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Comment Re:This is blog-like garbage (Score 1) 192

Well, the guy on the blog is in the business of using speculation for his own benefit (Google Ventures' General Partner), so I'm not surprised. Then again, all media is influenced by the environment and thus should be taken with a grain of salt... Unless you live in China where the only influence is government and everything is true (read: propaganda).

Comment Re: As a user... (Score 1) 192

As I replied to another anon coward here...

PPV isn't my invention. I said it crystal clear that is what Netflix needs AS A COMPANY. Companies are in the business of making money. Facebook intelligently didn't make money initially, then it started making money with things you don't like: ads and pay-to-win-type apps/games. It's sensible to add PPV to Netflix FOR THEIR OWN DIRECT BENEFIT, and I would pay occasionally. If you don't that's your problem, but you still had the subscription content to see. Cable companies have premium channels for a reason, and they have PPV for a reason - it's a solid way to "pricify" supply and demand - less people see it while it costs more to make, so guess what you have to pay more to see it. That's capitalism for you and if you don't like it FU because 'MURICA.

I actually believe PPV content would improve my own experience, as I could get to watch more stuff in the platform I prefer instead of time-shifting to a set top crap that I can't take anywhere, and I believe PPV pricing would be highly competitive in a platform like Netflix, so it would be a minor luxury compared to a major one.

Comment Re:As a user... (Score 1) 192

That's just like Spotify, they don't really want you consuming the licensed stuff, so they'd rather bomb you with "similar" that are more "sponsored" than actually the same type of what you just saw. They dont want to improve the interface, search and recommendation for very specific reasons, but they are underrating the finantial benefits that a more pragmatic "discovery" interface would entail. A clear example is sorting by year: 90% of the people would consume a lot more recent stuff which is by obvious reasons more expensive, then they would have to pay a lot more of the expensive licensing.

Comment Re:As a user... (Score 1) 192

As in all things personal, ymmv. I just didn't expect that kind of heat from anonymous coward... When I say personalization matters, its because it sux widely, not only to myself, but to many I have discussed it with, some in my family, some outside. You don't aggree that's your opinion, and I believe YOU ARE caring too much about your own opinion not to understand the problem I mention.

About licensing, thank you for the news, as if I didn't know they avoid popularizing licensed content because it costs them more. I have a (pulls the social approval card out) 5-starred comment proving how much I know about the subject. Just in case you thought you were smarter, because I think what's at stake in your dialogue and not exactly making a point about Netflix.

And PPV isn't my invention. I said it crystal clear that is what Netflix needs as a company. Companies make money. Facebook didn't make money, it started making money with things you don't like: ads and pay-to-win-type apps/games. It's sensible to add PPV do Netflix FOR THEM, and I would pay occasionally. If you don't that's your problem, but you still had the subscription content to see. Cable companies have premium channels for a reason, and they have PPV for a reason - it's a solid way to "pricify" supply and demand - less people see it while it costs more to make, so guess what you have to pay more to see it. That's capitalism for you and if you don't like it FU because 'MURICA.

Comment As a user... (Score 0) 192

...I believe what Netflix needs, or better, what I need to be able to recommend Netflix to anyone and not just people with lifestyles and tastes as mine, is a more mature personalization system. And this involves more content! The thing I find myself missing the most is I barely see any content suggested by Netflix to be appealing in the list at face value, but I sometimes say "f*ck it" and watch one thing or two they recommend. I've had about 50% luck liking what I decide to watch, and I already screen the suggested titles a lot before committing. That's just utter low for a platform that brags of having a great recommendation system!

As a company, Netflix probably needs to go back to its roots to start providing PPV content and the odd non-intrusive ad, but both of them sparsely as they hamper that which most people love of its environment right now - being the best time-shift there is. I believe a lot of companies with localized rights will have no problem collecting royalties from Netflix streaming their content - after all, this already happens a lot between competitor cable companies, they share each other's most popular channels keeping minor, niche exclusives. And did I mention more content helps the my first argument of more personalization? I wouldn't mind being "suggested" the odd 1-2 dollar add-on for watching Mr. Robot on the Netflix platform.

Comment Fact-based theory (Score 0) 270

I believe it's pretty straight-forward: Facebook is probably acting under command of the Turkish government, or pre-empting its censoring action against the site. It has happened before. During the coup there have been reports of social blockade in the country, and I can confirm I had issues accessing the pages of two Turkish Facebook friends the day of the coup and several days after.

I'm not gonna state Facebook are saints, but if I was in a position where I had to decide between connecting a populace in the most familiar internet communication app they have, during important societal changes such as a coup and its aftermath, OR keep them in total isolation, I would rather make the hard decision of censoring a bit in order to keep providing that app. It should be enough to take one censoring action like this to fool them - it's not like the Turkish authorities are that smart, just look at their president (and by that I mean only the government, not the entire population, there are very bright Turkish...). Like their own egos, Turkish authorities believe one solid statement shows a lot, and can't really see the bigger picture of Facebook being kept up.

Comment Nintendo got you covered... (Score 2) 137

As long as you don't connect it to the internet, Nintendo will likely never prompt to download anything. You migth still have to update firmware, but much like you had to for PS3's/PSPs - the game disc which needed a specific firmware brought it on-disc and it would be a 20min affair sans-data spending. And Nintendo still has the focus on family gaming in mind - this is the reason I bought one for my parent's and lil' 4yo sister's living room.

Comment I wouldn't. So shouldn't most (Score 1) 137

You can get PS4's for cheap. Loads of hardcore gamers are getting rid of their A and B-type chassis for the more silent and power efficient C models. The news about the slim version is also driving used and new prices down, even though it's all rumors. So why bring the PS4 into the XB1 topic? Because you can't recommend one without mentioning its main competitor, which is, to my own tastes and of most, a much better product with a far nicer environment and game library. Much like you should probably get a PC over any of the two if you're going for VR, most RTS/FPS games or if you have a solid steam library.

For someone who doesn't have ANY console, I would still say the PS4 is king, unless you really want to spend those bucks for a US company, which I wouldn't be surprised many would in this site. You will get loads of fun with any, but you wil surely get a lot more value, and lend or be lent a lot more games between most friends who likely have a PS4. Worth 100 dollars or even more if you ask me. My two cents.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Another guy who knows his stuff. Google does need the browser actually - it uses the default settings shipped with those browsers for instantly "infecting" 99% of the user base with their warrant canaray-less "encrypted" transport, including hardcoded programmed keys, unsafe root CAs for authentication of https, and whatnot.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Exactly. Thank god someone who knows the least bit of contemporary distributed applications to know that all the defaults in the browsers mentioned are the problem. People will argue "but you can disable that" a lot, but they seem to forget the amount of non-tech savvy people that exist in the world. And what that lack of savvy entails to their privacy.

Comment Re:So, what about other browsers. (Score 1) 119

Let me give you a real example about why you might not care what Maxthon does but Chinese people might.

I'm gonna quote myself to explain you exactly why I stopped expecting much from what came after that line:

You should be worried if you're a China national, or if your're traveling to China and you happen to be using that browser for your hardcore anti-commie endeavors.

At least I didn't stop at "bucko". Or "prove it or shut up", or any other of your "flammy" ways to keep a dialogue. Muricanism is killing slashdot. Real Americans talk Sense&Reason, not Redneck-Texan-Nationalist-bull. And for the sake of the conversation - I understand your ex-girl's problem completely. But this Maxthon issue has nothing to do with it or at least is not directly related enough to even apply. They collect data because everybody does it and there's monetization to be done from it, not because they are being commanded by their state to do so like it's happening in Russia. People in China unfortunately have to know better than to do any risky browsing without an overseas VPN (they shouldn't have to, but it's the way the world works now), because that's the only way they'll be safe from their own government. But not from others'.

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