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Inception, The Social Network, TS3 Get Oscar Noms

TheFlyingGoat Re:How to train: yaay! (201 comments)

Agree 100%. Not only is it the best animated feature of the year (Toy Story 3 was good but not great), but probably one of the best animated features ever. It does a better job of character development than most movies and the main character is easy to relate to, especially for those of us that are categorized as nerds (social outcast, smart, good with gadgets, likes the hot chick, etc). My almost 3 year old son loves it and I don't mind watching it with him dozens of times.

As for the other movies, I have yet to see most of them, but will eventually. I did see The Social Network in the theaters and thought it was good considering the topic, but not on the same level as previous winners. It's worth watching, but I don't think it's worthy of winning.

more than 3 years ago
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Torrent-Only Movie Denied IMDb Listing

TheFlyingGoat Re:Your definition of movie may vary... (207 comments)

Not entirely true about why we started, but it's a good reason for continuing. I started TheTVDB because there was a need for an open API for TV data and since there was a somewhat horrible site handling part of it and another separate site handling the images. My goal was to combine both and make it completely open. Still, like I said, IMDB's restrictions are still reason to continue what we've been doing. /TheTVDB founder

about 4 years ago
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History Repeats Itself — Mac & the iPad

TheFlyingGoat Re:iPad has it's niche (514 comments)

This is exactly correct. My wife has an iPad since her computer died a week before they were released. Her old computer was by the couch and she mainly did email and Facebook while watching TV. For the price we were looking at a netbook or low end laptop, since there really wasn't a need for a full desktop system out there. The only game she plays is Bejeweled and we have my computer for more advanced tasks.

The iPad works perfectly for her. She's no longer stuck at the couch when she wants to be online and has more to do while exercising as well. She's got a decent sized screen to work with. Our toddler can actually play games on it (touchscreen instead of mouse works perfectly). Certain games and tasks are completely natural on it. I don't play RTS games, but I'd be willing to bet it's incredible for them.

I'm not an Apple zealot by any means. Hell, my AppleTV (purchased because my modded Xbox died) is running XBMC. The iPad is not for everyone and won't replace a primary computer, but it does definitely work great for some users.

more than 4 years ago
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eBay's Ill-Timed Lifetime Achievement Webby

TheFlyingGoat It's the truth, though (316 comments)

They're correct about the whole guns don't kill people thing. This is Slashdot, so I'll make a technology analogy, even though people here tend to be far more political than technical. We like getting on Microsoft's case when they fix a bug, pointing out that there are far more existing bugs that they didn't fix. Hackers (or crackers, if you must) will exploit any available means to gain access to a system, so patching one hole in a system with many doesn't do a whole lot.

The same thing happens with gun law restrictions. Do you really think that if this guy wouldn't have been able to buy ammo on Ebay that he wouldn't have gone on a shooting rampage? He would have just found a different way of doing it, whether it be with a hunting shotgun, a sword, or a fertilizer bomb. Keep in mind that while I'm in favor of concealed carry, it doesn't mean I think that people should be able to access semiautomatic firearms without a significant (1 month?) waiting period.

I know that comparing the shooting to a system being hacked isn't all that accurate, but I'm trying to make a generalized point. There are many things out there that have both good and bad aspects, but that doesn't mean that we should focus only on the bad and ignore the good. Doing so is shortsighted and kneejerk, similar to all the save-the-children and ban toothpaste from airplanes crap. Be consistent in your criticism of this stuff.

more than 7 years ago

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Legal Bittorrent Distributions From TV Networks

TheFlyingGoat TheFlyingGoat writes  |  more than 9 years ago

I think we can agree that most people that download TV episodes via bittorrent either don't subscribe to the network that carries a particular show, or don't have the time to watch the show during its regularily scheduled time (and don't have a Tivo). I think most of them wouldn't mind having ads in the downloaded file if it means the download is completely legal. A legal and supported download format/program would lead to far more downloaders, and as a result, faster download speeds.

I've come up with a solution that would benefit these types of individuals, the networks, and companies with products like Tivo. I call it "ad insertion at download". It's a pretty simple idea, and I doubt it would be difficult to implement.

Basically, a consumer would download the "official" client, which would only require them to enter their zipcode. This program could also be built into DVR units that would connect to a broadband connection and do the same thing (with a nicer interface and ability to display on a normal TV). You select the shows/episodes you'd like (same as Tivo), then the bittorrent download begins. The only difference is that this new client will insert ads at predetermined points within a file (designated by the TV networks). The ads included would be determined by the zipcode of the client, allowing national advertising and local advertising. Additionally, ad agencies and networks would be able to charge their advertising clients by the exact number of views rather than estimated ratings (or they could do it exactly as they do now).

This type of system would give everyone what they want: people get a relatively fast download of the shows they actually want to see, networks continue to receive their advertising proceeds, and advertisers deliver content to the people most likely to use it.

Networks get the added benefit of getting advertising money for PAST episodes as well. Say I want S04 E05 of The Simpsons. I download it at a decent speed (the networks could easily provide cheap seeders for every episode they've ever aired) and get either the advertising that was included when the show first aired or updated advertising that someone paid the network a good deal of money for.

Companies like Tivo benefit even more because they provide an easy interface for people to view the shows on their TV rather than their computer. Tivo can charge extra for this if they want, but I doubt they would. It would be pretty simple for them to build into their interface as well.

Sure, there would be people that would mess with the downloaded files and remove the ads, but I don't see this as being any different than a VCR or Tivo. Plus, most people wouldn't bother with the illegal version of the file with ads removed since the download speeds would likely be slower than the legal version. There would also be hacked clients on the network, which would download the file immediately without any ad insertion, but simple authorization would make this more difficult for the hackers. Also, how many people would download a hacked/cracked version if a legal one is available at no cost.

The way I see it, this is an easy way for the TV networks to embrace the bittorrent technology in a way that the music and movie industries haven't. It's easy and beneficial for everyone involved, but more importantly it just makes sense.

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