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Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 108

by porges (#47897713) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

Someone has to foot the bill, making tv shows and content is expensive.

Otherwise what? They're going to start shoving ads down our throats?

Oh, wait...

I think it's fair to consider him writing in opposition to people saying "if we had ala carte channels, we could all get the same stuff for less money". So, keeping "the same stuff" is part of the goal.

To most consumers, "keeping the total of the country's payments to the networks the same" isn't a goal, to put it mildly, which is why the rest of his argument is useless.

Comment: Re:Companies like HBO should go a-la-carte (Score 1) 340

by porges (#46949403) Attached to: Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

You can now get access to HBO-Go through an Amazon prime account, as well

Not quite. The Amazon deal only includes current shows on a 3-year delay, as well as the HBO Go series "back catalogue" -- all Sopranos, etc, episodes. You also only get HBO-produced TV movies, not the hundred+ films on HBO or HBO Go. (I've seen some interesting stuff on HBO Go that I never found on the actual HBO channels, such as the movie "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel".)

Comment: Re:Brain damaged project (Score 2) 134

by porges (#46536235) Attached to: GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

No. You're thinking of the fact that once the linker marks a .o as required, it brings in all of that .o file unless you provide those flags you mention. But the point is definitely that only the .o files that are needed get linked into the final object model. Just do a gcc of a simple "hello world" program and then look at the a.out's size; it won't be anywhere near as big as libc.a. Also, nm a.out will show you the relatively few symbols in the a.out file.

Comment: Re:Dunno (Score 1) 747

by porges (#46487091) Attached to: Measles Outbreak In NYC

Why in God's name would they lie about there being no mercury in the vaccines? Are the vaccines being used as a way of solving the famous "how can I get rid of all this mercury I have lying around" problem? If they're willing to flat-out lie about what's in there, why don't they just package up water and call it a vaccine? It's got to be cheaper than whatever they're doing now.

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