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Comment: Re:This is the End, Beautiful Friend, the End. (Score 1) 279

by Ramze (#49118487) Attached to: Intel Moving Forward With 10nm, Will Switch Away From Silicon For 7nm

No, the gp post is right. Moore's law can't break physical laws.

10 nm means the pathways are about 40 silicon atoms wide. 7 nm is 30 silicon atoms wide, but they're planning to move to GaAs or another III IV semiconductor, and those atoms are larger than Si, so even fewer atoms across at that width. Another shrink to 5 nm is about 20 wide.

I don't think we'll go much smaller than that. The smaller you go, the more quantum effects interfere with the electrical properties of the materials. Also, heat means movement, and those chips get really hot. Go too small, and with enough heat, atoms will move out of alignment.

No worries, though. Chips are presently mostly 2D which means a lot of space is taken up by connections between components - like power and clock pulses. 3D opens a doorway for alternative smaller structures and better cooling techniques... maybe liquid cooling between chip components on nano pipes.

Comment: Re:Re-engineer the OS to include ROMs? (Score 1) 95

by Ramze (#49101839) Attached to: Linux Foundation: Bugs Can Be Made Shallow With Proper Funding

Intriguing suggestion, but perhaps based on a false premise that "data, programs and operating system components are equally vulnerable to writes by viruses." That's most certainly not the case even on a Windows platform. System files and folders usually require an admin to modify, and drivers and other OS components typically must be signed drivers to update. On "trusted computing platforms", there's even more security on what can even boot on the machine. A virus should only have privileges based upon the user that allowed the infection (who should not be admin or root for daily tasks) or an elevation if it found a flaw to escalate privileges. This is part of why OS X and Linux rarely have viruses, but Android and Windows with their lax security have more than their fair share. (And I say this even though I have many Windows machines along with a Nexus 7 running Android).

A better solution would be for XP to have had better security levels (User/Power User/ Admin were great as a start, but EVERYONE had to be an admin just to add a printer, sync their phone, random stupid task, etc.) Windows 7 and 8 are much better about this... and even an Admin isn't really full Admin - still has popups to verify and you must take ownership of some files in order to modify them, etc. A better question would be - how many viruses would have been prevented if people logged in as USERS instead of Admins for their everyday tasks?

I have this fancy Read Only Compact Disk with Linux on it... and another with a version of Windows. I also have them on bootable USB flash drives. One even has a persistent install - so there's the compressed image plus changes and other installed software on another area of the drive. They're basically what I boot into when I think a system is infected to try to repair/clean them with various antivirus tools and system cleaners. Your proposal is not without merit - as obviously I use these read-only or difficult-to-modify entire OSes to clean such infections.

I'm just not sure what issue your proposal would resolve, and how you'd expect to implement it. It's not a bad idea in principle, but I'm not sure how you'd pick and choose which bits to be read-only and which to be re-writable.... and I'm not sure why a virus couldn't simply modify the code to ignore your read-only memory and point to it's virus-ridden duplicates instead?

Some viruses infect boot loaders, so you could write a BIOS/EUFI that uses "trusted computing" and point a windows startup to a ROM.. maybe even one with crypto keys that will allow the next 10 or 20 updates of various windows files (signed/hashed kernels, etc) to load on startup and nothing else. The more you make read-only, the more you obsolete your system. You might even be baking bugs into the system that can't be removed through updates! As for flash memory, I know of viruses that have infected the flash memory on ethernet cards and sound cards. I don't know if you want to have parts of the OS in imbedded chips that could be tampered with or become permanently infected with the wrong virus.

Even if you could somehow protect the primary OS from corruption through this method (unlikely - it's more likely to freeze bugs in place for future exploits), you'd still be open to running viruses - even if the virus is wiped by a simple reboot. Some viruses only take 1 run to do their damage. One virus I know simply scanned the system for media files and deleted any .jpg, .jpeg, .mp3 files. It could run in userland as a script from double clicking on a malformed file attachment (like a pdf). Once it runs, it's damage is done. Only a file restore utility or a backup could undo it. Others run, but infect programs rather than the OS. So, MS Outlook gets infected - virus spams your contacts, they get infected, and so on. There's just too many kinds of viruses and worms to protect against them all by this method.

I think maybe a system restore, a virus scanner, or maybe even a system wipe and re-install are just simpler/better. That, and prevention - like real world viruses, vaccines and better protection/choices are best. Maybe one day - a thousand years from now - when OS X has all the bugs worked out and linux as well... we can write the entire OS as ROM firmware... b/c there will be so few updates that the device will likely outlive its usefulness before a new flaw is found or a new feature needs to be implemented.

Comment: Re:Spaghetti on a slick wall fails to stick (Score 3, Informative) 257

by Ramze (#48987159) Attached to: Ross Ulbricht Found Guilty On All 7 Counts In Silk Road Trial

I think the assertion is (and I'm not a lawyer, etc) that a defendant cannot suppress the evidence which was possibly obtained illegally if the defendant doesn't have standing to contest the search. If he says they're his servers, then he can contest how the servers were searched. If he says they are not his servers, then he has no standing and cannot prevent the evidence found on the servers from being used against him at trial.

Seems odd to me, though. I would think any improperly obtained evidence should be contestable. For instance, if his buddy's statement that he was behind Silk Road was coerced, that should be contestable. I'd like to hear a lawyer's opinion on the subject.

I'm sure there's plenty of loopholes for the prosecution with multiple 3 letter agencies involved as well as multiple nationalities. There's probably a clause that lets them do whatever they want if they suspect terrorist activity on/through Silk Road, too.

Comment: Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (Score 1) 180

by Ramze (#48945267) Attached to: George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

Diskworld books averaged less than 300 pages each (I'm too lazy to do the math, so I took a random sample. Many were in the mid to low 200s, but more were just at or slightly above 300, so I think 300 is a generous guess).

RR Martin's averaged about 900 pages so far. His latest is his biggest yet, so if you include how much is written so far plus the side novellas he's written, I'd say he's at least on par.

Let's say Diskworld averaged 300 pages * 22 books = 6600 pages

Now RR Martin:
900*5 books = 4500 pages + 140+160 + 832 (novellas and short stories) = 5632 plus 1000 or so pages already written on book 6 and 7 = about 6600 pages
plus, it's not like he hasn't done other non-"Game of Thrones" work in the meantime. He's also doing consulting work for the HBO series as well.

RR gets a lot of flack for taking time between releases, but his books are so thick and his plot lines and characters are so numerous, it's a wonder he publishes at all. Many publishers won't print a book that's nearly 1000 pages - the'll send it back for editing or force the author to split it into multiple volumes. RR has trouble deciding where to end and begin books b/c to him, it's all one big story and he doesn't want to leave the reader waiting for years hanging on a plotline.... but it happens anyway. hahaha

Comment: Re:better than rushing steaming piles of shit. (Score 1) 180

by Ramze (#48945183) Attached to: George R. R. Martin's "The Winds of Winter" Wiill Not Be Published In 2015

The Dune series is a definite case of "the search for more money," but RR Martin's work is very different. You can tell when a writer is out of ideas or throws something together with a new book. With the Dune series, it's especially obvious when they change authors or when characters and plot lines don't overlap between books.

RR was a well established writer long before Game of Thrones, and from how these books are written -- especially how they've progressed -- He's got an ending in mind and multiple plot arcs and story lines to complete - there's just too much to fit into a short book. His books are easily twice as thick as a normal novel. He considers this to be his masterpiece, so he's going to do it the way he wants it done, then only return to it in largely independent novellas. He spoke about how he progresses. His books are between 700 and 1100 pages each. He starts from one character's perspective, then shifts perspectives to another on another plot line, then decides what he thought of as a minor character deserves their own background story and side story... and down the rabbit hole he goes. 600 pages later and he hasn't finished his original train of thought from when he sat down -- and now he has even MORE stories to tie up because he went off on a tangent. This is why he already has an ending in mind - he thought of it at least a book or two ago and all this is tying up loose ends to get there, yet he keeps inventing new characters and back-stories to weave new webs.

He has a hard time deciding where to just STOP a book and publish already and then push his remaining ideas down the road to the next book.

Having characters on multiple continents and so many locations, plot lines, and characters... I'll honestly be surprised if he really only has 2 books left in the series. He started out thinking he'd only have 3 books... now it's up to 7. I'm betting there will be an 8th. He just can't help himself.

I do wonder if this is just how his mind works... like if you sat down to talk with the man if he'd change subjects 10 times and fail to express his thoughts fully on the original topic... which he'll try to get back to you on later... much later.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 1) 579

Exactly. I have a Nexus 7 2013 tablet. Samsung has some very tempting products, but I prefer to have Google's flagship products that get the longest support and the fastest updates.

Apple has the clout to fight the carriers on crapware, bloatware, and lock-in. I hope Google in conjunction with hardware manufacturers get the same leverage soon.

'Til then, buy what you like, but know that if it's not supported directly by Google, your support may be lacking.

Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 2, Interesting) 579

" a smartphone is just a shrunk down PC/laptop."

No. It isn't. Seriously. PC/Laptop CPUs are all either x86 or i64 (mostly i64) compatible and standardized. The various modified ARM versions in mobiles are not. ARM tech is licensed and various core manufacturers make their own changes - but also, there are ARM4, ARM5, ARM6, ARM7, and ARM8 based CPUs out there with incompatible binaries. MS and Apple just compile once and go (Though Apple compiles for A5, etc for tablets and MS compiles for 32 bit and 64 bit)- but you have to compile for each architecture for various devices running Android. In fact, it's smarter for the manufacturer to compile it specifically for the configuration they created - as well as enabling/disabling features to optimize memory, speed, etc. Manufacturers also may have to recompile any other binaries/drivers to inter-operate with the updated code.

Also, MS and Apple have standardized OSes. Android is not - it's a base for the manufacturers and carriers to modify. Because it's modified, it's up to the manufacturer who made the modifications to update the systems to be compatible. It simply is not possible for Google to maintain a list of all manufacturer's various hardware and software modifications for each device produced (assuming manufacturers would even give them that info).

"What does a pure software component, WebView, have anything to do with hardware drivers? Nothing."

Now, here is where you have a solid argument. Google could release a patch for each Android version affected rather than require an upgrade to a new Android version to resolve the issue. That's not an unreasonable request for maintenance on 2 year old software. Even then, it would be up to the manufacturers to compile and test the code for their devices, then to release it.

I'm not sure there's much of an argument if the devices could be upgraded instead of patched. MOST of them can be upgraded to Android 5 - it was designed to have a smaller footprint so that even older devices that couldn't take previous updates could upgrade to 5. Either way, it'd be the device manufacturers' responsibility to test and push out the update.

Your device manufacturer chose the hardware configuration, modified the OS, and accepted responsibility for supporting the hardware AND software updates for the device. That's why it's their fault and not Google's. Android 5 can be run with few modifications on practically any device that could run Android 4 (ice cream sandwich) which came out 3 or 4 years ago. There's no reason each and every device manufacturer couldn't recompile from source, test, and push out the very latest Android to just about every device out there. Why haven't they? Because they don't care about long term support. They are in the business of selling you a NEW device, not maintaining your old one beyond a reasonable time for them not to be sued.

Want to blame someone? Manufacturer FIRST, then Carrier, then Google. Google's done their part IMHO by releasing free fully patched OSes for the manufacturer. It's not their fault if the manufacturer refuses to compile, test, and push out the updates (with their carriers' blessings) which they accepted full responsibility for doing.


Comment: Re:The solution is obvious (Score 0) 579

The real question is: WHEN will Google have enough leverage to force carriers and device manufacturers to allow them direct access to upgrade the devices and without crapware or disabling features?

I bet one could jailbreak a device and flash a firmware hack to patch the hole if Google or another team released a fix.

Google lets manufacturers use their base OS for free given some restrictions, and yes, many of the devices use radically different hardware with different kernel modifications, GUIs, and drivers. It's a fragmented ecosystem, and it would be pointless to push updates without consulting the manufacturers on how such changes would affect such customized systems. Think of the many different Linux distros running various window managers, kernel versions, hardware, etc. You push the wrong update to the wrong distro and you break all sorts of things. Google doesn't want that liability. Not to mention, they don't have the authority to alter a device - it would void your warranty without the manufacturer's permission.

The smartphone market is less like the laptop market and more like the embedded OS market - highly customized software specifically for one configuration of a device and also tailored for the manufacturer's preferred interface and the carrier's preferred lock-in schemes with crapware and disabled features (so they can offer premium paid features).

Blame the carriers first, the manufacturers (who stopped thinking about supporting your phone about 5 months after they released it) second, and Google very last.

Look at Google's Nexus product line - those get updates first b/c Google negotiated to have a clean OS on good hardware that would be largely portable between carriers. It's not Google's fault people choose other less supported makes and models. If consumers only purchased Nexus devices, Google would have the clout of Apple and could command more authority on the design, implementation, and upgrades of Android devices.

It would be very nice if and when the Android market were more like the laptop market, but even then -- remember all those Windows XP machines that could upgrade to Windows 7, but the manufacturers never made drivers for the hardware? XP laptops upgraded to 7 sometimes didn't have trackpad drivers or webcam drivers... same thing could happen with android devices. Fix a kernel bug and suddenly your phone loses a feature because the manufacturer didn't bother to upgrade the driver for the new kernel.

The current arrangement is Google makes the software, Manufacturers customize it for the device and carrier. Google updates the software, Manufacturers support the device with software upgrades pushed over carrier networks. If google's made a patch or update (and Android 5 can work on older devices that couldn't take the 4.4 upgrade), then it is definitely the manufacturer's fault for not supporting their hardware and testing and rolling out the patch. If the arrangement is going to change to more like the Apple model - people need to start buying Nexus products and shunning all hardware that doesn't come with updates straight from Google.

I understand that the life cycle of phones is about 2 years, so It's hard for me to be upset about 2 year old unsupported hardware (Verizon has a "new every 2 plan"), but I certainly wouldn't blame Google for he issue when manufacturers and carriers are the ones blocking their ability to provide the updates. IF Google could update any old Android device on their own, they'd wipe out crapware and bloatware, enable the features Verizon and others have disabled by default, and get rid of crappy UIs some manufacturers put on their devices in favor of the Nexus interface.

Comment: Re:New System: Inner/Outer Planets (Score 1) 170

by Ramze (#48852907) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

No need to begin with tl; dr as it's obvious you either didn't read it or simply have a lack of reading comprehension. Odd that you'd bother to reply without reading and comprehending, though. You clearly missed my point entirely.

My post was a response to yours, not its grandparent, so all references to such are moot. Mostly, I was trying to convey a general sense that modern astronomy lacks clear, descriptive definitions and designations - including one for "binary planet" which you were clearly arguing for.

This gem is what I was specifically replying to:

"But I take solace in the fact that the Moon is spiralling away from the Earth and long before the death of the Sun makes all this insignificant, the Earth and Moon will, in fact, become a binary planet. According to the precepts of contemporary astronomy."

The Earth and Moon will absolutely, emphatically, undeniably NOT be considered a binary planet according to contemporary astronomy because THERE IS NO SUCH DESIGNATION.

I hope this post was short enough and uses small enough words to get the point across for you.

I apologize for attempting to enlighten you on your error while simultaneously agreeing with you that the current system is extremely flawed.

Comment: Re:New System: Inner/Outer Planets (Score 1) 170

by Ramze (#48848341) Attached to: Analysis Suggests Solar System Contains Massive Trans-Neptunian Objects

Modern astronomy is still clinging to the historical method of naming things according to their influence on and by their surroundings. Yes, it's silly. I'd rather a system that describes bodies by their characteristics instead of their locations relative to other objects.

Phobos is just an asteroid captured by Mars, but because it's a satellite of Mars, it is classified as a moon. Some large moons around gas giants like Triton are thought to have once been planets or dwarf planets. Obviously, there's a huge difference between Titan with its large diameter and thick atmosphere and the tiny, irregularly shaped Deimos. Yet, they are both moons. The current system cares nothing for their characteristics or how they were formed.

Your notion regarding the Earth/Moon system having a different classification in the future than it does today is no more relevant than if Mars were to be captured by Jupiter in a few billion years due to orbital instability. We'd then call Mars a moon instead of a planet. Odd, perhaps, but that doesn't mean we should start calling Mars a Jovian moon in the meantime - even if we had mathematical models proving it was going to happen. Even more odd -- if a Jovian moon were to be hurled into deep space, there is no official designation for what to call it at that point. Rogue planet, sub-brown dwarf, and interstellar planetary body are merely suggestions.

To say that the Earth and the Moon have a special relationship is obvious, but it doesn't warrant any extraordinary classification given the absurdity of the current system. The Moon does indeed orbit Earth as evidenced by the barycenter being inside Earth as well as the Earth being the more massive of the two objects. The Moon is also tidally locked to Earth as most moons are. Yes, as you point out, both the Earth and the Moon have a sinusoidal/elliptical orbit around Sol, but I'd argue that it's not only insignificant, but its shape would change entirely if Earth/Moon were a greater distance from Sol. Earth's orbit only shows a tiny wobble while the Moon's is more pronounced, but more importantly - the shape of the Moon's orbit has little to do with the mass of the moon itself. At its current distance from Earth, given the masses and positions of Sol and Earth, any satellite would have a stronger gravitational influence from Sol than from Earth. However, if we moved Earth and the Moon to a distance say... in place of Jupiter, Sol's influence would be less, the barycenter between Earth and the Moon would stay the same, but you'd instead see a true looping orbit path for the Moon around the Earth as Earth's gravity will be significantly stronger than the Sun's at that distance. Some of Neptune's outermost moons also have a sinusoidal path around the sun, but again, it's more to do with the masses and distances to Neptune and Sol than anything unique about the moons in relation to Neptune. Alternatively, over 4 billion years ago, the Earth/Moon system would have had a barycenter closer to Earth's core and the distance between the Earth and Moon was shorter, making Earth's gravitational effect on the Moon much stronger. I haven't done the math, but given the distances, I'd bet the Moon's orbit at that time was more influenced by Earth than Sol as well and took a different shape around Sol.


Your argument that the Earth and Moon have a special relationship in our solar system is valid, but your argument to classify that relationship as a binary planet is flawed primarily because there currently is no such formal classification. One was proposed for Pluto because the barycenter for it and its moons is outside of Pluto, but that proposal was abandoned. Pluto is a dwarf planet with moons instead of a binary planet or even a binary dwarf planet with Charon. The barycenter idea isn't a rule - it's just an arbitrary argument which wasn't strong enough to convince a committee that it was important enough to warrant such a distinction. There are other arguments such as the relative sizes of the planets, whether they formed from the same material or one captured another, the relative gravitational influences of the host planet and the star and so on. Nothing was convincing enough to warrant a separate designation for Earth/Moon or Pluto/Charon.

Sadly, since there's no such formal classification, even billions of years from now if the Earth/Moon system still exists (presumably having not been consumed by the Sun going red giant) and the barycenter is outside of Earth, it would still not be classified as a binary planet by today's naming method. All dominant bodies wobble when others orbit them. The barycenter didn't matter for Pluto / Charon. Sometimes even the solar system's barycenter is outside the Sun's corona. Apparently, many agree with you that barycenter location alone is not enough to matter. Neither does relative size to the host planet, origin, or a host of other factors. Perhaps if we one day find a system comprised of 2 planets of equal masses rotating around a barycenter at the midpoint of the distance between them, it'll warrant a new designation simply because astronomers would have to flip a coin to decide which is the planet and which is the moon.

There's so much variety out there that it's difficult to create meaningful definitions and categories - I don't envy the committees making such decisions.

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Ramze (#48734691) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

The issuing bank is coded into the credit card number. International transactions could be auto-rejected. Credit Card applications tend to reject any address that isn't a physical residence, so a PO Box wouldn't work - at least not as an initial address, possibly a forwarding address would be fine (at least temporarily).

You'd likely have to travel to the US and open a bank account with proof of address in the US (something like a bill sent to a rental house or a rental agreement would do), then return to your home country and leave the account open - wire money to it and use its DEBIT or CREDIT card for the service. Of course, you'd still have to use a VPN or proxy and stay ahead of Netflix blocking such services.

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Ramze (#48734063) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Interesting concept. How would that work exactly?

Would that be through tariffs, bans on imports, or immigration laws? The US has economic sanctions forbidding business deals with North Korea and others.

I'm sure one could write laws to forbid the purchase of some product or service produced outside the states. We have something similar for the defense industry - certain products must be composed of raw materials (a certain percent at least) produced in the USA, and a certain percentage of the labor (if not all of it) must be done in the USA as well.

To have the "Made in USA" label, products have to adhere to certain labor conditions, too. Like for cars, parts can be from overseas, but if it a certain percentage of assembly was done in the USA, it can have the "Made in USA" designation. (I've read the terms for these designations, and it's really sneaky. Parts can be designated as "Made in USA" even if their components are largely not made in the USA.)

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Ramze (#48734033) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

Bittorrent is fantastic, but as PirateBay has shown, it likely won't be around forever. Governments are willing and able to shut down or block every bittorrent tracker site that pops up long enough to have any credibility or usefulness. I've had some friends get cease and desist orders - some even had their ISPs to shut down their service. People are using VPNs to get around such tracking, but even those are getting IP blocks or shut down. Governments are investing a lot of money into hardware, hacking, and spying to help shut down P2P networks. The Hydra theory - lop off one P2P head, and 2 take its place is not going to work when your ISP and your government both are snooping on everything you do - and everything everyone you connect to is doing. Even Tor and other networks are easily breached.

I don't disagree that the region restrictions suck for the end user - especially one that travels. But, that's not the point. The system is the way it is for valid reasons. You're dealing with an entire industry and multiple countries - not just a single corporate entity that can change its mind on a whim. It doesn't help that the EU is largely an economic union and not a political one. I don't know, but it's possible Netflix may have to have additional legal paperwork and/or negotiations for each country involved. There may be things the EU could do to ease such business negotiations within the EU for member countries. I suspect the difficulties have more to do with the various languages and cultures of the regions and trying to cater to each, but additional negotiations and time spent would cost money as well.

You have to ask yourself whether you're willing to pay for the service you describe, and if so, how much? Will it be worth it to all parties involved? If not, then why would they offer it? They're fine with not giving you a service you aren't willing to pay their price for, and you're fine with pirating the content and taking your chances with a fine or lawsuit. TV shows in the states run roughly $2/hr per household per episode from commercial sponsors. To deliver that content to you, you'd have to find a way to pay at least that much either directly or through finding commercial sponsors willing to show ads targeted to your demographic to pay for you to watch them - plus cost of whatever technical and legal hurdles to set it up for you. US series generally run 11 to 13 episodes per season, so you'd be paying between $20 to $25 minimum per season for each tv show unless you are willing to sit through ads and find someone who will pay to run ads just for you (and/or others using the service that fit your demographic. It would scale better with others.) Just selling the advertising in a region for a show can be a full time job. As to why shows are released in the states before the EU - I assume a show created by ABC, for example, would first run on ABC plus a few re-runs, then be packaged for sale to an EU network not owned by ABC for a price based upon the US ratings and EU demand, and then the EU station would set up negotiations for EU sponsors for the content and find a time slot. That negotiation would take time - plus any dubbing and subtitle translation work. If ABC owned the networks in both countries and knew EU demand was such that the show was a hit, they might simulcast, but I doubt it. I've seen the reverse happen with shows like Merlin - made for Britain, then 5 months later air on a different network in the USA. There's no language issue for the show between the UK/Canada and USA, but it still took 5 months or more to air. My guess is Syfy was showing its own programming in a time slot while SkyOne was showing Merlin, and if and when Syfy decided it could free up a slot, it paid to pull in Merlin. SkyOne probably did the same thing with some Syfy programming. So, each plays its own content, then swaps and plays the other network's if it works for them. They have the option of just not picking up a show if it stinks and going with something else.

Each content producer does what is in its best interest, each network chooses the content and time slot that works in its best interest, and no one really cares to restructure their business for the convenience of consumers. They want maximum profit. The only way to really get to a consumer-oriented model is for streaming content distributors to make their own content - like Netflix with Orange is the New Black. They know who watches the show, instantaneously know the ratings, and they don't create the content for advertisers - it's straight to consumer, paid for by Netflix subscription only.

I have a feeling that Netflix would be insanely happy to make you personally an individualized package of HD streaming content at high speeds with licenses for all 10 countries you visit and impeccable release times for only 1 Million Euros a month. Why, I bet they'd even come out and dig a trench for fiber optics at each location you visit for an extra 20%. Most of that money will go towards Netflix hiring lawyers and contractors to negotiate licenses for each and every content owner for the individual TV shows and movies you personally want to watch... and then some for the hardware, the digital transfer, and the subtitle creation. I'm sure they'll still turn a tidy profit. I'd love to see the look on the negotiators' faces when they specify the license is for 1 individual for instantaneous global streaming capability. You're half right that most money goes to lawyers. Most lawyers for large corporations are on salary, so at least they aren't paid by the hour. The lawyers wouldn't be necessary if there weren't so many parties involved and/or deals for global distribution were made up-front. Problem is, no one knows whether or not a show will be a hit, so they don't talk money and global distribution rights until a series has proven itself.

If they offered you a service that was even slightly similar to what you describe, Netflix wouldn't offer it cheap. Content owners wouldn't allow Netflix to provide it cheap. If they did, it might cannibalize other distribution channels. Or, alternatively, maybe Netflix just doesn't see why it should waste resources on that particular content for the region when it could instead invest in more profitable content that might benefit many regions.

If it's any consolation, we get the shaft here in the states, too. We're just now getting TV channels like BBC America where we can watch Dr Who as it's released. Still, we get some Aussie and British produced TV months behind their UK and Australian airtimes. Our Syfy Channel often shows series from SkyOne years late - many times after a series has already been cancelled.

I am a bit surprised you'd have to have a separate account for each country if they're all in the EU. The Euro should help with stabilizing the pricing, but I could easily see how different countries with various regulations could cause issues.

That said, I'd love it if moving forward, contracts started to include global streaming rights and Hulu Plus /Netflix/whatever was set up to allow streaming to the EU the same as in the states (even if there's no translation or subtitles ready). I have no idea how Hulu would handle the advertising for EU streaming, but I bet it could work it out as it can create profiles for users to work with. Hulu might even be working on such a plan as we speak, but by offering EU streaming, they risk not being able to sell their programming to EU cable TV - even if it's 5 months late to air. Is the revenue from catering to paying EU Hulu Plus users worth the hassle and the risk of losing the revenue from the EU cable TV networks? I don't know. Maybe.

Comment: Re:Cat and mouse... (Score 1) 437

by Ramze (#48729683) Attached to: Netflix Cracks Down On VPN and Proxy "Pirates"

I'd like to add that media companies are evolving - and I'm extremely excited about HBO allowing people to sign up for HBO GO - even if they don't have an HBO subscription through a cable provider. (even if it may be a limited subscription without the HBO subscription... I don't know all the terms yet)

HBO knows that Game of Thrones and other shows are pirated. They also know that the pirates are very likely to become paying subscribers of HBO GO if they can watch Game of Thrones legally without having to pay for HBO itself (and possibly the cable subscription as well). They're lucky that they're both the creator and distributor for the show, so distribution rights won't be as much of an issue.

I'm also excited that Netflix creates its own content with shows like "Orange is the New Black" and "House of Cards." I love the model where the creators are also the distributors, but I also really like that the consumers can give instant feedback through number of views or individual ratings. It's an evolution to a direct-to-consumer model with great feedback. They know every time you stream a show, so they don't need a separate ratings company to know how many viewers were watching. Netflix even has a ratings system, so they get feedback from the consumer in a great democratic format. I sincerely look forward to HBO GO, Netflix, and Amazon continuing the trend towards that new model (which will probably work well for most TV shows). Movies, however... those are likely still in the realm of Hollywood labyrinthine production and distribution channels for some time to come.

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes. -- Dr. Warren Jackson, Director, UTCS