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Prepare To Be Watched While You Watch a Movie

AvenNYC Theaters Suck (433 comments)

I've essentially stopped going to see movies... you have to sit upright in those terrible dirty seats, listen to idiots yell through the movie, can't pause it to go to the bathroom, pay way too much for food, and now they're watching you on cameras so HJ's are out of the question. Did I mention you have to pay a metric ton for the privilage? I bought a nice projector for my house, and now everything is 10' wide. The ONLY catch is you have to wait for blu-ray on netflix - something I've grown accustomed to. It also prevents you from being suckered into paying over $50 for a night out where you see a really crappy movie that only looks good in previews. HJ's all around.

more than 3 years ago
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Firefighters Let House Burn Because Owner Didn't Pay Fee

AvenNYC Re:You're kidding, right? (2058 comments)

This is why I love slashdot. Of all the sites that posted this, and all the indignant comments on those sites - Slashdot's first comment, reply and response hit the nail on the head. Most commenters on other sites didn't even get that it was two different counties involved.

more than 3 years ago
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Preventing Networked Gizmo Use During Exams?

AvenNYC Multiple Exams... (870 comments)

Give out 3 different tests with similar questions, change the order of the questions, or both. When people start cheating you'll have a 2/3 chance of them getting the answer from a different version and you'll know immediately.

about 4 years ago
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Geocentrists Convene To Discuss How Galileo Was Wrong

AvenNYC Live Blogging... (1027 comments)

Something tells me they may not have wifi access or laptops to live blog from.

about 4 years ago
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Persistent Home Videoconferencing Solution?

AvenNYC Re:Apple iChat (253 comments)

Yeah, agreed. I posted this below yours as well, but you don't need anything else.

about 4 years ago
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Persistent Home Videoconferencing Solution?

AvenNYC Tech stores in brooklyn (253 comments)

There was this mac store (not apple, but 3rd party) in brooklyn that had 2 stores at one point. They had a big plasma on each store's wall that just had an iChat video connection full screen (all day every day) so they could yell over to the other store and find out if they had something in stock without having to make a phone call or check inventory computers... So... I'd just get a couple mac mini's & flat screens, they come with iChat.

about 4 years ago
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Apple Patents Remotely Disabling Jailbroken Phones

AvenNYC Toggle? (381 comments)

Won't there just be an SBSettings toggle for it within minutes? Just like the apple store application remote kill 'feature?'

about 4 years ago
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Has Any Creative Work Failed Because of Piracy?

AvenNYC Hard to nail down... (1115 comments)

In a television network setting I'm sure the effects of piracy (if any) would come at the green lighting projects stage. If piracy was affecting the bottom line then the networks would simply green light fewer projects, tv pilots, movie scripts etc. That's for big budget things. People who can make their content on a home computer probably would only have their projects 'canceled' if they make less money on previous projects and simply don't have enough time or money to devote for one or more projects in the future. Either way it's hard to nail down which un-green lit projects would be canceled due to piracy as I'm sure there are heaps of scripts and pilots not getting produced all the time anyway. They seem to be making enough money, I don't see any empty slots on my television schedule and I'm pretty sure there's new movies opening every weekend. People still create songs by themselves and put them on itunes. If EVERYONE started pirating, there wouldn't be enough money to produce new stuff, but because of advertising deals and the fact that there is still a good chunk of people that pay for things I don't think they're hurting any time soon.

more than 4 years ago
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AI Predicts Manhole Explosions In New York City

AvenNYC Re:death by manhole cover? (213 comments)

I'd hate us because of the greedy wall streeters....

more than 4 years ago
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AI Predicts Manhole Explosions In New York City

AvenNYC Manhole Explosions (213 comments)

Not really furthering the discussion, but all Tuesday night from 7 pm to 9 am Wednesday I was without power because a manhole (or 2) exploded at the end of my street. 8 firetrucks, many many police cars.... tons of fun. I'd really hate to be on top of one when it explodes.....

more than 4 years ago
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Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

AvenNYC Re:Wait... (434 comments)

With the Moxi (and a little Harmony magic) I have it down to 2-3 seconds to skip the ads.

more than 4 years ago
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3rd Grader Accused of Hacking Schools' Computer System

AvenNYC Re:More likely, (344 comments)

Back when I was in school they had windows 3.1 on the computers, and the 'file explorer' (I think that was the name) icon came up with a password when you tried to run it. I just asked a teacher indirectly about it (technology incompetent teacher) and they were like 'it's scholar or something.' No hacking required.

more than 4 years ago
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Why Lenders Overlook Warning Signs of ID Theft

AvenNYC Citibank (225 comments)

I can only speak for Citibank, but it wouldn't be too hard for me to believe that all banks are this retarded. They called me a year ago to tell (...ask?) me I had drained my bank account (via my debit card) with two charges from the Philippines (Thousands of dollars). I told them of course not and that they needed to get my money back. I also asked them to not allow charges from overseas in the future and if I needed something from the Philippines I'd call and let them know. They said there was no way to do that, and that any charges from anywhere in the world would continue to be put through. I got my money back within days. I don't see how this makes them any money.

more than 4 years ago
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Windows 7 Touch, Dead On Arrival

AvenNYC Touch Interfaces (352 comments)

As I've said before, if you can touchify an OS, it's great. I use a very specific version of Windows XP on the lighting console I use. The dual touch screens take the place of the mouse (there's a trackball built in but only used really when a touch screen has issues) and of course tons of hard buttons and knobs etc. By combining the 2, touchscreens and keyboards (hard buttons) you can get everything done so fast you wouldn't believe. I don't think you can have only one or the other and go as fast as having both. That being said, it's built so the touch screens are at the right angle (and height, but that's up to you) and distance from the hard buttons, to make everything easier - you don't end up moving your hands too much. Even hours of using touch screens don't make you too fatigued.

about 5 years ago
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IPhone 3.1 Update Disables Tethering

AvenNYC 2.2.1 FTW (684 comments)

This is why I'm still on 2.2.1 and refuse to upgrade my iPhone, PS3, Wii, etc until all these stupid issues have been sorted out. BTW i can tether with my jailbroken phone no problem. Who cares about their restrictions?

about 5 years ago
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Privacy, Mobile Phones, and Ubiquitous Data Collection

AvenNYC If the Government Can, anyone can... (61 comments)

This popped up a couple years ago when they started turning anyone's cell phones into a wireless microphone (even when off). Ever since then I have had zero expectations of privacy with a cell phone around. I don't assume they are doing it (or anyone is) but the possibility is there. http://news.cnet.com/2100-1029_3-6140191.html

about 5 years ago
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Desktop As a Cellphone Extension?

AvenNYC AT&T DECT 6.0 (199 comments)

I bought the AT&T DECT 6.0 from best buy not too long ago once my old land line died. It comes with 2 handsets (a base with answering service, and additional charger and handset). You can add as many more handsets as you want (I'm sure there is an upper limit...like 10 or 12).

http://telephones.att.com/telephones_ui/phone_store/dsp_product.cfm?itemID=3930&parent=23655

Sure I had to put some gaff tape over all the AT&T Logos, but small price to pay. When I walk in my house, my iphone cuts in automagically and all calls ring through to the home handsets. The only downer is that it pulls the caller ID information and compares it to the internal phonebook, and not the phonebook in your cell phone. If a number is in your phone but not in your AT&T phone it will just show you the number on the ID, and not the name. When I walk out of the house, by the time i'm down the block I'm into normal cell operation again. Haven't had any problems with it at all. Looks sleek too.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

AvenNYC Re:Keyboards will stay, mice will die out. (152 comments)

I guess I didn't say this explicitly, but a mouse takes about 1000 times longer to do the same tasks than by using the touch screens. I never use the built in trackball and I wouldn't even be able to do my job if I had to drag a mouse around all day.

more than 5 years ago
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Windows 7 Touchscreen Details Emerging

AvenNYC Keyboards will stay, mice will die out. (152 comments)

I do stage lighting for a living, and we use the latest Road Hog console ( www.highend.com) to do it. It is essentially a computer with 2 touch screens and their mixture of buttons and faders that make it great. It does include a number pad and trackball. You can download the software for Windows to see it. You can either hook up a keyboard or use one on the screen as you need it (anything longer than a few words in a row gets tedious).

I've got to be able to use this computer fast. The touch screens allow really quick access to lots of stuff, particularly because each hand can be doing a different things. There's a whole menu bar that just changes around views of the touchscreens so you have 10 different layouts available with one push. You also get lots of nice combinations like hold a place on the touch screen and hit a shift key on the keyboard to activate different functions.

I think the keyboard is here to stay but the mouse may get left out by some people. Probably always used by niche groups but computers with a modified OS are totally usable without them.

To fix the arms tiring thing, we'll simply have to have monitors at a more natural angle. Like the ones on the lighting console.

more than 5 years ago

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Sony Dash or Marketer's Dream?

AvenNYC AvenNYC writes  |  more than 4 years ago

AvenNYC (1042622) writes "As a community that routinely rewards contributions with the ability to legitimately disable advertising, I'm wondering how the community feels about the Sony Dash. It seems to be marketed as a Personal Internet Viewer, but in reality it is a super alarm clock with tons of features. It looks great, and I'm sure a lot of these will end up by bedsides across the country. No where on the box or in any of the reviews I have read mention the fact that no matter how you customize the 'apps' on it, it will download and show advertisement apps. There is no way to shut them off, and if you delete them they will be replaced. You can read in the FAQ yourself at: http://dash.chumby.com/help/faq — this is the only place I've heard mention of this. It's under the question: "Why does an app I've removed from a channel keep reappearing?" The answer is: "You may see apps on your Personal Internet Viewer that you didn't put in your channel. These are added by Sony and chumby industries content partners. Sharing these promotional apps with you is how the content stays free — no subscriptions to pay, no plans to sign up for. If you remove a promotional app, it will be replaced."

This must be a marketer's dream, as you check your bedside clock at times when you are otherwise not accessible to advertisers. The customer service agent I spoke with could not actually name the content the ads are paying for, as the 'premium content' (pandora, amazon, netflix, etc) is either paid for by the customer, or free already. The chumby apps are all free from the website, and the developers simply submit them to the website to get listed. So Slashdot, is this unethical? Should they say on the box "Personal Internet Viewer and Corporate Billboard?""

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