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Comment I'm kind of surprised they don't do more tie-ins. (Score 1) 294

I'm not talking advertising tie-ins, but why not do additional story lines available for streaming purchase? Especially in those big ensemble superhero movies that are always so narratively cluttered because they have to give you a thin slice of so many characters.

Comment Re:Sad (Score 3, Insightful) 182

Well, I dunno. It seems like blaming Fitbit for Pebble's financial failure.

Let's take a consequentialist view of matters. If the rule is you have to buy the whole business and continue to operate it, even though it's losing money, Pebble goes out of business and it's customers and debt holders suffer. If you can sell of just the good bits without the obligation to continue running the failing as before, the customers suffer but the debt holders get some relief. Which approach is better?

Comment No Fitbit then (Score 1, Troll) 182

Legalities aside, if this is how Fitbit treats existing customers now during an acquisition, I have no faith they'll do any better on their other products whenever they can get out of it.

I've seen some Garmin products at the store - probably I'll get one of those instead. At least they have a reputation for long-term support of their products.

Comment Re:127 Mill Maintenance robot vs 4 Billion AF1 (Score 2) 37

Well, it's actually $3.75 billion. And it's not one, but two aircraft, so that's 1.875 billion apiece. That's to ensure the executive branch can function in a military crisis while one of the planes is being service.

Deduct 375 million apiece for the airframe, and we're talking 1.5 billion dollars in customization for each aircraft, including aerial refueling capabilities, which on a two-off job is a craft job; no economies of scale. Add defense and countermeasure capabilities that Air Force is extremely close-lipped about. Is there a actual escape pod on Air Force One like in the movie? Well probably not, but I'm sure the idea was at least contemplated. However it's pretty certain that if someone locks onto AF1 with a targeting radar the aircraft will have options that a stock 747-8 doesn't.

Next outfit each one so it can function as a replacement for the West Wing and the Situation Room for up to two months -- that's a deducible requirement based on the known fact that the aircraft stores 2000 meals for 100 people. That means three-of-a-kind electronics and communications systems (one for each airframe and one for the actual White House).

Is 3.75 billion too much for that? Probably. But it's hard to think of any weapon development program since WW2 that is less extravagant.

By that standard 127 million for an orbital repair robot is an almost inconceivable bargain, even if you factor in a 5x cost overrun.

Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 1) 132

Most of those people don't have the skills for those positions, let alone any experience in the areas that they're assigned to.

They rarely do... I'd say Finance is the only one where the minister usually has a solid background and skillset for the job.

The politicians generally are there to handle the politics, PR, take the flack for the bureaucrats who do the day-to-day stuff, and be an interface between Cabinet and the appointed deputy ministers who take care of keeping a department running. Even at the DM level there's rarely a department-specific skillset... they get shuffled around so much that their primary skill is in running departments. It's not until you get down to the ADM level that I'd even think to make assumptions about specialisation.

Comment Re:Lovely...with no pressing issues... (Score 4, Insightful) 132

And with no pressing issues in Canada, all is safe.

I won't argue that this hour of code stuff isn't a frivolous waste of time, but I do have to say that Trudeau has a couple hundred thousand employees plus an entire Cabinet of supposedly competent politicians who's collective job is to sort that stuff out and generally keep things running.

If the PM is so critical that all that it all falls apart should he divert his attention elsewhere for a few hours, then we're fucked.

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