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Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


ToxicSlurpee posted:

http://tiffzhang.com/startup/

Go here and just start whatever companies it tells you.

ErrorHub is the best.

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Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


bunnyofdoom posted:

Do they even have enough money to fight the inevitable class action lawsuit?

I've got some exciting news for you about forced arbitration and recent court rulings.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Most things that have a terms of service now have a line requiring you to seek arbitration and giving up your right to a court. Regardless of how biased the arbitration company will be towards their corporate patron, the customer waives their right to a class action suit as part of it.

There's rulings like this, and there's going to be more of that coming down the line, so class action lawsuits are not long for this country barring a sudden and strong change in the makeup of Congress.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Blue Star posted:

SpaceX probably has the most actual success but its still just a bunch of nerds wasting other people's money.

Not sure how fair it is to say that when they're basically eating their competition's lunch and continue to grow, while visibly getting on a path to cutting more of their costs.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


The grape juice gets transubstantiated. Churches have been offering a separate grape juice communion cup, for minors but also people who can't/won't drink wine.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Pretty sure Lambert knows exactly what he's doing here

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


While true, it was pretty great to be able to pick up a kids birthday present on short notice. Amazon doesn't do same hour delivery (yet) and I'm not sure where else I can really go to get a large number of options to pick something my kids think their friends will like. I'm left with B&N (itself on borrowed time), Target, Walmart, and ??? all of which just have like an aisle or two.

They definitely needed to do a better job at the online part of their store, though.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


quote:

appliances

I tried buying a washer from them a few years ago, they had serious QC issues on the washers they were delivering. It culminated with one that was so badly dented on the frame that it looked like it was sneering at me (there's no way the lid was going to actually close on it, either). After 3 failed appliance deliveries, they made their money when I demanded a refund by saying they were going to give back everything but a delivery fee since the delivery trucks DID come out.

They COULD have become an appliance show room but that would have probably quickened their demise if my experience is anything to go by.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Subjunctive posted:

I think they’re pretty much judgment-proof.

Things like "fraud" tend to allow piercing the corporate veil

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


All that graph is telling me is that I should plop down $100 on their stock and hope that they make an announcement next year that brings the price up to $10.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Iron Crowned posted:

Nice Freudian slip!

I also say this, it's just a fun word substitution.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


The kind that want you to use them to make THEM money.

Monsters.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


A website whose only users are hotlinking images and not viewing ads is worse for them than a website without users.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


What the gently caress did I just read

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


And if the forums already have a secret service agent assigned, dealing with the inevitable child porn fallout is easy peasy

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


MarcusSA posted:

Hell yes 2019 is the year for the SA forums!

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Resident Idiot posted:

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leo...._Pepsico,_Inc.

It's weird seeing websites from 2002 talking about this case, using phrases like "way back when".

This entire article is just such a beautiful read, lime an Onion article but real

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Giant Metal Robot posted:

You'll call now.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

The back and forth of this saga reminds me of a certain political and media circus back in 2005, although that involved a human and not a large retail chain.

The difference is that Eddie Lampart is the one paying for his religious hubris, not the rest of us.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


red19fire posted:

I'm glad I'm not the only one, especially because the one at the mall had big foam things shaped like building blocks in the windows.

They have (had?) a business of structured play sessions, where you bring your kids and they do certain learning oriented play stuff but also just run around as part of that

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


lavaca posted:

The iPhone was literally introduced as "iPod+cell phone". It was an upgrade, not a replacement.

Apple's brilliance was in pitching smartphones as a gadget for cool people who like iPods instead of boring people who want to send work emails on vacation.

That and also making a smartphone that wasn't ugly, clunky, and slow. Don't forget, the app store was game changing at a time when carriers were absolute gate keepers and charged obscene rates for things you'd take for granted, like setting ring tones or making fart noises.

Volmarias has a new favorite as of 06:52 on Jan 25, 2019

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


poopinmymouth posted:

A bit late since Lazytown the show is basically already shuttered, but since we're on cum talk, story time!

I worked at Lazytown on season 3 and 4. I didn't know in my first two weeks that the actor who plays sportacus was also the owner. He came in to help direct the scene where he eats a poisoned apple from robby rotten that was filled with sugar syrup. They shot a plastic apple with bite out of it falling, but needed me to add "sugar goo" in a 30 frame clip (it's in the final episode). Magnús came to me and was describing how it should be thick, viscus, and honey colored, but "it should not look like cum". I couldn't help myself and blurted out, "well you came to the right person, because I'm a cum expert"

I could hear the gasp of my female german boss from across the room and every other person in the VFX room stopped what they were doing. The only sound was my poo poo eating grin getting bigger. He just replied "right, okay" and left.

I think it looks like honey, mission accomplished.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mlSkG5eqQOw

Beautiful. Thank you for your service.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Queen Combat posted:

Wide feet family



Buying boots is nightmarish.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vx9VRdtio7E

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Something something no ethical fast food consumption under capitalism

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Which team has signed He Hate Me again?

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


We use machine learning to increase our cash flows

Oh, the machine says we should just take everything. Well, you're the expert, machine!

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Like there haven't been for years

http://tiffzhang.com/startup/

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Isn't that just Sponsored Tweets?

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


And lo, did the secret service descend upon Lowtax's spine once again.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


It's an industry where you produce something. Manufacture, Farming, Mining, Fishing, these are all considered Good, Important, Real jobs to the people this messaging is for, because at the end of the day, your hard work created something tangible and useful. Those of us posting here probably mostly have service sector jobs, where at the end of the day your contribution to mankind is moving numbers around a spreadsheet, making a fart app, or convincing someone to buy overpriced candles.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


They're acknowledged as actual people instead of being hinted at while off screen. Three's Company is actually weirdly progressive in that the landlord doesn't just run him off.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Easy Diff posted:

They aren't circling the drain for a bit yet, but chat reminds me of what at the time was the most tone-deaf needle-drop in ad history

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q6ueDHn2HTk

GE making a commercial about coal mining using 16 loving Tons, which is literally an anti-mining hymnal.



It's not anti mining so much as it is about company scrip but still, wow.

Still not as good as using "Lord won't you buy me a Mercedes Benz", nothing will ever top that.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


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Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Biplane posted:

That's very bad and definitely guillotine-tier capitalism, but I was thinking more like, pay Disney or whoever a modest sum directly to stream whatever on its release day once. How many millions of people across this hellcursed globe can't afford the cost of a movie ticket and a visit to the concessions stand?How many millions of people are even close enough to a movie theater to feasibly manage to get there without incurring further costs? And how many of those people can scrounge up 10-20 to instead just see the movie in their living room? Probably a whole lot.

This exists to some limited extent, but the price point for screening a movie in your home is closer to $100, since the assumption is that you're going to have a bunch of friends over to watch it with you.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Rick posted:

I guess this is the time to try it but aren't distributors not supposed to own theaters due to the antitrust stuff they previously went through?

They could finance a "startup" that gets a sweetheart deal on licensing and just continuously shovel money into it. If they do it smartly as a "boutique" Netflix experience they might not even have to shovel that much. Stagger releases, only open for part of the year, who knows.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Teriyaki Hairpiece posted:

https://deadspin.com/how-much-longe...ball-1833463105

This is the article. It's wonderful and about how wretched the whole MLB is and how they're getting worse. People want to blame "pacing issues" or TV or whatever for the decreasing popularity of baseball, when in reality if an average person could drive to a game on a weekday and have a hot dog and a beer and have the whole thing cost $30 or less, it'd fix their attendance problems right quick.

It can be both. MLB is dull as gently caress, since it takes so damned long, and the pacing is determined by TV.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


GWBBQ posted:

Baseball is too slow paced for younger generations (movies have been consistently getting faster paced, I suspect it can be generalized to sports but I'm not sure). Football has 4 or 5 decades left at max because our understanding of CTEs and subconcussive injuries will inevitably kill it off as people realize how risky it is and refuse to let their kids play. Basketball is fast paced, easy to follow (the big ball helps a lot), and it's easy to get into thanks to college leagues being such a big thing (at least in the US). NHL? HDTV saved the sport for sure, and I suspect we're going to see it become a less physical and more agile sport for the same reasons that American football is doomed.

Hard disagree on most of the doom saying.

MLB in 2018 takes absolutely forever to play. The same 18 minutes of actual play in the game has stretched out from 2 hours in 1946 to 3 hours now. It's not that people's attention spans are getting shorter, it's that the game is literally getting more boring by the year. Baseball can very much be a fun game to spectate, but it's just NOT right now. MLB has at least finally realized this, but they're going to have to cut into the very lucrative TV commercial time to fix it which is going to be an extremely painful decision for them, so it likely comes down to whether they're willing to let greed drive them extinct.

Football won't stop because people realize how dangerous it is, as long as there's a fraction of the population that sees it as their ticket out of poverty, and we can as a society ignore that we're putting injuries onto a subclass as long as we get our entertainment.

Don't expect to see fighting in hockey go away anytime soon, it's Soccer On Ice without it.

Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Flaggy posted:

https://www.wsj.com/amp/articles/el...ble-11559843348
Barnes & Noble Nearing Deal to Be Acquired by Elliott Management


Beginning of the end for Barnes and Nobles.



There goes the only bookstore near my kids. Guess we're going to a walmart to pick out books now...

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Volmarias
Dec 31, 2002


Me: "$3.74? It would be stupid NOT to buy $game!"
Also me: "eh, I'll play it later"

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