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Comment Re:The price hike is minimal... (Score 1) 450

I doubt more than 1% of Netflix customers has any idea what a VPN or proxy is - let alone how to set one up.

Also Netflix originals seem to be doing quite well. Daredevil and Orange is the New Black in particular see to be all the rave, and Marco Polo is one of the best shows on TV IMHO.

Realistically, there is always a breaking point of people. Piracy is easy. Any of the above shows that I want to watch I can still pirate pretty darn easily. The only way a company is going to get someone as a customer is that their pay service is easier than piracy and cheap enough to make the piracy too much hassle.

At $8/month Neflix was at that rate. At $10/month apparently some people start to decide it's not worth it. $2 isn't much but that's a 20% increase in service price. Personally I kept my Netflix subscription - but the price hike actually did trigger me to cancel Hulu as I didn't feel like paying for both as they inch up in price.

Comment Re:Standard of living (Score 2, Interesting) 606

My high school had no auto shop, and does any school have an HVAC class...I seriously asking was that really ever a thing?

Yes. I graduated in 1999 and even then my high school had vocational classes available to train to be an auto-mechanic, carpenter, electrician, or HVAC tech. And those jobs pay pretty well. My brother actually went the more vocational route (I went to college, though I did major in a STEM field) and he's making within 5% of my salary with only a high school diploma.

Sadly though those programs have been discontinued. It's no longer considered "respectable" to work with your hands - even if it's a well paying occupation that takes a lot of skill to do.

Comment Depends (Score 2) 149

Depends on your definition of "Primary". Primary at work? Heck no. I just moved from Windows 7 a few weeks ago. I'm long past "ooh shiny" at work and as long as something works I'm happy to apply security patches only.

At home? Yeah I don't care. The stuff I do on a home computer is all run of the mill crap: internet/social networking, video games, and other stuff that's either not too critical or can be done from a browser.

I've got 2 desktops (one of which I'd consider my "primary" device at home), a laptop, 4 internet capable game consoles, my phone, and two tablets laying around at home. If any one of them is down I can make it by with the other devices for as long as I need until I get it fixed. Heck if I got really desperate I've also got a pair of Raspberry Pi's setting around too that will technically run a Linux desktop - just painfully slow.

Really with $50 tablets and $200 laptops these days computing has gotten so cheap that fully functional computers have gotten as cheap as child's toys.

Comment Re:Standard of living (Score 5, Insightful) 606

In the 1970's a kid straight out of high school could get a job, get married, buy a 3 bed house + garage + car in the suburbs and raise 2.6 children on one paycheck.
Today's third level graduates look forward to a half decade of half-jobs, effective vagrancy, crippling rents, and the growing impossibility of being able to afford even an apartment + car on two salaries.

Compare the lifestyles though. The kid in the 1970's generally didn't care where he lived as long as he got that house (which BTW, was likely MUCH smaller than the average house of today - SQFT per occupant has gone up dramatically in the last ~30 years). Now people just have to live where it's "happening". Nobody wants to live in Boise - it's gotta be the bay area, or Austin, or New York.

And how many of those "third level graduates" were for liberal arts degrees where you're really only equipped to teach what you studied in when you graduate, while 1970's kid in high school took up vocational classes in auto mechanics or HVAC - less glamorous or prestigious but ACTUAL USEFUL SKILLS. Those skills also translate well into being able to do a lot of your own home, auto, or other "around the house" type maintenance saving from having to call a repairman out every time you find a frayed cord. 30 years ago pretty much everyone was decently handy and knew how to fix basic stuff.

And as stated - 1970's kid is doing all this on one salary. His wife/partner/other half is likely at home cooking all of their meals, rather than going downtown for organic artisan tacos and PBR's every night. When you're cooking your food at home you can afford to feed 5-6 people easily for what it would cost for one person to eat out. Now I'm not suggesting that women shouldn't be in the workforce at all (on the contrary I think its better how it is now), but it is a foolish notion to compare two time periods and say that now you NEED two incomes. You don't need it - it's just that now one partner who was once doing very real work to reduce the overhead needed to raise a family is now trading their time for extra income instead.

Honestly, I don't get the mindset of comparing our supposedly rosy past to the present and then suggesting a huge turn towards Socialism as how we return to that. That certainly wasn't the system we had in place back then to get that result.

Comment Re:It's time.......... (Score 1) 134

Virtually all of my automatic "bill" payments (ie, mortgage, water, cable, power, car, boat) are setup to draft by checking account # rather than a credit/debit card. I don't generally write checks at all but by setting those up that way I basically never have to worry about changing the card information.

Anything charging by card # is something much less critical. I mean you have to change them every now and then anyways - credit cards have expiration dates.

Comment Re:It's time.......... (Score 1) 134

I've had cards compromised 2 or 3 times - it's never been more complicated than that.

Besides the card companies are getting pretty good at pattern recognition these days. I was travelling last week and used my card to withdraw cash at an ATM quite a few states away from my residence. The transaction was refused and I immediately got a text on my phone saying my account had been flagged for suspicious activity. It was a false alarm, but I was able to respond to the text and open it up immediately.

Comment Still working (Score 1) 171

It had been a few years since I called our local one but I just checked and it's still up.

Back when I was a kid in the late 80's/early 90's that was the go-to source for making sure you had your clocks set correctly. Later on they added current temperature too. It was used enough that it wasn't uncommon to call it and get a busy signal and you'd have to try back again in a few minutes.

When I just called it gave the date, time, temperature, and a decently detailed daily weather forecast as well.

Comment Re: Lawyers get millions (Score 2) 232

Granted, I could of bought half a console for the upgrade but then it would be obsolete in under 2 years

In what world are your consoles going obsolete in 2 years?

The PS2 was released in March of 2000.
The PS3 was released in November of 2006.
The PS4 was released in November of 2013.

That's a 6.5 to 7 year span between releases. Now, take into account that generally for the first year or so of any new system they still release most games on both the old and new version you can usually stretch out your older system another year or two past the introduction of a new one if you want.

As to having to buy more than 1 - there are just very, very few games these days that are truly exclusive - and many of those like Nintendo titles aren't available on the computer either so you're not avoiding that exclusivity by playing on PC.

And sure, you can make do with buying budget PC parts to keep it constantly just barely able to play the latest games - but with that you're losing the improved graphical quality that the PC is known for and likely getting an experience that's not even as good as the consoles provide.

Now, I'm not saying that PC gaming is "stupid" or "dead" or anything like that. For people who have the money and want to invest it the experience really is better there. HOWEVER, there are lots of people who still love to play games but don't want to put that much money into the hobby. They either have other hobbies they would like to spread their funds to (or maybe even BILLS to pay) and for them consoles offer a way to still play the games without jumping on the PC upgrade treadmill.

Or simply: I'm not surprised that people game on a PC, only that someone would pose the question "Why would you play a port of a PC game on a console?"

Comment Re:Big Bang Gravitational Wave (Score 1) 126

This gravitational wave isn't 12 billion years old. The stars that it sourced from formed that long ago.

It says the stars formed 12 billion years ago, lasted for 5 million years before becoming black holes (big stars live fast), and then 10 million years LATER they collided to make this gravitational wave.

If you do the math you'll noticed that this means that the gravitational wave itself is only 2 billion years old - not 12.

Comment Re: Lawyers get millions (Score 3, Insightful) 232

why are you playing a port of a PC game? This doesn't make sense.

Because some people can't justify the cost of building/maintaining a gaming PC so they buy a console at a much lower price (that they'll get 7+ years out of) and play games there instead?

I've got other stuff to worry about than dumping $700 every other year into a PC just to play the same same games that are available on a $350 console that will last nearly a decade.

Comment Re: Lawyers get millions (Score 1) 232

The ps3 has a better range of games, can play ps2 games -

The number of PS3's with PS2 backwards compatibility is quite small. Basically one specific SKU of the earliest versions of the console.

Besides that though the PS3 and PS4 are very similar when it comes to network connectivity and updates. Only real difference is the requirement for PS Plus for multiplayer on PS4. Given that I don't really like multiplayer though it doesn't effect me. As a matter of fact that seems to be why PS4 did so much better than XB One at launch: Microsoft was busy trying to make XB One into some weird home media hub/gaming system whilst Sony just released a beefed up traditional console.

Comment Re:Cost Increase...for customers (Score 1) 595

You haven't been paying attention. This is Apple.

This is Apple without Steve Jobs. The company that in the mid 1990's just about faded into obscurity.

Jobs is gone now, and coincidentally all I've been hearing for the last 2 years or so is about how much Apple's stuff is starting to suck. Not from the people who always disliked Apple mind you - this is from the people who previously were big fans.

Now, at its heart Apple really hasn't changed that much. The sell relatively good quality devices at inflated prices with completely arbitrary and proprietary hardware and software. That hasn't changed, but it takes a really, really good salesman in charge to make the populace spend money on that type of device. Jobs was that good of a salesman. Apple doesn't seem to have found a good replacement.

They're still riding momentum for now, but I'd wager than within a decade Apple will be in a similar position as they were back in the mid 1990's: still cranking out a few devices for the die-hard fans while 95% of the market has moved on to a less restrictive option. It was Windows back then, it'll be Android now. Heck Android already powers a majority of the devices already.

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