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Comment Re:Bullshit Math - Netflix unplugged? (Score 1) 174

"the internet is an existing static cost utility"

True - I agree with that. But that static cost was not included in their math....however was part of the $99, that price includes sending the content down the wire to your TV allowing you to watch it. Since you can't watch Netflix it costs you $10 and delivers no value. Zero hours watched is... $10 / 0 value = what? But I digress.

My whole point is that the author wrote a bogus article. Netflix in isolation? baahh. It's like computing TCO for a light bulb and not including electricity. The bulb is just a conversation piece.

How do these articles get on /. ?

Submission + - LinkNYC weirdly has two privacy policies--here's why (

An anonymous reader writes: LinkNYC has been replacing all of New York’s public payphones with advertising emblazoned wifi kiosks. Residents and visitors curious about what those kiosks will do with data their routers, cameras and Bluetooth beacons collect about them might look on its website for some kind of privacy policy. There is one there, but it’s not that one. Columbia professor Benjamin Read got a big laugh at this weekend’s HOPE XI conference in Manhattan when he pointed out that the privacy policy on LinkNYC’s website only applies to the website itself, not to the actual network of kiosks.

It’s not quite as bad as it sounds. In LinkNYC’s defense, the page in question points out the difference between the two policies up top, but given the cursory way most people read online, it wouldn’t be surprising if many users initially missed it (I did). Meanwhile, it’s encouraging that Read and his co-panelist, New York Civil Liberties Union attorney Mariko Hirose, actually did read those two privacy policies and that a room full of people showed up to hear what they found.

Submission + - Microsoft to disable policies in Windows 10 Pro with Anniversary Update (

BobSwi writes: More changes in the Windows Anniversary update, due August 2nd, are being discovered. After yesterday's news about Cortana not able to be turned off in the Windows Anniversary update, certain registry entries and group policies have been found to be updated with a note stating that they only apply to Enterprise and Education editions. Win 10 Pro users will no longer be able to turn off policies such as the Microsoft Consumer Experience, Show Windows Tips, Do not display the lock screen, and Disable all apps from the Windows Store.

Comment Re:Missing a big point (Score 1) 603

I'm beginning to wonder if there is a problem with Autopilot. Pure Speculation on my part - just helping the internet figure out the problem :-)

Remember last month the guy who (accidentally) put his car in that "come here" mode and the car drove into the back of a flatbed truck? This crash seems similar - as if the Tesla is only looking down at the road immediately in front of it. Rather than also looking "up"

The Tesla seems to have been looking under the truck and thought "all clear" -- probably due to some range issue as well (doesn't look far enough down the road). And at 74mph it might not be able to see that far in front. But was it got closer it didn't look up - and then it was too late.

I haven't seen anywhere that the brakes were ever applied. Beyond many other reasons my hypothesis is probably incorrect.

Comment Bullshit Math - Netflix unplugged? (Score 1) 174

Okay - how does one watch Netflix without paying for an internet connection? Netflix costs 20 cents more on top of that $99 ISP bill.

Cord cutting idiots. When you cut the cord you can't watch Netflix either. Put up rabbit ears and watch local TV yes. Worthless comparison on a blog to get ad dollars - thanks for clicking & reading.

Comment Re:Sports (Score 1) 192

I agree with this. Netflix is missing "live" shows. Somebody else suggested User Content - but I've thought it should be "Independent" movies (12 minute Youtube of "greatest motorcycle crashes" isn't something I'd pay to watch on Netflix).

But true "medium" quality movies - a place for the local talent to put out shows, plays or semi-live sports events (State finals) would be cool.

What if they became the "podcasting" platform of video? But not crap cat videos. High quality local or regional programming.

Comment Re:They Have Forged The Sword That Will Kill Them (Score 1) 192

I've seen DVD/Bluray copies of OITNB and House of Cards for sale/rent elsewhere. But you're right - however I wonder if binge watching is a fad. I know I used to binge watch older shows "again" during the winter when it was cold and dark out. Tedium and boredom crept in - and instead I found myself watching 1 or 2 episodes most nights - meaning there was always something "I" wanted to watch each night. Mixed with live TV shows. No longer was I keeping up - instead I fell into the regular schedule of watching 1 episode per night (watching TV will not be my life).

No longer do I have 24-hour watch-a-thons on weekends. Now that I have kids my binge watching is more like trying to watch 15 minutes of the same episode over 4 nights.

Comment Zuckerberg always says.... (Score 1) 769

Mark Zuckerberg said something years ago like "you shouldn't be doing anything you want to hide."

I agree with this DNC critical sentiment - WTF were they doing? Obviously something worth hiding. Those stolen emails shouldn't have contained anything worth talking about. But it does feed the conspiracy that DNC didn't like Bernie.

As for the emails where people made several off color remarks - that's just stupid being stupid and I'm sure can be found anywhere.

Comment Re:So just rename it then? (Score 1) 330

Yes - that's not a bad idea. I work in the medical device field. What Tesla is doing would not be tolerated by the FDA. You can't "beta" a system that could potentially kill somebody on the masses. Possibly targeted research with people who are part of a study.

But you are correct - the way it get's labeled is how it expectations are set. Accidence avoidance - but not self driving. No matter what they put on the blog if the message is "wink wink" to the consumer there is trouble to pay.

Going back a few months everyone jumped on the Volvo engineer who blasted Tesla for mislabeling their system. In hindsight - hopefully his wisdom can be understood. As somebody who lives this stuff daily I understood the guy from Volvo - and the stupid gear-shifter design from Chrysler.

These are real concerns. Consumer safety. If your website crashes you might think "gosh people will be angry" but if your car crashes...well...that's a bit more literal isn't it.

Comment Re:Translation: (Score 1) 227

While pushing back on bad-business that has taken advantage of "the people" is a good thing. Lately the UK seems to be taking a "we'll go this alone" tact with Brexit. There are concerns that the auto manufacturers won't have (easy) access to the EU. I heard a podcast episode on Marketplace were some of the "cheap" airlines are considering moving their headquarters outside of the UK due to fear over new policies. So will Amazon/Google exit too?

Comment Re:Accusations vs. reality (Score 1) 109

I think there are two problems with both the initial report and the fallout. First the definition of "full access" was taken and blown up by many without researching what that meant.

The second seems to be seeking forgiveness because "yeah we asked for full permission but never used all of the potential features."

The first is irresponsible reporting - but was solved with peer review. The second is the sorry state of security. An app that can be released requesting admin privs (remember Windows apps that wanted Full Administrator rights because it was the easy way around new Vista UAC -- and they we too lazy to call the correct APIs?) It seems this app vendor took the quick way without internally reviewing their security profile.

And now the app is so popular that police are reminding people not to enter Private areas, "don't walk into signposts" -- and look out because criminals are using it to lure people and rob them. Yeah - there's a lot about this app that needs more review.

Comment Are you training them correctly? (Score 1) 482

Seems a bit of civil disobedience is in order. I've heard that many "must" train them in order to receive full benefits etc.

But - must you train them to do the job correctly? Might a bit of minor sabotage be injected such that the job is performed poorly, slowly, or inefficiently? Granted it would be criminal to totally screw the company by providing instructions that corrupt the data. However, I think they only need to see what the job is - the minimum is to train them to "do the job."

Morally you may take pride in the job. The big companies replacing you do this because it is cost effective. Well - don't allow the math to add up.

Submission + - The crab nebula's heartbeat, as seen by Hubble and Chandra

StartsWithABang writes: Nearly 1,000 years ago, in 1054, a massive star in the constellation of Taurus, invisible at some 6,500 light years away, exploded in a type II supernova. Today, its remnant measures 10 light years across, while its inner core has a rapidly spinning neutron star that rotates in a mere 30 milliseconds. Hubble and Chandra not only reveal the nebular structure, but also show the inner, pulsing region, revealing matter accelerated by electrons moving at nearly the speed of light. It's a beautiful show unlike anything we've ever seen.

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