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Comment No (Score 1) 282

I go and see a movie in the theater based on whether I think it will benefit from the big screen experience or whether I'd rather be at home watching in the comfort of my den on the 60 " with surround sound having a beer and a vaping a number or two. I've long since lost the urge to rush and see a movie the first night out or wait in line like I did when the empire struck back...

Comment Re:Hol. ly. Sheeeeeit. (Score 1) 130

There is already a setting for metered connection which drastically reduces the amount of traffic. I'd imagine that function would be invoked when on a data capped connection. I'm still unwilling to buy my data plan through the M$ store, especially when I already have one connected to my existing phone. It is just plain retarded that the US doesn't allows phones to be locked to a particular carrier. Somehow no matter what the industry and the FCC tout it doesn't seem to be in the users' interest in any way shape or form...

Comment Re:Another one to add to the list (Score 1) 23

Exactly how is that supposed to be offensive?

Yeah, my bad. I wrote that before I learned you're part of the silent majority.

Congrats on your long con, BTW. I can only imagine the patience it took you to keep it up. You can collect your scalp and fuck off back to Breitbart now.

Phew, glad that's over!

Comment Re:The democratic party is a lost cause (Score 1) 14

Trudeau? Eh, another centrist... Not much will happen...

Of course not, our country's not a fucking hellhole. Brilliant analysis there, bub.

But, I guess you would rather people not vote and take the chance

LOL, yeah I'm the guy telling people the system's shit and not worth a damn. Whatever, projection boy.

The Animal Planet explains it much better.

I hear if you spend a little more money, you can get the grownup channels too. Just saying.

that makes this conversation a wash!

Such a petty little scorekeeper!

In addition to your obvious bias

So obvious you can't dig up a credible example! Fuck me, Imma need a macro for this response...

you are only blaming the object of desire and not the desire itself

Ah, the Animal Planet reference makes sense now! You kinky little fucker!

A good safety valve to prevent a simple majority from being the dictator.

Which means the minority get to be. So, undemocratic.

something closer to an actual consensus

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA, more like groupthink. You really haven't' thought this through, have you?

Makes no sense, but, whatever.

Tut tut. Thinks the constitution is just peachy. Always frothing about the Clintons. Thinks exploitative capitalism is just fine. Keeps the talking about how awful 97% of the politicans are, but never singles out anyone but democrats. Pull the other one, Trumpista.

Comment Re:Great System (Score 1) 217

This is for two days. It's not likely even the ultra rich are going to buy a new Mercedes specifically to bypass this rule when the maximum in fines they'll suffer will be EUR35. Not unless Europe has seen some significant deflation lately and EUR34 is the cost of a brand new Mercedes.

Comment Re:Banish cars from the city center (Score 2) 217

I used to walk half way across Reading, in the UK, from Sainsburys in the city center to my flat, carrying four or more bags of groceries. Older people had little carts, resembling carry on bags (the type with a slide out handle and two wheels) you'd see in an airport, to do the job.

And in the event I really had too much weight in those bags to contemplate walking that distance, I'd take a bus.

Why would you think you'd need a magical transportation device for more than one grocery bag?

Comment Re:Way ahead of you (Score 1) 217

One issue with public transportation in the US (not so much in the EU) is that everyone assumes that the primary incentive to get people to use it must be cost. As a result, it's usually run on an absurdly low budget, given revenues are only a fraction of costs, and inevitably it ends up not being terribly useful. Which means few people ride it, at any cost.

If you want public transportation to be popular, you need to make it useful. Make it useful enough, and people will use it, even if the prices are similar to, or even higher than, other forms of transportation.

One Parisian above claims that it takes an hour and a half to cross the city to get from one suburb to another, while it takes 20 minutes by car. That, to me, is a sign that there aren't enough buses filling in the gaps. Here in Martin County, Florida the "bus system" appears to be designed to turn tax money into jobs, rather than provide a useful service, with buses spaced an hour apart, taking an inordinate length of time to cross the county, only offered during daylight hours, and providing no effective county to county service. If they ran every ten minutes, with express buses linking to nearby county systems, I'd probably use it, because I hate driving.

On a wider scale (yes, I know this isn't directly comparable, it's to demonstrate the point about usefulness vs price), Amtrak's Acela Express charges passengers orders of magnitude more per mile than, say, the Silver Meteor. It also carries 10-20x as many passengers. Why? Because it's useful. It links major population centers with an hourly service, rather than linking minor towns and cities with a once-a-day service. So people are willing to pay big money to travel on it. Which is why it makes double what it costs, as opposed to the Meteor which makes half of what it costs.

Build a useful service and they will come. You don't need to make it free. In fact, making it free is probably the worst possible thing you can do.

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