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Submission + - Time Warner Cable patents method for disabling fast-forward function on DVRs ( 1

antdude writes: "FierceCable reports "Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) has won a U.S. patent for a method for disabling fast-forward and other trick mode functions on digital video recorders.

The patent, which lists Time Warner Cable principal architect Charles Hasek as the inventor, details how the nation's second largest cable MSO may be able prevent viewers from skipping TV commercials contained in programs stored on physical DVRs it deploys in subscriber homes, network-based DVRs and even recording devices subscribers purchase at retail outlets...""


Submission + - Terra Infirma: The rise and fall of quicksand. (

Ant writes: "Slate reports how "... quicksand has all but evaporated from American entertainment--rejected even by the genre directors who once found it indispensable... Quicksand once offered filmmakers a simple recipe for excitement: A pool of water, thickened with oatmeal, sprinkled over the top with wine corks. It was, in its purest form, a plot device unburdened by character, motivation, or story..."

Seen on Neatorama."


Submission + - Roger Ebert: The Essential Man (

antdude writes: Boing Boing shares a seven pages Esquire article (one print page) on Roger Ebert's recent degrading health life, but with strong spirits — "It has been nearly four years since Roger Ebert lost his lower jaw and his ability to speak. Now television's most famous movie critic is rarely seen and never heard, but his words have never stopped..."

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