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Comment Re:Not impulsive at all (Score 1) 1302

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) 1302

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:Advertising and greed (Score 1) 145

Personally, I would be delighted if Netflix dumped all the shows from traditional networks.

Netflix probably won't do that because they'd be leaving a segment of the market unserved and that would open up a very large opportunity for a competitor.

They would be doing to themselves what Blockbuster and Hollywood did when they ignored the streaming content model.

Perhaps what they need is a better interface so that people like you, who aren't interested, don't have to see that content but people like me, who watch it, can find it easily.


Comment Re:What an idiot (Score 1) 270

Has it ever crossed your mind what would happen if you got hit by a bus?

Every organization should have a "Won the powerball" or "Hit by a bus" insurance policy of some sort. Namely, a second or third person with the same level of access to every system.

Allowing one person to have the power to cripple your organization is a recipe for disaster.


Comment Re: What an idiot (Score 3, Insightful) 270

Part of being competent at your job is loving your company and what you do.

What kind of Stockholm Syndrome bullshit is this?

I'm good at what I do. I enjoy what I do. I'm on good terms with my employer but I do not love it. It's misguided and unhealthy to love a company. A company won't love you back. A company can't love you back.


Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 304

It's clearly a generational thing. Many older individuals can't seem to understand that dvds are inconvenient.

It's more likely that the older individuals have already lived through the death of a service and don't want to experience that particular inconvenience again.

Do you remember when DIVX went belly up?


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.

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