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Comment Re:Too Little, Too Late... (Score 1) 42

Odd, where do you live? Plenty of baseball and basketball OTA here in Springfield, IL, a pretty small city. If I want to watch a baseball game that's canle-only, well, that's what bars are for. Lots cheaper than cable.

The phrase "traditional cable or satellite" amuses me, as I was six before Sputnik (long before satellite TV) and thirty before I ever had cable. Growing up in a large metropolis (St. Louis) we only had three channels, now I have twelve in a FAR smaller market.

Comment Re:Your friend... (Score 1) 42

NOBODY should be on cable any more unless they live somewhere where there's just no signal. For everyone else, cable is obsolete.

In the early eighties, cable was a good deal. All your local stations without snow, ghosts, or static, and a dozen good, ad-free extra channels.

Now? TV has gone digital, which banished ghosts, snow, and static. Meanwhile, on cable they even have ads during the actual programming, and the stations like Discovery and History have gone completely to hell. Discovery used to be science, now it's "trick my truck". History used to be about history, now it's "ice road truckers" or some such nonsense.

But 500 channels! Yeah? How many can you watch at once? Why would I have any interest in the four or five channels devoted completely to golf when I hate that game? Or the dozen channels with nothing but women's programs? Why do I need CNN and four more like it when I have Google News for free?

Cable is obsolete.

Charge fifty cents per month for channel I actually watch and you MIGHT get me as a customer... but I don't watch much TV, anyway.

Comment Re:No fallacy. H1B designed for geniuses, Kaku is (Score 1) 237

listen to Kaku's explanation in the video.

This country (and apparently everyone else's) has a terrible aliteracy problem. There's hardly any illiteracy, but the last I read, only something like 3% of Americans read a book last year.

I for one do NOT want to see a talking head. A video that actually uses the video to demonstrate something is fine, but I can read five times as fast as you can talk and get a hell of a lot more out of it.

Comment Most advertising is geared towards idiots (Score 1) 2

"100% natural! It must be really good for you! What's in it?"

"Snake venom, Mandrake root, and sewage!"

I try to avoid the chains. Ate breakfast at D&J's this morning, little locally-owned place. I do like La Bamba, a Mexican diner with Mexican food made from Mexican recipes by Mexicans. Can't stand Taco Gringo. I usually get lunch at the bar down the street.

Funny, my grandmother's diet was what they say will kill you; eggs fried in bacon grease, etc. She lived a hundred years, outliving the five doctors who all said if she didn't cut down on her cholesterol intake she'd die.

Comment Re:Regs (Score 1) 29

Have you ever seen a regulation that you didn't like?

Of course I have. And other regulations that were too heavy handed. My question is how much of the price of a house where I want or need to live is from regulation, and are the regulations warranted. The price of Daytona's regulations is meaningless to anyone who doesn't live there.

Comment Re:Are you saying hatred doesn't exist? (Score 1) 7

Firstly, "turn down"?

Disavow. If Charlie Manson voices his support for you and you don't disavow his support, you're implying that you agree with his world view.

But there are other "protected classes", so if I murder a woman because I have a problem with women (and what Republican doesn't, amirite?), wouldn't that also be defined as a crime'o'hate?

To my mind, any murder is a "hate crime". After all, what other reason is there to murder someone no matter who they are except you hate them and the fact that they exist? When that black guy targeted white cops it was most certainly a "hate crime" and if Louisiana has hate crime laws and he'd lived, he would have been charged with a hate crime.

"Protected class", my ass.

Comment Are you saying hatred doesn't exist? (Score 1) 7

Calling sexism hatred is a lie, I agree. But there is a lot of hatred, and it troubles me that a presidential candidate would not turn down an endorsement by David Duke and the KKK.

And yes, racial hatred goes both ways, look at Dallas and Baton Rouge. Some Christians hate gays, despite the fact that Jesus said to love everyone. Some gay atheists hate Christians.

Some Americans hate Mexicans, some hate Muslims. But the guy you referred to was dead wrong, equating sexism with hate hurts the cause of fighting real hatred.

Comment Regs (Score 1) 29

A couple of things: First, the study was done by folks who build houses (not construction workers, the people who pay them). I'd like to see something by a dispassionate party that has nothing to do with the industry. Second, it was "government at all levels" which makes it meaningless. Missouri's regulations don't affect the price of a house in Illinois, and my guess is that most of those regulatory cost increases were at the local level in expensive towns, probably in California.

I'm glad that you realize that regulation is necessary, but I'd like to see which regs they're talking about. A couple of years ago they were talking about mandating sprinkler systems in new homes here in Springfield, which would raise the cost a lot but at the same time make them safer. They shelved the idea after public outcry.

They use to use lead paint, now outlawed, and with costs but also good reason. Safety equipment and training for construction workers costs; roofers didn't use to be required to use tethers. That slows the work down, which raises the cost, but IMO is a GOOD regulation.

How about that cancerous Chinese flooring? Company had to rip it all out, at huge cost and yes, a necessary one.

All in all, the article is propaganda. Like you say, some (I'd say most) regulations are good. I remember rolling up the windows in hundred degree weather when driving past the Monsanto in Sauget before cars (or many homes) were air conditioned, because the air burned your lungs. I remember Dead Creek in Cahokia catching fire. The clean air act and clean water act solved both those problems. My grandfather died because there was no OSHA, so Purina didn't have to put doors on the elevator. Again, paying an extra 25% to keep workers alive is a cost I'm greatly willing to bear.

Comment Re: Computer? (Score 1) 325

Being safe from annoyance has little connection to being safe from death and serious injury. The worst thing that can happen on a computer (outside the medical and industrial fields) is you have to buy a new one. You're far more likely to drop and break your tablet than have it ruined by a hacker. Hell, a computer won't even give you a paper cut.

As to "safe" computers, almost everyone (including me until recently) thinks you can't install a program on any tablet of phone without "jailbreaking" it. The fact is, that's only true of Apple products.

I discovered this after buying a tablet and discovering Winamp was no longer in Google Play. Searching for the "why" it turns out that Winamp was sold to another company and will be back up. I also learned what the /. troll "APK" was named for; its an installation file for Android, similar in structure to a Linux tarball. Installing Winamp on the tablet consisted of downloading the APK to my computer and clicking in it with my file manager. Easier to install than a Windows program.

Comment Read a little history (Score 1) 32

The gap between rich and poor was a LOT wider through most f our history. Granted, it's wider now than it's been in my 64 years, but was far worse before WWII. From the book Only Yesterday (Assigned reading in a college level history class in 1977, copy online at virginia.edu) and from my grandmother's tales, the "roaring twenties" only roared for the rich. Worse then than now, and the 1930s were even worse than the '20s. In the '30s the gap shrunk greatly and was probably smallest during Eisenhower's years through Nixon.

I do fear we may slide into Fascism.

As to prognostication, that almost never goes well. Read Hugo Gernsback's Fifty Years from Now, written in 1926 predicting the world of 1976.

Comment Re:Everyone's favourites. (Score 1) 325

Had Windows 10 on this laptop all of 45 minutes before going back to 7. 10 was fugly and it made this old laptop really slow.

I write in Open Office and then copy and paste it into Word to send to the magazines. I HATE Word. I have kubuntu dual-boot on this box, but KDE fucked up the interface so I'm shopping for a new Linux distro.

The bigger, laptop is also running 7. Have an old Kyocera edge phone that I don't have to be worried about getting caught in a downpour, since it's waterproof. Tablet's a Samsung Galaxy 3 I bought in a pawn shop last month. Firefox keeps crashing on it.

There's also an old Dell workstation running XP that is no longer in use, and an early '90s Apple tower someone gave me. Also works but is not used.

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