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Hastings says he generated those numbers based on the value of the content deals that Amazon won when the two companies competed head to head. He says he thinks Amazon’s costs are split evenly between its U.S. operations and Europe, where it operates the Lovefilm streaming service 

US really needs a comparable law that allows individuals to request all the data compiled about oneself. Companies allowed to continue data mining without any checks or balances will result in even larger privacy breaches than we currently have. Ars Technica

“This particular genotype affects the sleep-wake pattern of virtually everyone walking around, and it is a fairly profound effect so that the people who have the A-A genotype wake up about an hour earlier than the people who have the G-G genotype, and the A-Gs wake up almost exactly in the middle,” explains Saper, who is also the James Jackson Putnam Professor of Neurology and Neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. Also, expression of the Period 1 gene was lower in the brains and white blood cells of people with the G-G genotype than in people with the A-A genotype, but only in the daytime, which is when the gene is normally expressed.

As an aside, I watched Prometheus for the first time this weekend and those were the dumbest group of scientists ever.  Ever.

Jane Litte is the founder of Dear Author, a lawyer, and a lover of pencil skirts. She self publishes NA and contemporaries (and publishes with Berkley and Montlake) and spends her downtime reading romances and writing about them. Her TBR pile is much larger than the one shown in the picture and not as pretty. You can reach Jane by email at jane @ dearauthor dot com


  1. Nadia Lee
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 05:07:28

    An Amazon Prime member pays $79 per month for this access as well as two day delivery. Netflix charges $8 per month for unlimited streaming access to movies and television shows.

    I thought it was $79/year to join AMZ Prime?

  2. Deb
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 05:24:13

    Nadia, I believe you are correct.

    I’d like to hug that law student. However, we’ve had suggested Fair Information Practices since 1973, but no laws to correspond to them. Incredibly frustrating.

  3. FD
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 05:37:29

    Prometheus was the worst film I’ve seen in a long time. Not only did the characters’ actions not make real world sense, they didn’t make plot sense either, which is unforgiveable.

  4. Ren
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 06:02:01

    Sure, you can stream Netflix for $8 a month 24/7… if you can find anything you actually want to watch. The response to 95% of my searches was “Sorry, no. But we have it on DVD for an extra $8 a month!” Want to stream a movie that was released in the past 3 years? Hahaha ha. You so funny.

    Amazon, on the other hand, has invested in CONTENT. Screw the Prime benefits. I’d pay $8 a month (more, even) solely for streaming access to their library.

  5. Brie
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 06:44:57

    If you thought Prometheus was bad, you’re going to like this:

  6. Sunny
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 07:55:25

    Prometheus taught me that scientists touch all things, all the time.

    We saw it in the theatre, and about 45min in we agreed that that the future has done away with logic completely and that the government has made scientists the new street-sweepers as a way to get rid of undesirable people who cannot function in daily jobs. The movie actually makes sense that way.

  7. Jane
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 07:58:22

    @Nadia Lee: Yes, sorry.

  8. leslie
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:39:44

    @Ren: What you said is absolutely right on!

  9. Jenny Lyn
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 10:58:04

    @Brie: I want to kiss you for that! As a fan of the original Alien and Aliens (the rest were shite), I was so pissed when I walked out of the theater. More shite. No cohesive plot, WTF moments, and a blond Michael Fassbender, which should be a crime in itself. Then I picked up the DVD case in Walmart a few weeks ago to inspect the “extras” and sure enough a shiny silver sticker proclaimed “Questions will be answered”. My head nearly exploded on the spot. Like I needed another reason to be aggravated in Walmart.

  10. Lada
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 11:33:16

    @Ren: Maybe I’m missing something but it doesn’t seem to me that movie studios are offering Amazon better streaming options than Netflix. The most popular free streamable movies on Amazon (included in the $79/year or $7.99/month options) are all also availble on Netflix.

    What Amazon offers is newer streaming selections for an additional rental fee (generally $3.99/movie or $1.99/tv episode) and a 48 hour time limit. I guess it’s up to you whether that’s a good deal or not but I find there are easier and cheaper ways to rent movies than becoming a Prime member.

  11. DS
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 12:18:01

    @Ren: The studios want Netflix to die. The Cable/Satellite Companies want Netflix to die. I keep paying for it in addition to Prime because I want to give big media as much heartburn (and as little of my money) as possible.

  12. Carrie G
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 13:04:03

    We have both netflix and amazon prime. We get prime mainly for the free shipping and a few other perks, but we use it for the streaming sometimes. Netflix seems to work better with the TV we have using the Roku (streams smoothly), but both are equally good on a computer. I don’t know how the kids (and my husband) have the TV set up downstairs. There are so many gadgets attached to it I can’t figure out how to play a DVD on it, much less access amazon streaming or netflix. It’s rather pathetic, really. :::sigh:::

  13. Brian
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 13:22:59

    @Lada: I don’t have Netflix anymore, but last I checked Amazon was adding more newer content to Prime than was available through Netflix unless something’s changed.

    The pay to rent and buy options for Amazon digital video have nothing to do with Prime. You don’t need a Prime membership to rent/buy digital videos, just for the “free” streaming titles.

  14. CarolynB
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 14:53:18

    One thing the Netflix CEO leaves out is how big a check Netflix cuts to Amazon for use of their Amazon Web Services. In other words, Netflix pays its biggest competitor for hosting space. Nice for Amazon if they need $$ to fund their investment in streaming; not so great for Netflix, I’m thinking.

  15. Ann Somerville
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 18:00:25

    “As an aside, I watched Prometheus for the first time this weekend and those were the dumbest group of scientists ever.”

    Pretty much, yeah.

  16. Michelle
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 18:42:46

    I just bought an early birthday present for myself-PS3. Sadly I couldn’t get amazon to stream, it just kept pausing. However I had no problems with Netflix. Looks like it is a common problem on the Amazon forums. I had fun watching old Cadfael episodes.

  17. MikiS
    Nov 19, 2012 @ 23:58:03

    …so that the people who have the A-A genotype wake up about an hour earlier than the people who have the G-G genotype, and the A-Gs wake up almost exactly in the middle,” explains Saper…

    A single hour is the difference between a lark and a night owl?? I don’t think so.

  18. Fiona Mcgier
    Nov 20, 2012 @ 13:23:08

    We watched Prometheus twice. The first time was on a giant screen in 3D and the plot holes were not as noticeable while we were enthralled with the spectacle of feeling as if we were in space, or on a new planet. Of course there are coincidences to further the plot. Just like in scary movies when the heroine always opens the door or puts herself in danger, because if she just hid under the bed like most of us would, the movie would be over. Watching it the 2nd time on our TV was not as impressive and the plot inconsistencies were more pronounced, but it still was entertaining. Yes, the scientists made dumb decisions. But sci-fi fans have to take what we can get, and most sci-fi movies are few and far between.
    That being said, I do like have the major player in the movie being a female. And a strong one, who doesn’t run around half-naked all of the time.

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