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Comment: This just in... (Score 1) 346

This just in, user who wants a niche feature uses hyperbole to attempt to make it appear that companies with large R&D and market research divisions are missing large parts of the market.

Next up - "Why Apple is 'missing the mark' by not creating a phone with an FM radio because I would find it useful, here is a 'survey' of 50 paid respondents to justify this".

There are many reasons why these phones don't exist, here are two big ones:
1) Bulkiness
2) Added cost (where even people who want these phones don't want to pay extra for it)

Comment: What? (Score 1) 350

by egranlund (#47508181) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Summary doesn't make sense to me.

Is the submitter saying that even though they stopped processing disks on Saturday they are still within their defined window of 1-3 days processing?

If so, then what are you complaining about? They promised something and they are still delivering. Maybe they started with Saturday processing just to keep the service level and now the number of disks is not so overwhelming anymore that they are able to cut that day while still meeting their promise.

Comment: Re:Good for them (Score 2) 138

by egranlund (#47452209) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park


Starting Saturday, July 12, the entire “South Park” library — 244 episodes in all — will be available for free on Hulu, and will continue to be free on (the address that is replacing until Sept. 24. At that point, both Hulu and will have day-after-air access to new episodes from season 18. In addition, each of the sites will offer a revolving selection of 30 free episodes at any given time.

It sounds like they will not require Hulu plus until Sept 24, after that you will only get a "revolving selection of 30 free episodes" if you are not a member of Hulu Plus.


It's a shame really. I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus because of the obnoxious ads. I don't have cable for a reason, and that reason is I have a problem paying monthly for something and still being bombarded by advertisements.

For me I'll probably just stop watching South Park. Not that I would really watch it with any regularity, but it was nice to every once and a while pop over to their site and watch it free (but ad supported).

Comment: Re:Ass time (Score 1) 499

by egranlund (#46871051) Attached to: You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

There are thousands upon thousands of people too poor for all three. They don't live anywhere with access to fresh food ("food deserts"), can't afford to travel to where they could buy fresh food, couldn't afford the food itself even if they could get there, can't afford to take the time out of their multiple jobs to go even if they could afford it, and can't afford to to take the time off to cook or eat it.

If this was true then only poor people would be obese. I'm not saying that the problems you mention aren't a factor of obesity in poor people, but I do think that being too poor to get at food is the main reason people are obese.

Comment: Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (Score 2) 83

by egranlund (#46747097) Attached to: Seattle Bookstores Embrace

From the store's point of view though they won't sell it at the same price you get online because they need to pay for location, staff, deal with shoplifters and books that go stale and unsold that need to be taken off the shelves again.

I have had the same experience with Barnes and Noble where the same book is listed as cheaper on their website than it is in person.

I find it just a little dishonest because in general you assume that if you visit the website of a store that the price listed on the website will match what you will pay in the store. I don't think they would "open pandora's box" if they changed this policy, though I suspect that they maintain it to have it both ways: beating Amazon on price online and charging whatever they want in the store. When those two collide I'd bet the majority of people just suck it up and buy it at the retail price because they already drove out to Barnes and Noble.

Comment: Re:Phil has no idea what he's talking about. (Score 1) 101

A decent chrome book that 'isn't slow' will costs you $250 AT LEAST ... and right next to it on the shelf is the Windows $250 laptop that ... works exactly the same if you run everything in a browser like Chrome.

Google was running a deal last year where a school could get a chromebook for $100 a piece if you were at a school. My boyfriend was able to get an entire classroom set of chromebooks for $2000 raised through donors choose.

Spec and hardware wise they aren't the greatest things, but they're great for having everyone in the classroom do a quick online-based activity or other work without having to fight for the computer lab.

Comment: Re:Bitcoins? (Score 1) 85

by egranlund (#46716831) Attached to: Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

malware of this nature probably wouldn't even be feasible if it wasn't for bitcoin and it's kin. There'd be no way to anonymously extort money from victims.

Not the case.

CryptoLocker’s creators also recently shifted their monetization tactics, giving willing users additional time to pay the ransom with bitcoin or MoneyPak.

Strains of this in the past were using MoneyPak (prepaid cash card) to extort money just fine.

Comment: You won't get through to them (Score 4, Insightful) 747

by egranlund (#46482499) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

How do you think we can get through to the anti-vaxxers?

Unfortunately, I don't think anything will get through to them until their kids and loved ones start dying from very old and highly preventable diseases.

Their mindset is one much like the followers of creationism, etc where they believe that:
1) All scientists have been bought out by "big pharma" or
2) That the consensus among the scientific community is some kind of organized ploy to sell more and more drugs.

Because of this, no matter what scientists or public health officials say, they just plug their ears and go "LALALALALA".

Sigmund Freud is alleged to have said that in the last analysis the entire field of psychology may reduce to biological electrochemistry.