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Comment: Re:This could be very useful (Score 1) 71

by J-1000 (#49085041) Attached to: Watch Videos in Synch with Fellow iOS Users (Video)

Lots of great internet stuff requires "being there". Live chats. Live events. Game streaming. It's nothing new and in the right circumstance it works.

The weakest part of YouTube has got to be the comments. They are silent, and they are usually stupid or old or both. Now imagine joining a voice chat (or even text) channel with others sharing a common interest, watching something simulcasted and talking about it in real time, with a person or a mechanism designated to queue up videos. That has possibilities. These don't have to be people you know.

There are already ways to do this, of course. The trick is creating an interface that makes it easy enough for the idea to gain traction.

Comment: This could be very useful (Score 1) 71

by J-1000 (#49083207) Attached to: Watch Videos in Synch with Fellow iOS Users (Video)

I won't be quick to dismiss this. One of the downsides of watching internet videos is that you lose out on some of the shared viewing experience. Meanwhile the shared communication experience (voice, Twitter, whatever) is nearing full strength. It would make sense to take advantage of that. There's value in seeing things at once, as a group.

Another example is with online-only shows like House of Cards. It's an excellent show and binge watching is great. But I think Netflix may be missing out on a lot of word of mouth that might come with a shared viewing experience. It might have benefited them if, for example, they had a countdown for each individual episode to become available (with unlimited streaming after), perhaps on a more traditional broadcast schedule. It might improve water cooler discussions.

Comment: Re:Mod parent up. (Score 4, Interesting) 552

by J-1000 (#48677363) Attached to: Paul Graham: Let the Other 95% of Great Programmers In

Secondly, the companies pushing for more visas are NOT doing it because they're looking for the best and the brightest from around the world. They're doing it to drive the price of programming down.

Thank you, I agree.

OK now to muddy the waters with my ignorant thought. Seems to me this isn't the whole story. Since their goal is to spend less money on programmers, the increased tax money from immigrants would be offset by less money moving from the company to the economy. Score one for hiring domestic workers. On the other hand, educated immigrants (also bearing educated children) might improve the economy as a whole, since their presence lowers the cost of doing business while adding new entrepreneurs. This increases the likelihood of companies headquartering in the U.S. rather than somewhere else which, in turn, creates more tax revenue. Score one for immigration.

I really have no clue where this all leads, but at the very least I do agree that we should get companies' intentions straight: They want cheaper workers and they do not value their excellence as much as they say they do.

Comment: Re:This is offensive (Score 1) 89

by J-1000 (#47522539) Attached to: Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

In summary: I don't necessarily think it is offensive to say that bugs are coded by developers, because they are. However, it is offensive to say that they are responsible for the bugs without taking into account the broader context in which they are working (and indeed, saying they are responsible for the bugs still doesn't necessarily mean that they are in some way wrong or deficient for entering a bug. People - even brilliant people - can and do make mistakes, and that is why review processes do (or should) exist.

Yes, that's a good way to put it. I wonder if they considered attaching biometric probes to managers to find out when they are most likely to come up with stupid ideas? :)

Comment: Re:Well duh (Score 1) 477

by J-1000 (#46925813) Attached to: Sony Warns Demand For Blu-Ray Diminishing Faster Than Expected

You hit the nail on the head, but you missed a few things. On most dedicated Blu-ray players the load times are hideous, as are the menu response times. And that's on top of all the unskippable preview nonsense. And there's seemingly no standard way to control playback features, so you're at the whims of whatever overblown, backwards menu system the producer came up with. It's the same problems DVDs had, amplified. And finally, if you so much as fart in the general direction of a Blu-ray disc it will develop a skip. That can't be good for collectors.

One of the few handy features Blu-ray brings to the table is the ability to resume playback, which only seems to work on occasion.

Comment: Re:Milk that cow! (Score 1) 202

by J-1000 (#46816649) Attached to: Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

I wonder now if we aren't gradually trading one bad situation for another. With each service getting more and more exclusive content, I hope we don't end up needing ten different $15 subscriptions just to see the shows we want.

Don't get me wrong, it would still beat the pants off cable. You could always subscribe for a month, binge watch your show, then cancel until they release something else you're interested in.

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