TheRecklessWanderer (929556) writes "Boxee, manufacturer of The Boxee Box and Boxee DVR as well as developer of the boxee software has been sold to Samsung. Boxee has had a hard time adapting to the quickly changing environment where appliance to TV (morphing into Smart TVs) and i'm sure Samsung is looking to integrate the software in some form or another into their smart TVs." Link to Original Source top
TheRecklessWanderer (929556) writes "Here in Ontario, Canada over the last few years, we have started allowing Casinos to operate within our province.
It started off being for "Charity", now some of the newer ones are "Commercial".
A commercial casino gets 20% of gross gaming revenue and 100% of net profits from commercial casinos. This number was 2.28 billion in 2002/03 Source: http://corporate.olgc.ca/corp_faq_01.jsp
So here is the thing, the government (of Canada) is making money off the addictions of it's population. They even give 2% of gross slot machine revenue from charity and racetrack slots to treatment programs ran by the provinces Ministry of Health.
I know they tax alcohol and gasoline and have other "sin" taxes.
Does this not strike anyone as a huge problem? Your government is praying on the weak members of society and profiting from them. Even Microsoft doesn't do that."
TheRecklessWanderer writes | more than 8 years ago
I would love to have a high Def DVD. Right now there aren't that many movies but I think that more will come, and truthfully, I have seen some guys talking about Battlestar Galactica and Star Wars and Trek and I would love to see those in High Def. Most of the new stuff I couldn't be bothered. I have some concerns, tho, and they are keeping me from buying such a device.
1. I spent 10K on a 50" HD plamsma a couple of years ago, and it does not support HDCP. Now I know that all the studios have not enabled the copyright bit to downscale for non HDCP but who trusts them to keep that going. I don't want to find out 1 year from now I bought a piece of hardware that will show 10 movies in high def.
2. Someone else mentioned that there will be another audio standard coming along. I don't want to have to buy a new reciever and do a bunch of other things when this comes along (and we all know it will).
3. How do I know I am buying the right piece of hardware? I have heard talk of Samsung putting out a dual DVD, which would be great. Then who cares? I'll even pay a premium for it, which is only fair.
4. What about the PS/3 and the Xbox 360 add on component? I have an Xbox 360 already and it would be great to put an add-on HD-DVD on that piece of hardware. Since I finished Oblivion, I haven't used the damn thing anyway.
So for those reasons, I am holding off on buying a HD-DVD. I am very high on almost every technology curve and I always get the newest stuff I can. I love technology. I have more computers at home than I have at work, and I run a stack of servers at work. It's not the money, it's the getting screwed principle that has me worried.