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Comment Was Abraham Lincoln Wrong? (Score 1) 327

Attributed quote to Lincoln: "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." No, he probably is correct but with the Internet, "some of the people" is big enough to make a great living as a scammer.

Comment Warehouse Wage Slave (Score 1) 647

It's inferred that this warehouse was Amazon but never confirmed http://www.motherjones.com/rights-stuff/2011/09/amazon-warehouse-heat-shipping. There is always a price for free shipping and low prices. Just because you cannot or do not want to see it, does not mean it isn't there. Now, I need to go order that Rob Zombie Voodoo Doll.

Comment Freaking out the rest of the world (Score 1) 1359

Who cares about the margin of error, exact number of years, agnostic versus atheist, church versus state separation or any of the other hair splitting. We're talking that somewhere round 40% of Americans completely discount all fact and science (the proven stuff, no theories involved) and believe that God automagically created humans as they are now. Holy craps Batman! This is 40% of a population that controls the world's only superpower. Give me a minute while I breath into a paper bag. It's one thing for nutcases in Iran to run around screaming Allah is great. It's a totally different case when a substantial portion of the US voting population effectively believes the same thing. I gotta go back to my paper bag......

Comment Re:A week? (Score 1) 1004

You're missing the point. There is a large population that does not want to wait AND would pay (per my other comment) for the convenience of immediate gratification. Internet/downloading has conditioned them. A smart business would take advantage of that desire, get the series online and milk the hell out of it. A year later, the high quality DVDs, interviews with actors, directors and author would follow and the population that waited a year would buy them. Know your market and understand your competition, in this case bittorrents and respond accordingly.

Comment Gobsmacked... (Score 1) 1004

Let me put on my suit and think like an evil, profit driven businessman. I have 3-4 million pirated downloads per episode x 20 episodes to date = 80 million pirated episodes. Let's go for $2.00/episode (Amazon rate) and assume about a 50% conversion (people that would pay versus pirate if it was easy to get). That's still $80 Million in cold hard cash (ok, it's electronic, but you get the idea). I am gobsmacked that HBO simply walks away from this easy cash all to protect possible DVD and network sales. Do both! Rake in the cash from tech-savvy viewers while the show is hot and then pick up the remainder with DVDs. I'm I missing something somewhere?

Comment Is there a real problem? (Score 4, Informative) 516

Cell phone use is being banned in cars because studies showed that you effectively drive "drunk" when you're talking on the phone. Science wins on that one. What's the equivalent evidence for GPS systems? I haven't heard of anything. In fact, GPS systems appear to have been designed to minimize such distractions, allow easy and quick referencing and along with voice instructions, allow relatively safe navigation. I think science wins on this one as well. Scrap the regulation.

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