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Comment Re:What you left out... (Score 3, Insightful) 1303

I could see that. What we take for "modern living" is not always better than the simpler days your grandfather remembers. There's a reason that books/movies like Swiss Family Robinson have a certain appeal for some of us -- living to live, not to race with your neighbor.

I remember a joke/parable/whatever it's called I heard many years ago. I won't write the whole thing, but it basically involved a New York stock broker talking to a local native fishing on the beach in Mexico for food. The broker asked the guy why he had no ambition and why didn't he work harder, get a job, move around, back stab people, and climb the corporate ladder for the next 40 years. When the native asked him "why?", the guy said "so you can get rich, retire to Mexico and spend your days fishing on the beach."

Sometimes, people already have what they need, but just don't see it.

Comment Re:ARM (Score 3, Informative) 120

Yes, because PC doesn't necessarily mean Wintel -- it means Personal Computer as well. One particular flavor of the Personal Computer happens to be the IBM PC, which features the xxx86 architecture. Remember, the concept of a "personal computer" came from the days when the big iron was locked-up in universities and companies, so it was a revolution to make a computer one could own personally, hence the phrase. This "2006" Atmel based computer is very certainly a "personal computer" since you build and own it.

Comment Re:Some might argue (Score 1) 330

He was 99.99% likely referring to migrating a live VM to another host, not imaging your desktop to another hard drive. In the enterprise, downtime is often not well tolerated (not something I agree 100% but whatever) and live migration (aka VMware VMotion for example) enables you to take a virtualization host and vacate all of the *still running* VMs off to another host when you need to do maintenance or whatever else to the physical hardware. In the case of VMotion, there is a loss of about one ping on the network while the VM execution is cut-over to the new host, but otherwise, all network connections/etc. remain persistent.

It's very handy stuff, but not something someone who's only familiar with home user or individually installed boxes may be familiar with. It's definitely not just using 'dd'.


Submission + - SonySecurityFail++ (geek.com)

micsaund writes: When Sony is implementing security, the spammers have it easier than the humans...

"Andrew Hintz found that a simple regex was all that was required to reveal the characters in the CAPTCHAs on Sony’s pages."

Comment Re:Some gets added to Instant, some disappears (Score 1) 488

Looking at my current queue, I have 106 DVD-only movies, and 60 streaming (streaming may have TV series condensed whereas DVD shows them as multiple entries).

That's not a great ratio IMO and many of the movies on my DVD list are not that "oddball" at all. Things like Leverage, Burn Notice, the new Wall Street, Inception, The Unit, The Social Network, Transformers (new), etc. (and no comments about the quality of the movies listed -- they're in my queue because I haven't seen them...)

Of course, I have a couple dozen educational documentaries and the other 'oddball' stuff which I had in mind when I submitted the head article as well.

Until they can at least get 90% coverage on streaming, I can make the case for still needing the occasional disc. After all, part of the enjoyment I get out of Netflix is *NOT* having to rent only the "top 10 new releases" and other crap like Walletbuster used to be packed with...

Submission + - Netflix doubling the cost of your current plan (netflix.com)

micsaund writes: While Netflix has continued to drop fees and still maintain a good services, today, they take three steps in the other direction by doubling the cost of the plan you probably already have:

"So for instance, our current $9.99 a month membership for unlimited streaming and unlimited DVDs will be split into 2 distinct plans:

Plan 1: Unlimited Streaming (no DVDs) for $7.99 a month
Plan 2: Unlimited DVDs, 1 out at-a-time (no streaming), for $7.99 a month.

The price for getting both of these plans will be $15.98 a month ($7.99 + $7.99). For new members, these changes are effective immediately; for existing members, the new pricing will start for charges on or after September 1, 2011."

Now, if they could get everything available on streaming, this would be fine, but how many times have you needed to get a physical disc for that oddball movie, or had a movie in your instant queue that magically disappears due to some behind-the-scenes contract expiration or whatever? Discuss.

"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."