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Roku Finally Gets a 2D Menu System 80

DeviceGuru writes "Many of us have griped for years about Roku's retro one-dimensional user interface. Finally, in conjunction with the release of the new Roku 3 model, the Linux-based media streaming player is getting a two-dimensional facelift, making it quicker and easier to access favorite channels and find new ones. Current Roku users, who will now begin suffering from UI-envy, will be glad to learn that Roku plans to push out a firmware update next month to many earlier models, including the Roku LT, Roku HD (model 2500R), Roku 2 HD, Roku 2 XD, Roku 2 XS, and Roku Streaming Stick. A short demo of the new 2D Roku menu system is available in this YouTube video."

Comment Re:Apple has learned arrogance from MS (Score 2) 334

According to Wikipedia, the safe harbor clause only applies to "1) not receive a financial benefit directly attributable to the infringing activity, 2) not be aware of the presence of infringing material or know any facts or circumstances that would make infringing material apparent, and 3) upon receiving notice from copyright owners or their agents, act expeditiously to remove the purported infringing material." Isn't Apple benefiting directly from the infringing behavior? That is, the 30% cut they get from every purchase of said app.

Comment This happened to me... (Score 3, Interesting) 209

... not as defendant, but as a juror.

I served on a jury last summer for a case of armed home invasion. The victim, if you can call him that, was a multiply-convicted white crack user. The victim claimed the defendant forced his way into the defendant's house with a gun, as part of a dispute over the defendant's missing cell phone following a drug deal.

The defense attorney's goal was to convince us that there was no way to determine beyond a reasonable doubt whether the defendant committed the crime, or his brother. The police did a horribly sloppy job of gathering evidence, the DNA was so contaminated that while it matched the victim, it also had good odds of matching the defendant's brother or about 1 in 5 random people off the street. The victim lied on the stand several times and showed no reliability as an eyewitness, and all the other evidence (phone calls, evidence collected at defendant's house) pointed to *some* member of the defendant's family, but no way to know who.

So we found him not guilty. Kind of a shame since the defendant probably *was* a drug dealer, but no way to prove it wasn't his brother. And the kicker: if they bring the brother to trial, he can use the same defense.

Comment Re:Um, this is easy (Score 5, Insightful) 209

Who says it was either of them? DNA fingerprints are not unique. There are likely to be 50 other people in the UK with the same DNA fingerprint as the twins and it's entirely possible that one of them was the robber. The depressing thing is that the police seem to think that this is enough evidence to convict even if there is no other evidence, unless they happen to randomly find two people with the same DNA fingerprint.

Comment Re:I'm surprised nobody has said this yet, but.. (Score 1) 622

Because they might have? There are over 11 million Mormons. You can't expect all of them to act the same. Every group, not just the religious, is going to have its crazy people.

I was baptized a Mormon when I was 13 but I'm now agnostic. I still have a bunch of friends that I met through my church. I still talk and hang out with them on a regular basis. I haven't gone to church in over 6 years now.

Comment Re:A Billing System Deficiency (Score 1) 305

Cingular bought AT&T Wireless and then AT&T bought Cingular. It is in fact AT&T. Other than that minor correction your post has a lot of merit.

I have Sprint for my mobile phone provider and I have had a lot of good experiences with them. I know for a while they had it where if you went over your minutes it would just bump you up into the next plan. You could choose to pay the overage if you wanted to but it was a lot cheaper just to pay the difference for the higher plan.

PS - Alltel recently got purchased by Verizon. My condolences.

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