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Barnes & Noble Won't Give Up On the Nook

JackSpratts Nook Owner Here (132 comments)

Bought the Tablet the week of release and paid around $250.00 w/handsome flip cover. It's fits in my suit pocket so it actually goes to meetings. Great screen - easy to read, displays AV content pleasingly (charts, pics, NetFlix etc), good sound. Has page numbers! With format-shifting Calibre I can load any content out there and the expandable memory let's me add all I need. Mine's nearly two years old so the idea of "doing it again" is basically moot. Technology marches etc...I'd buy something up to the 2013 minute now, like the new Nexus 7 with faster page loading maybe, but I have no need to replace my Nook. It's still doing what I paid it to do in '11. It's bulletproof. Battery holding up...It's a real GLU, a great little unit.

1 year,24 days

NHTSA Gives the Model S Best Safety Rating of Any Car In History

JackSpratts 4 Cars? (627 comments)

"And just how strong is the Model S roof, which is secured with aerospace-grade bolts? It broke a testing machine that was pushing down on the roof with the equivalent of the weight of four cars."

Four cars? Pshaw. Forty years ago my Volvo could bench press 6.

1 year,29 days

Amazon Angling For Same-Day Delivery Beyond Groceries

JackSpratts Geek me to the max (193 comments)

Written like a true geekster. Look, shopping isn't particularly about distribution...that may indeed be what selling is about (although I doubt it), but shopping is a whole nuther animal. When I'm stuck behind my tesla 19" wonderwindow for hours, I often lunge at any excuse to get out of the home office. If that means heading to Trader Joes for some fresh ciabatta bread (squeezed by me to be sure) or a taste of that new sauce the nice lady hands me I'm winning on two levels. I'm out of the house and in control of buying and perusing. Bumping into somebody cute is icing on the cake. I can't do any of that from my desk. Certainly for many commodities online shopping has real merit, and it's possible that by chipping away at the margins Amazon may render less enlightened establishments vulnerable, but the breathless prose of the writer is more wishful thinking than anything truly predictive.

1 year,29 days

Wal-Mart To Join Amazon In Providing In-Store Locker Service

JackSpratts OOS, Again (112 comments)

They can barely keep their shelves stocked as it is. They should nail the basics before botching a line extension.

about a year and a half ago

Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

JackSpratts Re:What if... (217 comments)

select "quit asking me," or better yet, install noscript. solves lots of ongoing issues.

about a year and a half ago

Tesla Motors Battles the New York Times

JackSpratts Musk doth protest too much? (700 comments)

First an initial ''charge complete,'' (the point, warned Tesla, where anything more shortens battery life), then a 2 mile detour to Manhattan.

about a year and a half ago

Internet-Deprived Kids Turning To 'McLibraries'

JackSpratts Re:Wow (331 comments)

as a politician in a small northeastern city yours is i think the best reason for strongly supporting our public libraries in two critical areas; keeping the hours of operation as liberal as possible, especially during what may be generally difficult financial times, and keeping the facilities technologically up to date. your story is a reason to continue doing so, a primer on the results and, really, an inspiration.

- js.

about a year and a half ago

A Wish List For Tablets In 2013

JackSpratts Tell ya what (453 comments)

I'm jumping on the first decent tablet that fully renders free, OTA broadcasts - like HD radio and local HD TV - to watch on those increasingly gorgeous screens. If they added shortwave and public service bands to their chip I'd buy two.

about a year and a half ago

Best Buy Chairman and Founder Resigns Ahead of Schedule

JackSpratts ! wonder (322 comments)

Did they inspect his bags before he left?

more than 2 years ago

The Best Streaming Media Player

JackSpratts Multi Purpose Hardware (217 comments)

Interesting article for its limitations but it misses what I think is the real trend - multi purpose devices.

On Black Friday I was all set to purchase some sort of consumer streaming machine when I stumbled across a Sony display at Walmart featuring a Blu-Ray player that also connected to the web via LAN and streamed video content for what I thought was a reasonable 99 dollars. After a little research back home I found a really good deal: a Sony 3D Blu-Ray player (BDP-S580) from Best Buy that also streams dozens of additional internet channels, some free (the 3 Stooges!) via both LAN and inboard Wi-Fi, with resolution up to 1080p, and plays 3D Blu-rays as well. The 109 dollar unit also included 2 USB ports for outboard content and a browser although it doesn't yet support flash. Hook up was a cinch even if Wi-Fi synching did take some time. It's stable however and I haven't had to redo anything in three months of operation including the occasional power outage.

I watch NetFlix and downloaded movie files on my living room TV almost every evening and it's just a much better experience over staring at a desktop PC or laptop which I'd done for years (cord cutter here). NetFlix looks beautiful by the way.

The easy to use device is a game changer for me (no doubt it passes the baby sitter test). I only wish I had it ten years ago.

- js.

more than 2 years ago

So Far, More Than 50,000 Kindle Fire Pre-Orders Per Day

JackSpratts Perhaps... (291 comments)

...once it's rooted and open. Even then, these consume-er devices hold little interest (so far anyway - I used my iTouch for about a month). But if it's walled? Forget it.

- js.

more than 2 years ago

$5M In Torrented Files Presented As Art

JackSpratts Call me Artie (243 comments)

I have 2TBs. I'm twice as arty.

about 3 years ago

Google's Real Name Policy, Why You Are the Product

JackSpratts As Seen on TV (374 comments)

Google is the modern equivalent of a huge, integrated television network, perhaps what in the past might have been a combined NBC/CBS.

It's pricey output, the things it spends its money on, from Google Maps to search to Google + to bandwidth are today's equivalent of tentpole programming like Ed Sullivan, Bonanza, The Tonight Show, Roots etc,. Its product of course, is viewers, us in other words, who are bundled and sold to advertisers in essentially the same fashion the TV networks did in the sixties.

Surely at this point in time this can't be up for debate or even news.

We "watch" Google all day long. Sometimes for hours, sometimes for moments. The fact that we interact a bit more with it doesn't alter the business equation or the reality of our relationship with the company.

- js.

about 3 years ago

McCain Asks For Committee On Wikileaks, Anonymous

JackSpratts Et Tu John? (268 comments)

He damn well better demand an investigation of News Corp. too. Only fair, O'Reilly.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

JackSpratts Re:Starting to seem like the cable bill (488 comments)

i've noticed it depends on the definition of "features" and the newness of the movie. back catalog dvds have everything, but i'm not that into most of it like director's commentary and endless, behind the scenes self congratulatory fluff about how brilliant they all were to have been able to pull off this impossibly difficult film. i really do like the alternate language tracks, subtitles, audio options and chapters and these are almost always on the discs, even the new ones, while none of it is available in the stream, with the possible exception of english for the hearing impaired on a minority of content, which itself is a minority of catalog dvd titles. so it's discs for me from now on. then there's amazon prime, so much more than movies but $17/year cheaper than netfix's streaming only option.

more than 3 years ago

Netflix Announces Streaming Only Plans and Higher Prices for DVDs

JackSpratts Starting to seem like the cable bill (488 comments)

It'll be full DVDs for me. Menus, x-tra features (RIPPABLE! - ahem) various languages & subs for the hearing impaired etc. Never streamed that much anyway. I'll stick to discs-by-mail, thanks.

more than 3 years ago

BitTorrent Chat Demystified

JackSpratts Can you? (71 comments)

Yes, and it's called WASTE. Came out in '03 and I've been "running" a decentralized mesh non-stop ever since.

more than 3 years ago



JackSpratts JackSpratts writes  |  more than 7 years ago

JackSpratts writes "According to sources deep within NASA, the massive fastener running through the heart of the planet is heading for failure. The coming catastrophe might not be limited to Saturn. An event of this magnitude would likely affect nearby bodies as well. Photographic evidence recently analysed indicate the rate of failure is increasing, and this has led to a scramble for a fix and a secret search for a shadowy group long rumored responsible for planetary management. NASA admits "no easy answers." ?t=23793"


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