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Comment Re:Fan Base Development (Score 1) 50

Without the free streaming how would there be any fans?

I have several New Yankee Workshop books but never paid to watch Norm on TV.

Fast-forward 15 years, and my daughter has never directly paid for a Dr. Who download but her room is full of merchandise. Heck, her closet door is a 3/4 size Tardis.

Since they pulled it from Netflix, though, she hasn't bought any more as it wasn't fresh and exciting in her mind. Now she's on to YouTuber merchandise (I'll let you in on a little secret - she doesn't pay for YouTube either).

I don't get why this is hard to understand, but then again the PBS/NPR funding model has always been to DoS themselves and hold their own programming ransom.

Comment Re:Wait a year (Score 1) 436

When Bush was president 200,000 new jobs was considered anemic as it didn't cover the rise in working age adults.

Currently we need 215-220K per month growth to remain even with population growth. Everything else is a loss, and the lies are covered up with the "discouraged worker" nonsense.

Don't be played for a fool by official propaganda - the math will set you free. Once you understand that this drain on the economy is the real cost of endless war, it starts to make quite a bit more sense (and it's also much more depressing). But, "hey, the unemployment rate is down*!" so go back to soda pop and television. #include officerbarbrady

Comment Re:The obvious solution (Score 1) 50

This already happens with a lot of shows; on Amazon Prime, for example, the first season (or few seasons) of a show are available for free, but you need to pay for the more recent or final seasons. True Blood, for example... all the seasons except the last (or last two, I forget) were free. Sadly for HBO, the last two seasons were the ones not worth paying for.

Comment Re:If I Was An Insurance Investigator... (Score 1) 132

Any launch failure makes other launches more expensive due to higher launch insurance costs.

Insurance only spreads out the cost. The only increase is the profit made by the insurance company, but that's their fee for providing the cost-smoothing service. If the launch companies wanted to do their own cost smoothing they could (but they know that a watchful third party is also a good idea, to keep everybody honest). OK, that's two services they provide.

Comment Re:Six of one.... (Score 3) 50

Ah... the single ad at the beginning of the show doesn't really bother me. I have prime, too, and there are a couple of Hulu shows that do that, too, even if you have the commercial free option. It really doesn't bother me. I also don't need to watch the show live, but right after it airs, or the next day, or even the next week is fine for me. For some shows, Hulu will post it immediately after the broadcast ends; for others it's the next day. The problem is Hulu only has about a quarter to a third of what I would like, but I have found originals that are good, too, and it's only $13 month for the commercial free subscription. I would pay $50 if it had AMC (Walking Dead and Preacher) and a handful of other shows.

Comment Six of one.... (Score 1) 50

I will pay a reasonable price (*) for commercial free episodes of the shows I like. I mostly use Hulu with the commercial free option, and would pay double if they actually had more of the content out there. Now things are going to disparate services, or wholly owned services (likes individual apps from networks themselves), and all without even the option of paying for commercial free. There's no commercial free option for Sling, there's no commercial free version for PS Vue... why pay for a service and still be saddled with commercials? At the same time, iTMS style per-episode pricing adds up too quickly to make it worth it.

At the same time, neither will I illegally download someone else's IP. I don't have the right to unilaterally take that away from them just because I don't want to pay, but if they made it easier and more reasonably priced to get the content legally then it's not hard to imagine they'd be increasing their sales.

Of course, some selfish cheapskates wouldn't pay no matter how reasonable it was, but then they wouldn't be losing out on the sales from those people, either.

So yeah, I like the Walking Dead... and I will wait until next year to watch this year's episodes commercial free on Netflix. I don't care about spoilers, and I'm generally a patient person - especially when it comes to something so inconsequential as TV shows.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 436

People pretend this doesn't happen, or that it's the exception. My wife is an immigrant who came here legally and we jumped through all the hoops for her to become a citizen, legally. She was attending English classes at local school where she encountered immigrants from ALL over, not just Mexico, who would actually BOAST about how they got medical treatment for free, lying to the emergency room personal both about the severity of their symptoms and that they had insurance, they just didn't have the cards with them, etc.; we know another couple from my wife's country that we were friends with, and now not so much; she was illegal, but had an anchor baby. He was legal (I helped him come here legally, too); they joke about the government handouts they get. They get two gallons of milk a week because they can, not because they need it. They end up throwing one away every week. It's baffling why they can't just say "we only need one." No, they take it because it's given to them and then they just throw it away, it's disgusting.

Meanwhile, most of the slashdot crowd probably knows mostly immigrants from college or work - here legally, on Visas, or even naturalized citizens. The vast majority of illegals, on the other hand, are uneducated takers - and since many send a lot of that under-the-table money back home, no, they don't pay taxes on that, not even local sales taxes.

Comment Re:That can't be right (Score 1) 436

Not bad points, but why don't we examine the first reason for a moment... I'm not sexist; people who want to work should go ahead and work, and it doesn't matter if the woman is the primary income earner, but look ask yourself this: why did it suddenly become necessary for families to need two incomes to maintain their standard of living?

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