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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

netsavior Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (84 comments)

I don't do blu-ray, but for DVD I just use fair-use wizard. and I run through a completely ridiculous set of trans-coding and file copying... most of it I have automated with shell scripts, but it is one of those things where I got it "good enough" by just hobbling along.


eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

netsavior eSports are too deterministic to be popular. (110 comments)

"Sports" consists of:

4 hours of "This team is totally gonna sports all over this team, because of the sportsing. These 12 players will totally sports all over the sports because of sports."
followed by a 1 hour game that takes 4 hours
followed by a 4 hours of "That team totally sportsed all over the other team because of sportsing, but these 3 players were particularly sportsy because of sportsing.

eSports consists of deterministic matches, usually between 2 players. There is just not enough bullshit to fill the air and not enough stars to sell shoes.

Sports fandom feeds off of the non-deterministic nature of the games that are played, sure there are winners and losers, but there is very little room in eSports to blame Referees, because in the game world it would be called "Exploits" and would be considered verifiable cheating .
The format has a total lack of potential for a "Support your Team" mentality " Sure team A scored more points, but Team B Player 12 did the greatest thing ever, therefore my fan activities are more valuable even though my team lost" some of that can happen in eSports, but for the most part, the games don't even support/lend to that kind of team play.


Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

netsavior Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (167 comments)

In my opinion AWS is the most mature and the most flexible of the "big enough to matter" cloud providers. I don't foresee them stopping this service any time soon, but if they did, the chances that some other provider would provide a "turnkey" migration from AWZ to their service are very very good.

Not much will need to be changed if you use some other provider...

Just wrap the hell out of your S3 specific code for when thee next trend in "CEO Beat" magazine is "Self Hosting - How to cut your cloud budget to zero!"


What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

netsavior Even my DVDs are streamed (84 comments)

Long ago I started ripping DVDs the instant they come out of the package, they stream from my media server now. Having kids will do that... The 4th time I bought "Cars" on DVD, I knew it was just not sustainable.

Also, my kids would rather stream crappy content from netflix than dig out a DVD and wait for 15 minutes for the actual content to start... With my own content server, they get an interface as responsive as Netflix, but with the content I want them to have.

2 days ago

Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

netsavior Re:Missing Key Information (137 comments)

The contractor is Lockheed Martin, which is why it is not in the headlines.
Any time you ask them a question you get: "Well sorry, the reason it is late is classified." It is their typical scapegoat, so nobody even bothers asking them questions anymore.
"We have an excuse, we only work with the government, we didn't realize it actually had to work... we just thought we had to grease the right palms...Also we need more H1Bs please."

2 days ago

Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

There is green paper-like substance that can be used to purchase goods and services. There is even a space for it in your wallet... it is that spot in the back that is twice as wide as the credit card slots.

2 days ago

Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:So a victim gets sued by victims? (66 comments)

Well, it was also loss of service, not just the data breech. They shut everything down for weeks while they sorted it out. Several of my 40-60 dollar games were 100% unplayable for nearly a month, because services Sony agreed to supply were unavailable (log-on servers).

I actually had a game I had never played at the time that was unplayable (because it required a patch that I could not get, thanks to services being down), and since I broke the shrink-wrap it was not returnable either.

2 days ago

Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

yeah I have moved to prepaid cards for most everything video game related now, except for places where it carries a hefty premium, but that is rare, Steam cards even go on sale at Target sometimes... last month I paid $17.90 for a $20 gift card.

2 days ago

Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:Since When (66 comments)

I have been a defacto member of several class actions... very rarely has it been a check in the mail. It has ranged from a Coupon to a month's free service, even gift cards. Paying in promotional materials seems to be the standard.

I would also like to note that PSPlus is a service that encourages you to purchase discounted items, and also that Little Big Planet and InFAMOUS both have sequels, making them excellent marketing give-aways. This is not punishment at all. This is a 15 million dollar marketing campaign.

2 days ago

Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

The welcome back program was:
TWO free titles from this list:
Dead Nation
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury

plus 30 days of Playstation Plus (note: "free" games, if "purchased" during this 30 day time frame remain on your account forever, I got several small/old games this way.)

The new deal, for the holdouts is worse, imo.

2 days ago

Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

netsavior Hey it is another shot at least. (95 comments)

Every time we talk about SETI, people say "who the hell says they use radio waves"

the answer is, of course "well, it seems plausible, and it is SOMETHING we can look for."

Then we talk about Kepler and everyone says "Who the hell says they have to live in the Goldilocks zone?"

the answer is "well it seems plausible and it is SOMETHING we can look for.

So now we have pollution. Same question, same answer.

This is how science and exploration work... Lets say we get really good at all three types of search... What are the chances that complex life lives outside the "habitable zone," does not produce radio signals, and does not produce industrial pollutants? If we look for all the signs we can think of, we increase our slim chances by a slim margin.

Every specific thing we look for is a specific thing we can find.

2 days ago

Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

netsavior Re:Why is it always developers? (89 comments)

because the average judge/jury/CEO/consumer/manager has no idea how to write code.

They can understand how a toilet is cleaned, how a sale is made, how a 1099 is filled out, how a fire drill works, how a sandwich is put together, how oil is changed, etc... but Coding might as well be a dark art.

Developers are part of a very narrow segment which has no reliable Key Performance Indicators.
Part of that is developers are smart enough to game any system, because they can think in algorithms.

Want to track productivity on Lines of code? Fine, Developers can do NO WORK, and produce TONS of code
Want to track productivity on Number of defects introduced? Fine, doing NO WORK is the baseline for perfect.
Want to track productivity on Number of defects fixed? Fine, through the magic of hand wavery, defects can be found and fixed with no actual work happening

Compare that to well-defined Key Performance Indicators for sales... Bring in X dollars of sales, your performance is X.

CEOs HATE things they cannot measure... which means CEOs are a natural enemy of Developers.

4 days ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

netsavior Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

this is more funny than you know. I have had 2 vasectomies...

5 days ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

netsavior Re: minivan dead? (205 comments)

The Odyssey (best selling single model of minivan) has a higher safety rating than almost all SUVs. It gets better gas mileage (28mpg) than almost all SUVs, and absolutely all vehicles with similar passenger capacity (7 or 8 passengers)... Not to mention resale value and reliability rating.

The Minivan is the practical and logical choice... Not to mention, with seats down/out, the cargo capacity is laughably better than an Explorer or other "large" suvs. I can (and have) move a washer and dryer in mine... which is my litmus test for "cargo capacity". (Explorer and Tahoe, which are "large" suvs, cannot fit a washer/dryer, even with all seats folded).

It is fine to hate Minivans, but to pretend they are somehow less practical than an SUV is kind of laughable.

5 days ago

New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

netsavior Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

Minivans are not dead. Pretty much every model still tops 100,000+ sales per year. (Mazda 5 being an exception, though it is really a subcompact with sliding doors, not really a minivan) 2013 model year sales ranked by top sellers:

#31 - Honda Odyssey
#34 - Dodge Grand Caravan
#37 - Chrysler Town & Country
#38 - Toyota Siennav #45 - Kia Sorento


My reality is that they only sell $45,000 suvs or much cheaper minivans that can fit my whole family... So for me, they are here to stay. My minivan seats 8, a suburban seats 8. Most suvs seat 5...

5 days ago

Microsoft's Missed Opportunities: Memo From 1997

netsavior Re:Hindsight's twenty-twenty (161 comments)

that's just not true. You don't have to do new things to be brilliant. You can do old things, better.
Google search was not new, but it was better
When iPhone came out, there was nothing it did that my Palm Treo didn't do, but it was better
The Printing press, which revolutionized the world, was just a big screw press combined with some thousand year old block printing techniques... it was nothing new.
Every best picture Oscar ever was an old story, retold.
Shakespeare's Hamlet was a re-telling of a common folktale.

about a week ago

Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

netsavior Re:Make it $4.99 and epub, not mobi (87 comments)

DRM is a publisher choice. It is a checkbox in the Amazon "publish my book" interface. All of my books sold through amazon are DRM free. If you want to know how to tell (since it is non-obvious)... under "product details" there is an item called "Simultaneous Device Usage" if that says "unlimited" it is DRM free.

about two weeks ago

Amazon Is Testing a $10-Per-Month Ebook Service

netsavior yeah it is a good thing for me (as an author) (87 comments)

My DRM-free, Amazon hosted and sold ebooks already net me more revenue via "Kindle Lending Library" (where customers may pick one "free" book per month if they are prime and kindle customers) than they do via sales.

The way the lending library works is they fund it every month, then they divide it up based on how often your book was checked out. I assume the ebook service would be similar, but better funded.

about two weeks ago


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