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Comment Re:Millennials and "codes of conduct". (Score 1) 204

To many Millennials, a "code of conduct" isn't something to help keep social interaction civil. It's actually a weapon that they use against those whom they dislike.

Seems to me that you're probably just finding the millennials more annoying because for whatever reason, their behavior has clashed with your outlook -- which is not to say anyone is right or wrong, just that there's an up-front conflict.

I have a feeling that the annoyance felt by the existing generations when they view the generations below them stems from those younger generations being not part of the established mindset of those of the older generation. David Bowie's song, "Changes," and the line, "And these children that you spit on, as they try to change their worlds, are immune to your consultations; they're quite aware of what they're going through." comes to mind. To each of us when we're the budding generation, the issues of our generation, our learned way of doing things, the problems and solutions that we and our peers have had to deal with, are all essentially established to us, and generally the generations above us, from our perspective, don't have these problems anymore. The younger generations that come up below us are not part of our established world-view, so sometimes that causes annoyance. Sometimes we get annoyed by their now experiencing the problems that we experienced and found our solutions to. Their habits, different than ours, annoy us as much as our habits annoyed the generations above us.

Comment Re:Marketing 101 (Score 1) 194

Third-party costumes generally lack the actual logos and are not sold by-name as the characters they're ripping off. People making costumes for themselves are generally not pursued because it's for personal use, but Disney has a longstanding policy of not letting adults into the parks that are wearing detailed Disney character costumes, probably in part to prevent confusion for actual staff and any liability that could be associated with a visitor misbehaving while dressed as that staff. I am a little surprised that there haven't been more cases where paid cosplayers haven't had to seek permission and probably pay for license to professionally appear in costume, similar to the artists that make money off of derivative works.

Comment Re:Marketing 101 (Score 1) 194

You're right, an MBA is someone that gets into corporate management and starts seeing employees as liabilities because of the salaries they command and starts seeing the fandom base as lost-revenue because the company isn't squeezing every list bit of money out of them, even though arguably those customers have already bought far more through their fandom interests than they ever would have bought otherwise. The MBAs then provide instructions to the corporate lawyers.

Smart franchises that aren't run by only greedy assholes actually consider how much profit the fans have provided and figure out how to allow those fans some license to keep them as fans. The various owners of Star Trek throughout the years have generally been fairly good about it so long as clubs don't start manufacturing product for general sale. Many of the car companies have means for clubs to submit for formal permission to use official logos, brand names, and marques. It's not impossible for a company to maintain some control over trademark but still allow fandom to use and celebrate what they're fanatical about.

Comment Re: Integrated vs. interfaced. (Score 1) 90

it means that people that only think they know what they're doing can really mess things up when they're incorrect.

To be fair, it also means that people who pretty much know what they're doing (but might not be experts) figure out how to do things by browsing through the GUI. I think that's a point that often gets missed by the pro-CLI crowd. CLIs can be much easier and more powerful if you really know all the commands and syntax and intricacies of the shell language, but if not, it's easier to browse through a GUI, see all of your options, and check a few boxes.

You know what I call those who click-through GUI interfaces only sort-of knowing what they're doing?


Comment Re:Marketing 101 (Score 4, Informative) 194


Oh, wait... you're serious?

As long as there are MBAs looking how to squeeze the last dime out of every potential customer and there are lawyers concerned about the loss of trademark through failure to defend that trademark there will be these kinds of lawsuits.

Quite honestly, I'm amazed that armies of lawyers haven't descended upon ComiCons and other fandom gatherings to sue the shit out of all of the artists and merchants selling unlicensed comic book derivative works. You wander around the dealers' rooms at the big cons and there are booths upon booths of artists with their own takes on Phoenix or The Hulk or Supergirl or any other hot comic book character of the moment. Based on current law I'm amazed that the continued creation of these unlicensed derivative works hasn't given the trademark holders panic that they could lose control over their characters. Indeed, it appears that they already have lost control over them, it simply hasn't been declared through trial yet.

Given what lawyers cost, I'm really surprised that the judgement against him is as small as it is. From the lawyers' perspective this is chump-change even if it would bankrupt half the households in the country to suddenly owe $5400.

Comment Re:hu-person-made surely? (Score 1) 63

I tend to use the masculine or, "one," as a pronoun when the gender is either unknown or where the gender is as-yet undefined, like in future conditional tenses. I attempt to avoid using plurals for unknown singulars and yes, I find it rather jarring when the feminine is used when the gender is unknown. Excepted are cases when the gender is most likely feminine given the subject.

Comment Re:So, How Much? (Score 1) 170

Pricing is generally whole-system, installed, and is also contingent on being purchased-outright versus leased versus effectively mortgaged.

I don't expect that one can simply call up and get pricing on panels like one gets pricing on the cheap kits at Harbor Freight. It's also likely that they don't want to do that because the installation and maintenance of a complex solar system with grid-tie is a bit beyond even many electricians, let alone most hobbyists or DIY enthusiasts.

The main holdup for me was back when we spoke with Solar City, they did not yet offer a configuration that allowed for intentional islanding to keep the property powered-on during a grid-outage. Back then, if the grid went down, you lost power, because they did not yet have battery tie-in with an advanced transfer switch that could handle the lack of grid AC sync. By the time that became an option the local power company kept increasingly screwing with electric customers with solar, basically wanting to charge them as much as many people pay for their regular electric service just to have the grid-tie, so we have held off until this gets resolved.

If Solar City gets a reasonably priced system with battery for overnight, with intentional islanding, with grid-tie, we'll probably reconsider. My detached workshop is necessarily air-conditioned to make it usable in the summer, so energy bills can get high when all of the heatpumps are running full tilt to keep up with 110 degrees Fahrenheit+. Being able to make that significantly cheaper appeals, especially when we plan to be in the house for 40 years.

Comment Re:hu-person-made surely? (Score 1) 63

Are you sure about that?

I was under the impression that the English language, lacking a neuter, uses the masculine when the gender is unknown. The distinction is that the listener may interpret this to be an assumption of actually being male, but that would be his mistake, not that of the speaker.

Comment Re:Endlessly Increasing Budgets (Score 1) 202

Plus then you end up with a new campaign issue used to berate the Executive.

I think that we're a little past the acceptable level of, "within the finely-nuanced letter of the law depending on a particular interpretation of some keywords," to where I'm starting to wonder if violating the intent of the law in some of these cases should be enough for heads to roll.

Comment Re:what's the problem? (Score 2) 138

Our destinations frequently have no Internet access. I shouldn't have to seek it out in order to read books that I've already paid for.

The whole point of an e-book reader is that I don't need more than the single reader in order to read all of the books that I have. If I now have a barrier to reading my books then the device is not as worthwhile to me.

Comment Re:Misnomer (Score 3, Informative) 75

I need proof that it effectively removes or disables itself once it's on there and has no possibility of later command-and-control and could not be directly co-opted by someone with bad intentions before I would call it white-hat. History is loaded with examples where someone or something appeared altruistic but turned out to be sinister in the end.

Comment Re:Endlessly Increasing Budgets (Score 4, Informative) 202

Probably because the legislative process forces portions of their budget be used for only certain things, and restricts how much can be spent on other things. The process is referred to as an earmark. Sometimes these work out well, if a legislative law compels an agency to do something that really needs to be done that the Executive doesn't want to do, and other times it works out badly, when an Executive needs to do something but the legislative law prohibits or restricts that thing from being done.

To put it into human terms, it's like if you have a $100,000/year salary, but you are not allowed to spend more than $10,000/year on rent. You're probably not going to be very happy with that kind of income but being limited to a residence that costs $833/month or less.

Comment Re:Let me see if I understand (Score 2) 69

The mighty private innovators and job creators took 60 years to just try to *imitate* what government did over half a century ago, and that's only because the innovators copy what was done before??

All glory capitalism! Boo to socialism!

The Federal Government only funded the project. Douglas, Boeing, Chrysler, North American, and many other companies actually did the development and manufacturing.

The biggest difference between then and now is that back then, the government was willing to spend just about anything that it cost to make it happen, and had the purse to do so. Now, non-government entities, be they public companies, private companies, nonprofits, whatever, do not have the financial resources of the Federal Government, so they're trying to scale what we previously did fast an expensively to something that's not as fast to develop, but is a lot more affordable.

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg