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Comment Re:Poor business (Score 3, Insightful) 395

Of course this shows another important point with reviewers: it's important to read the actual review rather than just the star rating. A good reviewer will explain not just whether they like a given movie (or book, album, etc.) but also why they feel that way. Even if your tastes differ from theirs, you can often get a good idea of whether you'll like something if you can see what they like and dislike about it in detail. Sites like Rotten Tomatoes give you the advantage of aggregating multiple reviews, but that comes at the expense of eliminating everything but the bottom line number.

Comment Re:In other words... (Score 3, Insightful) 93

Just make sure that hub isn't plugged into a computer, since the stick could have a malicious data payload. Note, though, that the same company that makes the USB Kill Stick also makes a plug in surge suppressor that protects USB ports against the Kill Stick. I'm sure they're planning on selling them to people like law enforcement who have to worry about malicious hardware.

Just remember, the only people who win in an arms race are arms manufacturers.

Comment Re:There can only be one response. Get a Rope (Score 1) 542

I challenge anyone here to name a remake that was better than the original.

Ben Hur (1959) springs immediately to mind. A number of movies in various comic book franchises would probably also qualify. Does anyone really think the Adam West Batman movie was better than the Tim Burton version? (I can get that some people might prefer the Tim Burton version to the Christopher Nolan version, though that would be more of a judgment call.)

It's also good to remember that the whole reason people tend to do remakes is because the original was good enough to be worth copying. With the possible exception of movies based on an original work in another medium (book, play, graphic novel, etc.), nobody is going to bother making a remake of a stinker. They're going to pick the stuff that was great and successful to copy, which inherently disadvantages the remake because it's being compared to something good.

Comment Re:Some Solar, with a gravity battery? (Score 3, Insightful) 270

There is no reason to do that.

Sure there is. Farmers, especially ones in areas where water is the limiting factor in how much they can grow, are worried about losses to evaporation. Those losses can be minimized by irrigating at night, when it's cooler and water evaporates more slowly. Depending on the economics and the water supply, it may make sense to adopt a more expensive irrigation strategy if it conserves water.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 1) 917

Why does this kind of culture crop up again and again in human history?

It's a very common way for insecure people to protect their positions. A person at the top is worried about being replaced by their subordinates, so they set their subordinates against each other. That way, the subordinates spend all their time on infighting rather than trying to replace the boss. You'll see this kind of thing all the time in dictatorships, but it shows up regularly with dictatorial managers of all stripes, too. It's one more variant on the old "divide and rule" strategy.

Comment Re:I'm not surprised. (Score 5, Informative) 917

the HR person (if they were being honest) did the right thing.

At least according to the article, the HR person was not being honest. They said that it was the boss's first offense and they didn't want to put it on his record because it would hurt him. But the author spoke to other women who had complained about him before she did, so it wasn't his first offense. The most generous interpretation is that they were basing the claim of first offense on his blank official record, so that he could get an infinite number of "first" offenses left off.

It goes to show why that approach is a bad one. If you don't want people to get in trouble for a first offense, make that the policy. Put the offense in their record, but give them a free pass for it when it comes time to evaluate them. But leaving something out of the record makes it possible for somebody to get an indefinite number of "first offenses". Of course it seems far more likely that there was an informal policy of protecting offenders who were otherwise high performing, and the whole thing about it being a first offense was a ruse.

Comment No more connectors (Score 1) 153

Apple should just give up on connectors for the iPhone completely. They've already removed the headphone jack in favor of wireless headphones. They should remove the lightning connector and go to wireless charging and WiFi/Wireless only for data. That would remove the last remaining open connector on the phone and make it much easier to make it really waterproof.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 2) 91

For the right price you can be hired to flood Twitter with whatever message you want.

Except that's of limited utility. A twitter feed only contains tweets by (or retweeted by) people the user is following, so tweeting by a bunch of bots with no followers won't flood the feeds of anyone else. You could use something like that to get a topic trending, but most people would ignore it once they realize it's just a bunch of bots tweeting the same message.

It's much more likely to be an army of followers for hire. There are apparently people who will pay real money to get an army of fake twitter followers to make them look more impressive. It apparently even works. People pay more attention to tweeters with more followers, so getting a bunch of fake followers can actually help you to get real ones.

Comment Re:Shipping and Handling (Score 1) 308

Somebody forgot about shipping and handling.

And Economics 101. If you somehow managed to bring that much iron to the Earth, it would completely change price structures. Iron would become essentially free as a raw material, with only transportation and processing costs. People would develop all kinds of new applications for raw meteoric iron to take advantage of its low price, etc.

Comment Re:the smell of E-6 in the morning (Score 1) 213

Supposedly slides are far superior to digital projection, and I could very well be persuaded to agree -- but at the same time, digital projection is kind of very crap these days at the low end, just like any other digital display technology.

Good digital projection beats the hell out of film, which is why the movie business has moved to digital*. Of course that good digital projection is expensive, but as a practical matter it takes a high quality, dedicated projection environment (e.g. a serious home theater room) before the quality of the projection is the limiting factor in quality.

*No, it's not just a cost reduction thing. In some of the tests where Hollywood was trying to figure out if digital projection was ready, film was literally booed off the screen in back-to-back comparisons. The qualitative difference, even with new prints, was that big.

Comment Not worth the effort (Score 1) 207

Curly quotes are primarily an aesthetic thing. If you are nesting quotes to the point you genuinely need the direction of the curl to tell you what's inside and what's outside, you're doing it wrong. Go back and figure out a better way of distinguishing quoted from non-quoted material and showing the depth of nesting.

Comment Re:I've never been able to wrap my head around thi (Score 2) 313

One reason people miss their flights is because they have busy, unpredictable schedules. They may be doing something like business negotiations that don't run on a nice schedule; they're finished when everybody agrees on terms. For someone like that, it's more convenient either to book multiple flights and then take whichever one works out or to pay the full, non-refundable fare that lets them keep changing their flight so they can push it back one day at a time. FWIW, this kind of thing is why there are still travel agencies specializing in business travel even in the day of online booking.

Comment Re:To avoid confusion... (Score 1) 239

These are predicted to happen in several cities around the world in particular atmospheric conditions... if things keeps getting worse though, you can predict that soon, along with heavy snow days, we'll also have heavy smog days for some cities.

This is old hat here in Los Angeles. There is a whole series of defined smog levels with different suggested and mandatory actions associated with each. There hasn't been a stage 3 alert (the highest level) since 1974, and even the lower level alerts are extremely rare, largely because Southern California adopted a really comprehensive approach to cleaning up the air. So it's only going to get worse in other places if they are fatalistic about it. If they are aggressive about trying to prevent smog, they can succeed.

Comment Re:Use case? (Score 2) 83

A possible use case would be an enterprise with a very specialized, expensive printer- like a super-high speed or large format printer- that's kept in a centralized location. Jobs would be submitted remotely and then the output would be shipped to the submitter. HP makes some very high-end printing products where that kind of workflow makes sense.

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