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Comment Re:Netflix has a unique and obvious strategy. (Score 5, Interesting) 192

Netflix is the first media company with the business model of "Give the customers exactly what they want." .

I am a subscriber, but they do not give me what I want. I have little interest in their created content. I get netflix for old shows and movies, and sometimes newer stuff. My GF uses it more than I do. However, when I do get a hankering to watch a movie, many times it is not available. It is on Prime Video, or Hulu, some other streaming company, or wait for the DVD and pay extra for that subscription.

This Balkanization of content between providers has only been getting worse. I will not pay $20 to netflix, and $10 to so and so, and $15 to another hooligan to get all the content I rarely want. For that price I could get cable.

So to me, it does not really seem that convenient, which is the promise of streaming video. Add to that, increasing prices, and it is no wonder that people pirate. It is far easier to torrent the new James Bond movie, watch it once, then delete it than navigate the morass of streaming options out there.

Comment Re:Who is Kurzweil? Why should I care? (Score 0) 203

I did make a point. He has made achievements. But that does not mean all he says is gold. Changing horses to Obama serves what point? To get a dig in at a president you do not like? The Nobel Peace Prize he was awarded was largely political and pointless to be sure.

However, how does that lessen someone else's accomplishments in another field, including an earned degree, not just an awarded prize.

Personally, I think you need to start drinking coffee instead of poo. Your debating skills may be keener.

Comment Re:Who is Kurzweil? Why should I care? (Score 4, Interesting) 203

Well, he does have a B.S. from MIT, the Grace Hopper Award, and the National Medal of Technology. So to say he is an idiot is more like ego stroking for you and not a true statement.

Now, not believing the future he sees is another thing. I don't believe most of it, but he makes some good points. Do I believe in some unseen singularity that will merge man and machine and boom all will be good? No, just as I do not believe in a mystical sky being who's son's blood is wine.

But, his statement that while things seem worse, they are not is very true. We live in a society that thrives off of BAD news. It sells. And we can get it instantly. Even if there is less of it to report, it seems like there is more.

Do I think that AI and automation will surpass us one day? Yes. I do not think it will be in my lifetime, but it will happen. And, I have no predilection as to whether it will be a Butlerian Jihad moment or the saving of mankind. Why, because I know that it is impossible to see the future. Otherwise I would have my fusion powered flying car by now.

Comment Not a radio engineer... (Score 1) 114

But, I do go to lots of concerts and large events. It seems that this is not a good solution. Most venues I have been to have great signal. The problem seems to be backhaul not enough for demand, or not enough bandwidth (frequency space) in the spectrum.

Perhaps drones could create micro cells with short range and use a different frequency to comm back to the main tower. However, it would seem cheaper and more prudent just to put a small AP like antenna mounted under certain seats or to other structures in the venue. Even then that does not fix backhaul issues. If your DS3 is full you are just not getting more through it, and in the carrier's defense, it does not seem financially sound to add more backhaul to a place that only sporadically sees high traffic demands.

Comment Re:I hope it's a social engineering service hack (Score 2) 43

Some of the more recent hacks are CSRs but not for twitter or the hacked account location. Thy have been performed by social engineering the account holders cellphone provider. Then you can get a sim with their number. Once that is done anything with 2 factor on that phone is gone. Also if that phone is used for password recovery of any accounts they are done for.

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