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Comment Re:Not dead, just a zombie (Score 1) 379

Don't worry, 3D will come back. And then it will go away again.

You hit the nail on the head. Of course 3D TV will return, because a new generation of ignorant executives will rise through the ranks of media companies, and a new generation of ignorant consumers will have disposable income. Neither of those groups will have any grasp on history, and will repeat the cycle over and over again (failing each time) until someone creates an ACTUAL 3D experience.

That said, my entire previous paragraph will be moot if VR/AR becomes mainstream. That has a far, far better chance of providing a 3D experience than any type of TV.

Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 1) 306

they tend to be shipped with unskippable junk that you have to watch every single time, before watching the material you are interested in.

On the PS3, press Square to get to the main menu and play the movie. On VLC, right click, select Main Menu, play movie. In both cases, the crap is skipped.

The streaming sites' viewing catalog is paltry compared to what's on DVD. I like streaming stuff, too, but DVD's are so superior to streaming that it boggles my mind how so many supposedly tech-savvy people on this site completely miss the many pro's:

1) Watching a DVD doesn't count against my bandwidth, while streaming does:

2) The perceived quality diffference of DVD vs. streaming and Blu-ray is so minor as to be nearly unnoticeable (except in cases were the streaming is altered due to bandwidth constriction). I have one Blu-ray movie (Avatar), and it is questionable, at best, as to whether it's any better than the DVD version. The two are so close as to not matter. Blu-ray hype has proven to be unfounded as far as I can tell.

3) Ripping a DVD to my media server is easy, and I can watch it for far longer than it will remain in a streaming catalog.

4) If my Internet goes down, I can still watch my DVD's.

5) My Internet speeds are still good if each member of my family wants to watch something different at the same time on different devices.

6) Each member of my family can watching something different at the same time on different devices.

7) No one is logging and tracking my DVD viewing patterns.

Those are the ones I can think of off the top of my head. While streaming is nice to augment my DVD collection, it has some severe downsides.

Comment Re:Never had a chance... (Score 1) 78

Hate to say it, but a bad idea in search of a problem...

If quality phones were $30 or so, I would agree with you. But considering how absurdly expensive a quality phone is, modular parts would be fantastic. The problem here isn't in the concept, but rather in the execution.

With my PC, I can easily replace:
1) Memory
2) Motherboard
3) Power supply
4) Storage
5) Input devices
6) Output devices
7) CPU

I would love to be able to cheaply and easily upgrade or replace the parts of my phone (or tablet) that have become obsolete (or have been damaged or destroyed) without having to buy an entirely new device. These things should all have pluggable interconnects to make replacement at least as easy as it is with a PC.

Perhaps LG's designers have reached the limits of their abilities, but the concept is very good.

Comment Law Breaking (Score 4, Insightful) 151

If you or I drove down a California street without a valid driver's license, the penalty would be anything from a ticket (first time offense, no injuries to others) to an arrest (multiple offender, injuring people) and possible incarceration.

If the standard penalties were applied to whichever Uber executive authorized the law-breaking, then Uber would come into compliance rather quickly.

Comment Re:what's so "unthinkable"? (Score 1) 257

...[Microsoft] made legal commitments not to assert any patents....

And you have been suckered in by Microsoft's double-speak. Microsoft promised, at best, to not sue you for patent violations when you use a particular version of certain parts of .Net Core. They reserve the right to sue you later for using a slightly different version of those same parts of .Net Core, and to sue you for using the parts of .Net Core not covered by the patent pledge. They're just waiting for you to become dependent on their product before springing the trap some years down the road.

This is the same old Microsoft. They've just changed their sheep skins.

Comment Why Is Anyone Surprised (Score 4, Insightful) 158

I don't understand why people are so outraged. This is the very nature of cloud services -- you store your information on someone else's servers, depending on their whims to keep that information accessible. There are no guarantees that the information you put on someone's servers today will still be there tomorrow.

What I find the most stunning is that some people are putting, "...valuable resources that users have created and entrusted to you to retain and keep online" on someone else's servers, and expecting that it will still be there when they need it.

Comment Total Cost of Ownership (Score 1) 69

I wonder if those companies factor that into their total cost of running Windows.

Business: "So, Windows licensing for our organization is $25,000 this year. Our Windows liability extortion costs due to Windows insecurity are $40,000 this year, and an extra $15,000 a year for security software that pretends to plug Windows' massive blunders."

Microsoft: "So, can we tell the press that your total cost of ownership for Windows is twenty dollars?"

Business: "WTF?!"

Microsoft: "Here's a cool twenty dollar bill if you let us lie."

Business: "Awesome! You've got a deal!"

Comment Re:All part of the scam. (Score 1) 236

A) wipe your system
B) load Linux instead of Windows
C) restore files from backups

This is what I did back in 1997 when a Windows virus wiped out my hard disk. Sadly, I was a broke college student who didn't have the money to afford backups, so I lost everything. I had to start from scratch, anyway, so I started with Linux. I had dabbled with Linux on and off since 1993, but that Windows virus was the push I needed to commit to the switch. I've never regretted it.

Comment Better Than Most (Score 1) 209

The slowest speeds listed in this report are far better than what HUGE swaths are of U.S. are relegated to: dial up.

Broadband rollout is so poor in the U.S., due mostly to corrupt relationships between providers and lawmakers, that most of the country's geography is not served by anything better than dialup or satellite, both of which are horrible.

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