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Comment: Re:You're still getting what you were promised (Score 1) 354

by inicom (#47508737) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

When I canceled my disc service a about 18 months ago, it was nowhere close to that fast a turn-around anymore. For many years, if I watched a movie right away and sent it back the next day, most weeks I'd have two different movies. 7-9 movies a month. By the end, if they got the returned disc on a thursday, it would be tuesday or wednesday of the following week before I got a new one. It was down to 4-5 a month, at higher cost. And I'm not in a rural area, I'm in a major metropolis
with a NetFlix distribution center.

Comment: Netflix isn't worth it anymore (Score 1) 354

by inicom (#47508275) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Netflix was good, especially when it was reasonable to have both streaming and discs - but when the price went up dramatically to have both, it became less and less appealing. I finally ended disc service because my queue was loaded up with discs that showed "short wait", then "long wait", then "unavailable" without ever becoming available. Things were disappearing completely from the queue as well. Having only streaming became less and less worth it because when they did their purges in the past, I always had some discs in the queue to keep me reasonably satisfied. But having only streaming made the purges too painful to keep giving them money.

Comment: Re:Wearing Glass was the third violation on ticket (Score 1) 638

by inicom (#45279319) Attached to: Drive With Google Glass: Get a Ticket

Came to say this - she was trying to make this about google glass, when it was about her speeding. She and/or the officer were being dickish and thus the google glass part of the ticket, but she was stopped and ticketed for speeding. The infraction for the glass would undoubtably get thrown out if she goes before a judge.

Comment: Re:Endoscopy.. (Score 1) 165

BACKGROUND - The founders of Syntheon were formerly involved with a medical-device company named Symbiosis, of which I ran IT. Myself, Kevin Smith, and Ted Slack conducted a large number of rocket tests in the parking lot of Symbiois, which led to the formation of a company named Environmental Aeroscience Corporation (I came up with the name, because our rockets used a safer chemical reaction than solid fuel rockets). We were joined by a well-known amateur rocketeer, Korey Kline (who was well known for, among other things, a gasoline-drip rocket). We were also joined by another founder/engineer from Symbioisis, Tom Bales. EAC developed a high-end amateur rocket line which we called HyperTek. Those rockets are, I believe, still available from a company under license. We also launched a number of rockets at Black Rock, Nevada, as well as at the NASA base at Wallops Island, Virginia. One of our rockets is at the Miami Museum of Science.

Comment: Self-driving cars a generation before flying cars (Score 2, Interesting) 606

by inicom (#33831104) Attached to: How Long Until We Commonly Use Flying Cars?

We'll have self-driving, autonomous cars a generation before flying cars, if not more. The safety logistics and traffic considerations make public use of flying cars extraordinarily unlikely, sadly. The only thing I believe will speed the process is the discovery of technology like practical anti-gravity that allows easy resolution of the other issues involved.

Comment: Re:You can buy a serial-to-usb converter for $15 (Score 1) 460

by inicom (#31305600) Attached to: Will the Serial Console Ever Die?

Well said. RS232 is an important, effective, and reliable system for interconnects. Proven, time-tested, yada yada yada. Yes, sometimes theres confusion over baud rate,, word and bits, and parity, but those are minor compared to the pain in the ass that is USB with drivers, conflicts, length, etc. The biggest problem with RS232 is the confusion over DCE and DTE so one always has to have null modem adapters handy.

At least you youngsters don't have to deal with 25-pin RS232 or secondary channel communications. Hell, it's rare to see even hardware flow control anymore of either type, or bizarre comm settings like 7E2. Pretty much everyone defaults to 8N1, 9600, and no flow control with the option to up the speed in the device config.

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Living In Tokyo's Capsule Hotels 269

Posted by samzenpus
from the living-in-the-hive dept.
afabbro writes "Capsule Hotel Shinjuku 510 once offered a night’s refuge to salarymen who had missed the last train home. Now with Japan enduring its worst recession since World War II, it is becoming an affordable option for people with nowhere else to go. The Hotel 510’s capsules are only 6 1/2 feet long by 5 feet wide. Guests must keep possessions, like shirts and shaving cream, in lockers outside of the capsules. Atsushi Nakanishi, jobless since Christmas says, 'It’s just a place to crawl into and sleep. You get used to it.'”

Comment: Re:Hot Alien Chicks (Score 1) 131

by inicom (#30644938) Attached to: OMNI Magazine Remembered

I was a early subscriber to OMNI (I still have the first few issues somewhere in storage). I loved it, and there were many things in it the encouraged me in science and was more accessible than Scientific American (which I subscribed to concurrently). It also led me on all sorts of incredible tangents for intellectual exploration. Basically, in many ways for me it was replaced by the Internet.

I would call Mondo 2000 the better example (versus Heavy Metal) of a more frivolous version of OMNI - tackling similar themes but with reckless and entertaining abandon.

Comment: Re:From Wikipedia (Score 1) 569

by inicom (#30635420) Attached to: Bono Hopes Content Tracking Will Help Media Moguls

It's well-known fact (tm) that the smaller artists don't make a penny from the royalties. Only the biggest acts are able to extract their royalties from BMI/ASCAP/etc. Bono is speaking out of self-interest and self-interest alone.

That doesn't excuse or justify piracy - but if you do care about the smaller artists then purchase music directly from them. Any markup on recordings will far exceed what they get as a royalty.

http://www.woodpecker.com/writing/essays/royalty-politics.html

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