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Netflix Loses 800,000 Subscribers After Qwikster Gaffe

kill -9 $$ Re:what am I missing? why is this so bad for netfl (325 comments)

I opted to go the streaming route and I'm exactly in this spot right now (wishing I did the disc thing instead). I sorta was hoping we'd see something change in the months since the announcement with the addition of more content on streaming, etc, but its just not there yet. And unfortunately, I never watched enough discs to justify any of their DVD plans (redbox is much more cost effective for me) so over the last couple weeks I've been giving serious consideration to parting ways with Netflix altogether and looking other alternatives for streaming and movies (including, just doing without).

more than 2 years ago

Netflix Loses 800,000 Subscribers After Qwikster Gaffe

kill -9 $$ Re:what am I missing? why is this so bad for netfl (325 comments)

Exactly what I've been telling everybody I know who's talked about this with me. The folks they lost are customers completely gone, but there seem to be A LOT of people who have effectively downgraded, myself included. And they're not sharing those numbers. So not only did you lose customers and have your revenue go to zero, another portion (how big is anybody's guess) are paying less on both accounts (my father in law never used streaming so now he's actually saving a couple bucks a month).

The funny thing is, how do you get those customers back? You'd probably have to throw a promo their way to try and lure them back (cause I know a lot of really pissed ex-Netflixters) further slashing your profits.

And I think they're very arrogant. They're perceived response when people started complaining seemed to be "pfft, we know some of you will go but we'll be fine". I'm not so sure y'all will.

I think Netflix should very publicly throw Hastings out on his ear, run a likely expensive "we f'd up and we're sorry" campaign and raise the prices slightly for combo-service (I don't doubt they needed to increase) and offer customers who left and/or downgraded in the last 3 months some significant incentive (one month maybe three of free or reduced cost service, free upgrade to 2 or 3 disc at a time service) to come back. In fact, offer it to all Netflix customers cause they should be thanking they're loyal fans for not leaving them. I doubt they'll do any of that cause their current leadership seems pretty clueless.

more than 2 years ago

TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

kill -9 $$ Land of the free? (388 comments)

I saw this yesterday on CNN and all I could think it sounds an awful like we're headed down the road to:

"Papers please..."

more than 2 years ago

Utah To Teach USA is a Republic, Not a Democracy

kill -9 $$ Re:Technically... (1277 comments)

You've got it all wrong.

We're an anarcho-syndicalist commune. We take it in turns to act as a sort of executive officer for the week, but all the decision of that officer have to be ratified at a special biweekly meeting. By a simple majority in the case of purely internal affairs, but by a two-thirds majority in the case of more.

Now we see the violence inherent in the system.

more than 3 years ago

Is Attending a CS Conference Worth the Time?

kill -9 $$ Re:No. (244 comments)

Yeah but the skiiing rocks if the right time of year and area of the state.

more than 3 years ago

A Klingon Christmas Carol

kill -9 $$ Re:The one that needs to be done (170 comments)

I'm just a Klingon from a dishonored family.
He's just a Klingon from a dishonored family. Just stab him in the heart, so he can reach Stovokor.

Sorrry, couldn't resist, you inspired me.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft, Apple, EMC, and Oracle Form Patent Bloc

kill -9 $$ Re:like the old ATT? (113 comments)

Yeah but they're now a kinder gentler AT&T cause the new "death star" logo is much less threatening looking that the logo of old. The new one looks kinda like a Christmas ornament.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Touts Open Source, Ignores Linux

kill -9 $$ Re:Send the wah-mbulance. (481 comments)

I agree whole heartedly with everything you say.

Netflix has made a business decision to run there infrastructure on Silverlight and consequently has probably serviced a large number of their customers. As much as I'm a linux/open source backer, at the end of the day, companies make decisions, some bad, some good. If there are so many folks wanting to view movies on their Linux boxes, let Netflix know. Contact them. If they get enough response, maybe they'll implement it. If not, discontinue the service until they add a linux compatible client. If they ask why you're canceling tell them.

Unfortunately, I suspect that providing a linux compatible client is going to only add a minuscule boost to sales. Most linux users will figure out a work-around if they care that much about it like dual-booting or virtualizing. Smart for Netflix IMO and sucks for a small segment of its customers. Thats just life.

more than 3 years ago

Man Sues Rockstar Saying GTA:SA Is Based On His Life

kill -9 $$ This guy needs the death penalty or worse... (124 comments)

Cause if the games is based on his life, last time I played GTA:SA he was a homicidal maniac, shoot random people and running down women and children, cause thats kinda all you can do with it once you beat the game. Should be easy to prove too if I submit my memory card in as evidence where it clearly states that he's killed however many thousand pedestrians and gangsters.

Surprised he's suing too, cause last I checked when I was done with the game he was a billionaire due to big bets at at the OTB and the ability to restore the previous game whenever those big bets lost.

On a more serious note, this guy's a jackass.

more than 3 years ago

TSA Pats Down 3-Year-Old

kill -9 $$ Re:What's the deal with the rush of TSA stories re (1135 comments)

Was there ever a time that it was allowed for both pilots to leave the cockpit?

I know its feasible and all with auto-pilot, but I'd think that'd never happen. Well unless you were paid to by Lao-che...

more than 3 years ago

Red Hat Releases RHEL 6

kill -9 $$ Re:Only 2000 packages (228 comments)

One could also argue that if you're paying for a license of RHEL and assuming its something in a data center, you should be able to afford to buy some modern hardware.

more than 3 years ago

Apple Blindsides More AppStore Developers

kill -9 $$ Re:It's time. (716 comments)

I think we should just put up the Apple cube, with some Borg mechanics on the outside....

more than 4 years ago

Rent an iPad For Inflight Entertainment

kill -9 $$ Re:Aircraft electronics (198 comments)

While I understand where you're coming from, I'm assuming that AC/DC wants those hoards screaming kids with their parents. To tap into a generation after generation years later means lots of residual $$.

more than 4 years ago

30,000-Lb. Bomb On Fast Track For Deployment

kill -9 $$ Re:Political bullshit (707 comments)

Well, I guess they have to make up for other inadequacies in some way.

Well it is called the "Massive Ordanance Penatrator". Sounds like there's some insecurities somewhere...

more than 5 years ago

Vintage Games

kill -9 $$ Re:Where's Syndicate? (159 comments)

You know what had another thought. What about E.T. for the 2600? Didn't that set the precedent for totally retarded games?

more than 5 years ago

Vintage Games

kill -9 $$ Where's Syndicate? (159 comments)

I was always a big fan of Syndicate. At the time it was pretty revolutionary in that you could pretty much interact with the entire environment in one way or another long before you hit the GTA series and what not.

I'm sure there'll be a lot more that folks can think of out here in Slashdot land.....

more than 5 years ago

Circuit City Returns Under Systemax

kill -9 $$ Re:really (134 comments)

But see. These are reasons why you should try throw a few extra bucks at the brick and mortar store from time to time. It costs money to provide that service of being able to checkout the thing before you buy, etc.

Just something to keep conscious of. If it costs you a few bucks more, help em out.

At the same time, admittedly there have been times I've checked it out in the store and they can't match so I buy online. There was a lcd tv I was going to buy a while back that neither Best Buy or Circuit City brick-and-mortar were even willing to try to match to Amazon's deal (CC and Bestbuy wanted ~$2k, amazon wanted ~$1500), plus amazon was throwing in a blu-ray player.

I gave them both opportunities to match but they didn't want "to consider amazon their competition". Circuit City didn't let me down either, every time I shopped there the clerks usually drove me batty and caused me to shop elsewhere. Well sorry guys, I bought it online, and amazon did a pretty fantastic job. Had they come close (within $100-200 or so), I would have probably bought it at one of the two. Especially since I didn't know about the BD player deal till around checkout time.

So anyway, consider chucking a few bucks to your local retailer from time to time if its in the ballpark, otherwise, they may not be there down the road. Price isn't always everything.

more than 5 years ago

EA Releases DRM License Deactivation Tool

kill -9 $$ Re:how much does DRM cost (226 comments)

Same boat over here. I have no problem paying for games (though I rarely buy them when they first come out). I believe whole heartedly in supporting creative software developers who put out useful/interesting/fun/etc software.

I do have a problem with the state of DRM. Consequently, I haven't even bothered to look at GTA IV or Red Alert 3 for me. In fact since that seems to the de facto standard on most PC games (or so it seems) I've just stopped buying PC games outright. It doesn't help that a lot of the games suck now either (FPS bore the hell out of me and that seems to be another trend).

more than 5 years ago

Do Video Games Cost Too Much?

kill -9 $$ The alternative... (763 comments)

I agree that the cost for "new" games is too much. What to do? Just wait the 6 months to a year for them to drop down to the $20 price point. If its game I love, maybe I'll pony up the extra cash in advance, but frankly most games don't fall into that category. At $20 if it sucks, I don't care too much. Frankly I have more important things to worry about than gaming, so if I "deny myself" for a bit, its usually for the better anyway.

more than 5 years ago


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