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Comment Sports are Expensive (Score 1) 155

I think they may be getting the same lesson the Music industry learned.

The product is expensive, the work to make it more expensive than it has to be, and many consumers would like to pick and choose which teams and sports they watch rather than buy a large mixed bundle of sports.

The music industry (for example) worked to make their product expensive -- you had to buy multiple songs.. not just the one you wanted.

The major ESPN channels are bundled into the almost all cable TV packages -- making them (those packages) very expensive -- for those who don't watch sports; this is also hiding the real cost(s) of sports from those who do enjoy watching them.

As more and more folks cut the cord, ESPN is going to lose out nearly every time.. and I'm sure that is a large % of the reported drop.

Even YouTube which is a "live" TV bundle coming to market, is including ESPN. Often companies that have sports properties like ABC, "require" cable TV companies into include their sports channels in most bundles -- giving them high subscriber numbers and gaining revenue from nearly every cable TV home.

The MSO - Multi System Operators -- have insisted that this bundling makes it cable TV cheaper for everyone -- it can't possibly help folks who don't watch sports.

While I know some sports fans who like and love nearly every type and kind of sport, not every fan loves every sport.

Since today any of the sport leagues can easily offer direct to consumer programming -- networks that offer sports programming, are really only provided 1 limited function -- ad sales. Having multiple companies bid for sports programming has certainly helped drive up the price over the last 30+ years.

I would think however, a direct to consumer model, that perhaps includes little or no advertising as well as other offerings that are contain large amounts of advertising... would in the long run get the most value for the teams and owners.

TV production from remote locations in teh 1950's was fairly hard. It's not super simple today but it is far easier and teams and leagues would be better off producing their own content and then selling the programming direct to consumers.


Is IoT a Reason To Learn C? ( 374

itwbennett writes: Whether or not beginning programmers should learn C is a question that has been roundly debated on Slashdot and elsewhere. The general consensus seems to be that learning it will make you a better programmer -- and it looks good on your resume. But now there might be another reason to learn C: the rapid growth of the internet of things (IoT) could cause a spike in demand for C skills, according to Gartner analyst Mark Driver. "For traditional workloads there is no need to be counting the bytes like there used to be. But when it comes to IoT applications there is that need once again..."

Comment Land size? (Score 1) 1560

When you said, "As the president of the largest democratic nation on Earth it matters for all people on Earth"

You are saying the US is a larger democracy than India because our landmass is larger?

Than the prior statement about the US being the word's largest democracy would have to be Russia or Canada, etc.

If its is by population is not by the US either.

Comment TV not Phones (Score 1) 78

A) which is why i didn't buy the G5 (I have a G4) I didn't think it would last more than 1 or 2 market cycles

B) modular design is a long term commitment by all parties

C) which is why I believe that as long as folks make Smart TV they are doing consumers a huge disfavor... People can keep "screens" for 5, 10, 15+ years or more.. and the "smart" features will hit "the wall" before then. So I'm sure the TV companies will be happy if we replace or screens sooner, than later.

BUT that is why consumers must demand modules for our TVs. Of course we can always connect out-board CPUs via HDMI ports, but every component should modular. We should be able to replace CPUs, add new tuners, add new ports, etc.

Comment Crouton vs. Linux (Score 2) 187

First with Crouton you can work with many Unix distributions, but if you wipe / install Linux clearly you can work with any one you want.

Second, if you really want Linux and wish to use it 50, 70 or 80 or 99% of the time, you should prob. install Linux.

I've used Ubuntu since 2009 as primary desktop until 2015 (July) when I purchased a Chromebook Pixel -- I use that device as my primary desktop, and use Crouton running Ubuntu when there is something I can't do in Chrome OS like run Audacity, record in Skype, etc.

14.04 LTS Unity with touch works very well.

I'm currently using Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS but not w/ Unity - it doesn't work as well but is reliable.

Now that I have access to Android Apps I now have fewer reasons to run Ubuntu.

ChromeOS + Linux (via Crouton) + Android Apps = is really an amazingly powerful system. ChromeOS is fairly secure, Android Apps offer a lot of flexibility and Ubuntu/Linus can do mostly everything else.

Comment Over time... (Score 1) 181

I think what would matter is over say a 5 year period how many of them they have...

That they have to balance old content vs. new content.... it is a real hard cost to license everything, always, forever.

But knowing in any given 5 or 10 year period that most of the good stuff is rotating through.. would be enough for me.

another approach is what percent of their customers want old content vs. newer, I like older but I watch about 95% new / 5% old...

Comment Documentation Requirements (Score 2) 244

Based on the work I did in 1985 at Bell Labs as part of my assignment to create documentation requirements for the Acorn Network Control System -- Good documentation should have at least 4 parts. Each particular user persona would use the 4 parts in different ways. Part of the documentation would appeal to potential customers, novice users, intermediate users, users with limited but deep domain expertise, users who previously had fluency with the product but who lost that fluency due to lack of use.

#1 The first in additional to typical table of contents found in each manual there should be a documentation MAP, that combines all of the various documentation and training for a specific product into a visual map; typically this is done with a task orientation. Much like a web page site map, this will allow a potential readers with a wide range of user cases to find the right document or the correct chapter, section, and should include online training, videos, Etc.

#2 A quick reference guide which I think most users would be familiar with. This instruction is typically very linear, and walks at a high level users through the major steps for the most typical cases.

#3 A "cook book" best for coding applications but has broad application to most technologies. Each section of this manual details how to perform a particular task, in it's entirety; e.g., a recipe. Recipes should cover a range of users types (novice, intermediate, expert, or with specific previous domain expertise). A non-coding example would be: Recipe for setting up a mix minus recording using the Behringer Xenyx 1202fx mixer; the ingredients would include all cables, software, Etc. used in the recipe.

#4 A complete and full reference guide. Again typically found in manuals but often (today) the ONLY section of the manual. Each sub-section is a full and complete deep dive on each part, instruction, or option. This is typically used by experts. It can be used by those who are using the cookbook to look for recipe options and substitutions. It can also be used by potential customers to see if a particular use case is supported.

Submission + - Is Apple 18k Gold, really 18k?

hhawk writes: If it isn't traditional Gold Alloy is Apple's 18k gold watch really 18k? Are they starting 99.999 gold and making it 18k or are they using traditionally 18k gold and "diluting" it with ceramic particles?

Comment Pick an easy solution (Score 4, Interesting) 343

I would recommend Google docs, assuming there isn't any crazy formating involved.

#1) It is a single document so you don't have to worry about the naming of it..
#2) Google Docs has a built in ver. control, in that you can roll backwards to early version of the document, and you can see who is editing, changing etc. (assuming everyone has their own password).

It's low tech, easy to use, and the only education is to keep on using the same file name.

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