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Comment Because DVD's Wear Out (Score 1) 490

DVD's are fragile things. When exposed to the hostile environment of the Postal system, and to Renters, they get damaged pretty quickly.

As a result, physical DVD's must be repurchased by Netflix over and over, if they are a popular rental item. This represents a measurable revenue stream for the film industry, and they are probably quite happy with it.

Streaming movies don't incur this damage and don't generate the same revenue stream for DVD sales.

I'd be curious to see some statistics from Netflix, telling how many times they are able to rent out a disc before it comes back unplayable. I know I've had a fair few unplayable discs shipped to me by Netflix.

Submission + - Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay So (

mendax writes: A New York Times op-ed reports:

A team of web designers recently released an astonishingly innovative app for streaming movies online. The program, Popcorn Time, worked a bit like Netflix, except it had one unusual, killer feature. It was full of movies you’d want to watch.

When you loaded Popcorn Time, you were presented with a menu of recent Hollywood releases: “American Hustle,” “Gravity,” “The Wolf of Wall Street,” “12 Years A Slave” and hundreds of other acclaimed films were all right there, available for instant streaming at the click of a button.

If Popcorn Time sounds too good to be true, that’s because it was. The app was illegal — a well-designed, easy-to-use interface for the movie-pirating services that have long ruled the Internet’s underbelly. Shortly after the app went public, its creators faced a barrage of legal notices, and they pulled it down.

But like Napster in the late 1990s, Popcorn Time offered a glimpse of what seemed like the future, a model for how painless it should be to stream movies and TV shows online. The app also highlighted something we’ve all felt when settling in for a night with today’s popular streaming services, whether Netflix, Amazon, iTunes, Hulu, or Google or Microsoft’s media stores: They just aren’t good enough.

Submission + - Verizon Knows your Wi-Fi SSID and Key ( 4

FuzzyFox writes: While browsing my Verizon FIOS account settings on their web site, I happened to notice my Wi-Fi SSID was prominently displayed. Below that, I noticed a link that would also display the WPA2 password for my private network.

I was really surprised by this, because I did not tell Verizon this information, or ask them to store it on my behalf. It appears they have lifted the information remotely from the ActionTec router that they supplied me with.

It bothers me that they are storing this information about me, because it could conceivably be (1) stolen by hackers, (2) subpoena'd by the government, (3) silently borrowed by the NSA, or other uses that haven't yet come to mind.

Do other ISP's also silently store their customers' password information without the knowledge of the customer? Should we be outraged about this? I would rather that my private information not be stored without my consent, at the very least.

Comment Re:We live in a multimedia word (Score 1) 414

"Flammable" means "it can burn." Like a piece of wood. If you hold a match to it for a while, it will eventually start burning.

"Inflammable" means "capable of bursting into flame." Like a pool of gasoline: If a flame touches it, it will be a raging fire, instantly.

So these two words are not exactly interchangeable; there is a difference in meaning.

Comment Re:Clear Hoax (Score 1) 330

The disk drives weren't faster, it was the I/O interface to the computer that was faster. PET's used the IEEE-488 parallel bus, while the C64 used the IEEE-488-"C" serial bus. Obviously a parallel bus can move more bits at a time than a serial bus at the same operating frequency. When compared to the tape drives, the disk drive was blazing fast. :)

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