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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Iniamyen Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (111 comments)

I have plenty of 1-2GB movies that are acceptable quality for my large format viewing use cases.

To me, accessibility is more important than absolute quality. (It used to be the other way around, but my attitude has changed after assorted life events.)

2 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

Iniamyen Re:Even my DVDs are streamed (111 comments)

That's what I do as well, although even for stuff I own on DVD I usually cut out the middleman by downloading stuff illegally, because I don't like the relatively labor-intensive process of ripping from DVD, compressing, etc...

3 days ago
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Intel Launches Self-Encrypting SSD

Iniamyen Re:Infomercial much? (91 comments)

It can probably be interpreted to mean that it shares architecture and/or design patterns of some type. While it's not very specific, I wouldn't call it pure marketing jargon.

4 days ago
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White House Punts On Petition To Allow Tesla Direct Sales

Iniamyen Re:No need to qualify (382 comments)

Most states, prodded perhaps by dealer associations, have forbidden auto manufacturers from selling directly to the public.

There is no "perhaps" about it. Auto dealer associations are entirely the reason - no need to qualify your statement. They are parasitic middlemen and they know they have a good deal going. They cost both customers and the automakers money. They should have to compete and provide value just like any other business. There should be no legal prohibition against me buying a car directly from Tesla, GM, Toyota or any other car maker if I want. If the dealer can provide me extra value then fine but if they cannot (and most cannot) then they should disappear like the obsolete businesses they are. There is no rational justification I have heard for protecting their business model at my expense. Perhaps you know of a good reason but frankly for me if auto dealers disappear tomorrow it won't be too soon.

Yup. It rather like being required to head to your nearest brick-and-mortar travel agency to book a flight and hotel and pay them their middleman fee, rather than going to united.com and tripadvisor,com (or whatever your preferred vendor is).

I think in the case of buying airline tickets and hotel rooms (e.g. Travelocity, etc...) the same middleman claim could be applied. However, the difference is that for a lot of people, these middlemen actually DO provide value. And there's nothing preventing you from buying directly from the airline (or hotel, or car rental agency, etc...) if you WANT to.

about two weeks ago
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New Raspberry Pi Model B+

Iniamyen Re:Slow CPU, crippled network, too little RAM (202 comments)

The couple that I have are media centers on my TVs, and I have them hanging from a short HDMI cable without a case. In this particular application, at least for me, the addition of a case would actually make it less useful.

about two weeks ago
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My most recent energy-saving bulbs last ...

Iniamyen Re:2-year CFLs (278 comments)

Same here. I bought my first LED bulb at Costco a few weeks ago, because it was only $3, and after my experiences with CFLs, I'd like to be able to switch to LEDs after trying it out for a little while.

I think the breakeven point is better for LEDs than CFLs (cost of bulbs over time vs. energy savings), since CFLs seem to not last very long and LEDs keep getting cheaper. I want them to get a LITTLE bit cheaper still, before I start investing in large numbers of them, though.

about three weeks ago
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Goldman Sachs Demands Google Unsend One of Its E-mails

Iniamyen Re:Reputational Damage (346 comments)

Why were they "testing" with sensitive information? If your testing how to send an email attachment just send some bogus info.

In the case of GS, these are the same things.

about three weeks ago
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Nathan Myhrvold's Recipe For a Better Oven

Iniamyen Re:the real question is... (228 comments)

My wife and I both use the oven equal amounts, more or less. Same goes for the vacuum. What point were you trying to make? That men doing housework is evil? I'd accuse you of trolling, but I am too confused to.... ahhh. Touché.

about a month ago
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Disappointed Woz Sells His "Worthless" Galaxy Gear Watch

Iniamyen Consumers are fickle (242 comments)

Wasn't it only a year or two ago about how we were congratulating ourselves on not having to wear watches, because hey, everyone's got a smart phone and you can just check the time on that.

I don't wear a watch day-to-day. When I do wear one, it's with a suit as a fashion accessory. And I seriously doubt smart watches will ever look classy. Flashy, yes. Classy, no.

It's pretty amazing how short the average consumer's attention span is. I guess I can't blame companies for gettin' while the gettin's good.

about a month ago
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Google, Detroit Split On Autonomous Cars

Iniamyen Re:detroit vs SV? (236 comments)

Do you specifically mean the American marques that have crappy infotainment systems? I've owned both 2007 Toyota and 2011 Subaru infotainment/navigation systems, and as far as the software/UI goes, they were perfectly useable and functional.

about a month ago
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Game Characters Controlled By Player's Emotions

Iniamyen I just want to zone out... (44 comments)

I can't speak for everyone, but when I videogame, I don't want to have to get all emotional every time. Sometimes I'd like to just zone out completely oblivious to everything, while drool spills out of my mouth.

about a month and a half ago
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Theater Chain Bans Google Glass

Iniamyen Millions of slashdotters' heads explode (376 comments)

Caught between my hatred for MPAA and my hatred for Google Glass... arghhh... don't..know..what..to..do..... SPLAT

about a month and a half ago
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Kids With Operators Manual Alert Bank Officials: "We Hacked Your ATM"

Iniamyen APB for John Conner (378 comments)

Eeeeeeasy money!

about a month and a half ago
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Google Announces 'End-To-End' Encryption Extension For Chrome

Iniamyen Interesting (100 comments)

Not directly related to the subject matter, but I thought it was interesting that Gmail traffic spikes on Saturdays.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Iniamyen Re:Count me in (711 comments)

Yeah, I know my problem isn't isn't it. Meaning my problem is it.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

Iniamyen Re:Count me in (711 comments)

Funny, my experience with the iPhone (I had a 4S) was the exact opposite of {better-designed, rock-solid product, more stable OS}.

The beat-to-death antenna issue
A lock button that stopped working
WiFi that would intermittently get disabled and eventually stopped working altogether
Generally buggier and slower performance after each update to iOS.

But if you're having the exact opposite experience that I had, more power to ya!

about 2 months ago
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Robotic Exoskeletons Could Help Nuclear Plant Workers

Iniamyen H.E.V. suit (29 comments)

Welcome to the H.E.V. mark 4 protective system. For use in hazardous environment conditions. High-impact reactive armour activated. Atmospheric contaminant sensors activated. Vital sign monitoring activated. Automatic medical systems engaged. Weapon selection system activated. Munition level monitoring activated. Communications interface online. Have a very safe day.

about 2 months ago
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Parenting Rewires the Male Brain

Iniamyen Re:Makes Sense (291 comments)

It's amazing how shortsighted one can be, while at the same time talking about "hopes and dreams." You should examine what you just typed closely, for an obvious non-sequitur.

about a month ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

Iniamyen Re:Fuel economy? (119 comments)

This is pretty interesting, but it's not clear exactly what that 88% represents. I'm not sure what "overall drive efficiency" is. They put a picture above the 88% figure that has elements that probably aren't in the "drive efficiency" number -- misleading at best. It probably doesn't count the grid->battery efficiency (why else would they include the word "drive"?)

about 2 months ago
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New Semiconductor Could Improve Vehicle Fuel Economy By 10 Percent

Iniamyen Re:Fuel economy? (119 comments)

This is not the same as the vehicle's overall efficiency. Batteries and drivetrains are nowhere near 90% efficient.

about 2 months ago

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