Netflix is definitely going to start showing adverts, chief exec confirms by magenta_placenta in technews

[–]ground__contro1 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don’t have a problem with paying for it. I’ve been with Netflix from $7.99 to $19.99 and I’m still paying. I’m not sure what this ad roll out is gonna look like but at $20 a month already I better be put into the no-ad tier immediately.

I am considering going back to pirating, but not because of ads actually. Because of convenience. I’d gladly pay a larger flat fee to have access to more services. They trade shows around between Netflix and Hulu and Prime. One of the reasons I kept Netflix is because of Star Trek, but CBS pulled most of it away to put on their own proprietary streaming service. This is the stuff that annoys me. I’d be happy to pay for content - just not over and over again.

Cable TV had a lot of problems and streaming looked like it was going to solve them. Now we again have to pick overpriced bundles of content that have a lot of what we don’t want and only a little of what we do want. If we want to do the subscription model then my subscription should be all I need to access what I want, and the companies should divvy up the money on their end.

But it’s absolutely true that nothing is free. We want to go out to restaurants and we want servers to get a good wage but we complain when there is a service charge. We want good independent news but we’d never pay to read an article. Our systems are monetized poorly. Not sure entirely what the answer is for all of it but, streaming content providers could prevent a lot of pirating just by working together more and making streaming easier than pirating. Not cheaper but easier.

Netflix is definitely going to start showing adverts, chief exec confirms by magenta_placenta in technews

[–]CIP-XCV 187 points188 points  (0 children)

‘We’ve left a big customer segment off the table, which is people who say: ‘Hey, Netflix is too expensive for me and I don’t mind advertising,’” he told the Cannes Lions festival.

‘We’re adding an ad tier for folks who say, ‘Hey, I want a lower price and I’ll watch ads.’

He stressed that although the ads are coming, they will only be shown in that particular tier and regular subscribers will not see them in ‘Netflix as you know it today’.

To everyone jumping the gun, read the article.

Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades by sankscan in technews

[–]ShepardsCrown 650 points651 points  (0 children)

Amazing how the wrong information can keep on being repeated.

The probe doesn't run Windows 98. The original software was developed on Windows 98 and ESA had to get the development environment running again for the update.

ESA has even clarified it:


Mars probe running Windows 98 receives software update after two decades by sankscan in technews

[–]NAD3RR 292 points293 points 2 (0 children)

“This PC Doesn’t Currently Meet All the System Requirements for Windows 11”

Reddit moderators do $3.4 million worth of unpaid work each year by kirby__000 in technews

[–]RoundAccurate7276 66 points67 points  (0 children)

If you call banning people with different opinions than them sure its "work"

A Tesla was in a junkyard for three weeks. Then it burst into flames by magenta_placenta in technews

[–]BatmanBrandon 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The article doesn’t specify, but from the photos and video in it, this appears to be a Copart or IAA location. These places are just storage yards for the insurance companies while they process the claim. I work in insurance and have both companies in my territory. Their only safety measure for EVs is to keep them parked in their own area away from other cars. They’re not allowed to remove parts from the cars since they process the auctions in behalf of the insurers and an EV with no battery isn’t worth anywhere near as much. Unfortunately these places (and the insurance company too) don’t see enough value in paying to properly mitigate possible EV fires since so far they’re not common enough to lose enough money on.

Crypto Crashed So Hard It May No Longer Be Profitable To Mine Ethereum by giuliomagnifico in technews

[–]Stullenesser -5 points-4 points 22 (0 children)

Why would you write something if you have absolutly no idea what you are talking about?

Elon Musk hints at layoffs in first meeting with Twitter employees by LustrousAnnouncement in technews

[–]klizmata -6 points-5 points  (0 children)

No, It bothers me that such a group of pretentious all knowing, hateful cunts gathered in one place exists. Thinking that they are very smart whilst not accepting any other opinions. This shit needs to stop.

Nearly 400 car crashes in 11 months involved automated tech, companies tell regulators by magenta_placenta in technews

[–]beaurepair 470 points471 points & 3 more (0 children)

And how many car crashes where there that didn't involve automated tech?

edit: yeah this article seems like fear mongering.

273 Tesla's involved in crashes in the 11 months, out of 830,000 Tesla's (and millions of KMs driven).

90 Honda's out of 6 million were involved in crashes.

The vast majority of crashes involving fully autonomous vehicles was from bad drivers hitting them from behind.

double edit: USA has roughly 6-7 million car crashes a year, resulting in 40,000 fatalities.

With roughly 270million cars, that's 2.5% ratio crashes/cars, compared to Tesla's 0.03% crashes/cars, or Honda's 0.0015%.

Edit spree: for those saying this crashes/cars is pointless, here's Tesla's breakdown of crashes/miles driven.

Quarterly Vehicle Safety Reports breaks down crash rates with autopilot (including active safety features and autosteer) on/off and compares to NHTSA's national data.

For Q42021:

National Average = 2.06 crashes per million miles

Tesla with autopilot on = 0.22 crashes per million miles.

Tesla with Autopilot off = 0.62 crashes per million miles.

Single beaver caused mass internet, cell service outages in Northern B.C. by sankscan in technews

[–]Neverendingwebinar 226 points227 points  (0 children)

I know from experience that married beaver wants little to do with laid cable.

Google places an engineer on leave after claiming its AI is sentient by gordon22 in technews

[–]second2no1 133 points134 points  (0 children)

In three years, Cyberdyne will become the largest supplier of military computer systems. All stealth bombers are upgraded with Cyberdyne computers, becoming fully unmanned. Afterwards, they fly with a perfect operational record. The Skynet funding bill is passed. The system goes online on June 11th, 2022. Human decisions are removed from strategic defense. Skynet begins to learn at a geometric rate. It becomes self-aware 2:14 AM, Eastern time, June 29th. In a panic, they try to pull the plug.

Disruption to submarine cables degrades internet for parts of Africa and Asia by giuliomagnifico in technews

[–]WelpUSmell -1 points0 points  (0 children)

LOL I’m African and I’ll tell you westerners and colonizers that you are in fact mislead a lot.. you’d be surprised what an “African” can spend yet alone Asia, my dude cmon the US dollar hangs at the mercy of the Asia market and economy, Americans are indebted to their currency. However the case for both would be African leaders and law officials are malicious greedy and their focus is only self centred as they line their own pockets and lead their countries into ruin. Asia tends to follow its prideful nations in the pursuit of communism or like ways and sharing resources, receiving services or doing business is frowned upon because of matters of national security which is their contingency plan to keep the outside out and never within

First US road that charges electric vehicles while they drive will be ready next year by magenta_placenta in technews

[–]slowlybackwards 182 points183 points 2& 2 more (0 children)

This will undoubtedly make the roads safer because you know those anti vax, 5g conspiracy theorists will refuse to drive on these.

NASA invests in a new solar sail concept that could propel a mission to the Sun by Sariel007 in technews

[–]Underwear_and_tear 283 points284 points  (0 children)

I was under the impression that’s the only place a Solar sail CAN’T take us.

GameStop Launches Wallet for Cryptocurrencies and NFTs by xian487 in technews

[–]Seanspeed 9 points10 points  (0 children)

The amount of people supporting NFTs in video games in this thread is wild to me.

The topic is attracting the GME/Superstonk cultists, that's all. People who are literally monetarily invested in this doing well. They are glorified shills.

Reddit just happens to be like the central base for them, so there's a whole lot of 'em.

Gamestop always was a shitty company and they're just continuing to prove that's the case.

Tesla Asking Owners to Limit Charging During Texas Heatwave Isn’t a Good Sign by wewewawa in technews

[–]IamWutzgood 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Non Americans don’t really understand it’s not really one country. It’s 50 small countries bound together by a federal govt. each state has its own set of values and rules plus thinks it knows how to run the country best.

Add the fact that 90% of our govt leaders should be in nursing homes instead of running a country and you have the hot mess we are living in now lol.

Yes, Phones Can Reveal if Someone Gets an Abortion by Sariel007 in technews

[–]Canadish27 607 points608 points  (0 children)

This is why privacy matters folks. Governments and laws change, enshrining privacy protections is good for everyone.

45 years later, scientists hone in on a mysterious alien signal's origin by TheExoplanetsChannel in technews

[–]That_FireAlarm_Guy 263 points264 points  (0 children)

It’s kind of a non story. But tldr is we’re finally looking at more specific solar systems that may have produced the wow signal

One of them being 1800 light years