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  1. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    It might be grammatically correct, but it doesn’t sound right to most people’s ears. They’re using the singular version, not saying “iPhones”, which makes it clear they’re referring to multiple...

    It might be grammatically correct, but it doesn’t sound right to most people’s ears. They’re using the singular version, not saying “iPhones”, which makes it clear they’re referring to multiple different phones.

    And I think the category that people think of is smartphone, not iPhone.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    There's a balance between the two extremes though. To me at least, it seems like they've swung too far toward the stilted and overly rehearsed side of things.

    If they didn’t do it that way, they’d be criticized from the other direction for seeming too casual/unrehearsed.

    There's a balance between the two extremes though. To me at least, it seems like they've swung too far toward the stilted and overly rehearsed side of things.

    3 votes
  3. Comment on New Wi-Fi 6 Certification is Officially Released, Up to 3x Faster Than 802.11ac in ~tech

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    Wireless AC can reach speeds of 1-2 Gb/s, if you're not going through a bunch of concrete walls. Wikipedia also has a nice list of average bandwidth per country that shows Singapore as the fastest...

    Wireless AC can reach speeds of 1-2 Gb/s, if you're not going through a bunch of concrete walls.

    Wikipedia also has a nice list of average bandwidth per country that shows Singapore as the fastest with an average of 135 Mb/s.

    I don't live anywhere with gigabit fiber. Do people actually get gigabit speeds during peak usage time?

    1 vote
  4. Comment on John Gruber: Let’s Go Further and Hope for Every Last Drop of Joy to Be Drained From the World in ~tech

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    I agree that Apple Keynotes (especially this latest one) are very stilted and odd. A lot of the commentary on this latest event have mentioned how it all seems way too rehearsed and artificial. I...

    I agree that Apple Keynotes (especially this latest one) are very stilted and odd. A lot of the commentary on this latest event have mentioned how it all seems way too rehearsed and artificial.

    I was actually thinking about it the other day. One example that really sticks out to me is that they always say "iPhone" or "iPad" without the article in front of it, i.e., "We love iPhone!" rather than "We love the iPhone!"

    It's not how normal humans talk and it makes the speakers seem very inhuman.

    6 votes
  5. Comment on New Wi-Fi 6 Certification is Officially Released, Up to 3x Faster Than 802.11ac in ~tech

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    I've been using a wireless AC mesh router system for nearly 2 years now and I see zero reasons to upgrade in the near future. Wifi speeds and coverage have been faster than anyone's internet...

    I've been using a wireless AC mesh router system for nearly 2 years now and I see zero reasons to upgrade in the near future. Wifi speeds and coverage have been faster than anyone's internet speeds for quite a while now, so unless it offers significantly better performance in a saturated area (like an apartment building), I don't know why people would upgrade.

    Or if you're transferring multi-gigabyte files, it might be good.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 in ~tv

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    Right? The math just doesn’t add up. I could understand one deal as a sort of “we have one of the most popular shows of all time!” selling points but they’re constantly paying crazy prices for...

    Right? The math just doesn’t add up. I could understand one deal as a sort of “we have one of the most popular shows of all time!” selling points but they’re constantly paying crazy prices for content.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Netflix acquires global streaming rights to Seinfeld for five years, starting in 2021 in ~tv

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    Every time I hear about deals like this, I just keep thinking that there's no way that content companies can keep moving at the pace they are and stay profitable. Will they make an extra $500...

    Terms of the transaction were not disclosed, but since the rights are for worldwide distribution, Netflix paid far more than the $500 million NBCUniversal paid for “The Office,” and the $425 million WarnerMedia shelled out for “Friends,” people familiar with the deal said. Both of those five-year deals were for streaming rights in the U.S. only.

    Every time I hear about deals like this, I just keep thinking that there's no way that content companies can keep moving at the pace they are and stay profitable. Will they make an extra $500 million because they have Seinfeld? I doubt it. So I just don't see how these deals are viable for streaming companies.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on The rise of the electric scooter in ~tech

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    Except that parking lots are dedicated, discreet areas. People just dump these scooters wherever they want, often in the middle of the sidewalk. Imagine if we didn't have parking lots and people...

    Except that parking lots are dedicated, discreet areas. People just dump these scooters wherever they want, often in the middle of the sidewalk.

    Imagine if we didn't have parking lots and people just parked their cars wherever they felt like it...people would be equally displeased.

    It's a solvable problem, we just haven't gotten there yet.

    1 vote
  9. Comment on The Launch of the Sega Dreamcast in ~games

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    I know this is a bit late, but since this video is over an hour, I've only had time to watch it now. If you've never seen any of his videos, Classic Gaming Quarterly does deep dives on console...

    I know this is a bit late, but since this video is over an hour, I've only had time to watch it now.

    If you've never seen any of his videos, Classic Gaming Quarterly does deep dives on console launches. This one might be the longest one yet, since the Dreamcast had so many launch titles.

    1 vote
  10. Comment on Disney+ Reportedly Will Carry All That ’90s Marvel Animated Goodness Including ‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ & More in ~tv

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    I wholeheartedly agree. I think the only mainstream services that can compete with Disney’s massive library are: Amazon, since they bundle streaming video with 500 other services under Prime. HBO...

    I wholeheartedly agree.

    I think the only mainstream services that can compete with Disney’s massive library are:

    1. Amazon, since they bundle streaming video with 500 other services under Prime.
    2. HBO Max, since they have a track record of proven hits and a decent back catalog of older HBO shows.
    3. Apple TV+, but only if they can get one or two massive hits in the first year or two that are enough to get people to sign up. This one is the lowest probability of success, I think.

    I’ll bet that niche services like Criterion and Shudder will be fine though.

    2 votes
  11. Comment on Disney+ Reportedly Will Carry All That ’90s Marvel Animated Goodness Including ‘X-Men,’ ‘Spider-Man’ & More in ~tv

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    Disney+ is just going to keep adding back content until no one can compete with them... Full list according to this article: Spider-Man X-Men The Incredible Hulk Iron Man Fantastic Four Spider-Man...

    Disney+ is just going to keep adding back content until no one can compete with them...

    Full list according to this article:

    • Spider-Man
    • X-Men
    • The Incredible Hulk
    • Iron Man
    • Fantastic Four
    • Spider-Man and his Amazing Friends
    • Spider-Man Unlimited

    If you're a fan of the 90s X-Men cartoon and haven't seen the Japanese version of the intro, check it out.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on How Eating Out Keeps You Poor in ~finance

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    There's nothing wrong with that at all. I don't think I said anywhere that this video shouldn't be made (if I did or implied that, it was not my intent) but it's just important to take a look at...

    There's nothing wrong with that at all. I don't think I said anywhere that this video shouldn't be made (if I did or implied that, it was not my intent) but it's just important to take a look at this type of thing within the larger context of financial issues.

    I get what the video is saying. I understand why they're saying it. Eating out is something you can control right now to decrease the amount of money you spend each month. I don't disagree with that sentiment.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Impossible At Home in ~food

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    I'm extremely excited for meat alternatives to keep advancing. It'll be interesting to see which happens first: Will lab-grown meat become cheap enough for mass production or will plant-based meat...

    I'm extremely excited for meat alternatives to keep advancing. It'll be interesting to see which happens first:

    Will lab-grown meat become cheap enough for mass production or will plant-based meat get good enough that it's indistinguishable from real meat?

  14. Comment on How Eating Out Keeps You Poor in ~finance

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    Universities function much like an urban area, where all of the services are concentrated in a relatively compact geographic area. In the suburban area where I live (which is in a college town,...

    Universities function much like an urban area, where all of the services are concentrated in a relatively compact geographic area.

    In the suburban area where I live (which is in a college town, ironically enough...) it's very spread out once you get outside of the university. It just doesn't seem practical to have cafeterias close enough to everyone that they can easily walk there. And if they aren't within walking distance, you're leaving out people without transportation and those are the people that could benefit the most from an idea like this.

    I really do think it's an interesting concept, I just don't know how well it would work in the real world.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on How Eating Out Keeps You Poor in ~finance

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    As a US citizen, a lot of that hinges on the next election. But in the broader sense, it is solved in a lot of the world. There are plenty of countries where healthcare and education are...

    When do you think those costs will get under control so people can plan on when they'll no longer be burdened by them?

    As a US citizen, a lot of that hinges on the next election. But in the broader sense, it is solved in a lot of the world. There are plenty of countries where healthcare and education are completely paid by taxes and not something one has to worry about as a daily cost.

    What kind of influence do you think the people who made this video have on healthcare, education, and housing costs?

    The same amount that you or I do...but that's not exactly the point. We should focus on changing the underlying causes of issues instead of just trying to bandaid over the issue by telling people to spend less money on eating out.

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Netflix subscriptions in Finland among least cost-effective in the world, according to a recent study carried out by comparitech.com in ~tv

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    Exactly right. If you have 10,000 movies but only 5 of them are worth watching, nobody is going to subscribe.

    Exactly right. If you have 10,000 movies but only 5 of them are worth watching, nobody is going to subscribe.

    2 votes
  17. Comment on How Eating Out Keeps You Poor in ~finance

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    While that works in urban settings, it doesn't work well when people are more spread out.

    While that works in urban settings, it doesn't work well when people are more spread out.

    3 votes
  18. Comment on How Eating Out Keeps You Poor in ~finance

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    Except that they are constantly rising. They used to be a much smaller part of your monthly expenses but the cost just keeps going up. That's what we should focus on fixing, not the fact that...

    The video covers this. Rising healthcare costs, education costs, and housing costs are the primary factors for economic burden on individuals, but for most people those are fixed costs.

    Except that they are constantly rising. They used to be a much smaller part of your monthly expenses but the cost just keeps going up. That's what we should focus on fixing, not the fact that people are eating out.

    7 votes