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Comment Must not be measuring me. (Score 1) 155

My use of Netflix is down to about 20% of what it was 4 years ago. Multiple days will pass between using the service.

For now, the TV shows are okay but once BBC sets up is own private service I may start dropping netflix for 6 months a year.

And the only other service I get is Amazon Prime but I rarely use it for shows because their interface leads me to pay per view shows half the time and that pisses me off. So I use them for the cheap shipping.

Actually, most of the "lost" netflix hours go to original Youtube now.

Comment Re:As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netf (Score 1) 70

What you are saying and I am saying are not contradictory.

Netflix was $10 and included DVD's.

Netflix (from $7.99 per month) ...
Amazon Instant Video (from $8.99 per month) ...
Hulu (from $7.99 per month) ...
Showtime (from $10.99 per month) ...
HBO Now (from $14.99 per month) ...
Starz (from $8.99 per month) ...
CBS All Access (from $5.99 per month)
Warner Movie Service (From $10.00 a month)
Sling TV (for Disney) is $20+ a month

For people with less money (college students?) the difference between $10 a month and $50 a month is sufficient to spur piracy. It feels silly to pirate for $10 a month and take the legal risks. But $100 for the content now fenced off in the services above (and more- some things not streamed or even legally available for purchase) is more tempting for people of limited means.

Comment Re:Should really be "President Elect Trump" or... (Score 1) 184

Interesting article on that here

Looks like the shift is occuring during the last few years.

It's still not correct according to the major manuals of style.

"Hereâ(TM)s what the New York Times Manual* states at the entry president:

â âoeIt is President Lamm(without a given name) in a first reference to the current president of the United States. In later references President Lamm; the president; Mrâ¦.Lammâ

This style is seen in todayâ(TM)s New York Times, as in the example in this article:

The order of mention is this: âoeBarrack Obama, President Obama, Mr. Obamaââ¦..âPresident George Bush, Mr. Bushâ

As you see, though, the Times sometimes goes against its own rules, citing the first name, too, as in this example.

â President Barack Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to lay some touchstones for the âoemore responsible, more accountable governmentâ he has promised, ordering a salary freeze for senior White House staff, tightening rules on lobbyists and establishing what he said was a new standard of greater government openness. âoeHowever long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants,â Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for staff members in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

So, in answer to your question, I think it is correct for the first mention of the president to be President (Barack) Obama, and for subsequent mention to be Mr. Obama.
The style may be different in different publications or in different situations. I like this particular style.

There is something else to be considered: you could leave out the honorific President or Mr., as well as the first name, and use only Obama. Some newspapers use this style. I find it jarring and rude in a newspaper, but in a personal letter, it would be acceptable.

But I'm not going to loose my cool over it.

Comment As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netflix (Score 1) 70

They descend on it like wolves, divide the content, and raise the prices by 1000%.

To get what you got on netflix just a few years ago, you'd need to subscribe to a half dozen services which are really overpriced for the content they provide.

There is room in the market for Netflix vs Amazon but not netflix vs a dozen other services.

Comment Re:GOP [Re: Immigration policy is not hate speech] (Score 1) 1054

actually, most conservatives strongly resist a national id card... which is what you are saying.

But yes, a national biometric database would be the most effective way (combined with workplace inspection, stiff fines, and jail time for repeat offenders to remove incentives that bring non-citizens to work in the U.S. illegally.

Comment Re:Define "Fully" automated (Score 1) 278

I agree with your point that more expensive items are more likely to be repaired but an SLA swap out business model would be more appropriate to an automated model. It's been used for very expensive computers for over a decade. I.e. the machines are designed for human maintenance now because that's cheaper. But human maintenance is expensive and so it's a point of attack.

First with better diagnostics, the combine could tell the SLA service provider what part is broken before they leave the office. Also, the combine could detect and request service before things actually failed (computers have been doing that for a couple decades).
Second with better design, the major components would be modular and easy to maintain by a robot.

But I'll grant you automated repair and maintenance might be closer to 20 years away than to 10 years away but a leasing model where they pulled up and swapped out your combine with another and took it back to the factory for maintenance would be better than extended downtime.

Comment Re:More "Fake" News (Score 1) 278

The bigger hit is without a cold winter, pests survive and are ready to hit the plants immediately. We are already seeing this with tomotoes in the southern USA where we used to get 3-12 days of 20 degree temperatures every year. We haven't had freezing temperatures for more than a couple days in a decade where i live. The last good snow was almost 20 years ago now (used to snow once every 8-10 years).

Comment Re:Define "Fully" automated (Score 2) 278

People are not required to fix machines now.

We rarely fix machines any more.

Machines are not built to be fixed. They are built to be replaced.

Quality machines are built to be modularly replaced which is trivial.

Given a robotic truck, robotic forklift, and a good SLA, humans are optional and likely to be remote observation at best.

Design new machines yes-- but that's 2 to even 3 orders of magnitude lower labor requirements.

Comment Re: What an empty life (Score 1) 736

I can give you an equal raft who will back the police before and after the data comes out.

This is why we need multiple body cams (front and back on the officer) and dash cams front/back/sides from the police car. And they need to be always on and they should all be released quickly when someone is killed.

It's been shown over and over again that police... and people who accuse police... lie, honestly misremember, and selectively fail to report what they observe.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 1) 1321

Over 2 million popular votes for clinton (and counting) say you are mathematically wrong.

I'm glad she accepted the results.

The next 4 years are likely to be a massive clusterfuck with corruption of historic proportions. Better the democrats have a good foundation for the next election.

However... we have GOT TO GET AWAY from computerized voting machines. They beg for tampering. We need paper ballots and "dumb" electro mechanical ballot counters with human counts of random portions of the ballots to validate the ballot counting machines.

Computers can be altered in such a way to show they were never altered. That's just not acceptable for elections.

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