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Comment Re:The Theater Experience (Score 1) 325

A lot of people who go to theaters are the types who have to see something when it first comes out. Many of them if there was an alternative for home viewing, like the Screening Room service discussed in the article, would use that instead.

It's not that people are antisocial, it's that we realize that in practically every respect, the home movie experience today is superior to what we get roped into at theaters. A 65" 4K TV with surround sound can compete pretty darn well with the visuals and audio of a theater, and a year's worth of weekend theater visits costs more than such a setup at home. Also at home you don't deal with sticky seats and floors, other people making noise, or having to start the show at a certain time. No $10 popcorn with a $7 drink either.

Comment Re:Has Nintendo not heard of smartphones? (Score 1) 156

> Anyone who wants decent mobile gaming has already got a choice of dozens of devices that also do more than just play games.

?????

You used the word decent, and then went on to allude to a whole bunch of touchscreen only devices. I don't think that word means what you think it means. Touchscreen controls for any action game are torture, and most games designed specifically for phones and tablets are about as deep as a kiddie pool. So no, there are not dozens of choices, there are a handful. And that handful have Nintendo or Sony logos on them.

Comment Re:Simple Reforms Needed (Score 1) 248

> This is particularly important if the company is giving the employee the room at below-market rates.

HA Ha ha ha. ha. Trust me, that wasn't his motivation. At all.

http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/british-columbia/mcdonald-s-foreign-worker-practices-face-growing-investigation-1.2607365

"This housing complex in Lethbridge is referred to as 'the compound.' Local McDonald's employees said up to eight foreign workers live in each suite and they pay the franchise owner $400 per month each for rent. (CBC)

The McD's franchise owner managed to make $3200 per suite per month. In LETHBRIDGE. That's like waterfront downtown Vancouver rent rates for a luxury condo.

The only person the McDs franchisee was helping was himself.

Comment Re:Simple Reforms Needed (Score 3, Insightful) 248

I had a suggestion for simple reforms to Canada's Temporary Foreign Worker program that was being similarly abused, except it wasn't limited to tech workers. Specifically the TFW program was set to for companies that couldn't find Canadian talent to fill roles. It was meant to be used for things like say a high end Indian restaurant needed to bring in a chef from India with 30+ years of experience, but instead was used to replace teenage cashiers at McDonalds franchises.

My suggestion was very simple: If you cannot find a worker for a particular job, you apply to the TFW program for a permit to hire a foreign worker to fill the slot. The government does market studies and knows what an average wage for that position is and to fill it with a TFW, the company will pay 150% of the average wage for that position to get that worker into Canada and employed. The company pays the ministry the worker's 150% wage and then the worker receives a cheque from the government at the average wage for that position as per the market study. The excess monies are used to pay for operation of the TFW program and also to set aside grants to train Canadians to fill these worker deficiencies.

Another reason the pay goes through the TFW office was that there were several cases of the workers being underpaid once they arrived here, or in one particularly egregious instance, a McD's franchisee was also acting as the landlord for his TFWs in a house he owned and would "helpfully" pre-deduct rent and utilities from their paycheques.

I'd be willing to bet that if the TFW and H1-B programs enacted this simple reform, the demand for foreign workers would plummet like a stone and it would still leave the door open for those businesses that actually cannot find someone in-country for a particular job.

Comment Re:Common Ground (Score 1) 57

? How does Microsoft's "network" come into it when someone plays Rocket League? I play Rocket League on a PC against Psynet (PS4) players all the time and there's not material difference. They are not routing through Sony's network, the connection is from their PS4 through their ISP to the Rocket League server directly, just like my PC's is. Xbox would work the same.

There's the side issue of the console players not being able to properly compete with the PC Master Race in things like 1st person shooters but that doesn't come into play with RL or games like it.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 346

The aggregate track record of US and Euro companies having hazardous materials in their products versus products from China is pretty clear cut. While there can be outliers both ways, the historical record shows that western products are far more likely to be safe.

After all, I haven't recently heard about any milk in the US killing babies due to melamine being added:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Chinese_milk_scandal

Or lead/arsenic/cadmium in US toys:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/china/8944028/One-third-of-Chinese-toys-contain-heavy-metals.html

Or "gutter oil" being a thing in the West:
http://world.time.com/2014/01/08/is-a-suspended-death-sentence-enough-for-a-chinese-gutter-oil-dealer/

Add to that the fact that the people making the knockoffs generally care little about any laws that might be broken in pursuit of their profit.

Comment Re:Amazon is awesome for knockoffs! (Score 1) 346

Yes but regulations are a good thing. You might get leather shoes from China that are knockoffs that are every bit as good and durable as the real McCoy, but what you don't know is the leather before processing was treated with arsenic which is slowly leeching into your skin.

Comment Re:"Democracy" (Score 1) 231

> Erdogan is clearly following Putin's play book.

Putin's playbook? I'd say there's more than a little of the Goring playbook in there too coupled with some adlibbing.

"Göring: Oh, that is all well and good, but, voice or no voice, the people can always be brought to the bidding of the leaders. That is easy. All you have to do is tell them they are being attacked and denounce the pacifists for lack of patriotism and exposing the country to danger. It works the same way in any country."

It's looking more and more like the coup attempt was either encouraged and Erdogan took full advantage, or it was a false flag attack. This way Erdogan doesn't have to tell the people they are being attacked and (inserrt group here) is exposing the country to danger, he arranged a demonstration of it.

Now he's in the denounce whoever he wants as coup conspirators and make them the enemies the people rally against phase. For example, this morning it was announced that they banned all academics from leaving the country:

http://www.reuters.com/article/turkey-security-education-idUSI7N1A3004

So now he's revoked 21,000 private teacher licenses, removed 24 broadcast licenses from TV and radio stations, demanded the resigation of all 1577 deans of schools in the country, and fired 15000 education ministry personnel. You know what THAT sound like? Time to start indoctrinating the youth of Turkey with his truth, not the objective truth.

And that doesn't even go into his removal of the cops, judges, Energy ministry employees, finance ministry employees, governors, interior ministry personnel, and more. AND he banned all 3 million civil servants from taking vacation indefinitely.

Comment Re:License to work (Score 1) 639

> The unlucky sap they hire to impound the tractor would be looking down the barrel of a 12 gauge shotgun.

And then the nearest city/state SWAT team comes out, has a standoff that ends in Farmer John getting tazed, shot or blown up with a remote robot delivered bomb like in Dallas, and his farm falls into receivership with it not being worked. One of John Deere's agribusiness megafarm subsidiaries buys it and everyone wins. Except farmer John who is now a felon in prison or a corpse.

Comment Re:honesty (Score 1) 57

> b) Uber's success comes from the breaking of the laws relating to taxicab services and employment

And to add to the latter half of that a little more, Uber had grandly proclaimed that their drivers would make good money, whereas the data now being seen would suggest working at McDs would be more lucrative.

Comment Re:"... consider suing ..." (Score 1) 465

Usually those TOSs are on something that was paid for. I have a hard time believing that any court would force a company to compensate someone for something lost because they put it on a free service. Because if they did, the day after that ruling a lot of free services would send out a "You have 30 days to back your shit up because we're closing our doors" notice.

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