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March 14th, 2015 at 10:21:02 AM permalink
Quote: Dieter


I have nothing against streaming digital content, but a lot of people seem to forget that if that's their option for entertainment, it breaks when any part of the system doesn't work.



Nothing drives me more nuts. It is nice to d/l a bit of media in my underpants and get something new without having to shower and drive somewhere. But many times, when I want something, I want it.

Nothing is worse than not being able to play because the one line going to your town got whacked by someone who still can't drive in the snow. Or your modem gets filled by an errant chocolate milk spill and goes teets up. Or you enjoy nostalgia but the server is no longer supported.

If I want to play Super Mario, all I have to do is insert the cartridge, press it down, back up, back down, remove it, blow on it, barely put it in, stuff it down, blow on it some more, put it up and down 3 more times, and then I'm good to go. And I will always be good to go, from this day, until the end of my days. The last game I purchased has an expiration date, based entirely on the whims of the company who hosts the server. Nuts to all that. Gimme the disk, and don't make it internet only.
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dummy
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March 14th, 2015 at 11:09:44 AM permalink
Am ithe only one who thinks that the stepping stones for womens iberation were
Power steering and the automatic transmission ?
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March 14th, 2015 at 11:23:51 AM permalink
Quote: dummy

stepping stones for womens iberation were
Power steering and the automatic transmission ?



I can see that, yeah.
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March 14th, 2015 at 11:35:48 AM permalink
Quote: dummy

Am ithe only one who thinks that the stepping stones for womens iberation were
Power steering and the automatic transmission ?



Nuts. First 3 cars I drove had manual steering. Didn't stop me. First 5 cars had manual transmissions; I love them and miss them in what I'm driving now, though it does have the autostick available, it's not the same at all.

Yeah, you were kidding, kind of, maybe. But I like DRIVING a car. ABS/PS/AT/AWD all take getting down IN the car and DRIVING it to a more remote sensation. And IMO, leads to more accidents because the car's doing enough of the work you think you can screw around with the stereo/phone/food/drink/lipstick/whatever while you're moving. You really can't afford the distractions. A quick interaction at the most, while still watching mirrors/traffic/gauges as the primary duty.

I don't think that has anything to do with male or female. It has to do with maintaining an awareness of what you're doing and how fast you're doing it.
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March 14th, 2015 at 12:29:55 PM permalink
There appears to be a difference between mem and women, baba.
A woman hears a strange noisewhiledriving and shewill head to thedealer or a mechanic.
Average man will just turn theradio up louder.
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March 16th, 2015 at 12:26:56 PM permalink
Aren't you all tired from technology making things obsolete and having to buy new things that basically do the same thing as the old things?
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March 16th, 2015 at 2:02:10 PM permalink
Quote: Dieter

DRM'd digital files (especially if they need validation from a network server) are not a viable replacement for media.


A thumb drive or SDHC card is "media" just as much as a 5 1/4" floppy disc was back in the day.

I don't mean that you download the software onto the card; you are sold the card with the software on it, just as you are sold a disc with the software on it today. Granted, that doesn't work as well with the 1TB iPhone method I also mentioned, but I think that, eventually, even Blu-Ray discs will be replaced by something that can fit as much, if not more, data in a much smaller space. The standard disc size (i.e. what somebody decided about 30 years ago could fit a recording of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony in 16-bit stereo at about 48 kHz) is an anachronism.

Oh, who are we kidding - Disney and Fox (not coincidentally, the two main proponents of the DivX system Circuit City tried to shove down everyone's throats) would lead the charge to get rid of hard media entirely and make everything streamable, for no other reason that the ability to control when somebody can watch something includes the ability to control when nobody can. Disney would probably love a return to the "make movies available only once every 7-8 years" days, and someone like Vince McMahon could use it to suddenly decide, "CM Punk wants to bolt on me? Guess what - as far as I'm concerned, all of his matches no longer exist (something Vince pretty much did with Chris Benoit for years), and nobody can ever see them again."
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March 18th, 2015 at 7:49:15 PM permalink
Quote: AxelWolf

I have never bought a BLURAY, I haven't bought a CD in over 8 years.

I have Netflix free and use free hulu and whatever other free services. Many networks offer series for free. Youtube has shows and movies.
I'm wondering if sling TV will be any good and stay inexpensive.



How are you managing to get netflix and hulu free? :) Lucky!
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March 18th, 2015 at 8:01:35 PM permalink
Quote: Kavouras

Aren't you all tired from technology making things obsolete and having to buy new things that basically do the same thing as the old things?

I seen a program about consumption and someone came up with a brilliant Idea where companies purposely design things that break. There was something about lightbulbs, planned obsolescence from some cartel.

I'm not sure if it's true but it made me think, I found it interesting, but I really don't care.
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March 18th, 2015 at 9:57:59 PM permalink
It is absolutely true that many things are built to a standard of planned obsolescence. It's a business model for non-consumables, so that things need replacing on a somewhat predictable schedule (over a group of consumers). The first dryer I ever bought lasted 21 years. The second, less than 5. The third just crapped out a month ago. They WANT to sell me a new dryer every 3-5 years; they don't want it to last another 20, though that used to be the standard. Look at the difference (then and now) for phones, kitchen mixers, coffeemakers, fans, a hundred other things. I have at least one of each of those specific examples that was built in the 50's and still works great.

The coffeemaker is a percolator, electric made of tin with a little glass bulb on top, and I prefer a drip (for taste) so I'm now on my 6th drip coffeemaker in the last 15 years, because they're made of plastic and go bad. The phone is a desk model, rotary, just had to modify the plug and it still works on modern lines. The fan is a black steel small metal desk fan, rotates 6oo, still goes fine. Have also burned out 3 modern box fans and 2 room A/C's, but that fan is still turning without complaint.
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