JXM's recent activity

  1. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

    JXM
    Link Parent
    I've seen multiple theories about why that is, the most prominent of which is that they avoid doing that because they don't want people to see just how small their catalog is. People think of...

    There's no option to see their entire catalogue alphabetically

    I've seen multiple theories about why that is, the most prominent of which is that they avoid doing that because they don't want people to see just how small their catalog is. People think of Netflix as having endless content, but they actually seem to have a relatively small library. JustWatch claims it's around 3,600. That might sound like a lot, but consider that is across dozens of different geographic locations and languages. Most of that content won't be available worldwide.

    For example, HBO Max lets you see everything alphabetically and there really aren't that many movies on there.

    4 votes
  2. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

    JXM
    Link Parent
    I actually think their UI on TV is absolutely awful. It took over a decade to get them to let you disable autoplay (which is one of the worst UI trends of all time). Half the time it hides the "My...

    I actually think their UI on TV is absolutely awful. It took over a decade to get them to let you disable autoplay (which is one of the worst UI trends of all time). Half the time it hides the "My List" section below the first screen, so you have to scroll to get to it. I get why they do it, because then you have to scroll through all the other bad recommendations they give you and maybe you'll click on those instead. But it's bad UI design.

    Most of the time, when you open the app, it's just a full page ad for whatever their new movie/series is.

    5 votes
  3. Comment on Netflix customers canceling service increasingly includes long-term subscribers in ~tv

    JXM
    Link
    I've had a Netflix subscription for nearly 20 years. I remember when they first introduced streaming, it was included in your disc-based plan price and you only got one hour of streaming per $1...

    I've had a Netflix subscription for nearly 20 years. I remember when they first introduced streaming, it was included in your disc-based plan price and you only got one hour of streaming per $1 you paid (so if your disc plan was $15, you got 15 hours of streaming). The first movie I ever watched on the site was The Jerk.

    As @Nivlak said, it was obvious that Netflix's model of charging $9.99 per month and having access to everyone's old content was never going to last if it became a success. Other studios realized there was money to be made off their old content, so as deals with studios expired, they lost most of their content.

    It's hard for Netflix to compete because their back catalog is relatively small compared to studios like Disney, MGM or Warner Bros., who have been around for nearly 100 years. So they have to keep turning out or buying new content to keep viewers reeled in. And since they need to cast a wide net, a lot of that content is lowest common denominator.

    Recently, they've been purchasing a lot of foreign content and using that as a draw, but the same thing will happen again. Once those content companies realize there's more of a market for that content than they realized, they'll start asking higher prices or move to a dedicated K-Drama or South American TV show focused streaming platform.

    We're slowly moving back toward the cable-ization of content, where it's all bundled together into packages. Just look at the way Disney is bundling Hulu, Disney+ and ESPN together. Except that instead of the cable company controlling the content, it's directly from the content creation companies. You can't just get one subscription that gets you everything like Netflix did a decade ago.

    We had a good few years where Netflix was the end all be all of content and the only online video subscription you'd need, but those days are long gone.

    Honestly, Netflix would be the first to go if I had to cancel a streaming service. The price is significantly higher than Hi-Yah!, Paramount+ or Shudder and it doesn't come with the perks of free delivery like Amazon Prime does.

    6 votes
  4. Comment on Thunderbird's donation-driven revenue rose 21% in 2021 to $2.7 million in ~comp

    JXM
    Link Parent
    Mozilla is a trusted enough provider that I suspect they'd have very little difficulty getting added to the "safe" list that governs most spam blocking, even as a new provider. While a lot of it...

    Mozilla is a trusted enough provider that I suspect they'd have very little difficulty getting added to the "safe" list that governs most spam blocking, even as a new provider. While a lot of it is heuristic based, a good portion is still agreements between the large providers to treat one another's messages as non-spam, as long as they follow the correct DNS verification policies.

    2 votes
  5. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

    JXM
    Link Parent
    Weirdly enough, I just came across this video about the lost version of The Goonies earlier today. It's weird to see how different it might have been from the movie that many kids of a certain age...

    Weirdly enough, I just came across this video about the lost version of The Goonies earlier today. It's weird to see how different it might have been from the movie that many kids of a certain age know inside and out.

    1 vote
  6. Comment on What are you reading these days? in ~books

    JXM
    Link
    I've been reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. It reexamines the Jack the Ripper case by not really worrying about who did it but instead focuses on the lives of the women who were killed. She...

    I've been reading The Five by Hallie Rubenhold. It reexamines the Jack the Ripper case by not really worrying about who did it but instead focuses on the lives of the women who were killed. She basically uses the case as a way to look into what life was like in the late 1800s for European women (spoilers, it wasn't great).

    Her conceit is that the case will never be solved (I think she's right), so we should focus on the victims and what lead them to cross paths with Jack the Ripper in the first place. She really digs into the lives of these women and paints a much richer picture of their lives than the classic "they were destitute prostitutes who had it coming because they were immoral" narrative that many other writers have gone with.

    There's also an accompanying podcast called Bad Women: The Ripper Retold that's very well produced and a good overview of the book.

    4 votes
  7. Comment on How we track COVID-19 (and other weird stuff) in sewage in ~health

    JXM
    Link Parent
    Potentially, yes. I am lucky enough to live near one of the biggest universities in the U.S., so I did some research and they actually do have scientists that track the types of things that show...

    Potentially, yes.

    I am lucky enough to live near one of the biggest universities in the U.S., so I did some research and they actually do have scientists that track the types of things that show up in neighborhood sewage and share that information with the local health department.

    1 vote
  8. Comment on Any Thunderbird aficionados here? in ~tech

    JXM
    Link
    I can't speak to the safety of upgrading to the newest version, since I haven't used Thunderbird for a while now, but I used it for over a decade and I loved it. It was always one of the first...

    I can't speak to the safety of upgrading to the newest version, since I haven't used Thunderbird for a while now, but I used it for over a decade and I loved it. It was always one of the first things I installed on a new computer, along with Firefox.

    Thunderbird has been a bit behind the times when it comes to design for a long time now. Over a decade? That's not always a bad thing. But in general, I think the new design looks great.

    In looking at their blog, I actually really like some of the new things they have planned with the redesign. The idea of link previews is really cool, especially now that we are all used to seeing that kind of thing on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

    I have to use Outlook for work email (they won't even let us sign in through a third party app on our phones, we have to use the official Outlook app) and...fine? I just use webmail for my personal email since I moved to Fastmail. Their web app was good enough that when I switched computers, I never installed Thunderbird.

    2 votes
  9. Comment on How we track COVID-19 (and other weird stuff) in sewage in ~health

    JXM
    Link
    As soon as I saw this video show up in my YouTube subscriptions, a light bulb went off in my head. Of course there's tons we can learn from the contents of our sewage. It's something that had...

    As soon as I saw this video show up in my YouTube subscriptions, a light bulb went off in my head. Of course there's tons we can learn from the contents of our sewage. It's something that had never occurred to me.

    It's fascinating that they could potentially test the concentration of illegal drugs in neighborhoods via the sewage. Imagine using data from that to target drug outreach programs to make intervention programs more effective.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Prey | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link
    This trailer doesn't give much to go on, other than what was already out there. I'm surprised it's going direct to Hulu. That's a shame, since it means most people won't see it.

    This trailer doesn't give much to go on, other than what was already out there. I'm surprised it's going direct to Hulu. That's a shame, since it means most people won't see it.

    1 vote
  11. Comment on How to turn your smartphone into a flatbed scanner to sign forms or digitize text in ~tech

    JXM
    Link
    I've been using an app called JotNot for around a decade now to do this and it works flawlessly.

    I've been using an app called JotNot for around a decade now to do this and it works flawlessly.

    3 votes
  12. Comment on At 93, James Hong finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in ~movies

    JXM
    Link Parent
    It's definitely a political process (the Wikipedia article specifically mentions Charlie Chaplin not getting one for almost 20 years because of his political views). That kind of thing just...

    It's definitely a political process (the Wikipedia article specifically mentions Charlie Chaplin not getting one for almost 20 years because of his political views).

    The Starz cable network, for example, paid for Dennis Hopper's star as part of the promotion for its series Crash.

    That kind of thing just reinforces my feeling that it's not so much about honoring people, but more about publicity.

    I guess I just feel that if it's truly about honoring someone, they shouldn't have to pay. The one time I went there on a trip to L.A., the whole street was packed. I'm pretty sure the revenue they get from tourist taxes alone more than covers the upkeep and costs.

  13. Comment on At 93, James Hong finally gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in ~movies

    JXM
    Link
    I'm glad that James Hong has been getting more and more recognition over the last few years. Since I was a little kid and saw Big Trouble in Little China, I've always been excited whenever I see...

    I'm glad that James Hong has been getting more and more recognition over the last few years. Since I was a little kid and saw Big Trouble in Little China, I've always been excited whenever I see him onscreen. He's mostly known for his smaller roles, but he's a genuinely good actor. It takes a lot of skill to be able to sell both comedy and sincere drama.

    But even beyond that, he's done a lot of work behind the scenes to help raise the visibility of Asian Americans in pop culture.

    On a different note, I've always thought the Walk of Fame was a bit of a joke. Did you know that you have to pay $55,000 to get a star?

    3 votes
  14. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link Parent
    True. There were stories for a full year before Titanic came out talking about how it was over budget and a complete mess. There's a lot of things not to like about James Cameron, but his ability...

    True. There were stories for a full year before Titanic came out talking about how it was over budget and a complete mess. There's a lot of things not to like about James Cameron, but his ability to pull together big spectacle set pieces into a compelling story is unparalleled.

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link Parent
    I think it's just that James Cameron knew what he wanted to do with the sequels and spent a decade developing not just the story, but the technology needed to tell the story in the way he wanted.

    I think it's just that James Cameron knew what he wanted to do with the sequels and spent a decade developing not just the story, but the technology needed to tell the story in the way he wanted.

    2 votes
  16. Comment on Avatar: The Way of Water | Official teaser trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link
    I'm pretty excited for this, simply because I think that the original film is pretty entertaining. It may be a rehash of a story that's been told countless times, but James Cameron knows how to...

    I'm pretty excited for this, simply because I think that the original film is pretty entertaining. It may be a rehash of a story that's been told countless times, but James Cameron knows how to shoot an action scene like no one else.

    I am sad that they aren't going to be shown in 120 frames per second. I saw all of the Hobbit movies, Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, and Gemini Man in high frame rate and it's an amazing experience.

    I've seen a lot of the reactions to the trailer being mixed or negative, with a lot of people are taking the position that the first Avatar was nearly 15 years ago and didn't make enough of a lasting impression on the world culture to warrant a sequel (let alone 4 shot back to back).

    All I can say is that people should have learned by now not to doubt James Cameron. He's directed nothing but hits since Terminator 2 in 1991. The only film he's made in the last 40 years that wasn't a massive box office success was The Abyss. Two of those films were the highest grossing films of all time for quite a while.

    Also, don't forget that even if these sequels aren't massive hits, they'll basically serve as massive ads for Disney World. Disney will make it's money back and then some from merchandising and theme park ticket sales alone.

    4 votes
  17. Comment on Weird: The Al Yankovic Story | Teaser trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link Parent
    If you look at what Weird Al said during the original announcement, it's very clear that it's going to be a Walk Hard style parody of his life: Take a musician who's had a family friendly image...

    If you look at what Weird Al said during the original announcement, it's very clear that it's going to be a Walk Hard style parody of his life:

    “The biopic holds nothing back, exploring every facet of Yankovic’s life, from his meteoric rise to fame with early hits like ‘Eat It’ and ‘Like a Surgeon’ to his torrid celebrity love affairs and famously depraved lifestyle,” says the tongue-in-cheek release.

    Take a musician who's had a family friendly image for decades with no scandals, no notorious incidents and make a wild and over-the-top drama about all the things he didn't do.

    8 votes
  18. Comment on Russians reportedly turn to old Soviet-era tactics to watch western movies in ~movies

    JXM
    Link
    It's not surprising. We've seen countless times that if people can't easily access entertainment legally, they'll just get it illicitly. Why would they crack down? What does the government care...

    It's not surprising. We've seen countless times that if people can't easily access entertainment legally, they'll just get it illicitly.

    The Times reported that, so far, the government has not cracked down on these illicit screenings, according to the underground theater hosts reporters talked with.

    Why would they crack down? What does the government care about foreign corporations losing money? If anything, I'd think they'd support it as a way to distract people from the war in Ukraine.

    Related, this video is a great explainer on how the Russian internet is potentially isolated from the rest of the internet. They've been moving more and more toward a China-style controlled internet.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on Chip n’ Dale: Rescue Rangers | Official trailer in ~movies

    JXM
    Link
    I'm hesitantly looking forward to this film. It looks like an interesting update/variation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Side note, it's crazy that movie is 34 years old, so I'm assuming most kids...

    I'm hesitantly looking forward to this film. It looks like an interesting update/variation on Who Framed Roger Rabbit? (Side note, it's crazy that movie is 34 years old, so I'm assuming most kids haven't seen it).

    5 votes
  20. Comment on Tech recommendations request: looking for a Linux-friendly 13" laptop in ~tech

    JXM
    Link Parent
    I have two Frameworks (one for me and one for my wife) and I love the laptop. I've been running Linux on it without issue and most new distros support everything out of the box. Size-wise, keep in...

    I have two Frameworks (one for me and one for my wife) and I love the laptop. I've been running Linux on it without issue and most new distros support everything out of the box.

    Size-wise, keep in mind that it's a 3:2 display, so it's about the same width as a regular 13-inch 16:9 display, just taller. I love the extra vertical space, especially when using productivity type apps. Obviously it's less ideal for media consumption.

    You can get a barebones model for $750 and bring your own RAM, SSD, etc to save money. I know that's a lot higher than your budget, but the upside is that it's easily upgraded in the future if you get further into your studies and suddenly need more RAM or storage space.

    Being able to swap out ports as needed without stuff sticking out of the side of the laptop is extremely handy too. I hated having to constantly use adapters with my MacBook Pro.

    I'd also suggest looking into older MacBook Pros. Some of the pre-unibody ones can be had for cheap and with an SSD upgrade and new battery, it would be a good way to get a cheap, high quality laptop. And the older models are relatively Linux friendly.

    2 votes