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Comment Re:Verizon is going to get in trouble (Score 1) 139

Silly policy? A fire on a plane in the air is usually fatal to everyone on board. A Galaxy Note 7 did catch on fire on a plane, but fortunately it was on the ground and they could evacuate. In the air, there's no where to go. That's why they banned them.

Comment Re: Who cares? (Score 1) 196

Verizon use to offer 1 or 2 year contracts, so that's what anyone who had Unlimited would have had. After that it's month to month and can be terminated by either side at any time. At this point, even folks who got a 2 year contract just before they stopped offering Unlimited have been off contract for 4 years. Verizon continuing to renew it every month is just to keep their customers. Now they've decided it's no longer in their interest to continue to offer that to some customers, so they're terminating it for users who go beyond a certain threshold.

Comment Re:Norway switching off FM ? (Score 0) 303

On the one hand I agree with your argument. On the other, it's the reason why a lot of the US has poor internet speeds. Maybe "a company can continue to be profitable" isn't sufficient. I think the consumer impact/benefit needs to be considered as well. I wouldn't argue turning off FM provides much consumer benefit though.

Comment Re:Keep it original... (Score 2) 304

Some of that may have been true in the 1990s. With th advancements in video processing though, even badly faded prints can be rescued. Fans have already done several 4K preservation ls from good quality 35mm theatrical prints. The original camera negatives may be too damaged/degraded, but I would guarantee there's an interpositive/internegative or LPP print sitting around somewhere in the Lucasfilm archives that's good enough for a 4K scan with some restoration. Even better if there are multiple copies with different damage that can be used to remove scratches.

Even before the fan made 4K 35mm scans, some restorations (harmy's) used the Blu-ray and HDTV broadcasts to get a 1080p version of most of the film with a few upscales from the (poor) DVD release of the originals. If fans can manage that, surely a studio like Disney/Lucasfilm can come up with a 4K scan and do some basic film restoration / color correction.

Comment Re:Keep it original... (Score 1) 304

He may have damaged the original negatives, but fans have tracked down 35mm prints and done 4K scans of them. There's a number of fan restorations that use these. At the very least Lucasfilm has higher quality 70mm theatrical prints kicking around, but I would bet there's at least one original internegative/interpositive around from the original printing.

Assuming even that's not the case, they can do what the fan restorations have done and simply use what's left of the original and pull the missing bits from higher quality theatrical prints. I seriously doubt Lucas went and found every high quality version of the originals and destroyed them. When he's said that he's referring to the camera negatives which were recut to match the special edition. But there are doubtless numerous high quality copies that could provide a great 4K scan.

Comment Re:What you need to know about optical media (Score 1) 385

I strongly disagree with what you're saying here. In regards to archival media you should not use CD-Rs, CD-RWs, DVD+/-Rs, DVD+/-RW, or DVD-RAM discs. Flat out don't. Note that my comments are targeted at having stuff that will be around in 20+ years. If you're burning discs to just move data around or pass a copy of some files off to someone, anything will work.

It use to be received wisdom that you buy Taiyo Yuden discs and life was good. They are good quality discs, but they are not archival quality. All CD/DVD recordable discs are made using organic dyes (AZO or not) and are susceptible to breakdown over time. Light exposure will hasten this process. Not to mention all these discs all use aluminum reflective layers that are subject to oxidation which will make the discs unreadable.

The recordable layer BD-Rs is made of inorganic alloys and won't break down over time. BD-Rs have been tested to handle extreme temperatures and be perfectly readable. Except LTH discs... They use organic layers and are susceptible to breakdown just like their CD/DVD cousins.

I agree with your recommendation for Panasonic BD-Rs. They're the best in many tests, but unfortunately hard to find. I just got a spindle from Japan last week and they were about $75 for 30, so a bit pricey. Verbatim are just "ok." Sony would be a good second choice after Panasonic. Avoid LTH all together. Not only does it have compatibility issues, but it won't last nearly as long as a regular BD-R (HTL).

Comment Re:In time it will be better. (Score 1) 675

Last October, I spent some time in the US again and I noticed the few places that had started using chip readers had a person standing by to help people. They seemed a bit surprised when I just inserted my card and typed my pin code in a few seconds. :D They didn't even finish their line about being sorry about me having to remember the pin code.

That's interesting - the US uses signature instead of PIN, so I don't know why someone would be apologizing for having to remember one.

Comment Re:Ungrandfathering (Score 2) 460

Being 'grandfathered in' to something generally means old rules continue to apply to you after a rule change. In the case of Netflix the price hike actually occurred two years ago. Any new members after July 2014 are already paying $9.99 a month for the regular package. However, they didn't increase the price for existing members (presumably to avoid a lot of people leaving). These people who kept the old price were 'grandfathered in' to their old price planning meaning they continued to pay $7.99 even though new members paid $9.99.

Ungrandfathering isn't a term I've seen before, but essentially it means time's up, grandfathering is ending. People who were grandfathered into the old price because they were existing members will start paying the increased price now.

Comment Use the right tool for the job (Score 1) 331

This is a somewhat silly question. Programming languages are tools and you use the right tool for the job. How often does a carpenter grab a different tool out of his toolbox? As often as he needs it. Your first paragraph gets to the point. If you're programming a particular target, then there's probably one or two tools best suited for it. Use that one!

Using the head of a screw drive to drive a nail might work, but why would someone do that when there's a hammer?

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