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Comment: Stuck Focus = Forced Choice (Score 2) 450

by Tablizer (#47528721) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

As you get older, the focus range of your eyes decreases such that they more or less become "stuck" at a certain focal length from your face. Laser surgery will generally make the "stuck" range or point be further out, which could harm reading even if it improves distance vision.

The ideal "stuck" point probably depends on what you do the most. If you are at a computer screen often, then about 14 to 24 inches seems like it would be the ideal, although you couldn't see small things up close well.

My eyesight's focus is settling to around 10 inches away, which is shy of the ideal monitor range. Is surgery worth that extra 8 inches?

The bottom line is that age is a bitch and laser surgery forces you to make tradeoffs as old eyes will only have one ideal focus with or without. Choose the red distance or the blue distance, but not both.

Comment: Re:Documentation (Score 3, Funny) 354

by Tablizer (#47518453) Attached to: 'Just Let Me Code!'

You don't gettit. See, if they documented node.js well, it would no longer have "nerd cred"; it would become Yet Another Boring Framework/Tool with 20 titles out like Learn Node.Js in 7 Days Unleashed Bible Face-First into the Deep End Without Water instead of an elite tool for elite nerds who can master the arcane and obtuse to write the distributed 3D and Fix in 3 days.

Comment: Re:We need competition, not mergers (Score 1) 62

by Tablizer (#47505447) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

If the merger is squelched, then maybe Murdoch would decide to form his own ISP to compete with TW, giving us more competition. After all, if you cannot buy X, you have the option of becoming X's competitor. That's what the system should encourage. When you have a fat wallet it's too easy to buy a near monopoly instead of compete head on.

Comment: Re:This is just a repeat (Score 5, Insightful) 275

can die a slow painful death and rid us of their filth forever

Hold on, as much as Microsoft has ticked me off for 3+ decades, I don't want to see Google with a monopoly either. MS kind of keeps them in check.

So let's compromise, and watch MS get punched in the face a few times, okay 50 times, but not knocked out, just wobbly.

Comment: We need competition, not mergers (Score 1, Insightful) 62

by Tablizer (#47504619) Attached to: Rupert Murdoch's Quest To Buy Time Warner: Not Done Yet

Screw big-media mergers. We need more competition as the current oligopolies have some of the worse customer service records there are, and high prices compared to the rest of world, even in denser population areas where the "rural long wire" argument doesn't hold up.

Oligopolies & monopolies almost always result in crappy service/products/prices.

The "economies of scale" argument for defending them is weak. That claim was used to protect the Detroit Big 3, but the Medium 7 from Japan came along and kicked the Big 3 in the ass.

I'll take the downsides of (alleged) lack of "economies of scale" over the sloth of oligopolies.

I have only 2 realistic ISP choices in my area, and it's not rural by any stretch. It's a hefty suburb right next to a major city. And both suck. The pushy sales persons on the phone eventually admit their service sucks when presented with undeniable evidence, but will blatantly make the argument, "Okay, we suck, but we can get you crappy service at a better price than the other crappy guy". Even they know they suck; they just claim they suck for less $ (at least until the "special offer" period runs out).

It's like two satan's arguing, "Okay, yes, we are hot here and your ass will indeed get burned off. BUT, we have better elevator music to listen to while you fry."

Memory fault -- brain fried