Take a look at some of Starz "exclusive and highly valuable content" that they consider part of their "premium brand"....miserable failures like "Gooby",,, "Irish Jam"..."Little Bigfoot"...the list just goes on and on...
Starz movie selection has more DOGS than the Iditarod!!
Seriously, folks, you've got to have rocks in your head to pay extra for flops like these!
Buuuuuuuuuh-BYE Starz...and don't let the door hit you in the on the way out!”
“The last time I was a Netflix member, I recall an extensive message board system for all their movie selections.”
LdyTyler on Sep 1, 2011 at 10:56:20
“Yes. They definitely allow commenting. However, their streaming library leaves a lot to be desired. While the social aspect of flickme is one of the dumbest niche market ideas I've ever heard, they will be profitable if they are able to offer a good selection of movies available for streaming. This dvd market is dead, and it looks like they are finally realizing it. If flickme contract negotiations with the big movie houses is successful, Netflix will not survive.”
The numbers "720" and 1080", with respect to video, define the resolution of the picture. Unfortunately, they are also called "high definition", which many people automatically associate with "high quality". Nothing could be further from the truth. Not all 720 or 1080 video is created equal.
There is a parameter of compressed video called the "bitrate", and it is this "bitrate" that is the true measure of video quality. Most of the 720/1080 content being streamed over the internet is very low bitrate, and it is the bitrate of the video stream that determines the quality, not merely the resolution(i.e. 480, 720, 1080). Many "Standard Definition", 480 video is actually higher quality than "High Definition" 720/108 video.”
“Streaming? Don't drink the Kool-Aid, folks. Stay with DVDs and BLU-RAY.
The last time I tried to stream a video, Netflix servers had crashed(March 22, 2011). And this problem is only going to get worse.
In an article last year on Slate, Farhad Manjoo reported that Netflix traffic accounts for 20% of prime time internet bandwidth. And that 20% traffic is from just 2% of Netflix subscribers! Do you realize what will happen when everybody piles on? Nothing but more server crashes, connection problems, etc. Not to mention ramifications from ISPs, many of whom have already implemented bandwidth caps. Netflix will have no choice but to throttle it's video bitrate down to VHS quality.
The quality and quantity of Netflix streaming is HORRIBLE! And these tips ain't gonna help one bit.
Stick with the DVDs & BLU-RAYS. Excellent selection and stunning picture quality. And no issues with connnection problems, bandwidth throttling, ISP data caps, etc.”
syllable on Aug 23, 2011 at 21:14:33
“I appreciate this information. Some ISP's just don't cut it for flick streaming.”
jgeurian21 on Aug 23, 2011 at 17:52:38
“Sounds like you have had some problems. Maybe I am the lucky one since I never have had any issues like connection problems. My signal quality is always the best and the HD shows are great. But it is all about what you are watching it on. For example my daughter like to watch cartoons on Netflix and she doesn't need a 1080p version with DolbyHD on her 32" cheapo LCD with stereo speakers. Neither does my wife when she works out and watches work-out videos on again, a 32" cheapo LCD from Wal-Mart.”
Coyotecoup on Aug 23, 2011 at 17:50:15
“The quality I get is HD, as good as anything, better than DVD and much less hassle. The problem is your ISP, not Netflix.”
“"We teach to the test because...our job security depends on it."
EXACTLY. It's all about YOU. You could care less about our children's future.
"We teach to the test to keep our jobs..."
EXACTLY. And you expect us to "hope" that in 5 or 10 years you'll get your act together? Our children can't wait that long. We need results NOW.”
OneVoiceInFL on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:00:27
“The problem, Tronic, isn't that teachers don't have their act together. Teachers did not write NCLB, teachers do not write the standardized tests, teachers did and do not write the laws being pushed now that tie more than 50% of a teacher's evaluation to student test scores. Teachers are required to use the script that teaches to the test. If they don't, they get fired and replaced by younger (read CHEAPER) teachers, with no experience, who will read from whatever script they are handed. So, either way, our children are being taught to the test and given the education that those in power want them to have. Teachers need to be allowed to teach again and do what they know is right for students. That requires that someone in the ivory tower acknowledge and accept the research that says these tests are being misused.”
I'd like read about more NCLB success stories, and less excuse-riddled editorials.”
eceresa on Aug 10, 2011 at 13:07:47
“What she's describing is certainly not "a job well done." They got rid of a bunch of necessary stuff in the school and doubled down on test prep in two subjects to get a passing score. That's not a job well done. It's not even ethical.
But it's what NCLB more or less forces schools to do.”
OneVoiceInFL on Aug 10, 2011 at 12:10:07
“I would hardly call what was done to these students a success story. No music, no physical education. Never mind all the research that clearly shows a strong link between music education and higher order math skills. Never mind what we know about the need for physical activity. These children were "drilled and killed" in order to pass the test, nothing more. Unfortunately for these children, plenty of research has shown that the ability to pass the test does not translate into the ability to think critically, think creatively, or solve complex problems. These are the skills that our children need to succeed.”
rturner229 on Aug 10, 2011 at 01:40:07
“In that case, you should be looking in the fiction department.”
“"Teaching to the test makes you a good test taker, but does it make you a thinker, an innovator, a creator"
So why keep teaching to the test???? Spite? Vengence? It obviously doesn't work, but as Mr Turner states, with three fourth of Missouri schools failing, "there will be more teach to the test." Are these educators throwing the kids under the bus just to make a point? Are they sabotaging our children's future because society demands accoutability for the Billions we're paying them??”
NYCSSTeacher on Aug 10, 2011 at 06:26:59
“Teachers feel pressuerd or obligated to teach to the test because it works-it allows students to pass tests. When you take practice test after practice test (not for free of course-paid for by government money to testing companies) and you take the questions over and over again, chances are you see those same questions or similar ones on a state standardized test and you do well. You never learn anything beyond what is on the test, including the joys and pleasure of researching, cooperative learning, or anything of value.”
Erin Hillier on Aug 9, 2011 at 20:50:42
“Um, Tronic? Do you really think the average classroom teacher has the power to decide what and how we teach? We teach to the test because, for many of us, our job security depends on it. We like to pay rent and feed our families as much as you do.
None of my colleagues would ever teach to the test out of spite, vengeance, to make a point, or to sabotage a child's future. Actually, quite the opposite. We teach to the test to keep our jobs in the hope that 1, 5, 10 years from now those tests are obsolete and we're given the resources and academic climate to make real differences in a child's life.”
If the student failed to learn, the teacher failed to teach.”
tenaj813 on Aug 8, 2011 at 13:43:44
“And you are obviously the living proof of that. Do you not understand that "learning" is much more complex than the relationship between teacher and student? First of all, the student must be motivated to learn. Teachers are certainly not the sole motivators - peers, parents, and society as a whole - are much more important in motivating or demotivating a student. Second, teachers must work with a variety of students, often too large a number in a single classroom, with different learning styles and abilities. Too often, a teacher is forced to teach to the middle, leaving both high- and low-achieving students to fend for themselves. Finally, a test does not always measure learning - depending on how it is designed, it may only measure a person's ability to memorize.”
TeamSarah4CHOICE on Aug 8, 2011 at 13:02:26
“You are just one more TeaTalibagger who has NO IDEA of what you are talking about.
I challenge YOU to tell me, with facts, how NCLB test tells YOU or anyone a thing about how much any individual student has learned.
I can tell YOU how to determine if a child has learned a subject and that is through that child's individual Report Card - ever hear of a Report Card?”
“"How can one evaluate all children with the same criteria?"
uhhhh....Give them a standardized test!”
cmbaba on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:59:46
“Uhhh, children develop at different levels and at different times. Can't read in 2nd grade, but can in 3rd, yet by end of 2nd they get labeled learning disabled? It happens frequently. Standardization in education without taking full account of human development is just plain wrong and pig-headed. Only in America are we so obsessed with moving in lock step. Provides a false sense of security.”
eagle17765 on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:27:04
“which when you include 100% of the children yields meaningless data.
You see, some kids who take that test have handicaps and thus, their scores bring DOWN the other kid's scores”
“"Because somebody can pass a test, does not make that individual competent in any assessment. "
Patently, 100% false.
From doctors, lawyers, airline pilots, engineers, to plumbers, electricians, barbers, and bus drivers, the world revolves around standardized tests.”
loanshark on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:56:22
“LOL, you make my point quite well. So you don't mind flying with George Bush behind the stick? You want a doctor changing out your heart that bought a Test Score sheet, but doesn't have the dexterity to keep from slicing your arteries to pieces?
Somebody brought up, "the dumbing down..."”
hilite98 on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:49:25
“And, look where the nation and world is now”
abbadabba on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:35:45
“This is a great debate, and my college professors said NO, one test in no way to measure intelligence or ability. Doctors must survive an internship, even plumbers have apprentices and journeymen. Perhaps you are right and we are, too. Standardized tests appear to be failing us while enriching Wall Street Publishers. Find one who didn't jump on the NCLB grave train. WaPO's tanking because they hooked up to that pipline through Kaplan. Expands this conversation to the load of garbage being offered as online college. Not worth the inflated money they charge which is why the government is cutting them off.”
Sunset Pixie on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:32:19
“That doesn't necessitate that they're any good at what they do. It means they can memorize answers for a less than dynamic test.
My father is one of the professions you mentioned, an electrician, and while there's a five year apprenticeship program for the IBEW the vast majority of knowledge and experience comes out of field work and isn't even touched on in the classroom.
Let's also note that a LOT of smart people over the years didn't particularly do well in the rigid environment promoted by standardized tests. The basic problem with the whole testing mythos is that it violates the fundamental rule of education: the way human beings learn is fairly dynamic and tends to resist strict, rigid standards.”
Like the driver's license test. And the medical exams for nurses. And paramedics. And doctors.
Yeah, those standarized tests airline pilots take are a joke, too. Who cares if he can fly the plane, just as long as he feels good about himself, right?
Those standardized tests electricians and plumbers take are a waste of time, too.
And CPAs, lawyers, bus drivers, hairdressers, barbers, etc.”
vinman043 on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:46:10
“I'm sure your 2 fans loved that”
Welshish on Aug 8, 2011 at 12:29:52
“The tests do not matter to the students. Only the overall school system is graded.
What is the incentive for students to take the tests seriously?
You have compared tests that matter to the takers to those test which do not.”
loanshark on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:35:01
“I'd much rather fly with a pilot who knew how to fly the plane, than one who could pass a test that said he could. The ability to memorize a script, does not guarantee that knowledge can be demonstrated by action.”
mgpl on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:20:43
“Talking about k-12 education here”
eyelashviper on Aug 8, 2011 at 11:16:28
“We are talking about children here, and their learning and thought processes differ greatly from those of adults.
The stress put upon these standardized tests take away from actual teaching, and consequently kids learn far less, particularly in reading comprehension, abstract thinking, creative thinking, and critical analysis of facts.
There is indisputable research that demonstrates that this "test dominated" educational approach does not work.”
Yeah, standardized tests are such a bad idea to begin with.
Like standardized tests for drivers licenses. Or standardized tests for nurses. And doctors. And lawyers. And CPAs. And airline pilots. And ship captains. And professional engingeers. And plumbers. And electricians. And barbers. And bus drivers. And....”
esseff44 on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:45:51
“When you fail a DL test, who is affected other than the test taker? With NCLB, your scores affected the whole school and all the teachers.”
ajsgmajc on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:45:04
“Children are not "standard", they do not all learn in the same way, therefore standardized testing can not measure what each child knows. Your supporting argument is silly since one has nothing to do with the other.”
eyelashviper on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:43:55
“From your comment, you obviously do not have children, but if you do, my condolences to them.”
lauram on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:32:39
“Would you EVER EVER let a driver get behind the wheel if they'd only passed the bubble test for driver's ed? You disproved your own point. Testing HAS to be partly objective (bubble tests) but not completely. YOU NEED AN EVALUATOR TO SUBJECTIVELY EVALUATE A DRIVER. Bubble tests are NOT the answer.”
growelly on Aug 8, 2011 at 10:24:38
“And you just proved you have no idea what you're talking about.