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Comment Re:This was the one. (Score 2) 467

Are movie theaters in most cities really that terrible, or has it just been a long time since you've been to a movie theater? So many people gripe about having to put up with a theater experience and I just don't get it.

Within 20 miles of my home there are 4-5 "megaplex" theaters where, for a $5 matinee ticket, you can go see the very latest movies on incredibly good screens with terrific audio systems, you stand in no waiting lines, you sit in large, plush semi-reclining chairs with stadium (sloped) seating. The room is clean, the floors are clean. Heck, even the bathrooms are clean. Even if you pay a few bucks more to go at night, you still don't really wait in line and there's never any jostling for seats because you can buy your tickets online and choose your exact seat ahead of time.

At home we have a pretty nice setup for watching movies, but we still occasionally go to the theater not to "put up" with a movie theater, but because of it - it's a fun experience.

FWIW I'm not trying to rip on you, I'm just genuinely curious. :)

Comment Re:Rollercoaster (Score 2) 467

Haha, so true. If it had been any more different from the original trilogy then people would be complaining that it departed from the heart and soul of SW, that it was Star Trek rebranded, etc. I took my kids to it, we had a great time too - it was fun and it felt nice and Star Wars-y.

If I was to sit back and pick the movie apart then, sure, I could find problems with it. But what's the point of doing that? I exchanged some amount of money for some amount of entertainment, and in the end I felt it was a good trade. Me looking for flaws in the movie will just decrease the enjoyment I got out of it and will in no way improve the subsequent movies, so why bother?

We like the Star Wars universe, we got to see more of it, and now I'm cautiously optimistic about future installments. WIN!

Comment Re:Still sucks (Score 1) 467

But she makes more progress in half a movie (and years less time in the story) than Luke AND Anakin did with training by masters, field experience, and a lot of time.

It's not incredible... it's simply not credible.

Hmm... aren't you making an assumption that there is no alternative explanation for this that fits in the story? Yes, given "she makes an incredible amount of progress in a short amount of time", then one conclusion *could* be "therefore, the story is broken", but why assume that's the only possible explanation?

I wondered if her rapid pace at discovering the force wasn't discovering at all, but remembering. i.e. I won't be surprised if in Ep8/9 we find out that she had been a Padawan in training at Luke's school and when things went crazy there, they took some of the promising kids and hid them away on various planets, wiping their memories as a way to protect them. Her vision after finding the lightsaber would seem to suggest this is at least possible.

Anyway, yeah, /maybe/ that part of the story is screwed up. Or maybe, since this act one of a new multi-act story, you're supposed to wonder about some things that eventually get explained. :)

Comment Re:Still reacting too slowly (Score 1) 242

In generally I think you'd be right, but the specific channel they're considering is truTV - a channel that has very little scripted (in the traditional sense) content. Their big focus is on "reality" TV (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TruTV), and next to sports programming, reality shows would be the easiest to lengthen - much of the editing process is whittling down hours and hours of footage into the 22 or 44 minutes of available time.

In other words, Turner is going to just barely dip their toes into the water, a year from now, and they'll do it with some of the easiest content they could try. So... slow... :)

Comment Still reacting too slowly (Score 1) 242

"Time Warner's truTV will cut its ad load in half for prime-time original shows starting late next year"

Wait, so you're gonna react to a problem a year from now?!

I know this is probably driven in part by existing contracts, and while the current state of advertising is definitely a mess, I think it's more a symptom of an underlying problem. And that problem is that in almost every respect, traditional TV broadcasters have been way too slow to keep up. Almost without exception they had to be dragged into the 21st century. They had to be coaxed into alternate viewing devices, allowing time-shifting was a huge battle, etc.

The way they alienate their users via current ad models is bad, but it's just an example from a larger set of ways they alienate their users.

Comment Re:Here's an idea (Score 2) 103

Yes! Also, stop remembering the hashes of my past N passwords.

Forcing you to routinely change passwords, forcing the inclusion of mixed case or numbers or symbols, forcing you to not reuse a past password... net result is less security because most people will just end up writing their weird passwords down somewhere.

All of these restrictions aren't fixing the problem, just shifting elsewhere to be not the site's problem.

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Comment It's hard to know til you have it (Score 1) 266

A lot of the stuff I've used it for are things I didn't plan on using it for, i.e. it's not until it's an option that you start to find some uses for it. Anyway, I'm not a very good 3d modeler but I've used my printer for:

- a custom laptop stand
- replacement knobs for washer, dryer, etc. (not sure why so many broke off, but kinda cool to print replacements)
- mods for my kids' toys (e.g. an equipment connector for Nerf guns)
- wall mount for a quadcopter so I could get it off my desk
- computer speaker mounts
- odds and ends for organization of household items - containers, dividers, custom holders of random stuff around the house
- a couple of small camp gadgets - simple hooks for flashlight, hanger attachments for stuff on a rope
- custom/replacement Lego parts (results are mixed so far)
- similar to knobs for washer & dryer, replacement parts for other things around the house like a part that broke in my window blinds

Comment Re:The people (Score 2) 479

Preface: creationism shouldn't be taught in schools except for in e.g. a World Religions or Comparative Religions class or something. It has no place in a science class.

That said I've been in a *lot* of science classes where, instead of sticking to science, the teacher almost gleefully makes the discussion about religion and tries to use science to disprove religion - I remember that as far back as my middle school days and all through high school - it was very, very frequent. Sometimes it was very overt; many times it was just interjecting needless, snarky anti-religion comments that implied that religion and science had to be at odds with each other (they don't) and that obviously only a moron would be religious to any degree. A little Googling reveals that this isn't all that uncommon (although, unfortunately, many of the accounts are often full of hysteria so it's hard to extract the facts, but the fact that there are so many of them is enough to suggest my experience isn't completely unheard of).

So I have to disagree with the idea that "nobody" is teaching that there is no God - I heard that all the time in what should have been science classes. I have no problem with a teacher being personally religious or atheistic or anything in between. I don't have a problem with them acknowledging their belief. But it's completely wrong for either of them to use a science class as a forum for advocating their position, and I've seen both happen so often that I honestly can't say whether either is more common than the other.

Also, maybe I'm just taking this out of context, but the bit about "Atheists probably value personal choice more than ANY other group of people" doesn't ring true to me at all. I see no reason why an atheist would inherently value personal choice regarding beliefs over any other group, and it's easy to find vitriolic, close-minded people all along the belief spectrum, and some of the staunchest defenders of choice I've come across are people who are themselves very religious.

Comment Re:Bad Solution (Score 1) 837

Eliminate all use based taxes and fund all government spending via wealth based taxation. Scaled revenue taxation is better than use or sales based taxation but revenue generation benefits our economy. Wealth accumulation on the other hand is of no benefit to the economy.

Yikes! Wealth-based taxation is *incredibly* unfair and creates all sorts of unintended consequences. What would be the justification for it anyway? Simply saying it's not beneficial to the economy is hardly sufficient as there are gazillions of other things that aren't a benefit to the economy either.

"Also, it seems extremely rare to have a road lead just to one business, so the 70-90% number is probably on the high side."

I earn six figures so not low income, still my employer still bills 100% of my time out at 5 times what I make. That means 80% of the revenue I generate goes to my employer. That means anytime I travel to and from work or for anything that benefits my career my employer should be paying 80% of the cost of any wear and tear on the roads. Additionally, since I spend nearly 50% of my waking hours (aka life) producing revenue for them 80% of all government infrastructure (roads, replacement drivers licenses, medical infrastructure, police, housing, "my" share of government agency costs, defense, etc) costs that come from my life should be paid by them.

It's no different if you make $20,000-30,000/yr like most folks. Your employer still generally will be taking 70-90% of the value you generate. Therefore 70-90% of "your" share of public infrastructure and services use cost belongs to them.

I mean no offense, but to me this is full of unrelated and illogical conclusions.

- Why should your business be taxed differently based on whether you choose to walk or drive to work, or how far away you live, etc.? It seems preposterous that any of these are the business's concern, and yet that is a direct consequence of what you are proposing.
- You seem to be overstating the value you provide to your company and/or understating all of the other things that go into running a business - their many other costs, the risks they are taking on that you get to avoid, etc. *If* your value to the company is as high as you say, then it is foolish for you to be working for them. Still, you're not being held hostage, so if the relationship really is as lopsided as you think, that's your problem and not theirs.
- Regardless of all of that, the rate at which they bill out your work is so far removed from the use of the roads it's crazy.
- The business pays property taxes; they are already paying a portion of the infrastructure costs relevant to them. Trying to say that the business is somehow on the hook for activities that *you* do doesn't make sense. Let me guess, the business should also pay for your food, clothing, and housing since you need food to stay alive to work for them, they won't let you come to work naked, and because you need a place where you can rest between shifts?

Even if you think the share of someone who earns six figures vs someone who earns $20,000yr should be equal based on millage (I don't, dollars represent goods and services and $1 buys roughly 100000x less of them than $100,000 and therefore requires about 1/100000th the public infrastructure to generate).

The most fair would be for each person to bear their portion of the cost that they create. Since that isn't practical, a rough approximation is the next best thing. How much of the maintenance costs do they cause? As a rough approximation, it's proportional to the amount they use the resource (the road, in this case).

The fact that one person, for whatever reason, has accumulated more dollars is not directly relevant at all. It's just like when you go to the grocery store to buy a loaf of bread - the price is based on the cost of ingredients, the preparation costs, shipping, wages for workers, some portion of the store's overhead, some portion for profits. Nowhere in that equation is how much money you make, how hard you work, etc.

How much public roadway infrastructure do you think is used by people commuting to work for someone else? Ever been in a city at rush hour?

I have no idea what point you're trying to make here, sorry.

Comment Re:Bad Solution (Score 1) 837

Interesting. Is there a practical way to address this, though? i.e. talking about roads specifically, I just wonder if the complexity of figuring out each business's fair share of road costs would spiral out of control. Also, it seems extremely rare to have a road lead just to one business, so the 70-90% number is probably on the high side.

More generally, taxing infrastructure on revenue seems filled with its own set of problems. In the US at least, business expenses are tax deductible for a reason, so if you taxed on gross revenue it'd be an unusual (and arguably unfair) precedent. If you taxed on profits then you contribute to the existing problem of punishing businesses that maximize efficiency.

The business also pays a ton of other taxes - property taxes, payroll taxes, medicare/medicaid. If you add the numbers up, it's unlikely that the business is somehow mooching off of the poor travelers on that road in any way.

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