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Comment Re:The Honeymoon is over I guess? (Score 1) 399

(Especially since demographically, their employees vote for a party that is all for taking people's stuff and redistributing it to the less fortunate.)

That's an outstanding point. You're only in favor of wealth redistribution until it's your wealth being redistributed. And, besides the fact that the employees weren't even guaranteed the money to begin with, what's the difference between this and higher taxes/premiums, other than that your "donation" is less likely to be burned away by bureaucracy on its way to the people it's supposed to help?

Comment Re: I think it's fair (Score 1) 178

In other words, their regular job doesn't pay a living wage, and neither does Uber or they would quit their regular job and do Uber full time.

Don't you think that's presumptuous? I make very competitive money at my current job, and I intend to support my family solely on it once kids come into the picture, but until then, my income is supplemented by the job my wife works. That doesn't mean my job doesn't pay a living wage; it simply means that more money is more attractive than less money.

Comment "Millions of dollars"? (Score 4, Insightful) 110

What "millions of dollars" did the site generate? I can understand a claim of lost profits for the content owners, perhaps, but it's not like that translates into earned revenue for the site owners. And if they made money from paid memberships or ads or something, that's hardly illegal.

Comment Re:It's how you define the 'utility function' (Score 1) 609

Excellent point. Regardless of "weight of scientific evidence," people are still going to have values, and those values are going to differ. Today, many freeways have a speed limit of 70MPH. I bet if you lowered it to 60, you'd save a couple hundred or thousand deaths each year. Lowering it to 50 or 40 would reduce the deaths even more.

But at some point, we have to establish a baseline for how many annual traffic deaths we find "acceptable" as a society. You're left with either a law based on sheer evidence ("No driving, because driving results in deaths"), or a law based on popular opinion ("People are satisfied with the death rate of a 70MPH freeway system, so that's the speed limit"). The former would be absurd, and we already have the latter.

Comment Re:Not senile, just falling for old philosophy (Score 3, Interesting) 951

The interesting thing to me is that this is just religion given techy words so it sounds more "rational" or "thought-provoking." Both a simulation and a creation would require a creator - some greater being outside of what we consider reality. In fact, when it comes down to it, do you really lose anything by calling the Christian (or Muslim or Jewish or whatever you like) theology a description of a computer simulation?

Comment Re:Surprised? (Score 2) 424

Just more Cheez-wiz American cinema. Lucas ruined the first three movies when made the last three.

Oh for pete's sake, Lucas didn't ruin anything. Star Wars until the sellout to Disney was his. His fucking vision.

Well, no. His vision was a green-skinned Han Solo with gills and other crazy characters/ideas that brighter minds, fortunately, talked him out of. A New Hope is what happens when you based your movie on established storytelling techniques (hero's journey) and have a capable and outspoken editing staff. The Phantom Menace is what happens when you leave Lucas to "his vision."

Comment Re:Rather late (Score 2) 313

Nope, I use high quality VBR MP3 for my music because a) it sounds great, b) it's supported on everything and c) it takes a lot less storage space. FLAC is for idiots who think they have superhuman hearing.

I use FLAC to rip my CDs losslessly, so if they ever break, get lost, or degrade, I'll be able to re-burn them with no loss of data. I won't pretend I can hear the difference, but I'd rather not take the chance if I have to reuse/transcode the files in the future.

Comment Re:Average SD article containing TM unclear ABR in (Score 1) 293

My university gave me the equivalent of 2 years of credits (officially starting me as a junior) for the 6 AP tests I passed. But my BS still took 4 years.

What kind of college only requires three classes per year? My understanding (as someone who has received college credit for AP tests and subsequently graduated) is that a single AP test takes the place of a single class - usually three or four credit hours. You were a junior with only 24 credit hours to your name?

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