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Comment: Re:No surprise here (Score 1) 52

by TWX (#48269743) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
There's really no reason for content distributors to stop making content available.

What I think should happen, is that if viewers still are willing to accept the idea of timeslots like television broadcasts have, that once the content goes up for broadcast, then that content remains accessible from that point forth, with the ability for the content provider to change-out the ads between acts. There's no reason to have to wait for another broadcast window or to have to delay allowing on-demand viewing of the content after its original release.

If anything, this kind of system for "reruns" would be more fair to everyone involved. Advertisers would be billed per-ad, as the number of times their ads are shown could be more accurately determined. Content providers could actually see how often a show is being watched when it's relatively new, and the audience could actually go back and watch content that they might have missed before attempting to continue watching a series.

I stopped watching Person of Interest after it was pre-empted for a sports broadcast; they pre-empted the second of a two-parter. Apparently it was the local affiliate that decided to do it, but I've never gone back. Other shows, like Firefly could have benefitted by being watchable even if the network wants to show other content; all of the basketball games on FOX that season hurt finding an audience, resulting in cancellation. I've missed some Agents of Shield and am about ready to give up on that show, based on ABC's bloody stupid decision to not let one watch the previous week's episode until after this week's episode has already aired, so one cannot catch-up before the next broadcast! STUPID!

The business model can change and still be workable for the existing parties, if they're just brave enough to do it.

Comment: Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (Score 1) 52

by TWX (#48269629) Attached to: Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter
Yup. We got rid of cable TV something like five years ago. Keeping it was already in jeopardy when I realized I was coming home from work and watching four hours of CSI every evening on Spike, and starting to see reruns of episodes that I could have sworn were just shown, and the straw that broke the camel's back was the removal of Turner Classic Movies from our cable package. Since getting rid of cable we've found ourselves actually engaging in our hobbies again, as opposed to just passively staring at the screen.

A lady at work the other day didn't seem to know that one could still receive over-the-air broadcasts for television. I wonder how many people don't realize this and are paying for TV that they don't want or need.

Comment: Re:There's a reason why... (Score 1) 433

by TWX (#48266595) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
Heh. If the article implies what I think it implies, the engine that blew up on the stand was intended for this launch. So, possibly the replacement engine that was actually used in this launch (or the original one that passed) failed during the actual launch, if it was indeed an engine failure that destroyed this rocket.

Comment: Re:Wasn't aborted by the RSO either (Score 3, Informative) 433

by TWX (#48256685) Attached to: Antares Rocket Explodes On Launch
Honestly at that height I don't think it would have mattered that much. Either the buildings of the launch facility were going to have debris rained down upon them from above, or were going to have their walls in the vicinity of the ground explosion absorb the debris.

There have been reports of vehicles damaged, but I think those are erroneous, confusing the destruction of the launch vehicle with possible damage to ground vehicles. There shouldn't have been anything not inside-and-under-cover given the destructive power of the launch anyway.

The ground explosion did take out two of the four towers around the pad, but I'm amazed that the worklights on the remaining two towers stayed functional. They were on through the end of NASA TV coverage a moment ago.

Comment: Re:She's.. (Score 1) 231

by TWX (#48245805) Attached to: Ex-CBS Reporter Claims Government Agency Bugged Her Computer

Per her source, the deletion of data while she was using it was a warning. Warnings don't work that well when they're less obvious to the user. (I think Tom Clancy actually invented that move originally).

The reference I remember was in Doctor Strangelove: Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, when it's revealed that the Soviets have a doomsday weapon that'll destroy the world if a nuke goes off in their territory, and the Americans comment how a deterrent weapon is only good if it's known.

Comment: Re:Why at a place of learning? (Score 1) 972

by TWX (#48244397) Attached to: Creationism Conference at Michigan State University Stirs Unease
Agnostics that believe that it's unlikely that there's a diety?
Agnostics that don't know if there's a diety?
Agnostics that don't really engage in the discussion?

I'd dub the last group Apathiests. They're not in the debate because they simply don't care. They're probably also the majority. Good luck appealing to them. Until the dissolution of the separation of Church and State goes too far they don't have a stake in this.

From Sharp minds come... pointed heads. -- Bryan Sparrowhawk