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Comment Ads, of course (Score 1) 117

No doubt they will want to start off with some innocuous, nearly inconspicuous ads, and then work their way up to several minutes of unskippable ads, with ads resetting any time you skip too far ahead or leave it paused for too long. At least that seems to be what other companies are doing. Then they can sell the flaming wreckage before buyers realize that sort of thing pisses off their customers like nothing else. Although there is a chance the CEO will fend off the idiots who want to do this.

In the meantime, Netflix will have to put more and more effort into original shows, both to distinguish themselves from the competition and because the media companies want to kill off Netfix by refusing to renew licensing agreements. At least the DVD-by-mail system is safe from those shenanigans.

Comment Re:Win 10 - Illegal for doctors and libraries? (Score 1) 144

Every single doctor's office in the country requires you sign a HIPAA waiver in order to obtain services, and unless life-threatening, it is perfectly legal for them to deny you service if you refuse to sign.

And so when someone does show up with a life-threatening condition and doesn't sign a HIPAA waiver, do they have to replace all their Windows 10 machines with ones that don't spy?

Comment Re:is this useful? I think not. (Score 2) 107

What we really need rather than a smartphone is a computer that can fit in a 4"X6"X1/2" case with a touchscreen.

While you may think I'm being facetious, phones have a history of belonging to the carrier, while computers have a history of belonging to the owner, and the software involved has a similar history. Cellphones belong to carriers, computers belong to owners. That's unlikely to change (Windows 10 not withstanding).

Comment Re:That's OK (Score 1) 111

I'd like to add that while it does sometimes block ads, it only blocks ads that aren't really owned by any legitimate businesses. For example, none of the businesses whose ads get blocked actually take responsibility for their ads should their ad be a scam ("Your computer has a virus, click here for your grandmother to install one for you while you aren't here to warn her its a virus") or directly contain malware with a Flash exploit.

Comment Re: Good! (Score 1) 607

How are the minnelials worse off?

They don't have these burdens compared to the previous:

They don't have to pay for long distance calls.
They can email, text, tweet, or communicate with people all over the world. They can share your opinion instantly with many people at the same time.
You have access for FREE to everything you need to master any subject, including all the coursework to get degrees for top universities like MIT and Stanford.
Just about any fact can be looked up instantly.

... which allows many more jobs to be shipped to foreign countries, and also means employers are no longer limited to locals for in-country labor.

THe Nintendo of 1985 sucked compared to the current Xbox One.
You can rent or watch nearly any movie at home you like instantly online (don't have to rent a VHS tape).

... but at least we have something to do while foreigners work our former jobs.

Comment Re:That huge cost (Score 1) 1139

I suspect the proper response to those sorts of people would be,
"Oh, you're an idiot. I'm sorry -- I'll make the necessary arrangements. OK, now all your bills are deducted directly from your UBI, and you get the remainder on a daily basis. And here's a can of beans, come back if you get hungry again."

Comment Re:That huge cost (Score 1) 1139

If I take $10,000 from someone and then give them $10,000, you can say all you want that I spent $10,000 or that I took that much from the guy, but in reality it is effectively the same as not doing anything. Like any other government service UBI would be funded by taxpayers. Some people will pay more in taxes than they receive in UBI; for those people giving them UBI is not a real cost but only an accounting trick. (Of course, they still have UBI and can feel secure that should they lose their source of income they will never be destitute.)

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