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Comment Re:It's the Ownership Stupid (Score 5, Insightful) 200

I see people make this complaint a lot, that they want to 'own' the things they buy. But you're ignoring all of the other huge benefits you get from non-physical media. Ebooks take up no physical space, cannot be lost or left behind. Can be read by multiple people at the same time if they're sharing a Kindle account. For example, I have four children and they were all working their way through Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time series at the same time. There was no fighting over who had which copy, or where a copy had been left when one of them finished it. I don't have to store 14 large books on a shelf now when they've finished the series, or go looking for them in a few years if I feel like re-reading. And other people have already made comments about search functions, easy text highlighting, bookmarks, etc that ebooks do really well. It's a different experience than buying and reading physical books. I avoid buying physical books whenever possible

It's like you think that once you buy a physical copy of some media, you have an indestructible copy of it that will last you the rest of your life. I have no problem buying books or music or movies from iTunes or Amazon's stores. I've bought multiple copies of the same CD or DVD in the , only to have to get another one when the copy I was using got scratched by kids, pets or mishandling or just plain lost or stolen. I buy digital versions of all of music and movies now, and I don't even care that I don't 'own' the media. To me, the benefits vastly outweigh any perceived drawbacks.

Also, as someone else already noted, many (most?) ebooks from Amazon 'ship' with no DRM, and can be loaded into Calibre and changed to different formats and device fairly easily.

Comment Re:It's simple. Eat less and eat less crap (Score 1) 496

I think your numbers are a bit off, unless you think the average person weighs a little over 100 pounds. I'm 6'3", and weigh about 250ish. If I eat 1700 calories per day, I lose 2 pounds a week, like clockwork. If I eat ~2400 calories per day, my weight does not change, and I lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle. I sit at a desk all day, drive home, take the dog for a walk and sporadically go to the gym.

Comment Re:Way too expensive for my blood... (Score 1) 64

For many who play (myself included) actually putting your models on the table and rolling dice is only part of the hobby. I actually enjoy building and painting the models I own, and really appreciate the time and effort other players put into their armies. The ruleset and general community allow a fantastic amount of customization and conversion of models and kits. My sons (18 and 14) and I got to a tournament every month or so, and I really enjoy the looking around at the other armies and the things people have done with them. I don't like events where your paint score figures into your overall score, but I have no problem with a 3 color requirement for prize eligibility.

Comment Re: All about perception (Score 1) 200

I spent four years of my life in the USMC, and I can tell you from personal experience that there are men in our country's military that are weaker than the average woman. There was a guy in my platoon that weighed about 100 pounds, his wife was comically larger than him and would have made a better grunt.

I always got annoyed by the different standards applied to women and men in the Marines, and though anyone should be available to be assigned combat roles, as long as you meet the same criteria. When I was on active duty the PFT (Physical Fitness Test) for men was a 3 mile run (fail if over 26 minutes), 3-20 dead hang pull ups, and 40+ sit-ups. The PFT for women was a 1.5 mile run (unsure of pass criteria), a flex-arm hang (at least a minute) instead of pull ups, and sit-ups, but with a lower threshold for success.

Comment Re:Just make it fast (Score 2) 77

I had the same issue with my Note 3. With it deciding that 10 apps needed to be updated at the same time I was using my phone for navigation or transferring money to my spending account.

I decided to just shut off all automatic updates from the google play store, and I've been much happier since. I still get notifications when apps need updating, which is fine since I can decide to update when it makes sense for me. I wouldn't mind the auto updates if it didn't make the phone damn near unusable while it was happening.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 283

My BMW 330xi can get 475-500 highway miles out of tank when driven conservatively. By 'conservatively' I mean that I try to keep my speed as even as possible, minimal burst acceleration, coasting down hills, etc. I can get that 475+ mile range while maintaining 80mph. I drive from Seattle to San Francisco once or twice per year to visit family. I try to arrange things so I don't have to fuel up in Oregon (I'd rather pump the gas myself), and generally can make the entire 840 mile trip with one stop in under 12 hours.

With that said, I would trade my car for a Tesla with no hesitation. I would be willing to deal with the charging stations on long trips, or even just not visit my family. They are in-laws after all.

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