Aug 29 2016

Is Rotten Tomatoes really hurting movies that much?

image_thumb-4 Is Rotten Tomatoes really hurting movies that much?

Short answer; no- and here’s why.

And you really don’t have to look far for an explanation. The past couple of years, there’s been a shortage of blockbuster movies with a good turnout. A couple of weeks ago when Suicide Squad was about to be released in theaters, a lot of the top critics on Rotten Tomatoes was giving it really low reviews. Oddly enough, there was a petition to shut down the Rotten Tomatoes website because of all the negative reviews the movie was getting, and it wasn’t even out in the theaters yet.

Was Suicide squad a victim of Rotten tomatoes negative reviews, or was it just another situation where Hollywood has created a crap movie and is upset that people don’t like it and have a venue to voice their opinions about what they think of the movie?

After seeing the movie myself, the answer is clear.

image_thumb-5 Is Rotten Tomatoes really hurting movies that much?

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Aug 26 2016

Facebook, what are you doing with your trending topics?

image_thumb-6 Facebook, what are you doing with your trending topics?

Facebook is the most dominating website on the Internet for social networking and they’re constantly looking for ways to mess around with the interface; making small changes.

I still haven’t figured out why Facebook won’t leave my personal settings alone, so that when I’m looking at my newsfeed, it leaves it on the settings that I want; not the settings in it wants. Ah, it’s okay keep jacking with stuff and see what sticks.

Friday night was interesting in regards to the main page for Facebook. On the right side, where the top typically has trending topics, they changed the layout a little bit from the normal.

They changed it to show a one line topic and the number of people talking about it. It was vague and stupid.

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Aug 26 2016

AMC is on Roku now, but still requires a cable subscription

image_thumb-3 AMC is on Roku now, but still requires a cable subscription

If you’re a big fan of the AMC channel, you’ll be happy to know that they now offer a channel on the Roku. The catch is if your a Cord Cutter, this doesn’t help you; you have to be such a subscriber to cable, satellite or your local telco provider to get full access to all the content that the AMC channel is going to offer.

I think this is the problem with a lot of content providers/channels through cable, satellite or other. AMC thinks that they’re reaching out to the Cord Cutters by offering a streaming solution for the content they provide, but they put a caveat on saying that you have to have an existing subscription.  Without the subscription, you only get a few snippets and trailers.

That’s a crap offering.

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Aug 25 2016

Cord Cutters rejoice as Sling TV adds ESPN and NFL Network channels

image_thumb-2 Cord Cutters rejoice as Sling TV adds ESPN and NFL Network channels

Cord Cutters are like the first adopters of the next generation of television. Cord Cutters are those people who are discontent with the standard established way of how cable companies operate. Users who are doing just streaming options for sports are very limited, especially for football. Historically. the NFL has really offered anything for streaming services.

But this year, Sling TV has added the NFL Network and the ESPN channel.

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Aug 23 2016

Netflix Raised Their Prices, And I Don’t Care

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I normally get upset if I get a notification from a provider about rate increases. I mean who openly thinks that increasing prices on services is a cool thing? Only the service provider. But you know what, I got my notification earlier this month from Netflix that my service rates were going to go up. I one of the many people that were already using Netflix and got grandfathered into a price moratorium, but sadly, that time is past. I’m going to have to start paying more for my Netflix service. Almost an extra $25 a year.

And I’m more than happy to…

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Aug 10 2016

Suicide Squad had great potential, but failed to wow audiences

img_57bb434587169 Suicide Squad had great potential, but failed to wow audiences

This past weekend, I went to go see Suicide Squad. I was really excited to see what Warner Bros. and DC comics had cooked up for a live-action Suicide Squad movie. A lot of the advanced trailers that people were seeing about the movie looked to be fairly promising. The studio had secured established actors for the movie, like Jai Courtney, Will Smith and Margot Robbie. But from the very beginning, I was very skeptical of Warner Bros. being able to put together a live-action movie that could follow through with what this movie is supposed to be about.

Unfortunately, it started with rating the movie as PG-13. I understand that studios want to be able to have the widest range possible on their audience, but were talking about the Suicide Squad. This is supposed to be a collection of people that are the worst of the worst. Warner Bros. failed to understand that and they moved forward with using kid gloves when making the movie.

You have the potential of collecting all these great characters together and mixing it with Batman and the Joker, and virtually any other DC character in that universe and making an awesome movie, and you don’t.

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Aug 08 2016

Hulu’s Free Streaming Service Is No More

image_thumb Hulu’s Free Streaming Service Is No More

Unless you’re living under a rock, streaming content is becoming big business. Depending on who you ask, streaming content is a threat or it isn’t. If you’re looking at streaming content from the large networks, streaming content is not that big of a deal. If you’re on the side of the Cord Cutters, streaming content is a huge deal; and that market is very competitive.

Hulu recently announced that is going to be doing away with its free streaming service. Going forward, if you want to use Hulu, you’ll have to use their premium services with ads or without; roughly 8 dollars and $12 a month respectively.

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Jul 12 2016

VPN’s Are Good, And Not All VPN Users Are Pirates

image_thumb VPN's Are Good, And Not All VPN Users Are Pirates

This morning, an article popped up indicating that PIA [Private Internet Access] was discontinuing service in Russia because of new laws that they passed. The new law indicated that VPN servers operating in Russia must maintain an activity log on all users for the duration of a year.

I think the most part, they’re probably upset that they can’t see what these the VPN users are doing over the Internet; whether able to access, what they’re downloading and what services they’re using.

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Jun 28 2016

Understanding the Basics of Probability Theory and How it Applies to Advanced Technology

image Understanding the Basics of Probability Theory and How it Applies to Advanced Technology

People’s fascination with today’s technology usually stems from the high-end smartphones and the wide-ranging power they provide. In a way, modern advancements spurred the birth of a highly competitive market, featuring gadgets that encompass a gamut of areas in human inquiry. You have programs, or apps, on Tom’s Guide that predict the weather. Also, there are the likes of Spotify that provide music for free. Furthermore, there are those ultra-popular social media apps that eat up a lot of society’s time in the process. Basically, the sky is the limit when it comes to technology.

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Mar 16 2016

Consumers Deserve To Have Encryption And Privacy

img_56e8b0c7e7af7 Consumers Deserve To Have Encryption And Privacy

As of late, I’m finding the whole discussion about encryption to be quite intriguing.  It seems that most people in technology  value of the idea of encryption and privacy to be pretty high.  No one wants a stranger to be able to come along and eavesdrop on your conversation, look at your data or your daily habits.

Ever since the revelations of Edward Snowden and the excessive spying by the NSA and other government agencies,  and countries,  consumers have been very concerned about their privacy.   The best way for consumers to protect their privacy  is to utilize encryption.

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