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Comment Re:A BIG thumbs-up so far! (Score 2) 114

That's higher than most non-network shows, like Breaking Bad

I looked up info about this, and it was around $3m per episode in season 4 for BB. Mad Men was somewhere between $2m and $2.5m. $3.3m, as per the Netflix deal, seems on the high end, but not out of the ordinary, especially for a Marvel property rather than a random one-off show. Also to consider is that it's a Netflix show, which AFAIK usually have higher budgets than the Marvel deal (House of Cards is $4.5m, OITNB is just under $4m, Marco Polo was $9m). Netflix almost getting into HBO territory with their spending on shows.

Comment Re: Invisible hand (Score 3, Insightful) 536

Remove those laws and the free market would push Comcast right out the door.

Unfortunately, infrastructure doesn't work the same way as other businesses. Those laws are an impediment, but they're definitely not the thing that when removed will create a surge of new providers.

Comment Re:HOWTO (Score 1, Insightful) 1081

And that nobody is willing to supply the Propofol should tell you that some nation is stuck in the deep and dark past on this issue (and apparently has some problems with manufacturing some medical drugs...).

It's the EU saying "we don't agree with your stance on the death penalty, therefore we're going to do whatever we can to stop you". Meanwhile, they're ignoring the fact that all the other methods that were used in the past are just going to come back, since they're the second best option, and cause shortages in hospitals.

That's not even getting into the arguments about life vs. death, or reformation of prisoners. If I were guilty of some horrific crime with no chance of ever being free again, I'd sure as hell rather be put to death than be locked in a cell until I gradually die of more natural causes. Life in prison vs. death isn't even the right framing for the argument - it's a slow, confined, drawn out death vs an expedited death. I've never seen a logical reason for holding someone for a life sentence without parole besides the inaccuracy of the justice system. That's a problem, for sure, but is in no way affected by whether the death penalty exists or not.

Comment Re:Obligatory (Score 1) 39

I think it's just so great to see such a stereotypically 3rd world country supporting people learning engineering in that manner.

On the other hand, I think it's disturbing that 3rd world engineers are making the more developed areas of DRC, like the ones with giant robotic cops, look like they're living in a futuristic dystopian police state. The concept of having a towering robotic overlord giving me instructions and watching my every move doesn't sit that well, and I'm not from bumfuck nowhere, DRC, where substantial portions of the population believe in sorcery and animism. They just added a cop lookalike shell to things we'd consider normal, like traffic lights and roadway monitoring cameras, but in the process made those concepts far more disturbing.

Comment Re:Science vs Belief. (Score 1) 517

Just because your personal identifiers were collected does not mean they constitute data used to draw conclusions. I don't understand why you would amplify such untruthful, misleading statements on this matter; are you motivated by partisanship?

They don't really have a bearing on the study. They would, however, absolutely be covered by the proposed law (HR 1030), which is the problem here. If your SSN, DOB, or anything else is collected, it's required to be publicly accessible online. It is, for the purposes of the law, a "recorded factual material" that needs to be "specifically identified" if it's "scientific and technical information" used to support any "covered action" (which is almost everything the EPA does). There is no exception for personally identifiable data in this section.

IANAL, however, I am unable to find a (legal) definition for the term "scientific and technical information" (or "technical information", or "scientific information") in Title 42. If there's no definition somewhere in there, or somewhere else applicable that I'm not looking, this bill is a Supreme Court case waiting to happen, and the EPA will lose multiple years of being able to do nearly anything beyond their current capabilities thanks to litigation. Once that's over, the EPA may still have to provide personally identifiable information, depending on how the court rules.

It looks like simple legislation, since it's only 2 pages, but it leaves open a ton of questions that need to be resolved through litigation if it is passed.

Comment Re:Here's what happened (Score 1) 153

They're also the only 3D Sonic titles that didn't suck. Panzer Dragoon didn't get a Dreamcast game either, IIRC.

As for the other games you mention, there's quite a few that weren't really "Dreamcast" games, but rather arcade ports - that's basically what kept the DC from having effectively zero third-party support, since they got amazing, accurate ports of what could be argued as the best arcade games out there at the time. Specifically, that relationship between NAOMI and Dreamcast also garnered them Capcom's support, and Capcom was churning out an incredible number of hits and absolutely in their prime years around that time. MvC2, SoulCalibur, Resident Evil, Power Stone, Street Fighter. Two of those were in the over-a-million group for DC (which is only 7 games), the third is one of the most popular fighting game series of all time, if not the most popular, and the fourth is one of the other contenders for that title.

Without Capcom, Dreamcast would have been truly dead to quality, exclusive third party mass-market development. There were other quality titles out there, like Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver and Tony Hawk, but they weren't exclusive (both were ported from PSX) and as a result didn't bring enough to the Dreamcast to make it THE console to own.

Comment Re: About right (Score 2) 246

There really has to be some sanity here: the weapon must be able to cause grievous bodily harm in order to justify heavy sentences. A BB gun doesn't qualify unless a butter knife, Bic pen, and flexible drinking straw count as well.

Stab someone with a butter knife or Bic pen, and you'd still be charged with the same "assault with a deadly weapon".

A freelance is one who gets paid by the word -- per piece or perhaps. -- Robert Benchley