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Comment Re:This is actually dangerous (Score 1) 279

At the present rate, we will all be paying $50/month for all these streaming services just to get the content we need.

Which is still 4 times less than what the cable companies want, while providing more than the cable companies.

We can't have the entire enchilada all at once, but Netflix and Amazon prime are a HUGE step in the right direction (with Netflix being superior, as it doesn't offer just a few episodes of a show before hitting you up to buy subsequent one). Not to mention, I signed up for Amazon Prime to save on shipping. Finding out I could stream shows was an unexpected bonus.

I find myself unable to identify with much of anything you said in your posting (except for ala carte choices). My main objections to cable TV were the HUGE cost and massive commercial intrusions. Netflix solves both of those problems, while also providing commercial-free ala carte viewing that Hollywood refuses to provide.

To put it bluntly, fuck Hollywood. That troll needed to die years ago, and I hope Netflix is the one to push it into the sunlight.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 1) 337

It decided to upgrade itself to Windows 10....

In my last post, I neglected to mention that Windows upgraded itself, despite me having explicitly turned off all automatic updates.
So yeah, Microsoft needs to be sued.

For billions, not mere millions.

If all Microsoft is going to have it pay is a mere few dozen million dollars, then the lawsuit might as well stop now. If the point of a class action lawsuit is to change a company's behavior, then nothing short of 20 billion dollars in damages will suffice in the case of Microsoft. 50 billion would be fair.

Comment Re:Wow (Score 5, Interesting) 337

I haven't seen a Windows upgrade (note: UPGRADE) destroy data in a meaningful way in.....I don't even know how long.

The Windows 7 -> Windows 10 upgrade made one of my customer's computers unable to do anything but an infinite reboot cycle. At that point, though, he finally gave it and paid me to install Kubuntu on his computer. Before that, he was very much opposed to replacing Windows with Linux. Now he says his computer works better than it ever has.

And now tech support, as always happens with my Windows to Linux migrations, has changed from, "I was doing [something innocuous], and suddenly [fill in malicious Windows behavior]" to, "Can you come in periodically for routine maintenance? No, everything's fine. We just like knowing you're still available, and we'll pay you for your time."

Comment Re:Chome remained unhackable? (Score 2) 147

Or quite possibly people can get more money for their Chrome exploits elsewhere....

The same could be said for Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, and Edge. The more likely explanation is that Chrome is just more secure than the other browsers, and that Edge is just as bad as Internet Explorer (which makes sense, since Microsoft is incapable of making a decent Web browser).

Comment Re:That's not good law (Score 1) 520

I'm actually not so much for the right against self-incrimination....

You should be for it, because someday you may need it -- especially if you're falsely accused (which happens a LOT). The 5th Amendment isn't there to make life unnecessarily hard for two branches of government. It is there to protect the innocent from all three branches of government.

Comment Re:enterpise desktops (Score 2) 320

Why not use the host file to 'fix' this problem if you have metered connection.

Because you shouldn't have to. After being raped, would you suggest that the victim just keep a better brand of lube around? Or would you suggest that maybe the rapist needs to be in prison? Or barring that, maybe suggest that living in, "Rape City, USA" is a bad idea?

Comment Re:GOOD. (Score 0) 281

It's a goddamn embarrassment that there are fracking measles outbreaks in the 21st goddamn century, much less that they're getting larger and occurring with increased frequency.

Outbreaks have been rampant in fully vaccinated populations, ones that are at or above the mythical "Herd Immunity" (hint: it doesn't exist with vaccinations, regardless of vaccine coverage) levels. Vaccinations are little more than a bill of sale, the effectiveness of which is based more on popular assumption than on actual science.

The actual science on vaccine effectiveness is nearly non-existent, as the pharmaceutical companies have nearly complete control over the message and the messengers. But from time to time, the messengers are caught lying about their message, as is what happened with Merck recently regarding the MMR vaccine.

On top of that, most of the diseases for which vaccinations are routinely given are shockingly benign the vast majority of the time, and are better left to nature to provide a vastly superior and reliable immunity. The best possible outlook for a vaccine, in the cases that they work at all (vaccine failure rates are very high), is 20 years of fairly week immunity (with 10 years being the most common point at which the vaccine-acquired immunities becomes negligible or non-existent), whereas naturally acquired immunities from these common and fairly benign diseases (Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Chicken Pox, etc.) usually last a lifetime.

Comment Re:Well... (Score 2, Informative) 301

What? Cable TV was almost never "commercial free" except for maybe 5 minutes at the dawn of the cable channel industry.

The "premium" Cable TV channels (HBO, Cinemax, etc.) were indeed commercial free for some time, at least in the market where my family was served (SouthernCalifornia). That was one of the major draws of watching movies on Cable versus broadcast TV. I don't remember how long it took for commercials to appear, but (according to my infallible memory), it seemed like a number of years.

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