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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

log0n Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

When I was a child I thought as a child. Now that I'm grown I've moved past childish ways.

Don't ascribe to others your behavior. Some of us take pride in being self-sufficient consumers.

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

log0n Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

[i'm assuming an apple tv/xbox/whatever has these settings, no clue]

about three weeks ago
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Why Movie Streaming Services Are Unsatisfying — and Will Stay That Way

log0n Re:Um. WRONG. (323 comments)

Anime on Netflix is streamed in both japanese subbed and english dubbed. Check your Chromecast/Roku settings (audio track, cc/subtitles). I abhor dubbed anime and I've got 0 complaints with Netflix.

Additionally, I've read that Viz Video is coming to Netflix this year (2014) bringing Ranma (the one anime I prefer dubbed) woot.

about three weeks ago
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Intel Announced 8-Core CPUs And Iris Pro Graphics for Desktop Chips

log0n Re:8 cores? (173 comments)

While core to core performance is important, it's equally (maybe less even) important to compare 2/4/6/8 cores. We don't compare GPUs with only 1 raster unit enabled.. or a cpu with X amount of cache disabled so that every CPU is equal in cache..

We buy for the sum, not for the addend.

about a month ago
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Earth Barely Dodged Solar Blast In 2012

log0n What does this mean? (202 comments)

I'm sure this is very naive. I'm not doubting, or even skeptical, I just want further understanding.

These claims are always made but never really expand on what the repercussions are. What exactly does it mean that things would be devastating to our modern electronics? Cell phones blowing up in our pants pocket? Computers catching on fire? I doubt those things mainly because something damaging enough to cause a gadget to self-immolate likely would be just as damaging to our biology. Is it stuff as (comparatively) mundane as everything needing to be reset/restarted? I have no doubt that's a huge pain in the ass and can cause legitimate issues depending on venue (satellites, power plants, airplanes, people driving, etc). Significant inconvenience yes and unfortunately deadly for some, but it does not seem like the literal 'death from above' that this comes across as.

Electronic devices suddenly stopping, society is likely recoverable. Electronic devices suddenly self-immolating/exploding, society likely isn't recovering.

[hollywood isn't make things easier either, everything either stops dead or explodes cataclysmic-ally]

about a month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

log0n Re:How is this news... (320 comments)

*edit* I take it all back. I see your in Canada, so I guess your blase attitude towards all of this destruction of democracy in the US is ok. For us in the US who get it, this really sucks.

about 1 month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

log0n Re:I agree (320 comments)

DSL runs over telephone lines. That's how the technology works..

about 1 month ago
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NSA Can Retrieve, Replay All Phone Calls From a Country From the Past 30 Days

log0n Re:**criminal elements of...** (320 comments)

All of your yapping back and forth over semantics is distracting you from the fact that we are living in a fucking police state. Focus.

about 1 month ago
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Microsoft's Attempt To Convert Users From Windows XP Backfires

log0n Re:I have your conversion right here... (860 comments)

The original 303 / 808 synth and drum simulator.

(extremely high quality music synth software for its day - still being used professionally now)

about a month and a half ago
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Why Is US Broadband So Slow?

log0n Re:1 option here - Comcast (513 comments)

I'm in fairly affluent Howard County, MD, next door to fairly affluent Montgomery County, MD. While we have 'competition', it definitely smacks of collusion with both sides taking advantage of this being a heavily moneyed area. Our options:

Comcast internet only:
low tier $59.99 ($76.95 after month 12)
high tier $89.99 ($114.95 after month 12)
(i've seen cheaper comcast existing elsewhere, but those are prices here)

Comcast bundle:
low tier $79.99 ($144.95 after month 12, 2 yr contract requires 12 months at this price)
high tier $89.99 ($155.49 after month 12, 2 yr contract requires 12 months at this price)

FIOS only bundles (tv, phone, internet) in our area. You can't get just internet.
low tier $89.99 ($124.99 after month 24)
high tier $144.99 ($179.99 after month 24)
both also mandatory 1 time $70 activation fee, monthly $5 rental fee (can't provide your own equipment) and 1 time mandatory $230 ETF deposit (total BS charge - refunded as *credit* after month 24)

Also used to have Cavalier DSL but they no longer provide residential access.

Garbage options designed to fleece IMO.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

log0n Re:Let me get this straight (520 comments)

I'm tired of this 'bandwidth isn't free' point being thrown around. Once the infrastructure is there, it is a fixed cost, essentially free. Traffic to point A is the same as traffic to point B, or no traffic at all. The only reason for different pricing is human nature.

The simplest (indirect) analogy I can think of.. once I have the infrastructure (in this case, cable boxes per TV) I'll pay the same monthly price for my TV bill if I have 10 TVs in my house running channels 24/7 vs a single TV viewing 2 hours 5 days a week. I don't get charged more for more simultaneous TV channels, conversely, I don't get a discount if I happen to leave the TV off the entire month. The signal already exists. It's a fixed cost.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

log0n Re:Internet access should be a socialized service (520 comments)

A couple things..

1) Your Fascism is bungled with Capitalism. Fascism has fuckall to do with big business controlling government. There is no big business under fascism.
2) Socialism and Fascism are the same thing, one is left wing, the other is right wing. In either case, government controls both (Soc: regulate, Fas: nationalize).
3) Capitalism is the monopoly game where one big business ends up with everything and can control government.

about 2 months ago
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Netflix Blinks, Will Pay Comcast For Network Access

log0n Re:Not long (520 comments)

Once built, bandwidth is unlimited and free. The problem comes down to human nature and everyone wanting to make their buck off it.

about 2 months ago
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Chrome 33 Nixes Option To Fall Back To Old 'New Tab' Page

log0n I guess I'm geezering.. (125 comments)

what exactly is this topic saying?

about 2 months ago
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More Bitcoin Exchanges Forced Out of Sync After Massive DDoS Attack

log0n Re:Is this the begining of the end for BTC (135 comments)

During World War 2 Germany was counterfeiting British currency (pounds, but not sure what the paper is called (notes?)) to destabilize what little power the British economy had left. IIRC they were still in circulation through the 50s. Germany also started printing US dollars towards the end of the war but I think by that point it was too late for anything to really come of it.

(i vaguely remember something about this in highschool world history class, but I could very well be pulling this out of my ass faik)

about 2 months ago
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South Carolina Education Committee Removes Evolution From Standards

log0n If we're the 99% (665 comments)

does this make South Carolina the bottom 2%?

about 2 months ago
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Customer: Dell Denies Speaker Repair Under Warranty, Blames VLC

log0n Uhm.. everyone forget about clipping? (526 comments)

VLC doesn't compress output when you increase gain and setting the volume in VLC above 100% is increasing gain. Increasing gain introduces clipping. Clipping starts hitting an amplifiers peak wattage (vs rated) and peak wattage will damage speakers. Paraphrasing the developer, it's embiggening the waveform which can easily destroy hardware.

Turn up some music in VLC above 100% and you'll start getting crackling and awful digital distortion. That clipping pushed out through any speakers (let alone tiny laptop speakers) will start damaging sooner or later.

about 2 months ago

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