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Comment Re:Oh no, we're screwed! (Score 1) 139

And even when I do get a HD TV, I'll still use my trusty DVD players. Heck, I'm still using one about 10 years old that has the annoying habit of automatically closing the tray a second after you open it. So you need to open it, hold the tray open, place the DVD in and *then* let it close.

Sweet. My old Pioneer player is the same way. I'm so used to holding the tray that I get startled when I encounter a DVD player which doesn't automatically close its tray. It's like when I drive an automatic transmission car and keep hunting for the clutch.

But, I agree. I have no use for Blu-Ray now, nor do I expect to until DVD is defunct.

Comment Re:Nothing to worry about (Score 1) 379

Disney's formula has pretty much been lame-ass princess romance stories unless they feel like branching out and ripping off some anime. Lion King was Kimba, the one with what was it, Atlantis? That was ripping off another anime with a hero with glasses who had the hots for some native-type chick in a bikini.

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia, released in the US as Nadia: The Secret of the Blue Water.

To be fair, Gainax borrowed elements from Miyazaki's films for Nadia, though they didn't do anything as blatant as swiping the appearance of the two main characters like Disney did.

Comment Re:I thought we already had this option... (Score 3, Informative) 355

No problem:

ESPN charges cable and satellite operators an average of $3.65 a month per subscriber, the most in television, according to SNL Kagan, a research organization. Multiply that by 98 million subscribers, over 12 months a year, and ESPNs financial armor adds up to $4.3 billion.

Google has a lot of articles. It's interesting to see that the price has more than doubled in five years and is up from $1.28 in 2000. It's no wonder they want to do the same with 360.

Comment Re:I thought we already had this option... (Score 1) 355

Because YOU will find your bill increased based on the drunken sportsmorons who WILL probably phone the ISP because they must have "sports" 24/7 injected directly into their veins or they will die of the realization of what sad, pathetic wastes of oxygen they really are.

Unlike how I am already subsidizing those pillars of society who need porn, movies, music, and WoW 24/7? Gosh, that'll suck.

Comment Re:I thought we already had this option... (Score 2, Insightful) 355

I am glad my ISP doesn't pay to access espn360.com. If they did, they would be passing the charge through to all their customers, and I would be subsidizing their customers who want to watch espn360.com.

You realize, of course, that this is the ESPN business model. Basic cable customers already subsidize the customers who want to watch ESPN, which has the highest per-subscriber fee for a non-premium channel.

Comment Re:You are missing the point. (Score 1) 734

What many people are saying is that the system does not show a friendly attitude, combine that with the horrendous reception you have when arriving to US airports (I have seen things that really make me puke) and you have a recipe for disenfranchisement.

Foreigners aren't enfranchised in the first place, otherwise they'd be called "citizens".

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Submission + - How To Attract a Gamergirl

njkid1 writes: "Not every guy can be lucky enough to attract a girl who plays video games. So instead of waiting around for one to magically appear, we set out to convert a non-gamer into a gamergirl. From impressing them with our Level 62 Horde Shaman to showing off our goofy side in Kingdom Hearts II, we found out which games will make her the Princess Peach to your Mario. http://www.gamedaily.com/canvases/retro-games/_a/h ow-to-attract-a-gamergirl/20070213134809990001?&nc id=AOLGAM000500000000014"
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Submission + - Turns Out Google Really Does Listen

SamThomp writes: "There's a perfect Google underdog story going on right now. It goes like this: A college student named Aaron Stanton has an idea he thinks Google will love. He tries to get in touch via phone, e-mail, and their web forms with no luck. Then, spurred by his father nearly dying of an embolism near Christmas, he takes a chance and flies to Mountain View, CA without an appointment, intending to sit in their lobby "like a spoiled child" until he gets a chance to meet with someone. He's been there about three days, now.

Here's where it gets interesting. He creates a website called CanGoogleHearMe.com, and uses Google Video to document his journey in hopes that it might be seen by someone at Google and they'll show pity. At first he's turned away (links to Google Video) at the door and doesn't get a chance to talk to anyone. Then, apparently someone in Google does notice the website and it spreads — word of mouth — inside of Google like wildfire; 600 people visit the site in two hours from inside of Google's headquarters at Mountain View.

Then, late last night — three days into his trip — the guy gets an e-mail with the subject line, "We can hear you :)" that says they're willing to listen to him. No meeting for sure yet, but a step in the right direction.

It's like "actual" reality TV. :) If you're looking for an interesting story to pay attention to for the week, it'll be interesting to see how this turns out. So far, Google seems to be living up to their image of being a large company that's open to ideas. As far as I'm concerned, best of luck to them both."

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