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Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 92

Putin doesn't care in the slightest about public opinion. Being feared and hated by the world is as good as being respected in his book.

Fear is a kind of respect. Not the best kind, but still better than no respect in the realm of international politics. But that fear comes from respect. If Putin comes off as an incompetent schmuck then people will stop fearing him so much. But ruthless and competent is something to fear.

Trump, on the other hand, has the biggest gun in the room in his hands, so even his incompetence is scary.

Comment Re:very few new movies worth seeing (Score 1) 219

I blame the low-brow entirely formulaic dross that Hollywood continues to churn out.

I don't think that logic works. That would make sense if we were talking about older audiences who have basically seen all these movies before. But the young people who haven't already been exposed to all the plots and archetypes might still want to go see them.

I am not interested in movies (I watch few of them even at home) because they are all the same old shit I've seen before. Most of them are literally just remakes of the same old films, often with the same old title. A new director with essentially the same script. Why would I want to see that? At least make some different books into movies.

Hollywood is going down the toilet. They are still huge so it will take a long time unless LA falls into the ocean, but I've been keeping my fingers crossed for that one for a long time and it still hasn't happened. They will be able to hang on with superhero movies for a while yet, but their dominance is shaking.

Comment Re:Generation Z leans to the political right. (Score 1) 219

You know there's a solution to that, right, you limp-wristed pansy leftist piece of shit?

There is, but you're not going to like it. It entails you discovering that leftists own guns too.

I predict that if we actually do get carry reciprocity, your kind is going to make this discovery in a most unpleasant fashion.

Comment Re:The industry is stupid (Score 1) 219

Since the eighties, the game is played that if sales go down, raise prices to "keep a steady cash flow".

It's called whatever the market will bear, and it's a basic tenet of capitalism. If you charge too much eventually people find an alternative, or they die or riot or something, so charging the maximum amount you can while maintaining a kind of stasis is the universal goal. It's not setting the highest price people will pay today, it's setting the highest price they will pay today and then come back and give you more money tomorrow.

I don't know if the price points now are optimal, but a lot of the people priced out of going to the movies probably aren't profitable customers anyway. They sneak in snacks instead of buying them, and the snacks are where the big profit comes from while the ticket price generally covers little more than the film itself.

Comment Re:Content that you control. Very satisfying. (Score 1) 219

I think the difference is her ability to control the action. Sitting back and dumbly drinking in whatever spews forth from the screen is one form of entertainment. But if you can control what is going on, even very simple content can be very satisfying.

My lady has an aversion to video games but even she can acknowledge that many movies would make a whole lot more sense as a game. Most action movies fall into this category. Sitting and watching that stuff is still thrilling, but it's nothing compared to actually controlling the experience.

Comment In fact Ram is so shit it needs a double reply (Score 1) 219

The last time anyone should have bought a Dodge truck without a diesel was in the seventies, back when their engines were better than everyone else's. (They just were. Y'all can argue if you want, but you'll be wrong.) Through the eighties and up until a few years ago, the reason to buy a Dodge pickup was to get a Cummins straight six, which is a better-built engine than literally any of its contemporary competition. But today Cummins is building V engines and you can get one in a Nissan. Nissan is at least ten times more competent than Chrysler (Dodge trucks) and at least a hundred times more competent than Fiat (Dodge vans.)

Comment Re:What a letdown... (Score 1) 219

If you think that it wasn't being torn in half well before Trump, think more.

Sure, it was. Only gradually. This is all-at-once. It's not necessary to rip off the bandage. You soak it a little, and then it comes right off.

The bottom line is that there is a lot of bipartisan support for policies that screw us all

Trump is substantively different, and if you can't see that, I have to wonder if you're spending your free time ironing your brown shirt.

Comment Re:Tractor investors, not breakers. (Score 1) 494

300SD were eurotaxis. They were built for a market that puts a million miles on a vehicle, but doesn't get emotional about keeping it going past its economic life.

300SDs were extremely popular in the USA. That's why there are still so many of them running around in spite of the fact that the body is expensive to maintain. It's only relatively recently that most parts became relatively affordable, via eBay. You used to have to just pay exorbitant prices at dealers. But those parts you can't get are a serious problem. The "Febi-Bilstein" ignition lock I had to buy for my 300SD feels like garbage. I have a distinct feeling it is actually neither Febi nor Bilstein, but it's what is available.

Comment Re:What a letdown... (Score 1) 219

The fact is, there were apparently riots during the inauguration. I am no supporter of Trump but that's just shameful;

Yes, supporting trump certainly is shameful.

The social fabric is not breaking down, trump is tearing it in half. If you think that's not going to lead to riots, think more.

Comment Re:So, the gist of it is... (Score 1) 219

Been through customs with you phone and you lost sight of it for a couple of minutes, well, sucker you should have dumped it right away because the chances that phone that someone else now owns has been spying on you since then.

So I will just take a nandroid before I fly and then restore it on the plane, easy peasy. It takes more than a couple of minutes to make a new backup. And if I actually use encryption then I get a password which they would have to know in order to fake my backup.

Comment Re:Expect Russia to take advantage (Score 1) 92

If Russia wanted to take any Ukranian land, it would have been taken.

Even Russia cares about international opinion. Not necessarily about what it looks like today, but what it will look like next week. They need to maintain plausible deniability, so they are not simply rolling over them.

In a world which contained no countries but Russia and Ukraine, there would be only Russia.

Comment Re:Let's put tons of ammo together in a massive pi (Score 1) 92

Where do you propose they store it? In shoeboxes in the various soldiers' homes? That would be as distributed as possible, right?

Ammunition depots are a fact of logistics. Ammunition has to be guarded, so you lump it together in as many places as you can afford to guard, and no more.

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