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Comment Good and bad (Score 1) 187

I'm torn on this.

One the one hand, all of the Netflix original shows have been pretty damned good. Way WAY better than the average tripe on cable. So yeah, keep on keeping on.

On the other hand, this is a clear conflict of interest. One company should not control the creation and distribution platforms. There's really nothing to stop Netflix from jacking their prices through the roof and holding the next season of *insert your favorite show* ransom unless you pay through the nose.

I would love to see the company spin off the production biz into it's own entity. Netflix could still have "first-dibs," and after a few months, license the rights to Hulu, Amazon Prime, etc. It's really better for everyone this way. For the consumer, you know exactly what you're getting, there's no content barriers or true exclusives, and you don't have to jump through hoops enabling and disabling different services month-to-month to make sure you can see the shows you want. And for the corporations, this would give Netflix an additional revenue stream, as well as smoothing out subscriptions as people no longer play the aforementioned enable/disable game with the service.

Comment My guess: (Score 1) 49

They won't release the info because the "hack" was silly silly silly. Probably related to shoulder surfing.

Maybe they found a friend/coworker who saw the code being entered on the phone. Or maybe they got some security footage from a bank/store/etc. and could see him type in the code. Whatever the actual case, they didn't actual hack the software, but found a very silly workaround.

Either that, or they didn't hack in at all. Saying that they did was simply a lie to save face.

Comment Bullshit (Score 1) 278

We now know that we're being spied upon (which most of us probably already suspected)

As a result, we've begun encrypting our data, websites are using https as a default, and the nation has become generally MORE secure.

This is the digital equivalent of the gestapo bitching about the 4th amendment making their jobs impossible and protecting criminals.

Comment Re: Also kicks out scores from third party purchas (Score 1) 85

On the contrary, this allows a game to be evaluated on its own merits.

If the devs promised all of heaven and earth to kickstarter, but only deliver a decent game ... original backers are going to slam it. See _No Man's Sky._ It's not a terrible game, but it over-promised and under-delivered. But it's not a bad game. Average to middling. Definitely better than the 35% it currently holds.

That's a bit of an extreme example, but the concept holds true for any game.

Comment Re: Why not? (Score 1) 231

Not for moral reasons, for scientific ones. I'd be very interested to see what evolution would produce without our influence.

There are ample rocks floating through space. We can select barren ones to use for our seeding experiments.

Comment Re: Step 1 EMBRACE (Score 1) 585

As soon as we get more games utilizing Vulkan, or Microsoft puts forth an OS that isn't spyware, I'll happily swap over to a "modern" OS. But for now, I use my computer for games. A VM just doesn't cut it.

Further, no one is asking Intel to support "a million different OSes." Just the #1 OS by market share (and it's not even close). Can you blame people for balking?

Oh, and for the record, you can definitely run Windows 7 on Xeons. I currently have it installed with an E5-2660 (long story, old batch of servers, running some tests)

Comment Re:Step 1 EMBRACE (Score 2) 585

Not even "old." Just current. CPUs aren't advancing at a breakneck pace or anything. A modern Skylake processor will last the better part of a decade for most purposes, and by then, Intel should have come to their senses, or a competitor will step in.

Also, this should only affect the consumer line (Core i). I can't imagine them locking Xeon processors into Windows 10, so just get yourself the equivalent Xeon (e.g. Xeon E3-1230v5 vs Core i7 6700). You lose the integrated graphics, but that's easy to work around, and it's usually cheaper anyway.

Comment Re:Collusion is illegal (Score 1) 585

Yup. I'm still on a Sandy Bridge 2700k that I purchased in early 2012. I've upgraded RAM and GPU once since then, and added an SSD. CPU and MoBo haven't changed, and everything still runs smooth.

I'll probably upgrade to a skylake at some point; get that sexy ddr4 going on. But that won't be for a few more years yet

Comment Re:Why should commercial be different from private (Score 1) 239

The scale of any potential disaster is really where the discrepancy lies.

If I completely screw up and fly my drone into a power pole, neighbor's window or small child, that's terrible, but it's just the single issue

If some company has drones with issues flying into power lines, people's windows, or small children, that's a much much bigger problem

Also, my drone operation would tend to involve me in a wide open park, standing around with controls in my hand, looking up at my drone. This provides context for anyone in the area. Corporate drones (of the UAV variety) would provide no such context. There's nothing telling me that my neighbor has a domino's drone en route, until one runs out of gas/battery overhead and lets gravity decide the outcome.

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