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Comment Re: Didn't think this was in doubt. (Score 1) 143

But my point is that even with multiple services, it makes sense to give up on cable.

I pay about $5/month over what I would for basic cable + HBO (I have Hulu, Netflix, HBO). I still find it better than cable.

I save myself a box and a remote, it's worth the $5 for that reason alone.

Comment Re:Didn't think this was in doubt. (Score 1) 143

Because ads?

Also, I think Netflix is driving down the price.

$10 vs $15 for HBO (they are similar in quality of new output IMO).

I don't get why ad supported has failed with streaming services, but it seems to have (I would think advertisers would live to be able to buy their ads more targeted for demographic, but they seem to have lumped streaming with Youtube and not with TV as far as ad purchasing goes, and therefore don't pay a premium (or enough of one to make it sustainable).

Comment Re:liar (Score 1) 506

It isn't about exposing all or none, it's about trying to expose it all or none.

I see no evidence that WL is partisan though, there's no evidence that they turn down offered leaks for political reasons.

Also, I don't see them targeting the US disproportionately. Aside from size and power.

Comment Re:Can it beat the doctors (Score 1) 150

It also depends on how it fails vs people.
If a doctor is 90% correct, but this this only gives false negatives, this + doctor could be used to save lives by using an OR style process in determining more aggressive treatment.

It if it's 80% accurate when never giving an uncertain answer, but very accurate when allowed a certainty interval but passing on making a determination on 20% of the cases it could at the very least act as a check against doctors that missed something.

Additionally, if only false positives it could perhaps be used as a first screening saving doctor time (and therefore healthcare money) by having them only fully examine instances where it gives a positive.

These types of diagnostic engines are starting to be used in animal care so I'm sure they'll be well vetted (ugh, a pun) before used largely on humans.

Comment Re:Who buys DVDs anymore? They're not even HD (Score 1) 301

Can't beat the Netflix service perhaps, but around the same price as Blockbuster used to be for a new realese:
http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!c...
http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!c...

A touch more, but not much (I remember paying $3-5 for new releases, a 2-3 days), and the back catalog varies, but outside of deals is close (http://www.vudu.com/movies/#!content/4798/Vertigo $2-4 for 3-5 days back in time)

Here's UK rental prices over time, I seem to be in the ballpark. https://stephenfollows.com/the...

Sure, it's a one day rental now, but you don't need the extra time to return it, so that seems reasonable to me.

Definitely more expensive than Netflix by mail, but in the ballpark of rental stores I think

Comment Re:... and that's bad, why? (Score 1) 301

It's not every time they watch (at least with Netflix), it's every time they relicense. Netflix is smart and doesn't want to disincentivize itself from having people actually use the service, they want their customers to use it every free moment (it allows Netflix to charge more in the end).

Netflix wants to be able to be an all you can eat service, and that requires them not having per view fees.

There would be a return (for the producer) every time Netflix reups with something, but there's that with format changes too.

Comment Re:Edge to edge screen hard for me to use (Score 1) 73

I TouchPal shrunk and centered, I can't find any other keyboard that allows that, but it's still annoying because it keeps wanting to jump to one of the edges.

Also, my phone has a top and bottom area. I wouldn't mind losing the top area, but the bottom has a little bit of space for a physical button (no, it's not an iPhone), and that space also lets me type comfortably.

I wouldn't mind full left, I right, and top screen, but the bottom is very helpful, and I really wish there was a keyboard that locked to 75% wide, but centered, hitting letters on the edge is an uncomfortable contortion otherwise.

Comment Re:Neither fish nor foul (Score 1) 165

I'd say the SNES had better graphics than the Genesis.

It had its better and worse elements, but IMO, the better color palette gave it the upper hand.

The fame cube had graphics on par with the PS2, Xbox, and Dream cast.

The N64 had some slight edges over the PlayStation, but overall, I'd say it was worse.

Comment Re:Just solve the bug... (Score 1) 112

My browser can draw something not in the DOM (for example, it makes autofilled fields yellow, but I assume JS doesn't see that).

My browser can draw things on webpages that don't exist on the page (in the simplest form, a webpage cannot interact with the elements of an iframe (at least it didn't used to be able to).

My point is the icon to click is created by the browser, not the webpage, and it can be rendered to my screen without the website having any ability to interact with it via JS.

By requiring true user interaction to actually fill the form (as in put field contents into the DOM) there is no way for information to be scraped that the user did not place there.

as for my inattentive auto correct to "far" I'm at a loss too, probably "draw"

Comment Re:Just solve the bug... (Score 1) 112

That's fine, but if the site is creating the data, it's not really slurping "private" information.

My understanding from the summary is that this attack works by having a visible name and e-mail field, and invisible address fields.

If one fills out the first two (less personal) info, they are leaking their address and phone number (by the auto fill of the other fields).

If the browser (an update I suspect will come soon after this being revealed, or at least implemented like this in browsers implementing this in the future) simply left the autofill information unavailable to the DOM until the user actually clicked to fill a field, this attack no longer works.

You do this by instead of filling the field, have an icon in it or some such, and a click fills it, still quite convenient for the user, but protected from secret fields the user can't see.

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