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Comment Re:In a country far far away (Score 4, Insightful) 499

I don't have 6-10 hours a week to mess around with crap not working randomly.

Apparently you do have time and inclination and tolerance to put up with MS advertising to you and preventing you from turning off spyware and other "features".

I also don't want to waste the money I spent.

You need to go read about the Sunk Cost Fallacy.

You offer a half baked solution without understanding the current needs of the populace

Hey, if the populace doesn't mind being spied on and having advertising forced on them right in the OS, then good for them, they can have it. Not me.

Push them to Apple at least.

I don't think all that software you listed will work on MacOSX, so that doesn't seem like a viable alternative to people like you either.

Comment Re:that's (Score 2, Interesting) 108

Why should I give a shit about the President being xenophobic, racist, etc.? The important thing to me is if they're going to start another war like Bush did. There's every indication that Hillary will do just this, probably in Syria. With Trump, who knows. He's been playing the nationalist and isolationist card, and saying some nice things about Putin, so it seems much less likely; more likely, he'll tell Putin to do whateverTF he wants in Syria as long as it results in ISIS being obliterated, as that's the *only* thing I've heard him say in favor of any kind of interventionism. Hillary, by contrast, has a long history of supporting interventionism.

If that means I have to put up with a "xenophobe" in the White House to avoid thousands of Americans being killed in yet another stupid war in the middle east, I'm OK with that.

And if you think Hillary isn't also narcissistic, I've got a bridge to sell you.

Comment Re:that's (Score 3, Insightful) 108

You don't think the RNC is doing the same stuff? They're both corrupt, don't delude yourself.

No, actually, I don't. Or if they are, they're not very effective at it, because if they were, Trump wouldn't be the nominee now. It's been no secret at all that the RNC does not like Trump, and never wanted him to be their nominee. They wanted Jeb! or Little Marco or Lyin' Ted. Blowhard Trump was not at all what they wanted, but because they weren't remotely as effective in rigging things as the DNC, that's what they got.

Trump even used their new winner-takes-all primaries rules against them, which is how he got so many delegates. They only enacted those new rules recently so they could avoid brokered conventions, but it blew up in their faces, with Trump winning the nomination with a minority of votes. It probably didn't help that the media gave so much free air-time to Trump just because he was such a spectacle, and perhaps also because they (correctly) reasoned that with Hillary to be coronated by the DNC, that her only chance of winning the general election was if Trump was the nominee.

So sure, the RNC may be "corrupt" too, but completely inept corruption just isn't a problem the way competent corruption is.

Comment Re:Rule of thumb: believe the man (Score 0) 391

It doesn't absolve the bad deed doer of their bad deeds, but it does make it pretty much impossible (short of a recording) for the "victim" to prove her case, rather than it being a typical he-said-she-said.

If you don't want to be abused, don't willingly put yourself in a situation where you're likely to be abused.

I'm sorry, if some girl complains to me that she decided to jump in bed with some guy she wasn't interested in, and then got groped, I have zero sympathy. She put herself into a bad situation there willingly. Beds are intimate places to share with people; don't share one with someone if you're not on intimate terms with them, or at least reserve it for someone you have absolute trust in (e.g. your guy-friend of 10 years who's always respected your boundaries is probably a safe bet; some guy you barely know and who obviously has a sexual interest in you is definitely not).

Comment Re: 74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

Upgraded suspensions and other parts do not change the laws of physics. SUVs have a high center of gravity, and there is no way to change this short of perhaps sticking a bunch of tungsten plates in the floorboards. They are not safe at high speeds, and I really don't care what tests police departments have done. Those same departments thought Crown Vics were safe cars at high speeds, and they're not. They handle like boats (yes, I've driven them).

Americans in general don't have a clue what constitutes a safe vehicle at high speeds. They don't even know what handling is. There's a reason police in Germany would never use vehicles like that. Americans just slap a big engine in something and then think that makes it capable of high speeds, and for a drag strip, they're right, but that's it. But of course, Americans have little concept that roads might have something in them called "curves".

Comment Re:Teams (Score 1) 244

They already started suing every business around Olympia, WA and the Olympic Mountains for using "Olympic" in their name, despite the names coming from geographical location and some even being around longer than the modern Olympics

And did the local judges in Olympia actually put up with this charade?

Comment Re:oh if only... (Score 1) 244

I'm not sure how much of a hit if your song is about Frank swimming in raw sewage, coming down with dysentery from that, catching the Zika virus from hundreds of mosquito bites, and then being kidnapped for ransom, and then mugged after they release him.

Why any athlete would want to go to Brazil, I have no idea.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

I honestly don't know if 365HP is enough to push an SUV to 140. It's more than enough for a smaller car, but wind resistance goes up with the cube of velocity (see here), and SUVs have far higher drag coefficients and frontal areas than cars. It's probably still enough though. But I still contend that their handling is too poor and this would be extremely dangerous because of this. SUVs (all of them) should be limited to about 65mph IMO because of safety (or maybe even 55). Their handling is just too poor for them to be driven faster. If you want to drive safely at higher speeds, you need a vehicle with a lower center of gravity.

Comment Re:74 at time of crash (Score 1) 599

365 HP may be enough to get you to 140, but the handling on SUVs is not sufficient for those vehicles to be safe at that speed. And a Ford Escort has a much lower center of gravity than any SUV.

Also, I have driven a 90s trooper car (a Ford Crown Vic). Those cars aren't safe to drive at 90, let alone 130. They're heaps of shit with the handling of a boat (and this was true when they were brand-new, which is when I drove one for work a few times).

Comment Re:Not for everyone (Score 1) 326

2. A "more social" experience of the movie is better. It's not for those of us who are introverts. Having people talking and eating all around deprives us of our ability to really enjoy the movie and be completely immersed in the experience.

I completely disagree about the introvert thing.

I'm an introvert, but personally, I rarely want to watch a movie alone. I like to watch movie either with a partner (usually a romantic partner), or with a small group of friends.

However, in both these cases (or for watching it alone too, making it 3 cases), the home-theater is the best choice, by far:

For watching alone, you can be undistracted by others.

For watching with a romantic partner, you can be undistracted by others and cuddle all you want (can't do that in theater seats, there's a divider in the way).

For watching with a group of friends, it's more fun at someone's home where you can have a nice couch/sectional, serve food and drinks, talk to each other about the movie if you need to (and then rewind so you don't miss anything), pause if someone needs a bathroom break or wants to go make some popcorn, etc.

There simply isn't any case I can think of where going to a theater is really that much better than staying at home. So, back to your point about introverts, even for the social experience, watching a movie at home is a superior experience. If I'm with a group of friends and we want to pause the movie and talk about it, you can do that at home, but you can't in a theater. At home, you can limit the social interaction to your preferred companions, and then do whatever that group wants, unlike a theater where you're stuck in there with dozens of other strangers and subject to the rules of the establishment. So yes, for non-social watching, home is better, but for social watching, it's also better.

Comment Re:The Fight to Piracy? (Score 1) 326

Here is how you take the fight to piracy -- take some risks, make some NEW movies (get off the remake train),

So, that's how you fight piracy James. Not make the movie theater experience "unique" -- fucking make the movies unique so we'll want to go see them

You'd think James would know about this too: Avatar (2009) was a hugely successful movie, and for good reason: it was an FX tour-de-force. It was absolutely unique, and it was new. (Yes, the plot wasn't completely unique, but most story plots throughout history are rehashed versions of Greek tales or Shakespeare anyway.) Avatar was a big risk at the time, and it paid off. From what I remember, the studios didn't want to finance it because it was too risky, so James financed a lot himself. This is the problem with Hollywood these days: they don't want to take a risk on a movie like Avatar that's all-new, this is why everything is a sequel, prequel, remake, or reboot: they're less profitable but they're much lower-risk and are usually guaranteed to make some kind of profit.

The sad fact is that TV has gotten much more interesting than movies in recent years. See Game of Thrones for proof of this. You won't see any movies like this from Hollywood.

Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 326

I feel mostly the same way, but to be fair, I do have to point out that there are some (not many) cinemas which are actually pretty nice to go to. They're usually called "dinner theaters"; they cater to adults only, they serve alcohol and full meals, and you sit at tables and watch the movie. You have a button you can press to summon a server. The one I went to a couple of times was run by AMC if I recall correctly.

I also hear good things about Alamo Drafthouse, which I think is similar.

Of course, these things aren't that common, and are entirely regional (Alamo Drafthouse is only in a few cities I think).

Of course, they're not perfect, and have the following problems: 1) tickets are pricey (slightly more than normal theaters usually, but they get more profit from the food and drinks anyway, the meals aren't cheap), 2) there's no pause or rewind, like with any theater.

Personally, I'd rather just stay at home and watch a movie. I can sit in my recliner, I can eat or drink whatever I want (and it's as cheap as I can buy it for at the grocery store), I can pause to go to the bathroom, I can rewind if I miss something or don't understand something, I can turn on subtitles if someone has a thick accent, I can start the movie whenever I want, I can cuddle with a girlfriend (can't do that in a theater because the seats physically prevent it) or a cat, I can adjust the volume to my liking (theaters are usually too loud), I don't have to drive a long way to see the movie and worry about getting a speeding ticket or in an accident with a drunk, I could go on and on.

The main thing people like Cameron seem to be pushing with theaters is the social aspect. I'm sorry, I don't buy it. Who actually talks to or meets new people at a theater? Any socialization is between people who are already friends; if I have some friends that want to watch a movie, we can all meet up at someone's house instead (and then they can even spend the night...). I have no desire to socialize with random strangers in a theater, and in fact, this just isn't normal anyway. "Sharing the experience" is worthless to me. I'd rather share the experience with some friends at home. And I suspect I'm not unusual in this regard.

The only reason theaters did so well in the past is because people couldn't afford equipment that was even remotely as good as what a theater used. Thanks to gigantic LCD TVs at dirt-cheap prices, this has all changed.

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