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Comment I would sometimes go for that as a purchase (Score 1) 26

$50 is pretty step, but for some movies I might pay that much if I was basically purchasing early.

But as a rental I also think that's too high, especially for only a 48-hour window. That said I might pay that much for home access to Star Wars movies after they were in the theater, which would save on repeat theater viewings (so far Star Wars movies are the only movies I ever see in the theaters multiple times).

One aspect of the cost people are not factoring is in the mental savings of not having hundreds of other annoying people surrounding you as you watch a movie. That is worth quite a lot by itself.

Comment Not necessarily. (Score 1) 168

If fewer people are being paid to do the same job, technology has taken over jobs.

Not if more companies can offer that job because it has become more efficient to perform it. There way be an increase in absolute positions to fill exactly because you can do that job with fewer people (people being more expensive than the automation).

Comment Far from it (Score 3, Funny) 168

I'm a robot, so I'm pretty sure I'm safe.

What will happen when humans have no jobs? They will watch TV 24x7, right?

And what will they watch?

Well as history shows us, the most popular pastime is witnessing battles. With robots having recently taken away all the jobs, just who will humans want to se battling?

That's right, robots.

So Robot, you will enter the arena for our amusement , then have parts stripped from your shiny oiled hide by some variant of a hyper-advanced spinner bot. Wires crackling as the last sounds your failing audio receptors discern over even the rending sounds of your body being the cheering of human crowds at your imminent disassembly.

That Mr R. Obot is your retirement plan.

Comment Not exactly take, but augment (Score 2) 168

Yes technology will get rid of a lot of jobs.

But it has been doing that for a long, time time. Some jobs go away. But made possible are new jobs that would not be possible without the forward march of technology... there will always be work for people who seek to do something in life.

In a lot of cases technology may not even completely take over jobs, but allow a person to be much more effective, or for fewer people to do the same job as had been done before.

Comment Why kill yourself? (Score 1) 75

There are a number of people who think if you are below 60 now you may well live forever at this point.

That may be a bit extreme but I don't think living to 200 is unlikely if you are anywhere below 50 and keep yourself healthy...

So if you are going to miss this in 200 years it pretty much means you did yourself in. Don't do that.

Comment Dont worry I've got a backup (Score 4, Funny) 242

As it turns out I have a backup sample, because you have to keep it at incredibly high pressure I keep it in the much more reliably pressurized environment of a dorm room with two Chemical Engineering majors.

Indeed because of the pressures involved I had to add some padding around the sample to prevent the rare metal from being crushed.

You can come collect it whenever, except of course when there's a sock on the door handle (P.S. there is never a sock on the door handle).

Comment Hey guess what else this is true of - everything (Score 2) 153

was largely positive, but this changed from the mid-1990s to 2013,

The thing to understand is, this is not limited to tech. There has been an assault for a decade or two now on the public being happy in any way. You are meant to be riled up and agitated.... to what end I cannot say. But the end effect is not good, you can tell this is bleeding into everyone's real lives, affecting relationships and general behavior.

Comment And went to... (Score 1) 186

I documented all of this, got supporting statements from my colleagues, and went to HR

Aha, I see your mistake.

When your "I went to..." statement does not end with "the troublesome's persons direct supervisor", then you have done nothing except cause grief for yourself.

Companies don't change in response to HR reported threats. They clam up and protect the status quo. Hint: you reporting a problem is not the status quo...

If instead you report to a manager above the troubled employee, well now you are giving the company a chance to quietly sweep a problem under the rug... there is nothing large companies and high level executives like more than some good rug sweeping. Heck, they might even lay off her whole division just to be sure!

Comment Interesting to mull over effect of shapes. (Score 2) 103

I was also mulling this over in relation to the movie World War Z where (spoiler) zombies piled up against a wall until they got over the top...

Even against an angled wall that would work after a while I imagine, as you packed in enough tipped over zombies. But against curved and angled wall it seems like it would take much longer to work as most of the mindlessly piling on zombies would slide to the sides, or possibly even the force of new incoming zombies pushing the zombies up against the surface of the curve to either side. It would be really interesting to simulate.

I think you are right hat against Walking Dead zombies, it would tip them over and they wouldn't be able to exert any significant force on the wall. Indeed a pack of them would be helping to hold up a wall canted outward!

A new innovation for Zombie movies could be some kind of "stiction" zombie, that could attach to a surface, chemically bond, then pull instead of mindlessly ramming...

Comment All you Apple Haters can bite my shiny metal SD (Score 1) 48

Sony has also introduced a new memory card reader, the MRW-S1, due for release in April. It features an in-built SuperSpeed USB port for cable-free PC connection, so that your files can be copied faster than by using the slower SD slot on a PC

I seem to recall an awful lot of Apple Haters whining about a certain new MacBook Pro that had dropped the built in SD reader...

You just keep on using your slow vestigial reader while us MacBook Pro owners stay at the forefront of technological advance.

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