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Comment Re:I wonder... (Score 1) 197

I think it's better described as "I don't care what else is on, I want to watch xyz now!"

It used to be that most people watched TV as a leisure activity, and so long as what was on was even semi-entertaining they might go for it. Nowadays most people I know don't schedule a time to watch TV, they make time to watch a particular show/movie when they want. It might seem like nitpicking, but it's basically the difference between
"Hey, it's 6:00pm, let's sit down and see if there's something we want on"
"Hey, Jan and Craig are over, let's hang out and watch the latest episode of Game of Thrones together" or "I bet Jan and Craig might want to check out 'Luke Cage' with us"

On demand, any time, the shows we want (and no f***ing commercials)

Comment PS4=games (Score 1) 71

Agreed, I'm in the same boat. Sony doesn't like this because then they're not getting any additional revenue from you on game sales. In fact, it looks like they went to good lengths to neuter the media-center capabilities of the PS4 compared to the PS3 for these reasons.

That of course ignores people like myself who might have multiple consoles for different rooms in the house (because it's more convenient to have buy the a device that plays games and discs than to have a blu-ray player in one room and a PS3 in another). While having two consoles might not get them a lot of extra game sales from me, it *would* get them more accessories such as controllers, DVD remote, etc.

Comment eBay's "committment" against forgery (Score 1) 77

eBay's "committment" against forgery is complete and utter bullshit. I bought a DVD series from a seller overseas (it was not a domestic series) who had lots of listing proudly proclaiming he doesn't sell bootlegs. DVD's arrive, and the first few episodes have the same shitty fan-subs that would see with crap downloaded online. Some episodes even have the f***ing scan-lines where they were recorded to DVD from an analogue source. The only thing that looked remotely legit about them was the silkscreening and some box art.

eBay's response: You need to get a professional in the industry to provide a written attestation that the goods are counterfeit, within the next 30 days.

Within the podunk town I was living at the time that was pretty much impossible, and thus the seller got to keep my money for what was essentially fancy cardboard and crappy burned downloads.

Submission + - ICANN recommends TLDs like .txt -- and .exe ( 1

fyngyrz writes: ICANN says, in part:

Given preliminary feedback that there is not a technical need to prevent file extensions as TLDs, as well as the lack of an authoritative source of common file extensions to draw from, staff determined that it is not workable to prevent common file extensions from being used as TLDs.

To summarize, it is the recommendation of the ICANN technical staff to allow applications for TLD strings that may also be commonly used for file extensions.

But will ICANN approve such applications? If so, we can all look forward to opportunities to click on...


Comment Re:Your car is not your car (Score 1) 301

...and the "cloud" -- if it's in the "cloud", someone else owns it. Even when they tell you you own it.

It's not on your hardware, it's not on your software, it's not in your storage, it's not on your premises, and you have zero control over any of the actual foregoing locations / instances.

But hey, everyone, keep that cloud-ward stampede going. They love ya for it.

Comment Tesla has control (Score 1) 301

All they could do to stop you from doing is voiding your warranty.

Perhaps not. As I understand it, the car is connected in order to facilitate software upgrade / maintainance. So they could tell the car it couldn't drive the next time you parked it for ten minutes, for instance.

I imagine that would land them in court -- but technically speaking, they could do it.

Comment Backwards compatibility (Score 3, Insightful) 259

This seems more "portable" than "console", and from the video it seems there's not much in the way of peripherals to deal with legacy games.

Buuuuut, that would be a *huge* seller for me. If they come up with something that could replace not only my 3DS but any previous consoles, that's gold (and certainly something the competition seems to fail on). I wonder if the dock is going to allow peripherals, say like an optical drive and/or adaptors for old-style controllers.

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