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Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 1423

The last one (calling publications that he doesn't like "failing" or "fake news") could be a calculating move. By delegitimizing anyone who reports bad things about him, he could:

- Shut out reporters working for organizations he deems "Fake News." (He's already said that some news organizations will be left out of the White House Press Corps and refused to take a question from a CNN reporter, calling CNN "Fake News".)
- Try to pressure other organizations to fall in line lest they be labeled fake as well. (He went on to call NBC "fake news" for unflattering coverage of him. The implication clearly being "fall in line or you're fake.")
- Fulfill his campaign promise to "open up libel laws." (Not that there are Federal libel laws, but he could have Federal legislation passed that would let him sue news organizations.)
- Only allow positive press coverage of him. Anything else is "libel" and illegal.

Now, this doesn't mean him calling CNN and NBC "fake news" is calculating, but his own statements and actions don't point to a very pro-free-press version of Donald Trump.

Comment Re:already exceeding expectations (Score 4, Interesting) 1423

Technically speaking, about 3 million more people voted for Hillary than Donald. It's just that, thanks to our electoral college system, those votes were divided up such that he won.

(Not saying his not a legitimate President because of that fact. We can argue about whether or not the electoral college should be changed going forward, but those were the rules going in and should be respected as such.)

Comment Re:HBO needs to get its head back in the game (Score 1) 145

I think the biggest threat to Netflix would be a buyout. If a major media company (e.g. Disney) bought Netflix outright, they could ruin the service and drive people away from it. (Either on purpose to "drive more people to DVD sales" or just from execs who "totally know what the hip kids nowadays want from their streaming service" and thus need to get their two cents in.) Apart from that or the ISPs ganging up on Netflix post-Net Neutrality, you're right that Netflix's position is near-unassailable.

Comment Re:Had to happen at some point (Score 1) 145

What I find interesting is that traditional media execs. didn't try and stop it or massively slow the pace of aforementioned services as their industry will die off in the long run

They did try to sabotage it. On the content owner side, they attacked Netflix by trying to hold back their best titles so that they could turn Netflix into "the service that only has stuff nobody cares about." This is one reason why Netflix has invested in their Original Series.

On the cable TV side, they slowed down Netflix (one of the drivers behind Network Neutrality). They also implemented caps/overages to make streaming videos more expensive and some cable providers are making Internet+TV bundles less expensive than Internet alone. (So even if you sign up for Internet+TV and stick the cable box in a closet without hooking it up, you'll be counted as a cable TV subscriber and not a cord cutter.)

These tactics didn't bring Netflix down, but it's certainly slowed their ascent. However, with Network Neutrality looking like it might be done away with, the cable companies might be able to stop Netflix and force everyone to buy cable TV again.

Comment Re:cross platform books & music (Score 1) 68

I bought music from Google once. They required that I use their app to play it online. I could download it in MP3 format, but I was only allowed to do so a certain number of times. (Four, IIRC.) Contrast this with Amazon which will sell me the digital music, let me play it online or download it as many times as I like in non-DRMed MP3 format. That's why all of my music purchases (except that one described above) are from Amazon and not Google.

Comment Re:Did you know (Score 3, Informative) 68

Many libraries will also lend out Kindle versions of books. (They automatically expire and then can't be opened when due.) As an author, I love the Kindle platform. I make more money on the sale of a Kindle book than I do on the sale of a paperback. If Microsoft wants to even put a dent in Amazon's eBook empire, they're going to need cross-compatibility and a ton of titles to attract users and good royalty payment structures for authors. If their eBook store doesn't offer authors enough of a cut of sales, we'll all stick with Amazon. If not enough books are available, users won't use the service. If there aren't enough users, authors/publishing companies won't bother releasing their books on Microsoft's platform.

Side note: I liked that Amazon gave me the choice of whether to include DRM or not. (I didn't include it.) Somehow, I can't see Microsoft's eBook story NOT forcing DRM on all of the eBooks.

Comment Re:What about Blu-Ray? (Score 1) 306

We rarely buy DVDs or Blu-Rays anymore simply because streaming satisfies most of our viewing needs. When we want to watch something that's not on streaming, we'll request it from our local library and get it on DVD (because that's the format they have the most of). In rare instances when we actually buy a title, we might get it on DVD to save money if we don't care about it THAT much, but most times we'll buy the Blu-Ray version that comes with a DVD copy as well.

Comment Re:Should I care? (Score 5, Insightful) 306

You might not care, but the studios would. If they think they can increase DVD sales by not letting Netflix stream the movie, they'll do so. Netflix's library can already be a bit thin at times and this could worsen it. (Win win in the mind of the studios except that piracy would increase without Netflix.)

Comment Re:Swearing (Score 1) 281

It's good to hear of someone else that doesn't swear. I don't either. My wife, on the other hand, grew up around hockey players. Apparently, they say things that would make sailors blush. She has no qualms about letting the curse words fly. I don't mind her cursing and she doesn't mind my lack of it.

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