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Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 1) 153

I know it's mostly not Netflix fault their movie selection is crap. But honestly I'd probably pay twice as much if I had a real selection of movies where I had a reasonably good chance that the movie I wanted to see was included.

I don't understand what you are complaining about, cable companies want you to pay 5 to 10 times as much and don't give you a real selection of movies either!

Comment Smaller market, too. (Score 4, Interesting) 75

Just as importantly, the market has shifted. There is still a stable market for computing and it will continue to exist, but it no longer includes the home/casual user segment. Those people have gone over to tablets and phones (most all of the non-tech folks that I know now have an older laptop sitting dusty on their top closet shelf, unused for years, and don't plan to replace it; only about half have even bothered to get a bluetooth keyboard for their tablet, while the rest are perfectly satisfied with the onscreen keyboard).

Business, tech-oriented people, the self-employed, creatives, and so on will continue to buy full-fledged computing hardware and to upgrade it over time, but this is a much smaller market than once existed for computing, where the market included basically every home and individual in developed societies. So some correction in sales was (and probably remains) inevitable over time.

Comment Re:Union played hardball and lost (Score 5, Insightful) 474

I don't get this attitude that Unions destroy everything, was management sitting on their hands. Looking into shenanigans of management.

  • Leaving the original bankruptcy(in 2004) in greater debt than before
  • Unable to fix operations after 8 years!
  • Giving themselves raises before the bankruptcy(2011), While
  • Offering to drastically cut pensions and benefits for unions

The raises management gave themselves right before the bankruptcy

Brian Driscoll, CEO, around $750,000 to $2,550,000
Gary Wandschneider, EVP, $500,000 to $900,000
John Stewart, EVP, $400,000 to $700,000
David Loeser, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256
Kent Magill, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256
Richard Seban, EVP, $375,000 to $656,256
John Akeson, SVP, $300,000 to $480,000
Steven Birgfeld, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000
Martha Ross, SVP, $240,000 to $360,000
Rob Kissick, SVP, $182,000 to $273,008

Comment Re:The Taste must have been fired also (Score 2) 474

I never really ate Hostess products, but the new company is not making a fresh product anymore. They consolidated everything to 3 plants and freeze it for delivery. What they are selling is not exactly the same, whether that is enough to reduce their sales is something else so we have to wait and see.

Comment Logic Systems are based on Values Tables (Score 1) 609

There are many different logic systems and using the wrong one in context can be bad, as any young man who has tried to use formal logic when girlfriend logic was contextually required has learned the hard way.

But the core of the problem doesn't change: It's who defines what logic is appropriate that causes the grief because any logic system is based on a values table. Sometimes this is explicit sometimes implicit, but it's always there. This difference between values is the core problem and where the solution must be found and defined in such a way as to be acceptable to all players -- which is one very tall order.

Comment Here in the US (Score 1) 622

you will find that many dealerships do the same.

Only there are precious few protections for the consumer.

So when your used car breaks down catastrophically in a couple of months, it's "Oh, we must have missed that!" and when you try to use your warranty to cover it, it's excluded on one of 57 different technicalities, with maximum coverage for that particular type of repair that only covers a fraction of the typical cost, all spelled out in tiny print in a massive rulebook of which you do not actually get a copy when you purchase your vehicle and your "warranty."

And even if you manage to find something that is covered, and want to get your fractional pittance, you still have to pay out of pocket yourself for the repairs, then submit the receipt to the third-party corporation that provides the "warranty," who will scour your receipt for more technicalities on which to exclude your claim, and if they can't, will ultimately send you your fractional pittance in 8-12 months and after several letters from your attorney.

In short, U.S. "dealer checks" and "warranties" are worth less than lavatory tissue, which is why every reputable U.S. publication strongly advises used car buyers to pay to have their own favorite mechanic go over the vehicle (at a cost of $50-$200) before buying. So you can easily burn up $2k or more having cars vetted by a mechanic before you find one that he or she will actually tell you is a reasonable bet. Yet all of them are happily checked, warranted, etc.

Submission + - US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com)

An anonymous reader writes: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection."

Comment Re:Ads in the middle are far worse than at the end (Score 1) 316

I do have an ideological hatred of ads:
It is a unilateral renegotiation of terms. When they want to increase the length of ads, they do it. You get no say. When they want to increase the volume, they do it, you get no say. When they increase the (fucking annoying as hell and insulting) repetition, they do it, you get no say. FUCK ALL THAT. I pay a price to see a show, you show me the fucking show at that set price and that's that. That's the deal. You don't get to alter the terms of the deal, or I fucking shut off your media. Period.

That's what I hate about ads.

There is a set-dollar-amount that any ad is worth, because an advertiser pays for that. I want my cut, and I want it to be a stated term, up front. No changing it later, after the fact. I pay my bills, those fuckers need to pay theirs.

Comment Re:Arogance (Score 5, Interesting) 247

I used to teach a pretty decent load of Chinese students in my classes in Manhattan (I taught at both NYU and on CUNY). By the '00s, they were significantly more creative, sophisticated, well-rounded, and learned (I make no claims about "intelligence") than my American students, who were really sort of "decadent" in the worst, stereotypical ways—knew only a few things about a few things but a lot about consumer goods and fashion, and didn't seem to think they needed to work, just didn't feel the global pressure from competing workers. Very entitled.

The Chinese students tended to cluster in 'A' territory and always approached me after class to talk about class topics until I had to leave, then followed up with serious questions by email. The American students always had one or two in the 'A' group and the rest clustering around low B and high C, and it was a struggle just to learn their names, as they had nothing at all to say to me unless I called on them in class. Ironically, many of the Chinese students had better formal English as well, though there were always also about half that were clearly 'winging it' and needed ESL—but were killing it in class performance anyway, managing to learn and to get through books by relying on a dictionary, a study group, and sheer determination.

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