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Comment Re:Why not stop making new shows (Score 1) 133

Keeping existing shows running means they run out of plots and ideas, and keep jumping sharks as to try to prevent repeating the same plot over and over.
Also there is the creative aspect towards making a new show. Why do we make new software vs. just maintaining the existing branch, there is argument about architecture and other stuff. But it really comes down to the fact that we as humans like to create Just keeping a show running gets dull, starting a new show is much more interesting.
Also it comes down to money. You start a new show, you hire some actors many of them starting out. The show is a hit, so the actor gets more famous and asks for more money, as their time is being spend towards other project, which pay more. So the show will either have to pay the actor more money, find a way to write him out of the script, or just stop the show. And make a new show with different actors.

I think right now the influx of news shows comes down to cheaper production costs. Traditionally with had new shows from the big 3 NBC, ABC, and CBS. FOX then got big enough to product its own shows. But still most of the cable stations just showed repeats or low quality productions. But the cost is getting to a point where we are getting a lot of companies can afford to come up with original content. So there is a big influx of content.

Comment Re:Actually (Score 1) 252

I taught C lab class to 2nd year CS and EE students for a couple of years. The first assignment of the semester the EE students invariably ignored the style sheet and stuffed the whole program into main() with the only comment being their name and student number. So I made 'style' worth 50% of the mark on the second and subsequent assignments, I have to hand it to the EE students, they're fast learners. :)

Comment AT&T cramming; Android pod touch (Score 1) 177

On the other hand, why pay for stuff you don't need?

Because the carrier requires you to. For a long time, carriers would not activate low-minute pay-as-you-go plans with no data on smartphones. Only dumbphones were eligible for plans with no data. Instead, carriers required customers to have high-minute or unmetered plans including data, even if the subscriber already has a landline at home and plans to be near Wi-Fi whenever doing anything requiring an Internet connection. For example, Sprint's Virgin Mobile wouldn't activate a payLo plan on an Android phone, and AT&T has been known to cram a data plan onto a subscriber's bill unless the subscriber performed some obscure trickery involving buying a SIM online and activating it through the Internet before putting it in the phone.

Or because manufacturers have required you to. There hasn't been a serious Android-powered challenger to the iPod touch, a Wi-Fi-only tablet in the 4 to 5 inch range. The Archos 43 never caught on because of its resistive touch screen (though it worked well with a stylus) and lack of Google Play Store. Samsung tried with the Galaxy Player, but it didn't catch on either, possibly in part because it was stuck on Android 2 and because I never saw them in stores. So people who never plan to connect to a cellular network end up paying for a cellular radio that they don't use.

Comment exFAT requirement for SDXC certification (Score 3, Insightful) 177

Don't forget, the top phone brands are all busy neutering their phones by removing all the most useful features, such as an SD card slot

The SD Card Association already did that, by requiring SD licensees to license Microsoft's exFAT patent or not be able to use cards bigger than 32 GB.

Comment Preinstall to user partition, restore after reset (Score 1) 177

I mostly loathe my Samsung POS Android phone due to the small internal memory that is larded up with crap I can't delete

Android 5 "Lollipop" introduced a mechanism to let the manufacturer preload apps into the user partition. A factory reset erases them, but when the user connects to Wi-Fi for the first time after a reset, the phone restores the preloaded apps from the Google Play Store server. At least this way, the user can delete the apps from the user partition instead of having the factory version sit in the system partition even after the user has uninstalled updates. I wouldn't be surprised if use of this mechanism became mandatory for OHA members as of Android 6 "Marshmallow".

Comment Re:How to migrate away? (Score 1) 199

For a lot of these works, it isn't code as much as the character designs, scripts (in the screenplay sense not the ActionScript sense), etc. Somehow, free cultural works in entertainment never took off to quite the same extent as free software or free cultural works outside entertainment. Nor did free software in video games take off to the same extent as free software outside video games.

Comment Re:100% Consensus among scientific organizations (Score 2) 330

Yep. IIRC George W Bush, who is hardly known to be an anti-oil liberal, ultimately ended up agreeing that AGW was a real thing that needed to be dealt with. This was a man who literally gained much of his power from his connections to the oil industry, more so than the majority of AGW-denying Republicans.

There's a point at which the more serious the consequences, the less you can afford to grandstand and tell people what they want to hear. Just as we see every Presidential candidate split into three virtually completely different people at every election - the party's candidate during the primaries, the centrist during the main part of the election, and the establishment figure post-election - we see some politicians, from time to time, feel obliged to split from their base on key issues.

That doesn't always mean they're right. Obama turning from Guantanamo-closer to drone-assassin and whistleblower-hunter overnight seems more to me about preventing himself from having problems with the security services, or possibly fear of being blamed if there's another high profile terror attack, than anything about it being the right thing to do. But seeing people from Thatcher to Bush acknowledge AGW when there was no establishment pressure to do so, and when the consequences of AGW were unlikely to be felt (or, if felt, were unlikely to result in them being blamed) during their regimes is instructive.

To downgrade the human mind is bad theology. - C. K. Chesterton