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Comment Re:Yes, these are also my reasons as well (Score 1) 370

Pretty much. But There is indeed a case to be made for movie theaters because we are social beings. I have a fancy espresso machine at home but I still stop by a coffee house every once in a while because of this social aspect.
So when it comes to movie theaters they can be a plus but they have to know their place and care about their audience. We have one theater I like which is in the more upscale area where people are also more educated and polite. They have big comfy seats with huge arm supports which make everyone sit far away from their neighbor, reducing chatter. The rooms are small and big seats eat into it even further, again reducing chatter. They police cell phones well. They are clean and they are punctual about taking about 10 minutes for previews so I can go in late and be sure to just see the movie.
If I want social interaction with friends I will watch at home. But then someone will get up to pee, someone will take a call etc. If I want social but polite and fully focused on the movie then I will go to the movie theater (but you have to know which one is good for this purpose because most can diaf, not literally).

Comment Re:"Huge" isn't what I'd say (Score 1, Insightful) 879

I happen to think it is the exact opposite. Numerous people who would never vote for Trump otherwise will turn out in droves because the alternative is Hillary Clinton. I am a libertarian who cannot stand Trump. But this year I will be sure to vote for the uncultured New York hillbilly because the evil bitch shall not pass. And I have nothing against female politicians. I would vote for Nena Whitfeld long before Rand Paul. But Hillary Clinton, who wipes her servers with a cloth, is not someone I want to see in the Oval office. Ever.

Comment Re:Think of the children! (Microsoft) (Score 2) 170

LibreOffice? Photoshop? Matlab? VirtualDub? Illustrator? Draftsight? Comsol? Netfabb? Visual Studio? Handbrake? As soon as these and a few other apps can be run on a phone, I will be impressed. If the phone can also run at least 3 external independent 1080p screens then I will switch.

Comment Advertising code of conduct (Score 1) 707

How about this:
1. Ads should have no dynamic content to them. No HTML5, no javascript, no java. If the ad requires the user's computer to run any code that is supplied by the advertising agency then the website needs to design an effective way for the user to identify when they are infected by the ad and a straightforward path to financial recovery for all users who were served such an ad (class action without going to court). Barring that - no dynamic content.

2. Ads should not alter the user's computer state. In particular, no cookies. The website should make every effort to protect user privacy and prevent user tracking.

3. Ads should not interfere with site usage. In particular, no interstitials or ads that alter or delay user access to the website.

4. Ads should not be distracting the user from content. It is OK for the ad to present information in a way that has a chance to catch their attention but if the user makes a decision that the ad is of no interest then it should be trivial for the user to tune the ad out. For example, no blinking ads, no strobe effect, no sound.

And for mobile:
1. The ads should be small enough to allow easy website navigation. No ads which span more than 75% of overall width or height.

2. The ads should be small enough to present negligible load on the bandwidth consumption. That means that ads need to scale by locale. The typical monthly allowances for users can vary greatly across the globe and the internet is global. It is likely that 10 KB is a good upper limit for each ad though this may change by locale. The number of ads and their refresh rate need to be tuned by locale.

The final requirement which would be ideal but is likely unrealistic: the ads need to be designed to fit the aesthetic of the website. For example, contrast between the ad color scheme and the website color scheme can be jarring to the user. At the very least, the websites should saturate/desaturate ad colors automatically to better match the site design.

Comment Re:Awaiting Awareness (Score 3, Interesting) 139

I want my phone to do messaging, read email, browse the web, call people, I want it as a portable gps and basic camera and maybe a calculator and a flashlight. All these have been available on very old phones, all of these do not tax the processor even back to Snapdragon 800.
There has been zero reason to upgrade a phone for the last three years at least. Of course, as soon as phones become capable of actual computing (running real applications, running multiple displays, interfacing with external storage, burn blu ray disks, and print to generic printers) I will upgrade. Until then... why?

Comment Re:Gamble? (Score 2) 138

Yeah, the key is to make planes fast and cheap. No system in existence can deal with a few tens of thousands of planes attacking a target at once. If military planes can be made to follow Moore's law of sorts then that is far better than stealth. The problem is we are taking the opposite track. Every next generation of planes is more fancy but also much more expensive than the previous one.

Comment Re:Is this some luddite anti-tech site? (Score 5, Informative) 91

These are no jetpacks, no matter what the media labels them as.
First, they are turboprops. There are no jets. In other words, it is a slightly shrunk down versions of a personal helicopter with all that implies for maneuverability and speed.
Second, they are not "...packs". These devices are huge. The cool thing about jetpacks is that they would be devices you could carry with you and they would be the size and weight of a normal bag but then you strap it to your back and you can fly. And when you fly, these devices would not stick out much from your back, thus allowing you to clear very narrow gaps between buildings and so on.
There is a reason why bicycles are not generally considered cool but skateboards are. You need to park one but not the other.
Finally, these devices are totally useless for their intended purpose. If the building is in trouble (e.g. on fire) then these will not help you put the fire out. To search, survey, or monitoring you are better off with much small drones. They can hang in the air much longer, they provide clear picture and they can navigate much tighter spaces than this monster, plus they have no operator to endanger. If the building is not in trouble but you have e,g, a medical emergency on the top floor then you are better off with an elevator. Part of the reason people are smirking is because this is clearly someone in Dubai buying himself a bunch of toys with public money. Corruption is not sexy.

Comment Re:Maybe Scott just wasn't listening that hard... (Score 1) 163

I have seen a preview they did here locally. First, this is an awesome movie. It is not claustrophobic like Gravity. It moves fast and is fun. Imagine McGuyver in Space. It is just about as fun and certainly more realistic. Sure, there are things that rub you the wrong way after the movie but nothing that irked me instantly. When they say this movie is accurate, they mean that you do buy into the McGuyvering while it is going on. Even a PhD like me can enjoy this movie.
Unlike for instance the recent Maze Runner where the entire premise of some enzyme which cannot be made via biotech but can be made by the body is plain ridiculous. This movie may not be totally accurate but it is on another level.

Comment Re:How many coin toss heads in a row is natural? (Score 2) 191

I think the limiting factor is going to be financial. Nobody will be building single purpose science facilities at a cost which is a significant fraction of the GDP. My guess is that something on the scale of $10-20B is imaginable (i.e. something like the failed SSC) but much bigger is not. Now, couple this with the fact that CERN was only able to sell their expansion due to the hunt for Higgs. This was not some nebulous cancellation of perturbative corrections but a very real prize which could then for years validate the technical prowess of a entity like EU. So unless there is something truly fundamental, firmly expected and magically marketable to politicians beyond CERN LHC scale, then it is unlikely to happen.
Frankly, it is just as well. If I were a politician, I would allocate any new funding for identifying ways to reach higher energy scales cheaper. We need to shrink things like the ATLAS experiment down to lab-on-chip level. We need hard drives which can fit all data from CERN for a year on one platter. Give it a few hundred years of progress, shrink technology as much as possible, then scale up as need be.

Comment Re:Sunk cost fallacy (Score 1) 485

Technically that is not true. To repay the debts, the Greeks would have to divert something like 20% of government spending towards repayment. So if they cut half the spending from budget then they could be solvent even accounting for the resulting shrinking in the economy and the debt payments.
Technically, the Greeks can repay the debt, it just requires a good chunk of the country to starve to death in the process. And I mean literally because government spending is about half of their economy (a bit more actually).

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