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Comment Re:I wonder (Score 1) 198 198

Letterman is essentially the same as any other talk show. The distinctive feature was Letterman himself.

The Vizard show slavishly copied his mannerisms (eg. walking around with a cup at that start of the show) and the timing of the segments. It was all very strange until I saw an episode of Letterman. Of course someone who ended up being forbidden for running a company for ten years after being caught at insider trading is exactly to sort of person that doesn't care about copying someone else's show that has worked elsewhere. Few people in Australia had seen Letterman back then.
Top Gear however has a wider international reach than most things, it's broadcast just about everywhere on the planet.

Comment Re:Percentages? (Score 1) 357 357

Where I am we had "pornographic rock music". One of the records taken by the police had a track called "doing the shag", which was an instrumental. Meanwhile some corrupt police were deep into a prostitution racket and the state police commissioner was playing out the "street value" drug joke in reality - selling the evidence! He went to jail as did several members of the government at the time.
Be careful when someone plays the morality card and see if you can look behind the curtain to see what they are trying to distract you from.

Comment Twenty years behind the times - just like Cameron (Score 2) 357 357

Do you really think giving your credit card information to a pornography website operator

Whether you like the situation or not you've somehow managed to deny what happened about twenty years ago and led to the widespread use of credit cards on the net that we have today. Ironically the problem to be solved back then was for the pornographers to trust their customers and not the other way around.
Do you really think giving your credit card information to kids on minimum wage is a good idea? Somehow retail operates that way without a lot of fraud despite plenty of people that could do with the money, yet they don't steal it from you.

Comment Reputation (Score 1) 480 480

I know it's trendy to argue as if the past does not matter but both companies have a reputation and that is VERY OBVIOUSLY what is being referred to.
Being a fanboy is cute even if it means writing stupid things. Being a "social media worker" paid to write such stupid things is a lot less cute. When the obvious is being ignored it's sometimes a bit hard to work out if the perpetrator should be pitied like a puppy that has pissed on the kitchen floor or a source of anger such as a crackhead who has walked in and is pissing on the kitchen floor.

Comment Re:Windows 8 and metered Internet connections (Score 1) 480 480

Having to jump through hoops to try to trick the OS into not running updates when you dont want them to run is asinine. The OS should simply allow you to disable automatic updates. It can even be an opt out thing, but the option should be there. Taking control away from the owners of the hardware is garaunteed to piss off said owners, and at the end of the day, they have the ultimate veto power...

It's certainly limited the usefulness of my win7 partition as a gaming machine when the entire point of having it at home is to run games. You can either disable updates until you decide to get them or have to put up with fullscreen games rebooting without warning. Hence so many systems out there that have not been updated for more than a year.

At these prices, I lose money -- but I make it up in volume. -- Peter G. Alaquon