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Episode 331 – Staying Off The Internet – 12/17/15

Norm is joined by Jeremy and Sean this week to talk about the FAA’s recent drone registration announcement, Netflix re-encoding its entire library, virtual reality predictions, and our anticipation for Star Wars. Staying off of the internet isn’t easy! Plus, our impressions of new movie trailers for Star Trek, Independent Day, and X-Men sequels.

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19 thoughts on “Episode 331 – Staying Off The Internet – 12/17/15

  1. You’ll be happy to know that the netflix update DOES improve quality. Animated features do not require many bits per pixel, but they do benefit from having more pixels. With the new encodings, you’ll be able to get higher resolution at a given bandwidth.

  2. Norm, Pandora does not offer a “listen to anything you want” service like Spotify and Apple Music do. Pandora One is just ad-free radio with skips.

  3. WOW! It is so cool you guys used that jingle I made for you! Thank you! Too bad you didn’t say the right name though.

  4. We got the movie early on Thursday (in fact it was midnight on Wednesday) in Australia, and I suspect two hours earlier for New Zealand. I saw it 10am Thursday AEDT, which was Wednesday 3pm PST.

  5. I finally figured out what might be a VR killer app (at least for me).

    I was watching Star citizen´s planetary landing demo and thought:

    What if I could do that with my son? 2 headsets, in the same world living through the same space opera stuff, seeing your partner next to you as an avatar (put a helmet on the ingame character to solve the “eye movement/tracking” issue) and you have a use case where even sitting in the same cockpit doing mundane (or in this instance rather “everyday space **t) tasks might be a blast.

    So social VR is the future! Good on you, Will, wherever you are now…

    Also I am not a Star Wars fan at all but SW VII is actually a rather entertaining movie. Might go to rewatch it. Very good actors and epic scenes.

  6. Fine, Lynx then. 🙂

    Sorry i just rememebred emailing my sysadmins requesting that they replace Mosaic with the hot new Netscape.

    There is a cool interview with the creators of Ori on an episode of the Indoor Kids podcast.

  7. Now we just have to wait for someone to search the database, it is going to be public, attach someone else’s id number to their quad, and crash it into somebody’s house. It’s swatting all over again.

  8. Have you seen the many news updates about the “hoverboards” catching on fire while charging or blowing up upon use? Because they are basically made by one company in Asia but branded by multiple different companies for their own monetary gains. I guess every product will have problems but it’s just something to note.

  9. the rollercoaster in Europa park Germany feels like Big Thunder Mountain if you want to compare it to a Disney attractions. It’s definitely faster than a kids coaster. The tracking doesn’t only happen when it starts but the wheel spinning is tracked by a camera that’s pointed on a wheel with stripes on it. But it also has sensors on the track that position where you are in real-time to reduce motion sickness.

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