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Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

chrisb33 Re:Wait... (434 comments)

Completely agree. As soon as I heard the news, I knew that people would immediately start complaining, even though this is a great deal. For 30 cents a day, you can stream on-demand from a (presumably) huge library of shows to any of your devices. The ads are around 5-10% of your total viewing time, as opposed to somewhere around 25% for a typical TV broadcast. This is NOT some conspiracy to ripoff customers - honestly I'll be surprised they can even make much of a profit from this.

Has anyone online ever done any of the following?
-paid for cable TV: $40/month, with ~25% commercial time
-gone to the movies: $5/hour, with ~20 minutes of commercials at the beginning
-rented a movie (brick&mortar): $5/movie
These are all orders of magnitude more expensive and inconvenient than what Hulu is proposing. (This also highlights how great a deal the current free Hulu service is.)

My only caveat to this is the "presumably" above - if the catalog being offered for $10/month is only marginally larger than the free catalog, then it might not be worth it. Still, to dismiss this as a money grab seems unbelievably narrowminded. This is exactly how I want the future of media to be: low cost, large number of choices, control over when I watch, minimal advertising, access from all my devices, etc.

more than 4 years ago
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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

chrisb33 Re:pencil/paper (823 comments)

I think Livescribe's model is much better than IOGear's for taking notes - you don't have to deal with moving the receiver around during class, just turn the pen on to get started (takes ~4 seconds to boot up) and then forget about it. The audio recording is also much more helpful than I expected, especially since you can archive your notebooks for posterity. Last week I wanted to review something I learned last year, so I just typed in the search and got to hear a five-minute lecture about it :)

about 5 years ago
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How To Enter Equations Quickly In Class?

chrisb33 Re:pencil/paper (823 comments)

If you're just interested in organization and searching, I'd highly recommend the LiveScribe Pulse smartpen - all the smarts are in the pen, which isn't too expensive compared to a tablet, and you can buy the compatible notebooks cheaply. All your notes get backed up to your computer when you dock your pen, it does a great job searching for a specific piece of text. My handwriting is a disaster, and I have never seen a search fail so far - I believe that it actually uses the sequence of pen motions (not just OCR on the final result) and it can tolerate some of the letters being unreadable. It has other features as well, such as recording audio (the mic has a decent gain) and syncing it with your notes. They also have an SDK and are launching an app store, so in the future you should be able to make good use of the ARM processor in the pen.

about 5 years ago
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EA Loosens Spore, Mass Effect DRM

chrisb33 Re:Sudden outbreak... (249 comments)

I was thinking the same thing - could they really have been serious about the 10-day DRM? It wasn't as if people's reactions were unpredictable, so I find it hard to believe that they honestly thought people wouldn't complain. As you pointed out, this seems more like a conscious "Door-in-the-face" technique than a legitimate retraction.

more than 6 years ago

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chrisb33 chrisb33 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

chrisb33 writes "Princeton researchers have published an independent security analysis of the Diebold AccuVote-TS Voting Machine, revealing serious security flaws. From the abstract: "an attacker who gets physical access to a machine or its removable memory card for as little as one minute could install malicious code; malicious code on a machine could steal votes undetectably, modifying all records, logs, and counters to be consistent with the fraudulent vote count it creates. An attacker could also create malicious code that spreads automatically and silently from machine to machine during normal election activities — a voting-machine virus.""
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chrisb33 chrisb33 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

chrisb33 writes "Researchers at Princeton University have found that first impressions of people are made almost instantaneously, based on instinctive reactions rather than conscious reasoning. From the article: "Judgments made after a 100-ms exposure correlated highly with judgments made in the absence of time constraints, suggesting that this exposure time was sufficient for participants to form an impression...our observations indicate that trust might be a case of a high-level judgment being made by a low-level brain structure. Perhaps the signal bypasses the cortex altogether." Earlier research by this group has shown that this initial reaction can have a strong impact on our opinion of a person in situations such as political elections."
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chrisb33 chrisb33 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

chrisb33 writes "After studying several MMOs, University of Illinois researchers have concluded that the games "promote sociability and new worldviews." The study found that the games did not foster social isolation, but actually encouraged meetings between players of differing backgrounds, supplying the "social horizon-broadening...sorely lacking in American society." While they caution that, in extreme cases, fixation on internet gaming could diminish offline relationships, the tone of the press release with regard to gaming is remarkably upbeat compared to that of most recent news about gaming."
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chrisb33 chrisb33 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

chrisb33 writes "According to Seed magazine, "one-quarter of Americans host a parasite that has been shown to affect personality in both rodents and humans." A recent study revealed a correlation between the prevalence of the parasite Toxoplasma gondii and the levels of neuroticism, uncertainty avoidance, and gender role differences in Western cultures. This result is supported by preliminary data from other researchers as well, and additional resources can be found through the Wikipedia page."

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