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Watch Out Netflix, Amazon Streaming Video to Prime Users

evw Sorry students, Family Members *AND* "Amazon Moms" (218 comments)

Nor to anyone who currently get free Amazon shipping via a family member who is a member of Amazon Prime. The free video only applies to the single Amazon Prime member account:

"Prime instant videos require an Amazon Prime membership and are not included with the free shipping benefits provided by Amazon Mom, Amazon Student, or if you are a guest of an Amazon Prime member. To watch Prime instant videos, sign up for a $79 Amazon Prime membership at If you are a member of Amazon Mom and sign up for a $79 Amazon Prime membership, you will lose any additional months of Amazon Prime shipping benefits you may have earned."

Amazon video on demand:

Subset of "Prime Eligible" movies that Amazon will stream free to Prime members today (2153 results):

more than 3 years ago

Reuse Code Or Code It Yourself?

evw prototype quickly, optimize later (429 comments)

If you'd tried to write it all yourself from scratch from the beginning you'd still be coding and you wouldn't have gotten the feedback about what needs to change as quickly. Prototype quickly then optimize later.

more than 5 years ago

How Do Geeks Exercise?

evw Bike to work (1806 comments)

Bike to work. (Make living close enough to bike a priority.)

more than 6 years ago



Dual Screen Laptops Coming Soon

evw evw writes  |  about 5 years ago

evw (172810) writes "When a gigantic desktop replacement laptop isn't enough, try one of these dual screen laptops. All joking aside, when they finally have thin enough flexible screen technology that it doesn't add appreciable weight to the thing, I'll be the first in line. For now this just smacks of "because I can". Gizmodo estimates it will weigh "at least 12 pounds" and is skeptical of the promised end of year availability."

Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago

evw evw writes  |  more than 5 years ago

evw (172810) writes "The Wall Street Journal reports (subscription required, or google the url and click from Google) that Steve Jobs had a liver transplant two months ago. He is on track to return to work at the end of June. William Hawkins, a doctor specializing in pancreatic and gastrointestinal surgery at Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., said that the type of slow-growing pancreatic tumor Mr. Jobs had will commonly metastasize in another organ during a patient's lifetime, and that the organ is usually the liver. Having the procedure done in Tennessee makes sense because its list of patients waiting for transplants is shorter than in many other states. There are no residency requirements for transplants. Also in the Mercury News."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "Subrosasoft has announced MacLockPick that claims to grab all the passwords stored in the Key Chain including but not limited to logins, disk images, Wi-Fi passwords, iTunes, iChat, Remote Desktop, email, all your banking info, and peer to peer information. MacNN, Gizmodo and other blogs review it.

This sounds like snake-oil to me. Granted, anyone with physical access to your machine to plug in this USB based device can probably pwn you to start with, but this device seems to rely on the user leaving everything wide open. If you use FileVault, turn off auto-login, require a password to wake from sleep, use a decent password and don't grant KeyChain Access blanket permission to access your key chains, does this thing really work? It seems to me that it relies on the digital equivalent of the password written on a post-it stuck to the monitor.

But even if the claims are true, don't panic because it's only for sale to licensed investigators."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "The NYTimes reports that the Turner Broadcasting System and the ad agency responsible have reached a $2M settlement with the city of Boston and state and federal agencies that treated the light boards placed around the city as an act of terrorism (as covered earlier on /.) Half of the money is to cover direct costs associated with the response. The other $1M goes to "goodwill funds" that will be used for response training and public outreach."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "The numbers are in and the best selling console this past Christmas was the six year old PlayStation 2 at 1.4 million units! The Xbox 360 sold 1.1m, Wii sold 600k and PS3 sold 491k. The lessons? 1) The new consoles were supply constrained. Analysts thought the Wii would sell twice as many but they couldn't ship enough of them. 2) Price is important. Consumers would rather buy an old machine with tons of games available than drop a lot of money on something new. I'll bet PS3 picks up when people start upgrading and the prices have dropped. Interestingly, other news sources took the same data and neglected to mention the part about PS2 coming out on top."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "TiVo and Comcast announced at CES that they would make TiVo software available for the generic Comcast HD DVR. "Working in concert with Comcast, TiVo has developed a software application that will enable Comcast to deploy the service for a modest monthly fee to existing set-top boxes without an additional in-home visit by a technician." The extra monthly cost has not been announced. Apparently they started doing trials of this at the end of 2006. This is great news because I love my TiVos but I'm fed up with DirecTV and was ready to look at a Series3 but it was going to be tough to justify the steep price vs. the generic cable company box."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "The NYTimes is reporting that legislation was introduced in the Senate on Tuesday in support of Net Neutrality. It is bipartisan legislation introduced by Olympia Snowe, R-Maine and Byron Dorgan, D-N. Dakota, however the article notes that Senator Snowe is one of the few Republicans that supports it. "Senior lawmakers, emboldened by the recent restrictions on AT&T and the change in control of Congress, have begun drafting legislation that would prevent high-speed Internet companies from charging content providers for priority access."

This isn't the first attempt. Last year a similar amendment was blocked. However, conditions placed on AT&T in its merger with SBC have emboldened supporters of the legislation."

evw evw writes  |  more than 6 years ago

evw (172810) writes "The NYTimes reports that legally questionable music download site plans to offer free song downloads. The catch? "Users of the new service will only be able to listen to songs by using the AllofMP3 software, and the songs will be usable on just one computer at a time. The interface, called Music for the Masses, will initially be available for Microsoft Windows, with an Apple version arriving in several weeks, Mr. Mamotin said." Normally the site charges $1 per album for DRM-free mp3 files. They claim to operate within Russian copyright law by turning over 15% of revenue to a collecting agency."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes "For the first time, investigators have traced the source of the recent E. coli outbreak to a specific source: a cattle ranch near a spinach farm. While past investigations have traced outbreaks to a region, extensive use of genetic testing in this outbreak has identified the actual source of the contamination. The next step is identifying how the E. coli got from the cattle ranch across the street to the spinach farm. The CA Dept. of Health has an extensive summary of the outbreak while the SJ Mercury News has a report on this most recent development.

From the article: "This is very significant. However, our investigation is not concluded in any way shape or form,'' said Kevin Reilly of the state Department of Health Services. "We do not have a smoking cow at this point.'' The explanation could be anything from wandering cattle to water run-off, or one of several wild boars that have been foraging and knocking down fences on the property."

evw evw writes  |  more than 7 years ago

evw (172810) writes " reports that on it's most recent misssion the space shuttle was hit by a micrometeorite causing a small but significant hole. It hit a radiator panel by the cargo bay doors, not the heat shield. Had it the reinforced carbon panels on the leading edges of the wings it could have been Columbia all over again. More realistically, if it had caused a leak in the Freon coolant in the radiator panel it would have forced an immediate end of the mission. By historical standards, it was a major hit, said James Hartsfield, a NASA spokesman, who called it "the second-most-damaging particle that we've encountered in the program." Mr. Hartsfield added, however, that the damage was slight. "It posed no danger to the crew and no change to the mission," he said. Still, Mr. Hartsfield said, "Basically, every flight comes back with some type of impact," and so "when you see damage like this, I wouldn't say people are really surprised." The NYTimes also reported the impact."


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