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Comment Re:No use fighting it (Score 1) 137

If the free version is just as good and just as easily available, approximately nobody would pay for a similar sevice. Hulu and Netflix are great, sure. But if bittorrents (and the like) had never been prosecuted, and you could just get the popcorn time app for your ipad and watch whatever you want, what sort of idiot would pay?

Even now, with threats of prosecution, and sketchy websites with advertisements for Russian brides, and a good chance of viruses, and the need for technical know-how, bittorrents are still a larger percentage of internet traffic than, say, Hulu, or Amazon Prime Video. Imagine how much higher it would be if it hadn't been for the legal prosecution.

Comment Re:HDMI=mostly disadvantages (Score 1) 406

So their reasons boil down to:
1) You can't have a cable hundreds of feet long without some kind of signal booster.
2) It comes out when you tug on it.

Jesus Christ I can imagine some video nerds are really upset that they can't send their DVD output to the guy across the street without a $20 booster device, but for normal people these are complete non issues.

Comment Missing the point (Score 1) 464

For all the people saying they don't want a smart gun, and giving a good reason why not...so what? Who cares? The question is really if ANYBODY would. And surely there is a percent of people who do want to buy them.

To use a car metaphor, I would never buy a Ford Explorer, and I can give you lots of reasons why it's not a great car for me....but that's an entirely different question than if they're bad for everybody.

Comment Re:You can't fix stupid (Score 1) 159

It's not like "have more content" is some revolutionary business model that requires young people to understand. It's just not licensed cheaply enough to really make sense. And no reason to license it at super-cheap prices, when there's other streaming services willing to pay.

Really what has to change is consumer attitudes. It's not going to happen for $10/month, and many subscribers wouldn't pay $60/month due to cost expectations/competition.

Comment Re:Wrong in so many ways... (Score 1) 111

People buying Tesla don't give a damn about depreciation.
Of course they do. Plenty of car enthusiasts plan to only have their car for a few years before moving on to the latest and greatest.

People buying smaller electric cars (Nissan Leaf etc.) clearly don't care too much about value for money either.
Of course they do, unless they lease (very common with small electric cars).

I don't see that a cab driver is going to tolerate cutting earnings in half every day while they wait for the car to charge...
This article is about Robo-Taxis. You can't really compare it to what's out now, because it imagines a future where most vehicle traffic is robo-taxi. So it makes general sense that cars would drive during rush-hour and then would recharge during business hours or at night.

Even if it wasn't about robotaxis, it comes down to economics. If electricity is cheaper than gas, and electricity can be easily re-charged during taxi downtime (most Uber Drivers spend most of their time idling), then electricity is a great replacement for gas.

Comment Re:Lease, Don't Buy (Score 1) 111

I'm leasing, and even though I think leasing is generally a scam, the deal was impossible to beat. Thing is, the article is wrong. Really. I leased a 2015 Volkswagen eGolf. I love it, although there's obvious room for improvement. But the 2016 model is almost the exact same thing as the 2015, except with an improved entertainment system. Same range, same basic engine, etc. Nissan Leaf is basically the same car for the past 3 years as well.

Given the rate of technological advance, I don't think there's really room for major yearly improvements. Just as with gas engines, it'll incrementally improve, and maybe they'll come up with cool new design decisions during a model re-design. There is certainly no comparison to Moore's Law.

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