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Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 102

by houstonbofh (#47894937) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

I was just trying to be a little bit sarcastic, in that I (and many many many others) were using VCRs in the 1980s to "watch whatever I want, whenever I want"... and nowadays (and for the last decade for me) with DVRs.

It's not a new thing.

And yet, somehow the networks still don't get it... Look at the international release delays, among other things...

Comment: Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (Score 1) 102

by houstonbofh (#47894851) Attached to: Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

It is also about watching whatever you want, whenever you want. Not just Thursdays at 9:00... People no longer want to schedule their lives around the broadcast schedule.

Welcome to the 1980s, houstonbofh.

We got there a long time ago. Content companies are still figuring it out.

Comment: If you think research is bad (Score 4, Insightful) 347

by houstonbofh (#47873473) Attached to: When Scientists Give Up
Not just research... EVERYTHING is totally risk averse. This is why every new song sounds and looks the same. Why we keep getting remakes, reboots, and blatent copies of the same old story over and over in the movies. There is a "patch" for this with the indie film community and the indie music scene. An indie research community would be cool, but they keep arresting people trying to do basic chemistry at home. http://io9.com/5119166/teen-wi...

Comment: Re:$400 per year to use your own money (Score 1) 67

by houstonbofh (#47802639) Attached to: The Apache Software Foundation Now Accepting BitCoin For Donations

User snaps a photo of it with their smartphone. Bitcoin app on phone decodes it, and sends payment to the address specified.

That just shifts costs from the merchant to the buyer, who now has to pay the telco a recurring fee for a cellular data connection.

And no one is doing that now, without bitcoin. This is like trying to include the cost of an electric generating plant in the price of a toaster.

Comment: Re:Why wouldn't they? (Score 4, Informative) 67

For real business purposes, though, you'd be bonkers to accept bitcoins.

Why? It has value. And companies willing to process it for you and convert directly into your currency of choice. And due to it's nature, it is actually harder for the merchant to be defrauded than with regular credit cards... Not sure where the downside here is, especially if they are not holding them.

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