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Comment Re: Understandable. (Score 1) 158

From what I've read elsewhere, streams are roughly 15 Mbps... which is pretty pathetic. Most blurays at 1080p are anywhere from 20 Mbps to 40 Mbps. I target my 1080p rips at 15 Mbps. If you have a small screen, then that bitrate will probably suffice but on 70 inches or more, that's too low. I've got a 106 inch setup and 4k at that bitrate looks bad. I plan on testing the Netflix streams later and I'll try to get some real world results.

Comment Re:I'm gonna go with (Score 1) 200

Maybe this sort of thing varies by location. My wife and I lived in a fairly rural area two years ago and our house was robbed. Our local police showed up immediately and they were very thorough to the point that I thought it was comical. Nothing that was taken was that high dollar or important. Also, the detective in charge of our case came back to the house three times to personally give me an update on what they had found. I got the feeling that the local cops were bored. Anyway, I think location really makes a difference in how the police treat these sort of crimes.

Comment Re:Why do you want pieces of plastic (Score 1) 354

"Yes, there are movies out there like that"...

You make it sound as if this is the exception...I just checked these films on canistream.it and none of these are on Netflix instant as far as I could see.
American Hustle
12 Years a Slave
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
The Wolf of Wall Street

That's most of the Best Picture nominations from this year (I think I left out two). Maybe canistream.it is wrong or not updated but if it is accurate, I think that is pretty pathetic. Netflix doesn't have most of the Oscar Best Picture Noms...seriously? Can someone with Netflix Instant check that. I've been using the disc service for years and I thought the Instant was catching up. Is it that off?

Comment Re:When you go to prison (Score 2) 108

I think your Not list makes sense other than on Privacy. I don't see how we could imprison anyone without the loss of privacy. The very act of locking someone up would seem to involve some type of monitoring (so you know if they are actually locked up) which in turn means they lose some of their privacy (since you know where they are at all times).

Comment Re:In a perfect world (Score 1) 51

It really depends on what is found. If we found some sort of basic or animal life, then it very well could impact people's religious views. Is it going to change my parent's minds? Of course not. They are 60+ and so fundamentally tuned that they would explain it away but for the younger generations that are already leaving churches, abandoning formal religion etc., it would probably play a role in altering the religious landscape. If we found intelligent life that we could communicate with, that would be a completely different matter. Imagine that these beings have such advanced medicine that they can somehow revive someone that has died or instantly cure the most advanced cancer we know of or create life. At that point, some people might say they are the "God" we've always worshiped but what are we going to say when they deny that and tell us that it is their science etc. that has given them those abilities...

Comment What exactly is inconvenient about a DVD or BR? (Score 1) 490

It MIGHT be inconvenient to have to drive to the store to purchase a disc but when discs are arriving in the mail, I don't see how this could be considered inconvenient. You seriously can't walk to your mailbox, walk to the DVD player and put the freaking disc in, and then walk back to your couch?

Comment Re:Lots of false threats this year... (Score 1) 723

Yeah. This is very much true. Normally if there is the threat of snow, people rush the grocery stores to buy milk, bread etc. Even if the weather reports says it will be half an inch and gone the next day, it is still the same thing. The interesting thing is that even if you have lived in a snowy region and you know that you probably shouldn't panic for such a minor amount, you can still get caught up in this cycle. My parents are from Michigan originally (lived there for 30 years) and they have been living in North Georgia for around 30 years now -- they usually head to the store as well. The problem is, if you don't also rush to the store with everyone else, then there's a good chance you might not be able to get anything that you need from a grocery store for several days even after the snow is gone. So in the end, even people that aren't really worried, or people not in an area that is supposed to get snow, end up going out on the roads because they are worried that they might not be able to get any food supplies...

Comment Lots of false threats this year... (Score 5, Informative) 723

I live here in Atlanta. I work from home and I convinced my wife to stay at home (she's 7 months pregnant). So we didn't have to deal with the mess. One thing I would note though, there were probably 3 times in the last month where we were told we would have snow and it never happened. I think that might have made people feel like this was another false threat.

Comment Ban it? (Score 0) 961

Can't we just ban this thing already? Nobody should own it...I've also heard it can be used to transport untraceable/undetectable firearms, it has a built in bitcoin wallet, and a drug smuggling compartment right next to the NOS or whatever they are always using in the movie. In other words, this thing isn't safe for anyone.

Comment Digital access... (Score 1) 201

Paying to gaining digital access to something that you already own in a digital format and already have digital access to is pretty ridiculous...If you mean paying for online access, well that is another thing. That being said, since you already own a digital copy on DVD, you should be able to make your own digital copies that you can play on your PC, iPhone etc. Of course, that requires a little more intelligence of the customer and our legal system. I don't see either of those changing.

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