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Comment Re:... and that's bad, why? (Score 5, Informative) 311

If the studios have hard proof that Netflix is costing them money, why would they allow their movies to be shown on Netflix?

The article doesn't say that Netflix is costing them money, just that they sold 25% more DVDs when they weren't available on Netflix. It's entirely possible that their streaming revenue would exceed the extra revenue from those DVD sales, but there aren't enough details there to say one way or the other.

Comment Re:Adapt existing Speakers (Score 1) 23

I spent many years trying out various incarnations of streaming to my speakers (admittedly gave up before Chromecasts arrived) and Sonos is, for me, the answer.

- BlueTooth is just a pain for me, too many glitches; Sonos makes its own connection to the streaming source so its independent of your device
- The fact that I can start a stream on my Android phone in one or several areas of the house, then my wife can use her iPhone to change the volumes or add an remove zones, is really great
- It's easy to use, and pretty much always just works.

There are some downsides - can't play from just any app you want without using a line in, and setting up a system is expensive. I'm generally a tightwad, so it took me some time to bite the bullet. Now, it's our most used system and I can't see not having it. If you like to listen to music, and want a whole house system, you really need to check it out.

Comment Re: cult of mac (Score 2) 168

Yes, the first time I used iOS I knew that they had nailed it. Think of the Palms and Blackberries of the time - they were clunky and hard to use, even for a geek. I still prefer Android, but credit where credit's due.

Comment Re:I would never consider paying that much... (Score 1) 88

When you're comparing the US to EU phone plans, you need to take into account the different models which they evolved from. When mobiles first came out in the EU, it was always the caller who paid (quite a lot) for a call to a mobile, the person with the mobile paid nothing. This worked in Europe where people were used to paying per call they made. In the US, where people mostly had (even back then) free unlimited local calling, the owner of the mobile phone got a normal area code and bore all the costs of the calls, incoming and outgoing. In many ways the US system makes more sense to me, but whatever.

I have unlimited calls and unlimited slow data after 2.5GB of fast data for $30 a month, which seems ok to me. So not all Americans would consider paying that much either.

Comment Re:VirginMobile US & Ting (Score 1) 88

Virgin Mobile in the US is a reseller of T-Mobile and still offer prepaid plans.

Virgin in the US uses Sprint, (CDMA) not T-Mobile (GSM). Around me Sprint has ok coverage (I used to have Virgin), but T-Mobile is better (had them for a couple of years). I now use Cricket prepaid with an unlocked phone and the coverage (AT&T) is pretty good, maybe just a bit better than T-Mo most places.

Comment Re:I'm torn (Score 1) 25

Late '90s Grand Caravan. But I've driven friends' recent Grand Cherokees etc and even the newer ones seem to have crappy long term quality. Like a Grand Cherokee with 50k miles which feels like it's falling apart.

Sure, I'd reconsider if I read a few years of reviews saying they're now built well. But so far, that's not what I'm seeing.

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