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Comment Their 5 day guarantee seems dubious (Score 1) 329

With their 5 day guarantee, if they don't have a refurbished item ready to ship back, why would they ever reimburse the original purchase price if their warranties are typically 12-15%? It would be cheaper to just refund the warranty cost.

The company promises to either fix an item and ship it back within five days of receiving it, or reimburse the customer for the itemâ(TM)s purchase price. If one of those two things doesn't happen in five days, SquareTrade refunds the warranty price.

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Submission + - Comcast/Xfinity sets up first internet toll booth. (

psoriac writes: From Level 3's press release: "On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider."

Comment Re:Turn it Off (Score 1) 130

On a slightly surprising note, I found that the 'Include me in "People Here Now" after I check in' option defaulted to disabled. At least they got 1/2 right, and to be honest, if you only friended people who were really your friends, letting them check you into places isn't such a horrible thing.

Comment Same thing just happened to Voyager 2 (Score 1) 277

Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., had been operating the spacecraft in engineering mode since May 6. They took this action as they traced the source of the pattern shift to the flip of a single bit in the flight data system computer that packages data to transmit back to Earth.

Comment Hello, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue! (Score 4, Interesting) 313

Looks like EA saw how successful Sony's GT-5 Prologue was and decided that this is a viable business model for eagerly anticipated AAA titles.

If the demo purchase price could be applied as a credit on the final release I would have no problem with this, but somehow I think the chances of this being the case are pretty close to 0%.

Comment Lost Apollo 11 tapes not found after all. (Score 1) 389

I was going to submit this but found someone else already has; currently it's languishing in the firehose.

According to NPR's Morning Edition, NASA does not have the 'Lost Moon Tapes' containing the raw footage of Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the Moon, after all. The article claims that the original Apollo 11 recordings were likely erased. Instead, the restoration is being done from the best of the broadcast-format video obtained from a variety of sources, not the original SST signal.

Comment Verified by NASA's press release today. (Score 2, Informative) 1

NPR's story is backed up by NASA's own press release issued today:

A team of Apollo-era engineers who helped produce the 1969 live broadcast of the moonwalk acquired the best of the broadcast-format video from a variety of sources for the restoration effort.


A three-year search for these original telemetry tapes was unsuccessful.

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