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Comment But even sports is covered (Score 1) 89

I agree that the larger market wants sports. but if you like sports enough to pay $35/month pretty much just for that, why would you not get something like a NBA or NFL or MLB yearly pass? Those are around $100 or so generally, for a whole YEAR - and you get to watch every game, including many the networks do not carry (for MLB) along with a lot more live stats stuff if you use the apps.

Comment Plain and utter nonsense. (Score 1) 432

If you're an expert pianist, you ought to be able to reproduce a simple tune on the piano, by ear and blindfolded. If you're an expert skier, you can ski backward and ski on one ski. If you're an expert chess player, you should be able to memorize any chess board at a glance. If you're an expert mathematician, you should be able to do simple integrals without reference tables. Those are not skills that you need, they are skills experts simply can't avoid acquiring as part of working in a field for many years.

Likewise, if you're an expert programmer, you should be able to write bubble sort on the whiteboard without a web search. If you're an expert Python programmer, you should have worked enough with strings so that you don't need to look up trivial functions anymore. Those skills are indicators of your experience, not specific job requirements.

Plain and utter nonsense. All the skills you mentioned above are acquired by repeatedly doing a move or a task over and over again. Programming is doing the exact opposite and having the machine do the repeating - if you are a good programmer. Memorizing bubble sort is beyond pointless for a seasoned programmer. To the contrary, if you can still recall bubble-sort, you're probably not that seasoned yet.

If you test problem solving in a job interview for programmers, you're good. If you're testing for by-heart reference knowledge, you're being silly. Perhaps the nearest equivalent would be to test how fast a programmer navigates his favorite development environment. That might actually be a useful test, vis-a-vis asking for him/her to recall bubble-sort in PL X,Y or Z.

Bottom line:
You got it totally wrong and missed the core and prime difference of programming to performing arts, sports and whatnot.

Comment Homeopathic WMDs! OMG! (Score 2) 504

Homeopathic WMDs! OMG!

So, let me see if I have the summary right:

1. Take a large rock in space
2. Dilute that rock with space, yielding a large space rock tincture
3. Repeat the process until you have a small space rock tincture
4. Drop the small space rocks on Earth, from the height of the moon (works because the moon is "up" and the Earth is "down")
5. Kaboom!
6. ???
7. Profit!

My god! What if she thinks to use space dust, instead! The more you dilute a homeopathic tincture like that, the more effective it becomes! We're all doomed!

Comment Switch that around (Score 1) 89

I have Netflix and it's great, but it's limited to Netflix content, and lacks a lot of the major broadcast network content,

At this point is it not more fair to say broadcast networks lacks Netflix content? There is far more I am interested in watching on Netflix now than on broadcast networks - and here I am only talking about Netflix own content!

And like I said, they are producing content FASTER now than any broadcast network, or I think even the combination of them.

The very few shows I might want to watch form network TV I could either get from Hulu (cheaper than the $35 price) or simply pay for a season on iTunes (way cheaper than $35/month if you just want to watch four shows or less)

For HBO for example I was able to pay $15/month and get to watch a number of great series until I was done, about four months of subscription then I was out. Half the cost of the $35 deal...

So ALL the $35 deal is really about is watching live content i.e. sports. Way too steep for my blood and even if I was really into a sport I would simply sign up for video access for that sport specifically, which would be WAY better than what live TV offers.

Comment But you can get much more for less (Score 1) 89

I believe with Comcast I can get local channels for $10/month.

The cable package is more, yes, but I also get a lot more channels too. How many channels would you get with the YouTube thing?

Regardless $35 is way, way too much money for what they are providing (yes even "with DVR service" as people here keep bringing up). Netflix is vastly cheaper and offers better content. I would argue that with Netflix alone you get MORE new content in a year than if you had access to all the major broadcast networks!!

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