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Comment Re:EEE (Score 1) 364

How are they "dead"? What are users going to do if MS makes Steam completely inoperable on Windows? Whine and complain? Users have already proven they're completely unwilling to leave the Windows platform, so MS has every incentive to screw them over as much as they want.

They're not going to be able to get users excited about their products like with Apple, but they have a huge userbase that just isn't going anywhere, ever, so they might as well come up with any method they can of milking these people for money: advertising baked into the OS, the Windows app store, spyware and selling info to marketers, etc. Why shouldn't they? And exactly what incentive do they have to not be as overt about their customer-screwing as they want?

Comment Re:EEE (Score 1) 364

Will they be able to deal with the giant backlash they'll receive from their growing Win10 user base when Steam stops working? There are so many steam clients installed on Win10 machines, I don't see how MS can just patch out Steam until it's too buggy to use, then shuffle in the windows store.

Why wouldn't they? What are the users going to do, switch to Linux? MS could make Steam stop working tomorrow and users would put up with it. Why should MS care about a "backlash"? Again, what are the users going to do about it? Whine and complain?

In reality, a few people actually would switch to Linux or Mac, the rest would just complain a lot and then buy stuff from the Windows store. I honestly don't know why MS isn't even more aggressive with this stuff, unless there's a very real possibility of governmental action against them. The late 90s court case proved that the US government isn't going to do a damn thing to stop them (remember, they were found "guilty" and then there was no punishment at all), so I can only guess they're trying to avoid action by the EU. If it weren't for that, they could just screw over users as much as they wanted, and again, what are the users going to do? They've already proven that 95% of them are completely unwilling to leave the Windows platform.

Comment Re:would have voted for Trump had it been Gingrich (Score 1) 412

Yes, there really are. If enough people were to vote for a 3rd party, it's quite possible one of the two main parties could collapse entirely. We'll of course go right back to a 2-party system quickly, but we are not in any way stuck with our two current parties. We've had the same voting system since the Constitution was ratified, and back in the 1800s we had different parties, namely the Whigs. The Whigs collapsed and the Democratic-Republican party split in two. Something like that could very well happen today; The Republican party could die and the Democratic party could split in two, or the Dems could become the new right-wing party and the Greens could rise up as the new left-wing party.

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

That sounds like a band that's actually trying to "make it big".

The guys I knew who played gigs were in a jazz band and played at local restaurants. They didn't have CDs, a website, T-shirts, or anything like that. Nor did they have "rehearsal space" (they just went to someone's house), or need a sound guy. They just played on weekend nights here and there for a little cash and because it was fun. They had day jobs as engineers; they weren't hurting for money, nor were they looking to go pro. You're talking about something entirely different.

Comment Re:Waste of effort (Score 1) 96

I've literally never seen a person talk on their phone in the theatre. That's the kind of behaviour that would get your ass kicked out... Is it an American thing?

Probably, yes. People do text on their phones a lot these days, probably a lot more than talking on them.

Go to a theatre with reserved seating, or arrive there early.

Reserved seating? You're kidding, right? I've never, ever, ever, ever seen a theater like that in my many decades of theater-going.

Arriving early isn't going to help that much; now you get some well-positioned seats but you're crowded in by too many people, a bunch of whom are texting or talking to each other or loudly crunching on their popcorn.

What country do you live in where people are all well-behaved? Maybe I should look for a job there.

Comment Re:Waste of effort (Score 1) 96

Yeah, what the other guy said: they went to the wrong place!!!

Actually, to be fair, I will note that there are some theaters where you can have a fairly nice experience (though still no pause or rewind capabilities). Usually these are called "dinner theaters"; you get a huge comfy chair, and can order a full meal (and alcohol if you want) and eat while you watch the movie. I also hear good things about Alamo Drafthouse. Most theaters aren't like this though, and they aren't available everywhere.

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

Fuck you too. I have played music, but never for money or for a crowd. If you're playing gigs to make a big profit, you're an idiot. If you're doing it because it's fun, that's fine; I've known guys who did just this and I can see why they'd like it. But they didn't bitch and complain about how they weren't getting paid enough; they knew it was just a hobby-job, and they did it because they loved to play music, not because they were trying to strike it rich.

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

Would you still own those instruments, amps, etc., if you decided to quit the gigging, or would you sell it all on Craigslist?

I have a guitar and amp too. I don't play in a band, and obviously don't play gigs either. I don't count the value of my guitar, amp, etc. towards anything because it's not a business, it's just something I do for fun in the evenings, just like a game console for other people is something they buy to have fun and isn't counted towards any business profit calculations. I would hope that any real musician didn't buy himself a guitar just to make money.

If you did spend a ton of money on performance equipment that you otherwise would never have bought, then there's two possibilities: 1) you're really dumb for taking on a side hobby-job that's actually negative-profit to that magnitude, or 2) you love playing live so much that you're willing to sink some extra money into the equipment needed to do it well. (I guess there's also 3) you think there's a chance you could hit it big, in which case it's really a risky investment.) #1 is pretty stupid, but I would never fault someone for #2 (or #3 as long as they really enjoy what they're doing and won't be sore if they don't hit it big).

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

Yes, I get all that, but does no one here understand how profit is calculated? When your expenses are zero, any money you make at all is profit. (Though for a gig 100 miles away, the gas for that is going to cost a few dollars.) This isn't a profession, it's a hobby job, so the costs of the gear aren't accounted for, and the musician needs the car anyway to go to his day job so that doesn't count either (though the mileage does).

Comment Re:Cheesy 80's movie excuse (Score 1) 763

Funding is not the problem with government acquisition. Lack of funding is not what causes it to take 6 months to buy a simple commercially-available part, it's sheer bureaucracy. Some idiot Congressman gets the idea that they need to set up a huge government program to look through all the government's property to make sure they don't have that $5 part in inventory somewhere, even though it'll take much more than $5 to get it and ship it after you account for the time and salaries of all these government workers, but they do this to "prevent government waste".

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

If you're playing gigs as a side job, then presumably you have some kind of real job. McDonald's is not going to hire you to work 3 hours every weekend, so that's an invalid comparison.

As for practice, that's free: if you're counting your practice hours, you're doing it wrong. Music is a hobby that you're making some side money on by playing local gigs, it's not an actual profession for you if you're in this position.

It's only a "waste of time" if you don't truly love playing music. People who do that do it because they really like playing music, and they play gigs to make extra cash because they can. If the gigs dried up, they're not going to sell their instruments and go play video games instead, they do it because they love it.

Comment Re:Music (Score 1) 333

If you're playing locally and they give you at least $5, that's still enough to turn a profit. That's enough for 2.5 gallons of gasoline, which should be enough to drive you 50 miles at a bare minimum. My whole point is that there are nearly zero expenses if you're a musician; your vehicle is the only cost. So unless you're traveling far to perform, it really shouldn't cost you anything except your time.

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