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Comment Here are some suggestions (Score 1) 184

>"What you, Slashdot readers, think Netflix's next move will be? Or do you think the company will soon become just another name in its respective category?"

I don't know what it WILL do, but I know things it NEEDS to do.....

1) We are all sick of cable. Netflix needs to secure all programs they can with quality networks such as NatGeo, History, etc, and offer a micropayment plan- charge for what we want actually see. I would gladly pay $0.50/hr or more per hour of entertainment and have that money go to support what I like to watch. ZERO money from me going to ESPN, Golf channel, Goldfish channel, etc, etc.

2) They need a model to also allow downloads in a DVR-like mode. Things ready-to-watch with no sucking of prime-time bandwidth, and with smooth and instant trick play, whether there is an Internet connection at that time or not.

3) Lay off the gimmicks (4k, 3D, etc) and concentrate on content.

4) Searchable library from the website. It is stupid to try and hide what you have or don't have.

5) Never, ever try to introduce commercials or ANY forced content into your streaming or you will quickly alienate most of your customers in a way that could destroy your company very quickly.

Comment Re:EEE (Score 1) 380

Netscape became Firefox which did just fine. And Netscape has its share of proprietary extensions that were just as non-standard as Microsofts because the web sucked without them back in 1999. Most of microsoft's DHTML became HTML5... which was only ratified like last year. Nobody is willing to sit around for a decade for a standards body to work.

POSIX is alive and well in Linux. Windows wasn't a Unix based operating system so it's not shocking it wouldn't stick to Unix compatibility.

Xenix was from the 80s and Microsoft clearly wasn't interested to focus on Windows. It's not like Microsoft slowly extended Unix until it became Windows and Linux/Unix is dead today.

You mostly just listed a bunch of competing products as if that is anything like what is happening today.

Comment palm vien (Score 1) 93

>"Iris scanning is increasingly being used for biometric identification because it's fast, accurate, and relies on a body part that's protected and doesn't change over time. "

Not really. It is a rather stupid biometric, especially when something exists that is far better in just about every way....

There is only one safer and practical biometric I know of- that is deep vein palm scan. That registration data cannot be readily abused. It can't be latently collected like DNA, fingerprints, and face recognition can (and possibly iris scans). You have to know you are registering/enrolling when it happens. You don't leave evidence of it all over the place. When you go to use it, you know you are using it every time. And on top of all that, it is accurate, fast, reliable, unchanging, live-sensing, and cheap. If you must participate in a biometric, this is the one you should insist on using.

Example: http://www.m2sys.com/palm-vein...

But we also need to realize that IT IS NOT EVERYONE'S BUSINESS WHAT WE ALL DO, where we go, what we buy, who we talk with, WHO WE ARE. The first step in securing freedom is privacy and often means anonymity. When you are identified and tracked, you are losing your freedom, whether you realize it or not.

Comment Re:Why? (Score 1) 455

They haven't nominated Hillary yet. Her coronation is next week

I didn't know that nominating the primary candidate with the most votes of any party in a democratic election was a "coronation". Did Kings also win the most votes? It's been a while since I read up on monarchies, guess I forgot that detail.

Comment Re:They should fix their user schema first (Score 1) 57

Change tracking / historical retention can be achieved in many ways. Depending on what you want to preserve and how you expect to need to recover it, you can simply backup the transaction logs, regularly backup the database itself, or create a history table for each table you need historical data on and create a trigger that copies affected rows, along with a timestamp column with a default of SYSDATETIME() or similar, on UPDATE or DELETE.

Or... instead of triggering a database wide update because a user changed their name.. just use a key like everybody else in every other database schema.

Comment Re:What a mess (Score 0, Troll) 455

The US has a choice between a politician so sleezy as to be a caricature of a cliche politician, and a narcicistic psychopath who would quite happily plunge the world into world war 3 if someone makes fun of the size of his hands.

I love how people assume Hillary is "a sleezy politician" based on the word of a "narcissistic psychopath and pathological liar who would plunge the world into world war 3."

Here's a wild idea. Maybe Hillary isn't a sleezy politician and the narcissistic pathological liar who would plunge the world into world war 3 is... *gasp* lying about her just like he lies about everything else.

The most dirt Trump seems to have on Hillary is:

1) She kept a private email server against institution best practices which ended up having 100 emails (out of hundreds of thousands) that had information the FBI considers top secret.
2) She kept a private email server against institution policy in which someone emailed her classified documents that were mis-labeled.
3) She passed NAFTA while first lady (which the CBO has concluded neither really hurt nor helped employment overall). (But Trump is totally fine with his VP who is a huge free trade advocate).
4) She voted for giving Bush the power to use military force against Sadaam. (But Trump is totally fine with his VP making the same choice.)
5) She won't say "Radical Islamic Terrorism" enough.

Even for a narcissistic pathological liar like Trump that's a pretty short list of attacks.

Comment Re:It is not unlimited. (Score 1) 412

It's not sleazy to end a sweetheart grandfathered deal that they only ever continued out of the "kindness of their hearts" for the customer's goodwill. If I move into an apartment for $1,000 a month and a year later when my lease is up my landlord allows me to stay at $1,000 a month even though the new rental rate is $2,000 they still can decide in 6 months if I'm throwing loud parties every month that they aren't going to keep me on my old less expensive lease. They can say "You know what, we're not interested in renewing your lease." or they can say "If you're going to be eliciting complaints regularly from your neighbors for noise you're going to have to pay the latest full monthly rate for a unit of your size which is $2,000.

"Maybe it's technically legal but it's still sleazy" applies as much or more in my opinion to being given an unlimited *phone* plan and then using it to substitute a fixed land-line internet plan at the latest network speeds even though you originally probably signed on for an unlimited 1mbps connection.

Another good metaphor would be you move into a pet-friendly apartment building. But you have a dog that endlessly barks. They can decide that while they are pet friendly *your* pet is not welcome and choose to not renew a lease. To be even more accurate it would be like moving into a pet friendly apartment, the apartment building being sold to a new owner and pets being banned, but anyone currently renting can keep a pet indefinitely. A year later your pet turns out to be a nuisance and you are evicted because your pet is loud.

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