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Comment: Only one sort of TV matters (Score 2) 130

by Swampash (#46700937) Attached to: Apple, Google, and Amazon's Quest For One Remote Control Is Futile

Sports.

It's the only sort of TV entertainment where the value of the product drops like a stone relative to the time since broadcast.

Game of Thrones? Awesome, can't wait, will download and watch it when I get some spare time.

Superbowl? I'm putting my life on hold so I can watch the broadcast in real time.

Live sports is the only sort of TV entertainment that is PIRACY-RESISTANT. That's where the money is, so that's where the content licensing battles will be fought.

Comment: Re:Old News (Score 1) 135

by Swampash (#46617431) Attached to: Researchers: Rats Didn't Spread Black Death, Humans Did

Scientists discovered this at least 6 years ago when I watched a documentary about it, and most likely quite a bit before that.

Exactly what I thought. In fact wasn't one of the hypotheses of the last investigation that the Black Death of the 1400s wasn't even plague, but rather a haemorrhagic fever like Ebola?

Comment: "ongoing debate" (Score 1) 180

by Swampash (#46514033) Attached to: Why Did New Zealand's Moas Go Extinct?

The study adds to an ongoing debate about whether past peoples lived and hunted animals in a sustainable manner or were largely to blame for the extermination of numerous species

Yes, in exactly the same way that the existence of fossils adds to an ongoing debate about whether the Earth was created 6000 years ago.

WHAT THE FUCK

Comment: Cut them off (Score 4, Insightful) 747

by Swampash (#46482773) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

If you don't vaccinate your child, fine. But if you reject society like that then expect society to reject you.

No vaccination? Forbidden from attending school. Forbidden from visiting a doctor. Forbidden from visiting any public facilities like libraries, train stations, or airports. Forbidden from riding a bus or train or taxi.

What is wanted is not the will to believe, but the will to find out, which is the exact opposite. -- Bertrand Russell, "Skeptical Essays", 1928

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