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Comment Re:Draft Kings (Score 2) 174

This has been not explained well, so here's my try: to win big money, you do NOT try to maximize your expected score, you maximize your chance of taking one of the top spots, because those pay big. Given that everybody has their complete pick of all the players (ignoring salary cap), the strategy is to pick at least some players that do well that nobody else has picked. So if you know who the other players do NOT have, you can find a few of those that you have some hope might suddenly have a big week and give you lots of points. That's half the battle; the other half, that you can't control, is getting those players to actually do well.

Comment Re:Be prepared to wipe your phone at any time? (Score 1) 108

Isn't the picture just window dressing, though? The ransom is to unlock your phone, not delete your picture. (The FBI warning is obviously fake.)

I think "wipe and reinstall" on iOS is no problem, because that's what it does when I get a new iPhone: during setup it logs into your iCloud/iTunes/etc and replicates everything from your old phone onto your new phone (except passwords). I'd expect wipe and reinstall to do the exact same thing. Android, I don't know.

Comment Re:I don't miss cable. (Score 1) 448

If the various content providers could come up with a way that people like me could buy individual episodes of the shows we are interested in -- buy, not rent -- then they would lure me back. I'm simply not going to pay $100+ a month just to watch Game of Thrones, Doctor Who or what ever the flavor of the month is..

They've come up with at least four ways I can access right now: iTunes, Amazon Instant (not Prime) Video, Xbox Video, and Playstation Store Video. Each of these gets single episodes of most shows day after air. Yes, it's buy, not rent. No, you can't get Game of Thrones; cable premium shows are the exception. Doctor Who next day, yes.

Comment Re:You don't like voicemail? - boo fucking hoo (Score 1) 237

2. VM is the most efficient way to get spam callers out of your face. They know if they are transferred to voice mail there is no hope of getting a callback so 9 out of 10 times they just hang up and save you the trouble.

Not the ones I get. Their auto-thing knows that VM is picking up, so it marks it as a failure, and they call twice a day for months.

"Stupidity, like virtue, is its own reward" -- William E. Davidsen