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Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 5, Informative) 311

but, in addition, they tend to be shipped with unskippable junk that you have to watch every single time, before watching the material you are interested in.

It takes about 2 minutes of typing occasionally at the command line to rip the main title of the DVD and save it as an MKV file. Then, whenever you want to watch the film now or in the future, you don't have to deal with anything else that might be on that DVD. You never even have to take the DVD down from the shelf again unless you catastrophically lose data from your computer with no backups. I understand if the average man complains about unskippable ads or whatever, but how can one consider this a huge inconvenience on a "news for nerds" site?

Comment Re:Should I care? (Score 1, Interesting) 311

When I download files through torrent communities, I look for the magic words "BD rip" or "BD remux" or, for films not yet available in high def, DVD9. That means that you are getting bit-for-bit the same quality as the released Blu-ray/DVD. If studios stop releasing physical media and everything is available only through streaming websites, then you're only going to be able to get your films with lesser quality or higher filesizes.

Comment Re: Threshold (Score 1) 409

The civil unrest it causes could make it impractical to automate to that level.

That's what I thought when I visited South Africa, where almost every single establishment has more people working in it than are really needed; one just has to overemploy to maintain social harmony in the presence of a very high unemployment rate. I've grown used to self-service checkouts at supermarkets in my corner of Europe, but in SA I figured that if a supermarket tried to implement them, there'd be rioting and destruction.

Comment Re:By commenting, I'm part of the problem (Score 4, Insightful) 123

Posting it here is clickbait. The submission is almost guaranteed to rile the slashbots up and lead to lots of comments along the lines of "O tempora o mores!", "Kids these days want to change all the old stuff for no reason!". Nevermind that the Monopoly makers have thought about shaking up the piece set for decades. When I was a teenager in the early 1990s, someone doing a survey for Hasbro in the local shopping mall stopped me and asked me to give my opinions of possible new pieces.

Comment Re:How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 1) 397

Being transgender doesn't grant immunity from being mentally ill.

Being mentally ill, on the other hand, often leads to various misguided ideas concerning own sexuality, often driving one to the gender change operation.

And it's quite close-minded, to think mental illnesses are only a problem among straight cisgender people, and never touch the LGBT community - and so is thinking no mentally ill person will ever have their mental illness lead them to gender-related confusion.

Blanket claim that no transgender is ever mentally ill is just as bigoted as transgender is a mental illness.

Comment Re: How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 1) 397

Except you're missing a fairly broad margin of "professional victims" whose lie was NOT exposed - or at least, they managed to cover their tracks well enough, that whoever exposed their lie, didn't manage to gather enough rock-solid evidence to make their case.

If you look close at many of the "victim cases", there's very often something stinky, something dodgy, something suspicious - but since "they are the victims, they are suffering", any attempts to dig deeper are seen as most despicable carrion-eater activity, attempts to harm the poor victims! That way a lot of fraudsters can get by with total impunity, safe in their conviction that their lies will never be exposed.

Seriously, step out of your echo chamber and google "[name] is a fraud". You will only very rarely find any solid proof - but you WILL find suspicious activity - which you will not be able to trace down, neither prove or disprove, due to the "victim protection" atmosphere.

Comment Re: How to get it in future? Where is it lodged? (Score 1) 397

Still need Anita Sarkeesian to lose her position. She's been shown as a fraud, she's been shown as totally ignorant in the field she claims to be an expert, and she has a devout following of rabid fanatics who happily swallow every her lie and attack anyone who points out how she keeps stealing their money, keeps blatantly lying in her videos, and how she blames every single complaint against her on misogyny.

Comment Re:other news at 11: (Score 1) 189

You're not entirely accurate.

Tighter control of pedestrians adhering to crosswalks fails to boost public transport usage.

Higher penalties for failure to use turn signals found inefficient in encouraging drivers to drive straight across crossroads.

New, draconian fine for not using seatbelts found inefficient in boosting motorcycle helmet sales.

Comment Re:Oh hell naw. (Score 1) 79

We live in an age where a person can take their entire media collection with them. If I suddenly remember a piece I haven't heard in years, I can play it straightaway, even if Iâ(TM)m sitting in a tent in Patagonia. You act like thereâ(TM)s something wrong with taking advantage of that possibility. And while every gram counts in the sense that I would happily go from a hard drive to a high-capacity USB stick if the price were right, the hard drive itself is still acceptable enough for travel.

Comment Re:Oh hell naw. (Score 1) 79

Indeed, my music collection is all FLACs, as well as full DVD or Bluray images for video content. Of course, on the road MP3 quality (and its equivalents for video) might suffice, but why bother re-encoding when I can just carry it all? Plus, I keep scores and books on the respective composer or musician in the same directory tree, and some of those image-heavy PDFs can really add up.

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