Sidestepping A-to-D Convertors For Town Government's Cable TV?
That's exactly what I was thinking. If, as the OP says, "Most of the TVs in the town have digital tuners," then why screw around with boxes at all?
Jobs Says No Tethering iPad To iPhone
A couple more "can'ts" that are the reasons I've got a Blackberry for a work phone when we had the option to get iPhones:
1. No ability to change the New Mail notification sound without jailbreaking.
2. No ability to set up alerting rules for email. If one of my servers goes down at 3 am, I need to be woken up to fix it. If Dell sends me spam, I don't. Yeah, there are apps, but they involved, at least a couple months ago, forwarding your email to an outside server and then having it come back into the app. That won't fly for business.
3. Zero support for importance flags in email. Maybe this is an MS-only, non-RFC thing. I'm not sure. But if business adoption is desired this is a pretty widespread piece of functionality to ignore.
If I'm wrong and there's some buried functionality to do this (without jailbreaking/warranty voiding) that Slashdot will flame me for not finding, great. You'll have made the IT dept of a smallish company very happy.
New Super Mario Bros. Wii Tops 10 Million Sales
Target had none.
Kmart had none.
Walmart had none.
Blockbuster had boxes on the "Buy this stuff" shelf. I picked one up, went to the counter, and told the clerk I'd like to buy it. She looked behind the counter for a while, then went to the back. Returning, she placed the empty box back on the "Buy this stuff" shelf and said "Sorry, we don't have any of these."
Lack of immediate gratification seriously made me consider dusting off my pegleg and eyepatch.
Game Distribution Platforms Becoming Annoyingly Common
Just these days?
This stuff really brings back memories of clearing out TSRs to run games in the early 90's. Tweaking config.sys and autoexec.bat to clear out that last few k of memory so Doom would run.
This is not new. Fewer people care at this point because resources are not as scarce, but companies have been doing this for a very long time.
Heat Engines Shrunk By Seven Orders of Magnitude
As I'm not up on my Slashdot measurement schemes at the moment, can you provide a beer-kegs to libraries-of-congress conversion?
If the result could be in furlongs per hogshead, that would be great.
Nexus One Name Irks Philip K. Dick's Estate
So an arguably justifiable lawsuit is brought about by someone whose name is "Isa Dick"?
Going Head To Head With Genius On Playlists
Not immediately following in the lyrics, but apropos none the less re: music - I asked how much you pay for this she said nothin' man it's stolen.
Mainstream Press "Cringes" At Win7 Launch Parties
Search the parent folder for *.xml, then drag from the search results window to the desired folder. Done. Not mv */*.xml but pretty quick.
Casual Games Quickly Transforming the MMO Market
If I had mod points I'd give you +1 Obscure-as-all-hell for the probably unintentional Frankenhooker reference to SuperCrack.
The Design Failures That Led To Rock Band
Seriously guys, who in their right mind honestly believes that there is any correlation between Rock Band/Guitar Hero and learning to play a guitar. The two have absolutely nothing in common. People play guitar hero or rock band for a bit of fun, they have no interest in learning how to play a guitar.
Ummm... I enjoy these games on Easy, maybe Medium settings. When I thought about it for a while, I thought I could put effort into learning how to do them on Hard, Impossible, or Pigfuckingly Insane, then thought some more. I figured I'd keep enjoying them on Easy and put the effort into actually learning to play a guitar. So I bought one.
I'm still awful at it, but it's enjoyable nonetheless, and in a completely different way than the games.
Gardeners Told to Give Exhausted Bees an Energy Drink
Nope. Not at all. It just invokes Rule 34.
Hands-On Preview of Microsoft Office 2010
Or at least take a break to play Portal.
10 Business Lessons I Learned From Playing D&D
Of course not.
You put the portable hole at the bottom of the sea. To drain it.
And into the bag of holding you put a leftover troll part to regenerate and suffocate. Rinse and repeat until you've got one really pissed off dead-crazy troll. Then with the help of a flying wizard upend the bag over an enemy encampment. Troll bomb!
GPS-Based System For Driving Tax Being Field Tested
Fuck that bullshit.
Seriously. This flat-out penalizes people who drive cars that get good mileage.
Just add to the gas tax. That's incentive to either drive fewer miles or get better mpg, both of which are good things.
Social Networks As Gaming Platforms
You probably want your phone to just make and receive calls, and your personal music player to just play music.
Who is your favorite fictional doctor?
No Doctor Nick?
Can Cable Companies Store Shows For Us?
Both from a viewer's perspective and a rightsholder-who-gets-paid-when-content-plays perspective.
World of Warcraft 3.1 Patch Brings Dual-Specs, New Raid
You've got the Blizzard standard opinion down pat:
"could have teamed-up with them to complete the goal cooperatively, an essential part of what makes the game appealing."
"don't look at other players as the enemy, but allies to be made for now and for the future."
I, and more than a few others, don't really have any interest in grouping in WoW. My time to play is such that I can't really schedule it, and a dedicated Thursday-night raid just ain't gonna happen. Pick-up raids? No thank you. Way too messy with lots of folks who know even less about the dungeons than I do.
Blizzard very much angles the endgame, and even 60+, at groupers. The gear difference alone is staggering. I'm at 63 and my subscription's about to run out. I'll let it. Were the next patch to come with soloable versions of instances I might come back. Don't see that happening though.
I do enjoy the game, I think what Blizzard's built is pretty damn cool. But I just want to solo and I'm near the end of the curve of where that's enjoyable.
Handset Vendors Plug Micro-USB Charge Ports
Even better are RIM's Blackberry mini-USB wall chargers, which will charge a BB just fine but won't do shit for a Motorola. (At least PEBLs anyways, and I think the RAZR's the same thing in a different housing)
Build a BoxeeBox and Wean Yourself From Cable
Soldering's unnecessary. All the old-school Xboxes I've modded have been with solderless hardware modchips.
The powers that be...
Hmmm... I've had 3 sets of mod points in two weeks? Whoever's assigning these must think it's funny.