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Comment Re:This is already the case with in-dash GPS. (Score 1) 445

Pioneer AppRadio ( I have a car stereo that supports this and it is wonderful. I just plug in my phone and use the touch screen on the radio to manage all the applications including MotionX GPS for traffic and routing on my iPhone (many of the apps can run directly off bluetooth.) If I get a call the radio automatically mutes whatever I was listening to until the call is over. All hands free and as an added bonus my phone is completely charged by the time I get to the office or home.

Comment Re:Remote deletion (Score 1) 309

I felt the same way for the longest time until I discovered Calibre. I download all my books of the Kindle, convert them to a different format and keep local backups. If Amazon decides to delete the version they have in "the cloud" I simply copy the one from my cloud over! In the mean time it is quite nice to have hundreds of books on a single device the size of a paperback that fits in my back pocket.

Comment Re:Politics influences population density (Score 1) 1139

And the independents look at both Democrats and Republicans as crazy zealots who are too busy arguing and fighting to see the real problems. Of course the people with real power want to propagate these artificially created differences to keep both sides from joining and booting them out of power. I am sorry, I am quite capable of thinking for myself I do not need some political party telling me how to vote. Vote for the person, not the party.

Comment Re:Only 40Gb/month? (Score 4, Interesting) 394

Done, done and done. I let TWC know when I turned in my 3 DVR boxes and shut down my Cable/Phone/Internet service which I had for 10 years that this was one of the major reasons I was switching to FIOS. I have not regretted the switch at all either, FIOS quality and service have been excellent (and I had my doubts as I hated my Verizon land line service!)

Comment Re:Positive Changes (Score 1) 418

Tell you what then, next time you need a filling or a tooth pulled you just tell that dentist "Dammit, people had this done for generations without Novocaine, I sure as hell do not need it." You will be crying like a baby in 60 seconds begging for it I am sure. Your argument does not hold water.

Submission + - Autopatcher shut down by Microsoft? (

kimvette writes: "Apparently Microsoft wants users to choose alternatives to Windows, since they are now shutting down third-party tools which help make deployments and maintenance of Windows easier. From autopatcher:

Sad day Posted by Antonis Kaladis on August 29th, 2007 | Today we received an e-mail from Microsoft, requesting the immediate take-down of the download page, which of course means that AutoPatcher is probably history. As much as we disagree, we can do very little, and although the download page is merely a collection of mirrors, we took the download page down. We would like to thank you for your support. For the past 4 years, it has been a blast. Unfortunately, it seems like it's the end of AutoPatcher as we know it. Antonis Kaladis

If you're on dialup in rural areas and want to update Windows, or are in a commercial setting where you have a Cable connection with an unpublished cap, you're pretty much screwed when it comes to Windows updates.

Thanks, Microsoft. It's great to know that you have your paying customers in mind, as usual. Making the Windows experience worse, that is."


Submission + - CPU Splash! Easy liquid cooling for your PC

ChristmasOnMars writes: Liquid cooling CPUs used to be more complicated than designing and building a prepetuial motion machine. In the last year or so, they've gotten so cheap and easy enough to install that virtually anyone can liquid cool their system's central processor. ExtremeTech examines a batch of new, improved, tasty, and easy to use liquid coolers.

Submission + - A&P sues brothers over YouTube video 1

im_mac writes: Supermarket chain A&P has sued two brothers for $1million after they posted a parody entitled "Produce Paradise" on YouTube. The video "prompted at least one complaint by a 'disgusted and distressed' customer who said she will no longer shop at A&P thanks to the 'repulsive acts' in the video. Though how they knew it was A&P is questionable since the brothers took care not to feature any A&P logos or mention it in their lyrics. Trying to get $1million out of a couple of college students whose source of income was working at A&P until they were fired, might be rather difficult. More info is also posted on the pair's website: FakeLaugh, including their belief that the complaint that brought the video to the management's attention was prompted by some sort of personal vendetta.
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Submission + - Paparazzi hounding bloggers: There's a better way (

Aaron Barnhart writes: "I'm the TV critic at the Kansas City Star. Today our publisher received a DMCA NOTICE TO INFRINGER letter from the celebrity crapsite Flynet alleging that I illegally posted a photograph by one of their paparazzi to my blog. Aside from the silliness of the charge, Flynet is using lawyers when it should be using programmers to create content that can be shared online ... which would eliminate the problem of bloggers simply lifting their pictures."

Submission + - Windows Vista SP1 Coming... (

Artemis writes: "Microsoft has just announced the beta for Windows Vista SP1.

Find out: What is SP1? What is it not? When can I get my hands on the Beta of SP1? And what about SP1 itself — when will that be available? Besides these questions a time-line and a Windows Vista SP1 Whitepaper have also been released. Will SP1 be Vista's saving grace? Or will it be another Windows NT Service Pack 6 and cause the release of Vista SP1a?"

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