Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same
"Yes, there are movies out there like that"...
You make it sound as if this is the exception...I just checked these films on canistream.it and none of these are on Netflix instant as far as I could see.
12 Years a Slave
Dallas Buyers Club
The Wolf of Wall Street
That's most of the Best Picture nominations from this year (I think I left out two). Maybe canistream.it is wrong or not updated but if it is accurate, I think that is pretty pathetic. Netflix doesn't have most of the Oscar Best Picture Noms...seriously? Can someone with Netflix Instant check that. I've been using the disc service for years and I thought the Instant was catching up. Is it that off?
Bug In Fire TV Screensaver Tears Through 250 GB Data Cap
That's a lot of image in one day...so I'll assume we mean high resolution porn images...
Controversial TSA Nudie X-Ray Machines Sent To Prisons
I think your Not list makes sense other than on Privacy. I don't see how we could imprison anyone without the loss of privacy. The very act of locking someone up would seem to involve some type of monitoring (so you know if they are actually locked up) which in turn means they lose some of their privacy (since you know where they are at all times).
Saturn's Moon Enceladus Has Underground Ocean
It really depends on what is found. If we found some sort of basic or animal life, then it very well could impact people's religious views. Is it going to change my parent's minds? Of course not. They are 60+ and so fundamentally tuned that they would explain it away but for the younger generations that are already leaving churches, abandoning formal religion etc., it would probably play a role in altering the religious landscape. If we found intelligent life that we could communicate with, that would be a completely different matter. Imagine that these beings have such advanced medicine that they can somehow revive someone that has died or instantly cure the most advanced cancer we know of or create life. At that point, some people might say they are the "God" we've always worshiped but what are we going to say when they deny that and tell us that it is their science etc. that has given them those abilities...
Are DVDs Inconvenient On Purpose?
It MIGHT be inconvenient to have to drive to the store to purchase a disc but when discs are arriving in the mail, I don't see how this could be considered inconvenient. You seriously can't walk to your mailbox, walk to the DVD player and put the freaking disc in, and then walk back to your couch?
Religion Is Good For Your Brain
And somehow that makes religious claims true? Reading Game of Thrones is very enjoyable for me but I've never demanded anyone start a real war for Cersei's fictional c***.
Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
Yeah. This is very much true. Normally if there is the threat of snow, people rush the grocery stores to buy milk, bread etc. Even if the weather reports says it will be half an inch and gone the next day, it is still the same thing. The interesting thing is that even if you have lived in a snowy region and you know that you probably shouldn't panic for such a minor amount, you can still get caught up in this cycle. My parents are from Michigan originally (lived there for 30 years) and they have been living in North Georgia for around 30 years now -- they usually head to the store as well. The problem is, if you don't also rush to the store with everyone else, then there's a good chance you might not be able to get anything that you need from a grocery store for several days even after the snow is gone. So in the end, even people that aren't really worried, or people not in an area that is supposed to get snow, end up going out on the roads because they are worried that they might not be able to get any food supplies...
Atlanta Gambled With Winter Storm and Lost
I live here in Atlanta. I work from home and I convinced my wife to stay at home (she's 7 months pregnant). So we didn't have to deal with the mess. One thing I would note though, there were probably 3 times in the last month where we were told we would have snow and it never happened. I think that might have made people feel like this was another false threat.
Is the Porsche Carrera GT Too Dangerous?
Can't we just ban this thing already? Nobody should own it...I've also heard it can be used to transport untraceable/undetectable firearms, it has a built in bitcoin wallet, and a drug smuggling compartment right next to the NOS or whatever they are always using in the movie. In other words, this thing isn't safe for anyone.
Ancient Flood Channels Cut Deep Into Mars
So there was a global, world wide flood? It was just on another world...you would think the bible would have mentioned that.
Details of Initial "Disc to Digital" Program Emerge
Paying to gaining digital access to something that you already own in a digital format and already have digital access to is pretty ridiculous...If you mean paying for online access, well that is another thing. That being said, since you already own a digital copy on DVD, you should be able to make your own digital copies that you can play on your PC, iPhone etc. Of course, that requires a little more intelligence of the customer and our legal system. I don't see either of those changing.
The eBook Backlash
This is really just an example of dedicated devices outperforming multifunction devices. An actual physical book is a highly dedicated reading device (no battery etc.) for a single text. The Kindle basic is a mostly dedicated reading device. The iPad on the other hand is a multifunction computer. I'm not surprised that the most dedicated devices perform the best. That doesn't mean ebooks are dead. It just means a device with one very specific goal, such as a physical book, might provide a better experience that a multifunction device such as the iPad. The Kindle basic has just the right amount of technology to improve the basic reading experience without being intrusive.
Microsoft's Azure Cloud Suffers Major Downtime
When it rains, it poors...
Tennessee Bill Helps Teachers Challenge Evolution
Actually, this is a great example of why creationism is not a science. It can never supply any real answers. All it can supply is, "God did it. I believe it. End of story."
Privacy Flaws In Chatroulette Expose Users
Why would that phrase ever be used when discussing Chatroulette.
Massachusetts Bids To Restrict Internet Indecency
Sexual intercourse is simulated when it depicts explicit sexual intercourse which gives the appearance of the consummation of sexual intercourse, normal or perverted.
The bold emphasis is mine. That seems awful vague? Why didn't they try to define perverted? Why didn't they just put: "missionary, not enjoyable to either party, no condom, and must result in the production of offspring."
The End of Free
While I agree that the individual applications are nicely formatted on the iPhone, I don't really like having to switch between different applications (of course, many sites have mobile versions now as well). If I want to Google some information about a certain film director, for example, I can get to several different sites (Wikipedia, IMDB etc.) all within the browser. I don't have to close the application at all to check some other application. As I said, I think it's really a matter of personal preference. I would have to click the back button or open new windows in the browser to view several different sites. I guess to some people, this would be the equivalent of opening the IMDB app, then closing it, then opening the Wikipedia app etc. Personally, I prefer the browser, but I'm sure some people don't. I find the browser to work faster for these sort of lookups.
The End of Free
From the article:
Smart phones in general, and the iPad more pointedly, are not driven by search.
I use my iPhone primarily for searching Google -- that's probably what I most use it for. If I'm watching a movie, reading a book, talking to someone, and I want to know some bit of information about the topic, I Google it on my phone and then view the relevant content in the browser. Of course, there is an app for that, but why would I want to install a dozen different applications (IMDB, Wikipedia etc.) when I can Google it and get the results on one page. Google is pretty good at providing what I need. I have no doubt, however, that other people use these individual apps to find the information they need. I guess it's a matter of preference.
Pakistan To Scour Google, Yahoo For Blasphemy
Bending over backwards to "accommodate" someone will get you killed in Pakistan. You can only "accommodate" in the missionary position.
The Rise of the Copyright Trolls
Look at this way. Say I owned a beautiful 1967 Corvette and kept it parked in my front yard.
And you, being a Corvette enthusiast, saw my Vette from the street. You stopped and stood on the sidewalk admiring it. You liked it so much you called friends and gave them my address in case they also wanted to drive over for a gander.
There'd be nothing wrong with that. I like my '67 Vette and I keep in the front yard because I like people to see it.
But then, you entered my front yard, climbed into the front seat and drove it away.
I'm absolutely, 100% not OK with that. In fact, I'm calling the police and reporting that you stole my car.
Every jury in the land would convict you.
Yet, when it comes to copyrighted material -- news that my company spends money to gather and constitutes the essence of what we are as a business -- some people think they can not only look at it, but also steal it. And they do. They essentially step into the front yard and drive that content away.
The part in bold is my emphasis. Is he saying that facts, meaning news, can be copyrighted? That if his paper is the first to publish an article about the outcome of a sporting event, that that should be copyrighted? I agree that an article about the game shouldn't be copied verbatim to another site but copyrighting the facts is ridiculous.
Also worth a laugh is the entire analogy of the Corvette and the "news." They are very different. With the Corvette, he would no longer physically have the Corvette. With the news, he has a copy and now the thief has a copy. What has actually been stolen is the possibility that someone might only see that article on his site. It's now available in two places. This is a lot different than the Corvette. I'm not saying it makes copying articles verbatim OK, I just think the analogy is incorrect.
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