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Comment Re:The intent of Copyright (Score 2) 211

The intent of Copyright Has historically little to do with the artists.

Your statement reflects a common-sense but inaccurate understanding of the word "artists" in this context.

"Artist" is short for "Con artist", who tricks creators of cultural artifacts into surrendering their copyrights for pennies and then tricks users of those cultural artifacts into paying to access them. See also "rent seeker", "grifter" and "bridge seller".

Submission + - Subscribers Pay 61 Cents/Hour of Cable, But Only 20 Cents/Hour of Netflix (allflicks.net)

An anonymous reader writes: The folks at AllFlicks decided to crunch some numbers to determine just how much more expensive cable is than Netflix. They answered the question: how much does Netflix cost per hour of content viewed, and how does that compare with cable's figures? AllFlicks reports: "We know from Netflix’s own numbers that Netflix’s more than 75 million users stream 125 million hours of content every day. So that’s (roughly) 100 minutes per user, per day. Using the price of Netflix’s most popular plan ($9.99) and a 30-day month, we can say that the average user is paying about 0.33 cents per minute of content, or 20 cents an hour. Not bad! But what about cable? Well, Nielsen tells us that the average American adult cable subscriber watches 2,260 minutes of TV per week (including timeshifted TV). That’s equivalent to 5.38 hours per day, or 161.43 hours per 30-day month. Thanks to Leichtman Research, we know that the average American pays $99.10 per month for cable TV. That means that subscribers are paying a whopping 61.4 cents per hour to watch cable TV – more than three times as much as users pay per hour of Netflix!"

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 2) 147

This adds no additional security to a system secured with a password

Sure it does - It means you have two passwords, rather than a password and a piece of publicly-available information... Though the GP already gets that, I basically just rephrased his "type garbage, and save a copy" as something a bit more user-friendly. :)

That said, I otherwise agree with you completely - Though, I also don't really see the problem here. Biometrics would solve some of the usability issues with passwords, but at the cost of introducing entirely new ones.

Really, I think a lot of this comes down to "how much security is enough"? Sending an SMS for two-factor counts as far, far more than adequate 99% of the time; and that even counts as massive overkill 99% of the time. For virtually all uses, just using something like your favorite porn star's name is good enough.

Comment Re:User Generated Content (Score 2) 192


OK, -Palooza is taken, but a series of live concert events in major cities around the world with big name and up and coming bands and other sideshow entertainment. I know that there are already several large shows like this now, but Netflix can record the content for re-broadcast, develop behind the scenes shows and even do a reality TV show where contestants compete as roadies or as side show carnies and face elimination challenges each week using the usual formula of being voted off by their peers or by judges, with one or two 'saves' from the Netflix viewers.

Smaller bands might also do side deals for live concerts spin off's beyond the mega concert, available on Netflix streaming. This could boost music sales on-line for up and coming artists. More famous bands might get a documentary style spin off, interviews, behind-the-scenes, or whatever.

It generates content for future streaming, and the reality TV part could get a good run for a few years and help the content not get too stale year after year.

Netflix could partner with one of the existing mega-concert production companies. Something like this would be good for a minimum of 4 or 5 years, maybe more if it is popular.

I would also suggest a 'battle of the bands' kind of show as part of the events, where the concert goers get to decide the winners over the course of a season as part of NetflixPalooza. Start with groups of bands, like groups in the World Cup. Then advance to the semi-finals and finals for elimination. Internet voting could revive 2 or 3 bands eliminated in the group play for a round between the group play and the semi-finals. Giving the Netflix subscribers a say in the outcome is empowering and forms a connection with the show. I worry that music competition shows may be past their prime (American Idol, The Voice, etc), and not worth doing. The groups play to single elimination finals, with a chance for revival from the internet audience may make it more interesting that existing shows. Also, the live concert aspect is novel and could be worth it.

None of these ideas are truly original. Just combinations of other entertainment that works well right now. That is pretty much what the entertainment industry has always done, find what works and repeat it until it has no life left in it so it should be an easy sell to investors.

Comment Re:Provide your phone number for extra security? (Score 1) 147

Also, security questions are a joke. Where was I born? The whole world knows by now. Why would I provide yet another vector for compromising my account?

You realize that you don't need to give a meaningful (nevermind "true") answer to those security questions?

"Mother's maiden name?" "#10 dual-window envelopes".

Comment Super Exciting! (Score 1, Insightful) 372

Let's run through that announced feature list.

  • Windows Ink: Windows Ink is without a doubt the best part of the Anniversary Update. It's essentially a central location to find built-in or third-party apps that work with your stylus. -- Irrelevant. Don't use a stylus on my Win 10 machine.
  • Microsoft Edge extensions: If you're a fan of Chrome extensions, then you'll be glad to hear that they're heading to Microsoft's Edge browser. -- Irrelevant. If I were a fan of Chrome extensions, I'd continue using Chrome. I wouldn't use Edge at gunpoint.
  • Cortana improvements: Microsoft's digital assistant, Cortana, debuted on Windows 10 last year, and the software maker is bringing it to the lock screen with the Anniversary Update. -- Irrelevant. I neutralized Cortana as effectively as I could as soon as I could, and the only improvement Win 10 Anniversary could bring would be the ability to completely uninstall it.
  • Dark theme and UI tweaks: You can switch on what I call even darker mode in settings -- Irrelevant, because I am not a emo self-cutter in black duster and unlaced combat boots. But, uh, yaaay for those guys?

So, a hugely marketed mixed bag of fail and irrelevant. I am soooo glad I upgraded to Win 10 on my guinea pig machine.

Submission + - WikiLeaks takes down DNC Chair after damaging release (cnn.com) 1

SonicSpike writes: Debbie Wasserman Schultz announced Sunday she is stepping down as chairwoman of the Democratic National Committee at the end of the party's convention, which is set to begin here Monday.

The Florida congresswoman's resignation — under pressure from top Democrats — comes amid the release of leaked emails showing DNC staffers favoring Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders in the party's 2016 primary contest.

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