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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 three weeks 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 a month 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 3 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 5 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 6 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 7 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 8 months ago

Federal Agency Data-Mining Hundreds of Millions of Credit Card Accounts

porges Re:Different from the NSA (264 comments)

IIRC, when I refinanced I GAVE them my bank statements, so that's a different case.

about 8 months ago

How Silicon Valley CEOs Conspired To Suppress Engineers' Wages

porges Re:So, cue up.. (462 comments)

The "exposure" is not going to come from a few or even many Engineers complaining in isolation that there might be some collusion going on as the alternative offers are drying up.

The exposure doesn't need to come from engineers. It can come from anyone who knows about it.

The only reason we know about it at all is because there was a lawsuit filed accusing them of this illegal action. If it becomes totally legal, nobody's going to be filing that lawsuit in the first place, and the parties involved will continue to do it secretly.

about 8 months ago

How Can Nintendo Recover?

porges Re:Mario on PS4 (559 comments)

You know who buys huge entertainment companies to everyone's amazement? Disney. ABC, Marvel, Muppets, Star Wars. Granted the Sony idea makes a little more sense because of the Japanese factor. But doing something as big as buying a major console company is something Disney would do.

about 8 months ago

Programmer Debunks Source Code Shown In Movies and TV Shows

porges Re:oh duh (301 comments)

That's my problem! I always try twice then give up. Thanks!

about 9 months ago

How the Lessons of Columbine Saved Lives At Arapahoe High School

porges Re: police arive within 'minutes' (894 comments)

What does "more homogenous" mean in this claim, and how is it relevant to the murder rate?

"Most murders were intraracial, with 84% of white homicide victims murdered by whites, and 93% of black victims murdered by blacks."


about 10 months ago


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