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Comment Re:Poor business (Score 4, Insightful) 388

One guys "crap" is another guys entertainment.

The problem is that any given reviewer wont "mesh" with what *YOU* like. Or what *I* like. In the dark ages (before www), I used to religiously read two or three movie reviewers in my area. After 5 or 6 reviews the lights clicked. If X liked a given movie it would be likely that I WOULDN'T like it. If Y liked a movie, then it was pretty good odds that I would enjoy it. It was a bit more complicated than that but that's the gist. I learned what THEIR criteria was pretty quick.

Occasionally, I'd see a crappy movie my "rules" would indicate I would enjoy it or vise versa but it was otherwise pretty accurate.

Good example of an exception -- Back to the Beach (1980s reunion movie). I did *NOT* want to see that film. Some friends and I went to see the latest Bond film (can't recall what it was) but it was sold out. They decided to see this and I didn't drive. Everything told me that this movie would be crap. I'm embarrassed to say I enjoyed it. The opening on the airliner set the tone and it was just fun to watch. My "rules" told me to avoid this film like the plague.

Comment Re:Netbooks are gone? (Score 1) 243

"Surface Pro 4"

Until wifi dies. Or the Surface wont turn on. Or the touch screen wont work.

We issued Pro 4s to our sales staff. I'm not joking -- literally 10% were dead on arrival. About half of the rest experienced the above problems (mixed in with dead screens, dead USB ports and a few other things) within the first year. We're now 1 year out from issuing them and about 6 months out from no longer replacing a dead/broken one with a replacement Pro. There's maybe 10 left in my region (out of about 90).

I blame PART of that on sales staff. They can be brutal on hardware sometimes. I blame most of it on the hardware which can't hand real world use.

I still have an old ASUS netbook from waybackwhen(tm). I installed ubuntu on it and use it primarily as a remote terminal when I need to go in the field. I love the fact the thing can easily fit in my glove box. That sucker has taken some abuse and still is kicking.

Comment Re:Poor on $100k? Sure (Score 1) 805

Add in property tax and sales tax (which is pushing 10% in most of CA) and you are about at 50%. Hell, my property tax is about 8% of my total income (pretax). Toss in all the "fees" tacked on to things like phone service, cable service and the like and you can easily break losing 50% of your income to taxes in CA.

Comment Re:I blame Trump. (Score 2) 1149

"That man opened the door for lunatics like this. His followers are gleefully jumping through the door and this is what we get as a nation. I also blame the GOP for this because of their desire for power in Washington. They let this happen unchecked."

Ok. much more serious response to your post this time. The guy was a nut or a broken nut. Blaming Trump is like Blaming Obama for the Texas nut who flew his plane in to a building more than a few years ago. And I recall on this very board everyone speculating he was a right wing nut because "Texas". Turns out after his manifesto came out that he was a left wing nut.

Maybe we need to drop the modifiers and just call them what they are. Nuts.

Comment Re:Let's be clear on what we mean by election hack (Score 1) 251

"Oh, get serious. The whole "superdelegate" apparatus exists only to thwart the will of the voters."

It's how parties work. They try to ensure that popular passions dont overwhelm the party based on emotions. Kind of like how republics work. They reflect the will of the people "smoothed out" over time -- just not when they are pissed off over something that recently occurred and likely to make poor choices until anger fades and they can make choices based more on ideals thought than feelings and reactions.

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