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Comment: Re:"Drama of mental illness" (Score 4, Informative) 331

It's a UK article and the author seems to have found a source:
"Official figures confirm the picture she paints, with emergency admissions to child psychiatric wards doubling in four years, and those young adults hospitalised for self-harm up by 70 per cent in a decade."

Comment: Everything is derivative. (Score 5, Informative) 386

More offensive to me than a jury's decision that Blurred Lines violated copyright law is that Marvin Gaye's children (or anyone, for that matter) feel entitled to income from a dead man's 40+ year old music. To hell with perpetual and transferable intellectual property rights.

Comment: Wow (Score 1) 420

by Simulant (#49155101) Attached to: Is That Dress White and Gold Or Blue and Black?
Ya'll must be lonely.

It's painfully obvious from the comments that few people actually looked at the picture with along someone else. The camera doesn't matter. Nor does the quality of the picture. Two people looking at the same (admittedly crappy but that's beside the point) picture on the same device can see different colors. What you see may also change when you look again. I usually see white & gold but on two occasions it's been blue and black.

Comment: Re:Oh God No... (Score 1) 222

by Simulant (#49147369) Attached to: Harrison Ford To Return In Blade Runner Sequel
Sequels to old movies are damned if they do and damned if they don't.

I really didn't think Crystal Skull was that bad but I didn't expect much, especially after the Star Wars prequels.

We the viewers have changed... the novelty has worn off. You can't recapture the same thrill you had as a kid no matter what the director does.
The best you can hope for is a pleasant surprise and a lot of that has to do with adjusting your own expectations.

Shouldn't be that hard for an audience who seemingly never tire of big, dumb, super hero movies....

Comment: Similar experience (Score 2) 237

by Simulant (#49101791) Attached to: Ten Lies T-Mobile Told Me About My Data Plan
I was on T-Mo's $30/mo Unlimited text & data + 100 Voice minutes plan. If I used up the 100 voice minutes, and I regularly would by a phone call or two, additional minutes would cost $0.10/min so I kept 20 bucks in the account just for insurance. Yet... ever time I went over 100 minutes I was cut off from voice. In some cases data was cut off too. My buffer never kicked in. I would end up having to renew early or at least manually. Auto-renew did not work. This went on for nearly a year before I got sick of it.

So then I looked at my data usage (on the T-mo website) and it was always un 5 GB/month. Well under. So I decided to switch to the $30/month unlimited Voice + 5GB data plan. This should work... but it didn't. My data was cut off after two weeks. I had somehow exceeded my limit even though I NEVER had before. And guess what? Under this plan they don't let you see your stats. You can't even see how much data you've used when you log into your account.

So I gave up on the bargain basement plans and went for the 40/mo unlimited voice/5GB data w/throttle instead of cut off. I consoled myself by thinking that I'd at least have unlimited music streaming & international data but... NO. That only kicks in at the 50/mo level. Found that out the hard way.

So now I'm paying for $50/month unlimited talk/text/data (only 1GB at 4g) plan, mostly for the privilege of no monthly billing hassle. This is really only slightly cheaper than Sprint, last I looked. I am abusing the free music streaming though and I have two international trips planed where I intend to use data.

It's still not a bad deal but my take away is this.... T-mobile will still nickle & dime you to death as well as the others and their low end plans aren't worth it unless you are patient and diligent. I'm also pretty sure they are playing games with your data stats.

Comment: If you are well off, you can afford the fantasy? (Score 1) 480

by Simulant (#49037029) Attached to: The Mathematical Case For Buying a Powerball Ticket

Justify your purchase however you like but ultimately state lotteries are a highly hypocritical tax on the poor & middle class who don't do math well.
I know people making minimum wage who purchase a ticket or two every single day of their lives. It's kind of sad. The only thing sadder is that my kid's school now depends on these people for funding.

If we are ok with allowing the state to promote vice, I'd rather my government just sold me recreational drugs.

After Goliath's defeat, giants ceased to command respect. - Freeman Dyson