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Comment: What do most people mean by stream? (Score 3, Insightful) 125

by praxis (#47533285) Attached to: What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Does terrestrial broadcast signal count as "streaming"? Most of the media that enters my consciousness is broadcast television, printed word, radio and video or audio streams from the internet. If we discount broadcast television and radio as streams, then I need to find a good way to measure the proportion of printed word against streaming audio and video. If we count broadcast television and radio as streams, then internet streaming is a very small perfect (5% or so) compared to those even if we discount printed word.

Really, I think the crux here is that printed word and internet audio or video streams are really hard to compare.

Comment: Re:I can fix any current Mac OS. (Score 1) 165

by praxis (#47524313) Attached to: Mac OS X Yosemite Beta Opens

I can fix any current Mac OS. Just go into the apps folder (flower-shift-a is the shortcut), then into utilities, then run shell application. Enlarge the window to full screen. Bingo, you're in a bash shell where you can talk to a proper unixy command line interface.

Or command-space then type "terminal" and hit enter for faster bash access.

Comment: Re:GOG discovers DOSBOX works on Linux (Score 5, Interesting) 80

by praxis (#47522971) Attached to: GOG.com Announces Linux Support

Your snide comment aside: what they discovered is a desire to test the market for circa five dollar legitimate copies of good games with tested and updated DOSBox and/or Wine configurations so that users do not have to Google, tweak and retweak things to get a game to run only to find out three-quarters of the way through the game that it crashes.

I would much rather pay a reasonable amount for that rather than spend my gaming time tinkering; that's good value for me. If I liked tinkering, I wouldn't be their target market though and I might be making snide comments on Slashdot with my time.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 2) 66

by praxis (#47517075) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

If you are tracking a company's performance by its stock price it's kind of laughable

I agree, but the poster to which I replied was bragging about how MSFT is doing so well and his stock portfolio is being counted by him and he is enjoying life. I merely pointed out that MSFT did not even perform better than the index.

Comment: Re:This must be confusing to y'all (Score 1, Informative) 66

by praxis (#47516327) Attached to: Microsoft FY2014 Q4 Earnings: Revenues Up, Profits Down Slightly

Hmmm...they are doing just fine and getting stronger. How can that be - according to this message board Linux rules and is taking over the world! Seems to fly in the face of the SD worldview. Keep dreaming...I'm counting my returns in stock portfolio and enjoying life. Curious how many of you zealots will admit how wrong you are.

They had not in the prior ten years gotten stronger than the S&P 500. If ten years ago you had invested in an index fund tracking the S&P 500, your return to today would be 77% instead of the 57% you would have received by investing in MSFT. Many other companies out-performed the S&P 500 in the same ten-year period.

Comment: Re:Oh noes, they yanked your chain (Score 1) 350

by praxis (#47510725) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I do, and it has more than 120,000 titles for rent. They also rent equipment if you need it to watch some of the formats less popular in the United States or have a region-locked device. Blockbuster closed because their market share was gobbled up by alternatives. There is not yet a viable alternative to Scarecrow but I don't think they are doing as well as they used to.

Comment: Re:I doubt most people care (Score 1) 350

by praxis (#47509909) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

Of course everyone should evaluate their value, but not long ago $8 for two movies a month was a very good deal where people were willing to pay that and pay for gas and drive and stand in line and browse a cacophonous store. Today $8 for two movies a month is seen as a bad deal.

That's all I was saying. I wouldn't pay $8 for two movies a month because their selection is limited, but I would if they had movies I liked.

Comment: Re:Terrible streaming movie list (Score 1) 350

by praxis (#47509695) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

I bet 'Troll Hunter' is a better movie then any of those foreign art films.

You can watch a good B movie _and_ read subtitles.

Obviously film enjoyment is a subjective matter. Claiming one film is better than all other films in a very wide net is a pretty tall order though. On the other hand comparing one film against an entire other genre is probably making a bigger claim about your preference of an entire genre than the one film. I'm unsure whether to check out Troll Hunter now.

Comment: Re:Terrible streaming movie list (Score 1) 350

by praxis (#47509219) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

OMG, people want to get paid for their work

Yes, they do. They should be paid for their work. There's a market opportunity to stream quality films to people for reasonable rates that's untapped. Having a service that solely catered to that market probably wouldn't support itself due to infrastructure costs but it's an area where on of the existing companies could expand and increase their market share. I wish they would.

Comment: Re:I'm shocked... shocked I say... (Score 1) 350

by praxis (#47508631) Attached to: Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

You should pray every night that god will smite the rights-holders, for they are the cause of people preferring physical discs. They hug their discs because they have a film that's worth watching on it that's not available for streaming because the rights-holders fear that if they allow streaming then it might be ripped and hosted up on the Pirate Bay and by not offering streaming they are remaining safe in their rights.

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