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Comment: Re:"Not intentional". Right. (Score 1) 370

by spuke4000 (#49028917) Attached to: Samsung Smart TVs Injected Ads Into Streamed Video

I bought a Samsung smart tv last year. Generally I like the TV, but the smart TV features are not very good. I tried Chromecast and then settled on Roku (I prefer a physical remote). You could just buy the Samsung TV and then not use the smart features. Streaming devices like chromecast, roku, fire tv, apple tv aren't that expensive, and are much better.

Comment: Re:David Lynch (Score 1) 288

by spuke4000 (#37141664) Attached to: Ridley Scott To Direct New <em>Blade Runner</em> Movie

+ - Emmerich Plans 'Foundation' As 3-D Epic-> 2

Submitted by spuke4000
spuke4000 (587845) writes "Roland Emmerich, the writer/director/producer behind Independence Day, The Day After Tomorrow and 2012 is planning to adapt Isaac Asimov's Foundation series. The plans include using technology developed for Avatar including 3-D and motion capture technology. When asked about the usage of this technology Emmerich responded, "It has to be done all CG because I would not know how to shoot this thing in real.""
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Comment: Re:Experience? (Score 1) 249

by spuke4000 (#30910508) Attached to: Google Gets Its iPhone Voice

I use it, and I quite like it. I don't use the number that google provides, but I have linked my voice mail to gvoice so that rather than going to my Tmobile vmail messages go to Google voice. The transcriber is not so great. You can usually get the gist of a message, but it makes a lot of mistakes. That said, the other voice mail functionality is much better than Tmobile's standard offering, so on the whole the voice mail is much better.

Also, even without using the google voice number I can initate calls to Canada for free, which is nice.

If I did use the google voice number you get a lot more features (recording calls, etc. You can look them up). But I find it quite awkward. For instance, if I give everyone my google voice number then they can call and text me there. But if I call them directly, without going through google voice, their caller ID is going to show my tmobile assigned number. I could initiate the call through google voice, but that's a bit of a pain in the ass.

I have a blackberry, and the google voice app for bberry should make some of this easier, but it's pretty terrible. It's very slow, and lately it's been throwing errors saying it can validate google voice's SSL certificate. It's really not ready for primetime.

So, I do like google voice, considering it's free it adds some value, especially the voice mail functionality. But it's got a lot of rough edges.

To communicate is the beginning of understanding. -- AT&T