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Comment: Remarkably Apple Watch-like for a reason (Score 3, Insightful) 74

by gweilo8888 (#49743901) Attached to: In 1984, Jobs and Wozniak Talk About Apple's Earliest Days
Because the Apple Watch has an incredibly dated, bland, boring design that looks like a cross between retro and a child's toy. Enough with the hype about the Apple Watch already -- the reviews have slated it for its terrible interface, poor apps and terrible battery life. Next topic, please?

Comment: Re:Vehicle Weight (Score 1) 825

by gweilo8888 (#49738599) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
And the immediate response would be a reduction in the amount of wasteful packaging, as well as a smaller reduction in the amount of goods being purchased. Not to mention that locally-produced goods would have a significant advantage in cost. Sounds like a win in all respects. Let's do it!

Comment: Re:So basically (Score 1, Insightful) 825

by gweilo8888 (#49738567) Attached to: Oregon Testing Pay-Per-Mile Driving Fee To Replace Gas Tax
And therein lies the solution. Switch to a fee that's not only per mile, but which also takes into account the axle weight of your vehicle when fully loaded.

If it happens, I'll be laughing, because the axle weight of my car (a Smart ForTwo) is just ~880 pounds -- and that's including all fluids plus a half tank of gas. A typical passenger sedan is more like 1,680 pounds per axle, and a pickup truck is more like 2,270 pounds per axle. (Those figures are based on average curb weights for a 2015 Camry and F-150, respectively.)

And as for the idiotic SUV crowd, they'll finally be paying their fair share. Based on curb weight, the axle weight of a 2015 Escalade is 2,860 pounds. That's *3.25* times the axle weight of my vehicle, and 1.7 times the typical passenger sedan.

Of course, it would be even more fair were the figure to take into account the actual weight of your vehicle including passengers and cargo at all times, but short of mandating new sensors on every vehicle or building weigh stations into the road network, there's no realistic way to achieve that.

Comment: Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49712063) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
Yes, but the rest of your post was rendered irrelevant by the fact that if you'd looked for the answer yourself, you wouldn't have tried to make a point that was flat-out wrong. He was getting $14m because if they'd sacked him and paid somebody else to copy his voices for less money, he'd have sued and ended up costing them much more money. If he quits, though, he has no (or at least, much less) recourse when they hire somebody else to do the same voices for less.

Comment: Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49702095) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
They're not a charity, but they're well aware that if they sacked someone and replaced them with a cheaper copycat, they could end up in court spending a whole lot more money for the "cheap" option. It has nothing to do with how easy (or not) it is to mimic the voices. Listen to Bugs Bunny throughout the years and you'll find there's more variation in Blanc's own performances than there is between Blanc and some of those who came after him.

Comment: Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49702069) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
You do know you could just look this up yourself, right?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/B...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/J...

And that's as much of the legwork as I'm willing to do for you. You want answers to blindingly obvious questions? Go do the research -- it's not difficult.

tl;dr: Yes, multiple voice actors were individually able to parrot many or most of Blanc's creations

Comment: Re:Yes, let's INCREASE waste (Score 1) 270

by gweilo8888 (#49702013) Attached to: Here Comes the Keurig of Everything
It has NOTHING to do with convenience, and everything to do with another C-word: Consumables. (Or if you prefer, brand lock-in.) Devices like the Keurig are aimed at the same idiots that buy things like Swiffers instead of a regular duster / mop that does the job just as well for infinitely less money in the long term.

Frankly, I wouldn't care myself, and would consider it no more than a tax on the mortally stupid -- except that it affects me and everybody else on this planet because of all the waste from these consumables that goes straight into landfills, plus all of the energy wasted making them in the first place.

We need to start educating consumers as to why products like these are a bad, bad thing, and boycotting companies who make proprietary consumables when a reusable alternative would suffice.

Comment: Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49695511) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
No, they didn't replace a single role of his. They replaced more or less every single role, and the average person wouldn't be able to tell the difference. Heck, listen to Bugs Bunny throughout the years and there's more variation in Mel Blanc's own delivery than there is between Mel Blanc and some of his successors.

Comment: Re:It's a shame. (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49694233) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
Talented voice actors have been replaced quickly by equally talented voice actors in the past, and they will be again. After Mel Blanc died, it took only six months to the first broadcast of a work in which one of his best-known characters was voiced by another actor. And that's the broadcast, not the start of production -- chances are it was a few months at most to replace probably the most iconic voice actor in history, and many others have gone on to voice his characters since then.

Comment: Re:Ungreatful Cunt (Score 1) 214

by gweilo8888 (#49694201) Attached to: Harry Shearer Walks Away From "The Simpsons," and $14 Million
Only one person on earth can be Mr. Burns, and a lot of people want to see Mr. Burns. So if you want Mr. Burns on your show, you had better pay that person a lot of money.

I'd be willing to bet the opposite is true -- there are a LOT of people out there who can do a completely convincing Mr. Burns. I doubt his main characters will even be retired -- they'll just have somebody else voice them.

When Mel Blanc died, did Warner retire Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, Tweety Bird, Sylvester the Cat, Yosemite Sam, Foghorn Leghorn, Marvin the Martian, Pepe Le Pew, Speedy Gonzales, Wile E. Coyote or the Tasmanian Devil? Nope. Take a look at Wiki and you'll find that even the legendary Blanc's characters were able to be mimicked by a raft of other voiceover artists, and some of those artists were able to cover not just a few but many of his characters.

The fact is that like any other job, voiceovers are something that can be done very well by a whole lot of people.

Comment: No, they very much aren't (Score 1) 435

by gweilo8888 (#49676117) Attached to: Will Robot Cars Need Windows?
No, they're not. Why, you ask? Because they're heavier than windows, and so will increase fuel costs. "Windowless" first class section, maybe. Same screens used in cattle class to play non-stop ads, possibly if it offsets the cost of the fuel and increases overall profits. But wall screens like these being used merely to provide an outside view in the entire passenger section of regularly scheduled commercial flights? You'll get your flying car before you see that happen.

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