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Comment Re:In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 158

> You think you're better off than someone who can afford to blow $1.5 million creating a play room in his $35 million house?

This is a requirements analysis problem. You don't have to replicate his over price Mac, you just have to come up with something that is suitable. We don't know what he had to do for that 35M house or what he still has to do for it.

It may simply be not worth the trade off.

Comment Re: In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 158

I can appreciate the better AV gear. I can appreciate replicating a real theatre experience. I can appreciate creating a more casual version of the same thing. Beyond that, you've lost me. I am more of a purist.

That includes watching black & white originals and avoiding other attempts to "tinker" with the original material.

Overwrought home theatres are just not something that impress me in the slightest.

Comment Re: In his Mother's basement (Score 1) 158

Even for something that is not a niche novelty item, money thrown into your home to "upgrade" it will NEVER be recovered. Your house will be able to fetch the market price per square foot in your area. That's it. Anything you add to your house to suit yourself is money you're never going to get back. So you better just do it for it's own sake.


Comment Re: The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

Ads are a complicated thing. American TV is designed with ads in mind. So it has natural breaks for them. If you are going to insert ads into American TV content, then those breaks are the natural and obvious place. Putting them anywhere else interferes with the pacing of the show.

No ads is great. Upfront ads are not so bad. Ads in random inappropriate places in the show SUCK. Ads in the engineered commercial pauses are not ideal but they're better than being at random.

The ads themselves vary in quality, relevance, and annoyingness.

The devil's in the details. You can distort the questions and the numbers to generate any result you want.

Comment Re:Unfettered capitalism (Score 4, Insightful) 637

Intellectual property allows you to steal other people's stuff. The most obvious example is a patent that not only grants you exclusive ownership of your own invention but the right to claim ownership of anything similar regardless of how that invention may have come about.

Treating creative works as property allows people (usually robber barons) to hijack other people's creative works and real property.

And again, we have an example of that right here and now.

The intellectual property fiction is preventing the farmer from fully controlling his own personal property (by way of the tractor).

Comment Re: Unfettered capitalism (Score 2) 637

Socialism is state ownership. Communism is the lack of a state.

These smug morons don't even know what they're talking about.

Soviet propaganda always talked about "building communism". They freely admitted that they hadn't gotten there yet.

In this case, natural economy activity is being prevented by a law that was distorted beyond it's original purpose.

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