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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:A couple of limitations... (180 comments)

None of the streaming providers like Netflix are just going to "turn off" the old, non-H.265 streams just because one device gets them. And since none of them are even using them at all right now, I'd say we have many years before Netflix will phase them out (if ever - they still have non-adaptive streams and older interfaces for legacy devices, which still work just fine) .

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:Videos unavailable on devices; Hulu for free (180 comments)

Hulu+ is $8/month. You've got a bit of a wait if you've using that money to pay for a PC.

We're at a point in content rights where not everything is available on set-top boxes. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't use a set-top box for everything else. Car analogy: It's like using a gas-guzzling truck for your everyday commute, because your economy car can't move a piano.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:TVs with VGA in; Bluetooth thumb keyboard (180 comments)

If you have to buy a remote and IR sensor, and configure WMC (or an equivalent), it's not free, and can be a pain in the ass. Not to mention that the UI, speed, noise, and electricity cost in the set-top boxes are all serious considerations when compared to an old computer you might just have hanging around.

Roku (and I assume the other set top boxes) make it amazingly simple and quick to stream media. I have a Windows machine running WMC as an OTA DVR, and while it can stream Netflix and some of the other applications, it's not anywhere near as good at it.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon Launches Android-Powered 'Fire TV' For Streaming and Gaming

The Good Reverend Re:Seems like it should (180 comments)

Because they have huge contracts with cable companies that say they won't. This isn't the fault of the set-top boxes.

about two weeks ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

The Good Reverend Re:I'm confused. (335 comments)

Yeah, I'm seeing my mistake now. Too much/not enough coffee...

about a month ago
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1GB of Google Drive Storage Now Costs Only $0.02 Per Month

The Good Reverend I'm confused. (335 comments)

"The 2 dollar plan per month means that the price for a gigabyte gets down to an incredibly low price of only two cents per month."

Translation, please. I must have missed something.

about a month ago
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Facebook Shuts Down @Facebook Email System

The Good Reverend Re:Because people already have E-mail addresses? (149 comments)

That's only because no one is using it. Maybe your friends post stuff you don't like, but that seems like a problem with your friends, not the medium.

about 2 months ago
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Reason To Hope Carriers Won't Win the War On Netflix

The Good Reverend Re:Not evidence (213 comments)

Exactly. The vast majority of internet users (even those that can network their own houses and fix their friend's computers) don't know what a "hop" is or that there are usually a dozen+ computers between them and their internet destination. And if any of these links is slow, for whatever reason, there's going to a general slowdown. That makes it very difficult to determine if you're being throttled, if you're the victim of bad DNS routing, or if there's some random problem that you can't solve from your end.

about 2 months ago
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Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

The Good Reverend Re:I think the first Roku had YouTube briefly (80 comments)

You could actually upgrade, and as long as the old YouTube channel was tied to your account (and you linked your new Roku to your existing account), it would show up on your new box as well. It's on all three of mine.

about 4 months ago
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Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

The Good Reverend Re:I think the first Roku had YouTube briefly (80 comments)

That's a known issue with the old YouTube and several other private channels. Company reps on the Roku message boards say they're looking into it.

about 4 months ago
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Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

The Good Reverend Re:Keyboard? (80 comments)

No wireless/bluetooth keyboard, but the Roku phone/tablet app has a keyboard option on the remote.

about 4 months ago
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Roku Finally Adds YouTube To Its Iconic Media Player

The Good Reverend Re:I think the first Roku had YouTube briefly (80 comments)

There was (and still is) a private YouTube channel, but Roku stopped it from being added to boxes a few years ago. But if you already had that one, you could keep it (I still have it).

about 4 months ago
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Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

The Good Reverend Re:more like (329 comments)

Your experience isn't standard - I've got three of them, no wifi problems at all. Like everything, they're subject to interference, so you might want to move it around and see if that solves your problem.

about 8 months ago
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Google Breaks ChromeCast's Ability To Play Local Content

The Good Reverend Re:more like (329 comments)

Get a Roku. Cheap and awesome, and it'll go with you if you switch TVs or upgrade.

about 8 months ago
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Turning Santa Cruz Into a Haven For Hackers, Makers & Startups

The Good Reverend The biggest problem in Santa Cruz... (117 comments)

...isn't a lack of talent, or retaining students, or anything else related to business - it's crime. The once-quaint "beach bums" are actually violent street kids and mentally ill homeless people, and unless you're on campus and removed from the city itself, you can't help but to experience this everywhere you go.

I lived there for four years while at UC Santa Cruz, and while there was a street kid problem then (15 years ago), it's much worse now, crime rates are up, and I don't feel safe there at all, just walking down the street. I've lived in various low-income communities, and for the most part they're "just" poor - there's crime, of course, but you can walk down the street safely. Santa Cruz is absurdly rich for some people, destitute for others, and it attracts a homeless/street population that make it no longer worth visiting. It's sad but true.

about 8 months ago
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Nook Failure, Lack of Foot Traffic Could Spell Doom For Barnes & Noble

The Good Reverend Re:In rememberance of the Antiquarium (330 comments)

Used book stores are generally great for browsing or discovering new things, but when you need a textbook or a specific copy of something, good luck. I love them too, but they don't serve all my needs.

about 10 months ago
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When Will My Computer Understand Me?

The Good Reverend Re:Voice is a crappy input mechanism (143 comments)

Totally depends what you're doing. I can tell Siri "Remind me to call my mom when I get home", and she does it. If I were to input this without voice, It would require me to open up menus to the reminder app, tell the system who I'd like to call, that I'd like a location-based reminder, and what that location is (though I'm not sure iOS can do this without Siri). Even if there were a macro for it, it wouldn't be any faster than asking Siri outright by voice.

There are absolutely things that are easier to do by hand, but voice certainly has advantages.

about 10 months ago
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Siri's Creator Challenges Texting-While-Driving Study

The Good Reverend Re:Pros AND Cons (262 comments)

Siri reads back the text by default if you're in the eyes-free mode. But her text-to-speech isn't always easy to understand, so it's hard to tell sometimes if she got it right.

about a year ago
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Is It Possible To Erase Yourself From the Internet?

The Good Reverend Don't do it! (295 comments)

I've never understood the fascination so many tech luddites and techies-who-think-they're-cool-by-hating-being-on-the-internet to try to erase their online presence. It'll only come back to bite you.

You don't have to share everything, but establishing your presence and "owning your name" gives you some measure of control in regards to what people find if they search for you. If you go the "you can't see me" route, anyone with a vendetta or anything (good or bad) that gets you in the news is suddenly all anyone searching sees. You can't control everything by being online, but you certainly have more control than if you try to hide.

about a year ago
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Ask Slashdot: Extreme Cable Management?

The Good Reverend Re:Ikea (242 comments)

Because you don't have to look at them, nor do they get in your way (or your pet's way). It's the same reason I put my groceries away in cabinets instead of leaving them all on the counter...

about a year and a half ago

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This is strange....

The Good Reverend The Good Reverend writes  |  more than 11 years ago

I'm gaining fans. This is strange to me. I rarely add "friends", though there are a few people out there I have on my list, but for the occasional poster I am (maybe once a week), my list is growing.

Why is this? I think I'm a pretty good writer, and I get modded well (though I think this has to do with knowing how to play the system). Nice little ego stroke. But weird.

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First Entry

The Good Reverend The Good Reverend writes  |  more than 11 years ago

What an interesting system I've never even looked at before. Like a blog integrated with slashdot.

This is nice and all, but I don't like keeping too many webspaces for this type of writing. Visit http://www.insignifica.org - it's where I'll be writing.

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