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Comment Re:Fan Base Development (Score 1) 66

Without the free streaming how would there be any fans?

I have several New Yankee Workshop books but never paid to watch Norm on TV.

Fast-forward 15 years, and my daughter has never directly paid for a Dr. Who download but her room is full of merchandise. Heck, her closet door is a 3/4 size Tardis.

Since they pulled it from Netflix, though, she hasn't bought any more as it wasn't fresh and exciting in her mind. Now she's on to YouTuber merchandise (I'll let you in on a little secret - she doesn't pay for YouTube either).

I don't get why this is hard to understand, but then again the PBS/NPR funding model has always been to DoS themselves and hold their own programming ransom.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 3, Insightful) 504

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic as it didn't cover the rise in working age adults.

Currently we need 215-220K per month growth to remain even with population growth. Everything else is a loss, and the lies are covered up with the "discouraged worker" nonsense.

Don't be played for a fool by official propaganda - the math will set you free. Once you understand that this drain on the economy is the real cost of endless war, it starts to make quite a bit more sense (and it's also much more depressing). But, "hey, the unemployment rate is down*!" so go back to soda pop and television. #include officerbarbrady

Comment Re:If I Was An Insurance Investigator... (Score 1) 135

Any launch failure makes other launches more expensive due to higher launch insurance costs.

Insurance only spreads out the cost. The only increase is the profit made by the insurance company, but that's their fee for providing the cost-smoothing service. If the launch companies wanted to do their own cost smoothing they could (but they know that a watchful third party is also a good idea, to keep everybody honest). OK, that's two services they provide.

Comment Re: Who cares (Score 1) 145

If CR is basing its Tesla ratings on owner surveys then they're getting very different results than all the other ratings agencies. I'd wonder if the other ones are bought off except that all my friends who have Teslas cannot shut up about how perfect they are, without exception.

I think it's more likely that the Press reminds people that CR still exists when they get their hate on for Tesla and the people at CR can find narrow excuses to justify their complaints while massively benefitting from the exposure.

Being bought off and benefiting financially from a review are not the same thing but both can apply bias pressures.

Comment Re:Time to create a distinction? (Score 1) 80

You're redefining intelligence to mean pattern recognition.

People have been calling this kind of software "Weak AI" for a couple decades. It's what most people want.

"Strong AI" is going to make mistakes, like humans do - it's how we learn and grow. Nobody wants their toaster going on a creative bender, but they do want one that watches for perfect toast, dealing with thousands of unpredictable variables. Same goes for IVR's, search engines, translation, autopilots, etc.

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

AR is a massive privacy invasion waiting to happen.
VR isn't.

Oh yea, heaven forbid we gain AR and lose all of the privacy we currently have with the likes of Google and the NSA.

AR requires cameras in public places.
VR doesn't.

Nearly everywhere you go in public right now, you are on at least one camera if not ten. All of which are owned by other people than yourself.
One more camera of your own that isn't recording doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

AR pretends you can navigate in the real world while being distracted by a game.
VR doesn't.

That's about the only good point you've listed.

AR can be spoiled / interrupted by other people's pissing about in front of the idiot with the headset.
VR cannot.

Challenge accepted!

AR requires high-end computer vision, equipment and processing to operate properly.
VR doesn't.

Tell that to the VR headset makers that all want me to upgrade my video card or purchase a next gen console.

Comment Re:Why is this even news? (Score 1) 471

he never elaborates on the how?

Did you read TFS? He says by cutting corporate taxes and regulations. Those are *some* of the reasons Apple builds in Asia. There are other reasons too. But talk about that, don't pretend that Trump offered no means towards progress there.

It's a huge problem and Tim has addressed it publicly before. He said that he can't even get the screws he needs in the US and in China the screw factory is just down the street. So, to make iPhones in California you first have to figure out why there are no mini screws made in California, and fix those problems first. Taxation and regulation is *part* of the problem.

Comment Re:This article is late... (Score 3, Informative) 9

They change it frequently enough, that whenever I need to find it, it's listed under a different name and I have no idea where to look.

Yeah, holy fuck, it's been what, "Chromecast", "Google Cast", and "Home" in just the past six months? And now they're changing back to "Chromecast"?

What kind of sociopath is letting the marketing department get away with this kind of abuse of the users?

Comment Re:government regulations (Score 1) 333

It was discovered, but now who's going to make sure it doesn't continue? Even knowing this fraud has occurred, how do I know what's in the "Aloe" when I go to buy it? (assuming I don't have the resources or inclination to do my own testing)

You look for the little "Certified By" logo on the bottle and buy one from a lab you trust. Like many people look for a 'UL' sticker on electrics.

Oh, do those products cost three times as much? Hrm, wonder why.

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