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Comment: Re: Contracting? (Score 1) 477

I would say these days most folk have HDTV's rather than SDTV (at least among my family and friends that's certainly true) but *most* of them don't have access to a HD playback device - there are a decent number of PS3 owners out there (including myself) that use that for BR playback but I only know one guy with a dedicated BR player - everyone else seems happy to stick to DVD (or Netflix/Lovefilm/Sky Now)

Comment: Re:Itunes, not even remotely good. (Score 1, Flamebait) 519

by drb_chimaera (#43729077) Attached to: iTunes: Still Slowing Down Windows PCs After All These Years

The service runs in the background and launches iTunes when the phone is plugged in. It's quite handy.

That's your opinion. I always found it to be incredibly annoying, as it launches that shitty app every time you plug it in. You can't charge your Ipad without firing off ITunes. Yet another example of Apple's holier than thou concept of design: "We know better than you do, about how you want to use our products."

You can turn that behavior off on a per-device basis:

  1. Plug in device and load iTunes
  2. Find and select device in sidebar
  3. On the device summary screen untick "automatically sync this $iShiny when connected"
  4. Click 'apply'

Comment: Re:Great Deal (Score 1) 308

by drb_chimaera (#42449797) Attached to: A Subscription-Based Movie Theater

You're slightly out of date here - as of late last year you can now pre-book online with Unlimited cards and then use the card machines in the foyer to collect them.

My wife and I have been Unlimited members for ages now and we find it's really handy, particularly as I work right next to the local Cineworld cinema, a 20-screen monster including an IMAX screen (not *true* IMAX but the IMAX Digital system which, while not as good, is certainly good enough to make it no longer worth the long drive to the nearest true IMAX theatre which is a couple of cities away). Unfortunately the IMAX screen isn't free with the Unlimited card but you do get a hefty discount.

There are a few value-adds to the subscription that are quite nice too - for example there are semi-regular preview shows that are open to cardholders only and a number of money-off deals for food both at the cinema and local restaurants.

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 330

by drb_chimaera (#42177485) Attached to: Slashdot Asks: SATA DVD Drives That Don't Suck for CD Ripping?
FWIW I got in the habit of adding the disc number to the track number (both ID3 and filename). (ie "203 - foo.mp3" would be disk 2 track 3). I've found this method was most tolerant of a wide variety of players (some of which don't handle discnumber all that well).

In terms of file/folder structure I use "album artist/album name/track number - track name.ext"

MP3Tag on Windows (mentioned elsewhere) makes this trivial to do.

Comment: Re:Don't complain about crime then (Score 2) 254

by drb_chimaera (#41720367) Attached to: Facebook Won't Take Down Undercover Cop Page In Australia

Respectfully, I suggest you try reading it a little more carefully:

"The last time I took the wheel in the UK I made a 220 km journey, over mostly M roads, in an hour"

If the journey took an hour and the distance was 220km then speed (well, mean speed over the distance) is 220km (which as you say is just under twice the speed limit on the M-roads he mentioned).

Personally I think that's a load of bollocks - you can get away with around 80mph on the motorway (limit is 70) without pissing off the police here in the UK but 137mph? no chance at all - that far in excess of the limit puts at risk of immediate ban and charges of dangerous driving are likely at that point.

Comment: Re:seriously? (Score 1) 826

by drb_chimaera (#41097087) Attached to: Booted From Airplane For Wearing Anti-TSA T-shirt

Change back from what? From the original blog post one of the things the transit security wombles picked up on was that she had a different name to him:

The female transit cop found it more than a little bit suspicious that this woman claiming to be my wife didnâ(TM)t share my last name. She proceeded to question me about it further. âoeAnd sheâ(TM)s your wife? How long have you been married? And she refused to take your name? "WHY wouldn't she?â


Admittedly that's being pretty pedantic for which I apologize, but it did catch my attention...

Comment: Re:The Curse of Star Wars (Score 1) 99

by drb_chimaera (#38572904) Attached to: Bob Anderson, the Man Behind Vader's Lightsaber, Dies at 89

No matter what your other achievements, if you appeared in Star Wars that is what gets talked about when you die.

I wonder if reports of Alec Guinness' death talked about "the actor who immortalised Obi-Wan Kenobi".

Yes, extensively the obits I read for Alec Guinness at the time of his death in 2000 focused on his role in Star Wars. I often wondered what he would have thought about that given his later distate for the role and the attention it brought on him.

Comment: Re:Back in my day... (Score 1) 865

by drb_chimaera (#38536682) Attached to: Ebert: I'll Tell You Why Movie Revenue Is Dropping
Yep, thats fairly common - when a film first opens the majority of the money goes to the studio. As the run continues the split of revenue steadily moves in the cinema's favour - its one of the reasons why the concessions cost so bloody much (along with the usual 'captive audience' type stuff. Its also one of the reasons a lot of the cinemas got pissed at Disney when they wanted to drastically bring forward the home-media release of Alice in Wonderland as would havecut off the period in which they make their money.

Where there's a will, there's an Inheritance Tax.