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Comment I still have their DVD service (Score 1) 193

Between the Netflix DVD service and the local library, it's the only way to get the non-mainstream shows I like to watch - old old BBC shows, all sorts of kids' movies, old series out of print, etc. The streaming is nice sometimes too (and the original content so far has been great), but the real meat of Netflix for me hasn't changed since I started - it's the availability of just about everything on DVD.

Submission + - Security Firm Norse Corp. Imploding (

kalpol writes: Norse Corp. fired its chief executive officer this week amid a major shakeup that could spell the end of the company. The move comes just weeks after the company laid off almost 30 percent of its staff. Sources say the company’s investors have told remaining employees that they can show up for work on Monday but that there is no guarantee they will get paid if they do.

Comment Calling to renew a library book (Score 1) 320

I was on hold with the local library to renew a book, and someone turned on the TV nearby and I saw the news. When the librarian came back online I asked her if they had a TV there, and she replied,"No, why?" I told her the Challenger appeared to have exploded during launch, and she said,"That's terrible, and that teacher was on it too wasn't she." I said yeah she was, and there was a pause, and then we went back to renewing my book. All day it was the news, Dan Rather trotting out shuttle models and pointing to them, and the same clip of the explosion right after they switched cameras, played endlessly. I had grown up with the shuttle program and it was pretty traumatic.

Comment Re:the ultimate mesh network (Score 1) 474

I have relatives in the Netherlands and the houses over there are built much more sturdily than the usual stick-built home in the US which doesn't have much structure to block wi-fi signals. However even in my thin-walled house the signal from my router barely reaches to the end of my back garden, so I expect anyone who would want to use it would have to stand on the street directly in front of my house.

Comment Re:Cablecard support? (Score 1) 144

Cable companies want above else for you to use their hardware and their services (DVR, cable box, etc) and are still fighting tooth and nail to cripple competing services on every front.

Well, too bad for them that they can't force me to subscribe to cable. I've even gone so far as to pull out the janky wiring from multiple cable installs over the years in the house I purchased.

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