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The Cloud: Convenient Until a Stranger Nukes Your Files

Shrubbman Re:He gave away his login.... (262 comments)

I think you're puttin a little too much stock in one's /. UID length

about a year ago

TV Show Piracy Soars After CBS Blackout

Shrubbman Re:What's funny about Under the Dome (314 comments)

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 ago

Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

Shrubbman Re:Kobo #2? Really? (207 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Kobo CEO Says Not Selling Washing Machines Key To Overtaking Amazon

Shrubbman Re:No Android App (207 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

NVIDIA Launches GeForce 700M Mobile GPUs With Improved Power Management

Shrubbman Re:Nvidia seems to screw you over: slower + worse (35 comments)

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.

about a year and a half ago

Ask Slashdot: Best Way To Watch TV In 2012?

Shrubbman Re:No TV, Canadian Netflix and news sites (479 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Android 4.0 Upgrade For Sony Xperia Smartphones Opens a Pandora Box

Shrubbman Re:LT18 WiFi works on LT15 (181 comments)

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.

more than 2 years ago

Public AAC Listening Test @ ~96 Kbps [July 2011].

Shrubbman Re:FFmpeg's AAC encoder is not finished (277 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Does Syfy Really Love Sci-Fi?

Shrubbman Re:Schedulers alienated by SciFi? (742 comments)

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.

more than 3 years ago

Creative Uses For Extra Drive Bays?

Shrubbman Front-panel goodness (366 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Matt Smith Leaving Doctor Who Already?

Shrubbman It's just The Sun (423 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Are There Affordable Low-DPI Large-Screen LCD Monitors?

Shrubbman Re:Set the computer to use half the native resolut (549 comments)

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.

more than 4 years ago

Getting a Classic PC Working After 25 Years?

Shrubbman Re:Dear God, why? (533 comments)

Ask, and ye shall receive.

more than 5 years ago

Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November

Shrubbman Humbug (231 comments)

Bah, bring on the REAL gaming news of the day, MONKEY ISLAND!!!

more than 5 years ago

My laptop's battery generally lasts ...

Shrubbman 8+ hours easy, probably 10+ if I tried (291 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Battlestar Galactica Comes To an End

Shrubbman Re:Five minutes too long (852 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

Miro 2.0 Launches Today

Shrubbman I used to use Miro... (148 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago

After Monty Python Goes YouTube, Big Jump In DVD Sales

Shrubbman Not to be a naysayer.... (281 comments)

... 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.

more than 5 years ago

Circuit City Closes Its Doors For Good

Shrubbman Re:What about "The Source" in Canada? (587 comments)

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.

more than 5 years ago


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