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Comment Re:My how have the tables turned (Score 1) 145

I'm glad we agree that he shouldn't be making money off it. I don't think you are aware of how he contributes to what is already a difficult problem for recording artists. He's not the only reason I'm getting screwed, but he's definitely part of a larger picture.

He's actually an afterthought in why you're getting screwed. The labels are the primary, and until artists realize it nothing will change. However, they hold such a monopoly on things these days that even an established artist with a large fan base cannot really go it alone.

Comment Re:My how have the tables turned (Score 1) 145

In short, what you're advocating is that you should kill YouTube. I'm not sure what the fallout means for you personally, but if you had no YouTube nor any replacement because they're all subject to the same death sentence, exactly where are you going to promote yourself?

Comment Re: Oh well (Score 1) 97

You're missing the entire solution there, although you've hit upon a whole bunch of the problems. The real answer is to put the user in control, by default, of the way the page renders. If some JS wants to override the right click, it can only do so within a context wrapped by a control context. That control context will allow the user to, say, force normal right click behavior, or standard scroll bars, or standard left click behavior, for that matter, via simple controls that could be enforced by default on the browser. It probably should be by default.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 312

This is why I watch so little TV these days, I just don't have time to follow multiple series from beginning to end. If I watch a series on Netflix I go to older shows like Star Trek where I can jump around, even the later series with overall arcs like DS9 still had a lot of self-contained episodes in them and important details that spanned multiple episodes were often given a quick recap for those who haven't watched the entire season.

Same thing with The X-Files, pretty much the only episodes that I re-watch are the "monster-of-the-week" ones. Especially as I found the arc to be increasingly silly and overly confusing as the show went on in the original run.

The story arcs are great as background stories, if done right. The problem with shows like X-Files and a host of others is that they run too long. While people may hate that Firefly ended in 1 season, it might be its saving grace - a full story line and that's it. No milking the show's characters for 5 more seasons with ever stranger and more manufactured situations for them to get out of. I'm ok with loose ends at the end of a show indicating there might be more to come, but leaving me at a point where the current story line satisfyingly ended.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 312

OTOH, you could do other things. My TV watching is down to a handful of shows, probably less than 2 a week on average through out the year. Thanks to the wonders of DVRs, I just set and forget, and then watch when I've got time. If it wasn't for DVRs, I think I'd probably not watch any shows. Netflix has had 0 shows I'm interested in.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 126

Meh, increase tax on trucks and you'll just increase the price of everything you buy in the stores.

Not that I don't agree with the rest of your thesis, it's just that "user pays" government infrastructure is a fallacy. Governments just break up taxes so they seem more palatable on the surface, when in reality they just care about how big the pool is.

In this case, there's a direct user link. Will it increase the price of what you buy in stores? Of course. The money's going to come from somewhere no matter who pays in the end. Seems like user pays in this particular scenario would be the best and most equitable route. As a reference, just saw that London comes the closest in England to repaving their roads at the needed 10-20 year interval, at 23 years, and I can attest that is not often enough. Other places only get repaved as little as every 60 years, directly as a result of lack of money. The US is no better based on the infrastructure (bridges) audit reported last year, although I don't have nice numbers like for the UK. Although I know personally that you could not drive in the right hand lane I-30 in Arkansas a few years ago unless you had a high clearance vehicle due to the ruts from trucks in it. It did have the beneficial effect of auto-steering, as it took effort to climb out of them.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 312

California's messed up priorities like protecting our water?

Perhaps CA could actually spend a little of that money building water reservoirs so they wouldn't have to continue to plunder all the water rights from their neighboring states (I'm too lazy to look up the deal they made in the early 1900s) It's sad that when it does rain in CA, all the rain immediately runs out into the Pacific via huge storm drains.

CA is still the land of milk and honey and you all raising cattle in a desert are going against nature. You're also draining an aquifer that feeds at least 8 states, that one refills much much much slower than y'all are draining it.

And CA isn't raising cattle in or farming the desert? Or draining the aquifer under San Joaquin Valley so fast the land is noticeably sinking?

You might want to remove that plank from your eye first.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 126

Was it?

Yep, original planning accounted for thoroughfare traffic following the main road. Several neighborhoods I'm familiar with have closed off entrances and/or exits to fix the "cut through racer".

You want private access, have a private road. If it's paid for with public funds and it's not gated, as long as laws are followed it's fair game.

It's not private access, it's neighborhood access. For instance, I live in a neighborhood now that's constructed specifically so that all neighborhood roads are cul-de-sacs or loops. There are virtually no through streets, and for the 1 street that I know of that is a "through" street through the neighborhood, you wind up driving an extra mile or two through multiple stop signs. IMHO, all neighborhoods should be designed that way, and it's easy enough to create in many existing neighborhoods. Through traffic and neighborhoods don't mix.

Comment Re:Good. (Score 1) 312

All the businesses leaving CA for TX are happily waving goodbye to used to be the land of milk and honey.

It still is, just getting more expensive like anything else that's desired yet limited in supply. As for TX, I can see taxes going up there significantly as they start tackling water issues as well. With the huge influx of people, they'll need more water. With the EPA being led by an anti-environmental administration, it might be time to start as many new lakes as they can manage.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 126

A speed bump is no obstruction if you're driving within the legal speed limit.

I guess that's true if you're driving an offroad 4x4. There are speed "bumps" around here you actually go around the block to avoid driving over in anything less. The tops of those bumps are heavily scarred from those that thought, like you, ahh, I can drive over these.... only to leave a transmission behind.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 126

It actually depends on the road surface itself. Improperly laid asphalt which will hold up fine for 5 years on regular residential traffic might last less than 6 months in thoroughfare conditions. Throw in a few heavy trucks, and it could be a couple of months.

You are right on the heavy trucks though, every time I see one of those "This truck pays $10,000 a year in road taxes" I think "Damn, we're getting ripped off". Why? Because 1 loaded truck does the damage of roughly 100,000 cars, and you're paying considerably more than $0.10/year in road taxes. Now also consider that trucks on average drive more than 10 times as far the average car per year, and you see that they're paying a pittance for the damage they cause. Perhaps a $1/gallon road tax on diesel might level the playing field and help fund our infrastructure.

Comment Re:Does it account for greedy homeowners? (Score 1) 126

Hope you enjoy all the extra brake dust and exhaust from vehicles unnecessarily braking and accelerating through your neighborhood!

I'd be happier if they didn't cut through the neighborhood in the first place. After all, the road was put there for neighborhood access, not thoroughfare traffic.

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