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Comment Breakdown of Stats (Score 3, Interesting) 188

I would be really interesting to see some sort of demographic break down on those TV numbers regarding things like income level, geographical location, employment, etc. I have a gut feeling that TV viewing has gone up in some demographics and down in others. Honestly I don't even know many people who watch more than 4.5 hours of TV a week much less a day. But most of my friends play video games instead of watch tv so it's not like we have any stones to throw about sitting on the couch to much.

Comment Re:By your logic the Nazis were pro Communist (Score 2) 305

You are aware, I trust, that you are describing a very small group of men that made up some of the Nazi leadership. The overwhelming majority of Nazis were Catholics and Lutherans.

You are aware that the majority of Germans were Catholics and Lutherans in 1938 right?

It only makes sense that a political party in a certain country would be made up of people who believe in the two most represented religions in that country. So maybe, just maybe this is correlation not causation. Just saying.

Submission + - Gabe Newell Understands Half-Life Fans, Not Promising Any Sequels

jones_supa writes: Half-Life 3 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games in history. While Valve transitioned from the revolutionary series that brought the company most of its original success, to online games like Team Fortress, Dota and Left 4 Dead, people still desperately want to believe that there is more coming for Half-Life.

In a recent podcast interview he had with Geoff Keighley, Valve CEO Gabe Newell opens up the current situation a bit more: "I'm a fan of TV shows, I'm a fan of writers, I'm a fan of movies, I'm a fan of games and I certainly understand why people are like, you know, hey I remember this awesome experience and I'm starting to get worried that I'm never going to have it again. I am a fan of Terry Pratchett and he has Alzheimer's, it's like, Oh my god, I may never get another great Discworld novel. [...] We aren't going to go all retro because there are too many interesting things that have been learned. The only reason we would go back and do a 'super classic' kind of product is if a whole bunch of people internally at Valve said they wanted to do it, and had a reasonable explanation for why it was."

Comment Re:bicycles are too dangerous (Score 1) 304

With the way that some bicyclists ride around here in Chicago such as running reds, riding between lanes instead of in the bike lane, blowing past cars with right turn signals on at a light on the right side. I am not surprised that riding a Motorcycle is safer. At least motorcyclists get ticketed for driving like jackasses. Though I have had my fair share of scary mishaps with cabbies while riding my motorcycle. (Seriously who turns right from the left turn lane across 4 lanes of traffic. Fucking Cabs.)

Comment Re:Think of the children. (Score 2) 369

Doubtful. The Catholic church bans all contraceptive methods based on an edict from the Pope Paul VI.

In 1968, Pope Paul VI issued his landmark encyclical letter Humanae Vitae (Latin, "Human Life"), which reemphasized the Church’s constant teaching that it is always intrinsically wrong to use contraception to prevent new human beings from coming into existence. Contraception is "any action which, either in anticipation of the conjugal act [sexual intercourse], or in its accomplishment, or in the development of its natural consequences, proposes, whether as an end or as a means, to render procreation impossible" (Humanae Vitae 14). This includes sterilization, condoms and other barrier methods, spermicides, coitus interruptus (withdrawal method), the Pill, and all other such methods.

Comment Re:Application installers suck. (Score 1) 324

Microsoft has tried to kill normal installers twice now. The first one was with Click Once, which only installs things in a non-privileged mode. The other one is Windows Store in Windows 8. They tried to even force this in Win RT and everyone bitched.

Microsoft is damned if they do and damned if they don't. They can't take away normal installers because people will go "WTF!! Why can't I install Super Coupon Bug!" and they can't leave them in because people will go "WTF!!! Why did you let Super Coupon Bug install a virus!".

Though I have to say at my company we are happy to remove the ability to run all installers except for signed click once installers through our group policy.

Comment Re: Nosedive (Score 1, Informative) 598

My kid only makes a phone call when she's mad about something. Because, apparently, text messaging isn't loud enough. Or something.

So I had this explained to me by my much younger brother. He said that people his age (18) don't like making phone calls because they see it as intruding on the receiving parties time by forcing them to answer now. Where as a text message is more of an answer when you can affair. This makes total sense with your kid calling you when mad. Because he/she is mad calling you is there way of inconveniencing you with there anger just like an angry child might throw a toy at you.

Comment Re:Tablet? (Score 4, Interesting) 328

Like I said, anecdote alert. But I think that aside from computer professionals, many people can be more than suited by an ipad + tablet case. The number of edge cases where a laptop works but an ipad doesn't work keeps on shrinking. Rumor mill says Apple will be updating the MacBook air to be a tablet/laptop hybrid, possibly like the set up I described. That would be cool!

I know this is Slashdot so this is a little against the group think but isn't what you described exactly what Microsoft is trying to do with the surface? They made 2 versions, one that is stripped down with great battery life that runs office and a web browser. Then another one that is for professionals that is a full fledged ultra book.

I have used a surface pro 2 and it was a pretty good laptop for data viewing, though I still like a real laptop for coding work. I can see it being the only computing device someone like my wife would ever need.

I think in the long run the tablet market will be squeezed out by phones taking away the bottom and laptops taking away the top. Because lets be honest an iPhone 6+ is a great personal Netflix viewer and a Surface Pro or Convertible Mac Book Air would be better than a tablet with a keyboard case.

Comment Re: This is silly (Score 1) 720

Did people argue against the automobile because buggy whip workers would turn to a life of crime when they lose their jobs?

There are always Luddites so probably.

We call them environmentalists today. Now someone build me a fusion reactor that works so I can afford heat my driveway and never shovel snow again! Waste heat destroying the environment be dammed! /Sarcasm

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