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Comment Must not be measuring me. (Score 1) 158

My use of Netflix is down to about 20% of what it was 4 years ago. Multiple days will pass between using the service.

For now, the TV shows are okay but once BBC sets up is own private service I may start dropping netflix for 6 months a year.

And the only other service I get is Amazon Prime but I rarely use it for shows because their interface leads me to pay per view shows half the time and that pisses me off. So I use them for the cheap shipping.

Actually, most of the "lost" netflix hours go to original Youtube now.

Comment Warning (Score -1) 137

For the love of god, don't do this to yourself. Just get a Macbook Air. $800 might be a bit overpriced but Linux = wasted time plus limited programs.

I can't imagine wanting to get an expensive new laptop and putting Linux on it. It's something you do to an old laptop - you can't game on it, you won't use it for media applications. Linux is either going to be used for a server that needs something faster than the fastest laptop, or is just for dicking around on the web, in which case just get the cheapest thing you can.

Nobody in the world needs/wants a high-end Linux laptop.

Comment Re:Elephant in the room (Score 1) 273

And the time on your hands. Are you gainfully employed? How much $/hour does your time work out to?

Even if I do want a small plastic widget, I can't really think of anything wanted off the top of my head. Maybe I could use something, I suppose, but it's a small need. I don't enjoy designing small plastic widgets, and the cost of my own labor to design them is hundreds of dollars, and designing plastic widgets is not something I enjoy or care to build a skill at.

So inevitably, I would just buy the designs off the internet...at which point the whole exercise becomes pointless. If I'm just going to buy designs anyway, why not buy the plastic widget off Amazon or EBay? I can do that know, it's cheap, and after shipping will usually work out to $5-$10.

Comment Re:As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netf (Score 1) 70

What you are saying and I am saying are not contradictory.

Netflix was $10 and included DVD's.

Netflix (from $7.99 per month) ...
Amazon Instant Video (from $8.99 per month) ...
Hulu (from $7.99 per month) ...
Showtime (from $10.99 per month) ...
HBO Now (from $14.99 per month) ...
Starz (from $8.99 per month) ...
CBS All Access (from $5.99 per month)
Warner Movie Service (From $10.00 a month)
Sling TV (for Disney) is $20+ a month

For people with less money (college students?) the difference between $10 a month and $50 a month is sufficient to spur piracy. It feels silly to pirate for $10 a month and take the legal risks. But $100 for the content now fenced off in the services above (and more- some things not streamed or even legally available for purchase) is more tempting for people of limited means.

Comment Meanwhile, back in the real economy... (Score 0) 532

The number of people considered "not in the labor force" increased by nearly 450,000 in November. The total is now at a record high of 95 million.


The "unemployment rate" that the politicians, economists and media like to talk about is bullshit. It doesn't really mean a hell of a lot when the government can arbitrarily adjust the size of the "labor force" to produce whatever fraction they want. It's not like 450,000 people just decided to retire in November. People fall into this category when their unemployment benefits run out, but they're still unemployed.

IMO, the most relevant metric for assessing the employment situation of the U.S. economy is the employment to population ratio.


I say it's the most relevant because it can't be so easily manipulated like the other "unemployment rate". Also because the working people, in one way or another, have to support themselves as well as all the non-working people. Of course there are a few who are living on retirement savings, but if they're old enough, they're getting their SS checks too, so they're still being supported in part by working people. That ratio is 59.7% at the moment, which is barely one percentage point above the lows it hit in the wake of the 2008 financial meltdown. The whole "economic recovery" and the "unemployment rate" which has gone from 8-9% down to 4.9% is an illusion. The real economy and real employment situation still suck.

Actually, I think an even more interesting metric would throw kids into the equation. They need to be supported too. In that case, we've got a country where ~152 million people are supporting 320 million people, so the unemployment rate is really 52.5%

Comment Re:so the Je suis Charlie stuff was 100% bullshit? (Score 1) 414

Yes, the whole "free speech" thing was 100% bullshit to begin with!

Charlie Hebdo has published cartoons suggesting that the leaders of Le Front Nationale should be arrested and thrown in prison. They also helped circulate a petition trying to get the party officially banned in France. I don't condone violence, but it was poetic justice that Muslims attacked them after Charlie Hebdo had been so fiercely opposed to an anti-immigration political party.

Comment Re:Should really be "President Elect Trump" or... (Score 1) 184

Interesting article on that here

Looks like the shift is occuring during the last few years.

It's still not correct according to the major manuals of style.


"Hereâ(TM)s what the New York Times Manual* states at the entry president:

â âoeIt is President Lamm(without a given name) in a first reference to the current president of the United States. In later references President Lamm; the president; Mrâ¦.Lammâ

This style is seen in todayâ(TM)s New York Times, as in the example in this article:


The order of mention is this: âoeBarrack Obama, President Obama, Mr. Obamaââ¦..âPresident George Bush, Mr. Bushâ

As you see, though, the Times sometimes goes against its own rules, citing the first name, too, as in this example.

â President Barack Obama moved quickly on Wednesday to lay some touchstones for the âoemore responsible, more accountable governmentâ he has promised, ordering a salary freeze for senior White House staff, tightening rules on lobbyists and establishing what he said was a new standard of greater government openness. âoeHowever long we are keepers of the public trust, we should never forget that we are here as public servants,â Mr. Obama said at a swearing-in ceremony for staff members in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building.

So, in answer to your question, I think it is correct for the first mention of the president to be President (Barack) Obama, and for subsequent mention to be Mr. Obama.
The style may be different in different publications or in different situations. I like this particular style.

There is something else to be considered: you could leave out the honorific President or Mr., as well as the first name, and use only Obama. Some newspapers use this style. I find it jarring and rude in a newspaper, but in a personal letter, it would be acceptable.

But I'm not going to loose my cool over it.

Comment As soon as we get a legitimate source like Netflix (Score 1) 70

They descend on it like wolves, divide the content, and raise the prices by 1000%.

To get what you got on netflix just a few years ago, you'd need to subscribe to a half dozen services which are really overpriced for the content they provide.

There is room in the market for Netflix vs Amazon but not netflix vs a dozen other services.

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