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Comment: Re:"Current infrastructure" (Score 1) 213

by Radical Moderate (#46784581) Attached to: Mercedes Pooh-Poohs Tesla, Says It Has "Limited Potential"
15 years ago, our communications network couldn't have handled it if everyone suddenly started streaming Netflix over broadband. But that's not how the world works. Electric cars will gradually get cheaper and more ubiquitous, and infrastructure will be incrementally upgraded. It's nothing to lose sleep over.

Besides, most charging will happen at night, when other demands on the grid are at their lightest.

Comment: Re:Big data, spying? (Score 1) 115

by Radical Moderate (#46773973) Attached to: Steam's Most Popular Games
"Does Valve know any time I've played such and such games, on which servers and so on? "

Almost certainly, yes. Typical of any system that keeps logs. Welcome to the Interwebs. Are they handing that data out? Probably not. If you read TFA, you'll see Ars came up with a clever method to scrape data using Steam ID numbers, which they have no way of tying to usernames or real identities. So, pretty anonymous.

Comment: The universe does not need us.... (Score 1) 312

by Radical Moderate (#46748693) Attached to: Russia Wants To Establish a Permanent Moon Base what's the point of making huge investments to ensure that mankind continues on some other planet? On the flip side, billions of humans on earth need food, shelter, clean water, and education right fucking now. Once we get our house in order I could see wasting a few trillion dollars on a cosmic vanity project, but not until then.

Comment: Can we quit abusing the word "monopoly"? (Score 2) 282

"The widespread franchise rules giving car dealers virtual monopolies in their territories "

If there were only one or two car manufacturers, sure, that would be a monopoly. Yes, in this case the franchise model is enforced by the government, but that doesn't automatically make it monopolistic. Plenty of franchisers outside of the auto industry have self-imposed rules regarding franchise location. That's why you don't see two McDonalds across the street from each other.

Which is more monopolistic: A system that forces car manufacturers to sell to consumers through independent dealers--many of whom carry more than one brand, or a system where the manufacturer owns the whole distribution chain, including the dealer?

I actually don't have a problem with Tesla's model, and am no fan of dealerships, but let's stop misusing the term "monopoly" to describe the current situation.

Comment: Well, that sort of explains Windows 8... (Score 4, Informative) 164

...although I'd say the devs were on something stronger than antidepressants.

All kidding aside, Win8 does seem to be a product of "Who cares what our customers want, we'll do it our way and they can just suck it", which pretty much defines comfortable complacency.

Comment: Did you--and the other DVD lovers--read TFA? (Score 1) 490

by Radical Moderate (#46587985) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
The author's question is not "Why does Netflix offer DVDs?". It's "Why is some content offered exclusively on DVDs, and not offered for streaming?" Yes, the summary is kind of misleading.
Welcome to Slashdot.

Sure, DVDs are all kinds of wonderful. But I prefer streaming because I don't have to plan what I watch days in advance, or deal with unpacking, packing, and mailing a DVD. No, it's not difficult, but streaming is more convenient. For me. If you prefer a DVD, fine. Again, the issue isn't DVDs, it's Netflix', or the creators', refusal to allow streaming of some content.

Comment: Re:Answer is totally obvious - content providers (Score 1) 490

by Radical Moderate (#46587189) Attached to: Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
I am a subscriber. The author mentions he paid Google to stream The Dark Night Rises, because Netflix won't stream it. That's not an older movie that only a couple hundred people will watch. I mostly use Netflix for TV shows, and typically the latest seasons are DVD only, it can take a year or two after DVD release before they'll stream them. I suppose your reality may be that DVD-only applies to old movies exclusively, but that's not my experience. Many of the most popular series--Big Bang Theory, Downton Abbey, Game of Thrones--are DVD only, and it sure isn't because no one is watching them.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.