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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

porges Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

You had parents. Sorry, but you had at least a parent, probably parents, and got told not to be an asshole.

These kids, unfortunately, don't have parents,

I see no indication from the news story that the East Side Community High School is an orphanage.

about three weeks ago

Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

porges Also in iBooks (103 comments)

I just ran into this in iBooks, and was very nervous until I confirmed that other normal books still had prices. So "Get" means "free iBook", too.

about a month ago

A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

porges Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

The networks have to comply with copyright law and the contracts they've signed with TV studios, so that makes it harder for them because they're obliged to control access to their streams and/or compensate the studios.

about a month and a half ago

Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

porges Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Let me just randomly chime in and say that my Boston area TiVo/Comcast On Demand works perfectly. My understanding is that it uses an app over IP to select the program, but the actual playback is over a normal cable TV channel, with the app tuning it correctly. So watching On Demand takes up one of the TiVo's tuners, for instance.

about a month and a half ago

Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

porges Re: I didn't know it existed... (64 comments)

As it happens, Olympus Has Fallen is on Netflix, presumably exclusively.

about 2 months ago

Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

porges Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

Someone has to foot the bill, making tv shows and content is expensive.

Otherwise what? They're going to start shoving ads down our throats?

Oh, wait...

I think it's fair to consider him writing in opposition to people saying "if we had ala carte channels, we could all get the same stuff for less money". So, keeping "the same stuff" is part of the goal.

To most consumers, "keeping the total of the country's payments to the networks the same" isn't a goal, to put it mildly, which is why the rest of his argument is useless.

about 3 months ago

BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

porges Re:Should have kept the domain name (186 comments)

You'd certainly think there are no debtors' prisons in the US any more, but:


You do have to owe money to the court system, not to a private party, to get sucked into this...I think.

[Fox New link chosen to head of skepticism of lefty-er sources.]

about 4 months ago

Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

porges Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

I bet Disney would be a good candidate to buy the Xbox brand; they specialize in acquiring massively successful (or at least known) existing companies such as ABC, LucusFilm/Star Wars, Marvel, and the Muppets.

about 5 months ago

Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

porges Re:Companies like HBO should go a-la-carte (340 comments)

You can now get access to HBO-Go through an Amazon prime account, as well

Not quite. The Amazon deal only includes current shows on a 3-year delay, as well as the HBO Go series "back catalogue" -- all Sopranos, etc, episodes. You also only get HBO-produced TV movies, not the hundred+ films on HBO or HBO Go. (I've seen some interesting stuff on HBO Go that I never found on the actual HBO channels, such as the movie "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel".)

about 7 months ago

GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

porges Re:Brain damaged project (134 comments)

No. You're thinking of the fact that once the linker marks a .o as required, it brings in all of that .o file unless you provide those flags you mention. But the point is definitely that only the .o files that are needed get linked into the final object model. Just do a gcc of a simple "hello world" program and then look at the a.out's size; it won't be anywhere near as big as libc.a. Also, nm a.out will show you the relatively few symbols in the a.out file.

about 8 months ago

Goodbye, Google Voice

porges Re:"Enormous" effect? (166 comments)

I always guessed that the business plan involved recording/transcribing all your calls, for no bad reason whatsoever, nope.

about 9 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

porges Re:Dunno (747 comments)

Why in God's name would they lie about there being no mercury in the vaccines? Are the vaccines being used as a way of solving the famous "how can I get rid of all this mercury I have lying around" problem? If they're willing to flat-out lie about what's in there, why don't they just package up water and call it a vaccine? It's got to be cheaper than whatever they're doing now.

about 9 months ago

The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

porges Re:"Sight"? On slashdot? (191 comments)

Or, as some other columnist has been writing since the debacle, "Empty Gox".

about 9 months ago

Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

porges Re: no surprise (256 comments)

Possibly. Is it obviously true that I have a right to secretly videotape people "just to be safe", just because they're in my house and I have (or think I have) a good reason?

about 9 months ago

Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

Late update to my own post: on the other hand, later in the comment thread on that same posting, he clearly believes in literal faith healing, in one case of a sprained ankle, so, uh...

about 9 months ago

Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

I think if you read "invoke" in Eric's posting as "appeal to" rather than "cause to appear" you'll see what I took him to be saying. The one thing he doesn't believe in is literal religious magic. I am with you on all the other examples, though.

about 9 months ago

E-Sports Gender Gap: 90+% Male

porges Re:Just gonna say it (320 comments)

In the case of basketball, bear in mind that aside from free throws, every player who has devoted their life to learning to shoot baskets has a guy in their face who's devoted their life to (among other things) stopping you from making that basket.

about 10 months ago

Why Improbable Things Really Aren't

porges Re:winning the lottery twice (166 comments)

Imagine how the experience of winning the lottery messes with your sense of how likely it is that you'll win the lottery. Especially given that you probably had a bad sense of that in first place, since you were a person who played the lottery.

about 10 months ago

California Regulator Seeks To Shut Down 'Learn To Code' Bootcamps

porges Re:California (374 comments)

I'd raise your "misleading" to "bullshit", actually. The article makes it perfectly clear, the summary and headline are garbage.

about a year ago


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