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Comment: Re:Handbrake (Score 1) 177

by Golias (#33034808) Attached to: Encoding Video For Mobile Devices?

I would counter that format requirements will continue to go up as available tech improves, but the truth is that I ***still*** have not bothered with Blu-Ray at all, and even lossy 1/4 HD rips of Doctor Who look pretty good on my high-def projection system, let alone my tiny iPhone screen. As we already have with audio, we're rapidly reaching a point where most consumers simply aren't going to care about fidelity improvements enough to invest in near-future new technologies.

The screen already looks good to me in 720p or 1080i or even 640p (sometimes less). Spending thousands of dollars on something more impressive isn't going to make my 41-year old eyes see it any better.

Comment: Re:hooray (Score 1) 423

by Golias (#33034468) Attached to: Jailbreaking iPhone Now Legal

It's kind of irrelevant, actually.

You can buy an iPhone for $199 with a 2-year contract that locks you into AT&T anyway, or you can spend something like $600 on a PHONE just so you can jailbreak it and use it with a carrier that won't support visual voicemail and might lose you support from the app store, just so you can run a handful of "unapproved" apps which most people don't care about.

Guess which option nearly everybody is going to take?

Comment: Re:Interesting Spin in the Summary (Score 1) 416

by Golias (#32991806) Attached to: Forced iAds Coming To OS X?

Just like we don't have to pay to watch cable thanks to ads?

We don't. I don't pay a dime for my TV service, but rather get it for free over-the-air (and via Hulu) thanks to ads.

Nobody HAS to pay for cable. Some people CHOOSE to. And they pay less than they would if cable channels had no ads.

If you want to buy ad-free viewing, get a NetFlix account and watch via Instant streaming.

Hooray for consumer choice!

Comment: Re:No, you're just full of shit. (Score 1) 332

by Golias (#32946482) Attached to: WSJ's Mossberg Calls For a Tougher Broadband Plan

You just wanted to cherry pick your data.

The EU has recently accepted what are considered second and third world countries, many within the last 10 years, including Bulgaria, Romania, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, etc.

Yeah, and we've got the Southeastern states. Pretty much makes us even.

Comment: Re:Not so much (Score 1) 638

by Golias (#32584892) Attached to: Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

Before DVD's arrived, most people thought it was WEIRD to own a physical copy of a movie.

After all, the vast majority of people do not watch the vast majority of movies more than once. Only the most dedicated of nerds and cinemaphiles maintained large libraries of VHS tapes and/or Laser Disks.

DVD's became cheap enough that people started to feel that they "might as well" go ahead in buy them, especially when $35 at Best Buy allowed you the opportunity to watch stuff like all the episodes of Season 2 of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" in sequence. But that only recently has been how the market has behaved, and if streaming continues to get better and cheaper, I can see people not caring about owning disks anymore.

Heck, I used to line a wall with disks just like every other movie/TV junkie... but I don't believe I've purchased a new DVD since Spiderman 3, and now I'm wondering why I bothered.

If I want to watch a new release, I can add it to my NetFlix queue and wait a couple days with pretty much no cost beyond what I'm already paying for the service, or I suppose I could shell out a couple bucks to "rent" it off iTunes if I'm in some kind of a hurry. For most old movies (and a growing library of TV shows), I can stream them immediately off NetFlix and/or Hulu.

So it's unlikely that I'll buy another DVD ever, and buying a player for a new format is out of the question.

Comment: Re:Apple may think Blu-Ray is already dead (Score 1) 638

by Golias (#32584816) Attached to: Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

As more and more stuff shows up on NetFlix, I've been carting more and more of my disks to the used CD store down the block and getting rid of them, as well as dumping files off my hard drives. Why store all that shit when I can watch them whenever I want anyway?

The day just might arrive that NetFlix, Blockbuster, Apple and maybe Amazon will all be in the arena, offering "unlimited" streaming of every DVD ever made.

You'll know that day is about 2 years away when Apple releases some kind of Mac for the home with no optical drive whatsoever.

Comment: Re:Apple TV (Score 1) 638

by Golias (#32584778) Attached to: Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

I also have an older computer hooked up to the TV that records television off of the analog cable channels (I haven't gotten a digital tuner card yet). The Mac can't do that without yet another box (EyeTV).

If by "another box" you mean "an HD tuner that's about the size of my thumb", then yes that's true.

I've been DVR-ing free over-the-air HDTV on a mini for years now. It works great.

Comment: Re:Apple TV (Score 1) 638

by Golias (#32584724) Attached to: Updated Mac Mini Aims For the Living Room

I have guests over watching 420p sources scaled up to a 720p projector on a 119" screen all the time. Most of those who even give a second thought to video specs simply ASSUME they are watching Blu-Ray disks on a 1080p screen until I inform them otherwise, because they don't notice any pixelation.

And a lot h.264 files out on the Internet are only 360p, and even THOSE look perfectly watchable on my ridiculously-large screen. I seriously doubt anybody watching on their 50" plasma set can even tell the difference without doing a direct A/B comparison test.

Real programmers don't bring brown-bag lunches. If the vending machine doesn't sell it, they don't eat it. Vending machines don't sell quiche.