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Comment Re:A return to normalcy (Score 1) 232

I don't think your numbers are accurate. I've know a couple of Hollywood writers. They tend to get a lot of money for a script. Most of their scripts get locked up in hold options, and never even get made. This is in the order of 100's of thousands of dollars, and it's all to them (minus the cut to their agent, manager, taxes, etc). The special effects, while in the millions, is a lot more money, is spread over a very large team, hardware investments etc.

Comment Re:Hmpf. Probably 90% of the problems also apply . (Score 1) 349

If you miss mess up the syntax in a text configuration file (misplace a quote or brace, etc) at best, the items after the error will be ignored. At worst (and more likely) the entire config file will be either ignored and go with defaults, all just not load the module that depends on it altogether. If you make an error in a registry key (text when it expects an integer, etc) the rest of the registry is fine.

Comment Re:Fragmentation (Score 1) 236

In actuality, you could get Netflix, binge watch all the shows you want to over a period of a few months, then cancel netflix and get huluplus, binge watch all the shows on that service that you want for a few months, repeat repeat repeat. There's no reason to maintain an active subscription to all of them at once.

Comment Re:In The End...Consumers Are Stuck With The Cars. (Score 1) 161

Except the cars have been getting BETTER than advertised MPG for the past 5 years. Only when the full emissions controls are put on do they go down to the advertised MPG. So, there is no false advertising to the consumer if they get re-flashed and suddenly get 20% poorer fuel economy. The only false advertisement has been to the rest of society, who was expecting a car that had 1/40th of the NOx emissions that it actually spewed.

Comment Re:How long will the company stay up? (Score 1) 494

Full retail value on a 5 year old car? On what basis? How was the owner harmed in any way for the last 5 years and 80k miles? They received everything that they paid for. More, in fact, since the affected cars actually enjoyed 20% higher fuel economy than the EPA ratings. The harm only comes now in degraded performance, higher maintenance costs, and reduced resale value due to any pending 'fix'. If a 2009 Jetta TDI had a resale value of $12k 2 weeks ago, and now it's worth $7k then the total remediation from VW to the buyer should be $5k.

Comment Re:These companies keep giving us reasons (Score 1) 394

I do just this. I would often rip my kids' DVD's and reburn them without the annoying forced previews and anti-piracy nag screens. After a while, I figured out that it was much easier to just download the torrent in about 15 minutes, than it was to go through the hassle of figuring out what ripping software could get around the DRM and copy protection, and ripping it. There are probably a couple of DVD's still in the original shrink-wrap that I haven't actually touched the DVD.

Comment Re:Economic factors are my priority (Score 2) 188

Even if our electricity today doesn't come from predominantly green sources, moving to an electric automobile fleet allows us to more flexibly power our cars. ICE engines confine you to fossil fuels, methane (which can be green), and hydrogen (in the most inefficient way to use it...) Electric cars can use any of these power sources in the most efficient way, as well as solar, wind, geothermal, whatever. We need to overcome energy storage, recharge time, and cost disparities to meet performance parity with fossil fuel ICE's, but having an electric automotive fleet is good for society, even if only 13% of our electricity currently comes from renewables.

Comment Re:What happened to Common Sense? (Score 4, Insightful) 363

Have you ever crossed the street in a large city? When you have the walk signal, cars also have a green light in your direction of travel. A car would likely be waiting until opposing traffic clears to make a left turn onto the street that you are crossing. Very often, cars will hit the gas as soon as traffic passes, not paying attention to the pedestrians crossing the street. The pedestrians did nothing wrong. There were no cars coming when they crossed.

Comment Re:The cost of doing business (Score 1) 215

There are costs to handling cash, as well. A business pays fees for guarded transport, security guards, and higher insurance premiums if they deal in a lot of it. So, as the parent said, those CC fees are spread across the board to all customers, but think of it as a money handling fee that has applications across all methods of payment.

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