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Comment This needs to be a well done movie (Score 1) 234

The attempts to put Dune on screen have been largely terrible, but this is one of those books where the "big budget blockbuster" would be totally justified. Either that or potentially an HBO series in the vein of Game of Thrones. Given the amount of story to tell that might be the best chance to really do it justice.

Somehow, it really needs to happen.

Comment I can actually say this on behalf of Charter (Score 4, Interesting) 70

About 10 years ago their service was not very good where I am. About 5 years ago that started to change. 2 years ago they called me up and just said, hey, just FYI I know you bought your own modem but we're sending you a new one for free. We just increased everybody to 60mb service (also no extra charge) and the modem you have won't work at those speeds.

Charter + Cable Card + Tivo Roamio has turned into just about the best tv/internet experience I've had. I never thought I'd say that about a cable company, but at least in the Greenville, SC area Charter does a great job.

Comment Starter home? (Score 1) 940

It seems like if everything was going higher and higher then at some point that would open a gap in the home market for low end "starter homes". The biggest issue I've tended to see is people overbuying on first homes, trying to get their dream home right out of the gate if they can justify the 30 year mortgage payment in their cash flow.

Comment Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094

And to be clear, we love our employees and do actually pay them everything we can. The bottom line is that the expense and government involvement AROUND employees creates a huge risk for the business and for us financially (and personally). For every 10 good employees, you never know when there will be one problem who can ruin everybody's day unfortunately.

Comment Re:Minimum Wage (Score 1) 1094

No wonder they are small business owners:

1) they hate employees!

2) The key to growing your two bit operation is hiring people smarter than you and let them do their thing.

3) Given that they are not willing to pay a decent wage, is it any wonder that the only thing they manage t hire are headaches?

I'm going to put this in a different perspective for you, because this is what life is like as a business owner.

Take your paycheck. Now take the equivalent of $15 / hr for a month and remove that from it. What's left is what you get paid. If you get paid less one month, you still have to pay that paycheck. If that person screws up and costs you business, you feel it, not them. If it turns out that person can't actually do the job that they were hired to do, then you can fire them but at that point you have to start paying into employment while you then hire a replacement. Also keep in mind that said employee will probably constantly complain that they aren't paid enough even though statistically, the first 5 years you are in business you the business owner will actually make nothing while working at least 12 hour days and investing / risking just about everything you have if it doesn't work out.

That, in a nutshell, is life as a business owner.

Comment Re:What an Embarrassingly Vapid Article (Score 1) 477

I think you hit the nail on the head regarding parking becoming a bigger business. Right now, parking near destinations is crucial for travel time from the parking spot to the destination by foot. With a driverless car, you could just have it drop you off at the destination and then park itself somewhere a few miles away. Or better yet, turn your driverless car into an Uber shuttle while you're at work and let it make you money.

Comment Re:Why Force Your Children to Live in the Past? (Score 1) 734

Our conservatives are batshit insane from old-time-religion and living in a far-right-wing propaganda bubble, and want no part of modern civilization, but the US is hardly a failed state.

That old time religion teaches love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. At the point that we consider that insane, we should take a strong look in the mirror and consider what type of propaganda you're consuming to derive such a view.

Comment Re:This is not a mindshare all (Score 1) 319

I've learned it. I'm not going to pretend that I'm unbiased about this stuff because I was building single page applications before jQuery or Prototype even existed, before JSON was a thing, and when you still had to code things to work in IE6, Firefox, and Safari (because Chrome wasn't a thing yet). Because of that I've got an internal bias of treating anything in the browser as insecure and unreliable.

jQuery did more to change this than anything simply because their approach to client code allowed for graceful degradation. Javascript as an enhancement but not a dependency that could naturally fallback to working on HTML alone. This has always been a really solid approach.

Javascript's prototyping structure has it's merits, specifically for working within a browser and attempting to minimize object space for what's loaded in. I appreciate that, however, the language itself has a number of concerns when compared with other server side options.

How come everyone's going so slow if it's called rush hour?