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Comment No Fitbit then (Score 1, Troll) 184

Legalities aside, if this is how Fitbit treats existing customers now during an acquisition, I have no faith they'll do any better on their other products whenever they can get out of it.

I've seen some Garmin products at the store - probably I'll get one of those instead. At least they have a reputation for long-term support of their products.

Comment Re:Fan Base Development (Score 1) 67

Without the free streaming how would there be any fans?

I have several New Yankee Workshop books but never paid to watch Norm on TV.

Fast-forward 15 years, and my daughter has never directly paid for a Dr. Who download but her room is full of merchandise. Heck, her closet door is a 3/4 size Tardis.

Since they pulled it from Netflix, though, she hasn't bought any more as it wasn't fresh and exciting in her mind. Now she's on to YouTuber merchandise (I'll let you in on a little secret - she doesn't pay for YouTube either).

I don't get why this is hard to understand, but then again the PBS/NPR funding model has always been to DoS themselves and hold their own programming ransom.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 3, Insightful) 533

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic as it didn't cover the rise in working age adults.

Currently we need 215-220K per month growth to remain even with population growth. Everything else is a loss, and the lies are covered up with the "discouraged worker" nonsense.

Don't be played for a fool by official propaganda - the math will set you free. Once you understand that this drain on the economy is the real cost of endless war, it starts to make quite a bit more sense (and it's also much more depressing). But, "hey, the unemployment rate is down*!" so go back to soda pop and television. #include officerbarbrady

Comment Re:If I Was An Insurance Investigator... (Score 1) 135

Any launch failure makes other launches more expensive due to higher launch insurance costs.

Insurance only spreads out the cost. The only increase is the profit made by the insurance company, but that's their fee for providing the cost-smoothing service. If the launch companies wanted to do their own cost smoothing they could (but they know that a watchful third party is also a good idea, to keep everybody honest). OK, that's two services they provide.

Comment Re: Who cares (Score 1) 146

If CR is basing its Tesla ratings on owner surveys then they're getting very different results than all the other ratings agencies. I'd wonder if the other ones are bought off except that all my friends who have Teslas cannot shut up about how perfect they are, without exception.

I think it's more likely that the Press reminds people that CR still exists when they get their hate on for Tesla and the people at CR can find narrow excuses to justify their complaints while massively benefitting from the exposure.

Being bought off and benefiting financially from a review are not the same thing but both can apply bias pressures.

Comment Re:Time to create a distinction? (Score 1) 80

You're redefining intelligence to mean pattern recognition.

People have been calling this kind of software "Weak AI" for a couple decades. It's what most people want.

"Strong AI" is going to make mistakes, like humans do - it's how we learn and grow. Nobody wants their toaster going on a creative bender, but they do want one that watches for perfect toast, dealing with thousands of unpredictable variables. Same goes for IVR's, search engines, translation, autopilots, etc.

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