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Comment: Re:Hulu: Television for Women (Score 1) 138

by asavage (#47452043) Attached to: Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park
$80M for 3 years and $8/month means they need to gain 277K subscribers to break even, not counting ad revenue and hosting costs. It seems like new episodes will still be on the south park studios website reducing some possible views. Another way to look at it is they will need to grow their subscribers by about 5% (6M now) and it cost them about 3% of their yearly revenue (1 Billion). It doesn't seem like it would pay back but we'll see I guess.

Comment: Re:Thanks for the tip! (Score 1) 448

by asavage (#47306515) Attached to: $500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now
Here is an example with fake pledges: If you look at the day 2 stats, $26,720 raised from 34 backers or almost $800 per backer. Someone put in a few large fake pledges to try to "kick start" the funding.

This game creator also tried to remove a bad youtube review with copyright infringement request even though they gave a license key to that reviewer.

Comment: Re:Removing gluten in the mash? (Score 1) 46

Reading the link from pancake_lover below, it is a different method but it sounds very similar to "fully hydrolyzed" wheat flour. This can be done using components that often naturally occur in sour dough starters to break down the gluten into smaller components. Apparently regular sour dough bread is partially hydrolyzed so better for people with gluten intolerance but still causes some microscopic damage to people with celiac disease (although they might have no symptoms). There is a study about this you can find on google but they made sure they had specific components in their sour dough that might not always be present. It is also my understanding beers are lower in gluten than expected from the ingredients as the gluten gets partially broken down during the fermenting.

Comment: Re:Battery life (Score 1) 243

by asavage (#46933283) Attached to: The Feature Phone Is Dead: Long Live the 'Basic Smartphone'
I have owned 3 cell phones. The first was a flip phone that lasted 16 days on stand by and I bought an extended battery that gave it even longer life. My second phone had a touch screen and a keyboard that slide out underneath. It lasted about a week on standby. Now I have a Nexus 4 that would probably only last 2 days on standby. This does everything I need from a phone and more but the biggest feature I want in my next phone is longer battery life. I don't need any more pixels, RAM, or CPU speed. Maybe a better camera.

Comment: Re:Maybe that their AV sucks? (Score 1) 254

by asavage (#46930413) Attached to: Anti-Virus Is Dead (But Still Makes Money) Says Symantec
I remember when Microsoft first came out with their antivirus it seemed to test quite well compared to other antivirus software. Now it comes with windows 8 it seems to have fallen off the chart which makes sense as any virus writer should make sure it works against a default windows 8 install.

Comment: Re:New? (Score 1) 181

by asavage (#46714861) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
The one good thing about plants vs. zombies 2 over most other fremium games is the game isn't too hard to beat without paying. All the pay only plants and player upgrades are totally unnecessary. They do have game currency boosters which I think I needed to beat optional levels but you get enough coins from just playing so no reason at all to use real money to buy. While I don't like fremium games, PvZ2 I think is one of the better ones I have seen.

Comment: Re:Entitlements vs. consumables (Score 1) 181

by asavage (#46714737) Attached to: Do Free-To-Play Games Get a Fair Shake?
The other thing about free to play is games is a game that should cost maybe $5 for the whole game can cost thousands of dollars to get everything. To make up for the 99 that don't pay they want to make $500-1000 from that 1%. Games like Simpsons Tapped Out for phones/tablets can cost over $20 just for a single "premium" character like Barney Gumble. You can't even grind to earn these characters as they are pay only. The premium currency (donuts) is given out so slowly in a year of playing you won't have enough to buy even one of the higher cost premium characters.

Comment: Re:Hurrah Slashdot! (Score 1) 473

by asavage (#44948549) Attached to: Popular Science Is Getting Rid of Comments
CBC's comments also got a lot worse a few months ago. They removed the downvote option, now require logging in to upvote a comment, and removed the ability to remember viewing preferences (ie sort by most liked). Requiring a login to upvote you might think is a good idea but they have so few people upvoting that now every extreme comments can be most rated and people can't downvote them. You also get auto logged out frequently with a login field that doesn't let browsers store your user name and password. Oddly also if you open a few stories in tabs and then login in one tab, all the other tabs even reloading or refreshing the tabs won't log you in.

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