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Comment Re:BBC iPlayer for the UK Only (Score 1) 37

Followup - they'd have to make more money on Sherlock by selling subscriptions than by licensing to PBS.

Well if they'd sold subscriptions before the current season started, you might be right. But at least based on how the current season is being widely panned by fans, it might be a tougher sell now.

Comment So, then, Netflix (Score 1) 37

When CW shows were on Hulu, I could stream the current season's episodes just about as soon as they were released. Now that you have them, though, I can't stream any of the current season - at all. If immediate release is supposedly so important to you, then what's with that?

Episodes of HBO's shows get released as soon as they've finished production. Yours, on the other hand, get held until the last episode of the season is done. Also, HBO seems to have original content I actually find compelling, while yours is mediocre at best - I don't even bother with it any more.

Congratulations on effectively spinning your mediocrity, although I'd have preferred that money be spent on holding onto more of that third-party content you keep losing.

Comment This is progress. (Score 1) 247

While some my scoff and call this a worthless effort, I disagree! Could they do more? Of course... but so could everyone else! Changing energy generation for a large country is a monumental undertaking and you will always have the greedy who would rather stab their own child in the eye than lose a single dollar but this shows a large counter-investment is going into renewable power sources. It's depressing that there is so much resistance to this change but it's slow, steady and unstoppable. Even the incoming US administration cannot turn the tide of this fight against pollution. Progress is slow at first, then really fast and completely unstoppable.

Comment It's too soon! (Score 2) 40

All I'm asking is for this fantastic advancement in medical technology to be delayed for about 10 years. No offence grampas of the world but you've made a mess of things and we're kinda counting on you all kicking the bucket as soon as possible so we can fix it. If there is any regulatory agency out there that could keep this back for a while using it's red tape, that would be fantastic. Sorry gramps, you haven't earned it. ;)

Comment Re:so old! (Score 1) 59

Perl and Java were good choice since they are on all Apple machines and are resistant to library compatibility issues.

Java hasn't been part of the default Mac system install for quite a few years.

If you run a program which requires Java, you'll see a pop up telling you Java isn't installed and asking if you want to download the legacy Java runtime. If you say "yes", you'll be directed to an Apple web page where you can download it.

Comment so old! (Score 1) 59

Somewhat surprisingly the code uses antique system calls. 'These are some truly ancient functions, as far as the tech world is concerned, dating back to pre-OS X days,'

Kinda sounds like it's using POSIX functions which would be a smart move because they will not be removed in favor of a new API and it makes porting to other platforms easier since most everything is at least partly compliant to POSIX. Perl and Java were good choice since they are on all Apple machines and are resistant to library compatibility issues. This seems like it's a nation-state attack.

Comment Knock me over with a feather (Score 2) 55

"Make no mistake. AMP is about lock-in for Google."

Well, DUH. Is there anyone here who doesn't think this mainly exists to provide Google with more specific information regarding our individual browsing habits?

Fortunately, we can easily choose to never use it. And I'm assuming that, at some point, someone will come up with a de-obfuscation service that lets you get at the target URL without going through AMP (for those times when a person sends you a google.com/amp/ link).

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