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Bits and Bytes and Bumps:(
Twobor is Mostly Back to where his previous incarnation left off. I still have a mishmash of music to clean up, but things are otherwise syncing as they're supposed to, I've got my home and office printers communicating properly with him (even though HP accused me of using counterfeit cartridges today), and all my daily work documents seem to be where they should.  I even started on taxes and got Emily a 500-plus refund lickety-split....

partly because she's not our dependent anymore. Wibble.

The lickety-split was delayed a bit by an oddity in the middle of the day: my email disappeared for about an hour.  It wasn't an Outlook issue; I use a Time Warner mail portal on my officemate's computer so I can transfer scans from the copier to my laptop via the preset folder on her PC. My inbox on that site was empty; nor did the phone receive a single one.  Then, as quickly as the outage came, it left, and the hour's backlog trickled in over the next 30 minutes or so.

Maybe the Republicans diverted the "series of tubes" through the Flint, Michigan water supply or something.  I've got no clue.

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We also have no idea why content providers are asshats.

Emily was really enjoying the Marvel Agent Carter series on ABC, and recommended it to Mom, who'd watched a few of them on the network site. Then, earlier this week, just as the second season began, they pulled the entire first season from their site.  But they were still on Hulu, as of last night, and Eleanor planned to begin catching up....

and, just as lickety-split, they were gone from there, as well.

Netflix doesn't have them. Redbox doesn't have the first season DVD. It's apparently an Amazon exclusive, which is weird because I've also read that Netflix is in major distribution deals with the Marvel-ous Mouse.  I can't make sense of why a studio, or network, would want to pull back its back catalog just as a new series is premiering, especially one with a complex arc that virtually requires you to begin at the beginning. And unlike so many comic-book franchises where the Origin Story is well known, this is one of the newer efforts (at least to me) that you could really use the help.  But then, Marvel has made one of the most villainous plots in its entire history out of whacking up its character rights among Disney, Sony and Fox, and rebooting entire entourages after sometimes only one major outing.

Not that long ago, music was restricted like this, and then along came Superjobs to make it so that everyone could listen when, where and on what device they wanted.  I can't imagine it will take a radioactive spider to have the same powerful effect on films and television projects.
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glenmarshall From: glenmarshall Date: January 21st, 2016 05:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Restricted content ecosystems are a PITA. I'd like to acquire content by direct purchase/rental or subscription. And I'd like an aggregation service to serve as an intermediary for it all, making selection and access the same for it all.

What we have now is a mishmash of services, each managed and used slightly different. And they often have some content that I don't care about. A pox on their houses!
bill_sheehan From: bill_sheehan Date: January 21st, 2016 03:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
Sadly, TV networks have learned from how music middlemen took it on the chin with the advent of iTunes. Apple has pretty much given up getting any traction from any of them.




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