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Comment Re:Connector (Score 1) 386

(BONUS point : this setup gives dual-viewer capabilities (viewer A and B get to watch 2 different channels thanks to the glasses) which might be popular in some market with cramped living rooms ? Japan ?)

My understanding is that it's for videogames, where two players can sit on the same couch and each will see the game from their own perspective. I don't know how many games actually support it, though.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 308

I'm wondering why they don't do the same with blurays.

It seems like many (most?) Blu-Rays come bundled with a digital copy from Ultraviolet or somesuch. I don't really know what that is, never having looked into how it works, but it may be that Amazon doesn't bother because the studios are doing it themselves.

Comment Re:You don't know what a free market is, do you? (Score 1) 372

You can't get patents or copyrights on a recipe.

I think the issues are a little more complex than this. No copyrights on a recipe: sort of right. You cannot copyright a simple list of ingredients or basic instructions explaining how to put them together. Cookbooks, on the other hand, which include cute or clever language, photos of meals and so on are certainly copyrightable.

I believe you may be able to get a patent on a recipe. The reason companies don't bother -- why Coca-Cola has never patented its secret formula, for example -- is because it would be pointless, because patents are public. As soon as Coca-Cola patented its formula, everybody in the world would know exactly how it was made, and it would be trivial to create taste-alike products. Instead, Coca-Cola maintains its formula as a trade secret and does not rely on government protections such as patents.

Comment Re:Now this is just getting stupid (Score 1) 564

I get various types of enjoyment out of my vinyl collection. Yes, the sound is pretty good -- in some cases better than the CD (because the CD was mastered for the "noise wars" and had to be remastered for vinyl). But there's also the enjoyment of full-sized art, lyric sheets you can read, occasional bonus artwork, colored vinyl is pretty common, have a couple of "three-sided" records where the fourth side has been etched with artwork, I have a couple of records with holograms on them ... hell, one record I own even features a playable board game in the gatefold. Choosing vinyl is a fun way to interact with your music beyond just listening to it. It's a different experience even than buying CDs.

Comment lolz (Score 1) 88

"they couldn't secure financing for manufacturing and shipping the first batch of units"

If only we had a way to provide funding for products? We could set up websites that enabled people to post commercially unviable ideas, collect sales in advance, and then bullshit for two years about why they haven't shipped, promised features have been removed, etc.

Comment Re:"Real-world usage" (Score 1) 246

Well, yeah. What percentage of a typical user's time on his Mac is spent developing web pages? In general, very little. In many (most?) cases, none at all.

Conversely, among the web developers who use Macs (which is quite a lot of them), maybe 75 percent of their workday is spent developing web pages. What's your point?

Comment Yahoo brand (Score 5, Informative) 401

I think everybody's jumping the gun here. What's left of Yahoo after the sale -- which will basically just be an investment holding company -- will change its name to Altbaba. I see no reason why Verizon wouldn't continue to operate Yahoo's core web businesses under the Yahoo brand. To not do so sounds like a tremendous waste of money.

Comment Re: The company may be sound (Score 2) 49

I have an S7 and I quite like it. They've dialed back the TouchWiz silliness to the point that I had very little difficulty transitioning from stock Android. The keyboard is eminently usable; I have Swype installed but find myself not using it. There's some bloatware but it's easily ignored, and some of it I actually use. On the whole it doesn't bother me at all, in fact it's probably the best phone I've owned.

Comment Re:3d fails about every 10-15 years. (Score 1) 435

Hugo, Life of Pi, My Bloody Valentine (seriously -- bless it for treating the 3D like what it is, a gimmick), Great Gatsby ... there have been a fair handful of movies that got the 3D right.

But only a handful. I'd say the majority of recent 3D blockbusters are just as enjoyable in 2D -- and depending on your frame of mind, even more so.

Comment Re:people are tired of recycled movie plots (Score 1) 189

99% of movies has the same schema portrayed in various backdrops & settings, you have a protagonist battling an antagonist over either a princess or a treasure

You ever consider the possibility that it may just be your own personal predilection for certain types of material? Because it sure doesn't sound like you're watching a whole lot of historical dramas, biopics, horror movies, comedies, murder mysteries, documentaries, or any other categories that don't seem to fit the cookie-cutter you describe.

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