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Comment "Sources?" (Score 1) 59

Did this sentence..

Eighty-four percent of Americans with online access through three sources -- home broadband, smartphone and tablet computer -- say they like having so much information available.

..strike anyone else as a weirdly alien concept of what the word "source" means? It's so incomprehensible, that I can't even say for sure that it's wrong!

Comment Must not be measuring me. (Score 1) 158

My use of Netflix is down to about 20% of what it was 4 years ago. Multiple days will pass between using the service.

For now, the TV shows are okay but once BBC sets up is own private service I may start dropping netflix for 6 months a year.

And the only other service I get is Amazon Prime but I rarely use it for shows because their interface leads me to pay per view shows half the time and that pisses me off. So I use them for the cheap shipping.

Actually, most of the "lost" netflix hours go to original Youtube now.

Comment Re:Which media company would refuse to stir up shi (Score 2) 588

Sure, it's an appalling idea, but can we wait until it's an actual plan before pouring out the vitriol?

So, we should wait until the actual contracting stage to express indignation? The fact the other companies didn't unanimously and immediately shit-can this idea says more bad things about America than burning a flag could ever accomplish.

Comment Re:As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netf (Score 1) 70

What you are saying and I am saying are not contradictory.

Netflix was $10 and included DVD's.

Netflix (from $7.99 per month) ...
Amazon Instant Video (from $8.99 per month) ...
Hulu (from $7.99 per month) ...
Showtime (from $10.99 per month) ...
HBO Now (from $14.99 per month) ...
Starz (from $8.99 per month) ...
CBS All Access (from $5.99 per month)
Warner Movie Service (From $10.00 a month)
Sling TV (for Disney) is $20+ a month

For people with less money (college students?) the difference between $10 a month and $50 a month is sufficient to spur piracy. It feels silly to pirate for $10 a month and take the legal risks. But $100 for the content now fenced off in the services above (and more- some things not streamed or even legally available for purchase) is more tempting for people of limited means.

Comment Re:Should really be "President Elect Trump" or... (Score 1) 184

Interesting article on that here
http://www.mediaite.com/online...

Looks like the shift is occuring during the last few years.

It's still not correct according to the major manuals of style.

http://thegrammarexchange.info...

"Hereâ(TM)s what the New York Times Manual* states at the entry president:

â âoeIt is President Lamm(without a given name) in a first reference to the current president of the United States. In later references President Lamm; the president; Mrâ¦.Lammâ

This style is seen in todayâ(TM)s New York Times, as in the example in this article:

http://www.nytimes.com/2009/01...

The order of mention is this: âoeBarrack Obama, President Obama, Mr. Obamaââ¦..âPresident George Bush, Mr. Bushâ

As you see, though, the Times sometimes goes against its own rules, citing the first name, too, as in this example.

â President Barack Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to lay some touchstones for the âoemore responsible, more accountable governmentâ he has promised, ordering a salary freeze for senior White House staff, tightening rules on lobbyists and establishing what he said was a new standard of greater government openness. âoeHowever long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants,â Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for staff members in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.
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So, in answer to your question, I think it is correct for the first mention of the president to be President (Barack) Obama, and for subsequent mention to be Mr. Obama.
The style may be different in different publications or in different situations. I like this particular style.

There is something else to be considered: you could leave out the honorific President or Mr., as well as the first name, and use only Obama. Some newspapers use this style. I find it jarring and rude in a newspaper, but in a personal letter, it would be acceptable.
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But I'm not going to loose my cool over it.

Comment As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netflix (Score 1) 70

They descend on it like wolves, divide the content, and raise the prices by 1000%.

To get what you got on netflix just a few years ago, you'd need to subscribe to a half dozen services which are really overpriced for the content they provide.

There is room in the market for Netflix vs Amazon but not netflix vs a dozen other services.

Comment Re:GOP [Re: Immigration policy is not hate speech] (Score 1) 1054

actually, most conservatives strongly resist a national id card... which is what you are saying.

But yes, a national biometric database would be the most effective way (combined with workplace inspection, stiff fines, and jail time for repeat offenders to remove incentives that bring non-citizens to work in the U.S. illegally.
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Comment Re:Not people: It's a computer problem (Score 1) 394

So the day they make your particular fetish or recreational substance / entertainment / political stance / religion / etc. a crime...

You're an optimist, and overstating the safety and benevolence of this program. Quit sugar-coating it, you apologist! ;-)

Peoples' fetish, substance, etc is already illegal, somewhere. And since no government (including UK) has shown itself to have the ability to store things securely (it's almost as though they employ people), it is reasonable to assume the data is (or eventually will be) globally available.

UK citizens aren't just making a decision to totally and completely trust trust their own government forever. They are also deciding that they already fully trust the Russian government, the Chinese government, the Saudi government, criminals, etc and that they will always be able to trust those parties.

UK is declaring that this is one big happy world without any adversarial relationships, and that "security" is a totally obsolete concept.

Comment Re: eating less (Score 3, Informative) 256

Troll was rated Troll because he trolled (yes, he touched a nerve - but that's part of trolling).

The underlying premise of the article is your gut is an extension of your neural and hormonal systems. Change its ecosystem's chemistry, and you'd think better and eat better. Have more fruit and vegetables, and your health will improve in a non-linear fashion - more than can be explained by better nutrition alone.

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