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Comment: Re:awwww, poor sports, no game ball for YOU (Score 1) 122

by div_2n (#49563197) Attached to: ESPN Sues Verizon To Stop New Sports-Free TV Bundles

I seriously doubt that's where it's headed at least not in the way you describe. The trend is towards on demand streaming. Even HBO who I thought would be the last is one of the first with their no landline subscription needed access to their on demand service.

There may be usage based billing, but a set fee makes more sense so that even if people get really busy and barely watch anything for a while, companies still make their money.

Some cable companies are looking into turning essentially every channel into nearly on-demand with features such as rewinding any show back to the beginning even if you didn't record it on your DVR or have it playing with the real-time buffer to go back on.

The future is trending towards what customers want and when they want it. The holdouts run the risk of having an upstart that full-on embraces new tech replace them.

Comment: Re:Too speculative right now (Score 1) 301

by div_2n (#49563079) Attached to: Google Insiders Talk About Why Google+ Failed

Sure, I mean it could be as simple as they're looking for a way to transport their workers and/or goods and maybe hope to make some additional money off broader sales. Could also be that they have a whiteboard in a room somewhere with tons of "what if" written down on future projects that could be tied into their own transportation infrastructure.

Comment: Re:danger vs taste (Score 1) 329

by Anne Thwacks (#49561421) Attached to: Pepsi To Stop Using Aspartame
NBC probably don't know that "Correlation does not imply causation", and if they do, they don't care.

More fat people drink the diet version ... well, seeing as it tastes awful, I would not expect thin people to drink it, would you?

Sales of diet Pepsi are falling because half of them are buying Pepsi Max instead. Not sure how it differs from the diet option. They both taste equally bad to me.

Comment: Re:With the best will in the world... (Score 1) 294

The problem with the electric car is delivering the energy to the car (Hybrids fix this).

You can put in 1MWh of energy in Diesel in about the same time it takes you to put 1kWh of energy into a battery.

(And hoses to carry significant power levels of electricity are huge compared to those for carrying diesel, and a good deal less safe).

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 1) 224

if a disease can spread because it can find enough vectors since not enough vaccinate, you are also giving the disease time and space to tinker, and perhaps evolve a new strain that existing vaccines don't protect against

so: yup. but that's less superrich killing and more superstupid killing us

Comment: Re:In other words... (Score 4, Interesting) 223

i always thought it would make a great conspiracy dystopian story where the superrich, with everything automated, don't need us anymore

so they simply kill us all off

the earth reduced to 700,000 souls from 7,000,000,000 in a matter of days (some sort of highly infectious agent?)

Comment: Re:Different opinions (Score 1) 398

by Anne Thwacks (#49554531) Attached to: Debian 8 Jessie Released
Why are there so many in Slashdot creating comments such as "Do you really think that systemd will kill your wife and eat your dog"?

Is it not obvious? Some people (mostly systemd supporters) are jealous of other (more normal, except perhaps here) users who are married with dogs. (I cannot comment on users who are married to dogs, but for them there is goatse.d).

Comment: Re:Seems to be OK all around then (Score 1) 607

but they still don't seriously threaten our society

exactly because we have vaccines, you fucking moron

and if not enough vaccinate, the diseases find vectors to proliferate again, AND they have a chance to get lucky and develop new strains that can get around our exisitng vaccines, threatening everyone period

everyone has to get vaccinated. if not, the person is ignorant, irresponsible and dangerous to all of our health. if you don't agree with that statement, you don't know what the fuck you are talking about and/ or you are blindly selfishly irresponsible

you have no freedom to choose something that threatens other people's lives (nevermind your own)

Comment: Re:Unfortunatly... (Score 1) 90

by circletimessquare (#49549491) Attached to: Bees Prefer Nectar Laced With Neonicotinoids

i see it as the genius of biochemical warfare by plants

our livers have been in an evolutionary arms race with plants for hundreds of millions of years. they make a substance that kills, maims, disorients, or deters us. one up plants. our livers do their best to mop it up. one up animals. rinse repeat

perversely, we've developed a taste for some of those substances. like cayenne pepper or horseradish, as a paradoxically enjoyable taste. or heroin or cocaine, as a disorienting drug

in a way, the plant still wins when we get addicted to them, like these bees. drug use is just slow motion suicide. it might not kill us immediately, but it brings us back for more, and more and more, to finish the job

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