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Comment Re:Anime, older shows? Imthebossneedtheinfo (Score 1) 111

Sorry but you're either naive or sound like a shill for Hulu. You realize that Hulu is Comcast, Time Warner, Disney, Fox, and NBC all rolled up into one? Of course they want to keep commercials in. They have no incentive to keep them out because there's folks willing to pay for a service that includes commercials...just like cable. Bottom line...how is Hulu any different than cable?

I might, or I might just be happy with the product and willing to pay for it. If you go back far enough in my comment history I'm sure you'll think I'm a shill for TiVo as well because it allows me to timeshift and 30 second skip through commercials.

Bottom line...hulu is different from cable in many ways.
1: You can watch what you want when you want instead of on the networks schedule.
2: It's cheaper by a factor of 10 ($12 instead of $120).
3: Has *WAY* fewer commercials with the No-Commercials plan
4: Doesn't have sports

I find I need to mix Hulu Plus No Commercials and Netflix to get the majority of what I want to watch. I'm very likely going to add in Youtube Red for another $5/month.

I've wanted commercial free television for a long time. Now that companies are charging an affordable rate for an adequate service, I'm willing to pay for it. I get that others don't want to, or think that paying for the cheapest plan should get them all the benefits. That's not how the world works. I vote for services with my wallet, and in doing so I'm saving at least $65/month on television.

Does that make me a shill? Definition is: an accomplice of a hawker, gambler, or swindler who acts as an enthusiastic customer to entice or encourage others. I'm not an accomplice or affiliated with Netflix, Hulu, Tivo or Youtube, just a happy customer of all. (Although my TiVo is currently powered down to not having cable).

Comment Re:Anime, older shows? Imthebossneedtheinfo (Score 1) 111

Unfortunately I have no inside knowledge, anything I say on that would be pure speculation. But, since this is slashdot, I'll speculate! Pulling things from my ass: they are popular shows and they charge a premium for commercials that the small split from the $4 doesn't cover, or possibly they were sold to the networks with a percentage of gross ad sales clause. I could see where they have "If viewed commercial-free pay X, if viewed with commercials, we get 1% of gross ad sales. They toss ads on and pay out of the gross of that instead of a flat fee."

Comment Re:Is Hulu still a thing? (Score 1) 111

I find that when you add the Hulu Plus no commercial plan and Netflix together it is a suitable replacement for cable TV in my home. I went from >$100/month for TV to ~$25 for TV and didn't lose anything but live sports. Since I only watch NFL and I used to TiVo it during the week, the $99/year for NFL replaces from NFL gamepass turns it into ~$35/month.

Comment Re:Anime, older shows? Imthebossneedtheinfo (Score 3, Informative) 111

Are they going to continue to show ads on their PAID SUBSCRIPTION service? Even the more expensive NO-ADS subscription service that still sells ads?

Yes, they will continue to have ads on their paid subscription service. It's all spelt out when you sign up.

Also, yes, they'll also have some commercials in programs that are required to have commercials under their no commercials service. This is a limitation from the content providers, not with Hulu deciding they want more ads to run. The shows that this affects are listed during signup for the no-commercial plan.

From their help: "In response to feedback from our viewers, we started offering a commercial free experience on Hulu. For a small number of shows, however, we have not obtained the rights to stream commercial free and they are not included in our No Commercials plan. You can still easily access these shows with a short commercial before and after each episode with no interruptions during the episode. Specific shows that still have commercials accessible through the No Commercials plan will be noted throughout the signup, switching and playback experience. While the list of shows may change, they are currently: Greyâ(TM)s Anatomy, Once Upon a Time, Marvelâ(TM)s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Scandal, Grimm, New Girl, and How To Get Away With Murder."

Bolded by me. The wording is not unclear and they don't pretend everything will have no commercials. What you're buying for $8 is Hulu Plus, the library they have with the ability to stream with commercials. Adding $4 to the plan to remove commercials gives you access to the entirety of the "No commercials" package, which does not included a whopping 7 shows.

What does watching those 7 shows give you in practice? Under Hulu+ you'll have a couple commercials prior to each show, with some in the middle of shows. Under Hulu+ and No Commercial plan you'll have one Commercial before the shows, none during and one after. Then when starting the next episode you'll have another before that one. If you click "Next episode" it counts as stopping watching that, so you'll skip the after commercial and just need to watch the before commercial.

TL;DR: I dropped cable and picked up Hulu+ No commercials and Netflix and haven't been happier with my TV Viewing in a long time. The only thing missing is sports, but there are subscriptions available for NFL now too if you're willing to not watch live.

Comment Re:drone ship landings require a lot less fuel? (Score 1) 103

Can anyone explain why landing on a ship uses a lot less fuel then on land. I would think since you have to be far more accurate to land on a ship it would require more fuel.

This one is easy. The stage has to travel less of a distance to land on a ship in the ocean vs turning around and landing on the ground. And you're also incorrect about accuracy. You have to be identically accurate to land on a 300x170 foot barge and on a 300x170 foot "X" on land.

Comment Re:What Type of Truck? (Score 1) 223

There are many times during the year when I may need to drive 300 miles round trip. If it won't make it then it's a non-starter.

I see this often and I'm not sure I understand the reasoning. If you're saving so much money from not buying gas, why can't you just rent a truck/car for those infrequent long trips and still save money overall on an electric?

Comment Re:chrome bookmark fiasco (Score 1) 142

Something this important over 15 years and no backup? Frankly, your post should have been:

Related to chormeos autoupdates are chrome browser updates. A couple of months ago I woke oneday to find that all my bookmarks where gone in chrome when I was logged in as myself on google. Furthermore they did not just vanish but rather they were all merged into my wife's account. So basically both of us had wrecked user accounts in chrome. Considing I had many hundreds of book marks carefully curated for more than 15 years across browser changes and computer systems I had a backup of everything and was able to restore. It wasted a couple of hours of mine as I tracked down the issue and resolved it, and caused me to switch from Chrome forever.

Comment Re:Wait, this hasn't shipped yet??? (Score 1) 84

The developer kit has been out for awhile. DK1 (Developer Kit) was available late 2012, while DK2 was release July 2014. These were never meant to be the final form factor or specs, but the goal was to get close to what the CR1 (Consumer Release) would be.

Those dark on dark pictures are of the actual CR1, which is actually the first photos we've seen. Even with the fiasco of facebook purchasing and the timeframe, I'm still excited for the possibilities. Star Citizen has pledged to support the Rift and for that alone I will be buying one. That said, I didn't participate in the kickstarter campaign nor have I owned a DK1 or DK2.

Comment Re:Expected lifetime 3 years. (Score 1) 129

I'll continue using YouTube on my laptop or my tablet where the experience isn't atrocious (I can TYPE on them), NetFlix and Amazon Video from the media PC stashed in the cabinet that also serves as DVR and PLEX client, and not using Pandora at all.

Not that it matters, but I've found the youtube app on things like the apple TV and roku to be quite good when integrated with your youtube account. You login to the account on both devices (one time login for the TV app) and then the youtube app on your phone or youtube itself on your computer detects that there is a TV linked the the account and will actually give you the option to throw the youtube video you're watching to the TV for viewing. My father uses this feature with his tablet, finding and queuing what he wants to watch on his tablet, then just hitting a button and it pops up on his TV.

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