts and parties and the like. If it were up to me, I'd pay off our debts first, live frugally until then, save several YEARS' cushion, and *then* start being more willing to spend on things that are not true necessities. But, like me, not everyone is able to do that without causing serious difficulty in their marriages.

Comment: Re: Tesla Is Good For All (Score 4, Insightful) 351

by cduffy (#49809663) Attached to: How Elon Musk's Growing Empire is Fueled By Government Subsidies

And that has been Tesla's argument for the last ten years, yet they still lose about $9,000 on each car they make.

"On" each car, or "for" each car?

"On" makes it sound like their marginal costs are negative -- that, literally, producing one more car increases their losses by $9K. Were it "for" each car, then they're losing money only after fixed costs, R&D, etc. are taken into account.

That latter makes considerably more sense -- folks can legitimately decide to back a company investing in itself rather than taking out a profit; indeed, Amazon has done that for years.