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Comment: Re:Easy solution... (Score 1) 593

by TheSync (#48604125) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

The easy solution is to make highrise apartment and office buildings illegal through zoning.

Or make high-rise apartment buildings LEGAL so that more people live closer to their job instead of in the suburbs.

LA has too many parts of its "urban" area zoned as single-family residential (compare with Manhattan).

Comment: Re:Experienced it recently (Score 1) 593

by TheSync (#48604045) Attached to: Waze Causing Anger Among LA Residents

My brother and I were actually heading down to the Sunset Strip a couple weeks ago for a concert and my brother decided to try the Waze route.

raining hard

Dude, when it is raining hard, the 405 Sepulveda pass and the 110 Cahuenga pass became parking lots. If Waze took you over the hills, I'm sure that was the fastest route, even if it seemed like it was long!

Comment: Re:Over what time interval? (Score 2) 528

by TheSync (#48528747) Attached to: The Sony Pictures Hack Was Even Worse Than Everyone Thought

The Digital Cinema Distribution Master (DCDM) contains uncompressed audio and video, but timed text elements like subtitles are stored in XML.

DCDMs are turned into the Digital Cinema Package (DCP) for distribution to theaters, which is an encrypted file of JPEG 2000 video at a max 250 Mbps.

Comment: Re:We've already seen the alternative to regulatio (Score 1) 93

by TheSync (#48525833) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

These days, when you hop into an Uber X, it's a less consistent experience. Sometimes it's a lost out-of-towner

I find this in "normal" taxis in New York and Chicago. The drivers are asking me where things are. I'm thinking "do you know what a GPS is?" Then they don't take credit cards (or the credit card reader "isn't working") or they do so by rubbing a pencil on a piece of paper on top of your card and you see the charge a month later.

Comment: Re:A few good parts of regulation... (Score 1) 93

by TheSync (#48525793) Attached to: A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

Because the walk from Bellagio to New York New York is complicated by City Center, it's a pain in the ass 20 minute one-mile hike

That is a failure of Bellagio, New York New York, and City Center, not of taxis. Next time, let your invisible hand direct you to a more walkable area like downtown Vegas.

Comment: Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 602

by TheSync (#48520679) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

I don't mind Starbucks not paying taxes in the UK, as long as they pay a fair share of taxes somewhere.

In 2012, Starbucks had operating income of about $2 billion and paid $674 million in income taxes.

In the last 12 months ending Sept. 27, 2014, Apple paid $14 billion in income taxes on $52 billion operating income.

Of course both of these companies paid significant amounts of sales taxes as well as income taxes.

Comment: Re:Algorithm (Score 1) 602

by TheSync (#48520641) Attached to: UK Announces 'Google Tax'

Say they do 6% of their global business and revenue in my country. OK, then whatever profits Apple makes world wide throughout their empire throughout all associated companies, you've got to pay tax in my country on 6% of it.

So if a company can't make a high profit in your country, they simply would never invest in business operations in your country if you are going to tax them on revenues instead of profits. Sure, that is one scheme.

Comment: Re:Bad Helmet Design (Score 3, Interesting) 233

by TheSync (#48493517) Attached to: Football Concussion Lawsuits Start To Hit High Schools

Why does the helmet only have padding on the inside?

Most football concussions now come from "rotational acceleration", the twisting of the brain inside the skull. It is much harder for a helmet to protect against there than "linear acceleration" forces, the helmet has to literally slide around the head.

Comment: Re:But who's going to support the welfare state? (Score 1) 338

by TheSync (#48452047) Attached to: LinkedIn Study: US Attracting Fewer Educated, Highly Skilled Migrants

John D. Rockefeller basally created the modern petroleum industry, dramatically advancing technology, and reducing the price of oil for customers.

Cornelius Vanderbilt was an early steamboat and shipping entrepreneur, and dramatically improved the operation of railroad lines into New York City.

Andrew Carnegie greatly enlarged the US steel industry, including the first serious of the Bessemer process. Personally, Carnegie was a leader in the American Anti-Imperialist League, in opposition to the U.S. annexation of the Philippines. He also gave away 90% of his wealth to philanthropies.

All three of these men created companies that enhanced the lives of consumers.

Comment: Re:Stupid (Score 1) 130

by TheSync (#48386607) Attached to: Sony To Take On Netflix With Playstation Vue

Netflix is no exception - they produce House of Cards and it's available exclusively via Netflix.

No, "House of Cards" is produced by Media Rights Capital and licensed for initial distribution through Netflix.

In Australia, "House of Cards" was shown on Showcase, a Foxtel-owned premium cable channel. In New Zealand, it was shown on TV3 broadcast channel. In India, it was shown on Zee Cafe cable channel, and in Latvia is was on LNT. It also has been released on DVD and Blu-ray.

Want to stream movies like Lawrence of Arabia and The Shawshank Redemption? I'm sorry, they're only available on Playstation Vue.

"Shawshank Redemption" is on Amazon Instant Video, Blockbuster On Demand, M-GO and Redbox Instant.

By the way, Comcast also buys early access to Sony films, including American Hustle and Captain Phillips.

Even on TV networks, companies swap content and distribution. For example, "The Mindy Project" is produced by NBC Universal, but distributed on the Fox broadcast network. "How I Met Your Mother" was produced by Fox, but distributed initially on the CBS broadcast network.

I think you underestimate the desire of Hollywood to distribute TV shows and movies through all appropriate mechanisms, though at the appropriate time and price points, in order to maximize revenue.

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