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Top Five Theaters Won't Show "The Interview" Sony Cancels Release

mattack2 Re:Home of the brave? (571 comments)

If the threat is against my local mall?

No, I wouldn't go..

But this generic amorphous threat, yes, I was thinking of seeing the movie in the theater.. Not necessarily on Dec 25 (not because of this threat), but when it was in theaters, to use up a free movie ticket that expires..

2 days ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mattack2 Re:There is no vaccine for the worst diseases (1039 comments)

- by making vaccines ever safer - this is already being done (mercury has been eliminated as preservant, for example) and needs to continue;

You are spreading falsehoods also. Give evidence where the mercury-containing preservative caused any problems. You're probably going to point to the supposed evidence towards autism. There isn't any such evidence. Just because it has mercury, doesn't mean it is necessarily poisonous.

Chlorine can be poisonous, but salt (which contains chlorine) is a necessary nutrient for us.

about a week ago
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Time To Remove 'Philosophical' Exemption From Vaccine Requirements?

mattack2 Remove the religious exemption too (1039 comments)

You don't get a vaccine, you don't get free public education (or a school voucher, which is probably what the idiots refusing vaccines are doing anyway).

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

mattack2 Re:But does it report artificially low ink levels? (270 comments)

I just use the coffee maker at work (they used to be Starbucks branded, but aren't anymore) that just spit out a cup of coffee.. (They use a bunch of filter that spews out underneath into the garbage..)

This 'pod' idea would be cool to me, if it weren't making a zillion little plastic tubs that are AFAIK unrecyclable. (Just because it has a plastic type logo on it means it can/will actually be recycled.) That is, if they used something like paper, or even something that would dissolve, that would be really cool.

about a week ago
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Keurig 2.0 Genuine K-Cup Spoofing Vulnerability

mattack2 Re:Holy Fuck! (270 comments)

Digital Mocha Counterfeiting Act?

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: Making a 'Wife Friendly' Gaming PC?

mattack2 Re:Don't fight it (720 comments)

But he claimed there was lag over direct HDMI & USB cables to another room.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

mattack2 Re:There is no simple fix (158 comments)

I would say phase out rather than abolish Social Security. Obviously the math has to be worked out, but let people opt out of it at anytime (possibly with a tax credit), but cut it off for a certain age and younger... Similar to how I think companies shouldn't be able to retroactively change pensions, but can change it for new hires.

about a month ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

mattack2 Re:There is no simple fix (158 comments)

Mortgage *interest* deduction, not mortgage *payment*. Oh, I wish it were the latter.

(Actually, I wish they'd all go away, including the ones that I benefit from... I'd gladly get rid of the mortgage interest deduction, if you get rid of all of the other deductions/credits.)

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

mattack2 Re:There's gonna be high expecations from Asimov f (242 comments)

Even at "just" $1.99/episode, I think that's ridiculously priced. Though I don't buy very many DVDs or BluRays, $20/season (for "typical" OTA shows that are 20+ episodes/season) is what I consider a good price.. obviously that's less than $1/episode, and that's with a hard copy (I think that's a _good_ thing).

I'm mostly thinking of it as if I were to buy every episode of what I watch - it would be WAY more expensive than cable.

about a month ago
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Apple's Luxembourg Tax Deals

mattack2 Re:Simple fix (158 comments)

IANAL.. but can't you deduct transportation to work if you live farther than X miles away?

Also, if your clothes are more expensive than you would wear otherwise, maybe it counts as a "uniform", and AFAIK, you can deduct the cost of those.

about a month ago
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HBO Developing Asimov's Foundation Series As TV Show

mattack2 Re:There's gonna be high expecations from Asimov f (242 comments)

Just to clarify, he's talking about the *purchase each episode individually* scenario on Amazon. (IMHO, ridiculously expensive.)

It's not available on (free with Amazon Prime) Amazon Prime Video. That's only (some?) HBO shows several years old. That's not meaning to disparage it, it has a bunch of good shows (e.g. Rome, Sopranos, Six Feet Under, etc.) Just not currently airing shows.

about a month ago
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Germans Can Get Free Heating From the Cloud

mattack2 Re:Great in the winter .. (148 comments)

What's wrong with amortizing cost? It's the logical thing to do.

Some of the low cost airlines save money by having long term fuel purchase agreements.

about a month ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

mattack2 Re:Uh (112 comments)

Amazon devices sales are terrible because they don't have Google Play app marketplace. End of story. Everyone who wants to get locked in to a content ecosystem where they are forced to buy devices from one source already owns Apple products.

Ironic.. You're saying it's bad because it doesn't have the official marketplace for Android, yet you're talking about being locked into a distribution system?!!

about a month ago
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Ebola Nose Spray Vaccine Protects Monkeys

mattack2 Re:Money (198 comments)

Founded by the US

That is misleading, if not false. I infer from that statement that you mean it was founded by the U.S. Government. Wikipedia confirms what I remembered:

Beginning in 1820, the region was colonized by African Americans, most of whom were freed slaves.

It did have help from a private organization, but not the U.S. Government.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

mattack2 Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

Because college should be teaching you advanced skills or advanced ways of thinking.

Yes, I think automation will probably automate away many of these minimum wage jobs! Why can't a machine flip burgers?

Plus, you didn't respond to the part about minimum wage jobs not being intended as careers or for older people at all.

about a month and a half ago
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Colleges Face New 'Gainful Employment' Regulations For Student Loans

mattack2 Re:Robot factories (331 comments)

Why shouldn't people who work in the fast food and service industries earn a living wage even when they work more than 50 hours a week?

Because they're minimum wage jobs. Should someone really expect to be able to buy a house on minimum wage? Again, those jobs weren't meant for people's _careers_. (Why didn't they go to college? Community college even.)

about a month and a half ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

mattack2 Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

You do realize Amazon bought twitch, a video game video site, for $970 million in cash, right?

I'd never heard of it before the news came out.

about a month and a half ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

mattack2 Re: Price of commercials (85 comments)

In the 70s, when cable TV first started rolling out, one of the big selling points was "no ads."

Not true, since cable TV started out as literally a shared antenna with cables to each house.. So it was "just" getting OTA, which obviously still had/has commercials in it.

Plus, even if that WERE true, just use a VCR or nowadays a DVR. (Though there are RARE times I will use On Demand for a show with 'forced' commercials.. Though several commercial-cable channels end up having their shows On Demand WITHOUT commercials, so it's even better than DVRing it for those shows.)

about a month and a half ago

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