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Comment It wouldn't make sense anyway (Score 1) 103

I don't want my TV producers negotiating with my hardware manufacturers or software developers. I want them negotiating with me, the person who watches the TV. Why the fuck should such a totally-unrelated third party be involved? How can that possibly be in my best interests?

It's not just a little weird; it's totally absurd. It's like if a I drive to the store to buy some socks, and what socks are available depends on a deal between the textile producer and my car manufacturer. WUT?! Believe me: this is not a way to get me to buy your socks or your car. This is something a sockmaker or carmaker thinks up when they're out of ideas and know that there are vastly better and cheaper socks and cars available.

Comment Cut my service by 2/3 yesterday (Score 1) 68

From 197 (not even near a full package) to $70 with tax.

That's $50 for 25mb plus 10 for basic cable & hbo plus 10 for taxes.

It's a one year deal with a contract that runs 1 year (I was very specific- no 1 year deals with 2 year contracts).

Can't tell the difference.

That's about 1500 per year. That's a ski trip. maybe 2 with buds. Or it's a new car every decade.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 692

Agreed. And there is a very disturbing tone.

Extreme commitment combined with strong cognitive dissonance.

Sort of like the republicans who are homosexual who condemn homosexuals.

It's kind of like the stockholm syndrome.

What I don't understand is christians lining up behind him.

Matthew 16:26 - Bible Gateway

What good will it be for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul?

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 692

Our standing with all but 10% of other countries has increased enormously under obama's terms of office.
Those countries are notable for almost all being our direct competitors and enemies.

The u.s. can't do it alone. The u.s. had no hope of winning ww2 alone.

The u.s. military has repeatedly lost battles started by overconfident cowboys who ducked military service when it was their turn.

The U.S. military itself says it can win one war where it has overwhelming numbers and where we are committed to have soldiers die on the ground.

Comment Re:Cable content is worth more (Score 1) 174

I don't find this to be true. Many premium shows are on netflix one year later than on premium stations.

I agree there is a lot of older content. And I agree that many other media companies have withdrawn their content.

I certainly can't afford to pay $10 to each of those media companies for their comparatively miniscule content.

I can get HBO and the same money as netflix basically gets me a dozen old movies (at best), the ability to view their back catalogue (which I've already seen twice or more), 0-2 new series (GoT, john oliver), and maybe 1-2 new movie a month.

Comment Finally cut the cord yesterday (Score 1) 174

Just wasn't worth it any more.

I can go on an extra ski trip or buy a new car every decade with my savings.

25mb minimum internet now. 1 year contract with the discounts ending in 1 year (my last was a two year contract with the discounts ending after 1 year).

I am spending $132 per year extra to have cable and one premium channel (which I can change with no charge).

Comment Re:Er (Score 1) 600

This doesn't make sense as Waze and Trapster both are aware of the speedlimit on every road I've ever driven while using them. They both make warning noises (unless configured to be silent) and the speed indicator on the screen highlights when you are over the posted speed limit.

However, it does make sense that the driver can set the speed of cruise control to speeds over the legal limit. Many drivers do set cruise control between 4 and 9 miles over the speed limit. While driving on highways between cities, I rarely observe cars driving the posted limit. Almost all traffic is driving 4 to 9 miles over the limit (with most at 9 miles over the limit).

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 1) 692

She was a senator and secretary of state for years and exhibited no signs of evil at all. She was just another generic politician. Albeit, attacked more by republicans for two decades than most.

I recall how obama was going to destroy the country and turn it into an islamic state.

Didn't happen did it?

If it had been Jeb Bush, I'd be like "Well its going to suck but it wont' destroy the country" but Cruz and Trump are another matter.

Comment Re:"What Difference Does It Make?!?!?!" (Score 5, Insightful) 692

On an evil scale, hillary is somewhere north of the coyote. She's a wonk and a bureaucrat with a ton of government experience. The most likely negative outcome of her term is more of the same.

Trump is actually dangerous.

So sure.. voting for 36 vs 48 on the evil scale is still voting for evil.

But voting for 11 vs 48 on the evil scale is not the same thing.

Trump is a sociopath and a narcissist. He's an idiot too and Putin will own him repeatedly. Just having Trump as a candidate has weakened our standing with almost all of our allies which means harder to get treaties, harder to build coalitions, harder to oppose hostiles.

Comment Idea already implemented, already failed (Score 4, Informative) 533

Perhaps the Peter principle applies to bad ideas, as well as people. Perhaps a 'headphone-ports considered harmful' meme has arisen to its level of incompetence within Motorola. And it attempts to propagate itself every decade or so...

In 2006, I remember being bugged that my Motorola SLVR required a special USB headphone jack. Plus, you couldn't charge the phone and use the headset at the same time (say, for listening to music). Other people thought so too... from this phone's top rated Amazon review :
"CONS... No dedicated headphone jack ( form over function compromise)"

So the idea failed and Moto went back to headphone jacks.

Now its 2016. Bluetooth and Apple seem to have encouraged this meme to reemerge at Motorola. So we now have ... the Moto Z Force, with its innovative USB headphone port. And it appears you cannot charge the phone and use the headset at the same time. .

Comment Re:Politics aside, is this a copyright violation? (Score 1) 460

each email is a creative work by the author

Yes, good point! Without the government sticking their guns in everyone's faces and enforcing the email-writer's monopoly on commercially profiting from their blood, sweat, and tears, what incentive would party members have to communicate with each other?

If we don't properly enforce this monopoly, party members will give up and stop emailing each other! Then where will be be?

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