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Best current live-action TV show based on comics?

porges Re:Can I have four? (148 comments)

As of today (1/17), Gotham has been renewed for a second season, so there's that.

about two weeks ago
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Unbundling Cable TV: Be Careful What You Wish For

porges Re:I don't miss cable. (448 comments)

If the various content providers could come up with a way that people like me could buy individual episodes of the shows we are interested in -- buy, not rent -- then they would lure me back. I'm simply not going to pay $100+ a month just to watch Game of Thrones, Doctor Who or what ever the flavor of the month is..

They've come up with at least four ways I can access right now: iTunes, Amazon Instant (not Prime) Video, Xbox Video, and Playstation Store Video. Each of these gets single episodes of most shows day after air. Yes, it's buy, not rent. No, you can't get Game of Thrones; cable premium shows are the exception. Doctor Who next day, yes.

about three weeks ago
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The Slow Death of Voice Mail

porges Re:You don't like voicemail? - boo fucking hoo (237 comments)

2. VM is the most efficient way to get spam callers out of your face. They know if they are transferred to voice mail there is no hope of getting a callback so 9 out of 10 times they just hang up and save you the trouble.

Not the ones I get. Their auto-thing knows that VM is picking up, so it marks it as a failure, and they call twice a day for months.

about a month ago
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Cops 101: NYC High School Teaches How To Behave During Stop-and-Frisk

porges Re:Education versus racism (481 comments)

You had parents. Sorry, but you had at least a parent, probably parents, and got told not to be an asshole.

These kids, unfortunately, don't have parents,

I see no indication from the news story that the East Side Community High School is an orphanage.

about 2 months ago
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Apple Swaps "Get" Button For "Free" To Avoid Confusion Over In-App Purchases

porges Also in iBooks (103 comments)

I just ran into this in iBooks, and was very nervous until I confirmed that other normal books still had prices. So "Get" means "free iBook", too.

about 2 months ago
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A Mixed Review For CBS's "All Access" Online Video Streaming

porges Re:Price of commercials (85 comments)

The networks have to comply with copyright law and the contracts they've signed with TV studios, so that makes it harder for them because they're obliged to control access to their streams and/or compensate the studios.

about 2 months ago
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Cutting the Cord? Time Warner Loses 184,000 TV Subscribers In One Quarter

porges Re:They tried to raise prices 20% unnanounced (392 comments)

Let me just randomly chime in and say that my Boston area TiVo/Comcast On Demand works perfectly. My understanding is that it uses an app over IP to select the program, but the actual playback is over a normal cable TV channel, with the app tuning it correctly. So watching On Demand takes up one of the TiVo's tuners, for instance.

about 2 months ago
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Redbox Streaming Service To Shut Down October 7th

porges Re: I didn't know it existed... (64 comments)

As it happens, Olympus Has Fallen is on Netflix, presumably exclusively.

about 4 months ago
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Verizon Working On a La Carte Internet TV Service

porges Re:It is not just the "extra" channels... (108 comments)

Someone has to foot the bill, making tv shows and content is expensive.

Otherwise what? They're going to start shoving ads down our throats?

Oh, wait...

I think it's fair to consider him writing in opposition to people saying "if we had ala carte channels, we could all get the same stuff for less money". So, keeping "the same stuff" is part of the goal.

To most consumers, "keeping the total of the country's payments to the networks the same" isn't a goal, to put it mildly, which is why the rest of his argument is useless.

about 5 months ago
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BBC and FACT Shut Down Doctor Who Fansite

porges Re:Should have kept the domain name (186 comments)

You'd certainly think there are no debtors' prisons in the US any more, but:

http://www.foxnews.com/politic...

You do have to owe money to the court system, not to a private party, to get sucked into this...I think.

[Fox New link chosen to head of skepticism of lefty-er sources.]

about 5 months ago
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Massive Job Cuts Are Reportedly Coming For Microsoft Employees

porges Re:Dropping the Xbox? (300 comments)

I bet Disney would be a good candidate to buy the Xbox brand; they specialize in acquiring massively successful (or at least known) existing companies such as ABC, LucusFilm/Star Wars, Marvel, and the Muppets.

about 6 months ago
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Average American Cable Subscriber Gets 189 Channels and Views 17

porges Re:Companies like HBO should go a-la-carte (340 comments)

You can now get access to HBO-Go through an Amazon prime account, as well

Not quite. The Amazon deal only includes current shows on a 3-year delay, as well as the HBO Go series "back catalogue" -- all Sopranos, etc, episodes. You also only get HBO-produced TV movies, not the hundred+ films on HBO or HBO Go. (I've seen some interesting stuff on HBO Go that I never found on the actual HBO channels, such as the movie "Frequently Asked Questions About Time Travel".)

about 9 months ago
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GNU C Library Alternative Musl Libc Hits 1.0 Milestone

porges Re:Brain damaged project (134 comments)

No. You're thinking of the fact that once the linker marks a .o as required, it brings in all of that .o file unless you provide those flags you mention. But the point is definitely that only the .o files that are needed get linked into the final object model. Just do a gcc of a simple "hello world" program and then look at the a.out's size; it won't be anywhere near as big as libc.a. Also, nm a.out will show you the relatively few symbols in the a.out file.

about 10 months ago
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Goodbye, Google Voice

porges Re:"Enormous" effect? (166 comments)

I always guessed that the business plan involved recording/transcribing all your calls, for no bad reason whatsoever, nope.

about 10 months ago
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Measles Outbreak In NYC

porges Re:Dunno (747 comments)

Why in God's name would they lie about there being no mercury in the vaccines? Are the vaccines being used as a way of solving the famous "how can I get rid of all this mercury I have lying around" problem? If they're willing to flat-out lie about what's in there, why don't they just package up water and call it a vaccine? It's got to be cheaper than whatever they're doing now.

about 10 months ago
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The Tangled Tale of Mt. Gox's Missing Millions

porges Re:"Sight"? On slashdot? (191 comments)

Or, as some other columnist has been writing since the debacle, "Empty Gox".

about a year ago
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Mass. Legislature Strikes Back: Upskirt Photos Now Officially a Misdemeanor

porges Re: no surprise (256 comments)

Possibly. Is it obviously true that I have a right to secretly videotape people "just to be safe", just because they're in my house and I have (or think I have) a good reason?

about a year ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

Late update to my own post: on the other hand, later in the comment thread on that same posting, he clearly believes in literal faith healing, in one case of a sprained ankle, so, uh...

about a year ago
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Interview: Ask Eric Raymond What You Will

porges Re:In all seriousness... (126 comments)

I think if you read "invoke" in Eric's posting as "appeal to" rather than "cause to appear" you'll see what I took him to be saying. The one thing he doesn't believe in is literal religious magic. I am with you on all the other examples, though.

about a year ago

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