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Comment Film interest growing? (Score 1) 213

Resurgence in the popularity of analog photography has created demand for new and old film products alike.

Yes, from a very low number to a slightly less low number, as with vinyl audio. Counterexample: Keeble and Schuchat photography in Palo Alto (perhaps the only remaining place on the peninsula where you could get film developed or buy pro gear) just went out of business in November.

Comment They should pick their targets carefully (Score 1) 742

If they boycott iPhones it will only feed Trump's vindictive streak since he doesn't like Cook. They have to pick products that would hurt his cronies. (I'm sure they realize this; iPhones make for good headlines).

I wish I were writing this as a flippant comment but one of the few Trumpisms that isn't hyperbole ("I'll build a wall". "He's a Nazi") is that he bears and escalates petty grudges.

Comment Always a fundamental weakness of their model (Score 1) 181

When someone else controls the content, you end up as a "dumb pipe". The carriers don't like that (fuck them -- they should just become a public utilitty like the water) and Netflix had the same problem at layer 7. So instead they are burning capital making their own content. Good luck to them.

I assume they made payoffs to the publishers to avoid this problem with DVDs. Redbox would't and famously had troubles.

Comment I won't be one of them... (Score 1) 250

...because Comcast charges me less if I subscribe to TV+Internet than the cost of Internet alone. Its even cheaper if I get cablecard, so I have one taped to the wall where the cable comes in. That way I can find it if I ever cancel service.

Originally it was a special deal but when 11 1/2 months were up I called to cancel TV and the rep said he'd extend it for a year. And also told me to call next year and he was sure they'd extend it again.

I know I'm helping them scam the TV networks but since I don't like them either I figure why not?

Comment As it ever was (Score 1) 39

Revolutions always come from the haves, not the have nots.

The American revolution was the powerful landholders against the powerful government in Whitehall (and was won via lobbying/bribery in London, not on the battlefield). The American civil war was the landed gentry fighting to save their capital (i.e. slaves) against mechanization and increased opposition to slavery in the north.

The French Revolution was not the revolution of the sans coulottes as it was portrayed -- Danton et all were all well education scions of the aristocracy and merchant class. Napoleon was from the provinces, but was wealthy enough to buy a commission under the King.

Lenin and Trotsky were well educated (OK, Stalin was not). Ho Chi Minh attended the Sorbonne. Nehru, Jinna et al met at Oxford.

Comment Re:If true, why are we subsidizing it? (Score 1) 539

You're answering questions I didn't ask. The power companies serve everyone yet we don't subsidize them. Why should this random huge sector receive a subsidy while others don't?

To your point: where I live, Palo Alto, the big madrassas (Sacred Heart, Santa Clara U) serve only the wealthiest. The St Francis church in nearby poverty-stricken East Palo Alto serves fewer kids than the Boys and Girls Club, yet gets a larger subsidy.

If you think that these support services are worth funding, then those can be funded directly. The nonsensical system of arbitrary payments to organizations with opaque finances is, to be most charitable about it, inefficient.

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