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Comment Re:No (Score 1) 328

Foreign languages are infinitely more useful in life than Trig and Calculus, which 99.9% of people will never use (I'm a software architect, and I've never used them). Why don't we put them in place of that instead. But until they stop teaching fake languages like Processing and Scratch instead of Java, Javascript, C# or something actually useful, who really cares? CS is dumbed down so much now as to be completely useless. My daughter dropped her AP CS class in high school not because it was too hard, but because it was too easy and wasn't teaching her anything useful!

Comment Re:Competitors don't get it (Score 1) 115

This is so true. I got a $5 Raspberry Pi Zero just for kicks. I have spent 10 hours on it and still don't have my bluetooth chip working, and it's a very common chip. Why can't Raspbian come with hardware drivers for the 10 or so most common chips used with it?

Comment Re:most of those reasons have in common (Score 1) 257

Not at all. It's just that some content is extremely difficult to get without paying 10× what it's worth.

If you watch hockey, there are local games on Fox Sports (at least $100 per month) and national games on NBCSN, which is usually only available on a higher cable tier to the tune of $125+/month. But there's only ONE game per month on NBCSN. I'm not paying $25 to watch a single hockey game at home. That's ludicrous. And the other option is to get the NHL package and pay them directly. Oops, NBCSN games aren't on there unless you are overseas. And your local market is blocked too.

So, the realistic options are:

1. Pay for the NHL package and use a service to pretend to be overseas. See? I don't mind paying $20 a month for hockey (about 10 games). That's more than I pay for any other service as a cord-cutter. This is what I am actually doing right now. Plus I am paying $5 a month for a Smart DNS service.

2. Watch for free on /r/NHLStreams.

Piracy of one form or another are the only realistic options when a company prices their product out of the stratosphere. And, even though I have a "free" option, I choose to pay, because I do want to support it, but not get ripped off blind.

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