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Comment Not surprising (Score 1) 206

I realize that most Slashdotters are probably not sports junkies...but where did people think all this new TV revenue coming into professional and college sports was coming from? Sports is really what is driving the rising prices. Once sports leagues make realtime streaming deals, the days of traditional cable/satellite TV are numbered.

Comment Re:So long, Netflix, it was good while it lasted (Score 1) 185

It is noticeable as well. For last few months, I've found that I watch far more Hulu and Amazon than Netflix. Why? I don't care for the original content they are focusing on it. I just want to binge watch old TV series I like, or rewatch older movies. Netflix has been dropping those consistently, while Hulu and amazon are picking up the contracts Netflix drops. Same with kids shows...my kids have been steadily losing their shows on Netflix, and have started watching Hulu as well. If this keeps up, I will probably drop my subscription soon.

Comment Pebble (Score 3, Informative) 117

Meanwhile, Pebble looks to be doing just fine with their smartwatches. However, they use color e-ink (better battery life), are much cheaper, and don't need a new line of service activated. They connect to the internet via Bluetooth on your phone. Perhaps the other manufacturers should strip their watches down and focus on what consumers would want: a durable watch, with battery life past a day or two, and doesn't cost extra with phone service.

Comment Re:Voting Johnson, but not because I like him (Score 1) 993

At least the plans of the Libertarian party require Congress...which means they won't happen. However, having Trump or Hilary with their own party in control of Congress is a disaster. The GOP brought us the Iraq War, Medicare Part B (unfunded), and No Child Left Behind (unfunded) when they controlled both sides. The Democrats brought us the Affordable Care Act, cash for clunkers (unfunded), and the stimulous bill (unfunded). I'll "throw my vote away" with Johnson.

Comment Off export regulations (Score 3, Insightful) 110

I've never understood why the restrictions on exporting encryption outside the US. That seems to operate under the premise that non-Americans are unable to develop their own cryptography...which is certainly not the case. Can anyone explain why the US government tried to govern something that is inherently ungovernable?

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