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  1. Comment on How do you turn a smart TV into a dumb TV? in ~tech

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    It’s easy...just don’t ever give it your WiFi credentials or hook an Ethernet jack up to it.

    It’s easy...just don’t ever give it your WiFi credentials or hook an Ethernet jack up to it.

    1 vote
  2. Comment on Ip Man 4 Trailer in ~movies

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    Is anyone else here a fan of the Ip Man movies? I find them extremely predictable (someone wants to fight Donnie Yen, he says no, they try to fight him anyway and get their buts kicked, come back...

    Is anyone else here a fan of the Ip Man movies? I find them extremely predictable (someone wants to fight Donnie Yen, he says no, they try to fight him anyway and get their buts kicked, come back with a bunch of reinforcements and then he kicks their butts again) but very well made.

    I love Donnie Yen and I think they've actually gotten better as the series has progressed. The last one, Master Z: Ip Man Legacy might even be my favorite. Then again, I'm a sucker for Michelle Yeoh fighting people.

    7 votes
  3. Comment on Steve Guttenberg: ”Apple AirPods Pro, it's $249, but sounds like a cheap, throwaway headphone“ in ~tech

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    The video is right, they don't offer audiophile quality sound, but guess what: I can fit them in my pocket. That's the main selling point of Airpods.

    The video is right, they don't offer audiophile quality sound, but guess what: I can fit them in my pocket. That's the main selling point of Airpods.

    8 votes
  4. Comment on Profile customisation in ~tildes

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    I think that's a nice personal touch that wouldn't impact the rest of the site while giving people more room to express themselves.

    I think that's a nice personal touch that wouldn't impact the rest of the site while giving people more room to express themselves.

    1 vote
  5. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    It's true, but services Netflix are striving to make sure that they have new content that people want to see constantly to keep people subscribed.

    It's true, but services Netflix are striving to make sure that they have new content that people want to see constantly to keep people subscribed.

    2 votes
  6. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    The thing is, I'm basically subsidizing you're (I'm assuming) illegal downloads. These services know that a certain amount of piracy will occur and bake that into their operating cost. I also feel...

    The thing is, I'm basically subsidizing you're (I'm assuming) illegal downloads. These services know that a certain amount of piracy will occur and bake that into their operating cost.

    I also feel very strongly that people should get paid for their work. I work in video production, so I know firsthand that it takes an enormous amount of people and effort to make a show or movie.

    Those people (and the companies that make them) deserve to be compensated.

    While companies can't compete with free in terms of price, they can compete on convenience, but nobody does (Netflix used to until it lost half its content).

    You're right. But they can compete on legality.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on WarnerMedia Unveils HBO Max - Launching May 2020 With 10,000 Hours of Premium Content for $14.99/Month in ~tv

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    You're right. It's getting a bit out of control. My current list of streaming services is: Netflix - $15 Amazon $10.75 ($129 per year) Shudder - $4.16 ($50 per year) Criterion - $8.25 ($99 per...

    You're right. It's getting a bit out of control. My current list of streaming services is:

    • Netflix - $15
    • Amazon $10.75 ($129 per year)
    • Shudder - $4.16 ($50 per year)
    • Criterion - $8.25 ($99 per year)
    • Arrow Video - $5
    • Apple TV+ - Free for the first year

    And I'll have to pay $9.99 per month for CBS All Access when Star Trek comes back since my wife will want to watch those shows.

    That's $43.16 per month just for streaming video. Add on another $10 in Amazon/iTunes rentals for one or two movies that aren't on those services and you're over $50. And that doesn't even include the crazy expensive internet you need to even use those services in the first place.

    I wouldn't be surprised if most people are in a similar situation. I think the next few years are going to see a major proliferation of these services and then they'll either die out or band together to form a bundle where you get 10 different services for $50 per month (sound familiar?).

    Don't forget, almost all of these services are coming from not just companies who run cable channels but also run cable providers.

    Truthfully, if I had to get rid of one of those services, Netflix would be first on the chopping block. Netflix has a wide swath of content, but 90% of it is stuff I would never be interested in. Amazon is the same, but they also offer free 2 day shipping on their site with Prime and a slew of other services.

    5 votes
  8. Comment on Who's making good films? in ~movies

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    It's really going to depend on what kind of movies you like, honestly. I've been on a schlocky movie kick recently and if 70s/80s sleezy horror is your thing, you should check out Arrow Films,...

    I'm interested in distribution as well as production companies, as well as producers, directors, writers, and actors.

    It's really going to depend on what kind of movies you like, honestly.

    I've been on a schlocky movie kick recently and if 70s/80s sleezy horror is your thing, you should check out Arrow Films, Something Weird and Vinegar Syndrome. They all specialize in saving "lost gems" from being lost to time.

    If you like more "high class" type stuff, A24 has been putting out great movies lately.

    In terms of directors, my favorite recent director is probably Jordan Peele. Both Us and Get Out were fantastic. It's been interesting to watch him transition from a comedian to serious director. I'm very excited to see what he does with the Candyman sequel he's currently working on.

    I'm also want to mention Robert Zemeckis. While he's gone a bit off the deep end recently with technology, he really pushed special effects forward with movies like Who Framed Roger Rabbit and The Polar Express.

    4 votes
  9. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    Do you have Twitter? I’ve found the best way to find film articles is to follow my favorite writers there. I’ve noticed a lot of them tend to retweet articles from other writers too. It’s a good...

    Do you have Twitter? I’ve found the best way to find film articles is to follow my favorite writers there. I’ve noticed a lot of them tend to retweet articles from other writers too. It’s a good way to expand your film writer exposure.

    What kind of sites/writers do you like? I’m happy to make recommendations for other sites.

    (I love film so I’m always looking for a chance to spread knowledge about good film sites!)

  10. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    You’re right. I just remembered wrong.

    You’re right. I just remembered wrong.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on What are some interesting websites (tech related or not) that I can add to my endless rotation of Reddit, Tildes and Hacker News? in ~talk

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    For long form film writing, I highly recommend Bright Wall/Dark Room. It’s got the best writing out there. It costs $25 per year but it is 100% worth it.

    For long form film writing, I highly recommend Bright Wall/Dark Room. It’s got the best writing out there. It costs $25 per year but it is 100% worth it.

    2 votes
  12. Comment on Can anyone help me with home security systems? in ~tech

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    I haven’t had any issues at all with SimpliSafe. It’s been extremely reliable for the year that we’ve been using it.

    I haven’t had any issues at all with SimpliSafe. It’s been extremely reliable for the year that we’ve been using it.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on Can anyone help me with home security systems? in ~tech

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    A few points: You've already got the best security system there is. Dogs that bark and make a lot of noise when someone they don't know comes to the door are an excellent deterrent for burglars. I...

    A few points:

    My stuff can be replaced, but my home itself and my dog cannot.

    You've already got the best security system there is. Dogs that bark and make a lot of noise when someone they don't know comes to the door are an excellent deterrent for burglars.

    I have a Simplisafe system and I really love it. It has a cellular connection so even if the power is out, it will still work and maintain a connection. It took me a few hours to get everything setup and working, but it was pretty easy and mostly involved an extra trip to the store because I don't know how to count (I bought one fewer sensor than I needed).

    As for the FUD that's out there, the biggest knock against so called DIY systems is that they are susceptible to signal jamming. There's really nothing that can be done about that. The system can alert you to potential jamming attempts, but they can't really stop it from happening. Some systems mitigate this issue better than others, but as far as I know, Simplisafe doesn't do a great job.

    4 votes
  14. Comment on Ghost in the Shell: SAC_2045 (Netflix) in ~anime

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    Obviously the trailer doesn't tell us much since it's like 5 shots and one line of dialogue. I've enjoyed some of the Ghost in the Shell stuff in the past. I think the live action version from a...

    Obviously the trailer doesn't tell us much since it's like 5 shots and one line of dialogue.

    I've enjoyed some of the Ghost in the Shell stuff in the past. I think the live action version from a few years ago is a beautiful looking movie that doesn't quite hold up story-wise but I really enjoyed the 1995 movie (the music is amazing). I have the sequels on my shelf to watch but haven't gotten to them quite yet.

    I'm not sure how I feel about the look of it. It's got weirdly photorealistic backgrounds and then anime style characters. It almost looks like they popped some anime characters into Fallout or Borderlands. It doesn't quite mesh for me.

    1 vote
  15. Comment on In defence of America’s prison-industrial complex in ~news

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    The problem here is that no matter how much competition there is, private prison industry is driven by profit. Private companies should not run prisons to make money. Prisons should rehabilitate...

    increased competition and regulation could reign in the worst instincts of the private prison industry.

    The problem here is that no matter how much competition there is, private prison industry is driven by profit. Private companies should not run prisons to make money. Prisons should rehabilitate people and (to a lesser extent) punish them for the crimes they committed.

    22 votes
  16. Comment on Outback Steakhouse franchise begins testing system that uses machine learning to analyze footage of restaurant staff in ~tech

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    I feel like this will just make workers work "faster" so they can appear more productive, when in reality they're just making the experience worse for the customers. Servers will spend less time...

    I feel like this will just make workers work "faster" so they can appear more productive, when in reality they're just making the experience worse for the customers. Servers will spend less time at the table talking. The entire time you're looking at your menu trying to decide what to order, the server will know they're being watched.

    1 vote
  17. Comment on What are you doing this week? in ~talk

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    Of course it's been raining here all week so I haven't done much. I did make some veggies on the grill that came out fantastic. But that's not exactly something I couldn't have done inside... My...

    Of course it's been raining here all week so I haven't done much. I did make some veggies on the grill that came out fantastic. But that's not exactly something I couldn't have done inside...

    My fridge smells amazing since I've got 4 different sets of meat marinating/sitting in a rub though!

    2 votes
  18. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    That’s how I feel. It should be built into the cost of the service.

    That’s how I feel. It should be built into the cost of the service.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Nearly two-thirds of Uber customers don’t tip their drivers in ~tech

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    Does it not specifically say "Tip your driver"?

    Does it not specifically say "Tip your driver"?

    1 vote