NinjaKlaus's feed

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    Effectively this is a $40 price increase without calling it that. As the one year sub was $60 and four of the 3 month passes is $100.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    While many carmakers, including electric vehicle pioneer Tesla Inc, have significantly increased the range of vehicles on a single charge, many consumers are still put off by the higher sticker price and a lack of charging infrastructure, according to various surveys.

    This is why I don't think they will catch on the way the eco people want them to. What New York is doing is a good idea, everywhere should be thinking about it, but the pricing is high. On top of that you have the wait times for a charge, I think it's something like 20 minutes for 80% and up to an hour for 100% if you have the fast charger and that's on the Nissan Leaf that goes maybe 70 miles per charge, it's probably more for a Tesla or other 400 mile battery.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    Yeah, because this idea works really well with cigarettes. It's all about profit, as more and more people opt not to smoke and the older smokers start to die off, they need to replace that sin tax with a new one, and right now sugar is the low hanging fruit. Then in the future when less people drink sugary drinks what happens, something else is going to get the sin tax.

    I wonder if they count Kool-Aid, Apple Juice and Juice Boxes as part of this, I was shocked when I first learned that apple juice has the same or more sugar in it than some soft drinks.

  • 3 weeks ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    It's all about profit, if there is no profit to be made from potato or vegetarian options they won't last on a menu. I'm more upside about 7 layer burritos and nacho's supreme being removed they've been on the menu for like 20 years.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I'll believe anything tablet like with e-ink is coming when I see it. They've been pushing rumors for years that color e-ink is ready and coming to an e-reader like the Kindle at any time, and while I think one very expensive reader that wasn't from a big brand in e-readers came out there has been little movement in the e-ink screens used by e-readers for some time, I think we've had e-ink Carta since 2015, with most research mostly going into how to light it or keep it water proof in different ways by Kobo and Amazon.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I don't think it was any real secret this was going to eventually happen, much like regular cable they hook you early with lots of channels for cheap then they add more or have to negotiate a new carriage agreement and prices increase, it's what happens on cable every six months when they start running banner ads, Dish Network HATES YOU AND ARE REFUSING TO CARRY FOX SPORTS NETWORKS, SWITCH TO DTV!!! and then Dish runs an ad banner that says FOX SPORTS HATES YOU AND ARE ASKING FOR TWICE THE PRICE TO BRING YOU SPORTS, TELL THEM NO YOU DON'T WANT TO PAY MORE!!! Then they settle for a modest price increase the two will then pass on to consumers while they laugh it up.

    Cord Cutting options are the new cable tv. We already see this in not just YTTV but also in Netflix that constantly increased prices as the carriage agreements went up in price, and in Hulu and Amazon Prime, etc. Disney won't be content to sit at $7 a month, I imagine within a year they'll bump the price up to $10 and crow about how this is still a great deal and cost less than Netflix.

    show moreshow less
  • 1 month ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    With the switch to ARM from Intel I imagine things are about to get worse for Apple and Gaming, at least on Macbooks and Towers and the removal of Bootcamp is a major fu to gamers that also wanted a Macbook. Things won't really change all that much on iPad and iOS devices because they were already made for those types of devices. I'm not really looking to play Android/iOS style games on my computer.

    I sometimes wonder how much this change to arm is in response to hackintosh and not the bad chips intel was making.

  • 1 month ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    $400 for a digital only console is still too much, IMO, I think even Xbox with the Xbox One S Digital had to drop the price under 200 to get it adopted, then shortly after dropped the Xbox One S with BluRay to 200 making me wonder if the Digital was a complete flop.

    Digital is billed as the cheaper budget friendly option by both MSFT and Sony but in the long run for poorer people that will be drawn to these supposedly cheaper consoles that won't end up being the case. Digital games almost never come down in value, where Gamestop while nearing bankruptcy can still offer better deals on disks. Let's take Red Dead Redemption for Xbox 360/PS3 as an example, Digital price for the game is $30 on Xbox Marketplace, but I can get it for 9.99 used at Gamestop and it will be the Game of the Year Edition including the DLC, which I'd have to buy separate from Xbox Marketplace for an additional $10. But NinjaKlaus why did you use a X360 game as your example, simple because it's so much older than Xbox One games it shows that the digital price is just insane, at least for this commenter. Of course with the caveat that Gamestop cuts out the publisher and Microsoft from the profit and digital can't do that.

    Oh and I didn't mean to comment all about Xbox but it's the only example I have right now with a digital only console.

    show moreshow less
  • 3 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    You can't just stop at Facebook, that's never going to work. I voted in the Republican primary by absentee ballot in my state a while back, I now receive mailers and emails from groups like Red State Briefings, The Political Insider and the heritage foundation... I've never signed up for any of these things but I made the mistake of absentee voting and that required an email to email the forms which they promptly sold to their friends. So while you can hit Facebook they will still get the crazy stuff because if they vote it's going to show up in their inbox. Not that Democrats are great on that front, I get a dozen texts a day during election season about voting this way or pressuring my Senator to vote that way... I don't even know how they got my number, let alone know it's mine, it's not even in my name... Damn data mining.

    show moreshow less
  • 3 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I wonder if the swap to ARM is in hopes of shutting down the hackintosh community, without the Intel CPU's they won't really have a way to run this anymore. More likely I guess they are probably cheaper and slowing down hackintosh is just a side benefit though.

  • 4 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    Sadly this ugly cellphone interface will be mandatory eventually, Twitter started out like this allowing you to turn it off then went full new interface, screw you if you don't like it. The only way to get away from it, don't use Facebook.

  • 4 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    “There are times in life when differences should be put aside,” Macmillan CEO John Sargent wrote in a memo to librarians

    Yeah and the second this looks to be over he'll return to this god awful plan and is probably going to beg other publishers to follow suit, they already charge libraries exorbitant amounts and limit the number of patrons that can borrow the item before they need to buy it again.

  • 4 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    You mean those "temporary" measures aren't going to be temporary, well color me shocked !

  • 5 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    As recently as June of 2019 Google was actively planning to break ad-blockers by creating and implementing their Manifest v3 changes, which would change how the API's that the blockers use work. source

    In November, they started implementing the change in the development branch, Chrome Canary. source

    Google's Response to the public outcry in June was to claim, No, Chrome isn’t killing ad blockers -- we’re making them safer So much like politicians like to scream for the kids, Google plans to scream for security! Despite months prior claiming it was to increase performance.

    If you are thinking well I'll just use Firefox or Microsoft Edge, well Firefox likes to remain compatibility with Chrome so it's easy for extensions to work on both, they don't want a scenario where extensions aren't available for them because most people use Chrome, but they have said they have no plan to implement or make mandatory that specific part of manifest v3. Microsoft had originally come out against the change but then decided to go all-in with Google by making Edge a chromium-based browser so who knows. Mozilla's page on Manifest V3

    So to answer the posts original question, we haven't won and the battle rages on with King Google ready to strike a decisively bad blow to adblocking. It really was a bad decision to let an advertising company become the creator of the world's leading internet browser, we should have known one day they would come for the extensions that hurt their bottom line. Much like the ISP owning the Cable companies.

    show moreshow less
  • 5 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I wouldn't necessarily call it lazy, we use so much technology these days that could be considered lazy, cars when you could walk, microwaves when you could use the stove, a washing machine when you could use a tub and wash board, a dryer when you could use a clothesline... I think it's just the natural progression of technology taking over menial tasks, technology creep. We are so busy thinking of if we can do it and not asking why are we doing it and that's how we get this.

    Personally this type of technology is great for somebody that can't get home at the pets feeding time because traffic is bad or the boss mandated overtime. Some people pay for people to come feed their pets while they are out of town, now you just buy a device and skip paying a person. That works better for cats than dogs though thanks to automated self cleaning litter boxes also being a thing. But, still there is a place for this type of technology.

    show moreshow less
  • 5 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I added a related link because NYTimes wanted me to get an account and that wasn't going to happen, I think it's the same story and wasn't behind a wall for me.

    I notice this on grubhub a lot, our closest Chinese place charges $1 more for everything on the menu if you order through grubhub. So these days I use them to see the menu and then go to the store and place the order and save $5-6, plus no tip or delivery fee, so it's win win I guess because they don't have to share the profit.

  • 5 months ago
    Related Link NinjaKlaus

    Up to 91% More Expensive: How Delivery Apps Eat Up Your Budget

    NinjaKlaus added 1 related link(s)

    There are a total of 1 items in the related links
  • 5 months ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    You know, you can go over to the Google Play store and see app permissions, and TikTok and Reddit's official apps have almost identical permission requirements.

  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    To recover a system with a corrupt registry hive, Microsoft recommends that you use a system restore point.”

    I think the really messed up part of this is that Microsoft is recommending system restore which is another function they have disabled as a default on Windows 10.

    Posted in: WTF, Microsoft?

     
  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    It only takes one family member to agree to this to completely screw you too. Even if you do nothing wrong it's only a matter of time before they collect the sample and send it to advertising, healthcare and insurance providers to jack your rates up and target ads to you.

  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    What I got out of it is that iPhone and other apple sales have been down because just maybe nobody wants to spend a grand for a phone each year and that means they need to expand to new customers outside the ecosystem in order to keep posting record profits and keep shareholders happy.

    I'm guessing this is apples way of testing the waters for an Apple TV that is actually a TV and not a plug in device much like Amazon has now started making TV's with the fireTV software built in.

  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    This is my only real major concern with legalization, the inability of a roadside test. With alcohol you have the breathalyzer, with other drugs it's going to have to be blood, and that's going to be a hassle.

  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    Apparently only the writers get money if a song is played on the radio, no the artist, but as a cowriter I guess she would get something. Source

    Also, that source makes it sound like she's really getting ripped off by the royalty companies like BMI and ASCAP who are collecting two sources of royalty from streamers.

  • 1 year ago
    Comment NinjaKlaus

    I question how the use of the tattoo's in a game are not covered under fair use, the person they are on is a part of a much larger body of artwork and in theory, that means the tattoos are technically a derivative of the original work because they aren't the focus of the work.