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Comment It's not the vinyl, it's the subscriptions (Score 3, Interesting) 133

This trend has less to do with the increasing vinyl sales and more to do with the fact that more and more people are getting their digital music from a subscription service vs buying it outright. Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google, and Apple music services are gobbling up digital sales.

Comment Re:Voice commands (Score 1) 93

I used to use it quite a bit while driving but it seems to have gotten worse in the last year or so at picking the correct contact or response. I use Alexa all the time though. Control lights, TV, thermostat, play music (the original one is a decent bluetooth speaker), audiobooks, check news and weather while I'm getting ready in the morning. When I travel I use the app to remotely start audiobooks playing full blast so it sounds like someone is home.

Comment Re:Falsehoods Developers Believe About Time (Score 2) 179

Instead of adding a single extra second to the end of the day, we'll run the clocks 0.0014% slower across the ten hours before and ten hours after the leap second, and "smear" the extra second across these twenty hours.

I wonder why they're "smearing" the time over 20 hours rather than 24, which would seem the more obvious solution.


Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 1) 105

It's not even an issue of cost. A lot of content owners don't want Netflix to have a complete catalog. NBC/Universal/Comcast, for example, controls a lot of content and *also* services for distributing content. If you can get all of the Comcast content without paying for Comcast services, then Comcast loses a bunch of money. Comcast will, therefore, go out of its way to hobble Netflix and prevent it from having access to all of it's content.

This is true too. Just look at DirecTV Now that launched today. Has some locals (owned and operated only) but NBC, where available, is only available to stream live on mobile devices, not on TVs. Ridiculous restriction, and probably only exists because they are now owned by Comcast. Hell it's insane that DirecTV, which already has contracts with all these different content providers, has to renegotiate for rights to send the same content over the internet instead of satellite.

Comment New Tradition? (Score 1) 554

Are we going to go through this every time the party in the White House changes? When this was first put in place conservatives were bitching that Obama was going to use it as a political platform. Now liberals are taking their turn. This isn't twitter, it's part of a larger national alert system that has, in long history never, once, been activated at the national level by a president. Activating this would also activate all of the other components of the alert system as well. No one is going to use it for BS political messaging.

Comment Re:teeny little screens (Score 2) 105

The point on a mobile device is pretty dubious, actually. Who in the world would like to watch a move on the tiny little screen? I know that people these days think that's the way to watch, but really: it isn't.

I always bring my laptop on travel, so I'd watch movies on that, if they were available. But often the wifi you get at a hotel is pretty ratty.

People under 30. It's they way they want to watch stuff. I don't get it myself but I'm not going to tell someone they are watching TV wrong.

Also, what crappy hotels do you stay at that don't have TV in the rooms? Every hotel I've been in for the past few years has had a TV with HDMI in. I just either hook up my laptop or if it's a long trip I'll bring a Shield TV or Roku stick (both can navigate hotel WiFi logins). Laptop screens are too damn small.

Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 1) 105

Netflix still has to get permissions to distribute those discs.

No, actually they do not. Not in the US at least. Discs being physical items they can rent them as they see fit, as long as they are original media. Streaming, on the other hand, does require it. I mean, do you honestly think they have a bunch of DVDs setting around they also have the rights to stream without paying more and they just went "Nope!".

Comment Re:can we now get some throttling for netflix? (Score 2) 105

I don't know about 15, but I've gotten over 2 minutes from netflix after a network outage before. They do buffer quite a bit if the device allows for it. On slower internet they also throttle the bitrate at the beginning of the show to allow for buffering, then you will see the resolution climb to it's max after the buffer is established.

Comment Re:Better Idea (Score 4, Insightful) 105

Increase the streaming catalog to include everything they have in their mailing only DVD catalog.

And you will be OK with paying $100 per month for the subscription then, right? It's not like that content is free. They can't just rip the DVDs they have and put it online for you to watch.

Comment Re:Download of movies or encrypted blobs? (Score 5, Insightful) 105

If it only lets you download in a format that only plays on their proprietary player, then it's not an improvement at all. Give users the ability to download actual video.

How is it not an improvement? You already have to use their player. There isn't a chance in hell of any studio (including the ones that actually make the "Netflix Originals") allowing unencrypted downloads that play outside the player so that will never happen. At least this way you can take the content offline, which you could not before. That is, by definition, an improvement.

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