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Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 1) 123

They were a couple of Pay per view strategies.
1. Streaming Video rental. - Before the day of internet streaming whenever you wanted it. Cable companies take moves after DVD/VHS release would in essence have it scrambled on a few channels until someone purchased it. Then they can watch the show within hours. Convenient if you didn't want to leave your home to to go the video rental place of if you didn't live near one, or the times mostly align.

2. Live Events. Boxing in particular was popular. As Boxing for the most part had limited appeal to the overall public, and there isn't much time for commercial breaks, as well the length of a match wasn't easy to be fixed. So a PPV Live Event was profitable and convenient as it didn't need to rearrange your schedule and have backup B-Shows ready once it is done.

Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 1) 123

That is kinda funny, being that Most Sitcoms are
1. based in California.
2. Have at least 1 aspiring actor/actress.
3. a. If about a family: Based in Suburbia
3. b. If about young adults: Based in an Apartment Complex
4. No matter what type of job they have, they can live an upper middle class life style to extreamly wealthy.

Very West Coast Culture in these shows. I am surprised that is very popular in New York City.
Or are you making your assumption due to numbers that correlate with a population heat map. XKCD did it

Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 3, Interesting) 123

Netflix collection quality is mostly due to most media companies trying to fight tooth and nail for old distribution method.
The traditional stations are working for advertisers while netflix is working more for the viewer. The traditional media can produce crap and put it on Prime Time to make the advertisers happy (Which is in part of the story quality of the Netflix originals). But for the movies, traditional media wants people to buy BlueRays and DVDs not streaming if possible. Unless they get a good TV Deal, or Pay per view.
I expect Netflix licensing agreement is too risky for many of these companies, so if they are slightly interested they just push out their B Movies to judge the waters. Or they rotate their shows so they feel like they have a cable deal. I notice this with the Star Trek Movies where they have a couple available (Especially the Odd ones) for a month or so then they go away and replace them with an other one.

Comment Re:Apple's on the wrong road (Score 2) 109

It could depend.
The Apple Car invention may not lead to Apple Cars driving the road. However the software learned from making it may be implemented into other standard vehicles beyond the standard entertainment systems.
Lets just say While the Apple Car is a flop but everyone loves the interface on the climate control. Apple could sell this to say Ford or Honda in their cars brand.
Or perhaps the software in the Apple car is far more efficient in using energy so the technology can be sold to Tesla or Toyota.

We seem to expect that progress needs to come from a Disruptive invention however we have gotten a lot of progress from many massive failure inventions. As these failures are often ahead of their time, and may lack one key piece of technology which isn't mature enough or priced well enough to be useful. However the process of invention gets the progress out.

Our Smart Phone looks much like the old Palm Pilot which came from Apples Failure of the newton.

Comment Re:The Peoples Plane!! (Score 1) 123

Communism seems like a good idea in theory. However human instinct comes into play.
A perfectly Equal world where everyone shares their talents for the greater good, doesn't have really work.
There will alway be people who want more power and more status. It is mostly a genetic trait, as the Alpha Males will want to mate with the Alpha Women, so both sides will do things to prove their dominance. So there will always be some people who have a disproportionate amount of power over others.
The trick with a government structure it to insure there is appropriate upward mobility path (Otherwise natural Alpha People, will start revolutions so they get their Alpha status vindicated). Also to insure that non-alphas are not allowed to diminish.
China has been slowly adding additional Capitalism into its structure allowing more upward mobility, thus keeping the current government in control.
Smaller governments can keep Communism running in its more pure form for longer (Cuba, North Korea) as the lower population is more able to control. However USSR, and China who where the big names in communism, only lasted for a few generations until the people found out that they were not growing as fast as they should.
Now Capitalism and Representative Democracy has its problems too. Most notability it doesn't give the non-Alphas much of a safety net, and they could fall hard and live a much lower quality of life. However there is still optimism that it is possible to break out of the poverty chain. While Many communist countries are more or less resigned to their status in life.

Comment Re:In other words, Moore's law will continue (Score 1) 126

SRAM cells are typically 6T (6 transistor) designs, so if your CPU has 16MB of cache, that's 96M transistors right there and then just in the storage array.

That would be 768M transistors, if anybody actually used 6T SRAM for a 16MB cache. (Do they? I see that CPU transistor counts are up over 2e9 now. Whew!)

16 MB * 8 b/B * 6 T/b = 768 MT

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