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  1. I’ve found this as well. The old adage of cars losing a quarter of their value as soon as you drive them off the lot doesn’t seem to be true any longer, at least for well regarded brands. We’re getting ready to replace our 15 year old Honda SUV in the next year or so, and will likely buy new. When I research 2-3 year old used with reasonable mileage, the small savings from buying used doesn’t seem worth the risk and wear and tear.
  2. That might backfire - I could see people hanging out extra long, hoping they can get stormtoopers to kick them out.
  3. I guess you could use something like Camtasia to capture video and audio on a participant's PC, but it's not free. The best option is to use a video/web conferencing service that lets you record video, audio and content, which means dumping uberconference. Zoom is awesome.
  4. I agree, and to me this was starkly on display during the Kavanaugh hearings. I thought both Harris and Booker did a lot of grandstanding, their primary goal was to give a performance and drive momentum for a presidential bid, it was calculated and transparent. I had never heard of Klobuchar before that day, but she was a stark contrast, asking good questions and taking the moment seriously.
  5. The Predict It prediction market has him as 3rd most likely to win the Dem nomination, ahead of Biden and Beto: https://twitter.com/NateSilver538/status/1112801163580243969
  6. When we went last summer they sent all sorts of a FastPass info ahead of time, I don’t know how you could miss it. But that was with a package with onsite hotel. I could see where if you stayed offsite and just bought park tickets, you might have no idea.
  7. If you want the channels that a traditional cable/satellite service provides, I think this is the right approach. The biggest cost to the provider is programming, so there was no way the internet-based alternatives were going to be able to provide similar services for a significantly lower cost in the long run. They accepted lower margins when first launching to try to gain market share, but it’s inevitable that the prices will be similar to traditional services in the long run since the provider’s costs are similar.
  8. I really like the new free CBS Sports HQ app for Apple TV (I think it’s available for Roku as well, plus browser streaming). Sometimes I just want a live Sportscenter-like highlights show, like Sportscenter used to be a few years ago, when it was actually just sports highlights and not all commentary. In the times I’ve turned this new app on in the past few days, it seems to fill that void pretty well.
  9. Maybe not “bad” seats, but to me, bulkhead is worse than any other seat in first. I’d rather sit in first bulkhead than anywhere in coach, but to me it’s still the worst seat in first. The guy planned ahead and chose his seat, and is not a dbag for not wanting to downgrade his seat.
  10. I wouldn’t have switched either. It’s not a comparable seat, bulkhead is a downgrade to me. If it were for a parent and child I would, but not for spouses.
  11. As far as I’m aware, the basic Hulu package and the Hulu live TV package are unrelated. The shows that appear a day or two later on regular Hulu have nothing to do with what channels are on the separate live TV service. In my experience, ABC, NBC and FOX shows tend to be part of basic Hulu, but CBS and CW generally do not.
  12. Found cheap tickets to Paris over this coming Thanksgiving. 4 of us going, kids will be 16 and 13. Will be in the city for 5 days, then 2 at Disneyland Paris before heading home. Anyone been to Disneyland Paris? Any advice?
  13. I went with Baltimore-Chicago for the SB: Lamar Jackson $22 0.00 Kenneth Dixon $11 0.00 Gus Edwards $9 0.00 Ty Montgomery $3 0.00 Willie Snead $9 0.00 Michael Crabtree $7 0.00 Mark Andrews $8 0.00 Mitchell Trubisky $26 0.00 Tarik Cohen $20 0.00 Jordan Howard $14 0.00 Allen Robinson $14 0.00 Taylor Gabriel $13 0.00 Trey Burton $10 0.00 The other players I picked to get me through: Andrew Luck $21 0.00 Amari Cooper $16 0.00 Doug Baldwin $14 0.00 Mark Ingram $23 0.00 Ted Ginn $10 0.00 Since I picked two WC teams for the end, I should get four high scorers out of those for this week, plus three others for a total of 7 this week. I'm counting on those 7 being enough to get me through the first week. I was pretty confident in the Colts winning, but wasn't sure on SEA-DAL, so I hedged there. So assuming BAL and CHI win today (none of this matters if they don't), I'll have four from them, plus Luck and Cooper, plus two from NO for a total of 8 next week.
  14. In the group I work with (marketing at a tech company), most people are full time work from home. We use video conferencing heavily, and the expectation during meetings is that you are on video unless you obviously just can't, like you're driving or just had face surgery or something. Video makes a big difference for us, it absolutely makes our meetings more productive and enjoyable. I have many co-workers I've never met in person but I feel like I know them well because I see them face to face all the time. But, as much as flexible working lets us hire the best talent no matter where they're located and is a huge quality of life benefit, there is something that's lost not being physically together. My boss (the head of our group of 15 or so) and I happen to both be located near a company office, within easy commuting distance. So we both go in the office Mon-Wed, and work from home Thu-Fri. Even though we don't have much direct work with the other people in that office, and we spend much of our days on video calls. But there's a level of interaction we get in person that just wouldn't be there if we both stayed home every day. I can drop by his office to run something by him. The "hallway conversation" is really beneficial to the exchange of information, especially in our culture which is chaotic and moves very fast. There are conversations we have and details we share that just wouldn't happen if we weren't in person. It's also made him and I much closer than anyone else on our team, and it has been a benefit for my career and advancement. In my opinion, a 50/50 office/home split is most ideal if the team is located in the same general area, at least for the type of work we do. A few years and about 5 re-orgs ago we had 5-6 people from our team who were all based near one of our offices - not the one I work in, but I traveled there quite a bit. And every time I went there, most or all of them were at home, they never came in the office even though all lived within 10-15 minutes. And it struck me as a huge missed opportunity. If they had just picked a couple of days a week when everyone would come in if they weren't traveling, I think they would have gotten a lot out of it. But I know in a lot of cases this is dependent on kind of work you do.
  15. 1st (and only) time we've been to the World was this past summer, and I was prepared for the buses to be a disaster based on everything I've read. Our experience was actually really good, no scooter issues, and really not even that crowded, one or two instances aside. But we also avoided them at specific times - after MK closing we chose to walk to Contemporary and Uber instead. Same with our water park day, we chose to just Uber it. But that was in July, and it sounds like this time of year is just a totally different animal.
  16. We’ve had a few Roombas. A few, because they’ve been unreliable and we’ve had to replace them. So we decided to try a different route, Eufy has gotten good reviews on Consumer Reports and wirecutter. So I ordered this one yesterday on a $149 special from Amazon. It’s back up in price right now, but it will probably drop again before Christmas.
  17. My initial gut reaction to the idea of Trump not running for re-election was "that's nuts, of course he'll run, or it would make him look like a quitter, or that he couldn't handle it". But I also believe he never really wanted the job in the first place. He seems pretty miserable. He probably thinks having to put up with this job for the next 6 years sounds like torture. And that's before the House has started investigations and subpoenas and opening up his tax returns. So maybe you're right, he'll claim he's done all he can and Congress is impeding his ability to MAGA and he can do that more effectively from outside the White House. But I still think it's more likely he runs, has no serious primary challengers, gets soundly defeated in popular vote but barely loses the electoral vote, declares it a sham and a fraud, refuses to concede the election and it turns into a nightmare.
  18. My voting method isn't listed in the poll, so I voted "mailed" since it seemed the closest. In Colorado, you can vote anytime after receiving your ballot by filling it in, sealing the envelope, and dropping it in boxes they have set up all over. I did that yesterday. Could have mailed it, but one of the drop boxes is on my way home, so no need to waste the postage.
  19. I'm in this camp as well. No party affiliation, have voted for a pretty equal mix of D and R in the past. Not this time. Filled out my ballot yesterday and dropped it off, went straight D for the first time. A message needs to be sent.
  20. The idea that this somehow helps the Democrats is absurd. The idea of thousands of migrants rushing the border would fire up conservatives and greatly concern many Dems as well. Trump will tweet about this caravan daily as he knows it’s a winning issue for him, and it could do great harm to the blue wave.
  21. He said he didn't watch Ford's testimony this morning. I find that odd. I would think you would do that so you would know exactly what she said and what you need to respond to.
  22. I think Ford said in her testimony that she consulted when friends before contacting her representative's office and sending the letter.
  23. I can't see how he survives the refusal to ask for or want an FBI investigation. In a "he said / she said" with no physical evidence, when she says "yes, please do an FBI investigation" and he says "I don't want an FBI investigation" (paraphrase, but that's basically what he is saying)..... she wins.
  24. This format is so awful. So Rs and Ds alternate in 5 minute segments, with the Rs deferring to a female prosecutor for their questions? Yuck.