top The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files
I think you're puttin a little too much stock in one's
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top TV Show Piracy Soars After CBS Blackout
FYI Global airs the show at 8pm Monday nights here in Halifax. Both Global and CTV here in the Maritimes air shows at the same time as the EST broadcasters beamed in in order to hold onto the simsub rights on Cable and Satellite services EXCEPT for shows that are scheduled to air at 10pm EST as they get rotated to the front of the schedule 3 hours earlier to the 8pm AST time slot rather than have prime time programming airing that late.
about a year and a half ago
top Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon
I like how the journalist blindly accepts their claim to being the #2 e-reader, completely ignoring Google (aka Play bookstore), Apple, or B&N. This smells like a CEO blowing smoke in the hopes of unloading a money-losing business on somebody else.
They're #2 worldwide overall, although a lot of people don't realize it because they've had nothing but trouble trying to crack into the US market where they've been a distant also-ran from the get-go.
top Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon
I won't even seriously consider them until I can read their books on my tablet and phone. I was an early adopter of eBooks, buying my first Rocket eBook reader back around 1998, so I don't have anything against dedicated devices, but there's no longer any need, and I already carry a phone and a tablet which both work great as eBook readers... and with all three of the eBook reader apps I use I can even bounce back and forth between devices, reading on my tablet when it's handy or on my phone when the tablet isn't nearby.
Um.... did you even bother to check? Because yes Kobo DOES have an Android app, I've got it on both my phone and my rooted Nook Color.
top NVIDIA Launches GeForce 700M Mobile GPUs With Improved Power Management
Well current Intel video hardware is part of the CPU itself nowadays (at least for Core i3/i5/i7 parts, lower end parts I'd have to double check). There's nothing Nivida can do that would make running two chips (their GPU and Intel's CPU/GPU combo chip) more power efficient than only running only one of those two when only one's needed.
top Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?
Only thing is, Canadian Netflix and iTunes movie and tv show selection sucks sucks sucks due to separate licensing agreements for the content compared to in US. It's like spending an hour in a video rental store trying to find a movie that you haven't seen that actually wasn't straight to DVD. Most of their selection is "wasn't good enough for the big screen" crap or something from pre-1965. Almost bad enough to make you want to get a TV or a US proxy net connection and fake US zip code and US bank VISA card, but not quite.
Don't need to go quite that far, signing in to your Netflix Canada account while tunneling through a US-based VPN to get a US IP address is enough to get access to the US catalogue. The way Netflix has their streaming service set up all of their streaming subscribers get access to all of the content available in the country you're logging in from, which means if you're travelling internationally you can still have access to SOMETHING. It also means if someone wanted to get around their region restrictions a VPN will do it.
top Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smartphones Opens a Pandora Box
LT18 WiFi works on LT15
I have an Xperia Arc (LT15) but have flashed on the Xperia Arc S (LT18) without any issues to WiFi.
I've got an unlocked Arc (LT15) myself and Sony pushed out the ICS update for me two weeks ago. Wi-fi works perfectly. Maybe part of the reason they decided to hold back the update for the Play was because they knew it might bork the wi-fi... any time you flash unofficial firmware you're taking your chances without a safety net.
top Public AAC Listening Test @ ~96 Kbps [July 2011].
FFmpeg's AAC encoder is not finished (yet?), and flagged as experimental. Including it in such a test is rather a dubious idea: it is likely to give a bad impression of the whole project.
Having the new
vo-aacenc as contender for the Free Software community would IMHO have been more relevant.
Well they ARE using it as the low anchor, i.e. they know full well it's gonna sound bad so if people wind up rating it higher than any of the other options that's an indication that something odd and/or wrong has happened, plus it's helpful just to see a worst case scenario option on the list.
top The Decreasing Impact of Death In Sci-fi
Does this mean we should expect someone from the WWF (WWE) to die and then come back later too?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdGWUHv2McI It's been done.
top Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?
Well actually.... they couldn't air season 1 of Lexx because of licensing issues. Lexx was a Canadian/German co-production, and Showtime was the original US broadcaster but bowed out after season 1. They still had the US broadcast rights to that fist season when Sci-Fi got involved with co-funding season 2. For whatever reason a deal between Showtime and Sci-Fi just didn't get hashed at the time.
top Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?
I recently just dropped one of
these in my system the other day. Doing a search for "front panel" on DX can yield quite a number things to fill up those front bay slots with.
top Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already?
I've seen this rumour flying around all weekend and it all comes from an article published in The Sun, not exactly the epitome of journalistic integrity.
top Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?
Some of you will say that 840x525 is too small (resolution size, not physical display size), but it's a bit larger than 800x480 which is what most netbooks are these days.
Well actually, most netbooks run at 1024x600, at least the ones with a ~9" or ~10" screen size. Some of the newer ones with ~11" screens are even 1366x768. Only the very earliest netbooks with the nigh-unusable 7" screens had the puny 800x480 resolution.
That's not to say 840x525 wouldn't be a workable display size, but personally I know I find any display with less than 1024 pixels across rather irritating to try to use.
top Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?
Ask, and ye shall receive.
Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November
Bah, bring on the REAL gaming news of the day,
top My laptop's battery generally lasts ...
Acer Aspire One with an aftermarket replacement 7200mAh 9-cell battery (going rate on ebay, ~$60 USD), booyah! Sure the new battery weighs as much as the rest of the system, but for more than triple the battery life (up from the 3-cell 2200mAh battery the unit came with) that's fine by me.
top Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End
The finale was reasonably good, but I would have preferred the last scene to have been Adama on top of the hill next to Laura's grave.
I would have stopped it at Kara kissing Anders goodbye and the fleet flying off into the sun, butthat's just me.
top Miro 2.0 Launches Today
I used to use Miro, for the better part of a year, and while I loved certain parts of it there were a few other things that eventually drove me away from using it. I got really tired of the odd crash, which while not a daily occurrence was still often enough to be quite irritating, and then also some videos just wouldn't play properly, and then there was the OBSCENE amount of RAM it used just idling in the background. I don't care what explanations the people over there kept coming up to justify why a glorified podcatcher was using ~150megs of RAM when minimized in the background doing NOTHING other than just checking some RSS feeds once an hour, that just irked me from day one and was a fairly major factor in why I stopped using it.
Now, it's been maybe half a year since I stopped using it, and maybe this 2.0 release is the bees knees fixing this and that, but unless they've gotten that RAM usage down I'll just make do with letting GoogleReader let me know when i can go stream my latest episodes.
top After Monty Python Goes YouTube, Big Jump In DVD Sales
... but couldn't at least some of that increase be from the fact that they had a big honkin' 21-disc box set released not so long ago? Sure it was just repackaging material already out on DVD (it's just the same discs from the old 16 disc box set along with the 5 single-disc "Personal Best" compilations thrown in), but it did get them a "new" release that people might stumble upon in reviews or on a new release chart.
top Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good
A few years ago, all the Radio Shacks in Canada were changed into mini "Circuit Cities," branded as "The Source - By Circuit City" - They were the same size as a Radio Shack, but under the Circuit City brand. I wonder what will happen to them...
The article mentions that they'll continue to operate.
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