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Tumblr Co-Founder: Apple's Software Is In a Nosedive

rockout Re: Nosedive (598 comments)

there are plenty of us over 40-year-olds who use a phone for calling very regularly. :-)

FTFY

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

rockout Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that matters (400 comments)

And millions like him, in his age group. The movies are different; the thing that stays the same is that old people have always, and will always, say that "it was better back in my day!" or even the days before they were kids.

You can call this point of view flamebait or trolling if you want, as some old mod did earlier today, but the fact is this: the stalest cliche on the planet is that old people don't like what young people are listening to or watching on a screen, whatever the size of that screen happens to be, and they can't remember that when they were young, the old people of that time didn't like what THEY were enjoying.

PS, there was plenty of crap in movies back when you were a kid too. You just don't remember it as well as you remember the good movies - because the crap was crap, and you didn't bother watching it more than once.

about three weeks ago
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Box Office 2014: Moviegoing Hits Two-Decade Low

rockout Re:News for Nerds, Stuff that matters (400 comments)

Breaking News: Old guys say that movies were better "back in my day."

Film at..... uh, VOD at 11.....

about three weeks ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

rockout Re:Surge pricing during security incident (190 comments)

You want manual intervention before surge pricing gets activated, every time? Kind of defeats the purpose of having a computer respond to the supply-and-demand levels of every single place Uber operates. The whole point of that system is that it's designed to quickly respond to rapidly changing levels of drivers and passengers, and it doesn't do either party any good if a human has to review every single surge pricing moment before the surge pricing goes into effect. It's a ridiculous premise.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

rockout Re:Surge pricing during security incident (190 comments)

With regard to concerts and sporting events, why should Uber make rides free during those events? One would think Uber drivers would go to such areas at the conclusion of the event in hopes of picking up fares, so there would be less need for surge pricing, and if there were was need for surge pricing, that would still serve the purpose of getting more drivers on the roads.

Let's not forget a key point that everyone seems to ignore - NO ONE IS FORCING YOU TO TAKE UBER. It's merely an extra choice, meaning you now have more choices for transportation than you did before. That's a good thing. If you take a handful of negative news stories about Uber (many of them unjustified attempts by press to create a story out of nothing, like in Australia), and decide you don't want to use Uber, that's fine; you can still take a taxi, or a bus, or a train, or your own car.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

rockout Re:Who will get (360 comments)

The original point was that North Korea attacked Sony, a corporation with more revenue than the entire country attacking it. The GP's ridiculous post posited that because NK attacked "Sony PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT", we should only count SPE's revenue when making such a comparison, as if the parent company didn't care that their subsidiary was attacked. You've taken that tangent to a silly level of off-topic.

about a month ago
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North Korean Internet Is Down

rockout Re:Who will get (360 comments)

So when Japan attacked Hawaii, they weren't attacking the United States? Reality, indeed.

about a month ago
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Uber Pushing For Patent On Surge Pricing

rockout Re:Surge pricing during security incident (190 comments)

I'm so tired of this bullshit example being trotted out as evidence of how evil Uber is. Here's the facts of what happened in Australia:

A bunch of people suddenly wanted Uber rides out of the area during the hostage situation. Uber's computers responded accordingly, and automatically, in activating the surge pricing. Whether you like the surge pricing or not, it's designed to get more drivers onto the road by providing the incentive of higher pay to meet the spiking demand. One would assume that at least some drivers are more likely to go out and pick up passengers when their phones alert them that they can suddenly make 4x the normal fare.

When human beings running Uber in Sydney became clued in as to what was happening, they made all rides in the area free.

Here's what DIDN'T happen: Uber in Sydney finds out about hostage crisis, says "omg let's charge 4x the normal fare because bunches of people are going to want rides and we can gouge them!"

You can disagree with Uber's business practices, or how they run their business, and that's fine, but when you just start making shit up, you lose all credibility and take away from an intelligent conversation on what to do about Uber. You're the problem.

about a month ago
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Argentine Court Rules Orangutan Is a "Non-Human Person"

rockout Re:Monkey Business (187 comments)

If this orangutan was considered dangerous to people while it lives in a wildlife sanctuary, your ridiculous straw-man argument might have some merit.

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

rockout Re:of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

If you'd like to place a bet on whether the US's retaliation will be limited to a strongly-worded letter, I'd very much like to take that action.

about a month ago
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The Beatles, Bob Dylan and the 50-Year Copyright Itch

rockout Re:How soon? (153 comments)

Actually, he made some very good points, and you responded with basically a sarcastic "fuck you and your smart talk!" Who's sliding past the issue?

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

rockout Re:False Falg? (236 comments)

Almost nobody had heard about the movie, now everyone has. I'm not sure that's good for North Korea.

You think North Korea is more internet-savvy than Barbara Streisand?

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

rockout Re:False Falg? (236 comments)

What a dopey comparison - when Target, Home Depot, and Chase were hit, they didn't CLOSE THEIR FUCKING STORES based on groundless threats from hackers half a world away. Sony did exactly that - they took a $42 million movie and decided to take a complete loss on it, at least for now. That's why it's big news.

As for Sony being based in Japan, what's that got to do with anything when you're talking about a multi-national corporation? What country do you think Sony makes the lion's share of its profits in? I'll give you a hint, it's the one that the most tickets were going to be sold for this movie, by far.

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

rockout Re:of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

Bluntly, if NK had the power to pull something like this off, they would not have to fear retaliation.

What??? They're facing retaliation now and they're still claiming they didn't do it. What kind of logic were you just using?

about a month ago
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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

rockout Re:of course it wasn't NK (236 comments)

Americans are brilliant at deceiving about half of their own citizens; the rest of the planet, not so much.

FTFY

about a month ago
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Hackers Used Nasty "SMB Worm" Attack Toolkit Against Sony

rockout Re:Supreme Leader (177 comments)

No, ask all the questions you want. Just realize, when you assure people that it "must" be a ruse to provide an excuse to attack North Korea, you sound as loony as the NK leadership.

I'm not saying NK definitely did plan a cyberattack against Sony; it's an open question at this point. But when you smugly assert that you know it's our own government, with your only proof being your own paranoid crazy logic, you're really not advancing the conversation any.

about a month ago
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Single Group Dominates Second Round of Anti Net-Neutrality Comment Submissions

rockout Re:I'd expect Fawkes masks to start making stateme (218 comments)

Depending on where you are, yes, broadband can get that high, because of "bundling." Cable companies in the US offer the "triple play" of internet, TV and phone in a bundle that costs you well over $100 for even the slowest internet connection they offer. Then when you ask "how much for just internet?" the price often turns out to be as high, or, inexplicably, even higher if you refuse the other two services. because, capitalism free markets MURICA.

I don't know the details anymore, because I'm lucky enough to live in an area serviced by Verizon FIOS, and haven't had cable internet in a while. For me, I get 6MB and I pay about $120/month for internet, cable and phone. Hoever, most people don't live in a area where they have a choice of more than one service, so I imagine that drives the price up for them.

about a month ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

rockout Re:Simple (190 comments)

There's two problems with this theory - 1:

there should have been some people who would wait an extra 20 minutes to save $20

According to who? Maybe there weren't any, or the amount of people was small enough to where it didn't matter. "Should've been" is pretty arbitrary.

The other problem is that you still need drivers who are willing to take less for making the same trip. If drivers are making more with Uber, and there's plenty of passengers available, you have a chicken-and-egg problem: Drivers won't move to Sidecar because it pays less, and passengers won't move to Sidecar because there aren't any drivers. If Sidecar had come first, and established a critical mass, they might have become a sustainable business. They were late.

about a month ago
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Why Didn't Sidecar's Flex Pricing Work?

rockout Re:Simple (190 comments)

This assumes that passengers are willing to put up with waiting a lot longer for a Sidecar driver (of which there were always fewer) instead of paying a little bit extra and getting an Uber driver very quickly. They're not; Uber wins this one every single time. There's more drivers (in the four cities I've used it, I've never waited more than 5 minutes for a ride), and contrary to the drivel in this blog entry - "UberX and Lyft are about the same price as a taxi" - bullshit. Uber, at least, is waaay cheaper than a taxi (i haven't used Lyft yet).

The added incentive of being able to save a few dimes on a Sidecar ride was not enough to move passengers from Uber to Sidecar. Uber's just plenty cheap already.

about a month ago

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