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Comment Re:I wanna see Sin-duh-weh-wuh (Score 1) 213

Amen to that. There's movies I have on DVD/BD (or ::ahem:: a "time-shifted rental") that I can see anytime I want to, but what if I just catch it on TV? Strangely enough, I'll sit there and watch it, even with the commercials added and it having been edited for "time and content". It's not quite the same, but it is still the same story as the uncut, and I still enjoy seeing it again.

Comment Re:Not the case (Score 1) 284

There's a surprising bit here which you didn't touch on, nor did the other AC. You had one cable modem active on your account, then bought the new modem at the store. Activated it, used it, then returned it and started using your old modem. You could have just left out the part about having to re-activate the old modem, but considering the new purchasers of the modem were able to get online and it was tied to your account still, makes me think you didn't have to. I can see the new owners actions...plug in the modem, go online to activation page..."Hey, it works already! Sweet!". If they were smart enough to put 2&2 together, they would have realized they're now getting free internet AND won't have to worry about any DCMA notices for P2P usage. Once it stopped working, they could get a new modem and activate it normally. Obviously since they just called in to cust service...that wasn't the case. To summarize, bad cable company.

Comment Re:Power Off? (Score 1) 382

I'd like to say no, it doesn't. I moved out of my friend's basement a few months ago, and I'm paying my own electric bill now. This has made me more conscious of the power usage of things like leaving my PC powered on, idling, but still wasting power/money AND spewing out heat...especially because now my A/C has to run long to cool things down when I get home, wasting more power/money. Considering my first month's electric bill/usage was 1/4 from my PC running 24/7, it seemed prudent to start shutting it off at night, and leaving it off until the next evening.

Comment Re:DRM (Score 1) 376

Wait, erm, um...

I [snip] found that I was unable to feed it to my playstation because the BD+ DRM was too new for my ripper to support.

What?? Sorry, I started responding before I finished reading your comment...

I haven't even bothered to put the bluray in the PS3, so I don't even know if it will play properly.

You're complaining why?? I don't expect AnyDVD HD, DVDFab, or any other DRM cracking software to support new DRM the day the disk is released. As it turns out, DVDFab does. But the fact that your software didn't work? Sounds like the DRM was working just fine, nothing to complain about there. If it didn't work on your PS3? Well, then get your soapbox out.

Comment Re:Jobs is making porn -he's really starting to bl (Score 1) 909

The iPhone can't be switched to "Disk mode", or whatever it is where you can drag and drop music onto it. It only functions in "Managed/sync mode", where you have to select playlists or criteria of songs to sync to the phone. This also means that since that particular iTunes library is managing those playlists, you can't plug it into another PC with iTunes and drag and drop (or copy a playlist...say a new CD you bought over lunch or borrowed from a coworker and ripped at work) to your phone.

Comment Re:Question (Score 1) 277

That seems unlikely. In my experience as a tax preparer (and tax filer), you get your federal refund a week after the Friday after you file your return. You file on Thursday, it'll be a week'ish before you see your money. You file on Friday, you won't see it for nearly 2 weeks.

You can get _money_ earlier, but it's not your 'Refund' from the's generally a loan product from somewhere, then they get the refund to pay off the loan.

YMMV, I've been wrong before, etc, etc.

Comment Re:Not only on the race track (Score 1) 750

It is possible to correctly stop and start on a hill without rolling and without using the gas and the brakes simultaneously. It is harder to master, but it's the correct way to do it.

Agreed. When I first started driving a standard transmission car (4 door Plymouth neon, admittedly a light car) I had trouble starting from stops on slopes. To regain motion, I would need to hold the car in place with the parking brake while:

1) increasing RPM
2) releasing the clutch far enough to get tension against the brake

At this point, I could release the parking brake more to allow forward motion. Once I was moving, I could release it completely and continue on my way.

I couldn't tell you when I got good enough, but I remember that one day a few years later, when I was at a hilly driveway exit I had previously needed the above mentioned technique for. This time, I was able to swap my feet around quickly and precisely apply the cluch such that I did not need to apply the parking brake to prevent noticeable rearward motion of the car.

Comment Re:The E-series has been craptastic all along (Score 1) 314

Don't forget about the nVidia graphics chip problems the D620s and D630s are having. We've been getting into those pretty heavily for the last year or so; it seems the chip lasts for about 2 years before dying. It's certainly heat related though, the fan cooled portion of the heatsink is covered with crap on a significant percentage of the failed systems, and given the way they're assembled there is no good way for the user to clean it out.

Comment Re:Why do I feel lost here? (Score 1) 268

I jailbroke my iPhone before the App Store started up. Then I un-jailbroke it. I just didn't see the need, even though it is really easy.

I tried jailbreaking mine with a laptop in the parking lot before leaving the store. Hung it halfway through, got home (120 miles/2hrs later), then finished jailbreaking on my desktop. At the time I didn't feel it necessary, just wanted to check it out. Now that I use SBSettings, I find it nearly invaluable.

...but people can pirate apps from the App Store?! I thought Apple had it pretty much locked up.

No, they sure don't have it locked up. I wanted to try out the Slingplayer app with my 1st gen Slingbox, but didn't feel like paying $30 for the privilege. A few google searches, a download over Bittorrent, and I had an unlocked to install on my iPhone. Works a treat, though without 3G in my town, I don't feel it's worth paying $30 for. (Though technically it's not supposed to work over 3G, there's a JB app for that :)

Comment Re:Jailbreak (Score 1) 94

This last update wasn't an issue, considering you can update then re-patch using the same software as teh previous version used, using a copy of the previous firmware to pull relevant files. I'm new to the iPhone scene, so have yet to see how bad the update/jailbreak process really feels.

Comment Re:I used to intake around 500 mg/day (Score 2, Informative) 700

Another point that irritates me: you said you took "aspirin"; I doubt it.

What makes you doubt the fact he took aspirin, and go into a rant about the different OTC pain medications available? If I tell someone I took aspirin, then I mean that I took Bayer aspirin, or a cheaper generic. When I'm experiencing caffeine withdrawal symptoms on the weekends, I take an aspirin/acetaminophen/caffeine pill (Excedrin Extra Strength), and I'll tell folks I took an Excedrin if it comes up in conversation. I know damn well that it has caffeine, which in combination with the pain meds, will do wonders for the symptoms.

If I'm trying to quit caffeine cold turkey, I'm going to be taking aspirin and acetaminophen, I'll tell folks I took Tylenol and aspirin, and that'll be the truth. Just because some idiots call a fork a spoon, doesn't mean "spoon" no longer actually means "spoon".

Portables (Apple)

Submission + - Apple Finally Releases DRM Free Music on iTunes

MindspanConsultants writes: "After waiting to the last minute (Apple had announced it would be releasing DRM free music on iTunes in May), Apple finally pulled the trigger on making the DRM free EMI catalogue available on iTunes — excluding Beatles songs. In order to take advantage of this offer, you must download iTunes Plus.

Songs will be $1.29 for 256kbps versions, while 128kbps versions will still be available for $0.99."

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