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Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

edawstwin Good writing is good writing (135 comments)

I like Simon Pegg, but I'm not sure if his writing CV is best suited for the genre...

Forget genre - his writing is very strong (unless it's mostly written by Wright, and Pegg is taking too much credit, which is doubtful). Take any of the films in the Cornetto trilogy and try and find a serious flaw. I don't mean whether or not you thought it was funny. The screenplays are solid pieces of writing. Just look at the opening scene of Shaun of the Dead: We learn very quickly all we need to know about each main character, the dialogue of the characters completes others sentences in a clever and funny way, and it sets the (I would argue actual) plot in motion by establishing that Shaun is slacker who needs to start caring more about his girlfriend. The zed-words are just the MacGuffin to help show that Shaun really does care. I for one am ecstatic that he'll be on board for the next Star Trek, because I was done with the franchise otherwise.

3 days ago
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Designing the Best Board Game

edawstwin Re:Board Game design (155 comments)

I like my board games to be based purely on chance. #LifeforLife

I actually don't mind games that have a high degree of luck involved, though I prefer somewhere around "low" luck. What I do mind is if that luck knocks a player out of a game well before all of the other participants are out, so that there is extreme downtime for one or more players. Games like Ticket to Ride, Lords of Vegas, Power Grid, etc... deal with this by having all players play until the scoring phase at the end. I played Risk Legacy once, and lost before I even took a turn (!). Sure I got back into the game with reduced resources, but I had already really lost the game. Letting people play (mostly) until the end is probably the single biggest requirement aside from actual fun/interesting mechanics.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Re:Can be done tommorrow! (349 comments)

Those proposals would hardly make things more efficient. Certainly for the traveler, but (as another reply pointed out) ticket prices would skyrocket and the amount of work each airline has to do would similarly increase. The first part of #2 is already present on every airline's website - there are no hidden fees waiting for you at checkout, unless you count options like wi-fi and early boarding. But every single other proposal (especially #4) would be a nightmare for airlines to implement. If airline travel was the only way to get somewhere, then more regulation would make sense, but we can go by car, train, bus, or boat, so forcing airlines to change their product so drastically because most deem it inconvenient is just not reasonable.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Re:Can be done tommorrow! (349 comments)

Just implementing this aspect would likely not result in airlines not making a profit, but they would make less of a profit than they currently do, and the point of a business is to make as much profit as possible. There's nothing wrong with charging as much as the market will bear. We all want cheap and plentiful non-stops to every point in the country, but that's just not realistic.

about three weeks ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Can be done tommorrow! (349 comments)

Here's an idea: Start your own airline with these features and see how long it lasts.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Re:Whose problem is this, anyway? (349 comments)

Is Air Canada going to sue me?

No, but if you do that multiple times, they will likely ban you from flying with them.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Re:Irrelevant (349 comments)

Yes, there are insanities about their pricing models

I truly don't get this. How can you claim that a pricing model is insane when people freely pay that amount? The fare from A to B is directly related to demand for the route flown, and not for how many miles the journey is or how many stops the plane makes. It may not be ideal for the traveler, but there are many alternative methods of travel, so go another way if the price doesn't suit you. There are many things that I don't like about air travel, but weird/high pricing is not the fault of the airlines.

about a month ago
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United and Orbitz Sue 22-Year-Old Programmer For Compiling Public Info

edawstwin Not true (349 comments)

They have to find your bag and remove it from the airplane if you're not on it. So yes, that will cause delays and add cost.

That's not true, or at least it isn't for some airlines. I missed a flight after checking my bag once due to an extraordinarily stupid airline employee and an unusually long security line, and my luggage went without me. To make matters worse, I was put on another airline's plane, and when I got to my destination, I had to wait four hours for my original airline's baggage office to re-open because they only operated two flights a day into/out of that airport, and didn't have full time staff. So delays and costs were involved, but certainly not for the airline.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

edawstwin Re:They realized how badly they screwed up (176 comments)

No, I don''t think so. If it was? Brilliant "stunt" releasing all of that embarrassing information and getting the five largest cinema chains to not show their film. They still get my $12 x 2.

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

edawstwin Re:In other news... (176 comments)

Called 'The Inner View'?

about a month ago
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Sony: 'The Interview' Will Have a Limited Theatrical Release

edawstwin Re:They realized how badly they screwed up (176 comments)

I honestly hope that this has The Streisand Effect and breaks every box office record ever. I know that that won't happen, but it would be nice. I was on the fence about seeing this movie before all of the hoopla (Rogen and Franco can be funny, but they can also be not funny at all), but now that some asshole of a dictator says I can't, I'm going to pay for it at least twice. Thankfully, The Plaza Theater (yay Atlanta!?!) has stepped up so that I can.

America! Fuck Yeah!

about a month ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:I can see Vegas wanting to protect their revenu (93 comments)

Sorry I travel 2 sometimes 3 times a month to Vegas and I have to say outside of NYC it's the biggest taxi racket out there. Because of the terminal locations, it's a guaranteed $10 sometimes $15 bucks before you even get to the Strip because of the circuitous routing and roads. One time I had a driver "miss" the airport exit and then had to argue with him over the extra $13 bucks on the meter because of his mistake. So now I rent cars when I go there and again, Vegas leads this category in stupidity. Hike to the Rental Car Shuttle Bus, ride for 10 minutes, more lines, more hassle and oh yeah nice "Franchise" fees on top of "Airport Taxes" to pile onto the car. Still, it's better than a taxi there.

If you go the non-highway route, it's pretty direct. There's not much "circuitous routing" at all. And compare the airport-to-where-most-people-go fares to other cities' fares - it's quite low. I'm not defending anyone trying to make your ride longer and charging for it, I'm just saying Las Vegas is one of the best cities in the country for cabs if everything's honest. Next time you get in a cab in non-peak times, say "Take Tropicana" if you're going to the South side of the strip, and say, "Take Swenson" if you're going anywhere north of City Center/Planet Hollywood. The cabbie will think you know where you're going and won't take you out of the way.

As far as renting a car goes, it takes an extremely long time unless you go to Hertz or Avis, who invariably charge double or more what the discount places charge. I made the mistake of renting from Dollar one time, and I certainly got what I pad for. At least a dozen people in line and one agent. On subsequent rentals, I see the same thing at Dollar/Fox/etc... - hideous lines and one or maybe two agents. I'd rather spend $15-20 each way on cab fare and save an hour, but if your time is worth nothing, then the discount places may be worth it to you.

about 2 months ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

I've never seen a limo driver hawking is service there - I'm usually already in a cab, but they do like to negotiate, especially if they're idle (An aisde - always call for a limo and negotiate a free ride when taking multiple people to a strip club. The club pays the driver for each person that enters.) I guess in the case of six people it makes sense (plus, saving time). But six is an exception - usually it's two, or maybe four, people arriving at the same time.

about 2 months ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

Nor does it cost much more to just get a private limo instead. At least with either you don't have to be on the lookout for getting long-hauled.

A private limo (sedan, actually) is $50+ one-way, and the shuttle is $13 r/t. How is that not "much more"?

about 2 months ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Sometimes the highway is better (93 comments)

At certain times (generally Friday after rush hour to midnight and Saturday evenings/nights), it is faster and probably cheaper to take the highway to strip hotels on the west side of the strip (it's easier to get to the east side strip hotels going the back way). Anytime you cross (or God forbid have to travel on) the strip in traffic, it adds quite a bit of time/money to your journey. Some west side hotels are inconvenient from any route, though (Monte Carlo and Mirage, and to a slightly lesser extent, Caesar's, immediately come to mind).

about 2 months ago
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A Backhanded Defense of Las Vegas' Taxi Regulation

edawstwin Re:Monorail (93 comments)

I go to Vegas quite a bit, and every taxi driver that I spoke with during the monorail era (when they were talking about or actually extending it) was for it going to the airport. They make more money the more time cabs are occupied, and just going back and forth between the strip and the airport meant waiting in one line or other a great deal of the time. It's much better to take one $50 fare in an hour than two $20 fares. I don't know if the various companies' bottom line would have been affected - probably so, but there would be more cabs available (and thus more revenue) from the strip hotels at peak times (some times it takes quite a while to get a cab) if the monorail extended to the airport.

about 2 months ago
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Automation Coming To Restaurants, But Not Because of Minimum Wage Hikes

edawstwin Re:Automation and jobs (720 comments)

It is an economic impossibility because everyone (well, enough people to make it matter) would just stop working and wait on their check.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Show me an alternative tax structure that doesn't lower the tax burden for corporations or high earners by passing it onto the middle class and I'll support it.

As I said, the poor would benefit.

And corporations do not pay taxes! Consumers already pay corporate taxes. Transferring how it's paid is a side-effect of a consumption tax. I'd argue that it's a beneficial side-effect, as it would be completely transparent, and there would be no more incentives for corporations to hide/shift income.

about 3 months ago
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Bill Gates: Piketty's Attack on Income Inequality Is Right

edawstwin Re:Let me get this right (839 comments)

Inequality isn't a problem because rich people MAKE more than poor people. We should encourage people to create as much wealth as possible. This is a semantic misdirection I can't help commenting on when I hear it. Rich people don't "make" more money than poor people. Rich people "get their hands on" more money than poor people.

Talk abut semantics. Everyone gets/receives/makes money in various ways. If you're using "make" as a term for earning money through wages, then most rich people "make" money. They may also make more money by investing money wisely, whether it be stocks, starting businesses, etc... If you think that rich people "get their hands on" money by just stealing it from the poor, you're delusional.

How would you rank these in terms of a) actual creation of value, and b) income? 1. A CEO 2. A lawyer 3. An engineer 4. A scientist Now rank them in terms of income.

That list is in its correct order for value and income in a free market. Can a scientist/engineer/lawyer organize and run a huge company composed of lawyers, engineers, and scientists? There's a reason that top CEOs get paid what they do. Without them, there is no functioning company. Sure, some or even most get paid what we think of as more than they're actually worth, but those companies are in a position to pay them so much because of their CEO. If they're not good enough, they get fired - it happens all of the time. Sure, plenty get exorbitant severance, but usually because they've negotiated that into their employment agreement, which anyone in the U.S., rich or poor, CEO or engineer, is free to do.

about 3 months ago

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edawstwin (242027) writes "Turner Broadcasting System announced last October plans to launch Super Deluxe, a website "boasting original shortform videos laced with edgy humor from professional comics and ambitious amateurs alike" this month. Super Deluxe is now live as scheduled. From the website: "Super Deluxe is the premier spot on the Internet for top-quality comedy videos". The "Featured Artists" are Dave Foley and Brad Neely."

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