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Comment: Re:Can someone explain this guy's logic to me (Score 1) 367

by bmcent1 (#28918459) Attached to: Electric Company Wants Monthly Fee For Solar Users
Fail. If my panels generate a surplus, I put that back on the grid and my neighbors use it. My neighbors paid for "transmission" that they didn't use because it was generated right here. Whatever I "stole" from the electric company by not paying for transmission, they "stole" back from my neighbors by charging for transmission that my neighbors didn't need.

Comment: Blu-Ray Haters Don't Have Home Theaters (Score 1) 460

by bmcent1 (#28563187) Attached to: BD+ Resealed Once Again
The difficulty ripping blu-rays, the forced warnings and trailers, the bugginess of players... all suck.

However, I can easily say, if you are watching movies on a 120" projection screen, at 1080p and even at 720p, there is a significant improvement in picture quality. Just as standard def TV looked bad when shown on 42"+ TVs, DVDs (including upscaled) can look similarly bad on 120"+ screens. I've got an Oppo DVD player, known as one of the best upscalers out there. It does a good job and animated films look great projected. But for movies with real actors, a quality Blu-Ray film blows away a DVD on a large projection screen.

Projectors are so cheap these days (a good 720p projector can be had for about the same as a good 40-50" plasma) that I wouldn't be surprised to see many more people adopting projectors. There's something very different about sitting down to watch a movie with friends or family in front of a 10' screen compared to a 42" TV.

I'd love to see Blu-Ray without the cumbersome, anti-fair-use (aka anti-"toddler insurance") crap. But I want the format to succeed because nothing else offers video quality that holds a candle to it. Some people think we'll skip mass adoption of Blu-Ray and go straight to digital delivery... okay as long as your net connection stays up. If you've got backup power and a library of disks, you've still got a movie night when the power goes out in the middle of a snow storm. With a physical disk and a player, you're not at the whim of your ISP, cable, or fiber provider when you have people over for a movie.

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