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Netflix Reduces Physical-Disc Processing, Keeps Prices the Same

egranlund What? (330 comments)

Summary doesn't make sense to me.

Is the submitter saying that even though they stopped processing disks on Saturday they are still within their defined window of 1-3 days processing?

If so, then what are you complaining about? They promised something and they are still delivering. Maybe they started with Saturday processing just to keep the service level and now the number of disks is not so overwhelming anymore that they are able to cut that day while still meeting their promise.


Three-Year Deal Nets Hulu Exclusive Rights To South Park

egranlund Re:Good for them (138 comments)


Starting Saturday, July 12, the entire “South Park” library — 244 episodes in all — will be available for free on Hulu, and will continue to be free on (the address that is replacing until Sept. 24. At that point, both Hulu and will have day-after-air access to new episodes from season 18. In addition, each of the sites will offer a revolving selection of 30 free episodes at any given time.

It sounds like they will not require Hulu plus until Sept 24, after that you will only get a "revolving selection of 30 free episodes" if you are not a member of Hulu Plus.


It's a shame really. I refuse to pay for Hulu Plus because of the obnoxious ads. I don't have cable for a reason, and that reason is I have a problem paying monthly for something and still being bombarded by advertisements.

For me I'll probably just stop watching South Park. Not that I would really watch it with any regularity, but it was nice to every once and a while pop over to their site and watch it free (but ad supported).

about two weeks ago

$500k "Energy-Harvesting" Kickstarter Scam Unfolding Right Now

egranlund Re:Thanks for the tip! (448 comments)


Because if it happens enough people will lose faith in all Kickstarter projects and then Kickstarter will go out of business.

about a month ago

NADA Is Terrified of Tesla

egranlund Re:Everyone loves car dealers! (455 comments)

What would I do with all the extra time if I didn't have to spend hours at a dealership while the salesperson artificially inflates the amount of time it takes to pay so they hope I won't notice the $5k extra they tacked on!?

Not to mention what this will do to the vehicle undercarriage coating industry!

about a month ago

Starbucks Offers Workers 2 Years of Free College

egranlund Re:In civilized countries... (169 comments)

Kind of funny that the journal paper on rent seeking is protected by a $44 paywall...

about a month ago

Registry Hack Enables Continued Updates For Windows XP

egranlund Re:This act is highly illegal (322 comments)

There is probably more to the whole POS installation than just the registry key.

I think someone just noticed that if you happen to only flip one of the many bits for the POS system that it would cause Windows Update to behave differently.

about 2 months ago

You Are What You're Tricked Into Eating

egranlund Re:Ass time (499 comments)

There are thousands upon thousands of people too poor for all three. They don't live anywhere with access to fresh food ("food deserts"), can't afford to travel to where they could buy fresh food, couldn't afford the food itself even if they could get there, can't afford to take the time out of their multiple jobs to go even if they could afford it, and can't afford to to take the time off to cook or eat it.

If this was true then only poor people would be obese. I'm not saying that the problems you mention aren't a factor of obesity in poor people, but I do think that being too poor to get at food is the main reason people are obese.

about 3 months ago

Seattle Bookstores Embrace

egranlund Re:Bookstores - are you trying to change hard enou (83 comments)

From the store's point of view though they won't sell it at the same price you get online because they need to pay for location, staff, deal with shoplifters and books that go stale and unsold that need to be taken off the shelves again.

I have had the same experience with Barnes and Noble where the same book is listed as cheaper on their website than it is in person.

I find it just a little dishonest because in general you assume that if you visit the website of a store that the price listed on the website will match what you will pay in the store. I don't think they would "open pandora's box" if they changed this policy, though I suspect that they maintain it to have it both ways: beating Amazon on price online and charging whatever they want in the store. When those two collide I'd bet the majority of people just suck it up and buy it at the retail price because they already drove out to Barnes and Noble.

about 3 months ago

44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

egranlund Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

But, curiously enough, they're indistinguishable from the bots.

Not really, as a bot by definition isn't a person.

People who sign up for Twitter and use it a as a news source or whatever are still getting something out of it.

about 3 months ago

44% of Twitter Users Have Never Tweeted

egranlund Re:Probably typical (121 comments)

hell even a plain old SMS would work better.

If you set it up properly, you can have twitter send you an SMS whenever a specific users tweets.

about 3 months ago

Phil Shapiro says 20,000 Teachers Should Unite to Spread Chromebooks (Video)

egranlund Re:Phil has no idea what he's talking about. (101 comments)

A decent chrome book that 'isn't slow' will costs you $250 AT LEAST ... and right next to it on the shelf is the Windows $250 laptop that ... works exactly the same if you run everything in a browser like Chrome.

Google was running a deal last year where a school could get a chromebook for $100 a piece if you were at a school. My boyfriend was able to get an entire classroom set of chromebooks for $2000 raised through donors choose.

Spec and hardware wise they aren't the greatest things, but they're great for having everyone in the classroom do a quick online-based activity or other work without having to fight for the computer lab.

about 3 months ago

Stung By File-Encrypting Malware, Researchers Fight Back

egranlund Re:Bitcoins? (85 comments)

malware of this nature probably wouldn't even be feasible if it wasn't for bitcoin and it's kin. There'd be no way to anonymously extort money from victims.

Not the case.

CryptoLocker’s creators also recently shifted their monetization tactics, giving willing users additional time to pay the ransom with bitcoin or MoneyPak.

Strains of this in the past were using MoneyPak (prepaid cash card) to extort money just fine.

about 3 months ago

OKCupid Warns Off Mozilla Firefox Users Over Gay Rights

egranlund Re:Im all for human rights... (1482 comments)

It is very much a religious issue for many people.

Which is why religious people are free to not enter same sex relationships.

about 4 months ago

Measles Outbreak In NYC

egranlund You won't get through to them (747 comments)

How do you think we can get through to the anti-vaxxers?

Unfortunately, I don't think anything will get through to them until their kids and loved ones start dying from very old and highly preventable diseases.

Their mindset is one much like the followers of creationism, etc where they believe that:
1) All scientists have been bought out by "big pharma" or
2) That the consensus among the scientific community is some kind of organized ploy to sell more and more drugs.

Because of this, no matter what scientists or public health officials say, they just plug their ears and go "LALALALALA".

about 4 months ago

Tested: Asus Chromebox Based On Haswell Core i3

egranlund Re:Definitely not for power users (103 comments)

Honestly, I wish Google and similar services would offer a "paid" version with no data mining or tracking. People forget that the awesome search engine, maps, etc. aren't a free resource, and their data is paying Google's bills.

You can do this partly with Google Apps, doesn't stop the tracking in Google Search though...

about 4 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Do I Change Tech Careers At 30?

egranlund Re:Troll (451 comments)

Until then, enjoy those summers off.

When I was working in the school districts, you didn't get the summer off, in fact, you got a _ton_ more work done because all of the teachers were out of your hair :)

about 5 months ago

Google Won't Enable Chrome Video Acceleration Because of Linux GPU Bugs

egranlund Re:What's the solution? (295 comments)

Firefox has had its issues over the years but time and again it's proven to be the most stable, most user friendly browser over the long term.

I think I switched from Firefox to Chrome at around 2010. At that time, Firefox was definitely not the most stable or the fastest browser out there, chrome was.

Switching back hasn't really been something that I'm willing to invest the time in at the moment, as it's easy to just download chrome, log in, and then have all your extensions, bookmarks, etc. come back to you.

I understand Firefox does that now, but it still requires me to find extension equivalents and migrate the data which frankly isn't worth the time.

about 5 months ago

Bitcoin Exchange Flexcoin Wiped Out By Theft

egranlund Re:Sinking ship (704 comments)

I don't think it's possible to make something "illegal tender", at least in the US.

They could always make it illegal to posses it, like illegal drugs. Though, I doubt it would go that far.

about 5 months ago

Apple's Messages Offers Free Texting With a Side of iPhone Lock-In

egranlund Re:WTF (179 comments)

The problem with that is it's not "failing silently". The message is sending and the phone is just seen as off because it hasn't been disassociated with your Apple account.

Though, I'm sure there must be way to test for this...

about 5 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

egranlund Re:Not quite the same (794 comments)

> Dumb question: it's about the actions of the believers.

Except they aren't "believers".

They're just foodies that want better vegetables and cheese than your local "let them eat dirt" grocery chain will allow for.

They're just consumers in search of a better product.

The whole "believer" angle is just pure unadulterated nonsense.

Did you even read the rest of his post?

about 5 months ago


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