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Comment Re:I'm putting on my psychic hat (Score 1) 444

Maybe some of the older Seinfelds are slow, but they have plenty of gems. I think they managed to run a subplot for each character in a lot of shows.

For instance, Kramer getting the old Merv Griffin set, Jerry playing with his girlfriend's father's antique toys, George running over the squirrel, and Elaine dealing with the "sidler" at work are all in the same episode.

Comment Re:With Circuit City and CompUSA all but gone... (Score 2, Informative) 587

I had the same kind of experience. A couple of years ago, I was jumping through hoops to get Circuit City to match Fry's on a 40" Sony LCD, and, ultimately, they wouldn't do it.

I called a local shop told them what I was looking for and how much I was willing to pay for it. They agreed right away (I probably should have gone lower). Then later, they swapped it for another unit after I let the unattainable perfectionism at AVS Forum lead me to believe that my unit was faulty.

I'll definitely be visiting the next time I'm looking for a TV.

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Journal SPAM: A Message to You, Rudy 9

New Video: Educating Rudy Press Conference

Congressman Ron Paul and Dr. Michael Scheuer, former chief of the CIA's bin Laden unit, held a press conference yesterday at the National Press Club to educate Rudy Giuliani on American foreign policy in the Middle East. Dr. Paul gave Mr. Giuliani a reading assignment which is at the end of the 13-minute video clip.


PC Games (Games)

Submission + - Penny Arcade Expo-E For All Expo Conflict

John Callaham writes: "IDG World Expo announced that the 2008 edition of their video-PC game event E For All Expo would be held in the last weekend of August, which happens to be the traditional date for the Penny Arcade Expo as well. FiringSquad has some info on how Penny Arcade's organisers feel about the conflict ( earchid=15677) and also that IDG is now willing to chat with PAX's organisers to resolve the conflict ( earchid=15680)"

Submission + - Trent Reznor's Last Straw With The Record Industry

Docboy-J23 writes: "In this interview with Trent Reznor, we can clearly see the effect of today's mainstream music scene on artists. In it, Reznor discusses his anger at the jacked up prices of his records, the difficult position into which it puts he and his fans, and the Alternate Reality Game associated with his new Year Zero album. Best of all, he discusses what he's going to do about it when he gets his soul back from the record companies."

Submission + - Nine Inch Nails fans subsidize pop music

allcoolnameswheretak writes: Based on a comment made by Nine Inch Nails frontman Trent Reznor, it seems that UMG counterbalances "having to discount" pop music by charging high prices for records of bands that have a "true fanbase".

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As the climate grows more and more desperate for record labels, their answer to their mostly self-inflicted wounds seems to be to screw the consumer over even more. A couple of examples that quickly come to mind: * The ABSURD retail pricing of Year Zero in Australia. Shame on you, UMG. Year Zero is selling for $34.99 Australian dollars ($29.10 US). No wonder people steal music. Avril Lavigne's record in the same store was $21.99 ($18.21 US). By the way, when I asked a label rep about this his response was: "It's because we know you have a real core audience that will pay whatever it costs when you put something out — you know, true fans. It's the pop stuff we have to discount to get people to buy." So... I guess as a reward for being a "true fan" you get ripped off.

Submission + - Orson Scott Card reveals truth behind IPCC numbers

An anonymous reader writes: The numbers behind the now famous IPCC report on global warming, apparently, are faked, and on purpose. The numbers have been cooked from the word go. From the article:

All in a Good Cause

Here's a story you haven't heard, and you should have.
An intelligence source, working for a government agency. He's not a spy, he's an analyst. He uses computers to crunch numbers and at the end of his work, out pops the truth that was hiding in the original data. Let's call him "Mann."
The trouble with Mann is, he has an ideology. He knows what he wants his results to be. And the original numbers aren't giving him that data. So the agency he works for won't be able to persuade people to fight the war he wants to fight.
Well, that's not acceptable.
Data Storage

Submission + - No backup costs Alaska $200K

jcatcw writes: Last June, a network specialist trying to work out a storage glitch inadvertently lost most of the 800,000 document images related to the state's Permanent Fund Dividend (PFD). The Alaska Department of Revenue blamed human error for the loss. The PFD makes annual payments to all Alaskan residents from funds generated from the lease of oil fields in the state. Paper versions of the documents were rescanned over a two-month period at a cost of about $200,000.

Submission + - VLC 0.8.6 Released

h2g2bob writes: "VideoLAN yesterday released a new version of VLC media player. From the blurb:
Building on feedback from the 29 million downloads of VLC media player 0.8.5, we bring you version 0.8.6 with many bugfixes, as well as a couple of new features we think you will truly enjoy. Most prominent are probably Windows Media Video 9 and Flash Video. Other important changes are improved H.264 decoding, better Windows Unicode support, a Fullscreen controller and Apple Remote support for Mac OS X.
A shout out also needs to go to ffmpeg for many of the codec improvements."

German Minister Seeks Jail Time For FPS Players 383

GamePolitics has the somewhat unbelievable news that German Minister of the Interior Gunther Beckstein is seeking jail time for violent game developers, publishers, and players. MSNBC has further coverage of the issue, which has pro gamers in Germany quite worried. From the article: "The draft law, a reaction to a school shooting that shook German public opinion last month, will come before the upper house of parliament next year. But it is already sending shockwaves through the 2m-strong German online gaming community. 'We have among the most drastic censorship rules for games,' said Frank Sliwka, head of the Deutsche E-Sport Bund, an umbrella federation for German online gaming teams. 'Now we are being labelled as a breeding ground for unstable, dysfunctional and violent youngsters.'"

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