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Comment Re:Why would anybody live in a city? (Score 3, Insightful) 108

Because cities have a lot of different kind of people, different kinds of shops, art spaces, restaurants, performances and so on. Suburbs are far more homogenous. They're like that bar in Blues Brothers that have "both Country and Western".

And cities are a lot more accessible; when you get older you may no longer be able to drive or get around easily, and you will certainly start to appreciate the closeness to various medical specialists, nursing facilities and emergency services.

One major trend here in Japan is that as the population grows older, so does the move into urban centers accelerate, and that's exactly for this reason. Baby boomers are selling their suburban homes and rural houses to get convenient, accessibility-adapted apartments in the city.

Comment Re:Easily impressed (Score 1) 177

When my first reaction to seeing the interior photos is "Wow this shit is fugly", the bar is immediately raised on how impressive the rest of the vehicle will have to be before I consider buying one.

I think back to when the Model S was announced; my reaction to the dashboard on that car was "Whoah, COOOL!"

Comment Re:That's the big problem... (Score 1) 82

I know people who are perfectly happy to have their only copy of their photos on iCloud because "It's Apple! They have backups!"

Umm no. Even they do, you have no control over those backups, when they're made or how to recover the data if it's lost.

Keep your own damn backups, people. Treat cloud services as just another single, lose-able copy of your data.

Comment The elephant in the room... err, on the dash (Score 1) 177

People keep talking about the model 3 but no one seems to be talking about the ugly, spartan dashboard that inspires absolutely no emotion or passion.

Featureless except for a generic tablet screen in the middle. No awe-inspiring gauge cluster. No pleasing lines and curves.

My 2014 Honda Accord has a far nicer looking dash and it's a mainstream mass-produced car that isn't particularly special. (I love my car, but there's nothing unique or thrilling about it.)

What the hell were they thinking? This is Tesla, damnit. They should be making a car that blows you away when you sit behind the wheel.

Comment Re:lots of addresses tied up by big companies (Score 0) 130

IPs are only worth that much because they're extremely scarce right now. If HP tried to unload all their address space at once they probably wouldn't get all that much for it.

It's kind of like big executives who are worth a billion or more because of their stock holdings, but if they tried to sell it all the price would tank because of basic supply and demand.

Comment Piracy is not that big a deal (Score 5, Insightful) 63

Media companies are making bigger profits than ever, with no signs of it slowing down. Why are they so concerned about the tiny amount of piracy taking place?

1) Most piracy is done by teenagers and people who are broke and cannot afford to watch content legitimately anyway.
2) Piracy is a pain in the ass. Paying a few dollars for content is far easier, so that's what most people will do.

If they want to reduce piracy further, the best way is to make watching content as easy and simple as possible. For example, FOX recently yanked a bunch of their shows from Netflix because they're starting their own streaming service. Most people don't want to pay for multiple streaming services! Their greed is probably going to result in more piracy, as people go "Damnit Firefly is no longer on Netflix. I'm just going to torrent the rest of the episodes." So now instead of making some money, they make none.

And despite all this, like I mentioned earlier, the industry is more profitable than ever. They're basically yelling "THE SKY IS FALLING!!" on a clear, calm day with blue skies and sunshine.

Comment They still hate third-party clients (Score 1) 143

Things started going downhill when they started putting limitations on third-party clients, like only allowing a limited number of user API keys and not providing new features to third parties, like polls for example.

Then after they did that, they slowly started making their official client worse and worse until it became unpleasant to use. If they ever kill off third parties like Tweetbot, that'll be the end of Twitter for me.

I wish they'd go back to encouraging and supporting third-party clients. If they want to put advertising requirements in, that's fine, as long as they don't stifle the platform. At the very LEAST they could make the official client better but I think that ship has sailed.

Comment Already happening (Score 2) 60

>There is always the risk of someone finding out a way to break the DRM and easily distribute the files.

Already happens.

Netflix knows this. They try to make it hard for J Casual User to do this, but they know the pirates will break the DRM.

Notice how Netflix exclusives are all up on the usual pirate channels the same day they air.

Comment Re:Conflict of interest (Score 1) 258

Ambiguous law tends to be thrown out in court. Sadly most people don't bother to take it to trial because the pre-trial hearing dismisses the case or offers no points and a signficiantly lower fine and/or traffic school.

They do this on purpose because they know they'll lose in court, setting precedent.

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