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Netflix To Eliminate Profiles Feature

Anthony Boyd Re:Someone will greasemonkey it. (508 comments)

Yeah, that was my immediate thought. I have a handful of Greasemonkey scripts, and when I saw this article I wondered what it would take to re-create the feature. To do it right, you'd need a central server of your own that Greasemonkey could use to store which items were flagged as yours. Then you'd need to provide some kind of labeling feature to the page ("10 of the movies on this list are for me, 30 are for my spouse, and 20 are for my kids"), and finally a "rebalance" option that would take the single queue and intersperse your items with your spouse/kids items. That would roughly simulate the feature.

There's a simpler way if you can assume that only 2 people are using one account -- you'd use Greasemonkey to store all the items you flag as your own, and then when you rebalance, it would just put your own items every-other-one in the list. It "assumes" that everything not flagged as your own would be from one other person, so it could split the list 50-50. No central server needed in such a case.

Having thought it through, I think I'll leave it to others. I'd want to do it the "right" way with the central server, which would take more time to put together than I have. It seems very useful, though. I hope other Greasemonkey developers are considering it. Heck, maybe there is a better way that is less investment for the developer. Better minds will find it.

more than 6 years ago



Open Source forum software that isn't phpBB?

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "After writing dozens of mods for phpBB, I've decided to move on. But I've had a hard time finding replacements. MyBB and SMF were promising until I read their licenses (not truly Open Source). Vanilla looked like a nice little OOP codebase, but the actual forum it provides is a bit anemic. I found PunBB only to learn that it had recently lost all its developers to a fork (FluxBB), and those developers are missing their deadlines. So I went from "can't find phpBB competitors" to finding a few that had problems, and I knew there were more competitors & problems I had yet to unearth. I realized that the Slashdot community might collectively have far greater insight. Is there a phpBB competitor out there? Is the license good? Is the community good? How's the feature set? What's the codebase like? If you have an opinion, I'd like to hear it."

Is 2007/2008 another golden age for RPGs?

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  about 7 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "First there was the foul-mouthed review, "Mask of the Betrayer — so good even the Codex likes it!" Then those same cynics at the RPG Codex almost immediately began gushing about The Witcher, a RPG based upon the novels by Andrzej Sapkowski. Couple that with upcoming role-playing games such as The Broken Hourglass (a throwback to Baldur's Gate style of gameplay) and The Age of Decadence, and we may be in a RPG renaissance. All of these games offer what has been lacking in recent years — choice and consequence. The storyline(s) branch out, and how you play your role actually matters. In addition, the games don't appear to be dumbed-down for mass audiences. They involve difficult battles and engaging intellectual dilemmas. Are these games flukes? Are they less than they seem? Or are they, as one reviewer put it, "a wake-up call for mainstream RPGs?""

Dungeons & Dragons 4th Edition Announced

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "The official D&D page over at the Wizards of the Coast site now has a counter running with a few hours left (as I write this). It hints at something having to do with the number 4. Well, the cat's out of the bag. One company published an article a day early. And Wizards itself apparently left a hidden forum open to the public for an hour or two. By the time this hits the Slashdot front page, much more may have been revealed: 4th edition of D&D is coming. Nerds, get out your d20s. It's a whole new party."

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  more than 7 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "A representative for the VBulletin software product has revoked the license from a site simply because he found the material objectionable. He initally claimed it was due to violation of law until people started quoting the law to him. Then he said they revoked the license because it violated some "morality" clause in the VBulletin license — but people looking at it are unable to find such a clause. What do you think? Was this capricious or reasonable? Is it justified in law? As a VBulletin customer, how secure do you feel about your license?"

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  about 8 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "A UCLA student was asked to leave the school library. When he refused, police were called. So he left, or at least tried to. As he was leaving, the police repeatedly tasered him... to get him to leave. Here is the news coverage. And here is video footage. Probably NSFW. There is much swearing, police refuse to identify themselves, and ignore all pleas for sanity."

Anthony Boyd Anthony Boyd writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Anthony Boyd writes "This Gameworld Network blog covered the Nintendo conference in Japan that just wrapped up. Looks like 25,000 yen for the Wii console, 500 to 1000 yen for each Virtual Console game (that's old NES, SNES, and N64 games). Roughly that works out to $250 USD for the console, and $4 to $9 for the Virtual Console games. Oh, and a launch date in Japan of December 2nd. And an official Wii site."


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