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Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 2) 1222

My sympathies -- I found that article and was tempted to post it, and then I checked, only to realize that hollywoodandswine.com is a (well-made!) parody site. I was very close to falling victim to it as well :)

For example, I'm pretty sure that

Anne Hathaway’s Husband Begs Her to Stop Practicing Oscar Acceptance Speech

and John Hinckley, Jr. Furious to Discover Jodie Foster is Gay 32 Years Too Late

Aren't to be taken too seriously :)

Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 1) 1222

That Avatar's plot was very similar to Dances with Wolves does not mean it was a remake in any meaningful way. It's pretty f'ing derivative, I'll give you that -- heck, there's a list of sources from which it looks like it borrowed -- http://io9.gizmodo.com/5460954... But it's not a remake by any meaningful, objective, standard.

Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 4, Informative) 1222

Avatar came out in 2009, 8 years ago. You could argue there are some derivative ideas in it (as you could argue for any other work of fiction these days), but it was not a remake, not a sequel/prequel, and not a spin-off.

Edge of Tomorrow came out in 2014, a scant 3 years ago.

Interstellar came out in 2014, a scant 3 years ago.

Looper came out in 2012. It wasn't as big as the other ones I've mentioned, but its box office returns were 6x its production budget (which is much better than some of the bigger names above).

Gravity, 2013, might be argued to not be sci-fi but science fact, but presuming we can reasonably call it Sci fi, it did pretty well, bringing in about $723M in revenues.

Inception, 2011, made approximately 5.5x its budget and brought in around $826M, which is successful by most people's account

District 9, 2009, brought in only around $210M, but only cost around $30M or so, so a 7x multiplier, and hugely popular

(all numbers courtesy of http://www.boxofficemojo.com/)

Now, it's likely -- this being Slashdot -- that someone will argue that some/all of these movies aren't good, or particularly original. That's fine. The original claim was "no successful Sci-fi movies in the last decade who aren't remakes, [s|pr]equel, or spin-offs. None of these movies are that.

Comment Re:Not Quite Right (Score 2) 227

You realize YouTube TV costs $35/month, right? Unlike YouTube, the free user-content-streaming platform, this is a premium channel with a cost that is approximately 3.5 times Netflix (which has no ads) or Hulu (which does have ads, unless you pay about half the price of YouTube TV to not have ads). I'm not saying they're evil for having ads, or that they're bad people, but this is not the same as a free service, and they made conscious decisions that involved supporting ads. They had options.

Comment Not Quite Right (Score 5, Insightful) 227

Let's be clear here: Broadcasters didn't do this, YouTube (AKA Alphabet) did this. Broadcasters asked for this -- maybe even demanded this, or traded this for lower costs -- and YouTube decided that having their content, plus ads, was more important than sticking to their guns and offering their customers (the people who actually pay money for the service) an ads-free experience.

Comment Re:Math is about right (Score 1) 55

There's a difference between profiles -- each of which has its own history and recommendation -- and number of simultaneous streams. You can have several profiles on all plan levels, I believe, but at the lowest level only one of them can stream at any given point in time.

Comment Re:Agreed. (Score 1) 111

Reed, before he went the CEO route, was a software engineer and has an MS in AI/Computer Science from Stanford. That said, honestly, they asked him a completely meaningless "far future" question, and he came up with a completely meaningless "maybe we even ... " kind of answer. As a Netflix employee, I assure you we're currently not coming up with new content for (hypothetical) AI members.

Comment Re:If I were Google, this is where I'd put emphasi (Score 4, Interesting) 71

We're #379 on the Fortune 500 with approximately 3000 employees, and aside from tiny enclaves everyone uses Google Office. I don't know that I'd say that we actually enjoy it, or that it's a pleasure to use, but honestly I don't actually know anyone who'd say that about Microsoft's product either :)

Comment Re:cult of mac (Score 4, Interesting) 168

I don't know, man. I wasn't a Mac person back when I finally grew tired of all the hacky mp3 player solutions out there, and paid $500 for an iPod that I was HOPING I could make work with my PC back before iTunes was running on Windows. The iPod's form factor and ease of use just ended up making it the best product for me -- enough so that I shoehorned it into a Macless ecosystem and accepted the challenges inherent within.

Comment Re:Minivans are terrible for the environment (Score 3, Informative) 44

In fact, if you look at the article, and then watch the video, and then wait about a minute, you'll see the minivans they show are all plug-in electrics. (This isn't a "why the hell won't people read the article?" complaint -- it takes way too much time to figure this out. The only reason I bothered is because my spouse is deeply interested in having the Pacifica electric minivan as their next car, so I'm an interested party)

Comment Re:People go to movies? (Score 1) 142

I have a decent-sized living room; but it's also got pretty big windows facing a valley, so darkness is a pretty hard thing to accomplish.

Also? Kids. I've got a 22 month old kid at home. I can either wait until he's asleep (at which point I can't have the sound at a level commensurate with moviegoing experience) or do it when he's awake, at which point, of course, we're limited to what's appropriate for 22 month old kids.

It's far simpler to hire a babysitter and go on a date with my spouse to the movies.

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