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Comment Re:ESPN delenda est (Score 1) 329

I too buy less mayo, but that's a matter of trying not to waste things I'm never going to eat. I do see a drastic difference with food and cable channels going unused though.

Regarding the other aspect, you still end up paying less. Sure you get less, but you get everything you want. I don't pay my cable bill, so I have no idea what it costs, but lets settle at an arbitrary $50 per month. At $600 a year, you'd get the shows you want (the three you listed) and a ton of stuff you're never going to watch. Now, what if Amazon or whoever placed those shows at $201 per season. You can get them for $603 for the year, and you get everything you want, and nothing you don't but it costs not even a penny a day more. But would you? No, you buy them for about $30-40 each season. That's about $120 a year (at most). Still a tremendous savings under $600. But what if Amazon did jack the prices? Would you pay $80 each a season? Would you pay $100? $120? $150? $200 to exactly equal a full years worth of cable? I can't imagine anyone would bite. I can imagine that Amazon negotiated a price range which allows A) the studio to be happy, B) Amazon to grab a profit, and C) the consumer to actually pay for just three shows.


Facebook To Make Facebook Credits Mandatory For Games 116

An anonymous reader sends this excerpt from TechCrunch: "Facebook has confirmed that it is indeed making Facebook Credits mandatory for Games, with the rule going into effect on July 1 2011. Facebook says that Credits will be the exclusive way for users to get their 'real money' into a game, but developers are still allowed to keep their own in-game currencies (FarmBucks, FishPoints, whatever). For example, Zynga can charge you 90 Facebook Credits for 75 CityCash in CityVille. ... The company acknowledges that some developers may not be pleased with the news, explaining this is why it is announcing the news five months in advance, so it can 'have an open conversation with developers.' The rule only applies to Canvas games (games that use Facebook Connect aren't affected), and while it's games only at this part, Facebook says that it eventually would like to see all apps using Facebook Credits. It's a move that's been a long time coming — there has been speculation that Facebook would do this for a year now, spurring plenty of angst in the developer community."

Comment Re:Why is the NSF? (Score 2, Insightful) 57

Spending money to facilitate better service for these private businesses who have not only made billions from customers, but took billions of tax dollars and screwed us as citizens.

NSF should not be paying a cent for this. The issues need to become prominent enough for the customers to demand better products from the oligopoly of telcos.

I'm usually quite on board with the government not paying money to help businesses further their own causes, but there are exceptions to every rule.

This should be seen as acceptable, just like it's seen as acceptable for the government to pay for the NHSTA to crash cars to test them. Those tests are given back to the manufacturers to make... wait for it... better cars. Sure it helps the manufacturers, but more importantly it helps the consumer, or more important to the governments cause, the citizenry.

No government can safely doll out money and not expect it to get back into the pockets of big business somewhere down stream in commerce. To think so is asinine (and I'm not suggesting that's what your suggesting). But there has to be exceptions, and this one, I think falls under such exceptions.


Slashdot's Disagree Mail 100

Ernest Hemingway's micro-story, "For sale: baby shoes, never worn," is one of my favorite examples of how less is sometimes more. Sometimes a few sentences say it all; you don't always need a hundred pages to convey an idea. Most of the mail I get is brief and to the point. Others are just brief. To be honest, I appreciate the short, crazy email more than the long rants, and they can be just as funny. Read below for this week's mail snippets.

Submission I can count to Arnold. Or can't I?

Confused Drunk writes: Given the fact that numbers run to infinity and that each number will, at some point, be called upon (named, as in Million, Billion, Trillion, etc) is it possible that at some point there will be a number named Arnold? How about Bill? Qwunto? Beorjnahdslfah?

Speaking philosophically, if we can (read: if we could, in multiple life times) count past the known, named numbers, we will reach unnamed numbers. So it must be possible to count to Arnold when the numbers never run out and their names as identifiers never run out. To be even more obscure I argue that one day a computer will exist that can count to "side ways blue chair underpant knapsack" which, surprisingly, is simply Arnold to the 42nd power.

And for fun, the largest known prime is 2^32,582,657 1. But that's not exactly easy to reference. Did we stop naming numbers? Why can't I say the largest known prime is "316 X and change"?

Comment Re:Spilling the beans (Score 1) 799

In addition to asking how to deal with some previous dev copying web-published code, he also asked how he can tell his company, or if he should, or what might happen if he does/doesn't.

I pointed out a very harmless way to "spill the beans" if he so chooses.

The problem is not ratting out the former dev, the problem is that the former dev is now his superior. If he wants to point out that the code is copied to a higher up, yet not assign blame to his current boss, the way to do it is the old switch-a-roo. I laid it all out.

The life of a repo man is always intense.