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Comment Re:Hahahahaha (Score 2) 116

While your math adds up, I still can't get past the logic. Is the movie somehow worse if it's viewed two months later? $2

Worse, no, but it's also not topical. Part of the experience of seeing a movie when it premieres is being part of the buzz surrounding the discussion of the film. Humans are a social animal (realizing this is slashdot, I feel this must be pointed out), and sharing experiences - such as books or entertainment - is part of the enjoyment of the entertainment.

So, no, the movie is no worse, but the overall experience is diminished. For a second weekend showing, I'd be in for $30, maybe even $50, for a blockbuster. For a third to fifth weekend - most of the social shine is off of it so, no. Granted, I have a 125" screen and a nice sound system so I lose very little watching movies at home but it's still fun to go "out" with the family to see something brand new.

Comment Re:In some areas (Score 1) 140

Yup, they've got my town's balls in a vice. Sure, there's NTC (exclusive to some apartments, those poor schmucks) and Verizon (if 7Mb/768k is your idea of high speed internet), but otherwise it's Comcast or nothing. So it's $90 for 75Mb service, and $89 for 75Mb service plus basic cable. Add $10 to kick in ESPN and the other mid-tier channels that DTV charges $35 for and Sling charges $20. When they own the last mile, you're going to pay.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 2) 488

But then you've just wasted 4 hours of your day and prevented your neighbor, Joe, from getting commission so you've wasted his 4 hours too. To John Deere, there's no loss - you weren't going to buy that tractor to begin with. The dealership lost $30 in Joe's time and incremental costs (copying and such) since they pretty much just pay him on commission and the office would have been open anyway. Nobody cares except you, who now don't have the new tractor you need, and Joe, who just lost 1/10 of his weekly pay because of your hijinks and whom you are going to have to look in the face at Church on Sunday, along with his wife and three kids.

Comment Re:At least there's a way around it (Score 1) 488

But you didn't buy it, you licensed it. It looks like you bought it, but the agreement you signed only means you own the scrap value of the base metals in the item - not any control or influence on the software that's inside it that allows it to run.

It's how everything is "sold" now. You can buy the scrap, but to operate it you have to agree to a (very limited) license on the 1s and 0s that make it useful.

Comment Wait...new iPad? (Score 1) 103

WTF is with Apple's fear of the number 3?

The iPad 3 was not the 3 - it was the New iPad

Now the iPad Air 3 is a New iPad, but is neither the Air nor the 3.

Is this what you get when you have marketers sit around a table and you ask them to brand your new device revision and you just get blank stares back?

Comment Re:Marlyand is too little (Score 1) 52

> Now that would some accidental unintended consequence of this bill wouldn't it?

A for-profit licencing "arm" of the state university, set up primarily for the hand-picked members of said licensing firm to benefit handsomely off of the work of the state supported university. Hmmm, yes, that would be awful to see. /s

Comment Re:Entertainment is entertaining (Score 2) 299

You can't just go down to NewEgg or Micro Center with your credit card and submit an expense report -- it has to go through purchasing who will spend a week researching the cheapest price or steer the sale to whichever "preferred supplier" bribed them this year.

This. So much this.

  I worked for a major defense contractor. We needed a piece of software and we needed it "yesterday". My manager told me (in writing) to go ahead and order it on "petty cash".

So, two weeks later, I and 6 others get called to talk to the VP of Engineering (who was not an engineer, but a bean-counter) to explain why we hadn't gone through proper channels. My manager was awesome and tried to take the heat for me, but to no avail. Turns out that he got called on the carpet for it too.

To this day, even though I no longer work there, I still consider myself one of the "Petty Cash Seven".

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