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Comment Re:Simple question (Score 1) 150

How does this impact me or most other people in any significant way? I don't think it does.

Right at the moment, it doesn't. However, that first stage that landed may be used to launch a communications satellite that might be used to transmit your sports, game shows, and reality shows to you. Or perhaps it will be used to launch a weather satellite that will let the barley farmers produce a better yield for cheaper beer. As far as putting your resources to better use, cut your military spending by 1%. You'd still have the biggest, baddest military on the planet by far, but you'd have an extra 6 billion dollars to put towards global warming.

Comment Re:I ask you this. (Score 1) 242

Is an alarm clock still an alarm clock if the alarm is turned off? Of course it is. Just because you are only using a subset of the features, does not mean that the other features, even the defining features, no longer exist. A smartphone is a smartphone even if its only use is to stop a table from wobbling.

Comment Re: I have a better idea (Score 1) 263

Just because a car isn't top of the line doesn't mean it's not worth having.

You just answered your own question. Just because the stuff coming out of Hollywood isn't top of the line, doesn't mean it's not worth having. Consider the Star Trek movies: Despite the even/odd/multiple-of-five rule of suck, for a Star Trek fan it is worth having the entire set.

As for paying the asking price, There are two suppliers: Paramount and Pirate Bay. Pirate Bay has the lower asking price, so it is purely an economic decision. If Paramount wants to be a monopolistic supplier, they need to cut off the alternate suppliers or match their price structure, not go after the consumer.

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