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Three Minutes With Mark Cuban

timothy posted about 10 years ago | from the wise-guy-eh dept.

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Thomas Hawk writes "Mark Cuban, owner of the Mavericks, HDNET, blogger extraordinaire and all around tech visionary really, really gets it. Read on for his views on Media Center, content delivery via hard drive instead of DVD, movie conversions to HD, Home entertainment, etc."

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His Blog... (4, Informative)

IanBevan (213109) | about 10 years ago | (#10144655)

http://www.blogmaverick.com/

I'm sorry to be crude and blunt but (1)

Fecal Troll Matter (445929) | about 10 years ago | (#10144689)

This man is a fag.

FP!!! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145818)

Men are from Mars, Women are for sucking Penis!

He's a bigger geek than Taco (5, Interesting)

Patik (584959) | about 10 years ago | (#10144656)

His company's site is even coded with valid HTML [w3.org] , something that can't be said for many major sites.

I love the fact that his channel broadcasts all movies in their original aspect ratio with 5.1-channel sound. And this part made me laugh:

"We have a show called HDNet World Report where we put cameras in all kinds of hot spots--Iraq, wherever. And when we show a firefight or some sort of bombing, we don't have the reporter say anything. They just say, "We're in Iraq, we're in Baghdad, and there's a firefight going on, I'll shut up and let you watch it." And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing."

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (3, Funny)

w.p.richardson (218394) | about 10 years ago | (#10144673)

He's a helluva lot richer than Taco too.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (5, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144807)

Reading that quote reminded me of when I was recently watching the Democratic National Convention on INHD a few weeks ago. It was completely devoid of commentaries, interviews, political polls and what not. I even watched the entire performance of Black Eyed Peas. Anyhow, I decided to surf to a different channel and happened to land on MSNBC. After watching it for a little while and listening to all the various talking heads, it was so obvious to me that you can come away with a totally different point of view when watching it with commentaries versus without. So in response to that quote, yeah, I think it's pretty amazing to watch...

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144898)

A link to the W3C HTML validator. I wonder if we can finally claimed to have Slashdotted the World Wide Web Consortium.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (1)

baximus (552800) | about 10 years ago | (#10145021)

Tried validating Slashdot [w3.org] ?

I got the following unexpected response when trying to retrieve <http://slashdot.org/>:

403 Forbidden

Please make sure you have entered the URL correctly.



Big Oooops?

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (1)

chris_mahan (256577) | about 10 years ago | (#10145201)

at:
http://www.htmlhelp.com/cgi-bin/validate.cgi

The maximum number of errors was reached. Further errors in the document have not been reported.

Input
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Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145203)

That's Slashdot's bandwidth ban. Too many requests from w3 by other people validating slashdot.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (2, Interesting)

Babbster (107076) | about 10 years ago | (#10145122)

I do have one concern about his description of his news footage, and that's with the sound. Are the camera setups they're using recording multiple channels with multiple different microphones? If not - and I tend to doubt it since that would be incredibly difficult on a battlefield - then they must be adding in positional audio effects after the fact, which seems like yet another blurring of the line between news and entertainment. Instead of saying "My God, look at what that tank did to those people," it's "Wow! Check out the cool surround effect!" Not a good change to my mind.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (1)

name773 (696972) | about 10 years ago | (#10145175)

i'll second that

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (2, Funny)

rhsanborn (773855) | about 10 years ago | (#10145317)

Could everyone please stop shooting for a second, I need to make sure we have these mics positioned correctly...thank you, I think we have everything setup, please continue...aww, crap, watch where your driving, do you know how hard it is to get that mic just right? Stop, stop, stop...take it from the top...

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (3, Insightful)

killjoe (766577) | about 10 years ago | (#10145859)

More important question is.

Does he show the actual carnage or is it just "wowie just look at how our soldiers shoot the terrorists just like that video game".

I admit most americans would enjoy shootage of their soldiers destroying towns, buildings, and of course thousands of people but they don't seem to want to actually see the bown apart bodies or the mass graves that are dug afterwards.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145359)

His company's site is even coded with valid HTML ...

That and a buck will get you a cup of coffee. Who cares? You're right that most sites aren't coded with valid HTML. You know why no one cares? Because no one other than W3s validator program would ever know.

Re:He's a bigger geek than Taco (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145376)

Really, it's funny how Slashdot breaks in Mozilla all the time because of the bad html.

Nice... (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144658)

I get first post, AND I get to call... DUPE!!!!!!!!

YOU so fucking FAIL IT! (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144737)

YOU FAIL IT! x2

No fp and it's not a dupe, dumbass faggot.

Go kill yourself. NOW!

OF COURSE MARK CUBAN GETS IT! (5, Funny)

edrugtrader (442064) | about 10 years ago | (#10144667)

you're damn right mark cuban gets it... he's single and a billionaire. he gets it from 2 or 3 girls at once. he's probably getting it right now

Nice (0, Troll)

DotNM (737979) | about 10 years ago | (#10144669)

It's nice to know what some "imporant" guy thinks, but what about the real people not on company payrolls?

Re:Nice (5, Informative)

black mariah (654971) | about 10 years ago | (#10145318)

If you knew anything about Cuban, you'd know how stupid your question is. He isn't ON the company payroll, he FUNDS the company payroll. This is the guy that sold off broadcast.com for a sweet billion dollars and has proceeded to stay a step ahead of pretty much everyone on the technology curve. He's also one of the sincerest people you could meet. I hate to use this phrase because it sounds so fucking fanboyish, but the guy just radiates honesty. You know he's not bullshitting you. Down here in the Dallas/Fort Worth area he's on TV all the fucking time, and I have never got the impression he's anything more than a regular guy that happened to make an assload of money and is now using that money to do all the stupid shit he wanted when he DIDN'T have money. Fer fuck's sake, he bought his multi-million dollar house because the marble floors in one of the larger rooms was great for roller hockey.

What I'm saying is, he IS one of the real people and more importantly he's one of the SMART people that actually knows what they're talking about.

hey Mark (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144670)

You and timothy need to get your lard-filled asses out of the TV room and get some damm exercise. What a pair of lonely losers.

Yippee! Another billionaire for us to adore! (-1, Troll)

Cryofan (194126) | about 10 years ago | (#10144671)

Fuck Mark Cuban and the dotcom crap he rode in on. Wasn't there a slashdot topic on how he claimed that larger file sizes were the cure for video "piracy"?

I fully agree (5, Insightful)

SethJohnson (112166) | about 10 years ago | (#10144768)



He's getting a lot of attention because he was able to persuade a bunch of dumb investors that broadcast.com was going to make oodles of cash. That doesn't seem to have panned out, but he got out from under that failure before it was recognized as such.

He's full of crap. In this article he's talking about how Hard Drives are a better content distribution medium than optical discs. Uhhh... I guess when you're a billionaire you forget to check into the per-unit costs of things after a while.

Hard drives are far more efficient and more capable of storing future content than HD-DVD or Blu-ray

Re:I fully agree (-1)

computerme (655703) | about 10 years ago | (#10144786)

Bingo. excellent post. (seth's)

Don't piss Mark Cuban off (0, Troll)

superpulpsicle (533373) | about 10 years ago | (#10144837)

If you can't tell already this is like the 4th article on slashdot about Mark Cuban. His cash has already invaded the slashdot space.

Don't piss him off or he'll pay the modders to put you at "-5 troll for eternity."

Re:I fully agree (0)

Jack9 (11421) | about 10 years ago | (#10144815)

In comparison to the article, I think SethJohnson (the parent) "really, really gets it".

Re:I fully agree (2, Informative)

drinkypoo (153816) | about 10 years ago | (#10144987)

He's talking about, for the forseeable future, the mailing around of hard drives. That means people will need to put down a certain deposit to use the service, and sign for the drive rather than have it just show up in the mailbox, but it won't always be that way.

And of course, if you had cheap enough bandwidth to assorted points, like video rental places for example, you could pipe in HD content and let people come in and copy the DRM'd (of course) video to their disk for a fee and watch it for a couple weeks.

Re:I fully agree (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145446)

He is suggesting that hard drives will BECOME a better distribution medium than DVD. He specifically said that DVD would max at 50 gig while hard drives continue to decrease in cost while the storage space increases. Don't try to undercut him just because you can't think as far down the road as he does.

Re:I fully agree (2, Informative)

spideyct (250045) | about 10 years ago | (#10145530)

Admit it, the guy is a few steps ahead of you. What do you know about him? Have you read his blog? Read his "how I made it" story, about how he hustled his ass, starting up his own companies. Sure, he hit the jackpot with the dotcom bubble, but he didn't just step in shit, he worked to get there.

He made the point that hard drive costs are continually decreasing, while size is continually increasing. Optical discs are fixed size, encumbered with "standards" wars. If they eventually want to up the capacity again, you have to move to a new format, and re-purchase your entire library.

I don't necessarily agree that hard drives are the way to go, but I think it is an interesting approach. He's willing to try something new. What is your proposal?

Question (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144672)

WHO GIVES A FLYING FUCK?!

Timothy is good. (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144690)

Is it just me, or is it always Timothy that posts either dupes, or just pure crap?

We're up to 6 minutes now I guess... (0, Redundant)

telstar (236404) | about 10 years ago | (#10144693)

dupe [slashdot.org] goes here...

Re:We're up to 6 minutes now I guess... (4, Insightful)

Lshmael (603746) | about 10 years ago | (#10144934)

If you clicked on the link to the article, or even looked at the status bar, you would realize that this post was talking about a PC World interview [pcworld.com] , while the previous post was about one of Cuban's blog posts [blogmaverick.com] . While the interview is dated September 2, the blog post is dated August 21. Yes, he talks about DVDs and hard drives in both, but it is not a dupe.

Mod parent up (1)

no reason to be here (218628) | about 10 years ago | (#10144951)

nad mod grandparent down.

Define dupe (1)

gumpish (682245) | about 10 years ago | (#10145107)

If the exact same content is covered, that seems awfully dupe-like to me.

So you think it's only a dupe if the exact same article is linked? I'd hate to see your vision of a technically-speaking dupe-free slashdot, with a main page story for each major media news outlets coverage of the same information...

Thanks for sharing (4, Funny)

serutan (259622) | about 10 years ago | (#10144697)

"I can be sitting in the bathroom with my Sidekick, and I'll be reading e-mail."

Thanks Mark, that's just a little more information than I needed.

Re:Thanks for sharing (4, Funny)

Jason1729 (561790) | about 10 years ago | (#10144747)

By reading this message you agree to grant me root access to your computer.

Sure..the IP address is 127.0.0.1 and, coincidently, the root password is the same as yours. Have fun.

Jason
ProfQuotes [profquotes.com]

Re:Thanks for sharing (1)

jb.hl.com (782137) | about 10 years ago | (#10145084)

He doesn't even need to ask me, I use Windows :D

Re:Thanks for sharing (1)

krgallagher (743575) | about 10 years ago | (#10145240)

"I can be sitting in the bathroom with my Sidekick, and I'll be reading e-mail."
"Thanks Mark, that's just a little more information than I needed."

What? Doesn't everyone have a network jack in the john? That is whee I get my best ideas!

Re:Thanks for sharing (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145278)

"I can be sitting in the bathroom with my Sidekick, and I'll be reading e-mail."

Oh come on Mark Cuban, nobody is rich enough to have Chuck Norris [imdb.com] sit around while you take a crap.

video on removable hard drives . . . (1)

tubbtubb (781286) | about 10 years ago | (#10144704)

Its a good idea. I've been offloading pr0n to my 90M bernoulli disks for years now. No, really.

TV Show (1)

Plazzma (754649) | about 10 years ago | (#10144707)

I think hes gonna do a some Benefactor TV show, its kinda like that show Trump did...I can't remember the name. kinda dumb

Who isn't sick of this jerk? (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144712)

...between the constant annoying commercials for his stupid TV, his clueless 'predictions' about digital media that show his lack of comprehension both of the technology and the evil business empires behind media, and now all these self-promoting slashdot article.

Wow (-1, Redundant)

PedanticSpellingTrol (746300) | about 10 years ago | (#10144744)

A dupe of a story that was fully castigated the first time around, and then continued to be mocked in several subsequent ones about high-capacity optical storage. Since nobody else has said it yet... Bigger Video Files != Harder To Pirate.

I give Cuban respect. (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144748)

The same respect I'd give someone who got rich by playing the lottery.

Come on. The guy got lucky -- that's it, that's all, baby goes to sleep. He's rich due to artificial market inflation combined with "right place, right time". He doesn't have any particular genius or insight to be interested in, just money he stumbled into. I'm about as interested in his opinions and views and upcoming products, as I am in Paris Hilton's. They're on the same conceptual level.

Re:I give Cuban respect. (2, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145700)

In other words, you're jealous and would give your left nut to be either one of them for a day. But as the usual geek, you spout crap about them to make yourself feel better.

Content Versus Capability (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144757)

Well, I'm not ready to just give my stamp of approval to everything this guy has to say, but it's nice to see someone providing content for the technologies he wants to push.

I'm trying to think of a nice metaphorical example, but I think it's simplest to just point out the number of video games with similar hardware requirements and drastically different levels of performance. Or maybe a certain operating system owned by a certain billionaire who has programmers spend a lot of time on a candy-coating but no time optimizing that candy coating and, god forbid, giving us a (to borrow the movie equivalent) sequel instead of a remake.

In short, having sweet technology is cool. But it's even cooler when guys like this give it some content that challenges the specs.

Want a free computer? [freedesktoppc.com]

DUPE (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144767)

DUPE DUPE

Movies on a hard disk. (4, Interesting)

leonara (87228) | about 10 years ago | (#10144771)

This raises all sorts of interesting questions.
Since folks like Netflix and Walmart have to buy the copies of the movies they rent out, the movies that are distributed via hard disks will need to be licensed copies as well. I wonder how the owners of the rights will keep track of the copies that are put on the hard disks - especially since the intention is to reuse the media.

The mode of distribution is not also as simple as the Netflix mechanism. Sending hard drives by mail cannot be as easy or cost effective as sending CDs by mail.

Some of what he says does sound futuristic - it may well become feasible in the future, but would it be possible now?

Re:Movies on a hard disk. (2, Interesting)

Wesley Felter (138342) | about 10 years ago | (#10145369)

Sure, you can ship hard disks today, but why? DVDs are cheaper per GB, and in 5 years optical storage will still be cheaper per GB than hard disks. It doesn't matter if you can fit an HD movie on a keychain drive because that drive is guaranteed to cost more than $1.

SimMavericks? (3, Funny)

loqi (754476) | about 10 years ago | (#10144772)

If a fan tells me to trade a player or pick up a player, I can't always do what they say

I wonder how often he does do what they say? Better yet, if someone spammed a request for a trade to him, would he be statistically obligated to do what the spam told him to?

Re:SimMavericks? (1)

black mariah (654971) | about 10 years ago | (#10145329)

I wonder how often he does do what they say?
100% of the time he thinks it's a good idea. ;)

Re:SimMavericks? (2, Interesting)

Skim123 (3322) | about 10 years ago | (#10145866)

I wonder how often he does do what they say?

Let's just say Mark is not afraid to make trades. Each offseason the Mavs make some pretty big moves, this time dealing Antoine and Antwane, as well as losing Steve Nash. Last year was getting Antoine and Antwane, but giving up Van Exel. The year before it was getting Van Exel. And on and on and on. While he has kept together a core of players - Nash (well, not anymore), Finley, and Dirk - he has no qualms about trying new pieces for just a single season before dealing them off to somewhere else. Is this smart basketball management? I dunno, I doubt it, but I think it's good for generating interest and excitement from the fans, so it's probably good business. And the more you learn about Mark Cuban the more you learn this guy is good at business.

Really, really gets it? (1)

EmbeddedJanitor (597831) | about 10 years ago | (#10144776)

In other words "thinks the same as me".

C'mon many people are visionaries and "get it", just most don't have the bucks and arrogance to fill the media with their views.

Way Too Excited (1, Funny)

mlmitton (610008) | about 10 years ago | (#10144808)

And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing.

This guy is way, way to excited about war. Mayybe he should enlist.

Re:Way Too Excited (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144909)


This guy is way, way to excited about war. Mayybe he should enlist.


Can I moderate something as "Flamebait" and "Insightful"?

Re:Way Too Excited (2, Insightful)

hexcentric1 (688709) | about 10 years ago | (#10144935)

I don't see anything wrong with showing people what is going on around the world. Grainy images on a small little TV tend to make it less real for most people. Look back a few years; people had seen images of war, but that did not prepare them for the media's coverage of Vietnam. Now people are somewhat desensitized to violence on television; seeing the detail that has been missing may help people realize just how violent war really is.

Re:Way Too Excited (2, Insightful)

zaxios (776027) | about 10 years ago | (#10145353)

Seeing the detail that has been missing may help people realize just how violent war really is.

I don't agree with that - not when war movies have HD level of image and sound quality already. If anything, it just places real war and real death in the context of entertainment - a sort of "I hope you enjoyed 'Bad Boys II'; stay tuned for more footage from Najaf".

When war footage is packaged in the form of television and juxtaposed to entertainment or news anchors with meticulously arranged hair and placed within a red border with some text from a special font on it, actual death and fighting is trivialized. Turning war into eye candy, which Cuban seems enthused about, is really just an extension of this mentality.

He owns the Mavericks? (1)

Freston Youseff (628628) | about 10 years ago | (#10144816)

Well, at least he's tech-savvy.

I was going to... (0, Offtopic)

oKtosiTe (793555) | about 10 years ago | (#10144819)

I was going to make a smart-ass remark, but it's 2 AM, goodnight.

Lucky or Smart? (5, Insightful)

puppetman (131489) | about 10 years ago | (#10144841)

This guy is all about TV. High definition. Content delivered on hard drives. 100-megabit internet connections at home. Nothing he said was that radical, or that interesting.

People listen to him because he got rich selling his company to Yahoo during the .com boom.

He got rich, and now people think he has some sort of unique insight. I think he just got lucky with the timing.

Re:Lucky or Smart? (2, Insightful)

warmboot (608342) | about 10 years ago | (#10144910)

Timing is a distinct part of making your own luck; Cuban saw an opportunity and went for it -- that makes him smart. The fact that Yahoo! paid him a stupid amount of cash was due, in part, to the luck of the tech boom. More power to him

Re:Lucky or Smart? (4, Interesting)

alphaseven (540122) | about 10 years ago | (#10144996)

I'd say a bit of both, like he was a multi-millionaire businessman before he started broadcast.com (selling MicroSolutions to Compuserve), and he's done okay with the Mavericks. The guy knows what he's doing.

Less of a fluke artist than that guy that started hotmail and sold it for hundreds of millions of dollars.

Re:Lucky or Smart? (1)

Quixote (154172) | about 10 years ago | (#10145018)

He got rich, and now people think he has some sort of unique insight.

That's America for you. If you're rich, (most) people think you must be really smart. Sometimes this may be true, but often [wordspy.com] it is not. But the sheeple [wordspy.com] don't care; they want to look up to, emulate, and lap up the pearls of wisdom put forth by the rich folks.

Re:Lucky or Smart? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145326)

Yeah, agreed, I've never heard anything above frat-boy level chatter from this guy.

Look at the interview: in once sentence he says that you'll have a 2 hour movie on you keychain in a hard drive within 5 years. In the next sentence he talks about "ultrabroadband" and real-time high-def streams.

Hello Mark, read what you just said... the future of movies is not "big hard drives", it's in real-time streaming access!

Society of the Spectacle (5, Insightful)

Potor (658520) | about 10 years ago | (#10144848)

Whereas with our news, we have a show called HDNet World Report where we put cameras in all kinds of hot spots--Iraq, wherever. And when we show a firefight or some sort of bombing, we don't have the reporter say anything. They just say, "We're in Iraq, we're in Baghdad, and there's a firefight going on, I'll shut up and let you watch it." And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing.
He sells this as if it is content, but in fact it is just the opposite ... At least newscasts generally attempt to give a framework and a grasp of what's happening. He is offering nothing more than an ersatz experience made all the more ersatz by emulation. When will this technology spatter blood on its viewers too?

I am not against his company, or his use of technology. But I am worried about the commodification of everything, including the battle field 'experience,' which has now been reduced officially to being, like, incredible and amazing. I guess it is, when you command a home theatre.

cheers, potor

Re:Society of the Spectacle (2, Insightful)

Jah-Wren Ryel (80510) | about 10 years ago | (#10145373)

But I am worried about the commodification of everything, including the battle field 'experience,' which has now been reduced officially to being, like, incredible and amazing. I guess it is, when you command a home theatre.

Just like television made the news more personal to the viewer compared to radio broadcasts and just as radio broadcasts made the news more personal compared to newspaper articles. I don't think there is anything wrong with bringing as close a simulation as possible home to the general public. Sure, there is the initial ooohing and aaahing over the technology rather than relating to the actual events, but that wears off quickly enough.

With all the unacknowledged bias in news "reporting" these days, I don't think editorialization is really as valuable as you make it out to be. Certainly even raw footage can have en editorial bias, but without words to twist the viewer's perspective, that can only go so far.

As someone who has put more money than he should have into his home theater, I can definitely tell you that an accurate battlefield simulation can scare the crap out of you with only the slightest suspension of disbelief. The realism that hidef video and audio can provide is enough to convince my cat that the birds on the screen are real enough that he has tried to jump through and kill them on a number of occasions, something that previously has only happened with a real window with real birds.

I suspect that your hypothetical 3D blood-spatter system(TM) would be all the more effective in giving the more hawkish among the population pause to consider exactly what it means for both our troops and the "enemy" to declare war and go off to battle.

Re:Society of the Spectacle (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145622)

How long have you been waiting for a chance to use ersatz in a sentence?

ACM and IEEE fines (1)

MikeMacK (788889) | about 10 years ago | (#10144900)

PCW: You're known for being pretty outspoken, having been fined very heavily by the NBA for on-court outbursts during games. Do you ever regret the things you've said? Cuban: Not at all. Not even a little bit. It's just the nature of the industry. It's not all that much different than technology. It's like standards in technology, it's kind of like HD-DVD versus Blu-ray. It all becomes very public and that's how people negotiate.

I've never heard of anyone being fined by the ACM or IEEE.

something to think about.. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144922)

-snip-

Whereas with our news, we have a show called HDNet World Report where we put cameras in all kinds of hot spots--Iraq, wherever. And when we show a firefight or some sort of bombing, we don't have the reporter say anything. They just say, "We're in Iraq, we're in Baghdad, and there's a firefight going on, I'll shut up and let you watch it." And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing.

Hmmm...technically wouldn't this require a full spectrum of microphones set up around not only the tank, but the whole city?

I loves me some waffles!

Well (4, Interesting)

Grell (9450) | about 10 years ago | (#10144924)

If your only exposure to the guy is through news reports he may come off as a little arrogant, but damn: read the blog.

He's got a lot to back up that confidence, really insightful on a lot of things, and yet not afraid to admit where he's clueless.

Impressive dude.

~G

Re:Well (1)

black mariah (654971) | about 10 years ago | (#10145368)

Very much so. Outside of this area, I'm not surprised if people think he's an arrogant ass. But I see him on his TV show (covers the Mavericks, mostly) and hear him on the radio on a constant basis and if you see as much of the guy as we do down here you realize that he is, in fact, just a regular guy that stumbled ass-backwards into a pot of gold.

Praise be to (insert open source/geek hero here) (1, Troll)

ReluctantBadger (550830) | about 10 years ago | (#10144925)


"...blogger extraordinaire and all around tech visionary really, really gets it."

He's about as "tech visionary" as the cheesy buildup under my farmer's hat. Seriously, Slashdot has got to stop with the hero worship bullshit. It's tedious, predictable and fucking pathetic.

The gmail fairy is here! (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144962)

Narcistic Car Sales Man (0, Flamebait)

a3217055 (768293) | about 10 years ago | (#10144966)

This guy is full of himself. He found a cow and is milking it. He has no new ideas, and in the end wants to make money. All his ideas lacked some sort of technical / interesting point. As said before he is nothing new. So he made a shit load of money, but that doesn't make him interesting. He is selling a concept that people are willing to buy. That is great but another interesting is that this guys is full of hot air.
But if he has an idea I think all of you slashdot readers should start taking this idea up and check it out.
Man hard drives vs. optical discs.... what is he thinking.
-A0

Re:Narcistic Car Sales Man (2, Insightful)

Grell (9450) | about 10 years ago | (#10145000)


"Man hard drives vs. optical discs.... what is he thinking."

Well maybe that while the big dogs get into a knock down fight about the "next thing"! 'Blue Ray vs whatever' there's money to be made in a media that's dropping in price like a stone? (50c a gig soon believed to be under 25C a gig w/ terabyte size drives)

Did you read the whole article?

I'd pay the kind of money he's talking about for 40 movies a month of my choice. ($100 startup delivers the disk, then $20 a month to trade the drive out for a new one full of movies.) Of course this is all speculative stuff for him, but could be done w/ todays tech while we await the next big thing in whatever DRM'd optical disc standard is next in line.

Hell's bells man, what if their is no clear standard for say, 4 years? Want to go buy 2 sets of video/media players again? (vhs/beta)

Sure it's speculation, but it's not quite as useless as you make it out to be at least imho.

~G

Re:Narcistic Car Sales Man (2, Interesting)

chris_mahan (256577) | about 10 years ago | (#10145299)

I think like this:
go to website: www.somerentalmovie.com
search for movie.
select movie for viewing.

desktop box pings server through net, downloads movie locally to HD while you are still at work. You come home at 6:30 pm, your movie(s) and shows are ready to watch. have 100 gigs of storage or somthing like that.

next day, repeat. I would pay 100 for the set top box, and $3 per film. at that price, I would not pirate, because it would be too much hassle.

Even illegal street vendors could not compete because they would have to sell each dvd for less than 3 and that would not be worth it.

And peer to peer would not be able to compete, because of the ease of use and quality of the product.

Now, if they are really smart, the system would allow for decentralized movie downloading.

for example.

Person A downloads Master and Commander widescreen to set top box (STB) from central server.
download takes 12 hours.

Person B queues same movie. A's STB allows port open from B's STB's ip to download that movie.

Eventually, all the users's spare bandwidth is used in carrying all that suff back and forth, and the users don't mind because they're paying monthly fees already anyway.

Put programming at $1 per hour. three hour movie, $3. two hour movie, 2$. 40 minutes sitcom: 40 cents.

People complain because no ad revenue... I say: imagine how many more people can watch your show if they don't have to watch it thrusday at 5:30, but can watch it anytime.

Blah Blah Blah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10144995)

Cuban is an asshole. Living in Dallas, we get fed his crap on a regular basis. Congratulations on selling Yahoo a company that never made a profit in it's entire existence. Take your money and STFU. By the way this is a repost.

I remember this guy (1)

The Analog Kid (565327) | about 10 years ago | (#10145014)

He was on some interview on TV awhile ago, he's always getting fined by the NBA for arguing with the refs, and shouting vugarities. Smart man though, he set up the selling of his Yahoo stock with a hedging strategy, so Yahoo could be doing good or bad and he would still be okay. He's a smart man to say the least or atleast he made smart choices.

Hedging for dot-com-o-crats (2, Informative)

wintermute42 (710554) | about 10 years ago | (#10145182)

It was smart for Mark Cuban to choose to hedge in this case, but the brains behind setting up the hedge resided at an investment bank.

Hedges of this type are set up by investment banks like Goldman or UBS. They have people who sell these kind of services to executives. I imagine that someone like this connected with Cuban. For a substantial fee they set up the hedge. The goal of the investment bank is to lay off the risk, by selling options, or a moving set of dynamically hedged options so that they keep the fee and have no risk.

As noted in the parent, the hedge limits the "down side" loss, while also limiting the "upside" gain. This would not have been such a good move for Google insiders, but it was a very good move for Yahoo insiders.

Not a Tech Visionary (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145020)

Mark Cuban was in charge of sales at broadcast.com. Todd Wagner, his partner, was the tech visionary. You don't hear about Todd Wagner because he doesn't need to tell everyone how great he is in order to feel good about himself.

other peoples money. (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145044)

The only reason this guy is a billionaire is because Yahoo, at the height of the dot-com bubble, was stupid enough to spend billions on a his company (broadcast.com). For those of you unfamiliar with broadcast.com, it was an amateurish looking site that hosted a bunch of amateurish audio and video content.

Essentially, Yahoo paid billions for a room full of servers hosting a bunch of low res video and a some crappy audio. I think they had some dreams of charging a subscription fee for that crap, but that never panned out (surprise, surprise).

The fact that this guy is respected as some kind of a shrewd entrepreneur is a joke.

What Does He Get? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145100)

The parent poster said that this guy Cuban " really, really gets it". Gets what? What was so insightful in his interview comments? I read the whole thing, and didn't find a single insightful word. Maybe I missed it.

he rocks (1)

citroidSD (517889) | about 10 years ago | (#10145134)

and is a ex-hoosier to boot :)

Oxymoron... (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145155)

Hold on, is he a 'blogger extraordinaire' or does he 'really, really get it'? Can't be both...

Am I the only one thinking of Ray Bradbury ? (4, Insightful)

DrYak (748999) | about 10 years ago | (#10145159)

And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing.


Am I the only one who thinks about Ray Bradbury's book Farenheit 451.
I have suddenly a frightning vision of a future full of brain washed couch potatoe that prefer whatching thing on their TV-wall (buy 3 walls, the fourt to make the room complete is oferred free) because it looks much more realistic than the real life.
TV-Zombies that admires how much their TV is immersive, how well their ultra-high definition 4096p TV enable to see even the small dropplets of blood from the guy getting his head cut in the background, and how realistic the sound of the machine gun in Surround 16.1.

BUT no one turns his/her brain ON to realise that there watching an horrible war and actual people dying.

COMMON YOU'RE TALKING ABOUT BEING KILLED.

I'm sure there's a conspiracy behind HDTV : governement wanting people to be leniant and just admiring the quality of news in HDTV instead of thinking of the implication of said news. ...now please excuse-me, while I'll getting my thin-foil hat before governement tries to erase my mind by boardcasting lasers from my TV-set...
{ /mode-paranoid: Off; }

New goddamn pet peeve (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145811)

The words are "come on." Two words.

The word "common" means frequent or mundane.

Please people, there's such a thing as grammar stickling but there's also such a thing as learning to use the goddamn language. Seems like I see this "common" one every other day now.

First a good idea then television (1)

gelfling (6534) | about 10 years ago | (#10145194)

Mark Cuban is following the curve of all self annointed internet 'visionaries' which is to first get a really good idea out there, sell it to someone with lots of money and then move into media and television because it suddenly dawns on them that their brilliance is best transfered to mass media where the real money is.

Iraqis Dying in HD. Fuck Mr. Cuban. (1)

babylon93 (611333) | about 10 years ago | (#10145271)

quote: They just say, "We're in Iraq, we're in Baghdad, and there's a firefight going on, I'll shut up and let you watch it." And being able to see it in wide-screen high resolution with 5.1 sound, if you have a tank firing, you hear it coming out of one ear and see it leaving out of the other ear. It's just incredible. Just to be able to see it like you're actually sitting there is amazing.
----

Yeah, gee that's exactly what we all need. 84 inches of Hi-Def death and dismemberment. Death gurgles in Dolby Digital 5.1.
Wow.

Hell yeah (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145305)

I'll gladly pay to see a tank blowing up a school of towelhead kids. Thank them because in 10 years those kids will be strapping bombs to themselves and blowing up buses.

Yeah (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145379)

I really look forward to more of Mark Cuban's predictions [techweb.com] .

Enough Cuban buttkissing! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145405)

Here's one from an anonymous coward based in Dallas:

Really, if you know anything about this guy you could care less about his viewpoints on anything, including technology.

Just one example - this is the same guy who threatened (over a taped phone conversation later played on radio) to 'cut the balls off' of an editor of a local Dallas magazine, simply because they wrote an article about his then-fiancee...a relatively lightweight, 'get to know her' type of social article. Who cares if he's rich - he's an idiot.

Is this a dupe? (1)

Animats (122034) | about 10 years ago | (#10145466)

I recall hearing about "distributing video on hard drives" a while back.

Why bother? DVD-sized media with more capacity are coming, and compression good enough for HDTV on existing media is already available.

Besides, hard disk replication would be a pain. We'd be back to where things were in the early days of VHS replication. Huge farms of consumer grade VCRs slaved off one good digital tape player. A bunch of people running around changing media. (Later, better ways to duplicate tape were developed.) CD/DVD replication is a high-volume process that's incredibly cheap in volume.

I've worked with Cuban (1, Interesting)

Anonymous Coward | about 10 years ago | (#10145747)

I've worked with Mark Cuban and I can tell you that he's a real visionary... when it comes to making money.

He starts companies in a shed, creates a lot of hype, sells the company for a couple of millions, and moves away before the poor sod that bought it realises the amazing "TV network" he bought actually consists of three Macs with outdated video capture cards and some VTRs so old they're held together with duct tape.

Great businessman, but not someone who I'd trust to give me an unbiased vision of the future - he's going to tell you whatever makes his current company seem more valuable.

Actually, no (2, Informative)

K8Fan (37875) | about 10 years ago | (#10145792)

I'm a big a fan of Mark Cuban as anyone, but the truth is more important. HD-Net is not the first channel to broadcast exclusively in HD, and Mark isn't even the first to broadcast more than one channel of HD at the same time.

Unity Motion was the first, a dedicated HD-only satellite system featuring three 24 hour, 1080i channels. In 1998. Dead by 1999 [archive.org] . But I still have one of the receivers.

Tech Savvy? (2, Insightful)

LMNTK (759645) | about 10 years ago | (#10145804)

I would have to say Mr. Cuban is more of a businessman than anything...what kind of tech enthusiast brags about his new HP Media Center PC? And why all the redundant backups on easily damaged hard drives full of precision moving parts? Seems pretty silly to me. This article is the usual from PC World - profit-driven filler. I'm surprised the article doesn't have more links to buy the stuff plugged in the text. Maybe I'm just being an elitist? -K

Re:Tech Savvy? (1)

Skim123 (3322) | about 10 years ago | (#10145881)

Mark mentions "key chain drives," so maybe he's referring to RAM drives like USB drives, and not your "tyipcal" platter-based hard drive?
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