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Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Yup, you're old. You forgot to shake your fist and tell those streams to get off your lawn, though.

I want streaming to be a good experience. I really do. But the technology is not there yet, and the legal restrictions make it a truly frustrating (and very expensive) environment.

Comment Re:Not sure what to think.... (Score 1) 786

A sentence commutation just means he/she gets out of jail sooner. Not at all the same as a pardon.

I'm sure Wizzy Assange will use that as an excuse to not give himself up. Did he say what he'd do if it was just a commutation? He'd dedicate a statue? Most likely, of himself?

I'm still trying to figure out what it would have done anyway, given that he's committed no US crime, not being an American citizen or operating on American soil. The US would happily extradite him to Sweden though.

Comment Re:Bye-bye, DVD (Score 1) 301

On the PS3, press Square to get to the main menu and play the movie

"This operation is not allowed at this time."

Or something like that, since I don't have my PS3 available at the moment.
I can't skip the ads, but I can definitely fast-forward past them. The chapter skip button usually works too.

Comment Re:DVD's costing $15-49 is killing DVD sales. (Score 2) 301

Some people are rewatchers. I like rewatching series and movies that I liked from time to time. My husband cannot stand the thought of watching something he's already seen again. The argument is usually the same: "Why on earth would I waste my time watching something I've already seen a second time when there's so much good stuff that I want to see but haven't?" Different folks, different strokes.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 2) 301

He didn't say "everything worthwhile revolves around convenience", you condescending dick. He merely said when it comes to movies, it's far more convenient to stream it than keep a physical disc and player.

Flooding my Internet connection (slow DSL, naturally) so I can't use the connection is convenient?
Or, if I was using a major broadband ISP, is filling up my download cap with streaming data convenient? (I guess it is, or at least it's orthogonal)
Loss of quality is convenient?
Signing up to 5 different services to get a good library is convenient?
Figuring out which of the different services a particular title is hosted on, that's not terribly convenient.
Netflix's app for the Tivo is particularly badly designed -- ridiculously slow, as in there's a multisecond lag for every button press.
Oh, it's only available on blu-ray anyway? That's not convenient. I wanted to watch Better Call Saul season 2 the other night. It's been released on dvd. Netflix has season 1 for streaming only. DVD it is!

Many of these problems are the content companies' fault, and their fights with streaming services. Streaming would be a hell of a lot more convenient if the content companies had no say over who could and could not stream.

I just nab the disc out of the binder, put it in the player, and it plays! Now that's convenient.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 1) 301

Blu-rays usually come with a digital copy included. Usually UV or both a UV and Apple copy. Some give you the option to redeem on Amazon or Google as well. Setting up a UV account is a PITA since you need a UV login and a login to VUDU, Flixster, and link your UV account to several studio redemption sites if the codes won't work straight with VUDU or such. But once you navigate that they work pretty well. Wide device support, offline viewing, and at least with VUDU the stream quality is a cut above Netflix and Amazon.

And, for some reason, UV digital codes have an expiration date, so if you don't register it immediately, you're out of luck. Or if you open a blu-ray and the code is already expired, you're similarly out of luck.

Comment Re:So what. (Score 5, Insightful) 301

ability to stream whenever I like on an ongoing basis

Assuming you mean "rent the ability to stream, so long as the company doesn't go under and limited to my own lifetime - and loses all value at death."

My husband learned a valuable lesson long ago when Yahoo Music shut down and all that copy-protected content he'd purchased went up in smoke.

Submission + - Law for Autonomous Vehicles: Supporting an Aftermarket for Driving Computers (

Bruce Perens writes: How will we buy self-driving cars, and how will we keep them running as self-driving software and hardware becomes obsolete much more rapidly than the vehicle itself? Boalt Hall legal professor Lothar Determann and Open Source Evangelist Bruce Perens are publishing an article in the prestigious Berkeley Technology Law Journal on how the law and markets might support an aftermarket for self-driving computers, rather than having the manufacturer lock them down or sell driving as a service rather than selling cars. The preprint is available to read now, and discusses how an Open Car, based on Open Standards and an Open Market, but not necessarily Open Source, can drive prices down and quality up over non-competitive manufacturer lock-in.

Comment Re:Personal Favors (Score 1) 218

Are they really working? I don't think there are many men over 60-ish who get major parts in movies barring Connery, Stallone & Arnie. Even Connery doesn't get major roles now.

Connery decided he hates the acting scene, and swore it off. League of Extraordinary Gentlemen will do that to you.
I think Arnie is back out of the business, he hasn't had a successful role since his return.

Comment Re:IT is amazing (Score 5, Insightful) 98

Most folks drink stale coffee. Try roasting your own (I use Sweet Maria's for supplies) or going somewhere with a roaster on site who is honest enough to tell you the roast date. It should be from 2 to 10 days ago. Flavor development in coffee is a rancidification process. Like cheese, you want to catch it when it is a little, but not too, rancid.

Comment Re:...Or Just Take Aspirin. (Score 2) 98

Let's not forget the effect of helicobacter pylori bacteria on ulcers, they are in general held to be the main cause these days.

I have another theory about the beneficial effect of aspirin, caffine, etc. We evolved with them. Our diet was rich in salycilates and chemicals similar to theobromine or caffine. They came from the plants we ate, some of which were mildly toxic and which we evolved to process to the point that we became dependent on some of their effects. There are a lot of things in the primitive diet that modern people don't eat much at all, like acorns which had to be soaked to remove alkalai and tannin.

If this is the case, taking aspirin and drinking coffee or tea replace substances found in a more primitive diet.

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