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Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 127

I can't stand when the movie ticket says the movie starts at 8:00 and they don't even start the "reel" until 8:20. I don't mind watching "on-reel" previews, but the slide show with Jim-Bob's used Jalopies and Local Yokel Coffee should stop at 8:00 and the "reel" needs to play.

(yes, I know it's not really reels anymore)

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 1) 127

I'm in Houston. I do know of one theater (if it's still there) in Texas City that's rather old where I could get tickets for about $6 in the middle of a weekday while everyone else was at work, otherwise they were about $9 which was still cheaper than everything else. $3.50 isn't going to happen around here on anything that's not about to come out on DVD in a week or two anyways. The Texas City theater was old enough to have non-reclining old-fashioned narrow chairs, older sound systems, etc. My parents tagged along to that one when I took my daughter to see a cartoon one time and they said they never wanted to go back to that one, they would rather spend the money. I worked overnight a lot when Texas City was in range so it was one of my preferred places to go in the summer because I could watch a movie in the morning then get home in time for my noon bedtime, or shortly after. Generally I would go to the dollar theater that was about a half mile away from my apartment and watch whatever was showing that seemed interesting, but in both cases only in the summer. I found out from working the night shift a lot that theaters tend to open earlier in the summer and near holidays than they do during a normal work week.

I have observer that normal rules of supply and demand don't apply to movie theaters. The newer and more advanced a theater is the more they can charge for a ticket, and they're likely to get it. The older but still nice ones can charge a bit less and stay full. Really old theaters -especially the kind that are in shopping centers - must be renovated into either a dollar cinema or a restaurant theater to stay in business. I don't know of any that currently fit the description of old and open that are still operating in their original build-out or purpose.

Another observation I've made - the population density has more to do with ticket pricing and theater quality than anything.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 127

I personally follow your logic. I am much more likely to buy a BluRay later on and be happier because I get to keep it for about the same price or less than the rental. In fact a significant part of my movie collection is from the bargain table where they sell the former Redbox rentals and the like, I rarely pay normal retail for anything.

A house full of kids and family is a different thing. I consider what I described as an event, not a habit or one-off viewing. I can buy disks for my own thing as a habit and would by default rather use something in my own library. If however it's a kids birthday and I they want a movie party it's cheaper to do it the way the article describes than it is to rent the theater, or buy a bunch of tickets. When it comes to a kids birthday party all the kids probably already watched what's in my video library, possibly on other one off occasions at my place. In short I consider it completely different than a pay-per-view that you seem to be comparing it to. If I did it at this price once a year it would be surprising, but I would like the option to exist. In fact I wouldn't be against a sliding scale, even $100 during the premier week, $50 the next week etc... If it were for an event it would still be cheaper than buying a bunch of tickets or renting out a birthday/event room, and the kids can watch it in their pajamas and not worry about noise levels the way they wouldn't in a theater anyways.

Consider this a favor to movie goers that I keep this bunch out of the theater.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 5, Insightful) 127

If they make it soon enough after the initial release it would totally be worth it.

$30 is ~ what you would pay for two tickets during non-prime hours, without the popcorn, soda, and goobers. If this were a family movie I could have my wife and kids plus whatever relatives and friends (especially their kids) in front of a current in theater movie with all the popcorn my hot-air popper can make and all the 3-liter soda and candy they can handle during that time period for less than the cost of three tickets.

The biggest problem I see is the spills directly affect furniture I own and I don't get the public performance benefit which counters my wife's pause button abuse issue.

Comment Re:A mystery (Score 2) 115

This really saddens me too.

I used to avoid Ford like the plague because they were the American vehicle with quality issues while GM was the reliable one.

I know from my Saturn with a stick-shift that GM transmissions turned to crap, as did many other things from GM in the recent decade or two. Ford decided to stop building trash and stepped up their game. I now have a Ford Transit Connect outfitted for passenger as a family vehicle. We love it, we get lots of questions about it, lots of people tell us how much they like it and are considering getting one. It's got a great reliability rating from consumer reports. The GM and Ford of the 80's and 90's switched places in the 2000's / 2010's.

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

What did the cleanup consist of? A barge is basically a steel rectangular box that floats. I could imagine an old steamer wouldn't be heavy on the chemicals, but would be something that would come apart into many pieces. A sunken barge can be pulled up with a crane and an electro-magnet.

Comment Are they going to be as shitty as their TVs? (Score 1) 92

I have to admit, their TVs catch my attention when I'm shopping, but then I go look up what consumers who've actually bought the things have to say about them, built in Roku or not, no way.

If they put that sort of build quality into a phone it will quickly earn the Dingleberry nick-name and have little to entice a consumer away from the OTHER fruit phone.

Comment Re: Drop iTunes requirement (Score 1) 114

There was a short period where they really wanted all the manufacturers to drop SD support and recommended it. There was a bit of a revolt and Google quietly backed off. I was against this recommendation.

Now that they're actually putting enough storage in a phone - I have a 128 GB Pixel. I'm okay with not having an SD card because my music will fit directly on the phone with enough room to still have the rest of the phone. There was no reason bigger storage couldn't have happened earlier, the chips were there well before the phones were.

Comment Re: Great, another AppData directory bomb (Score 1) 88

So you tell me I'm doing it wrong then tell me the right way to do it is to keep doing what I'm doing? Making rules for what can and can't be done with the AppData directory?

With or without AppLocker a business friendly application should have the option to install to the system - which is what I as an administrator with a fleet of computers under my control prefer - it's easier to manage with the K1000 system - or as a user app in case I decide to play it loose in that department. Firefox works that way, Chrome works that way, I have seen video games that ask me if I want to install for just my account or the whole system.

Making something AppData only smells horribly of sneakiness and subterfuge meant to take advantage of ignorant system managers, all the way from a family computer up to less informed enterprise admins.

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