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Comment How about making your content easily available? (Score 4, Insightful) 152

How many of these people are also paying for legal streaming services?
Nobody is going to pay for one more streaming service, when you already have 2 legal streaming services, and you are really only interested in one show on that third service. Or worse, your favorite show is not available for streaming at all because it is licensed to a cable channel that don't offer streaming.
When that happens, I think most people feel torrent is a very reasonable alternative.

We can listen to almost any music on Spotify, Tidal, Itunes or Google Play. Why the hell do we need 5 different streaming services for seeing all TV shows?
If you want us to pay for your content, then make it easy for us to pay for it!

Comment Re:How is this supposed to work? (Score 1) 382

It would make sense to swap out entire buses rather than batteries. Bus drivers need a food break every 4-5 hours; rotating them back to the depot and putting them back on power would allow substantial recharging.

I'm not so sure about that. This only makes sense if you would have taken the bus back to the depot anyway. There is quite a lot of overhead in driving them back to the depot. The buses can only be taken out of traffic at the final stop, and those can be quite far from the depot sometimes.
Today the buses basically run non-stop. When I was driving it was basically in 4 shifts of 1.5-2.5 hrs, with breaks in between. The buses never stop for any longer period of time, you just replace the driver, when you pass by one of the traffic hubs.
The only time the bus stands still is after the final stop. There is usually some margin before the return trip.

Electrical buses are surely taking over soon, but probably not for this reason. Most likely charging will be done at the first/last stop, and maybe some top up at the intermediate stops. It does not necessarily need to be fully charged either. It is okay that the battery level gets lower during the day, as long as it lasts until it gets returned to the depot for scheduling reasons.
Your other arguments are absolutely right though.

Comment Re:Welcome to the Trump future... (Score 1) 497

I am not arguing against socialized medicine. I think the "European way" is better.
But there is an argument in that an army is a public good, whereas health care is not* a public good.
If half the population pays for armed forces as protection from foreign invaders, the other half gets the benefit of not getting invaded without paying.
This is not the case with health care as you can easily not treat people that get sick if they don't have insurance.
Whether you are spending an appropriate amount on the military or not, is a different question...

* Vaccinations is a health care exception that actually is a public good. When others get vaccinated you benefit from a lower risk of infection

Comment Re:An utterly pointless filter. (Score 1) 319

I suspect it's not primarily celebrities that want their age removed. Their age will be known anyway.
This is for nobodies and maybe C-list celebs that will no longer pass the first filter. "Damn, more than 200 applicants. Throw out anyone over 40!". When this happens it does not matter how much plastic surgery you have had to look younger.

I guess this is a bit like applying for tech jobs in some places. It does not matter that you have all the qualifications. Too old and your out before the process even started.

Also, hiring adults to play teens is a very specific case which has the advantage of avoiding child labor laws.

Comment Seems to be a lot of information missing (Score 1) 72

They say 450.000 people are driving for Uber, but the interesting number should be the number of customers riding with Uber.
Further more, I think we really need to know how many are riding around midnight, or other times when people are most likely to be driving drunk.
If all Uber drivers are working when almost nobody was driving drunk anyway it's very unlikely they affect the statistics very much.

It may also be that many people riding with Uber are people who used to be the designated driver, now thinking Uber is better than staying sober all night.
If this is the case we might have just as many drunk drivers now as before, because people who were assholes that just don't give a fuck before Uber came along are still assholes that don't give a fuck.

Comment Re:Old stuff "discovered" by the ignorant (Score 1) 519

Isn't your second point the exact same thing we assume for the ideal free market? Rational actors with perfect information.
"It assumes perfect information on the part of the rational actor. While this is an oft-used simplification in economic models, it's a lousy reflection of reality. It's simply impossible for a rational actor to gather and correlate sufficient information to make it work."

Comment Re:Can't opt out of Facebook? Please... (Score 1) 202

I believe the specific means of communication is not important here, it's the act of not using what everyone else in the group are using.
If most of his friends are using Facebook to organize events, he is the oddball that is hard to contact because he only uses e-mail.

This is equivalent to you stop using e-mail, or answering phone calls and insisting that you can be contacted only by fax.
Sure, your friends can probably send you a fax if they really want to, and your 2-3 closest friends may even do so, but you better believe most of your extended group of friends won't bother with that, and you're gonna miss out on a lot of invitations.

It's most likely exactly like that for him. Some people still keep in touch and go out of their way to invite him to events. Everybody else won't bother.

This means, that for a large segment of the population, opting out of Facebook is a huge sacrifice socially.
When the options are "use facebook" or "miss out on almost everything", for many people there is only one realistic option.

Comment IMDB has the same problem as all online polls (Score 2) 858

It appears IMDB has the same problem all online, voluntary polls have. You do not get the opinion of the population at large, you only get the opinion of people who like to answer polls.
For IMDB this means their scores represent the score of people who like to rate movies.
From the article this appears to be men to a greater extent than women. There are most likely other biases as well. Maybe tech savvy people are more likely to do online ratings, and the scores are biased towards show that techies like?

You don't have to be a SJW to find this an interesting problem.
It's the same problem as can be seen in voting polls for presidential election, and all other election where people are trying to predict the result. You are trying to predict the general result based on the answers from people willing to answer the polls.

A second problem specific to movie ratings is that I may not be interested in the general opinion. For recommendations I want opinions that correlate with my own opinions. If you happen to like Sex And The City, you don't care that all the nerds vote Firefly to the top. You want shows that align with your interests.

But lets start with figuring out the real score for the general population...

Comment Depends on the available alternatives (Score 1) 766

It's possible that they weigh the moral right thing against the financial right thing.
If it is easy to find an alternative to NC, why not do that?
At the same time it could be really hard to find an equally good alternative to Singapore. Are the laws better in other countries in that area? And if there are countries with better laws in this regard, they may be worse in other ways.

Comment Missing option: Fix mobile, but nothing responsive (Score 1) 166

The mobile version kind of sucks because it does not have all the features from the full site, so please make a better mobile version.
However, "Responsive" usually turns out to be "Responding very slowly", so I'm not too keen on that.

I usually let Opera Mini reflow /. main site to one column when I'm on mobile. This sucks for reading comments, but it sucks less than all other options.

Another thing with mobile websites is that it may be difficult to detect when mobile layout is best.
10" tablet: Full site
5.5" phablet: mobile version.
Somewhere in between the switch needs to be made, but it's very likely that different users have different opinions on when.

So, please make a better mobile version, but make it easy for the user to switch between the two versions.

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