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Comment Re:no (Score 1) 299

Well according to Google.

YouTube: From $4.99
iTunes: From $4.99
Amazon Video: From $4.99
Vudu: From $4.99
Google Play Movies & TV: From $4.99

the world has moved on from DVDs.

Everyone I know still has the means to play a DVDs even if they don't use them as often as they used to. In a world where some people have data caps and limited speeds, I don't think the world has moved on.

Besides, I can't count on streaming options to reliably have the same offerings on a consistent basis. My physical copies work and if they stop, I can rip them to make sure they still do.

Comment Depends (Score 1) 299

What features do I get out of this? Can I pause or rewind the movie at my convenience? Do I have to buy/rent some bulky piece of equipment or can I use something existing in the home already? Does the price vary depending on how many people are present?

I live by myself and am single. $25-50 is a non-starter for me. Being unable to pause or rewind the movie is a non-starter for me. Having to rent/buy a piece of equipment that is singularly purposed, is a non-starter for me. Something invasive that figures out how many people are in the room is a non-starter for me. If I really want to see a movie, I can go see it in theater instead without those restrictions. The problem is that I'm not that gungho about much in theaters these days...

Comment If we're going to go by district (Score 1) 606

If we're going to go by district, then we need to make an effort to ensure that more districts are competitive. Otherwise you get the same problems that guaranteed gerrymandered districts have and you find that politicians stop caring about campaigning in those districts. Both parties do it and it's bullshit.

It's not going to be a universal thing given distributions of voters. But given that Congress has like a 90% reelection rate, you can basically determine how the electors would end up voting. If we could get that number down to say 70%, it would force politicians to listen to voices on both sides and not put the party's interests ahead of their constituents.

Comment Re:Americans? (Score 1) 320

Why would Apple make their global iPhones in the US? Make the US versions here and everyone else's abroad. No loss in global sales because prices are unchanged and potentially some hit in margins for being domestic that could be offset by price increases elsewhere.

Where it gets interesting is if someone just says fuck it and moves everyone to Canada instead. It would depend on how much of the business is US vs abroad but surely there's an inflection point that you decide the US market isn't worth it.

Comment Re:too much segmentation (Score 1) 160

The real danger with that approach is that you now have to have content to justify that particular price. Netflix, HBOgo, and Amazon Prime all make their cases pretty well (granted I only use Prime).

Everyone wants their cut but most everyone offers an inferior product than Netflix initially. I have only so much free time in a day AND they have to compete with every other form of entertainment. 5 services at $10/month is pretty lousy compared to hundreds of hours in Civ 5 and Skyrim gotten on a Steam Sale...

Comment Some folks might not even care (Score 1) 208

My dad could care less about the internet and doesn't see the value in it. Only reason he has it is so he can check his work email and keep his wife happy. He thinks the idea of having it be a regulated utility is stupid and unnecessary as people don't need the internet. He's 63 years old. I doubt he's the only person that thinks like this.

Comment Re:What Hollande says (Score 1) 328

But wouldn't it be worth compromising on this point a bit to get to carbon neutrality faster?

Yes. But no one believes in compromise anymore. All sorts of issues are becoming all or nothing on from both sides. Why should this be any different? Remember the argument between Boehner and Obama on raising the federal gas tax? They both agreed it needed to happen but wanted to tie it to all sorts of other things rather than just get it done.

My dad was telling me that Duke Power was looking to build some new coal plants that replace much older ones. Was/has been held up in court for some time. You would think that while more coal plants are not an ideal outcome, replacing old plants with newer, more efficient designs would still be a net win in terms of reducing emissions. People aren't going to want to give up their comfortable lifestyles so we're going to continue to need to build more power generation.

Architecture does the LEED stuff for new buildings so I figure we can do stuff like that for components of home consumption. Let's make Energy Star the minimum requirements for appliances to be sold if it is not already. Then create a new targets for Energy Star or rename it Energy Star Plus or Energy Star Gold. Let's tackle phantom power waste. Let's boost efficiency requirements. Less power demand helps too.

Comment Re:The real losers are his supporters (Score 1) 2837

You don't know what the ACA would/will be replaced with. It is natural to be very wary about further screwing around, but it would be wise to reserve judgement until concrete plans crystallize.

Here's my bet on how this will go. ACA is repealed to conservative celebration everywhere. There is no plan readily available to replace it. Why do I think that? If there was a plan to replace it, I'm pretty sure they'd be talking about how it's better than ACA. I would bet that after four years, there is still no plan.

Competition over state lines is not particularly thought out well. Different states have different insurance requirements so how do you address this? Otherwise I don't think I've heard anything else regarding it.

Comment Re:BS (Score 1) 2837

To be fair, Republicans were just as happy to let illegal immigration fly too. They could have done anything in the 2000-2006 timeframe for sure.

But I do agree that Hillary basically had no serious platform. I still can't figure out what she was running for. She could have leapt on the Epipen stuff except that Mylan's CEO is Manchin's daughter so Hillary wouldn't dare. She could have gone with policing reform by changing the war on drugs. She could have done many things but the problem is that she doesn't have any positions until they're popular already.

Honestly, this has been an event 20-30 years in the making where Washington stopped caring about middle class blue collar workers and continued to cozy up with Wall Street and the other wealthy. It's continued to get worse and since Washington stopped investing in them, they got desperate.

My big concern out of this is the Supreme Court as that will have much longer lasting impact beyond Trump's presidency.

Comment Re:Don't worry guys... (Score 1) 414

Your views resonate a lot with observations I've made myself.

I'm not even sure the Democrats have given up on black voters but they definitely feel they don't have to work for them either. Republicans long shot themselves in the foot there and continue to do so.

I do not see things getting pretty for most anyone in the long term.

Comment Re: Pushback (Score 1) 275

My initial thinking was consoles have exclusives but I do recognize that major franchises buck that trend.

I see it as Valve spent a significant amount of time investing in their Linux build, here's an opportunity to have it pay off. Perhaps it's a far shorter period - say a month early for attempting Linux access. Maybe they give a modest discount to gamers who primarily use the Linux Steam build. I dunno. Something to start getting people to test the waters for migration.

Comment Re:First drink is on me (Score 1) 224

We've taken things waaaaay to far in this election, and it's time we stopped and thought about who we are and what we're doing.

Neither side cares and see scorched earth as an acceptable solution to winning the race. I'm not sure what the solution is cause my thoughts aren't someone else's thoughts and there's just more fighting.

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