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Comment Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 61

This already happens with a lot of shows; on Amazon Prime, for example, the first season (or few seasons) of a show are available for free, but you need to pay for the more recent or final seasons. True Blood, for example... all the seasons except the last (or last two, I forget) were free. Sadly for HBO, the last two seasons were the ones not worth paying for.

Comment Re:Six of one.... (Score 3) 61

Ah... the single ad at the beginning of the show doesn't really bother me. I have prime, too, and there are a couple of Hulu shows that do that, too, even if you have the commercial free option. It really doesn't bother me. I also don't need to watch the show live, but right after it airs, or the next day, or even the next week is fine for me. For some shows, Hulu will post it immediately after the broadcast ends; for others it's the next day. The problem is Hulu only has about a quarter to a third of what I would like, but I have found originals that are good, too, and it's only $13 month for the commercial free subscription. I would pay $50 if it had AMC (Walking Dead and Preacher) and a handful of other shows.

Comment Six of one.... (Score 3, Insightful) 61

I will pay a reasonable price (*) for commercial free episodes of the shows I like. I mostly use Hulu with the commercial free option, and would pay double if they actually had more of the content out there. Now things are going to disparate services, or wholly owned services (likes individual apps from networks themselves), and all without even the option of paying for commercial free. There's no commercial free option for Sling, there's no commercial free version for PS Vue... why pay for a service and still be saddled with commercials? At the same time, iTMS style per-episode pricing adds up too quickly to make it worth it.

At the same time, neither will I illegally download someone else's IP. I don't have the right to unilaterally take that away from them just because I don't want to pay, but if they made it easier and more reasonably priced to get the content legally then it's not hard to imagine they'd be increasing their sales.

Of course, some selfish cheapskates wouldn't pay no matter how reasonable it was, but then they wouldn't be losing out on the sales from those people, either.

So yeah, I like the Walking Dead... and I will wait until next year to watch this year's episodes commercial free on Netflix. I don't care about spoilers, and I'm generally a patient person - especially when it comes to something so inconsequential as TV shows.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 485

People pretend this doesn't happen, or that it's the exception. My wife is an immigrant who came here legally and we jumped through all the hoops for her to become a citizen, legally. She was attending English classes at local school where she encountered immigrants from ALL over, not just Mexico, who would actually BOAST about how they got medical treatment for free, lying to the emergency room personal both about the severity of their symptoms and that they had insurance, they just didn't have the cards with them, etc.; we know another couple from my wife's country that we were friends with, and now not so much; she was illegal, but had an anchor baby. He was legal (I helped him come here legally, too); they joke about the government handouts they get. They get two gallons of milk a week because they can, not because they need it. They end up throwing one away every week. It's baffling why they can't just say "we only need one." No, they take it because it's given to them and then they just throw it away, it's disgusting.

Meanwhile, most of the slashdot crowd probably knows mostly immigrants from college or work - here legally, on Visas, or even naturalized citizens. The vast majority of illegals, on the other hand, are uneducated takers - and since many send a lot of that under-the-table money back home, no, they don't pay taxes on that, not even local sales taxes.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 485

Not bad points, but why don't we examine the first reason for a moment... I'm not sexist; people who want to work should go ahead and work, and it doesn't matter if the woman is the primary income earner, but look ask yourself this: why did it suddenly become necessary for families to need two incomes to maintain their standard of living?

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 485

It's true, but you'd think we'd have had a much faster, better "recovery," given the staggering amount of debt used to prop up the economy during the Obama administration. Bush inherited a recession, too; the internet bubble was bursting and he had to deal with 911, he spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave and I was extremely angry with how much extra debt he saddled us with - think of how I feel about the Obama administration, and for what? Stagnant wages and a recovery so slow it would have happened anyway (much like Roosevelt recovery) don't make feel like "well, at least we got that." So yes, both parties screw us by running up the debt and kicking the can down the road, but Obama essentially doubled it.

The only reason Clinton could balance the budget was because republicans (only because they didn't have the executive branch) forced it, and it wasn't difficult with an economy propped up by the internet bubble. But as soon as republicans got the executive branch, too, all hell broke loose and "deficits don't matter." I thought it might get better when democrats took over congress, but it actually got worse - you really can't win with these guys, but keep berating people like me for voting third party.

Comment Re: Good then bad then good (Score 1) 171

Well, yeah.... that's the idea. High blood sugar causes the production of insulin which triggers fat storage. Lower blood sugar = slow or stops the production of insulin which triggers body fat releasing it's stores into the blood stream. What doesn't get used gets filtered out through urination (and even just breathing). It's why calories in minus calories burned is a fallacy - and what most people don't get about low carb diets. You CAN lose more weight than you "burn."

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