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Comment: Re:This means war! (Score 1) 57

There are many vacuum-cleaner use cases and maximum power is not necessarily a requirement in all of them. I have a 2-in-1 floor/handheld Electrolux cordless that I'm rather partial to. No it's as powerful as the corded one, but I don't need something that big to nab a few stray bits of whatever from my desk top.

Comment: Re:5% less leg room? (Score 1) 26

by Zontar The Mindless (#48679301) Attached to: First Airbus A350 XWB Delivered, Will Start Service in January

I also vastly prefer train travel to air travel within Europe.

Dunno about other parts of Europe, but at least here in Sweden, SJ have started providing free wifi on most of their regional and cross-country trains. You're limited to 200 MB on the regional trains, but that's plenty to surf and do email with for 1-2 hours, and hey, it's free.

Comment: Re:Occam's Razor - PR stunt (Score 1) 275

by Zontar The Mindless (#48671879) Attached to: Did North Korea Really Attack Sony?

FWIW, I believe that North Korea made some threats about sabotaging South Korea's Nuclear piles. That, to me, is a more credible reason for taking down their internet...

How can North Korea threaten to sabotage something that South Korea doesn't admit to?

"Nuclear piles" is a synonym for "nuclear reactors" and South Korea definitely have some of these.

Comment: Re:I know I saw the first one (Score 1) 346

by Zontar The Mindless (#48665639) Attached to: Ars: Final Hobbit Movie Is 'Soulless End' To 'Flawed' Trilogy

I can't recall for sure whether or not I even saw the second one

More likely this reflects the degree of content overload to which you've subjected yourself binge-watching netflix/amazon-prime/google-play/hulu/torrent video for the past two years.

I don't now and never have used any of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Google Play*, or Hulu video. (*I've purchased one app through G-Play, a Chinese character training game.)

You didn't mention YouTube, which I do use occasionally. Although I find myself growing less comfortable with the idea of someone knowing every video I watch...

I probably watch on average 3-4 hours a week. Last 3 things I saw on YouTube that weren't just a few random song videos were Journey To The West (the 1986 version with Liu Xiao Ling Tong, freaking awesome even in Lo-Def and with crappy subtitles), Chicago's 1970 Tanglewood concert, and the original Kung Fu TV series. Current home intermittent video fare consists of the complete Three Stooges in order from 1935 onwards; I think I'm up to 1940 or so. Last 2 films I saw in a theatre were August: Osage County and Grace of Monaco. I occasionally watch the evening news and/or reruns of The Big Bang Theory or The Simpsons on Swedish TV.

Back to the main topic: I fear that my wife is probably going to make me go see this film whether I really want to or not. The things we do for love.

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