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Comment: Re:What a joke (Score 3, Informative) 195

by amicusNYCL (#46700059) Attached to: Comcast Takes 2014 Prize For Worst Company In America

Not necessarily the worst PR so much as the worst customer relations. If a bank implemented some of the same business practices that EA was using for its customers then you would see a lot more financial problems and angry people.

It's also highly related to recent well-publicized incidents. You can see that with SeaWorld, for example. In 2012 I think EA won because of Mass Effect 3, and in 2013 it was because of SimCity. They haven't done anything lately to piss off a lot of people even though they're probably still using a lot of the same practices. Most of the banks seem to be keeping their heads down as well. Comcast, however, has been in the news.

Comment: Re:Sorry about the loss of the magic (Score 1) 469

The Stradavari family had extraordinary skill, surpassing anybody else at the time.

This is not necessarily true. I am an expert in Wikipedia, and I can tell you that over history several other families of luthiers, including the Guarneri and Amati families, were considered to be the finest. However, at this particular period in history, the Stradivari family is seen as superior.

Comment: Re:Ummm, probably not (Score 1) 142

by amicusNYCL (#46664233) Attached to: Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

You're missing the point. The skydiver is not at rest either. It is not traveling at the absolute speed of 300km/h, it is traveling 300 km/h faster than the diver. Go ahead and count the number of seconds between when he pops his chute, and when the rock flies by, and tell me if that is enough time for the rock to accelerate to a speed of 300km/h relative to the diver while still being above him.

What you're suggesting is that the rock would have had to have been launched directly upward at a relatively high velocity, in order for it to have time to come to a stop, then start accelerating downward such that, when it passed the slower diver, it was moving substantially faster than he was. There is not enough time for that to happen.

It's cool that you're a skydiver, I admire that, but these people have been looking at this for 2 years. The guy in question owns his own wing suit and other gear. The guy in question does not think it came from him. I hope you can respect his experience and acknowledge that your own experience does not necessarily outweigh his. Your'e not the only person with skydiving experience in this situation.

I acknowledge that, yeah, it's possible for a rock to be launched out of a chute if it was packed with the chute. But that's not the situation that I see in the video.

Comment: Re:Ummm, probably not (Score 1) 142

by amicusNYCL (#46662817) Attached to: Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

While not the most newsworthy, the simplest explanation is the guy packed a rock in his parachute and god knows how he didn't notice when he packed but it wouldn't be the first rock to take make a skydive.

That's a long post, but it fails to address how the rock got to the speed of several hundred km per hour by the time it flew past him.

Comment: Re:Ummm, probably not (Score 1) 142

by amicusNYCL (#46662749) Attached to: Skydiver's Helmet Cam Captures a Falling Meteor

Another possible explanation is that the object fell from either the plane or another skydiver (as he was first out of the plane).

Like he explains, and the video clearly shows, when the rock flew past him both the plane and all of the other divers were below him. At the start of the video you can see the plane basically dive past all of the divers and descend below them. He points out where the other divers are, other than one person who enters his airspace about 4 seconds after the rock flies past. It wasn't on the plane, and it wasn't from another diver. They have had 2 years to think about those possibilities. I understand that being an amateur internet detective is fun, but at least watch the evidence.

Simplicity does not precede complexity, but follows it.