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Comment Re:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 144

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks.

Netflix probably won't do that because they'd be leaving a segment of the market unserved and that would open up a very large opportunity for a competitor.

They would be doing to themselves what Blockbuster and Hollywood did when they ignored the streaming content model.

Perhaps what they need is a better interface so that people like you, who aren't interested, don't have to see that content but people like me, who watch it, can find it easily.

LK

Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 253

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus?

Every organization should have a "Won the powerball" or "Hit by a bus" insurance policy of some sort. Namely, a second or third person with the same level of access to every system.

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.

LK

Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 253

Part of being competent at your job is loving your company and what you do.

What kind of Stockholm Syndrome bullshit is this?

I'm good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. I'm on good terms with my employer but I do not love it. It's misguided and unhealthy to love a company. A company won't love you back. A company can't love you back.

LK

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

It's more likely that the older individuals have already lived through the death of a service and don't want to experience that particular inconvenience again.

Do you remember when DIVX went belly up?

LK

Comment Re:Nice Job HTC (Score 1) 205

Sorry, dude, but these people know where their bread is buttered and while I don't see a ton of value in removing a headphone jack they're not going swayed by a handful of neckbeards threatening to buy whatever. Every time tech takes a jump there is a cry from a couple dozen people like you about not wanting the new tech for any number of reasons (many better than what you're presenting here) but in a couple years even you will be on the bandwagon.

I live in two different worlds. I am a geek, so I do tech stuff but I'm also a gun guy.

Do you remember when Smith and Wesson signed a deal with the Clinton DOJ to get preferential treatment on government contracts? The backlash was so swift and severe, the owners had to sell the company to stave off bankruptcy and the new owners had no intention of honoring the deal. To stop this trend, there has to be this kind of a revolt among HTC's customers.

This one feature might not be a bridge too far for most buyers but I suspect that there's some cell phone maker out there cheering because they know that their sales are going to get a bump from the people who won't ride this wave.

But, I'm not opposed to tilting at windmills. I'm still continuing my 20+ year one man boycott of Nintendo. I stopped using Opera when they removed the menu bar and I won't use Chrome for the same reason.

LK

Comment Re:Propaganda? (Score 0) 210

My Pre-ACA HMO plan was $440/month for me and my children. No deductibles. Just a co-payment for hospital and doctor visits.
After the ACA took effect, the HMO plan became too expensive for my employer so I had to go to a PPO plan. It cost me $250/month but everything cost more money. Higher co-pays, a BS deductible, less overall coverage. My daughter needed an EKG and that cost over $1,100.

I'm happy that there are people who didn't have coverage before that do now but my coverage was not as good after as it was before and I keep seeing assholes tell me how great the ACA is for me.

Comment Re:Welcome (Score 3, Insightful) 161

That's like saying you ate at a restaurant, so you're now partial owner of that restaurant and demand access to their secret recipes.

It's more like saying that since you paid for the food, you have the right to add salt, pepper or any other seasoning of your choosing in order to enjoy the food, that you purchased, in the manner that you choose.

LK

Comment Re:The election is a poor barometer of relevance (Score 1) 284

As of the last time I checked, Hillary won the national popular vote by just over 2.8 million votes. She won California by at least 3.4 million votes.

Without California, she doesn't win the popular vote. This is precisely why we have the electoral college.

It gets even worse. Hillary has a national lead of 2.8 million votes, in just 10 California counties, she has an advantage of 2.9 million votes.
Los Angeles, Orange, San Diego, Riverside, Santa Clara, Alameda, San Bernardino, Sacramento, Contra Costa and San Francisco aren't supposed to choose the president for the entire country.

Again, this is why we have the electoral college.

LK

Comment Re:Don't keep on trucking (Score 1) 635

And what happens when that truck driver can't find another job? Do we guarantee him a wage? What about his kids when they can't find a job?

I am not against progress, but there is a social cost that partially offsets the gains. We seem to regard this a collateral damage and want to ignore the people that are hurt in the name of progress.

Comment The election is a poor barometer of relevance (Score 4, Insightful) 284

Virtually everyone predicted a big Hillary win and virtually everyone was wrong.

I have a theory about that.

There was a palpable Anti-Trump PC thing happening. Anything that could possibly be interpreted as a Pro-Trump or Anti-Hillary statement could have ended in an online dogpile of people shouting "Racist, Sexist, Homophobic, Transphobic, Islamophobic, Xenophobic" so people kept their thoughts to themselves until they got to the one place where they could express themselves without external pressure, the voting booth.

You can't fault Twitter for misreading the tea leaves just like pretty much everyone else.

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