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Comment Re:Why move to hangouts? (Score 1) 68

The way to improve a product isn't to scrap it and build a new one every 6 months,

Lets not exaggerate. Google Talk was introduced 12 years go. Hangouts came 8 years later. Allo, 3 years after that.

I understand that it can be tough to let go of old applications, but sometimes a software company can no longer support it.

For old desktop programs, that just meant that it may or may not work anymore as systems are upgraded (as long it it uses only local resources and just isn't a client for an internet service). For web based applications though, it means they go away. Either embrace web based software and accept that or stick to traditional style desktop software.

Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 128

$30 is ~ what you would pay for two tickets during non-prime hours, without the popcorn, soda, and goobers.

Maybe if I was intentionally trying to go to the most expensive theater in town.

I can easily purchase non-prime hour tickets at a value theater for $3.50 per ticket ($6 later in the evening) and even just picking a random theater few will break $10 each.

Granted - ticket prices vary by region of the country you may be in but if the movie studios aren't planning to ALSO vary this $30 rate they still are going to have to compete against cheaper tickets in those regions.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 1) 301

It depends on how you look at it.

If you're used to satellite TV or Netflix - yeah, it's pretty barren. Compared to what WAS available though, in the modern age there's a lot more channels available then "back in the day".

Since the mid 1990's the amount of over the air channels available here has more than tripled (5 channels to now 16). I mostly stick to Netflix but I do occasionally use the OTA antenna for things like football games and such.

Comment Re:What about Amazon Prime? (Score 1) 70

Really - there's not much of a comparison.

I've got Amazon Prime mostly for the free shipping deal, but I also keep the app installed on my Roku "just in case".

It never, EVER gets used, and I still find it completely worthwhile to pay for Netflix separately.

Netflix's library is better, and their interface is better - with the exception that Netflix recently has started this "feature" where anything you stop on for more than a few seconds starts playing a video preview in the background. That sounds like it'd be a minor annoyance but it's gotten so bad that I typically mute my TV until I actually find what I want to watch, or I use it like a minefield - trying to move between items quickly enough that I don't set off the preview.

Comment Not in 2017 (Score 5, Insightful) 241

I remember WAY back in the early 2000's when LCD flat panels first started getting cheap enough for the average consumer (I bought my first as a 17" for $300 back around 2001) it was common for there to be at least 1 dead pixel - and they generally wouldn't consider it a warranty item unless there were more than 10 or more than 2 within a few cm of each other.

That is pretty much of thing of the past now though. In the last ~7 years I can't recall having a single display with a dead pixel, and in today's age I certainly would return a display (or device) that had one.

Comment Re:who's time are you paying for? (Score 1) 160

I get your point, but for this particular case I think it warrants the business model.

Sometimes if your car is broken it's simply not capable of being driven to a service shop (either it simply won't do it, it's not safe, or doing so would cause further damage to the car).

In those cases you either have to 1) use a service like this, or 2) have it towed to the shop.

While a mechanic's time may be valuable, towing cars can be rather expensive too. If it's cheaper to pay a mechanic to bring the tools out to the driveway than to have the car towed, then it's a financial win.

Also - very few mechanics are going to make $100 per hour. A full shop might be able to CHARGE $100 per hour for their time, but they're not paying the labor that. Remember the mechanic typically isn't the business owner. If they can do this on the side for extra money then they could still make more per hour than at their regular job.

Which - BTW - if you get in good with mechanics in a shop, is a good way to get things done cheaper anyways. I've known guys who work a regular 8 hour shift at a garage. The price at their job for something might be $500 . . . but if you are willing to bring it by their house they'll do it that weekend for $200. On a 3-4 hour job they weren't going to make much of that $500 price anyways.

Comment Re:Really? (Score 5, Insightful) 332

They kinda do. Apple has be seen as a trendsetter. We were the FIRST to remove the old outdated headphone jack.

If the other companies buck the trend, then there is the public perception to think of iPhones as "those stupid phones that don't even have a headphone jack" instead of "those cool phones that did away with that outdated tech".

If they public's opinion doesn't sway I'd expect to see the headphone jack back on the iPhone by the time the iPhone 9 comes out.

Comment Re:Upgrade from older TVs? (Score 1) 164

That's pretty much what I've done. When I lived at home with my parents I had a 32" in my bedroom that I used a good deal. 32" to me is about as large as you can go in a bedroom setting.

I bought my own place about 5 years ago and continued with that 32" in the living room for about 4 months before I bought a 46" and the 32" TV went back to the bedroom again. Truthfully though since it's went to the bedroom I have barely used it. For a while I hooked up my PS4 and played upstairs but I've taken to connecting my game consoles to my computer monitor on an HDMI switcher - I'd just prefer to play games sitting at my desk.

Comment Re:The death of an industry (Score 1) 164

Don't confuse a TV with "TV" the service.

A TV is just a display device, and IMHO though I don't subscribe to any cable or satellite services, I still find kicking back on my couch a LOT more comfortable than trying to hold up my smartphone in front of my face (much less 12" away - the eye strain from that would be horrible).

Probably 90% of the video I watch these days is Youtube (with the reamining 10% Netflix) but I still do so on a Roku stick on my TV downstairs.

Comment Re:Partnered Streamers (Score 2) 25

I don't have a problem with them sharing revenue with the streamer, but honestly they're a business. A business finding a new way to sell things isn't a "cash grab".

Truthfully I don't see myself using this (it's never been difficult to just open a new tab if I wanted to buy the game), but in the grand scheme of things I'm sure they'll get enough sales from it to make it worth their while.

Comment Re: Landlords (Score 4, Informative) 805

Sometimes moving takes you to a higher salary but also a higher cost of living.

I'm making $73k per year myself, but I also have a 1700 sqft house in a nice suburb that I pay $710 per month for (total purchase price was $115k back in 2013). While I could potentially make more if I moved I'd not necessarily have any more disposable income. As it is right now even after all of my bills are paid I've still got around $2000 per month in "open" income to do with as I wish.

Plus there's the fact that my friends and family are here, so truthfully I'm not sure I'd be willing to move for anything short of an obscene amount of money anyways.

Comment Re:You don't own common sense (Score 1) 1149

I would ask you to take a step back and think about what kind of society you actually want to live in and how you could get there over the long term?

I think that's key to the point though.

I truly believe that the murder rate of a country is largely irrelevant to it's gun laws - it's cultural and people intent on killing will do so with whatever weapons are available.

Even if that weren't the case though. realistically most people here seem to be fine with our gun laws. As you say, our laws are some of the most lax, but is it so terrible that for people who WANT to be able to own and use guns, that we have at least one country that we can do so in? For anyone who wants strict firearms regulations they have a ton of options to choose from. Or heck at a minimum leave it up to the individual states and let them decide for themselves.

Comment Re:"Police found Purinton 80 miles away at Applebe (Score 2) 1149

Geographically, yes. However Russians are also "Asian" (and depending on the textbook occasionally Europe and Asia aren't even referred to as separate continents anymore - just "Eurasia" since it's all really the same landmass).

While Indians may be from Asia, they are not Mongoloid which is what most people think of when they say "Asian".

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