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Comment Re:Not what customers want (Score 1) 80

>"Hulu wasn't bad when it was possible to adblock that for 3 minutes of silence and didn't charge. Or you can pitch 'em $10/mo and get it commercial free. Their current model's the worst of both worlds."

Yep, and that is one of the most major problems with "streaming", it gives the content provider 100% control over the delivery. At least with cable and DVR, it doesn't matter what they throw into the program, you can at least fast forward through it. Providers are VERY VERY tempted to use their power to control us. Look at what happened with DVD/BluRay! It was bad enough when they added unskippable anti-pirate warnings (yeah, I bought this disc and now you are going to PUNISH me for it!) But then they started adding unskippable previews, commercials, and PSA's!

Comment FAIL (Score 1) 351

OMG, they are just determined to destroy as many engines as possible, aren't they? Ethanol has been such an utter failure it is unreal. And yes, I had a motorcycle engine pretty much destroyed due to ethanol. And my current one has constant issues with the gas cap corroding due to ethanol. It attracts water, it gives LOWER miles per gallon, it costs more, it eats up the fuel system in many vehicles, it currently pushes up food prices, actually doesn't reduce dependence on fossil fuels (fertilizer and processing), and on top of it all, it doesn't reduce emissions AT ALL. It has to be one of the worst blunders ever.

FAIL FAIL FAIL

Take the wasted resources from ethanol and please invest that money in battery technology so we can get closer to viable electric vehicles.

Comment Not what customers want (Score 2) 80

>" Like its over-the-top rivals, DirecTV Now will let customers stream live programming on smartphones, tablets, and PCs -- no cable box necessary"

Are they kidding?

Sorry, but we don't want forced streaming of channels which include commercials and other crap with no DVR and no time shifting. If streaming, we want to stream SHOWS and ONLY shows.

Haven't they learned anything from the relative failure of things like HULU?

Comment Re:Meh (Score 1) 126

> I'll wake you up for the next round of marketing 3D in 4K.

At least 3D is *meaningful*. One can argue how useful it is or how much it is abused with "fake" or invented 3D instead of being shot natively. But most people can easily tell the difference 2D and 3D , and 3D can very much add to an experience (when done right). But yeah, I am sure it will be resurrected again when they run out of 4K hype.

Comment Re:Meh (Score 2) 126

There is a hugely diminishing return. I guarantee if you double-blind test 1000 random people and place them 10 feet from two identical 70" 4K TV's both playing the same identical video, one playing it from 1080P video upscaled to 4K and the other playing the 4K native, almost nobody would be able to notice any difference, resulting in about a 50/50 chance. And remember, we are not talking about text and stills on monitors... we are talking about Netflix video.

Sure, there are some small cases where it will be useful, but generally it is just a marketing gimmick. If they focused on things that actually matter, like HDR or color space, it would be different.

Comment Re:I remember this argument being made... (Score 1) 126

>...during the switch to 480i...decades ago!!!!

You mean from crappy analog like VHS to digital DVD? That was 480i to 480i, so that is not a valid comparison.

If you mean from 480 to 720/1080 that was a HUGE difference and one that probably 50% of the public could see immediately.

I *guarantee* if I double-blind test 1000 random people and place them 10 feet from two identical 70" 4K TV's both playing the same identical video, one playing it from 1080P video upscaled to 4K and the other playing the 4K native, almost nobody would be able to notice any difference, resulting in about a 50/50 chance.

Comment LED vs LCD (Score 1) 67

I have yet to use an LED display of any type. Have they improved over the last few years? Last I checked, the colors always looked way off when compared to an LCD and they seemed a bit more "pixely". Also, LED displays always seemed "brighter", but only until you go outside and then LCD seems much better.

I am guessing LED is the future and will eventually replace LCD TV's and monitors as well as phones, it is just that the displays are starting small so phones get to be first.

Comment 98 (Score 5, Interesting) 90

>"Identifying broadly neutralizing antibodies against HIV has been difficult because the virus rapidly changes" ... "since proven to potentially neutralize 98 percent of HIV isolates"

So the remaining 2% quickly change to be resistant and in a few years we are back where we started again? 98% sounds great for some things. But if you had 200 fleas and got rid of 396, those remaining 4 can potentially become 200 again pretty quickly.

Comment It's about time. (Score 1) 297

It's about time!

I generally don't need the government, ESPECIALLY the Fed, telling me what I can or can't buy. But it is certainly reasonable to place warnings on things like this to inform the public.

Of course, in California, EVERYTHING seems to cause cancer if you believe the countless thousands of warnings they require on everything. Even the Christmas lights I bought last year have that warning for some unknown reason (I joke not.... and of course I don't live in CA). So there is a balance.

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