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Comment Re:I can't wait to see this battle (Score 1) 716

How is Google going to determine whether a request to Youtube is sent from this app?

Really? Presumably via request headers or other fingerprinting techniques. If they wanted to be real jerks (like remember when MS required an IE user agent string just to access, they could just start disallowing this traffic now.

Comment Re:Amazon Web Service (Score 2) 75

AWS has many options. You can deploy a single micro server for free for 1 year and stacks of technology and server resources that scale horizontally or vertically very easily. The really were the first successful "Cloud" (IaaS, PaaS) service provider and are probably the cheapest, especially if you want to get your feet wet.

I totally agree. If you at the point where you are needing / wanting node and the like, then spin up a linux image, and install whatever you want. You don't need a traditional hosting company at all. The cost of AWS is negligible in this scenrario (and free for a yr as mentioned), the benefits are great, assuming you have the wherewithal to install and play with stuff like node.

Comment Re:Silverlight greatness (Score 1) 394

Eh? If silverlight is going away as it seems to be, it's nothing to do with a business strategy - they need to be able to continue to support their service. In addition, I expect they received a fair penny from MS to use Silverlight, and it's quite possible that the specified time on that particular contract is coming to an end.

As far as other platform support: don't look for it anytime soon no matter what tech they go with. There simply is no return on investment for them to maintain and support a service for such a small portion of their user base - especially when you consider partner agreements that are likely rather restrictive in terms of DRM requirements.

Netfix wants something closer to "platform-less". Its not about today, or "anytime soon", its about tomorrow and all those things that no one can predict what will happen. Look at what the iphone did .... changed mobile, killed flash, put a major dent in MS's plans. Nobody could have predicted that impact. Why support platforms? Support a technology that is supported by all current and future platforms. Maybe tomorrow I'll be in a driverless car, hit autopilot and watch a movie (via netflix). Maybe my TV will start to do cool stuff because Samsung created something linux based and then has TVOS. Who cares about the OS? html5 does not necessarily solve all that (yet), but its the right direction. Proprietary stuff does not survive in a truly open arena like we pretty much have.

Comment Scaling (Score 1) 274

Any of the cloud providers are great for this. You can start with a free micro image from Amazon maybe during development phase if you have to start dirt cheap, and go up from there. Any of the cloud providers will let you scale as far as you need. That part is a no brainer. "Thousands of users" is a little vague. Depends totally on how many of them are active at the same time and intensive is what they are doing. I would think potentially something like a small 1 gig image might handle this in the low end scenario (not everybody interacting simultaneously). That does not sound scary. What ever development stack you are most comfortable with should work. I don't see why Java would be a bad choice. Its probably not the first choice of many.

Comment Re:So, 'free' is bad? (Score 1) 315

When Microsoft gives away IE for free in order to gain market share it is bad therefore when Google gives away a complete OS for free to gain advertising market share it is bad too. QED

Wrong again! It wasn't just the "free" part (I believe the low end Netscape Navigator was also "free"). It was the fact that they bundled IE with the OS and claimed it couldn't be separated . And there were allegations that MS was strongarming OEM's with like "Don't include netscape, and you must include IE, or don't be surprised if your license fees just happen to go up".

Comment Re:Come again? (Score 2) 111

We're not pissed with change. We're pissed at reinventing the wheel. Again.

Still sounds a little like pissin and moanin for the sake of pissin and moanin though. There quite obviously nobody here in our friendly little group that has near the credentials of Brendan Eiche for writing browser code. Sorry to all those that think they are smarter than he is, but show some creditibility first. How many languages have you guys written anyhow and how much time have you spent in the guts of a mainstream browser? I doubt you can top him. And if no one took the time to try to make a better wheel, we'd all be doing a fred flinstone with tree trunks for axles, round rocks for wheels, and feets for brakes.

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