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Comment Re:Focus on fundamentals! (Score 1) 36

The trick is not to make a show, but to make a good show. Quoting from the NY Times Netflix article:

It already knew that a healthy share had streamed the work of Mr. Fincher, the director of “The Social Network,” from beginning to end. And films featuring Mr. Spacey had always done well, as had the British version of “House of Cards.” With those three circles of interest, Netflix was able to find a Venn diagram intersection that suggested that buying the series would be a very good bet on original programming.

How does Netflix know all this from its 33 million subscribers? Big Data of course.

Comment Focus on fundamentals! (Score 2, Informative) 36

Despite the fact that HP paid too much for Autonomy, the reasons for the acquisition are still valid. The increasing ability to store large amounts of data means that big data is big and there are many big players entering the fray. For example, Intel:

Many industries benefit from Big data mining. Netflix's new series 'House of Cards' was developed based on data Netflix collected about its users to determine what they liked and it has proven to be a success:

Of course lets not forget the dark side of big data, the NSA and FBI can use the vast volume of data they collect to create statistical profiles of the average American. Any American outside the average is obviously going to be a target for additional investigation.

Comment Battery! Battery! Battery! (Score 5, Informative) 591

By far the biggest bottleneck is battery life not just for laptops but for civilization in general. My Lenovo X230 is fast, light, has decent resolution and is perfect for my job. The biggest problem is battery life, I'm good for 4-5 hours but this number drops every time I go through a discharge/recharge cycle and eventually end up with 20 minutes of battery life. Industry is focused on developing lower-power hardware to extend battery life but we really need a revolution in battery power storage and re-usability.

Submission + - Why carriers love smartphones: Data to top 40% of total service revenue by 2014 (

brocket66 writes: Wireless carriers have played a huge role in the proliferation of smartphones and tablets in recent years, and that fact that these devices make our lives easier is hardly their motive. According to a new report from market research firm ABI Research, revenue from mobile data is expected to balloon 21.4% between 2012 and 2014, at which time it will account for 40.4% of the $1 trillion spent globally on cell phone services. ”By offering unlimited voice calls and texts, while making data the only component in a bundled plan with positive marginal costs to consumers, wireless operators as AT&T and Verizon help to prop up voice and messaging, making positive revenue contributions in the short to medium-term,” ABI research associate Ying Kang Tan said. ”Rich Communication Services (RCS) and voice and messaging APIs are a key part of their strategy of making carrier-based calls and messaging relevant to their customers.”

Submission + - NVIDIA Launches Sub-$200 Graphics That Can Play Any DX11 Title, Even Crysis 3 (

MojoKid writes: "To counter the just-announced AMD Radeon HD 7790, NVIDIA is launching a new mainstream graphics card of its own, which is somewhat of a cross between the GeForce GTX 650 Ti and GeForce GTX 660. The new GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST reference specifications call for a base GPU clock of 980MHz with a boost clock of 1033MHz and a memory clock of 1502MHz (6008MHz effective). At those frequencies, the GeForce GTX 650 Ti BOOST will offer up to 144.2GB/s of memory bandwidth and 62.7GTexes/s of textured fillrate. Performance-wise, the new card offers playable frame rates in virtually any leading-edge DX11 title on the market currently, for well under $200. NVIDIA is also doing some rejiggering of its price structure, which makes the company’s entire mid-range lineup more affordable."

Comment The OS should match the hardware (Score 4, Insightful) 107

Chrome and Android are very different OS. Chrome is designed to run off the web on lightweight hardware using a keyboard/mouse while Android has a touch interface and runs on essentially mini-computers and needs to be able run offline. Combining them is going to give you something like Win 8 - neither one nor the other but a giant mess.

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