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Comment One Other Drawback of the Cinema (Score 1) 325

I'm hearing-challenged, to put it with political correctness. I can still hear, but I frequently miss words midst the background noise of the music and sound effects.

Every subtitling system for theaters requires you to focus your vision to within a couple of feet of your eyes to read the subtitles, and then jump back to follow the movie. I can testify that about 20 minutes of this bouncing back and forth leaves the eye muscles feeling boiled in oil.

At home, the subtitles are at the exact same focus distance as the TV screen, for some funny reason, and I can follow the story in complete comfort and read the subtitles as I do.

The theater, at least for me, has become a place I go to only when my family insists on it. I can preview whether I want to rent the DVD and follow the dialogue: at home.

Submission + - Pokemon Go Security Risk

sehlat writes: It appears that, at least in iOS, the Pokemon Go app may be a gigantic hole in the user's security. To quote from a post to Tumblr, the application grabs "full access to your Google account". It doesn't just have access to contact information. If true, it's a big reason either to have a google account solely for Pokemon Go, or to avoid the game like a plague.

Comment Re:Zoning laws are bad? (Score 1) 524

So, are you saying that zoning laws are bad. Or are you saying that poor people can ignore them because they're poor? Can I, a-non-poor-but-not-rich-person, also ignore zoning and commerce laws at my discretion?

In its majestic equality, the law forbids rich and poor alike to sleep under bridges, beg in the streets and steal loaves of bread.

        Anatole France: Le Lys Rouge [The Red Lily] (1894), ch. 7

Comment Two Things I Want (Score 4, Interesting) 321

1. Broadcast the soundtrack to the phone so you can wear earphones and not be bothered by idiots who aren't watching the movie.

2. Broadcast subtitles to VR glasses on the same phone with the focus distance == screen distance. One of the main reasons I don't go to movies is hearing problems. With current technology, subtitle focus distance and screen distance are literally yards apart.

Comment There are only two possibilities here. (Score 1) 642

Either the study sample is in complete, or people like me, who are professional proofreaders, are jerks. It's our JOB to point out spelling and grammatical mistakes, people.

The fact that I have, on record, one month where the publisher had me do every book they were publishing establishes their opinion of me.

Comment This is news how? (Score 2) 204

Teapot Dome

The Teapot Dome scandal was a bribery incident that took place in the United States from 1921 to 1922, during the administration of President Warren G. Harding. Secretary of the Interior Albert Bacon Fall had leased Navy petroleum reserves at Teapot Dome in Wyoming and two other locations in California to private oil companies at low rates without competitive bidding. In 1922 and 1923, the leases became the subject of a sensational investigation by Senator Thomas J. Walsh. Fall was later convicted of accepting bribes from the oil companies and became the first Cabinet member to go to prison. No person was ever convicted of paying a bribe, however.

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