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Comment: Re:Just in case this isn't very clear: (Score 1) 234

by QuietLagoon (#49819077) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising


You will be paying more money anyway.

The streaming prices are currently being kept low to build the customer base and lure people away from cable TV. Once a critical mass of streaming customers is reached, the content providers will begin raising the prices they charge to the streaming companies.

The content providers have done a similar thing with cable TV (causing most of the monthly price increases). It worked for them with cable TV, they will try it again with streaming.

Netflix is just trying to get their ad placements in place before the content providers start demanding their larger piece of the pie.

Comment: The reason why I left DVDs (Score 1) 234

by QuietLagoon (#49818997) Attached to: Netflix Is Experimenting With Advertising
I stopped using Netflix for DVD rentals because more and more of the DVDs I was receiving had non-skippable advertising before the movie started. Now Netflix is going to start chasing away their streaming customers because advertisers want to place forced-viewing ads before program streams.

Netflix is becoming part of the problem, not part of the solution.

Comment: Hijacking my friends' email addresses (Score 2) 143

by QuietLagoon (#49799515) Attached to: Uber Revises Privacy Policy, Wants More Data From Users

...The policy changes also allow for advertising using the rider's contact list: "for example the ability to send special offers to riders' friends or family."...

There is absolutely no reason to send anything to my friends or family based upon what Uber finds rummaging through my phone.

If any of my friends or family want to receive such advertising, they should be the ones who need to approve the privacy policy. I cannot approve it for them.

Comment: Save in conversion, pay for copper (Score 1) 582

by QuietLagoon (#49791037) Attached to: How Tesla Batteries Will Force Home Wiring To Go Low Voltage
So you move the cost of losses from the DC to AC conversion to the cost of significant increases in the amount of copper needed to wire a house and the internals of power-hungry appliances.

Seems to me a better solution would be to research ways to convert from DC to AC more efficiently. Currently there's up to a 40% power loss. That's just begging for some research money....

Comment: If you can update the software... (Score 4, Insightful) 86

by QuietLagoon (#49775845) Attached to: Hyundai Now Offers an Android Car, Even For Current Owners

...I'd like access to all of the software.

Given the current state of security in "smart" automobiles, who would want to be able for anyone to plug something into the USB port of the car's entertainment system and completely update the software for the car?

Isn't that just asking for your car to be hacked?

Comment: Re:Looking better (Score 3, Insightful) 236

by QuietLagoon (#49768415) Attached to: Microsoft Tries Another Icon Theme For Windows 10

...I wonder if people get too hung up on system icons...

The icons are the first things the user sees when the desktop loads. The icons are what is shown when the notebook or PC sits on display in a store.

The icons are the visual "come hither" for the operating system. An OS with unappealing icons has to work harder to appeal to customers.

Comment: Re: bye (Score 5, Insightful) 531

by QuietLagoon (#49751309) Attached to: Ads Based On Browsing History Are Coming To All Firefox Users

...Just look at some of the self-entitled and abusive comments here on Slashdot....

Those comments started out as constructive criticism. However, Mozilla pressed on with their determination to ignore and alienate users.

Now Mozilla is getting the criticism they have earned.

Mozilla/Firefox has a problem. A big one. The first step in solving a problem is to identify its cause and not, as you attempt, to blame others for Mozilla's self-inflicted problems.

Even bytes get lonely for a little bit.