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Comment Re:it's HD and 3D (Score 1) 71

I have a Panasonic 3D HDTV with 1080p "Full HD 3D". I looked at a demo of the LG 3D a couple of weeks ago, because I liked the idea of not paying $150 each for active glasses. The LG was awful. The 3D is clearly in standard definition, regardless of what VDE says. It also has a much narrower field of view than the Panasonic, and the ideal viewing distance is much closer, with the 3D effect getting completely lost at about 8' (for me, anyway). I know this will improve over time, but calling this an "HD" 3D set is complete BS.

Comment Not dead at all! (Score 1) 398

I have to agree with this and others. Who says they are dead? I'll admit- for most of what I do- I use my Android tablet now instead of the netbook, but for things I still can't do on the tablet (printing and ssl vpn, for example)- I still keep the netbook handy, especially while I am traveling. I believe the writing is on the wall for desktops and many full-size laptops in the next few years, but I don't see a "death" of the netbook anytime soon. From RTFA- it appears the author means dirt-cheap netbooks, so perhaps the title should be changed...

Comment Really? (Score 2) 482

So then a disproportionately high number of people who can't tell the difference between the brake and accelerator just happen to drive Toyotas or Toyota-built cars? Sorry, not buying it. There is a pretty serious design flaw at work here, and this report doesn't really exonerate Toyota.

Comment Just say no... (Score 1) 997

Okay, do it politely... I would just explain that they would be asking too much of staff and would likely lose many of them rather quickly. Perhaps if there was some real incentive (like stock/profit sharing) they might have a better shot at it- but if they are only paying standard wages on salary- it isn't worth it. If he asks you point-blank if you will leave- just say something like "I have no immediate plans to leave, and I can't make any future determination at this time." (If it were me- I would probably start making plans to leave anyway...)
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Advent Calendar For Geeks 65

bLanark writes "Well, as children and adults all over the world begin their day with chocolate, with the traditional Advent calendar, I'd like to remind you that there's an alternative for geeks. The Perl Advent calendar will give you a new Perl tip every day right up to Christmas."

Comment Re:wtf (Score 1) 142

I guess the Patent Office still doesn't know about Google. Lots of prior art, existing products, and I've made a couple of tiny shelves above my own outlets as far back as ten years ago.

Comment Hmm... (Score 2, Insightful) 387

So the only review (so far) is from someone who didn't particularly like the movie to begin with, and they didn't like the new release very much either- because 9 minutes didn't add enough to overcome their previous feelings...

One thing that does amaze me about this movie is the fact there there doesn't seem to be any real middle-ground. People either love it to the point of excess (which I'll admit- I do), or they hate it and call it self-indulgent garbage that ripped-off other movies.

At least it wasn't yet-another re-make of a '70s or '80s TV show or movie, or the 6th sequel to a series that should have died after the 2nd.

I really can't blame Cameron or the studio for wanting to re-release it, and I appreciate the fact that they added content that many super-fans wanted to see. They got screwed over by some awful 3D releases that took over the screens from them this last Spring. A lot of people also regretted not seeing it in theaters, in 3D, after they saw it for the first time on Blu-Ray or DVD. Now they have a chance, although for a slightly different version. Beats the hell out of crappy 3D fish movies shot with '60s 3D movie values...

Comment Things the Catholic Church fears the most... (Score 4, Interesting) 840

I'm sure it's already been said by others, but there are approx. 600 comments already. I just have to note that the Internet provides a means for people to educate themselves and openly communicate with others. Education and communication are two things an organization like the Catholic Church fears the most. They came into their power through fear and ignorance. They can't tell people what is right and wrong when those people have the means to make their own decisions.

I have to wonder: How many pedophile priests have been outed thanks to the Internet? How many people have left the Church because they have discovered other spiritual paths (including the many other paths of Christianity) thanks to the Internet. The bottom line is the Pope is scared. His Church may have to start selling some of their gold and property in order to survive this century.

This may hurt my Slashdot karma, but my real Karma is more important. :)

Comment Idiot Software Vendors (Score 1) 479

One really big reason is there are some business software companies out there that wrote specialized applications using M$ tools that ONLY WORK in IE6. We have a huge problem with a CRM system at my company, and the vendor is very-very slow to change it. We've managed to get it to work in "Compatibility Mode" with some tweaking in IE8, but I can see why some larger companies don't want to invest the time and money in it right now. It really is ridiculous- IE6 is a pox on the Internet and NEEDS to die.
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Microsoft Facing Class-Action Suit Over Xbox Live Points 107

An anonymous reader tips news that a lawyer in Pennsylvania has filed a class-action lawsuit against Microsoft, alleging that the company's handling of Xbox Live transactions is, in some cases, fraudulent. "Samuel Lassoff, of Horsham, PA, said an invoice he received earlier this month from Microsoft included charges for purchases he couldn't complete due to a balky download system — and he claimed it wasn't an accident. Microsoft 'engaged in a scheme to unjustly enrich itself through their fraudulent handling' of his account, Lassoff charged in papers filed earlier this week in US District Court for Eastern Pennsylvania. ... 'Microsoft breached that contract by collecting revenues for digital goods and services which were not provided,' Lassoff said in his lawsuit."

Comment Skype and/or ooVoo (Score 1) 170

My company uses both, depending on our needs. Skype seems to have a lot less system overhead and is multi-platform, but it's really only good for 1-to-1. You can get rid fo the ads in ooVoo by buying a Business account. You just need as many "seats" as you plan to have simultaneous conferences. I believe you also need a Business plan to enable desktop sharing, which may be important. A down-side is if you enable desktop sharing- you lose the video feed from that desktop. It also only supports 6-way conferences, although that's four more (video) than Skype.

Anything beyond that and you would probably need to go with a Webcasting or Webinar service. They can be really expensive (like $1k+/month/doman with usage limits). I haven't found a good FOSS solution. Red 5 looked promising, but the development seems to have stalled. The only real in-house solutions for larger scale Webcasting or conferencing seem to be from Adobe and Cisco, which means they are prohibitively expensive. I think I read somewhere that Polycom has a solution too, but I haven't checked into it.

Comment Oh Canada... (Score 1) 643

There have been many times in the past 10 years that I wished I lived in Canada.

In the last couple of weeks:

(Almost) No carry-on luggage on Canadian flights.

Now this.

Canada is no longer at or near the top of my "Countries I sometimes wish I lived in." list.

I agree with several others. The airlines can't have "zones" to accommodate every passenger. If they did- they probably would have established a "no screaming kids" zone. I'm sorry the individual involved, and many others, have such bad allergies- but forcing airlines and other passengers to make unreasonable accommodations for them isn't acceptable. Of course, an easier solution would be to do what most US airlines to and stop passing out peanuts to passengers to begin with.

Comment What's in a name... (Score 1) 506

Let's be serious- Google could have called this the Fuzz-Crap 4000 and would still make just as much money off of it. The word "nexus" itself is descriptive of the device itself (look it up), so it is very conceivable that the word could have been used without any intent for it to be a homage to Dick's works. Whether intentional or unintentional- if it is seen as a homage to Dick's works- it would have generated more interest in them and would make the estate more money anyway. All calling the lawyers is going to do is bring about backlash, and that will primarily target the estate, not Google.

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