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Comment Depends what the definition of Hasn't Forgotten is (Score 1) 84

They can't improve fast enough. Between the increasingly long waits for long tail content and the increasing likelihood those titles will simply drop off the list entirely and enter the Netflix twilight zone they cynically call "Saved" never to return, and the increasingly long turn-around times for their mailers, when once you could rely on 2 films per week, now you're literally lucky to get only one, which doubles my costs and halves theirs, I'm seriously longing for the old life-in-the-slow-lane video stores they killed off. It really does amaze me a competitor hasn't emerged to challenge this ambivalent giant. Some optimism but mostly sheer inertia keeps me from cancelling. I really try to cut down on torrenting but they keep pulling me back...

Comment Re:Because now no one even cares about ripping DVD (Score 1) 244

person who cares checking in. streaming services are sadly lacking; i buy and rent lots. my physical discs (with extras) go right to hard drive so the next time they're watched they're backed up and just a few lazy clicks away. ymmv but storing 1500-2000 studio dvds today will generally run about 35 cents per movie per 10 tb hd. 15 cents each if you don't mind using a 5tb. double that when you clone the drive. expect that to fall by a third, maybe a half next year. it can add up perhaps but the per film financials are negligable.

Comment Innate (Score 1) 622

Personally I think dead reckoning is innate. At least it feels that way to me. Like knowing it's about to rain, I "sense" I should be heading that way or this, instinctively I suppose, almost as if I'm being pulled, and if practice (or lack thereof) alters the effect, I haven't noticed anything so far, and I've been using using GPS for over a decade (props to HERE btw, best app for the phone, especially beyond towers). There are the odd minor digressions, like on the Vinyard last summer when my phone was constantly routing me around Obamajams onto sketchy dirt roads etc, but I told it to. Anytime things get really weird alarms go off and I reassess.

I think it's all positive, and while I'm all for model maps and peer reviewed papers, I doubt that particular spidey sense will atrophy anymore than I'll lose the ability to eat with my hands because I've been using utensils for too long. Spatial localizing isn't just a time saver, it's survival, and thanks to fuckups by the ancients we've evolved from those that were pretty damn good at it. It's ingrained, it appears, and we got it free.

Comment Re:Everyone's phone, DSL and copper (Score 1) 177

Actually it will, and does. My very old rotary phone, pulse code and all, metal dial and all, works fine incoming and outgoing. So too the DSL, Netflix, Prime, torrents etc...even my Republic Moto X, with automatic wi-fi offloading of cell voice, text, SMS and data all via that ballsy little POTS line that's been supporting squirrels since my parents were kids.

Submission + - Reserchers Say Fukushima Child Cancer Rates 20-50x Higher than Expected (

JackSpratts writes: From the article: A new study says children living near the Fukushima nuclear meltdowns have been diagnosed with thyroid cancer at a rate 20 to 50 times that of children elsewhere, a difference the authors contend undermines the government's position that more cases have been discovered in the area only because of stringent monitoring.

Most of the 370,000 children in Fukushima prefecture (state) have been given ultrasound checkups since the March 2011 meltdowns at the tsunami-ravaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant. The most recent statistics, released in August, show that thyroid cancer is suspected or confirmed in 137 of those children, a number that rose by 25 from a year earlier. Elsewhere, the disease occurs in only about one or two of every million children per year by some estimates.

Comment Nook Owner Here (Score 2) 132

Bought the Tablet the week of release and paid around $250.00 w/handsome flip cover. It's fits in my suit pocket so it actually goes to meetings. Great screen - easy to read, displays AV content pleasingly (charts, pics, NetFlix etc), good sound. Has page numbers! With format-shifting Calibre I can load any content out there and the expandable memory let's me add all I need. Mine's nearly two years old so the idea of "doing it again" is basically moot. Technology marches etc...I'd buy something up to the 2013 minute now, like the new Nexus 7 with faster page loading maybe, but I have no need to replace my Nook. It's still doing what I paid it to do in '11. It's bulletproof. Battery holding up...It's a real GLU, a great little unit.

Comment Geek me to the max (Score 2) 193

Written like a true geekster. Look, shopping isn't particularly about distribution...that may indeed be what selling is about (although I doubt it), but shopping is a whole nuther animal. When I'm stuck behind my tesla 19" wonderwindow for hours, I often lunge at any excuse to get out of the home office. If that means heading to Trader Joes for some fresh ciabatta bread (squeezed by me to be sure) or a taste of that new sauce the nice lady hands me I'm winning on two levels. I'm out of the house and in control of buying and perusing. Bumping into somebody cute is icing on the cake. I can't do any of that from my desk. Certainly for many commodities online shopping has real merit, and it's possible that by chipping away at the margins Amazon may render less enlightened establishments vulnerable, but the breathless prose of the writer is more wishful thinking than anything truly predictive.

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