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Comment: Re:huh? (Score 1) 306

That's how the entertainment industry would LIKE people to consume their media. Paying them directly, then supporting them indirectly through ad revenue as well.

So, in other words, exactly like a cable subscription.

Exactly this. Double dipping bastages. I feel like I pay $100 a month to watch a few hours of commercials every week, and maybe a few hours of actual show.
Every single time I surf the menu and see something that looks appealing, and change the channel, it's right to 5 minutes of commercials. Every. Single. Time.

Comment: Re:Seriously (Score 1) 306

I'm about 15 minutes from you, but I'm not aware of any other options than Verizon or Comcast; they're competitors but sometimes it feels like they're one big monopoly. Right now I have DSL w/ verizon, and Comcast for (way overpriced) cableTV. Our cable TV drops out and glitches a lot, and Verizon will never deliver FIOS in my town. I suppose it could be worse though.

Comment: Re:This happened to my wife (Score 1) 578

by cyberchondriac (#46758003) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt
Oh woe is them, the IRS, an innocent government entity whose sole purpose of existence is to merely collect money for the benevolent (since being headed by Obama) US government, and the poor things are so unfairly villainized by us selfish, self important American people who expect due process of all things; why, the nerve!! Clearly this is all the Republicans fault. But wait, isn't collecting money for the government more consistent with big government and by extension, socialism? Yes, yes, must be the republicans behind that...

Comment: Re:Trollolololol! (Score 1) 143

by cyberchondriac (#46749301) Attached to: The Best Way To Watch the "Blood Moon" Tonight
You'd think they could manage the weather better too. I won't see squat because I'm on the East coast. I think we get more precipitation around here than Seattle anymore. I didn't place an order for this!
It's just plain thoughtless and inconsiderate!
Actually I wouldn't be surprised if I could find an American lawyer who would actually take my case if I said I wanted to sue Accuweather . ;-p

Comment: Re:Until warp drive is invented... (Score 1) 289

Beat me to it. These things are probably cyclic: Massive breakthrough(s), rapid acceleration of learning and application, long period of plateau; breakthrough, etc..
Or so I hope. Every learned person in history that has said, "man has learned everything he is going to", or "that is just ridiculous/impossible" should know better, and were proven wrong time and again. The next plateau could last a long time, decades, centuries, even a millennia.. but eventually, there will be a breakthrough, maybe how to manipulate gravity, and the the process repeats.

Comment: Re:Quantum fluctuations != nothing (Score 1) 589

My thoughts exactly; Otherwise, mathematics proves you can get something from absolutely nothing - IOW, magic. . In the words of Grace Slick, logic and proportion have fallen sloppy dead. If this were truly the case, it'd be as supernatural as the God explanation.
For there to be "fluctuations" there has to be something to actually fluctuate.

Comment: Re:Short term - long term (Score 1) 475

by cyberchondriac (#46715129) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails

French companies can have 24x7 coverage, however they cannot force people to work after hours. Those people who elect to work odd hours or overtime are paid for doing so. Sounds just fine to me: it prevents a race to the bottom, and looking at the statistics French workers do just fine in terms of productivity.

Well, since this law just passed (?), there are no useful statistics on it just yet.
If they have people 24/7 with those being "normal" hours for some, then yeah, they should be okay; but if the corporations start getting stingy(er) and start laying off people, or people quit, and the boss expects others to pick up the workload, then they'll have a problem.. at least, that's how they operate around here!).
Presumably this law would probably prevent that, so I guess that's a good thing!

Comment: Re:Let it die (Score 1) 507

by cyberchondriac (#46714949) Attached to: How Cochlear Implants Are Being Blamed For Killing Deaf Culture

Well, "evidence" is hard to provide, but to (accurately) invoke the old saying "The plural of anecdote is data":

This needs to be pointed out a little more around here, I think. Those who are mired in their particular brand of ideology are quick to denounce other people's real world experiences which disagree with their viewpoint as merely, "anecdotal", and they wave it off as nothing. Sometimes..just sometimes, they have a point, but overall it tends to be overused as an excuse to ignore street reality.

Comment: Short term - long term (Score 3, Interesting) 475

by cyberchondriac (#46713895) Attached to: New French Law Prohibits After-Hours Work Emails
That's good for workers in the short term, it really is ridiculous how much work intrudes into our personal lives anymore, to where a company can practically own you; I can somewhat relate, having recently been made to go "on call" at work but where we're not really "on call" but expected to actively monitor 40 sites for a week, with a 4 week rotation among employees (and compensation for this new duty.. what's that? Only happens if we actually engage an issue, we're not paid for just the monitoring) I love how an employer can just change the terms of your employment, but it's not like I can walk in and declare I'm now going to make $8,000 more a year. BTW, we have a union, they don't do squat.. they just hit you for dues.
OTOH, this will ultimately put French businesses at a serious disadvantage in competing with other countrys' businesses, as their response time to an issue may be greatly reduced.
Rather than outright ban it, maybe just some solid restrictions on say, 11pm to 6am as off limits.. or alternating weeks or something ...and provide overtime pay, definitely.

Comment: Fixed that for them (Score 1) 218

by cyberchondriac (#46622493) Attached to: Smartphone Kill-Switch Could Save Consumers $2.6 Billion

Creighton University professor William Duckworth has released a report finding that kill-switch technology that remotely makes a stolen smartphone useless could saveInsurance companies up to $2.6 billion per year ...

I highly doubt any savings would get passed down to the consumer from the likes of an Insurance company.

Comment: Re: That logic totally holds up (Score 1) 824

by cyberchondriac (#46602223) Attached to: Some Mozilla Employees Demand New CEO Step Down
or when your personal beliefs mean you think you can clearly and simply label someone as a "bigot" because their opinion or beliefs simply don't align with your own, and punish them for it.
Slapping a label on someone and reducing them to a one dimensional object is convenient, but doesn't make it accurate or fair Is someone still a "bigot" if they just feel that homosexuality is unnatural or weird, but have no problem or discriminatory feelings towards other minority groups, be it blacks, women, latinos, asians, etc.. (or even whites for that matter)? I think there's a difference between being "bigoted" towards one small faction, and just being a bigot, along the lines of Archie Bunker.
People are entitled to their personal beliefs no matter what you think and that's their private business, it shouldn't affect their hiring or firing unless they're behavior openly affects their work or coworkers; they have a right to feel or think as they do, just not a right to act on them (besides, people don't really control gut feelings, just as you don't decide whether you prefer men or women, or redheads or blonds, somehow you just like what you like, and don't what you don't).
Before the wild slashdot accusations fly, no, I am not religious. No, I don't believe it's a "sin". But I don't like seeing discrimination used as a tool against something that is subjective.

Comment: Re:only 5.5%!?! (Score 1) 100

by cyberchondriac (#46584553) Attached to: Klingon Beer

And you know Klingon alcohol

Why do you think toughness equates to alcohol tolerance? oh, right, you have a small mind. Considering Warnog has a flavor so complex it can't be replicated perfectly, AND Klingon have heightened sense compared to humans, it is likely to have less alcohol.

Dude, seriously, why so keen to throw insults around at anyone who doesn't fit your strict world image of the universe according to geekoid? No, he doesn't have a small mind for pointing out the classical cultural staple that tough machismo guys can drink, Hollywood's been depicting that image for decades.
In any case, 5.5% IS, on the whole, on the light side, even by human standards. The English ales I like are are least 7, 8 %, or higher. Wine is nearly double that. I would expect an alien race that enjoys fights to the death for glory and eats raw blood worms (Gagh) to also drink a mean brew, not banana flavored piss water.

Wasn't the joke how Worf would drink Prune juice and declare it a "Warrior's drink"? That pointed to an obvious dichotomy there, everyone found that funny exactly because they expected a Klingon warrior to drink a "tough" drink.

IF I HAD A MINE SHAFT, I don't think I would just abandon it. There's got to be a better way. -- Jack Handley, The New Mexican, 1988.