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Comment: original used non-union actors (Score 5, Interesting) 242

by Rockoon (#49382873) Attached to: Why More 'Star Wars' Actors Don't Become Stars
Lucas and Spielberg made the decision to use non-union actors in the first movie because the union demanded certain types of intro-credits which was believed would spoil the feel of the movie.

So the rest of the industry informally blacklisted the actors. The only actor to survive the blacklist was Harrison Ford because Spielberg also used him in Indiana Jones, and the industry wasn't going to balk at a guy that could bring in hundreds of millions for every movie he was involved in. Even Billy Dee Williams, who already had made a rather big name for himself, couldn't survive the blacklist.

Comment: Re:caveat emptor (Score -1, Troll) 264

A bunch of poor people, with limited access to the internet, turn to one of the only sources of information they have.

Would you argue the same about a fucking tabloid newspaper?

How is the consumer supposed to know otherwise when they have no access to better information?

The same way its always been... PUT EFFORT INTO DECISIONS

"How was I supposed to know it was just snake oil?"

But for people who only can get to wikipedia through their basic cell phone plans .... that was the only source of information.

No, it fucking wasn't. Are you fucking retarded? Information only comes on cell phones now? Really? idiot.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1) 366

by Rockoon (#49289873) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

Oh, please. I am no friend of the rent-seeking, regulatory-capture taxi cartel, but Uber is unethical as hell.

So go after them for that... instead of an excuse that literally supports evil.

Its as if you are saying "Uber is unethical, therefore I want the very things that makes the existing system evil to triumph over Uber! Go evil!"

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 0) 366

by Rockoon (#49289853) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

That price is for a business medallion is purchased by a company that runs the car 24 hours a day in 3 shifts bringing in $300,000 / yr. or more.

The high price is the price all medallions go for, so what you are saying is that the only folks that can have a cab license are those that run them 24/7.

This line is always trotted out by people who dont understand NYC medallions.

You seemed to have been hinting that less than 100% of taxi's have medallions.

Why not come out and make a direct statement about what you seem to think is wrong with my statements, instead of the bullshit hinting shit you are doing now so that people cant just label you a dishonest fuck and be done with you.

Comment: Re:the establishment really does not like competit (Score 1) 366

by Rockoon (#49289639) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

Keep in mind however that only a handful of cities use Medallions.

At least the medallion system, as abhorrent as it is, allows the licenses to be transfered to other individuals. In most other places its even worse than the medallion system where there not only is an artificially limited supply, you've got to also be on the good graces of the local bureaucrat gatekeeper when there is an opening.

Comment: Re:Wrong Take, Liar (Score -1, Troll) 366

by Rockoon (#49289615) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

Instead you went with... "it doesn't even matter if Uber is exploitive" ...This is just inflammatory rhetoric and you know it.

The fact that you start throwing around crap ("inflammatory rhetoric!!!!") instead of arguments ("here is some logic...") means that its YOU thats throwing around inflammatory rhetoric. The post with the statement you are calling inflammatory rhetoric what loaded with detailed logic about the viewpoint, while you just spout fucknothings.

Comment: Re:But they help also (Score 1, Flamebait) 366

by Rockoon (#49289601) Attached to: Uber Shut Down In Multiple Countries Following Raids

"...they should have no problems complying with basic licensing requirements..."

..such as the requirement of obtaining the $1,000,000 medallions required to operate a cab in Manhattan.

Yep, Statists (like you) dont see this as a problem. The proof is that Statists like you can be quoted as saying "they should have no problems complying."

You just defended evil.

Comment: Re:Space for solar hasn't been much of a concern (Score 1) 437

What you describe probably could be done and without inventing anything new or fancy. What it DOES require is money, lots of money. Who is going to pay for all that?

One of the things I have learned over the years is that Californians don't worry about silly things like budgets and how to pay for things, and even less so the consequences involved in budgeting and paying for things.

This is the State that has repeatedly fucked up its energy industry to the point of severe crisis. Seems to be planning to do it yet again.

Comment: Re:No warning ? (Score 1) 204

by Rockoon (#49265779) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

Other documentation speaks of sectors and considers blocks a hard drive thing.

HDD documentation is irrelevant to the discussion of SSD's.... I'm not butthurt.. you are just ignorant and desperately trying to salvage your display of it without even becoming non-ignorant first. Amazing.

Comment: Re:Divestment campaign? (Score 2) 190

by Rockoon (#49265687) Attached to: UN Backs Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign
The major holders of these stocks are holding them because its believed to be better than the alternatives, based on what is (for good reason) believed to be relevant reasoning.

Investors have found that its "unlucky" to be superstitious... in other words arbitrary reasoning increases the likelihood of negative outcomes.

The U.N. here is proposing the use of arbitrary reasoning ("oil is bad, mmmkay!") to make investment decisions. I recommend that you follow their advice. The sooner you are broke the better.

Comment: Re:No warning ? (Score 1) 204

by Rockoon (#49245291) Attached to: Endurance Experiment Kills Six SSDs Over 18 Months, 2.4 Petabytes

Several logical drive sectors are mapped onto a physical NAND sector.

umm... no...

First, I'm going to assume you are just terminology-ignorant, because NAND comes in BLOCKS composed of PAGES.. so I am going to translate your poor use of "sector" with regards to flash as what you probably really meant.... "page" (if you meant something else, you are even more ignorant... so take this kindness)

A logical drive sector can be mapped to literally any physical page on the flash, and which page a specific logical sector maps to changes over time.

Now why the hell did you open your mouth?

"I think Michael is like litmus paper - he's always trying to learn." -- Elizabeth Taylor, absurd non-sequitir about Michael Jackson