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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

SJHillman Re:Well... (309 comments)

Got the Nano mixed up with the Shuffle... it's a first gen Shuffle (512MB). As you can tell, I'm deeply immersed in Apple culture >_>

9 hours ago
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iPad Fever Is Officially Cooling

SJHillman Re:Well... (309 comments)

My iPod doesn't even have a screen. First gen iPod Nano. I haven't used it in five or six years either... saving it for when I open a museum of useless crap someday.

10 hours ago
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Implant Injects DNA Into Ear, Improves Hearing

SJHillman Re:That must be some seriously rich guinea pigs (33 comments)

Many humans can't afford top of the line *anything*. Sufficiently advanced hearing aids can be affordable if you go through the right channels (HINT: anybody but an audiologist)

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

SJHillman Re:Answers: (294 comments)

"A locked door conventionally makes a distinctive thud sound when the player tries to open it."

I usually play with game sound off so I can have Nertflix on another monitor (at least until more games embrace multi-monitor gaming) or Pandora in the background. If a game doesn't support subtitles (that include all relevant in-game sounds), then it better be 100% playable with the sound off.

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

SJHillman Re:RPG Games (294 comments)

It's A Long Way To The Top, If You Wanna Open Every Door

yesterday
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'The Door Problem' of Game Design

SJHillman Re:Article is empty (294 comments)

I love doors in video games as long as there is some way to completely and utterly destroy them. There's something very satisfying about wrecking a door to splinters that I don't get from my office day job.

yesterday
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

But once you buy the guitar and take the lessons, you won't need to pay those costs again. As opposed to a subscription service in which you pay ad infinitum. Also, there's much cheaper hobbies than guitar, many of which you can get started with a book/Google and $100. Gardening, knitting, blogging, drawing, web design, programming, hiking, bird watching, and cooking all have very low barriers to entry in terms of both skills and money. There's also plenty of hobbies that can provide a positive ROI over time - I've taken up woodworking as something that I can easily recoup my investment in tools and make it a break-even hobby.

yesterday
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

That only explains why cable costs more. It doesn't explain why cable costs more and yet still has as much ads as content.

Also, for most people, the ISP bill is a sunk cost. They would still pay it even if Netflix didn't exist, and therefore it should not be included in the total cost of Netflix (again, for most people, there will be exceptions).

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

Maybe it's time to consider reducing what you pay other people for entertainment and start finding alternatives or making your own? If you have that much leisure time that you actually use all of those services, you might be better served learning a skill or hobby. It'd be cheaper.

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

SJHillman Re:Hourly versus Salary (310 comments)

Obamacare really deviated from the standard in this respect. I don't know of anything else that considers full time less than 35 hours (most are 37.5 or 40 hours).

2 days ago
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In the US, Rich Now Work Longer Hours Than the Poor

SJHillman Re:By what definition of "rich"? (310 comments)

In the US, the top 1% starts somewhere just under $350,000 in 2009 (down from $380k in 2008) - I couldn't find a reliable source for more recent data. That's really not that high, considering the majority of people in the 1% are also in areas with the highest cost of livings. I'm not saying $350k isn't enough for a life of relative luxury, but they're also not the ones with private yachts, planes or a dozen vacation homes.

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:New Customers (194 comments)

I wonder how many current customers will quit over this, then realize two months later it was only for new customers. And then have to sign back up at the higher rate.

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Milk that cow! (194 comments)

The really curious part is the fact that Netflix is so much cheaper than cable *in spite of not having commercials*. The fact that you pay for cable TV only to be bombarded with commercials is a slap in the face that most people are too willing to accept.

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Fine logic (194 comments)

In other news, Netflix's accounting department has been outsourced to the MPAA.

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Repeat July 2011 (194 comments)

I just got a Prime trial subscription, mostly for streaming movies. I find the interface to be more confusing than Netflix, and the closed captioning isn't as easy to read. I've also had issues in which Full Screen will switch it to my primary monitor, so I have to use the Pop-Out viewer. Also, the price of Prime just went up recently as well which may be one of the reasons Netflix is more comfortable with raising their rates too.

2 days ago
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Netflix Plans To Raise Prices By "$1 or $2 a Month"

SJHillman Re:Not Necessarily A Bad Thing (194 comments)

I've had Netflix for three or four years now and it's definitely worth the price. I don't think I'd seriously consider cancelling it until it reached at least $20/mo. However, if it gets much higher, they might want to consider having multiple tiers of streaming. My parents stream less than 12 hours a month, so some kind of time-limited lower tier would be needed to keep them as happy customers. Implementation would be a little tricky, but I think if you did something like allowing them to finish whatever movie/episode they're currently watching when that limit is reached would keep most people happy.

2 days ago
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Reinventing the Axe

SJHillman Re:Neat (214 comments)

I haven't used a log splitter in at least 10 years, but last time I did, it was considerably slower than doing it by hand. It saved a hell of a lot of energy, but it just wasn't very fast compared to doing it by hand with a good axe.

3 days ago
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Joss Whedon Releases New Film On Demand

SJHillman Re:Quality? (137 comments)

You wouldn't pay $5 to download a car, would you?

3 days ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Products Were Built To Last?

SJHillman Re:Mod parent up funny (694 comments)

I have a Thinkpad T60 that's still my primary laptop (although not primary computer). I've dropped it, spilled milkshakes on it and have generally given it hell over the last 8 years. Runs better than ever since putting Windows 7 on it.

about a week ago
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Retired SCOTUS Justice Wants To 'Fix' the Second Amendment

SJHillman Re:Militia, then vs now (1617 comments)

Hmm, it looks like I didn't read my source thoroughly. What I thought was the total world population was the population of Africa. I think it's time for a nap x_x

about a week ago

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