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Comment We are not all back waters (Score 1) 161

and at one stroke eliminates the typical years of delay that occur when a U.S. program seeks foreign audiences.

Weeks, and months, but seldom is it years, and, if it is, this is likely because the Networks here did not see a potential audience for it.

I can only speak for New Zealand, We receive a high amount of out programming the same week and the same day as the U.S/U.K (especially for the most popular shows).

If not that quick, many others are being played before the series has run its course in the U.S.

Comment Re:But will they pursue charges? (Score 1) 214

Yes this! I hate how ticketing agents (ticketmaster) do not specify how many seats are actually going to be available for public or semi public consumption Or which seats are available for which grouping.

I have been granted access to tickets from Promoters "preferential presale" before. Been ready to buy right on the minute and had to deal with less than ideal seats, only to find that better ones are for sale come the general public sale. (And vice versa)

I have also found large areas of premium seating reserved for pomos - they have either gone to sponsors and their families or as radio giveaways. Each of these spots represents a space that a member of the public would have gladly purchased at a premium.

I do not know why the promoters do not want to see how 1st day/week sales are going before dipping in and using extra seats for their giveaways. . More dollars in the boxoffice should be good for them?

Comment Re:I'm tired of this attitude (Score 1) 206

Rather than:

"I'm offended by this! So I just won't use it."

People are all...

"Someone out there with the resilience of an infant might be offended by this - Therefore, I'm offended by this! IT MUST BE BANNED!"

If this keeps catching on, it'll be like Chinese censorship in no time.

There, fixed that for you

Comment Re:Uh, no. (Score 1) 127

Yes, Such restrictions are coming on content recorders here also. (New Zealand)

My 1st DVD recorder (Panasonic) came with a Manual Skip functions - Automatic 30 Seconds. (preNZ Freeview)
My 1st BluRay HDD recorder (Panasonic) increased the manual skip function to 1 Minute increments (non Freeview certified) - Also allowed HD output via component cabling.
My 2nd BluRay HDD recorder (Panasonic) removed ManualSkip function altogether although we do use fastforward (FreeView Certified) Only Allows HD output via HDMI. . .

As my mind is now, this is my last Panasonic recorder.

Submission + - Boy, 15, discovers long-lost ancient Mayan city using constellations and Google (

Master Moose writes: Deep within a dense Central American forest sit the ruins of an ancient city the world forgot.

And it has just been discovered by a precocious 15-year-old boy.

Quebec teenager William Gadoury claims he has discovered a long-lost ancient Mayan city using a clever combination of old-world astronomy and ultra-modern technology.

Comment Lead us not.. (Score 1) 407

Just as I am getting tempted to try windows again for my next P.C build, I read stories like this.

It is not that this would necessary affect me in a negative way either - I just don't want to support a product that (overtly) treats me more like a commodity than anything else.

Thankfully delivered from evil.

Comment Re: Ghetto Blaster (Score 1) 201

If there is anything the latest series of the x-files has taught me, it is that words can have weight.

If there is another thing I have learned from news and social commentary - it is that the western world is getting heavier. perhaps this is what is happening to our words also :)

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