Posts tagged with "mg siegler"

parislemon:

Really looking forward to this one. They’re trying to transition the Bourne franchise beyond Matt Damon, and it looks like they might pull it off (by moving on from Jason Bourne). If they can, the Bourne films could become the American equivalent of the James Bond franchise. 

Agreed. And what about Jeremy Renner? SWAT, The Hurt Locker, MI:4, Thor, Avengers, all of which he was terrific in. Now Bourne, a series that helped Matt Damon secure his place as an action star. Renner is getting a larger and larger profile, its awesome that he finally gets a leading role in a franchise with such potential.

Link Facebook Preparing For IPO In May

parislemon:

Mark Zuckerberg turns 28 on May 14. That is a Monday.

It is both awesome and depressing to me that he and I are the same age.

Winter And The Wall

parislemon:

In response to my PandoDaily post about Game of Thrones earlier, Trevor Gilbert tries his hand at parody.

From the comments, it seems he takes issue with my “sense of entitlement”. Clearly lost on him (and plenty others!) is the point.

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I love it when people talk about this “sense of entitlement” surrounding piracy, like the industry is doing us all a big ass favor by sitting on content for months or years. “Just wait for it” misses the point. But apparently that point is lost on several people, and like the One-Upper in Dilbert, they love to point out how morally superior they are. “But I waited, for all five years in fact, and when they finally released it I was the first in line to give them my $100 because they deserve it! I didn’t bother going to amazon where I could have gotten it for cheaper, as I feel that cheats the producers out of their hard earned cut!”

parislemon:

Help! I’m Being Forced To Pirate Game Of Thrones Against My Will!

If HBO did a subscription based model, $10/mo, stream all seasons of all of their original shows, unlimited, in HD, worldwide, through their already-built HBOGo iPad app, they would not only stand to make a killing now, but they could also survive when the cable companies die.  The kicker would be the worldwide part. Focusing on the US as your only media market at this point is just plain stupid.

At this point it wouldn’t surprise me if Showtime beats them to the punch. With shows like Homeland, Californication, and Dexter, the demand is surely there as well.

parislemon:

Help! I’m Being Forced To Pirate Game Of Thrones Against My Will!

If HBO did a subscription based model, $10/mo, stream all seasons of all of their original shows, unlimited, in HD, worldwide, through their already-built HBOGo iPad app, they would not only stand to make a killing now, but they could also survive when the cable companies die. The kicker would be the worldwide part. Focusing on the US as your only media market at this point is just plain stupid.

At this point it wouldn’t surprise me if Showtime beats them to the punch. With shows like Homeland, Californication, and Dexter, the demand is surely there as well.

Link parislemon: Power

parislemon:

I want a laptop that lasts for a week on one charge. I want a cellphone that lasts a month.

I’d settle for a full day (10-12 hours) on a laptop and a week for my cell phone. My Blackberry 8310 would get close to this, but not with what is now normal usage for me. My Bold could get a full day of heavy use, maybe two or two and a half of normal use. My iPhone lasts ~ 8-9 hours, maybe 12-14 if I’m not using it much.

Link HBO Continues to Miss the Boat...

Reading this, it doesn’t sound like we’re going to see HBO distance itself from the cable companies anytime soon. I’m not the only one who dared to hope as much.

Mar 6

Link Liveblogging The Letdown

parislemon:

John Gruber on the anticipated letdown reaction from some following tomorrow’s new iPad announcements:

But if a faster processor, more RAM, a double-the-resolution retina display, a better camera, and maybe even LTE networking make for a “modest” update, then what would it take for the iPad 3 to be deemed an immodest update? A fusion energy source? Teleportation? A camera that sees into the future?

Nothing has actually been announced yet and it’s already starting. I’ve actually heard this letdown sentiment several times today. Again, from people who haven’t actually seen the product yet and actually don’t even know for sure what’s coming.

I mean seriously, if all of the rumored new features are true, this is going to be a major upgrade. And the actual sales figures will reflect that, even if some of the stories tomorrow don’t. 

Many folks seem oddly tied to form factor when it comes to upgrades. The iPhone 4S was a “disappointment” to some because it looked like the iPhone 4. I suspect the new iPad will get the some of the same reaction since it will look like the previous iPad.

My prediction: those left underwhelmed will have one thing in common. They’ll be idiots

Also, the AP story Gruber links to happens to have the most dickishly intrusive ads ever. 

Apple’s hype machine and trove of secrets always seems to work against them in the tech press, but the general public seems to not give a single damn. I just wish the clamoring for ad revenue wasn’t such that every idiot with an AdWords page wants to write something about how shitty the [NextBigAppleProduct] is going to be. Its not going to be everything to everybody. And guess what? **That’s OK**.

Mar 5

Link The Tabs Are Too Damn Wide

Agreed, and I’m using 5.2 full time as well. I still want the return of the unified tab/title bar. Chrome has proven it can work, though their take on it is every so slightly different / better than Safari’s was. Pinned tabs is an awesome feature I’d love to see migrate as well. I didn’t even know it existed in Chrome until I read MG’s thoughts.

I can’t bring myself to switch to Chrome; there’s just something about the full color chrome at the top, combined with the fact that it just feels too big relative to Safari (its really not, only by a pixel or three).

I’m all about minimizing the UI of a web browser, and letting the focus be on the content. Both Chrome and Safari make strides there, but Safari still wins as my everyday browser.

parislemon:

John Gruber filed the following Safari “bug” report:

Summary: In previous versions of Safari, there was a relatively narrow maximum width for tabs. This max width would come into play in windows with few tabs (1, 2, maybe 3). In Safari 5.2, tabs consume the full width of the window, even if there are only one or two tabs. I find that this is aesthetically unpleasing, and would like to see the old tab bar return.

I agree completely. The new Safari (5.2, still in beta) is very, very good. By far the best version of Safari yet — to the point where, yes, I’m actually using it instead of Chrome. But the tabs are ridiculous.

The same problem exists in Safari for the iPad.

Safari 5.2 now has an “omnibox” a URL box from which you can search as well. Now they need to borrow the pinned tabs idea as well. 

Mar 5

Link Square Register

I love Square. I wish I had a better use case for it, for me personally, but in the mean time I’m happy that they are taking expanding and doing so many cool, awesome things.

parislemon:

Square’s latest app has a simple goal: killing the cash register. 

Looks amazing, as usual. And anything that gets more merchants using Card Case is a good thing in my book.

I also love the last line of the USA Today story on the matter:

Square has no plans at this time to launch a version of Square Register for Android tablets.

I assume they also won’t be launching it for the Atari Jaguar, the Newton, or the Commodore 64.

Eventually you start to think that AT&T executives should just stop thinking before they hurt someone or themselves. If AT&T put half as much energy into running a top-flight network with quality support as they did cooking up hare-brained troll toll schemes — they might just stop coming in last place in all major customer satisfaction studies.

Karl Bode from the previously-linked piece about AT&T’s latest idiotic money-making scheme. (via parislemon)

I really can’t see how AT&T is having trouble making money, nor can I see how they would be in trouble if they were turned into a “dumb pipe”. Its an eventually they are trying to avoid, but their feeble attempts are only hastening their devolvement into that role. Much like the Empire, the more they tighten their grip, the more trouble they are going to have.

Much like what the internet is doing to cable companies, internet on smartphones (predominantly the iPhone) is undercutting the big money-making services the phone companies have relied on, voice calls and SMS, but still. Even the data “abusers” are not using but a fraction of the bandwidth I use on any given month through our FTTP connection.

At the same time, on a personal level, they are STILL soaking us for a texting plan, voice plan, etc., all of which is severely overkill for our needs, just so we can get a data plan (that we use modestly) at a reasonable rate. And this isn’t an uncommon experience based on my observations. The vast majority of AT&T smartphone customers almost certainly pays more than their share for the amount of data service they use each month, more than enough to accommodate the overages used by the fraction of the user base using more.

Yet AT&T seems hellbent on punishing their entire customer base, simply because they aren’t making as much as they feel they should (read: Greed). As the infrastructure owners, its their prerogative to charge whatever they want. But, in a perfect world the market would be able to respond and slap the hell out of them whenever they pitched such stupid idea. But when your choices are two bags of shit, to paraphrase Lewis Black, its not really a choice.

Every time something like this comes up, I seriously considering switching back to Sprint, a company I swore in 2001 I would never do business with again. But their coverage is still spotty enough in the midwest that its just not feasible. AT&T’s EDGE service has the fewest black holes for where we live. Verizon coverage is usually very binary here. You either have great service, or you have no service. And when you have no service, you can forget about your phone living for more than a few hours on battery. With AT&T, you might not have good service, but you will have a signal, and its almost certainly going to be EDGE, and those radios are hella-efficient, my old EDGE-only 8310 would survive for almost a week without charging if I wasn’t talking on it a lot and was using it exclusively for email/texting, which was the lions share of my device usage at the time.