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Comment Re: Oh noes (Score 2) 248

It just seems a slight variant on selling practices in capitalism that's been going on since Jarkal was offering those slightly off figs at half price in Mesopotamia several thousand years ago. Supply and demand, fluctuations in market price and consumer buzz have always resulted in "sale prices" being the highest out there. Sure, being attached to the Internet can leave you more prone to targetted advertising, but it also let's you trivially source competitor's prices. In the end, nothing has changed except things move faster. If you're a bit lazy and don't price check, that's your own lookout. It's not some evil corporate manipulation. Works for me.

Comment Amateur vs professional (Score 1) 395

Well, yeah, he's whining, and maybe his film is a piece of shit, *but*... I actually do think RT is not a power for good, in the same way as other aggregate sites like Metacritic. The question comes down to what a review is supposed to be. It's perfectly understandable that what"everybody" thinks about a movie or game can inform you about this weekend's plans, but let's be clear - these sites are sampling the Internet, which is, as we all know, 99% bullshit. I happen to like the older model of someone who is paid to review media and acquires a history and knowledge about the medium. Sure, they are susceptible to bribery subtle or otherwise, but the vast majority of the web reviews that skew the samples are by a bunch of high functioning idiots with as much insight into film as that noisy twat at Starbucks playing Final Cut Pro tutorials at full volume on his airbook. I learn who to trust through their history of reviews, but when RT tells me 52% and that is tainted with reviews by those wankers, well it's about as trustworthy as political polls predicting Hilary by a landslide.

Comment Re: Hahahahaha (Score 1) 128

I think there's an increasing number of movie fans fed up with movie theatres - I know I am. Talkers, texters, belchers, fidgeters - the sense of entitlement sweeping the culture have turned a lot of theatres into Medieval Times. That may sound like a lot of money, but it's significantly less than a "night out" for two surrounded by assholes. Would I drop that much to see it early? Naw, I'd struggle to think of any movie nowadays that justifies it. It's just a question of how many would. I can see why they're exploring the notion.

Comment I want to love it (Score 2) 76

I played d&d many years ago, more or less when it started, and since lurking on Twitch recently started watching some sessions to see how the old girl's been getting on. It rather bummed me out, tbh. It feels exactly like I remember, except for endlessly elaborate rule addendums. *Exactly*.

I realize the DM drives the experience but I've watched quite a few different sessions, many of which are clearly popular, and I can't imagine wanting to consume my already limited free time like that. The instant that combat starts, that's 30+ minutes of your life you've lost forever. One of the reasons I've enjoyed licensed rpg computer games is that the tedious rolling and chart lookups is managed automatically. Relying on wetware for this simply escapes me. Useful software for this would literally auto-manage the process apart from quick input from the player, but this seems more like a database reference, replacing a book. Basically, you get to do a search. Call of Cthulhu seems âless about stats and charts, more about story, and seems more appealing.

I mean, whatever turns your crank. Grognards still exist, too, and while not for me, that's cool. It just seems like what the game needs is to manage the tedious crap.

Comment Re: Sad (Score 1) 142

I saw A Simple Plan when it came out and thought he was amazing in it - sort of a dark Fargo-esque morality tale. He never seemed to get leading roles like that, I guess because he was perceived as making top dollar movie stars look better since every movie he's been in, he's improved it tremendously. Anyway, from what I've read he seemed like a decent guy and I loved his work. His poor family must be devastated. RIP

Comment No, I wouldn't build a zombie apocalypse moat, eit (Score 1) 301

Anything designed for "war" can be hacked, or can accidentally go off. I'm happy with a reasonable level of security and a realistic understanding of the risks. Most phones provide the first and most users completely fail to get the second. Just give me a padlock that will keep out the vast majority of casual identity thieves.

Comment Which is worse? (Score 1) 102

The sleazy money game that is the drug corporations and their focus on lucrative, often dangerous drugs for aging boomers in denial over aging, and the endless studies that reek of ambiguity and questionable data capture? Everybody has something to gain here (market share and more research grants).

Comment Re: Next up dead (Score 1) 399

Nope. VR, before it even gets started. Smart TVs are too easy to embed, and end users use them or not. Unlike 3D or VR, Smart TVs aren't the reason you buy the device, it's a nice extra. Well, not nice, of course. VR as a mass market device will be gone before Smart TVs.

Comment Re: The two seem very related... (Score 1) 283

Yep, basically we're talking communication and language, and one can use them for deceit if they wished. Sure, someone that cusses might be more direct, but it's a short line from that to being part of a performance. Man, I'm so sick of these bullshit studies that are one part"duh" and two parts grotesque oversimplifications.

Comment Statistical anomaly? (Score 1) 105

Hard to say what this means, just a jump in deaths over a certain segment could be behind it, to say nothing of the fact that data capture must be a bitch. My wife's family is dealing with this right now and just getting all of them to acknowledge it's actually happening seems impossible, let alone the person with the affliction. Everyone's in denial, and we are told this happens in almost every case. Saliva samples aside, how do you get solid data?

Comment You're reading the problem, right bere (Score 1) 624

I don't mean Slashdot per se, but quite simply it's the empowerment of the internet that fuels this. When I was a kid, you had very clearly defined vectors of dissemination - newspaper, books, tv...if I had an outlandish opinion about NASA faking the moon landings I would literally have to get a book published. Or better yet, have a Hollywood producer read my book and think "I can make a movie out of this - say, I wonder if Jim Brolin is available?" Bang - instant commonly known conspiracy theory.
Now, who needs Hollywood? I can have a blog, get interviewed online, find plenty of wackos out there trivially to join my cause and spread the bullshit. It's the "democratization of the internet" that's the problem. So we're screwed, unless of course we can educate all these boobs to learn how to think and recognize something dubious when they read it. Hasn't that always been the problem throughout history?

Comment Re: Extrapolation? (Score 1) 540

Your casual comment about "automation has always been a job destroyer" - care to back that up? A study in the UK was done not long ago that proved automation since the Victorian era created more jobs than destroyed - they failed to read your book?
Humanity has been predicting falling skies constantly on this topic since the dawn of the printing press - well ok, not the Technocracy movement from the early 1900s, which predicted we'd be lounging around pools being served martinis by robots except for the 3 day work week when we'd pop into our flying cars and check out how the robot masses were doing on the factory floor - but so far we still seem to be here. There are far fewer incredibly dangerous jobs, less all the time, and yup - buggy whip manufacturing and haberdasheries only exist as artisanal pursuits, and good for them because it keeps tradition and history alive by promoting human craftsmanship and eschews factory floor quality.
Ask a chimneysweep 100 years ago if they felt sad their livelihood was disappearing, and of course they did. They'll also regale you of their father and grandfather dying at a remarkably young age from lung cancer.
Embrace change, for crying out loud, since it's going to happen anyway - grab it by the horns and try to shape it, or sit in the corner crying about it and get left behind.

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