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Comment Re:Misleading title/summary (Score 1) 146

The problem isn't with drooling (or you personally in any way) - the problem is with every single tablet that shows up online gets 9,000 comments of the variety "WTF? $300+ for a tablet? HP sold theirs for only $99, do they think we're crazy?" or "Meh, it's not a $99 HP Touchpad, not interested"... If you don't believe me, watch Woot and similar sites any time a tablet shows up...

Comment Re:As Predicted... (Score 4, Insightful) 195

But, but, but... if you can't see ALL of the channels available, then you can't see all of the "Fantastic, Premium Programming" that is available on all of the channels you're not currently (but soon will be!) subscribing to...

I agree, being able to display only the channels you can actually choose from is one of many great features I love about my Tivo Premiere - not only can I block channels I don't get from the guide, I can block channels I don't ever want to watch (Bloomfield TV, Oprah TV, Lifetime, Lifetime Movies, Univision, HSN, QVC, etc.) from the guide so it's much easier to find the programming I do enjoy. Combined with a HD Roku box and a Netflix streaming-only subscription, I have more TV choices than I really need.

Comment Re:Speaking as an iPad owner. (Score 1) 196

I didn't fully appreciate Apple's lawsuit against Samsung over the Tab 10.1 - that is until I read the owner's manual trying to figure out how big of a SD or microSD card it would support and found this gem: "Note: This device does not support external memory cards" -- Congratulations, Samsung, you have successfully duplicated all the great features including the second most incredibly annoying "feature" (the first being inability to install whatever software you want) that Apple ever invented - the inability to increase your storage space.

Comment Re:Lady Gaga? (Score 1) 198

And by personal information you mean First Name, Last Name and Gender? Because that is all you need for a Google+ profile. I don't think that even the brilliant minds at Google are going to find a way to make a huge profit off of information like that - especially since they already have all of that information already...

Comment Re:Was It Worth It? (Score 2) 138

Where the hell do you see anyone paying 2x-6x more for Android vs. an iPhone?

I think I paid $79 for my HTC Desire with contract, which if I'm not mistaken is actually less than most people pay for an iPhone - and I didn't have to decide "Gee, do I want to buy the base model or pay an exorbitantly high markup to have more storage space?" - I just bought my phone with the only capacity it's available with (8 GB microSD) and then went out and bought a 16 GB microSD card for $19 to upgrade it - vs. paying $100 (or more!) more to get the larger iPhone - which can't have it's storage capacity increased.

Oh, and then I loaded about 80 free applications on it, and how many free apps are available through iTunes, oh, that's right - they start at $0.99 and go up, so I saved another $79+ there, too....

Comment Re:no-harm no-foul (Score 3, Funny) 567

I agree with your solution with one additional step - after the light has turned red and the steel plate is raised up, but before the light for the other direction can turn green, the center of the intersection should open up like a trap door and dump in to a pit all the cars who entered an already full intersection so they wouldn't have to stop for the red light and wait for their turn. I'm not sure what should be in the pit -- hungry tigers, or maybe a pool filled with ill-tempered sea bass - either of those would be fine.

Comment Re:oh noes! (Score 5, Insightful) 509

This is exactly the same as the Kindle 1984 issue

Uh, No... it's not. The Kindle users with copies of 1984 *paid* for those copies - the apps that were removed were free apps. And, the apps did not do what they had claimed and had a hidden, although non-malicious purpose.

The only way this would be similar would be if the Kindle copies of 1984 had been free, weren't actually 1984 when you tried to read them, and reported back to the publisher any information that they thought was relevant.

Windows 7 Launch Date Leaked — 23 Oct. 2009 127

Sockatume writes "Yesterday, two Acer executives in Europe separately let slip details that give us a good date for the release of Windows 7. First, Acer's vice-president for Europe discussed a new product, launching this September, that will support Windows 7's touch features. Asked whether this confirmed the Windows 7 release date as September 2009, he coyly remarked that 'when it's in store it won't have Windows 7 pre-loaded.' Microsoft would probably prefer that he had stopped there, but he added: 'We won't be actually selling [Windows 7] a day before the 23rd October.' Then, Acer's Managing Director for the UK helpfully clarified that while their product will ship with Windows Vista at launch, because it is on sale less than 30 days before the Windows 7 release date, it will be eligible for the 'upgrade program' to get a free upgrade to the new OS."

Canadian Pirates Sell Spurious Songs — In 1897 177

Reservoir Hill writes "The NYTimes reported in their June 13, 1897 edition that 'Canadian pirates' were flooding the country with spurious editions of the latest copyrighted popular songs. 'They use the mails to reach purchasers, so members of the American Music Publishers Association assert, and as a result the legitimate music publishing business of the United States has fallen off 50 per cent in the past twelve months' while the pirates published 5,000,000 copies of songs in just one month. The Times added that pirates were publishing sheet music at 2 cents to 5 cents per copy although the original compositions sold for 20 to 40 cents per copy. But 'American publishers had held a conference' and a 'committee had been appointed to fight the pirates' by getting the 'Post Office authorities to stop such mail matter because it infringes the copyright law.' Interestingly enough the pirates of 1897 worked in league with Canadian newspapers that published lists of songs to be sold, with a post office box address belonging to the newspaper itself. Half the money went to pay the newspapers' advertising while the other half went to the pirates who sent the music by mail." The AMPA never dreamed of suing their customers, though.
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IE8 Update Forces IE As Default Browser 311

We discussed Microsoft making IE8 a critical update a while back; but then the indication was that the update gave users a chance to choose whether or not to install it. Now I Don't Believe in Imaginary Property writes in with word that the update not only does not ask, but it makes IE the default browser. "Microsoft has a new tactic in the browser wars. They're having the 'critical' IE8 update make IE the default browser without asking. Yes, you can change it back, but it doesn't ask you if you want IE8 or if you want it as the default browser, it makes the decisions for you. Opera might have a few more complaints to make to the EU antitrust board after this, but Microsoft will probably be able to drag out the proceedings for years, only to end up paying a small fine. If you have anyone you've set up with a more secure alternative browser, you might want to help check their settings after this."

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