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

by micsaund (#38781937) Attached to: How the US Lost Out On iPhone Work

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: Sounds like the book Zero Day (Score 1) 85

by micsaund (#38077012) Attached to: Experts 'Convinced' Duqu Work of Stuxnet Authors

Reading all of these comments on these 00ber-worms really parallels a book called Zero Day that I'm reading. It's fairly entertaining so far, just in case anyone else is interested in a story revolving around Stuxnet/Duqu type stuff. It's probably old news around here, but anyway...

Comment: Re:ARM (Score 3, Informative) 120

by micsaund (#37822724) Attached to: Build the 2006 Prototype $25 PC

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

by micsaund (#37147428) Attached to: Linus Thinks Virtualization Is 'Evil'

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'.

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

by micsaund (#36741482) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

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...

Comment: Re:Blame the content makers (Score 1) 488

by micsaund (#36740762) Attached to: Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

If CNN is accurate, that's a 10X increase in their costs, which presumably Netflix would have to pass-on. There's no way that anybody would pay $79.99 for streaming ($7.99 * 10) and the content industry will be like a parasite that gets too greedy and kills the host that feed it...

+ - Netflix doubling the cost of your current plan->

Submitted by micsaund
micsaund (12591) 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."

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Comment: Re:I beta tested, so I have a few things to say (Score 1) 99

by micsaund (#17998968) Attached to: Lord of the Rings Online Impressions
As a very time-limited player who mostly solos or plays with a couple other friends, I find the fact that 00ber lewt d00dz who play 18 hours per day and run dungeons 100 times over will only be 5-10% better than me refreshing. In every other MMO, my lowly, non-l33t characters are considered worthless and ungroupable because of my "lame n00b equipment". It sounds as though LotRO will remedy that.

Of course, I would expect the power-players and people who do enjoy being 00ber to not like this particular aspect, but I think that leveling the playing field a bit will be good overall. If it's a huge deal for the power players, I suppose they can go back to WoW and run instances a few hundred more times or even go all the way back to EQ for a true hardcore experience.

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