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Comment My views (Score 1) 370

Here's my take on the "10" items:

1. The big screen.
    - IMAX, yes. There are some movies that I will go to see in IMAX (Star Wars!), or at least iSense in ODEON.
    - Other movies I'm happy to see on a 'normal' cinema screen, although I find that in my local cinema these tend to be badly calibrated and slightly out of focus

2. People everywhere.
    - this isn't always a good thing. Sometimes it's fine, but there are those people who will sit whispering to each other or chomping on popcorn... people can spoil the experience you want to enjoy, and this is generally a reason that I don't go to the cinema.

3. Focus.
    - agreed, and this is the main reason I _do_ go to the cinema. If I'm watching a film at home, I'll inevitably take out my phone at some point. If I'm in the cinema, I never do. Some people do, but they are very few.

4. Relentlessness.
    - Em, what now?

5. A massive speaker system.
    - good and bad. I've a good speaker setup (5.1) at home, but the cinema setup is (and always will be) better, unless I have a few spare thousand euro to spend. And I've better things to spend that money on. But sometimes the cinema speakers can be turned up a bit too much. (that said, it might be to drown out the people whispering to each other).

6. Previews.
    - meh. Yeah, it's an opportunity to see what's coming up. But cinemas tend to play too many of them, and too many ads. I've paid to watch the film at 8pm, so why is it now 8:20 and it hasn't started yet?
    - the only advantage to ads and previews is that most people have finished their popcorn by the time the movie starts.

7. Disruption.
    - isn't this just point 3 again?

8. Alone time.
    - em, what? alone time means being alone, so how does going to the cinema with friends or family mean alone time?

9. 32 ounces of cola in the dark.
    - Paying a fortune for getting diabetes for watching a film in a cinema...? And then needing to run to the bathroom during the best bits. No
    - I don't buy drinks or food in a cinema - far too expensive, and generally not particularly nice either. I'll eat before hand, or afterward, and I wish more people would.

10. Bragging rights.
    - Bragging about what?

So 2 good points, 3 ok points, and 5 that aren't actually arguments for going to the cinema at all, IMHO.

Comment What about imparements and videos? (Score 2) 54

What happens if someone suffers, say, stroke and part of the face is paralysed. Or they have Botox?
I suppose there has to be a backup to allow someone to reset their password in such cases, or in cases where they forget it. This backup may prove to be a weakness.

What happens if I record a video of my boss uttering his password, and then show the video to the camera?

Comment ambiguity (Score 1) 331

The arguments on both sides of the oxford comma debate are generally around removing ambiguity.
Certainly, in this case, there is ambiguity, and the addition of the comma would remove that ambiguity immediately.

I think there are some cases where the addition of the comma can cause ambiguity, but there are an awful lot more cases where it removes it.

So the case has to revolve around the ambiguity caused by the lack of the comma, and to whom this ambiguity benefits.

(I'm on the side of the drivers! Oxford Comma for the win!)

Submission + - Study finds porridge/oatmeal to be good for the heart and gut (

Tomahawk writes: Research carried out by Irish based scientists has shown that porridge is good for the heart and the gut.

The scientists, based at the APC Microbiome Institute in Cork, discovered that beta glucan — the fibre found in porridge — can help reduce cholesterol and body weight.

They also found that it can positively alter the make-up of the microbes and bugs living in our intestines, known as microbiota, and how they work.

Previously is has been shown that porridge may protect against cancer:

or be a key to long life:

Comment Location based research (Score 1) 352

Has there been any research done based the distance a person is East and West of the 'noon' meridian upon which their timezone is based? And based on distance from the equator?

Twice a year, when the arguments resurface, i wonder this. I've seen positive affects to DST where changing the time really does make sense, and never really any negative (apart from having to get up an hour early one day in a year).

Certainly where I live, in winter without DST we all be sitting in work an hour before sunrise. With DST, it's bright web we get to work. That makes Winter a lot less depressing.
In Summer, without DST, the sun wouldn't set until around 11pm, which makes getting to sleep more difficult.

I'm convinced that the majority of people who argue for the cons don't see the benefits, don't care about others who are affected, and only think about how this minor inconvenience once a year affect them.

So, have any location based studies been done to show just where benefits, where doesn't, where people want it, where they don't? I could almost guarantee that we'd see patterns, certainly stripes on a map gradieating from ones polar view to the other, and then a sudden switch close to the edge of each timezone.

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