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Roku 3 is awesome but firmware v5.2 has a Netflix buffering bug!
I own 2 Roku 3's and they both have the same issue. Before the v5.2 update Netflix worked flawlessly. Now after the update both boxes take 45 seconds to 3 minutes to go to full HD. No this is NOT a network issue I have an Asus rt-ac66u router with the latest firmware and my modem is a Motorola SB6141 and have Comcast Business class service of 10mbps up and 50mbps down which is an extreme overkill.
Other devices stream and buffer Netflix. My Computer and my WD TV Live box and quickly gets to full had mode in 8-12 seconds. However, If you attempt to rewind or fast-foward into Netflix on the Roku 3 the buffering process starts over and again could take up to 3 minutes to get back to full HD. The new Netflix app looks wonderful but I glady take the old Netflix app for its superior performance. If your main reason for the Roku is for Netflix then hold until they fix the bug.
Need more if information then just go to google and search "Roku 3" "netflix quality"
I look forward to reading and reviewing this fine series every year. Science journalists have a harder time finding places to publish these days, hard science is less available, and the articles are getting fluffier. That's not really OK with me but it is what it is - and it reflects the scientific literacy of most US readers and is thus inevitable. Among the gems in this year's selections are the following:
*One of my favorites - "What Broke My Father's Heart" by Butler: Good article about end of life issues - that can be less like a battle and more like a massacre. There's nothing like the profit motive to keep people from being allowed to die in peace.
*One of my favorites - "Hot Air" by Homans: The "dumbing down" of science has infected our local TV weathermen. They enjoy a large respect factor from the public, sometimes being looked at as science ambassadors in their communities. Unfortunately, they may not know much science outside their immediate field - short-term prediction of weather - and have been known to misrepresent climate change issues.
"The Singularity" by Zimmer: Why Artificial Intelligence will not replace the human brain - but there are certainly technologies that might enhance it. Zimmer is a great science writer and does justice to this large subject.
"BP's Deep Secrets" by Whitty: In depth study of the long term environmental impacts of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill and much about the physiology of the deep.
"The Estrogen Dilemma" by Gorney: Hormone replacement therapy may carry a few risks but the symptoms of menopause can be tough to deal with. Good example of why epidemiological studies are so hard to interpret. The variables and intricacies are endless.
"Cary in the Sky With Diamonds" by Beauchamp and Balaban: A couple of psychiatrists in Beverly Hills in the late fifties had long sessions with their famous patients starting with little blue pills - an adjunct to their psychotherapy. "Look" magazine gave a big thumbs up to the new wonder drug and Cary Grant swore LSD made him a new man.
"The Longest Home Run Ever" by Brenkus: The Physics of the game. Mickey Mantle hit the longest home run on record in 1953 - 565 feet. In neurotic detail our author calculates how far the ideal batter could hit the ideal pitch under ideal circumstances.
*My favorite - "Nature's Spoils" by Burkhard Bilger: A delightful romp through an alternative lifestyle as you rediscover the symbiotic relationship between humankind and bacteria. The author takes us from "urban squatters" who are not above dumpster diving to homesteaders living on communes who prefer raw milk and roadkill. Be prepared to "read through" some of the earthier parts of this article while our author drives home the idea that "Modern hygiene has prevented countless colds, fevers, and other ailments, but its central premise is hopelessly outdated. The human body isn't besieged: it's saturated - infused with microbial life at every level."
*My least favorite - "The Mess He Made" by Rosenwald: The office a**hole used to be just a jerk but nowadays he has a psychiatric diagnosis. Likewise, in this article, the author tries to make his pathological messiness into something more than laziness and unwillingness to change bad habits. I can't imagine what this is doing in a collection of science essays. Another article or two like this one and I'd have had to downgrade the book's rating.
"Professor Tracks Injuries With Aim of Prevention" by Schwarz: "Fred Mueller has almost singlehandedly run the National Center For Catastrophic Injury Research at the University of North Carolina for 30 years, logging and analyzing more than 1,000 fatal, paralytic, or other ghastly injuries in sports from peewees to the pros. His work has repeatedly improved safety for young athletes by identifying patterns that lead to changes in rules, field dimensions, and more."
"The Trouble With Scientists" by Blum: Scientists have historically been loath to engage the general public. They have even, at times, discriminated against certain of their colleagues (Carl Sagan, for example) who have tried to make science more available. That is changing and the author praises those scientists who blog, speak, or otherwise engage the general public - a public that is a bit antiscience these days and certainly needs to be more attuned to the scientific method that helped bring humanity out of the dark ages.
*One of my favorites - "The Data Trail" by Folger - Dave Bertelsen has been hiking in the Sonora desert for nearly 30 years and taking notes - as a hobby. After a talk by climatologist Michael Crimmins in Tuscon, Bertelsen approached him and said, "I have a big data set - I don't know if you'd be interested." Crimmins and his wife, an ecologist, were blown away by his data. His mile-by-mile notes are now being used by scientists at the University of Tuscon to study how global warming has changed the desert.
"Earth on Fire" by Ohlson: People have reported fires in coal beds for thousands of years. Ever since the industrial revolution, numbers of smoldering coal beds have increased dramatically around the world. The coal bed fire was so bad in (now ghosttown) Centralia, Pennsylvania that Congress gave Pennsylvania $42 million to relocate all its citizens.
"A Deadly Misdiagnosis" by Specter: "While hardly a threat in the West, tuberculosis is still a killer in the developing world." A new test is available to expedite diagnosis but it might not be used in India where the disease is a huge problem. Doctors in India make so much of their money using ineffective methods of diagnosis and treatment, they'd rather keep the status quo.
That's 14 out of 21 - I think you get the idea. This is a great read.
I recieved the Kindle for my birthday and it is definitely one of the best gifts I ever recieved. I am a highschool chemistry teacher & a coach so I find that I have zero time to sit and read. This has solved that problem! Whether I am in line at a store or waiting for a doctors appointment, I have my kindle in my purse so I can read anywhere! Its worth the price if you love to read because the books are at a discounted price. Some books are cheaper than others but none-the-less they are still cheaper than if you bought it at a bookstore. Yes, the buttons are a little sensitive but its something that you get used to. It comes with a cover so its protected while its in my purse (thank goodness!), but the kindle seems to be indestructable (knock-on-wood). I would recomed it for avid readers or those, like myself, who love to read but cant find the time.
I love tech but unfortunately my hands do not, from phones to tablets, things tend to slip from them so when I got my mac pro I decided to get a protective skin... It fits well, Clips on and never comes off... people even thought my mac was black. the matte black finish looks cool. my mac fell a couple of times and the skin chipped but the computer is intact so it does its job.
I will be getting another one soon. Thanks to the seller the order came on time as promised and works as advertised.