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Comment Re:One more time? (Score 2) 124

-I don't care what my local chain thinks
-I know a lot of people with families that would FAR rather pay $30 for their family to watch a movie at home (with pause and rewind) than pay $60+ to go to the movies
-These same people already pay for their home theater to be the way THEY want, which includes no sticky floors and annoying assholes that disrupt movies.
-There are many films, like comedies, that some of us REFUSE to see in the theater. The jokes that come second, and you can't hear because people are already laughing, are often the best ones.
-I recently saw a movie on my own. I paid $14 between my ticket and food/drink. That wasn't a bad deal. My family was mildly interested, but not enough to spring for all of them to go. I would have gladly paid $30 to watch at home with them, and the studio would have got far more out of me.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

To make things more human friendly, you can do the 15minute blocks thing, and base it on UTC.

That's my point from the start.

Once you realize that in order to have blocks of time available for everyone to come together, you've accepted work meetings are best done in UTC, and personal time done in solar time if you wish.

I've worked in exactly one business that did everything in UTC, and it was awesome.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

The iCalendar/iCal format, and many others, already solved that

How do they solve the inconsistent start times?

Let's say I want to meet right when I start my day, at 8:00am solar time. I'm going to have a 30 minute meeting with people in 3 other places.
Person A accepts my invite, and they get a meeting start time of 7:47am solar. They're cool, so they start 13 minutes early.
Person B gets 10:11am solar. They'll have to leave 11 minutes early, because they have a 10:30am solar meeting.
Person C gets 1:29pm solar, and they can only stay for 5 minutes before running to another invite they got at 1:34pm.

The point is that even with calendaring software, having set start times in 15 minute intervals eliminates a lot of overlap that happens when you do meetings starting at any 1 of 60 minutes.

It is hard enough to find a meeting with everyone starting at 15 minutes after the hour. I would likely never get a meeting if we all started a different times.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 202

There's very little difference between driving at 40 mph and 120 mph when the car is autonomous.

Yet, there is a HUGE difference on how much kinetic energy a self-propelled 1,500kg projectile will transfer at 40 mph and 120 mph.

The point is, until they get them well-proven, (and they will, in time), let's limit the damage a minor programming error can cause.

After that, yes, let's start zipping down the highway at 180mph in a NASCAR-esqe parade only inches from the car in front. Automatic cars can join the high-speed lane for the bulk of their trip and cleanly permit cars to leave and join the train.

Comment Re:SAVING (Score 1) 228

That's a cool idea, if you never have to meet anyone online.

Imagine trying to schedule a meeting with people where their start and end times for their meetings vary by 7 minutes, 13 minutes, 23 minutes, etc.

Perhaps you say "Well, schedule all meetings in UTC".

I'm down with that, but then, why would many people use solar time? Most people just want to know when the sun rises and sets, and that is also easily-provided information.

So, go UTC!

Comment Re:Security levels (Score 3) 498

password that changes every six months to a year.

Why? Why not every 2 years, or every week?

What problem are you solving by forcing password changes to uncompromised accounts?

I can tell you a problem you're creating, and no technical policy can fix: Passwords written on a notepad in the drawer or taped to the friggin monitor.

I work 100% remote and have a pin+rsa VPN login, but my AD password changes every 90 days. How on earth is my password being compromised? It isn't. Quit treating it like it is.

Comment Automatic tolling + time exemptions (Score 1) 469

Why not put automatic tolling during commute hours, at a fairly high rate, that is exempted when you enter the area but spend at least 30 minutes there before leaving?

It would capture funds from the people just cutting through during rush hour, or deter them from using the street.

If you decide to stop from breakfast or other forms of business within the area, you're not tolled as you spent more than X minutes in the area.

Comment Re:Do they really think that will work? (Score 1) 73

These workers will be canned, blacklisted, and replaced by younger people willing to work for vastly less - all in under a week. The official message from our dear government after that (disseminated by the "terrible media" that the same government claims to hate so much) will be that it is all the fault of the workers and their union.

These are the people that work on the POTS network.
Perhaps if AT&T had thought ahead and moved to fiber end-to-end years ago, this wouldn't be an issue.
However, they still have tons of copper in the ground, and you're not going to find someone at a job fair that knows how to deal with that.

Comment Re:Never give a number (Score 1) 435

First, if I have a req for an engineer with a range of $160K-$190K, if you are making $220K I know it's unlikely that you will accept this job.

That's an easy problem to solve. Just say "My range is $160k to $190k, and those are firm. Are you interested in continuing?"

If you don't want to trust the candidate with those numbers, why should they trust you with theirs?

Comment Apple TV or Roku at reduced price (Score 1) 25

I was planning on getting an gen 4 Apple TV anyhow.
With the promo they were running, I was able to get one cheaper than I would have anyhow, and then get 3 months of shitty TV with unskipable ads included.
Since I was already paying for Sling, I switched to this.
Honestly, I think I may switch back to Dish or DirecTV after my 3 months are up in March. I'll pay a premium to be able to record my shows again and skip commercials.

Comment Re:Over The Top subscription streaming content (Score 1) 164

Why? It's not like there is a shortage of space in, erm, space, is there?

There is plenty of room in the ocean, too.

The point is that the more wasted space you have, the harder it is to make something tough and maneuverable. Hence the reason the USS Defiant was so small.

It makes sense that a floating cruise ship like the Enterprise-D had such huge hallways. It even had daycare, which was part of the plot.

However, military/scientific vessels in the years before where everyone on board was working, and not a spouse or child, should have been focused on the mission and designed as such. Hallways should only be as wide as needed.

Now, in defense of ST:TNG, even the Enterprise-D frequently highlighted the purely functional and cramped nature of the Jefferies Tubes: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/...

Comment Re:Neither fish nor foul (Score 1) 167

I wonder what 3rd parties think of a device that yet again probably has little chance of platform parity with its competitors.

Why have a 3rd flavor of chocolate?

The Nintendo trend has been to do something different from PC, Xbox, and PlayStation.

I'm not a Nintendo person, or plan on getting this, but I see that they sell quite well. I assume this is because they're not the same.
As for the 3rd parties, I don't think they're trying to fit CoD on these. The games for Nintendo have never been bleeding edge, they focus more on fun at a lower rez.

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