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Comment: Roku (Score 1) 165

by JoeSavage (#44280889) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Video Streaming For the Elderly?
Roku is great. Subtitle support plus really easy to use. My parents are in their late 70's and they can easily manage it....and they are the farthest thing from tech-savvy. I have the Apple TV 2 but have never used it for Netflix. I would think it would deliver virtually equivalent functionality. The benefit of the Roku 3 is that the remote has a headphone jack, so one person could watch movies without disturbing the other who was sleeping, reading the newspaper, or yelling at kids to get off his lawn.

Comment: Re:"It's the Network" (Score 2, Informative) 745

by JoeSavage (#29180543) Attached to: Why the Google Android Phone Isn't Taking Off
The bands for 2G (GSM/EDGE) and 3G (W-CDMA) are different, so you can have a phone that is "quad-band" for 2G but is single-band for 3G. The radio designs for W-CDMA are MUCH more complex than GSM/EDGE, thus having a phone that supports multiple W-CDMA bands significantly increases the BOM cost and the radio footprint compared with a single W-CDMA band design. Such phones are definitely being made, but at least it makes sense why a phone targeted for T-Mobile would only support their frequency bands. FYI, in the States, AT&T uses bands II and V while T-Mobile uses band IV. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/UMTS_frequency_bands

+ - Sony DRM Strikes Again?

Submitted by
Insomnia Slim
Insomnia Slim writes "It seems that "Stranger Than Fiction," "Casino Royale" and a few other newly minted DVDs from Sony Pictures are stalling or crashing DVD players in the past week. So far, it's been reported on my personal blog, a review blog, and an Amazon.com review page.

What is going on here? Are we experiencing yet another attempt at (not so) surreptitious DRM?"

Civilization, as we know it, will end sometime this evening. See SYSNOTE tomorrow for more information.