"Cheapskates" and "people who don't care about the benefits offered" are not synonymous terms.
I apologize. I was confused by some Slashdot users who have called me a cheapskate for not caring about the benefits offered by, say, a smartphone with a $35/mo data plan over a dumbphone with a $7/mo voice-only plan.
And small wonder that a film that only appeals to niche collectors would be released using the format that appeals to niche collectors.
I saw it more as a trial balloon for eventually dropping DVD and its weaker DRM, just as the home video distributors had dropped VHS.
anyone who can fit their entire life in 300GB can use the cloud easily enough
How so? iCloud only goes up to 55 GB, and that tier costs $100 per year. Besides, with ISPs capping uploads and downloads per month, some rawther severely (5 GB/mo for LTE or 10 GB/mo for satellite), it can take several months to get data in and out of the cloud.
Could they devise a cheaper disk cabinet that plugged just platters in and used a common controller?
SyQuest did this, as did Iomega with the Jaz drive. CD-R and DVD+R ran them out of business.
Get ready to stream 90 GB 4K movies?
Not as long as ISPs continue to impose caps even on premium tiers of home Internet service. And I see discs remaining popular in rural areas where the best available ISP is satellite, which has a cap well below 10 GB/mo.
even with disks games still require DRM servers
Since when do games for any PlayStation, Xbox, Wii, or Nintendo DS product require a server for single-player, split-screen, or LAN play?
[Cheapskates] will see no reason to purchase anything more expensive than DVDs
Until movie distributors start skipping DVD and going straight to BD, AD, or whatever for new releases. The film Ishtar, for instance, skipped DVD.
So you might have access to that media, but eventually it will be like it is today trying to run down a way to read an old 8 1/2 inch floppy disk.
How "eventually" are you talking about? I don't see external USB CD, DVD, and BD readers going away at least in the next decade.
Changing the left button to select does not change what the middle mouse button does.
True. But it does change what left+right mouse button does. If RMB is select, L+R can be set in Blender to act as middle. But if LMB is select, the only way to get middle functionality is to either have a physical middle button on your pointing device or install an operating system whose input processing can emulate a middle button before passing the events to Blender.
It would make life much easier if they forced the mobile providers to quote the prices inclusive of the taxes.
After rattling off the prices for every county in the United States that assesses a sales tax, the ad would have to become tens or hundreds of times longer than it is today.