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Comment I'm the wrong person to ask... but since you did (Score 4, Interesting) 335

I barely go to the theatre anymore because of a lot of reasons, if you let me pay to have Day 1 access to the digital copy to either stream or outright buy DRM free I'd never set foot in an overpriced auditorium ever again.

The model would become more like digitally distributed video games, Launch day sees a big spike in sales (hell, pre-orders?) and then it kind of tapers off after a month or so, then you got a back catalogue you can keep old movies on. Things that normally wouldn't get distribution have a cheap option now... hell the more I think about it the better it sounds.

I mean, do for movies with what Steam did for games and you're gonna win

Comment Re:Lets not worry about this yet (Score 4, Interesting) 555

How is it that whenever there is a discussion regarding low UIDs you guys seem to crop up. Is there like a mailing list that people report to that you're all subscribed to for notifications?

Maybe I just don't pay attention to UID except when UID is mentioned.... nah, that's too plain and boring. I'm going with the conspiracy theory.

Comment Re:Popcorn time! (Score 2) 1321

Vote switching complaints are usually with voting machines and can be readily explained by user error and poor user interface design. The machines I used to vote at had a display which had physical buttons along the side to correspond with various options for the measures. I can easily see how someone who isn't paying attention to what they are doing could press one button thinking they were voting one way and end up pressing the button for the wrong option. It would be impossible to audit this user error as the user is going to claim the machine switched their vote because their intent did not match the output they were given. You can't actively monitor users to verify this because doing so would be a violation of voting laws. What you can audit is the machine software and hardware specs to verify how the outcome could be generated.

Comment Re:Paper? What's that (Score 1) 260

Service hosting / app development.

In a previous life as a subcontractor I got used to a lot of paper flying around at client sites however they were generally government in nature and in some instances paper was an actual output. Moving on to where I currently work was a bit of a shock at first, no paper, no timesheets, no desk phones (well, we HAD ip phones but nobody used them), telecommuting (if you want to) everyone actively maintaining the company CMS / wiki, everyone using IM...

I love it

Comment I hope so... but (Score 1) 531

Well, I hope so to but currently the "wisdom of the masses" is generally trusted among internet cranks, Facebook moms and social crusaders over rationality.

I mean, "this image of a tweet went viral - it HAS to be true!" is startling to me because of how such diverse groups all seem to be manipulated by this sort of pre-packaged confirmation bias (I don't know if that's the right term).

Even after junk like Kony 2012 people still don't stop themselves and think first, particularly if it fits their own personal outlook and in the case of most cranks/crusaders if it comes from a "non-authoritarian" source.

I'm not saying I'm superior either, god knows I've been fooled by seemingly legitimate "news" the difference is like you say, I've grown skeptical of things I hear... from all sources.

Like you say, let's hope

Comment Paper? What's that (Score 3, Interesting) 260

I've been working in a paperless office for 6 years now. I don't even bother with scratch notes anymore, just OneNote and/or a whiteboard + phone camera

Our fax/printer has been out of toner for 2 years... and so far nobody has needed it (out of ~20 people)

The only paper product we get anymore is the crap that comes in the mail slot we throw out... I don't even think about it anymore. Which is odd really, place I worked at before generated mountains of paper (even for scrum, we were using cardstock and pins on a cube wall rather than an app, g'gah, how did we even generate reports back then???)

Anyway, the only thing I miss is doodling I guess.

Comment Re:futurist (Score 1) 522

Jules Verne predicted the submarine almost 100 years before we ever built one - and he got almost all the core technologies it would require right. The way it worked is very much like the real things do - including ballasts, he was so influential in the building of the first real submarine that it was NAMED after the one in his book: the nautilus.

Jules Verne was born in 1828. Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea was published started in 1869. The Nautilus did its first test dives in 1800.

Comment Re:Perfection in an imperfect world (Score 1) 162

First of all, how dare you sir! I am Canadian and we have vastly inferior coffee chains that make Starbucks appear to be some form of caffeinated nirvana. I mean if you want to wait in an unfathomably long line for a cup of Hot Brown liquid you can go to Tim Hortons (also you can get a freshly thawed donut that was made over 3,000 km away.) I don't dare mention rolling up the rim or Tim Bits

Secondly don't you Aussies intentionally eat Vegemite?

I'm not even gonna talk about Burger Rings or Pie Floaters - I've lost my appetite for seal flippers already

Celebrate the differences ... or whatever

Comment Perfection in an imperfect world (Score 4, Funny) 162

I mostly work from home and I brew a 6 cup pot of coffee almost every day, I put in two scoops (which are roughly equivalent to 1 heaping tablespoon) and it got me thinking about a month ago what the actual coffee to water ratio was supposed to be.

I found this chart (or one like it)

Tried it out and my god, if that's the actual ratio I'm surprised most people can't see through time. I'll stick with my weak brew... if anything to ensure my particles don't vibrate through the fabric of reality

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