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Comment: Re:Customer service? (Score 1) 885

I'm not disagreeing that having the families with small children board first makes sense, but what I see nowadays is that it seems like half the plane is either in business class or a member of the "gold star club". By the time all of them board, the lounge is half empty.

Comment: Re:The end of reading as culturally relevant... (Score 1) 192

by murdocj (#47491267) Attached to: Amazon Isn't Killing Writing, the Market Is

The tactile experience of actually holding a book in your hand, being able to flip the pages, is far better than anything offered by current electronic devices. Sure, the various e-readers are convenient, but convenience isn't everything. Book printing and book reading aren't disappearing anytime soon. In fact, I'm seeing more small bookstores pop up as people realize the limitations of the online experience and go back to browsing.

Comment: Re:Cue primitivism, moral panic over noise, nostal (Score 1) 128

by murdocj (#47373703) Attached to: FAA's Ruling On Smartphones During Takeoff Has Had Little Impact

I don't have a smart phone, and I don't give a shit whether you have one or not. At some point I'll probably get one, but I don't need one right now. So why should I shell out extra bucks for one? I might as well take a couple of 20s out of my wallet each month and set them on fire.

Comment: Re:Book Resale value (Score 1) 82

This is the dictionary definition of looking a gift horse in the mouth. Someone offers you another copy of your book for free, and your are pissed off. If it's really that onerous and awful, here's a thought: don't take that free thing you are being given.

See, that was easy.

Prediction is very difficult, especially of the future. - Niels Bohr