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Comment: Re:What's funny about Under the Dome (Score 1) 314

by Shrubbman (#44507935) Attached to: TV Show Piracy Soars After CBS Blackout

FYI Global airs the show at 8pm Monday nights here in Halifax. Both Global and CTV here in the Maritimes air shows at the same time as the EST broadcasters beamed in in order to hold onto the simsub rights on Cable and Satellite services EXCEPT for shows that are scheduled to air at 10pm EST as they get rotated to the front of the schedule 3 hours earlier to the 8pm AST time slot rather than have prime time programming airing that late.

Comment: Re:Kobo #2? Really? (Score 1) 207

by Shrubbman (#43488987) Attached to: Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

I like how the journalist blindly accepts their claim to being the #2 e-reader, completely ignoring Google (aka Play bookstore), Apple, or B&N. This smells like a CEO blowing smoke in the hopes of unloading a money-losing business on somebody else.

They're #2 worldwide overall, although a lot of people don't realize it because they've had nothing but trouble trying to crack into the US market where they've been a distant also-ran from the get-go.

Comment: Re:No Android App (Score 3, Informative) 207

by Shrubbman (#43488915) Attached to: Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

I won't even seriously consider them until I can read their books on my tablet and phone. I was an early adopter of eBooks, buying my first Rocket eBook reader back around 1998, so I don't have anything against dedicated devices, but there's no longer any need, and I already carry a phone and a tablet which both work great as eBook readers... and with all three of the eBook reader apps I use I can even bounce back and forth between devices, reading on my tablet when it's handy or on my phone when the tablet isn't nearby.

Um.... did you even bother to check? Because yes Kobo DOES have an Android app, I've got it on both my phone and my rooted Nook Color.

Comment: Re:Nvidia seems to screw you over: slower + worse (Score 2) 35

Well current Intel video hardware is part of the CPU itself nowadays (at least for Core i3/i5/i7 parts, lower end parts I'd have to double check). There's nothing Nivida can do that would make running two chips (their GPU and Intel's CPU/GPU combo chip) more power efficient than only running only one of those two when only one's needed.

Comment: Re:No TV, Canadian Netflix and news sites (Score 1) 479

by Shrubbman (#40460739) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

Only thing is, Canadian Netflix and iTunes movie and tv show selection sucks sucks sucks due to separate licensing agreements for the content compared to in US. It's like spending an hour in a video rental store trying to find a movie that you haven't seen that actually wasn't straight to DVD. Most of their selection is "wasn't good enough for the big screen" crap or something from pre-1965. Almost bad enough to make you want to get a TV or a US proxy net connection and fake US zip code and US bank VISA card, but not quite.

Don't need to go quite that far, signing in to your Netflix Canada account while tunneling through a US-based VPN to get a US IP address is enough to get access to the US catalogue. The way Netflix has their streaming service set up all of their streaming subscribers get access to all of the content available in the country you're logging in from, which means if you're travelling internationally you can still have access to SOMETHING. It also means if someone wanted to get around their region restrictions a VPN will do it.

Comment: Re:LT18 WiFi works on LT15 (Score 3, Insightful) 181

by Shrubbman (#40347823) Attached to: Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smartphones Opens a Pandora Box

LT18 WiFi works on LT15 I have an Xperia Arc (LT15) but have flashed on the Xperia Arc S (LT18) without any issues to WiFi.

I've got an unlocked Arc (LT15) myself and Sony pushed out the ICS update for me two weeks ago. Wi-fi works perfectly. Maybe part of the reason they decided to hold back the update for the Play was because they knew it might bork the wi-fi... any time you flash unofficial firmware you're taking your chances without a safety net.

Comment: Re:FFmpeg's AAC encoder is not finished (Score 1) 277

by Shrubbman (#36866064) Attached to: Public AAC Listening Test @ ~96 Kbps [July 2011].

FFmpeg's AAC encoder is not finished (yet?), and flagged as experimental. Including it in such a test is rather a dubious idea: it is likely to give a bad impression of the whole project.

Having the new vo-aacenc as contender for the Free Software community would IMHO have been more relevant.

Well they ARE using it as the low anchor, i.e. they know full well it's gonna sound bad so if people wind up rating it higher than any of the other options that's an indication that something odd and/or wrong has happened, plus it's helpful just to see a worst case scenario option on the list.

Comment: Re:Schedulers alienated by SciFi? (Score 1) 742

by Shrubbman (#35316378) Attached to: Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

Well actually.... they couldn't air season 1 of Lexx because of licensing issues. Lexx was a Canadian/German co-production, and Showtime was the original US broadcaster but bowed out after season 1. They still had the US broadcast rights to that fist season when Sci-Fi got involved with co-funding season 2. For whatever reason a deal between Showtime and Sci-Fi just didn't get hashed at the time.


Venezuela's Last Opposition TV Owner Arrested 433

Posted by timothy
from the or-in-this-case-on-air dept.
WrongSizeGlass writes "AP is reporting the owner of Venezuela's only remaining TV channel that takes a critical line against President Hugo Chavez was arrested Thursday. 'Guillermo Zuloaga, owner of Globovision, was arrested on a warrant for remarks that were deemed "offensive" to the president,' Attorney General Luisa Ortega said. This comes on the heels of last week's story titled Venezuela's Chavez To Limit Internet Freedom."

Has Apple Created the Perfect Board Game Platform? 531

Posted by kdawson
from the triple-word-score dept.
andylim writes "recombu.com is running an interesting piece about how Apple has created a 'Jumanji (board game) platform.' The 9.7-inch multi-touch screen is perfect for playing board games at home, and you could use Wi-Fi or 3G to play against other people when you're on your own. What would be really interesting is if you could pair the iPad with iPhones, 'Imagine a Scrabble iPad game that used iPhones as letter holders. You could hold up your iPhone so that no one else could see your letters and when you were ready to make a word on the Scrabble iPad board, you could slide them on to the board by flicking the word tiles off your iPhone.' Now that would be cool."

Comment: Re:Set the computer to use half the native resolut (Score 1) 549

by Shrubbman (#30122404) Attached to: Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

Some of you will say that 840x525 is too small (resolution size, not physical display size), but it's a bit larger than 800x480 which is what most netbooks are these days.

Well actually, most netbooks run at 1024x600, at least the ones with a ~9" or ~10" screen size. Some of the newer ones with ~11" screens are even 1366x768. Only the very earliest netbooks with the nigh-unusable 7" screens had the puny 800x480 resolution.

That's not to say 840x525 wouldn't be a workable display size, but personally I know I find any display with less than 1024 pixels across rather irritating to try to use.

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