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Comment three reasons: (Score 5, Interesting) 212

1. money. boomers spent a generation ruining any chance of a millenial or post millenials ability to buy anything more than a bus pass.
2. Theaters. Exorbitant fees for tickets and concessions price most of them well outside the range of the 18-24 demographic. the ones that can afford it, generally avoid it and wait for the online/blu-ray. The theatre experience is sticky floors and 30 minutes of capitive audience advertisements for everything from car insurance to taco bell, and its an insult to anyone whos paid actual money to sit down and see a film.
3. films.: six sequels to the fast and the furious? Ten remakes of Cinderella? thats not film, its the conceptual blueprint for purgatory. The average film experience is either waiting for the next release of 17 new and well planned Marvel movies, or enduring a wasteland of film targeted at the fifth grade comprehension level so as to maximize audience range. Pixar used to churn out a good film, but frankly theyre just in it for the toy licensing (Cars 3 anyone?)

Comment given their track record, i doubt it. (Score 1, Insightful) 73

Zune: failed to compete with ipod.
Microsoft Phone: failed to compete with either android or iPhone.
microsoft store: failed to compete with apple store and was rolled into best buy as a kiosk
microsoft surface: failed to compete with iPad or android.
Bing: failed to compete with either google or yahoo despite being based on code bought from yahoo.
Azure: failed to compete with aws/ec3/rackspace.
so yeah. i dont think salesforce is as terrified as they would have been say, 30 years ago when a microsoft embrace/extend/extinguish strategy basically spelled bankruptcy. This is a new redmond, and with it comes moronic decisions like buying Minecraft after it has no further growth potential, and porting random linux applications like SSH to windows.

Comment for various definitions of interfere. (Score 3, Insightful) 526

If by interfere we mean "she didnt get elected when it was her time" then, sure, its fairly apparent the trump campaign achieved this by campaigning in more states and cities, and on issues the average person could more easily relate to.

Full Disclosure, im a California Liberal. That being said, Hillary was a turd of a candidate with a domestic policy that was unrelateable outside of large cities. she ignored two intelligence scandals, rigged her primary to destroy her opponent, and took questions from moderators ahead of the debate. She was the epitome of liberal elite, showing up in a fifteen thousand dollar burlap sack from Beverly Hills to lecture the midwest on povery and jobs.

Comment im sure the redundancy was noticed. (Score 3, Funny) 66

internet: we already have this, its called wikipedia, and simple wikipedia. its much more complete and open.
Alphabet: ah yes well but did you know this version came with a name that was determined by a focus group, and is funded by a team of people who think caviar tastes different on Yachts than it does on private jets?
internet: but we dont need this...
Alphabet: Thats what we thought about yacht caviar but that turned out spectacular even though its almost the same as resort caviar.

Comment give me a break (Score 1) 70

it would allow hostile entities to discover the current intelligence gathering methods used

news flash: that six months of PR Hell after the San Bernadino shooting? that was broadcast across the world. they already know damn well to avoid the iPhone.
the question is, just how long will you keep this exploit to yourself, in the hopes that nobody else knows it, only to randomly find out its been used against you.

Comment a more pragmatic reason this is happening (Score 1) 181

This first-of-its kind SXSW discussion will shed light on how the world's oldest and largest community is adapting to and leveraging new media to encourage a new form of disruption: one guided by understanding, empathy and compassion.

or...more realistically, this was shoehorned in at the behest of an investor, program director, or local community/government representative because Jesus saves and this is Texas.

Comment IBM patents the cancer of the office. (Score 1) 65

im stunned in this foul year of our lord 2017 that out of office replies exist. part best intention, part surrogate for poor planning, and part excuse to not check the vacation calendar at work, the out of office message is truly the turd of SMTP. ive been reprimanded for not setting my out of office replies, forced to implement them in Exchange, and lambasted by puerile users who arent allowed to set them in my email environments.

nowadays I dont even offer a reason. If a user asks me to add OOO to my mail system, i reach for my trusty louisville slugger meticulously carved in the likeness of Eric Allman and Weitse Venema in a tender portrait of mutual disappointment.

Comment and so the cycle continues. (Score 3, Insightful) 242

scientists: sugary soda causes obesity.
soda companies: no no. you misunderstand. people need to balance their choices with exercise and a healthy lifestyle of exercise. did we mention they should exercise instead?? also no soda tax.
scientists: potato chips and junk food are causing obesity.
snack food companies: no no. you misunderstand. people need to control their portions! nevermind that we spend millions per year on cognitive neuroscientists to make our products addictive, and market directly to children with colourful animal mascots.
scientists: fried food in schools is causing obesity
senators: no no. you misunderstand. badmouth my farm subsidy bill and ill buy a cruise missiles with your grant money.
scientists: pre-fried pot noodle is causing obesity
pot noodle manufacturers: didnt soda answer this? people need to exercise their portions...control their uh...lifestyle health...whatever fuck off.

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