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Comment Re:Live streaming beats fixed schedule (Score 1) 208

I think the TV as such is mostly going to go away, at least the form with a tuner. Here in Norway the mean broadband connection is 33 Mbit/s, the median 24 Mbit/s and 90%+ have 4+ Mbit/s.

Here in the US, each individual "channel" can carry 19Mbps. That means your "mean broadband connection" can't even support TWO simultaneous channels at full quality. How many people are in each of those houses, sharing those broadband connections? And how terribly inefficient is it for everyone to unicast what could be broadcast one-time for all?

In the US there are currently 50 channels, for 950Mbps total, continuously. It'll be a while before everyone's internet connections get there. And that's just OTA. Cable services can broadcast many, many times as much data. I'd be inclined to say things could and should go the other way... with everyone getting a networked DVR, and popular YouTube/Netflix/Hulu videos pre-fetched when they are broadcast OTA.

Comment Re:Screw paying for ANY television viewing (Score 1) 208

Updating of OTA broadcast, I think, will find more people turning to it and away from shitty cable and satellite, which is already a trend.

People are dropping cable, and more are installing antennas, but TV viewership even on broadcast OTA networks is also falling, as people spend more time on mobile devices...

I expect OTA viewership will take-off, and cable will really die, when mobile devices like tablets start including built-in TV tuners and antennas... Plenty of people with time to waste are away from home, and would like some entertainment that doesn't eat up their astronomically expensive data plan.

It has already been done... But once Apple gets the idea, everybody else will copy them, and the press will gush about how incredibly innovative they are...

Streaming over the Internet, I think, is just another 'pay TV' trap like cable and satellite, and as a matter of fact if you think for a moment, how is it really any different than cable or satellite directly connected to your TV?

Simple... Internet-based services don't hold a geographic monopoly like cable companies do. Lots of competition, versus NO competition.

Changing technology matters, too. Cable couldn't help but be linear, non-interactive a few decades ago. Now they can do things smarter, but many of their declining number of customers demand they maintain the old model, and their contracts with networks are equally difficult to substantially change to allow a new service model.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 426

In reality, we don't fight wars over oil, either - we get the vast majority of our oil from ourselves, Canada, Mexico, Venezuela, and Nigeria. The Middle East is a very small supplier of oil for the US. Most of the ME oil goes to our allies in the EU; if we're "going to war" for oil, it's so our allies can have a source of oil.

Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 361

Thanks for the link. It explicitly states that it's not just racehorses, that it's already expired, it was $500,000 on an asset above $2,000,000 value - and it's not just thoroughbreds. Thanks for playing, buh bye!

Oh, and still wondering about that whole "the rich pay less than 15% taxes" you claimed way back when to be either substantiated - or for you to admit your error...

Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 361

Wrong as usual... The depreciation is $500,000 and only on assets above $2 million - and must be for business purposes. It also covers expenses by teachers, mortgages, and other assets which can be depreciated if used in a business venture. Like a racing team - car or horse - would consider their "transportation" a needed component of the business. So a bit different than what you're trying to paint (yet again) Ratzo.

Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 361

Hey, the program manager on my current project races horses. Not at an oval, but "cowboy" racing around barrels and the like. He's an ordinary Joe. And most of the charters in the Ventura and Oxnard harbors are under 30 feet, owned by working Joes. I know, I go fishing quite a bit - and the crew is inevitably the owner and his buddy or son. But you go right on pushing that class warfare! Yep, you didn't get what you wanted so everyone else must be bad. Somehow they don't pay the taxes they do. You keep your anger at the classes boiling!

Comment Re:This would level the playing ground (Score 1) 361

Wow, didn't realize that middle class people don't own horses or boats! Guess what - plenty of middle class people own both! Several of my coworkers here in the Ventura, CA area have horses (the hills around here are great for riding), and both of my neighbors own boats (20 to 30 foot boats). But go ahead and run away, you've been exposed as a class warfare soldier. Facts obviously don't matter, you have an agenda to push!

Comment This really, really upsets me (Score 1) 472

I think I'm going to have to plan a stealth take-down of Dice, one office/person at a time. I'll announce my involvement after each attack, and I'll promise more in the future. And I'll scare them so much they will drop this ridiculous meme. That will show them that we engineers are NOT more likely to be terrorists!

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