September 27, 2017 at 6:34 am #21441
Ubik, I’m with you 100 percent on the “streaming vs. one’s own library” issue. I don’t see the point in paying for streaming something that you can only watch at the whim of whomever is hosting it. I want something permanent, not ephemeral. I am always seeing people lamenting the loss of stuff from Netflix, and I just can’t comprehend it. If you have your own physical copies (or files stored on an external HD), it’s not an issue. It’s yours for as long as you have it. I don’t and never have understood the appeal of Netflix or any other streaming service.September 27, 2017 at 6:39 am #21442
Oh, and that goes double for youtube. Any time I see a video on youtube that I like, I immediately download it, because chances are it WILL be gone soon. Videos disappear from that site quicker than Jimmy Hoffa. I have entire playlists that I had made years ago where ALL the videos have since been deleted. Youtube is about as permanent as Fabergé egg in a hypergravometric maelstrom.September 27, 2017 at 9:13 am #21445
You guys are walking right into the territory that made me decide to dedicate an entire PC full of big hard drives to being a media server.September 28, 2017 at 11:48 am #21452
I have a 24TB RAID at home I plan to use to store DVD and Blu-Ray images. However, if I ever do copy all my video disks over to the RAID, I’ll still keep the discs. A couple reasons for this: Although I’ll be using the RAID to watch shows (for the most part), I still consider it a backup and I’ll still need the originals. I’ll also need the originals for legal reasons to prove that the RAID is indeed a backup. Finally, I’m not interested in scanning the artwork; I’d rather look at the real thing than a poor copy displayed on my monitor.
Even then, I’m still vulnerable to catastrophic loss. I’ll need to make a backup of the RAID and store the backup away from my house: either at a friends house or in my safety deposit box. That was the whole advantage of streaming: my house could take a dive into a sinkhole and I could still watch my movie collection. But, since NetFlix, Hulu and YouTube failed me, I’ll have to invent my own system.
Anyway, anyone taking bets on how long before CBS offers the show outside their little streaming service (DVD, NetFlix, etc.)?September 28, 2017 at 11:51 am #21453
Yes, but the hypothetical RAID backup, even when stored offsite, is still on a planet that is near-helpless to protect itself from asteroid strikes.September 28, 2017 at 2:16 pm #21461
Well, there are different levels of disaster recovery. Protection of data from loss of home is fairly cheap to accomplish. Protection of data from loss of the planet Earth? Not so cost effective.September 28, 2017 at 9:22 pm #21463
Still, the universe would lament the loss of Dr. Giggles, should Earth bite it.September 28, 2017 at 11:20 pm #21464
My configuration for my NAS is eight 5TB drives in a RAIDZ2 configuration. This gives me an effective 27TB of storage, and up to two drives can fail before I start panicking. As for backups… I have several of the shares backed up to several USB hard drives using FreeFileSync.
I have only ripped I Love Lucy, Golden Girls, Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, Ninja Sentai Kakuranger, Chouriki Sentai Ohranger, and Gekisou Sentai Carranger to the Plex share. Am I planning on ripping any more series? Probably not. In my use case, I’m not even keeping up with the series I have. I have also purchased Zyuranger, Gosei Sentai Dairanger, Denji Sentai Megaranger, and Garo (Season One) even though I have the fan-subbed versions just for the legal part. But, I use Plex mostly for the music.
“We’ve never lost an American in space, we’re sure as hell not gonna lose one on my watch! Failure is not an option.” – Gene Kranz
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September 29, 2017 at 4:04 pm #21470
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I don’t see the point in paying for streaming something that you can only watch at the whim of whomever is hosting it. I want something permanent, not ephemeral.
For example, the series Other Space. A sci-fi comedy by the creator of Freaks & Geeks, that originally was made for Yahoo’s streaming service that they pulled the plug on not long after the show’s 8 episode run. I don’t know if any other streaming service cut a deal to rerun it someplace else, I just know the only way to see it now is through piracy. And it’s a shame, it was a pretty funny, odd little show. With Joel Hodgson and Trace Beaulieu as notable cast members, it was an entertaining little program which sadly we’ll never get any more of. Too bad so few people have seen it.October 2, 2017 at 10:48 pm #21504
If we’re lucky there will be a DVD release of the show. Perhaps a print-on-demand version offered by Amazon. I’m dreaming, of course, because Yahoo won’t want to throw more money at something they deemed a total disaster. Of course, they would have missed the point because it wasn’t the show that was a disaster, it was their lame attempt to set up a streaming service.October 10, 2017 at 5:31 pm #21568October 11, 2017 at 12:03 am #21571
Starfleet Captains taste like chicken.October 11, 2017 at 5:28 am #21572
I really didn’t like that bit. First off, I didn’t think Klingons could process cooked food, it had to be raw. They were happily barbecuing some kind of tentacle/chicken monster near the end. Besides, they’ve eaten hearts of their enemies before but not the bodies. Sure, they’re essentially starving slowly, but still. It seems incredibly out of character for them. Plus, it’s pretty horrible to find out that a captain we got attached to for a couple episodes was cannibalized.October 11, 2017 at 8:29 am #21573
I’ve come to accept Discovery and have actually even warmed up to it; I’d say I’m pretty much on board. I started to like it with episode 3 (Context is for Kings). I’m not the least bit concerned about how it fits in with “continuity.” Clearly it’s not even remotely in the same timeline as the original series. I’m totally, completely fine with that. Remember the 7th season episode of TNG, Parallels? (Thank you Ken and John for bringing that back to the forefront of my conscious, BTW.) It was a fun, throwaway episode. And yet it wasn’t. To me, as I’ve said before, it’s the linchpin, the Rosetta Stone that binds all of Star Trek together. It revealed that there are an infinite number of quantum realities. So Star Trek Discovery is simply set in a different quantum reality than what we’ve seen (the “prime”, “mirror”, and “Kelvin” realities). The “prime” reality is really nothing special; it’s just one of an infinite number. So now we’re focusing on a different one, with macro-tardigrades, Super Mario mushroom-powered warp drives, and fanatically religious cannibalistic Geri Jewell Klingons. As long as the writing, production, and acting are all engaging (and so far it all is), it’s all good.October 23, 2017 at 11:00 am #21624
Renewed for season 2. [LINK]
“In just six episodes, Star Trek: Discovery has driven subscriber growth, critical acclaim and huge global fan interest for the first premium version of this great franchise,” said Marc DeBevoise, President and Chief Operating Officer, CBS Interactive. “This series has a remarkable creative team and cast who have demonstrated their ability to carry on the Star Trek legacy. We are extremely proud of what they’ve accomplished and are thrilled to be bringing fans a second season of this tremendous series.”
The first season’s plan is to air in two chapters with the final episode of chapter one debuting on November 12. The second chapter, featuring the remaining six episodes, will debut in January 2018.
Really dug the latest episode – it tacked some significant backstory onto both Burnham and – believe it or not – Spock. It explains a lot about why Sarek’s so borderline emotional about finding Spock’s Katra in Star Trek III, and goes into the estrangement between Sarek and Spock. It appears everyone has daddy issues with Sarek.
And…what the hell, Captain Lorca? Not cool.
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