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Comment Re:Why bother? (Score 4, Informative) 49

It's the principle of the thing.

Apple is winning against these requests from the government, but barely. Wikipedia says that a judge ruled in their favour in Brooklyn, but in the most publicized case - the case of the San Bernadino terrorists, the FBI withdrew their request rather than have Apple's objection decided on by the judge.

Dragging these assholes into the sunlight and making their methods a matter of public record makes things better for everybody.

Comment Still original content (Score 5, Insightful) 193

The article briefly mentions original content like it was their last smart move and they'll have to do something else to survive. I would disagree with that assessment.

The media cartels (MPAA etc) are trying to starve out Netflix by jacking up their licensing fees, onerous international distribution agreements, etc etc.

The Netflix back catalog of old movies has actually been shrinking. The focus on original content is to bring control to their programming so that they aren't 100% at the mercy of the cartels who want nothing more than for Netflix to die. The goal of the cartels is that Hulu or some other godforsaken corp-owned property can retain their dominance of the public eyeball.

That's why Netflix has gone all in on their original programming. I just finished watching Stranger Things and it is really good. Because Netflix developed it themselves, they don't have to negotiate an international distribution agreement and they can release it simultaneously in all the markets they offer subscriptions. That's huge. I watched past the credits and there were translation teams for about 8 languages - I think I saw French, Spanish, Japanese, German among them.

So I think their play is what they are already doing - pour money into original programming, build their own back catalog so they aren't at the mercy of greedy content providers, and keep providing great customer service.

Comment This story is garbage (Score 1, Insightful) 109

The accusation was that the app had "full access" to google account data. Hence Slashdot's previous headline, PSA: Pokemon Go Has Full Access To Your Google Account Data

This previous story was accurate and true, because by the developers own admission,

"[Pokemon Go] erroneously requests full access permission for the user's Google account"

They are fixing it, and kudos for fixing it, and they've confirmed with Google that they didn't access any additional information, but they still fucked up and have admitted they fucked up.

Perhaps people should be more careful about the accusations they make.

Go to hell

Comment Re: Could have been a contender (Score 5, Interesting) 211

In 1995, a kid in my dorm showed me this new OS called Be. Running on a PowerMac 603 with a single cpu and 16mb of ram, he showed me how Be could play 6 video files simultaneously. Mapped to 6 faces of a cube. And you could spin the cube around via the mouse while all 6 videos were playing. Never any input lag, or dropped frames. It was a thing of beauty.

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