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Comment: Re:Oh god (Score 1) 311

by d0rp (#31073136) Attached to: Google's Nexus One, a Steal At $49 Unlocked?
Actually, the phone is cheaper buying it unlocked. I got mine the first day it was available.

Unlocked Nexus One: $529
T-mobile 500 Talk + Text + Web: $59.99/mo (without contract)
T-mobile setup fee: $30 (they charge a one time fee for new accounts without a contract)
Total price over 2 years: $529 + $59.99/mo * 24mo + $30 = $1998.76

Nexus One with T-mobile contract: $179
T-mobile 500 Talk + Text + Web: $79.99/mo (with contract)
Total price over 2 years: $179 + 79.99/mo * 24mo = $2098.76

So, over the entire two year period, I saved (will save): $2098.76 - $1998.79 = $100

Comment: Re:Did only whiners buy the Nexus One? (Score 1) 146

by d0rp (#30757704) Attached to: Nexus One Owners Report Spotty 3G Signals On T-Mobile

I got my Nexus One the first day it was available, and I haven't experienced any problems what-so-ever. I am very happy with it.

And just for completeness: I previously had my RAZR2 on Verizon (though I was looking at getting a Droid or iPhone at the end of the month anyway).

Input Devices

Brain-Control Gaming Headset Launching Dec. 21 112

Posted by Soulskill
from the oh-hey-it's-real dept.
An anonymous reader writes "Controlling computers with our minds may sound like science fiction, but one Australian company claims to be able to let you do just that. The Emotiv device has been garnering attention at trade shows and conferences for several years, and now the company says it is set to launch the Emotiv EPOC headset on December 21. PC Authority spoke to co-founder Nam Do about the Emotiv technology and its potential as a mainstream gaming interface." One wonders what kind of adoption they expect with a $299 price tag.

Comment: Re:When they control...... (Score 1) 160

by d0rp (#29607501) Attached to: Comcast In Deal Talks With NBC Universal

As the other poster pointed out, MythTV works quite well and the hauppage cards are quite good. The pcHDTV card from http://www.pchdtv.com/ also works well from my experience, I've used both. But Windows Media Center also works surprisingly well. I switched to that so I could move the PC to another room and only have my Xbox 360 hooked up to my TV (actually, I had a projector, but that's beside the point) and stream the video to that.

MCE is a little less useful than MythTv because it adds DRM to your recordings (though I hear its not too hard to remove), but if all you're planning on doing is watching it and then deleting it, then it works beautifully. It has the added benefit of it "just works" with the Xbox 360 and its remote (My experience with getting a remote to work with MythTV was less than pleasant).

Of course, I recently broke down and got DirectTV because (ironically) when the digital transition finally happened, my reception of the digital channels (in my apartment) suddenly became less reliable.

Comment: Re:Not necessarily (Score 1) 198

by d0rp (#29274263) Attached to: British Company Takes Lead To Stop Asteroids

99942 Apophis will make a near pass to Earth in 2029

I saw that episode: Carter discovered that the asteroid was composed of mostly Naquadah, and that detonating the bomb would cause a chain reaction and destroy the entire solar system. They managed to use the hyperdrive on the cargo ship to safely make the asteroid pass through to the other side of the Earth and thwart Apophis' latest plan...

Comment: Re:Who is running Nielsen anyway, Leslie? (Score 1) 248

by d0rp (#29191805) Attached to: Nielsen Struggles To Track Modern Viewing Habits

The only reason I don't have a DVR is because I cannot find one with the features I want: ability to burn shows to disc, ability to add my own HDD, not allowing content to be erased by the networks or expire and my choice of subscription services for listings. For now I just watch everything "online" since no one wants to manufacture a device like that.

That's a little unfair: I'm sure there are plenty of people that want to manufacture a device like that, but they aren't allowed to (by the media companies). This is why you can only get Cable Cards in "approved" Microsoft machines (at least last I checked).

I built a MythTV box several years ago with a lot of hard drive space for many of the same reasons that you described, I'd record stuff in full HD from the OTA broadcasts and do whatever I wanted with them. It worked great, but eventually I got an xbox 360 and it was more convenient to put Windows Media Center on the box and and use the extender. And really, I've come to realize that I don't even tend to keep stuff around very long anyway, and delete most stuff after I watch it the first time. If I want to watch it again, I can usually watch it online, or if its a show I really like I will support it by buying the DVDs/Blu-rays when they come out.

What is worth doing is worth the trouble of asking somebody to do.

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