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Comment Re:Yeah, I've been told my odds are bad. (Score 5, Informative) 143

she didn't bother telling me what I might accomplish if I start eating right, or exercising more, or even if I quit smoking - in fact, she seemed rather dubious that it would have any real effect at all

Sounds like you need to get a better doctor.

I'm also sure that some pharmaceutical company somewhere would make a fair chunk of change off me for the rest of my unnatural life

Yeah. Generic Lipitor is $9 at Walmart. Generic Crestor is $15. KMart has generic Zocor for $3. That $.10-.$50 a day for the 3 dominate statins. That's not making any pharmaceutical companies rich.

Comment Re:OLED Display? Microsoft make $$$ on this? (Score 1) 26

Now, based on Microsoft's history with personal devices, I would think that the likelihood of this becoming a successful product is between slim and dick.

I don't know. I doubt I'd give up my Android for one of these phones if they ever to hit the streets but as for personal devices, I'm very happy with my Surface 3.

Comment Re: False premise (Score 1) 482

Let me field that answer. They'll use it, just like organizations kept using WinXP pre-SP3, until the new Director of IT came along and said "Are you fucking kidding me?! What incompetent idiot let you stay unpatched and critically open to everything that has come along in the last fucking decade?! Oh, the same one who thought it's a great idea to never upgrade hardware, despite your staff barely surviving on machines that crash daily, or catch fire like those two did last week."

Comment Re:More useless shit enslaving users (Score 2) 103

Do no evil my ass!

What's evil in this case? Yesterday you didnt have /usr/bin/raisr and you probably don't use Google+. Today you know that google has /usr/bin/raisr but you still don't have it, and you still aren't using Google+. Nothing in your life has changed materially and you are no worse off then you were yesterday. At minimum, Google was neutral, neither good nor evil. The fact that it might help other people tips it slightly in the good direction even if it never gets released as /usr/bin/raisr.

Comment Re:Misleading Article, Basically Lies (Score 1) 209

Well you can't binge all the episodes as they are only available as they are released. Which means you need to have HBO go for a minimum of 3 months. Or if you wait until the last episode of the season you can binge watch them all for the lowest cost. You just can't participate in water cooler talk about "last night's episode" until the last week.

I think the original intent was to pay say $1 an episode to be able to stream it at the same time that it's aired for regular subscribers. No delays. No subscriptions. No needing cable tv before you can sign up. Just. Plain. Streaming. A la carte.

Comment Re:Misleading Article, Basically Lies (Score 1) 209

There's a relevant The Oatmeal cartoon for Game of Throne.

If you wanted to keep up with GoT for water cooler talk with your friends/coworkers, you didn't have an option to purchase a single episode. You could pay the $14.99 for streaming HBO for 3 months when it originally aired, or you pirate. They became available on Amazon August 1st, which is always exciting to talk about a new episode 3 months after everyone else has seen/pirated/forgotten about it.

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