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Comment Re:It's not about the screen size, it's field of v (Score 2) 127

When we take kids to the movies, we have to use earplugs because they never turn it down to child-safe levels for children's movies. And all that bass is way too much for my liking. I know that's how the movie sound was designed, but unlike the sound designers, I don't have hearing loss from too much bass...

So even a cheap Amazon Warehouse Deals projector and 8' screen, a fully functioning sound system with a volume control I can touch is a lot better for us.

And taking the release date as the day it arrives on Prime, Netflix, or whatevs.

Comment Re:also in the news ... (Score 5, Insightful) 465

You're a fool. The neighborhood kid isn't working in the gig economy - they're just trying to make a few bucks living at home, with parent(s). So, nice straw man argument there.

The point of the study is that the "gig" economy is "you can work as little or as much as you want" is a way around labor laws, things like 40 hr weeks, paid time off, overtime. The "gig economy" is nothing more than a return to the 19th Century, where you're disposable labor, and if you make any noise other than "yessireeboss", you're out.

This is *exactly* why people created unions. But you don't care... what, you have no life outside work? The rest of us *do* have a life....

Comment The industry is stupid (Score 1) 220

It's an old saying that a producer's IQ was equal to his belt size. It's also an old, old aphorism that to get the IQ of a committee, you add up their belts, and divide by the number of them.

Year before last, we went to see Interstellar, in IMAX. TWENTY FREAKING DOLLARS each for the three of us. And popcorn and drinks? Another $15 or more. To go to a bloody movie.

Hell, half the population can't afford that. And it's the refreshments that pay the staff. Back in the day, the studios owned theaters, and paid the staff. Now, they don't. It's all how much more can the CEO and friends get as a "salary" and "bonus".

You want to massively increase attendance? Cut the prices in half.

When I was growing up, before most of you were born, I got that under capitalism, if sales went down, you lowered prices until they came up. Since the eighties, the game is played that if sales go down, raise prices to "keep a steady cash flow".

Comment Re:There is no God (Score 1) 412

Published on /. yo.

The Unmoved Mover: the premise that there must be one is incorrect. Physics shows the need for a static frame of reference to be utterly spurious.

First Cause: the premise is incorrect. Physics shows that many different types of system (biome, ecosystem, stellar system, ...) are self-sustaining and self-perpetuating. Avoiding the myth of perpetual motion, the only "First Cause" is the Big Bang, and the more we understand about it, the less it looks like a singular event. Turtles all the way down, brah.

Contingency: The world will end. Some of the earlier understandings of the Big Bang pointed to a "Big Crunch", but the most recent understandings make it look less likely.

Degree: Physical measures do indeed have a zero, and a maximum (including infinity). Unmeasurable social constructs such as goodness, truth, nobility, are indeed described by degree. The only absolute truths are removed from language, and distilled into comparisons of real things against a corresponding theory; (e.g. the reference kilogram, the boiling point of water). The only absolute nobility is nothingness because everything else reacts in some way.

Teleologicality: This is a nonsense formed on the incorrect assumption that systems are impossible without oversight: the tree falling in the forest.

That was easy. I find it hard to believe these haven't been debunked before in even briefer, more conclusive terms.

Comment Re:In Other Words (Score 1) 412

It's a nonsensical assertion.

Q. A "simulation" of what, precisely?
A. A simulation of nature.
Q. So what is nature?
A. gesticulates wildly This stuff.
Q. So it's not a simulation?
A. Um.

First, to get it out of the way, there’s a trivial way in which the simulation hypothesis is correct: You could just interpret the presently accepted theories to mean that our universe computes the laws of nature. Then it’s tautologically true that we live in a computer simulation. It’s also a meaningless statement.

This is similar to answer to Creationism, the "appeal to tautology": i.e. God made such a beautiful facsimile of a naturalistic environment, made it look so precisely as though life evolved spontaneously from nothing, placed fossils just so that His creation even stands up to rigorous scientific models and proofs. By attempting to discard science and claim "It Were God What Did It", Creationists undermine their own argument that God is a marvellous being capable of creating an entire universe that is fully and repeatably consistent within itself.

So, by attempting to discard science and claim "We're Living In A Computer Simulation, Man", Matriculators undermine their own argument that the simulation is i. at risk of being shut down or ii. suffering a software problem or iii. could be hacked from the inside out, because to our current physical understanding, it stands up to scrutiny, and looks for all the world like a Real Thing (trademark symbol that I can't be bothered to figure out how to add in a /. comment). Furthermore, past understanding of nature has not offered any substantially different take on physical laws - they've just been inaccurate (the world is flat and so are the two above and the two below), or mythical (the Gods are using us like pieces on a game board), or narrative (karmic gamification of mor[t]ality). Nowhere in the history of science or pseudo science has there ever been any remotely robust theory of the world being a contrivance.

Comment And? (Score 1) 300

I mean, every libertarian I've ever seen online or spoken with, 100% of the time, says "if you don't like the company, or you can't find a job where you live, move."

So everyone on the right should be cheering this....

Actually, I'm surprised WFH ever got this far. I read, in the late eighties? early nineties? that companies with a lot of experience in telecommuting wanted their people in at least one or two days a week, not just for face-to-face meetings... but for the water cooler conversations that turn out to be critically important.

Me... I do *not* want to work from home. When I'm at work, I'm at work; when I'm not, I'm not working. My current job, if I get contacted at home more than 2-3 times a year, it's unusual. And if I was at a job where they thought that they *OWNED* me, and could bother me when I wasn't at work any time they wanted, I'd have them paying time and a half or double or triple time, depending on day and time.

I work to live. I do NOT live to work. And indentured servitude is forbidden in the US Constitution.

Comment CarbonBlack is a perfect example (Score 1) 262

We were required to install it on our Linux servers - we run CentOS (same as RH). Every few days, the stupid monitor is suddenly eating 99%-100% of the CPUs... for *hours*. Overnight.

I attached strace to it, and it's in some insanely tight loop, looking at its own threads.

Maybe if I prove that it's doing it on multiple servers (it is, but I have to catch it - nothing's reporting this, unless it runs the system so hard it throws heat-based machine checks), and put a ticket in, and *maybe* the team that forced it on us will *maybe* talk to CarbonBlack....

I have *zero* doubt that there's a ton of other COTS products with issues like this.

Comment Re:No word on what "O" in Android O stands for. (Score 1) 64

You're telling them they have a weak grasp of English, when that part of the alphabet is the same in every language which uses the Roman alphabet? And you didn't even get that what "O" stands for was wondering about the code name? I really hope you're drunk because otherwise that's a lot of stupid to put up with in the mirror.

Comment Re:Instant messaging is architecturally backward.. (Score 1) 163

Google Voice forwards SMS to any number you tell it to, and can do it internationally without any charge. You're charged for calls.

Signal can do SMS as well, so you replace your default app with Signal, and then use it to communicate internationally.

Of course, if you'd researched it, you wouldn't be here whining...

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