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Comment Re:Two things: (Score 1) 169

Hilary's thug wranglers told them to do that when they were hired

Impossible. Every body knows Trumps Russian assassins killed all of Hillery's thug wranglers right after they killed those three million Mass. residents that illegally voted in New Hampshire. That was Putin's "congratulations" present to all the Trumpanzees.

Now, for a serious question; Is there anyone at all that really thinks this? Because wow man, you dudes are supposed to be way too unhip to trip.

Please come back to Planet Consensus reality, your family misses you.

Comment Re: Why Not On Release Day And For A Regular Price (Score 1) 119

Not at all. There are movies that release directly to TV, YouTube, NetFlix, etc. There are games (I have some) that install directly and don't utilize the Internet. There is commercial software (I have some) that installs sans DRM and can magically be put on machines not connected to the Internet at all and still function fully.

Comment It ain't the movie. (Score 1) 119

It's the whole thing that I pay higher prices for.

I go to a theater to lose myself in cobbled up surroundings I'm not responsible for and simply order goodies off the shelf instead of having to cook them so I can nibble as I watch whatever it is on a huge screen with bombastic sound when required.

I'm going to pay twice the amount to forgo all the things I like about movie going why?

If I'm forgoing the theater, I certainly don't care enough about the viewing delay to shell out twice what I didn't the first time. Hell, if I'm popping $30, I'll wait for the DVD instead of a one-off viewing.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 2) 100

The profit (a minority of their profit, it should be added) is coming from saving taxpayers money. What the heck is your problem with that?

If they were making some amount of launches cheaper - sure - but that's not the case.

Yes, it is the case; they cost vastly less than ULA.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 1) 100

What I *do* have a problem with is him parlaying this success into a full blown cult of personality

I'm sorry, I must have missed the speech where Musk announced that he is the savior of humanity and its new lord and master.

I'm sorry it gets under your skin that people appreciate the man and what he's doing, but that's hardly something he's been actively "parlaying this success into".

Comment Re:Maybe I'm missing something. . . (Score 2) 100

Most of SpaceX's launches are for private companies. And their real profit plan is satellite internet; these random couple dozen launches per year for the government and private companies is nothing compared to the value of being able to provide cheap high speed internet access everywhere on Earth without having to lay wires. But that requires thousands of satellites to be launched.

Interestingly enough, this also appears to be Blue Origin's profit plan, via their work with OneWeb.

Comment Re:The actual real problem with Mars... (Score 4, Insightful) 100

What's the problem with SpaceX getting government launch contracts? No, seriously. They're charging less than ULA and thus saving the government a ton of money. What's your huge problem with saving money and having the money that is spent go to a company that's focused on great things rather than some conglomerate of huge military-industrial giants?

I've never understood this animosity.

Comment Re:We're not doomed [Re:We're Doomed.] (Score 1) 358

There is now and has been for a while significant changes going on. Those in a frenzy however, either believe or really wish that it were possible to throw a switch of some nature and it all be magically done. Those types will complain until that last 1% has been switched and then look for something else to complain about. It's the hysteria that's annoying about all this.

Comment Re:Baby Goes Whaaaaaaaa! (Score 4, Interesting) 152

I remember when President Reagan fired the Air Traffic Controllers. That didn't work out well for more than a year.

I have also been a union member twice. Unfortunately, one union was run by the company, so it was a pretty shitty union for the most part. The other union was run by ex-union members and were not beholden to the company. That worked pretty well in that "silly" stuff didn't happen. If a shitty boss wanted to fire people for not kowtowing, too bad. But if someone screwed up, the shop steward and the boss delivered the pink slip together. Nobody wanted to do extra work because someone else slacked their assignment. I eventually went management in that job, and I never had a problem in 6 years with union workers. I generally had to hold back the shop steward when I knew things about the employee that he didn't (terminally ill wife, child, substance problems they were being helped with, that sort of thing.) The times I did have to terminate someone, the union guys were in agreement with me and we'd already tried multiple times to get the person back into the fold.

That said, what strikes me are the many people that say "Unions suck" that have never been in one and how frequently the throw out "get another job".

Hm. You must live in the land of good jobs, where the trees of excellent education are right there behind the bushes of golden opportunity and the river of endless paycheck. That's a sweet place to live, but one whose address I've not found.

Comment Re:Use Mahindra & Mahindra (Score 1) 489

And you will be known locally as a jackass, not someone with an opinion who simply bought another brand. It will be remembered, and in short order you will be severely hamstrung in simply doing business with a lot of people because they will simply avoid you. Things don't work the same way in rural communities as they do in cities where there's always someone at hand you haven't purposely screwed over. And we tend to see Joe as someone caught in the middle of things, not a hostile adversary.

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