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Disney Switching To Netflix For Exclusive Film Distribution

peter_gzowski Re:Dear Netflix: don't jack up rates (124 comments)

Most of them are available on Amazon Instant Video.

Most of them are available for rent (which you mention in passing later, I just wanted to highlight this). If we're comparing Netflix to Amazon's Prime Instant Video, they're largely identical movie lists (anecdotal experience only, no hard data). However, Amazon has an advantage in that it offers other films for rent. Netflix did away with its own advantage of "if you can't stream it, at least you can get it delivered on DVD" (Amazon's advantage is more instantaneous, but doesn't have the catalog of Netflix's DVDs, even for rent). I do wish Netflix had a "you can stream this other stuff for $2-3" but I think their customers would revolt (again).

So for now I'm using both. Check on Netflix (better interface on XBox), then check Amazon Prime (which I have anyway for the shipping), then look for films on Amazon Instant to rent if there's something specific I want to see. We'll see if Netflix can distinguish itself with added content.

about 2 years ago

US Election's Only VP Debate Tonight: Weigh In With Your Reactions

peter_gzowski Re:What's the value here? (698 comments)

For the lazy (note "filibuster proof" means 60 votes in the Senate):

111th U.S. Congress
Senate: 58% Democrat, 42% Republican (although Democrats had 60 for about 4 months, if you count the independents and blue-dog Dems who didn't always vote along party lines)

House: 59% Democrat, 41% Republican (although there is no filibuster in the House of Representatives)

about 2 years ago

Net Neutrality Supporters Hammered In Elections

peter_gzowski Re:yeah (402 comments)

Sherrod's speech starts at 0:29 of your video, and ends at 2:11. This corresponds to 17:02 of my video to 18:44. It is not a "missing piece".

The audio is better in the video I linked, and you might describe it more as "amused murmuring" than "cheering". Perhaps that's splitting hairs, though. I took it as the crowd giving a friendly chuckle to Sherrod's comic tone about how much help she was going to give this white farmer in the context of her 1986 views. You took it as the crowd's approval of such behavior in 2010, that they were encouraging discrimination against white folk at any opportunity.

I thought we could have this discussion without calling each other names, though. By now there's nobody in this thread but you and me. There's nobody to keep score of how many times you can call me incompetent, malicious or blind.

more than 3 years ago

Net Neutrality Supporters Hammered In Elections

peter_gzowski Re:yeah (402 comments)

Can you provide a time in this video that you perceive a "cheer"? Regardless, this was what the rationale was changed to once it became obvious that Sherrod was telling an uplifting (if meandering) story about her overcoming her prejudice. Is what Andrew Breitbart did to Sherrod more or less egregious than what you perceived from the NAACP (not sure what, exactly, I'll wait for a time in the video I linked to).

Racism is nasty, and we should be able to discuss it without throwing our hands up in the air and labeling it "impossible to discuss" just because conservatives pretend that all liberals think that "all whites are racist, and no person of color can be". I don't think that, and none of my liberal friends think that.

more than 3 years ago

Net Neutrality Supporters Hammered In Elections

peter_gzowski Re:yeah (402 comments)

This is a common criticism of the left, and it is designed to protect members of the right from real charges of racism. Let me be clear, your comment contains no element of racism. The statement "the Tea Party are racists" is inaccurate, but "some Tea Party members, including leaders in the movement, espouse racist views" is accurate.

I could point to Mike Williams, Glenn Beck's "deap-seated hatred of white people" comment (among many other comments), or a host of others for examples of the movement in general (liberal Joan Walsh seems to have a nice summary).

What these all have in common is they are specific examples of racism, not general "they're all racists!" kind of fear-mongering. I commend the Tea Party for dealing with its racist fringe the way it has. I think that is the proper way to handle these issues, not putting your head in the sand and shouting "both sides" (a la Rand Paul when a MoveOn protestor got stomped on by his volunteer).

Liberals weren't clamoring for McCain's birth certificate. We aren't accusing John Boehner of anti-colonial sentiment driving his decisions. Sure, there are boneheaded liberals. You're welcome to bring it up. I'll take a look and decide that Olbermann's off his rocker, or that Media Matters is too whiny (which sometimes I do find).

You have to allow for the possibility that, sometimes (or often), liberals are crying racism not because it's a political gambit to appeal to "stupid voters", but because someone on your side is being a racist.

more than 3 years ago

Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

peter_gzowski Re:Just wait... (246 comments)

That would have been great.

Should I get pregnant?
- No, children are a hotbox for every communicable disease imaginable.
- No, the planet is overpopulated as it is.
- Yes, children are beautiful and can be trained to do all sorts of menial labor.
- Yes, CowboyNeal will stop hitting on you.
- I don't have a uterus, you insensitive clod!

more than 3 years ago

Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

peter_gzowski Re:Just wait... (246 comments)

True, I joke about my kids illnesses, after the fact. "WTF is croup?!? He sounds like a dying beagle! Next you'll tell me my kid has the plague, totally normal, just wait it out."

Anyway, good luck to you and your complications! Hope all goes well.

more than 3 years ago

Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

peter_gzowski Re:Just wait... (246 comments)

I've had 2 babies, and I've had a couple chuckles so far in this thread. Granted, I browse at 3, but it's been pretty mild stuff about 10 comments in.

more than 3 years ago

Louisiana, Intelligent Design, and Science Classes

peter_gzowski Incorrect statement (989 comments)

"Teachers should have the freedom to look at creationism and find a way to get it into the classroom."


more than 4 years ago

Goldman Sachs Trading Source Code In the Wild?

peter_gzowski Re:Surely not? (324 comments)

I skimmed the Rolling Stone article, and it was difficult to find any specific evidence for what Taibbi is asserting. I have no doubt that Goldman is a huge behemoth that abuses its position to affect markets in a way that benefits itself at the expense of lower-tier investors, which makes it doubly dissapointing that Taibbi mounts such a weak attack. He chooses to fill his "expose" with invectives like [t]he world's most powerful investment bank is a great vampire squid wrapped around the face of humanity, relentlessly jamming its blood funnel into anything that smells like money. To prove this point, he simply lists the former Goldman employees which are now, or were, in positions of power. I find the Frontline documentaries on this topic to be much more rational and informing:

more than 5 years ago

Adobe Releases Preview of 64-bit Flash For Linux

peter_gzowski Re:Silverlight (329 comments)

We now have Java and Flash on 64-bit.

No 64-bit Java browser plugin until early 2009.

more than 5 years ago

(Useful) Stupid Vim Tricks?

peter_gzowski Re:Need a way to un-highlight (702 comments)

In your .vimrc:

nmap :set hlsearch!

You can map it to whatever key you want. It will toggle search highlighting.

more than 5 years ago

iTunes On OS X Finally Has Competition

peter_gzowski Amarok and iPhones (668 comments)

First step: Jailbreak your iPhone and install an ssh server on it. I'm not willing to void my warranty while playing catchup with each firmware update, so I think I'll wait.

more than 5 years ago

Supreme Court To Rule On TV Censorship

peter_gzowski Re:What everybody else does (426 comments)

This is exactly what the US does, and what the FCC is advocating. Fox is arguing for the right to use "fleeting expletives" (isolated use of "fuck" and "shit", usually during live broadcasts) during a pre-10pm window that the FCC says is off limits. Post-10pm, broadcast television can say anything it wants, although it generally steers clear of "fuck" and "shit" at all times of the day.

For the record, I think the FCC's guidelines on when you can use expletives is arbitrary and capricious ("Saving Private Ryan"/news broadcasts OK, Scorcese documentary NOT OK), therefore Fox should win. I also think it's silly to let the FCC regulate broadcast television when it doesn't regulate cable ("invades your home" vs. "you subscribe"), as the distinction between accessing NBC and accessing Comedy Central from a standard US household setup is viturally zero.

more than 5 years ago


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