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Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

A service does not have to be comprehensive to be useful. It fails utterly if your expectation is "I want to be able to pull up any film that comes to mind." but works out well for "I want to let the kids pick something to watch and not be dinged for a $3-5 rental (or $15-20 purchase if rental is not an option)." or "I'm not sure what I want to watch right now. Let's browse around for a bit."

Disney is still bound to a contract with Starz, but Netflix will be the exclusive carrier for titles from Disney Animation, Pixar, Marvel and Disneynature starting in 2016.

And Dreamworks hasn't added their back catalog, but they announced last month that they will be developing three new exclusive series (King Julien, Puss in Boots and Veggie Tales in the House) for Netflix on top of the remaining commitment for Turbo FAST. Additionally, they have exclusive streaming rights to their recent theatrical releases (Mr. Peabody & Sherman, Turbo and The Croods).

Not bad for $8 a month. That said, I would love to see them expand to offer premium tiers with additional content. I could easily see an acquisition of or merger with one of the smaller content providers, possibly a previous partner like Starz or Epix. Or possibly partnering with content owners who would retain ownership and control of their content, but piggyback off the Netflix infrastructure and subscription base. For example, a niche service like Warner Archive could become a Netflix "channel" instead of a separate service.

But in the meantime, I will continue to appreciate Netflix for what it is rather than complain about what it isn't.

Comment: Re:Um. WRONG. (Score 1) 323

There are quite a few worthwhile movies on Netflix. Not looking terribly hard: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, Ghostbusters, Dr. Strangelove, Fargo, Big Trouble in Little China, Silence of the Lambs, Airplane, Taxi Driver, The Usual Suspects, Donnie Brasco, The Hunt For Red October, Clue, American Psycho, Pulp Fiction, What's Eating Gilbert Grape, The Truman Show, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?, Terminator 2, Nightmare Before Christmas...

If you're a child of the 80s or early 90s, there is a pretty good collection of nostalgia fare there, too: Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Weird Science, Pretty in Pink, Cry-Baby, Clueless, Footloose, Heathers, Say Anything, Ghost, License to Drive, Planes Trains and Automobile, Airheads, Beavis and Butthead do America, Spaceballs, Robin Hood: Men in Tights, The Adams Family, Adams Family Values, Scrooged, The Naked Gun, Explorers, Dreamscape, The Golden Child, Coming to America...

And of course if you have kids, the deals with Disney and Dreamscape have broadened the selection pretty drastically: The Croods, Mulan, Hercules, Pocahontas, Lilo and Stitch, The Emperor's New Groove, The Aristocats, Robin Hood, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, The Prince of Egypt, Paranorman, Joseph: King of Dreams, Antz, James and the Giant Peach, The Fox and the Hound, Turbo, and all the Dreamworks [Shrek, Madagascar, How to Train Your Dragon, Monsters v Aliens, Kung Fu Panda] holiday specials.

There are definitely relatively few newer releases, but the catalog is significantly improved from when I first signed up.

Comment: Re:Why two wheels? (Score 1) 144

by Wdomburg (#46516685) Attached to: Lit Motors, Danny Kim, and Changing How Americans Drive

Yes, narrower at ~ 67" vs 40". But roadways and most parking is built to accommodate cars, which are wider than both. I suppose you could potentially double up along side traditional motorcycles, though.

I'm not sure I see any particular risk to pedestrians. They shouldn't be in traffic in the first place, for starters.

Comment: Re:This could be good news... (Score 1) 241

by Wdomburg (#46484205) Attached to: Ubuntu's Mir Gets Delayed Again

Erm, by 1996 we had Linux 1.2, which had loadable kernel modules and a full development toolchain, and Solaris 2, which included "no C compiler, not even a crippled one" *

This was typical of Unix distributions of the era. Development tools for pretty much all the major Unix flavors cost hundreds, if not thousands of dollars. User space tools tended to be relatively primitive compared to their GNU equivilents (e.g. tar often supported only the old v7 or ustar variants which imposed path and file type limitations). Daemons that are not considered standard (sshd, ftpd, httpd) were often expensive and usually third party.

And yes, many commercial Unix variants of the time still required relinking the kernel. OpenServed still required it up until 2005.


Comment: Re:It IS FLAC (Score 1) 413

The ecosystem is small, but that doesn't mean it doesn't exist. And it may never get appreciably larger. Much like audiophile level equipment and vinyl, high resolution audio is a niche market.

It strikes me as highly unlikely that the Pono music store will do much better than SACD or DVDA did in convincing people they should pay $20-30 for an albums they probably already own and paid $5-15 for, or that the Pono music player will become any more mainstream than existing hi-fi portables, like the HiFiMAN HM-602 or Fiio X3.

If anything, I think the market for dedicated music players will continue to diminish as people increasingly opt for the "good enough" quality of listening to streaming services through general purpose devices.

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