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Marketing / Re: Interesting pricing model
« on: February 05, 2019, 04:40:20 AM »
Nice! Makes the Pay Less look more attractive!

Low carbs have definitely decreased my stomach issues. I ate some crackers and chips and the need for antacids returned after a long time not needing them.

Bananas trigger the pain. Ice cream can trigger it.  High carb beer can trigger it.

I have never liked carbs so eating things without bread and other carbs is fine.

Water Cooler / Re: Better double-up your SIP walls, Brad.
« on: February 01, 2019, 03:15:12 AM »
$30K in damage was a lot of money in the 70's. That's close to what houses cost back then.

The deep freeze hasn't reached us here in Western Mass. We got down to negative single digits. Supposedly getting into the negative teens tonight.

Last year around this time I remember it getting to about -17 a couple days.

Water Cooler / Re: Amazon - wait, there is a blank space, lets sell it!
« on: February 01, 2019, 03:07:07 AM »
Wow, that's really cool, actually.

What would be REALLY interesting is if that ad was targeted based on demographic data the auto company was bidding on.

Traffic / Re: The Fall Of Facebook Has Only Just Begun
« on: January 31, 2019, 01:57:51 AM »
Facebook is facing GDPR-like regulations in the USA, starting with California in 2020.
FTC is about to fine Facebook for violating privacy agreement.

What both have in common is that anytime "privacy" is discussed, the real topic is interest based advertising. Without that, Facebook only has geotargeting and banner ads to sell.

Then there are the conservatives in politics who believe Facebook is against them and is shutting down their right to free speech.

IBA is more lucrative and marketers want it because it's useful to target people with such granular specificity.

If Facebook gets regulated, then those ads are going to get regulated or worse, FB's business model disappears.

So what is Facebook doing? It's hired privacy advocates away from the Electronic Frontier Foundation and is proposing an independent board to hear appeals of Facebook decisions involving free speech.

Roughly 300 hours, if my math is correct. 5 = 5 gigs for a 90 minute movie (roughly, for back of napkin estimate!) 1,000 gigabytes = 1Tb

1000 divided by 5 = 200.

200 movies x 90 (minutes) = 18,000 minutes.

18,000 minutes divided by 60 = 300 hours.

Disney is at war with Netflix. That's what's behind the cancellation of several popular Marvel shows on Netflix, with Disney rolling out it's own streaming competitor for Marvel based shows.

That war began because the studios were losing money from DVD sales on account of Netflix. That's why the studios started delaying new releases to Netflix.

The studios responded to Netflix by competing directly with Netflix by becoming streaming outlets. To cut Netflix out as a distribution partner.

Netflix responded by becoming a studio, because they understand the studios mean to withhold content from Netflix.

So in a way, throwing money at Hulu, while taking a hit to income, works for Disney because it keeps the pressure on Netflix to keep on spending to out-compete their rivals.

Reminds me of the way Soviet Russia went broke trying to keep up with USA military spending.

This is outside of my area of understanding. So the following is not a criticism. Nothing between the lines. These are not rhetorical questions in any way.

I'm just asking two questions.

I don't understand how owning 30% of Hulu caused Disney to lose over half a billion dollars. Could that be creative accounting to offset income to reduce their tax responsibilities?

Water Cooler / Re: One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer
« on: January 16, 2019, 06:34:01 AM »
Ethnic food in New England is great. The only thing is that ethnic means Polish, German, Pizza and Czech.

Near me I have a great pizza restaurant. I've eaten at the top restaurants in New York and New Haven, as well as San Francisco/Oakland/Berkeley. I have a good idea of good pizza. This place in Northampton is the real deal, particularly their grilled mushroom pizza.

After that it's about the smoked meats. I can get smoked kielbasa, polish meat in pastry thingies, smoked chicken, smoked franks, locally made sausages and so on. I can even get a freshly slaughtered baby goat if I make inquiries. Baby goat chops with a chimichuri sauce is great.  There's a place that gets ox tail fresh from the farm. The butcher has pulled it out and waved it about like a whip then chopped the meatiest bits for me.

Then there's New York Halal Cart Chicken. Wow. Luckily we have a New Yorker out here who has a cart in town, authentic.

New England has the west coast beat for sandwiches, hands down. There is no contest. Around here they're called Grinders. Even the lowly cheesteak from a local supermarket beats almost any sandwich I've ever eaten in the SF Bay Area.

The only place I've ever had a great sandwich was at BiRite supermarket on 18th street in SF. They had an Italian meatloaf sandwich and also a cuban pulled pork that were to die for.

Oh wait, there's one more place with good sammies. It's called La Torta Sabrosa, a Mexican Torta restaurant on Grand Avenue in South San Francisco. Geez, that torta was so good that, while driving back to Oakland with it, the smell was so good that I had to pull off the road to take a bite. It was so good I ate it right there parked at the curb.

Chicken cutlet grinders, Italian grinders, Chicken Parm grinders and even a cheeseburger grinder. In some places around here the grinders are sublime.

In the summer it's all about the seafood shacks. Bill in Japan probably knows what I'm talking about.

Whole belly clams! Connecticut lobster roll, Maine lobster salad roll, and scallop rolls. 

There are I think three kinds of clam chowder. There's the red Manhattan chowder, the creamy chowder everyone knows and  then there's the clear broth style that doesn't have any cream (my favorite).

Ipswich, Massachusetts is the home of fried clams. The Clam Box is a mecca for that kind of food. Reds in Maine, The Clam Box, Captain Scotts, these are all like the Gracelands of seafood shacks.

Some of the seafood shacks sell french fries that'll blow your socks off. I don't know how they do it but they have little blisters around the outside that make them crunchy. Maybe they dust them in cornstarch? I don't know.

Then there's raw oysters. Wellfleet oysters are amazing good.  There are oysters from Connecticut that are very good too.

Maine lobster rolls from a certain two restaurants are sublime. They make you do that orgasmic "Oh!, Oh!" sound while you eat them sound.  (Red's Eats or Spragues Lobster).  In Maine the rolls have just a small amount of mayo, just a touch.

In Connecticut there's a restaurant called Abbots where the lobster is so fresh that it's still alive when you're placing your order.  CT style hot lobster roll doesn't have mayo. It's just the meat and some butter between two pieces of bread. Hot lobster rolls in CT are affectionately called Hot Lobbies.

Lastly, there's smoked bluefish, stuffed clams, lemon pepper smoked salmon, German cakes and so on.

There's good food but you have to know where to go.  And you know what? I haven't even begun exploring Rhode Island. The first stop is an Italian pizzeria that makes pizza with house made dough and with buffalo mozzarella from Italy.

Water Cooler / Re: One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer
« on: January 12, 2019, 06:56:47 AM »
littleman, it's been that way for a couple decades now. I can believe the trend has only intensified.

In the 1980's and early 90's there were still good hole in the walls in SF but that hit a brick wall at the end of the 90's. I used to eat at a Korean restaurant in SF, a block away, that did the whole complementary appetizer spread before your meal arrived, with the mung beans, sprouts and tiny fried anchovies.

When I lived in the East Bay in the early 2000's, Oakland's Chinatown used to be a wonderland for dim sum, especially when they had a street festival going on!

Water Cooler / Re: One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer
« on: January 11, 2019, 06:47:34 AM »
lots of great cheap food.
If you are willing to walk this is still true. :)

Huge portion sizes, low prices & great meatz @ spots like

Nice! :)

The ethnic food in the SF Bay Area was my big thing. I went to many of the expensive and famous places but it was always the ethnic restaurants that won my heart!

Water Cooler / Re: One year in San Francisco as a Software Engineer
« on: January 08, 2019, 11:51:55 PM »
I was born in San Francisco. So I've seen what it used to be like in the 60's, 70's, 80's and early 90's. So I have strong personal feelings about what happened to my city.

Let me tell you, it was an oasis of beauty, cool, of great ideas, good sex, bad sex, everything that makes the difference between living and simply existing to consume.

San Francisco used to be a great home for normal people and for misfits, musicians, visual artists, video artists, poets and so on. The living was easy. It was cheap and lots of great cheap food.

I know I'm a part of this industry but I am also a San Francisco native. I was working where I already lived. I am not nor ever was a part of the wave that killed SF. I was simply working where I already lived.

So I'm in New England now and loving it. 

This machine only has about 6-7 hrs of battery life.

I was thinking the same as Rupert. Can a replacement battery be used? That's what I do with travel laptops.

Water Cooler / Re: I quit watching TV 20+ years ago,
« on: January 06, 2019, 08:31:05 AM »
I quit watching TV in the 1980's.  Until the past few years.

We are currently in a golden age of TV.  David Lynch noted that streaming television has allowed creators to create films that are 20 hours long that create worlds as opposed to the 90 minute movies that limited the narrative to essentially short stories. So it's the difference in experience between reading a novel and a short story.

Made for streaming TV is generally more substantial than actual movies.

The last version of Twin Peaks was mind blowing. I would characterize it as entertaining art.

Man in the High Castle is a commentary/reflection on today's splintered reality. People today are literally walking around in personal realities that are different than yours. They might as well be living in a different galaxy.

Films like Man in the High Castle, Counterpart, Dark, are products of today's reality.

Dark is a film/series from Germany that is about a time anomaly.

Stranger Things is a movie about alternate realities as well. But also an 80's nostalgia thing. A LOT of fun. It's an example of the kind of TV that has never existed ever. This is why today is a golden age of film on TV.

Killing Eve is a smart cat and mouse spy thriller (and lightly comedic) show.

ORPHAN BLACK is a smart sci fi about genetic cloning. 

REMEMBER ME, starring Michael Palin is an entertaining ghost story.

RICK AND MORTY is a brainy animated sci fi comedy.

THE STRAIN was a Guillermo Del Toro novel set to four season limited series about vampirism reimagined as a viral infection.

The first three seasons of THE WALKING DEAD were so thrilling and engrossing that I had dreams about it.

American Gods, a streaming version of a Neil Gaiman book is simply amazing story telling.

Yes, I still read.

An hour a night for some quality streaming storytelling around the fire suits me fine.

That said, I still refuse to watch sitcoms. Everytime my family gets me to watch something like Seinfeld on video I feel disgusted with myself for having wasted a half hour of my life, regardless of how funny the story was. Sitcoms are candy for the brain. So I step out of the room when a sitcom is playing in my home.


Traffic / Re: Over 40 percent of activity on the internet is fake
« on: December 28, 2018, 05:52:19 PM »
Nice essay
How Much of the Internet Is Fake? Turns Out, a Lot of It, Actually.

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