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Is Buying an Extended Warranty Ever a Good Idea?

psoriac Their 5 day guarantee seems dubious (329 comments)

With their 5 day guarantee, if they don't have a refurbished item ready to ship back, why would they ever reimburse the original purchase price if their warranties are typically 12-15%? It would be cheaper to just refund the warranty cost.

The company promises to either fix an item and ship it back within five days of receiving it, or reimburse the customer for the itemâ(TM)s purchase price. If one of those two things doesn't happen in five days, SquareTrade refunds the warranty price.

about a year and a half ago
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After 12 years of Development, E17 Is Out

psoriac Re:Does anyone really care any more? (259 comments)

I couldn't finish watching it because of that noise. I have no idea how the video author can stand it, unless it's something his recording software put in (trialware?).

about 2 years ago
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US ISPs Become 'Copyright Cops' July 12th

psoriac Re:The excuse I needed... (409 comments)

I loved them when I lived in north San Jose but they only offer up to 6Mbps where I am now so I went with AT&T's u-verse dsl-only plan at 12Mbps. If sonic.net ever rolls out their fios here I'll sign up the next day.

more than 2 years ago
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Google Pulls Support For CDMA Devices

psoriac No more Sprint either (272 comments)

I guess this means Sprint, who has been pushing Android phones very aggressively for the past 3 years, is left out in the cold too?

more than 2 years ago
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HP Unveils WebOS Tablet, Plans WebOS Computer

psoriac Re:Somewhat underwhelmed.. (148 comments)

At least for the tablet device, there's been talk of video-out support when docked to its inductive charging station.

more than 3 years ago
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HP Unveils WebOS Tablet, Plans WebOS Computer

psoriac webOS + HyperSpace = fast boot option? (148 comments)

HP's acquisition of HyperSpace Linux last year, combined with today's webOS on PC announcement, makes me suspect that they will be using it as a fast boot option on their computers similar to ASUS's Express Gate.

more than 3 years ago
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iPhone Alarm Bug Leads To Mass European Sleep-in

psoriac Re:Is this story for real? (487 comments)

The Palm Pre and Pixi, when placed on the Touchstone magnetic induction charging dock, function as you described (displays time, large snooze button during alarms).

more than 4 years ago
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Facebook Launches Location Based Product

psoriac Re:Turn it Off (130 comments)

On a slightly surprising note, I found that the 'Include me in "People Here Now" after I check in' option defaulted to disabled. At least they got 1/2 right, and to be honest, if you only friended people who were really your friends, letting them check you into places isn't such a horrible thing.

more than 4 years ago
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Tracking Down a Single-Bit RAM Error

psoriac Same thing just happened to Voyager 2 (277 comments)

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/news/news.cfm?release=2010-151

Mission managers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., had been operating the spacecraft in engineering mode since May 6. They took this action as they traced the source of the pattern shift to the flip of a single bit in the flight data system computer that packages data to transmit back to Earth.

more than 4 years ago
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New Malware Overwrites Software Updaters

psoriac Re:I'm torned (78 comments)

Would you be willing to share the process you used to do that?

more than 4 years ago
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EA To Charge For Game Demos

psoriac Hello, Gran Turismo 5 Prologue! (313 comments)

Looks like EA saw how successful Sony's GT-5 Prologue was and decided that this is a viable business model for eagerly anticipated AAA titles.

If the demo purchase price could be applied as a credit on the final release I would have no problem with this, but somehow I think the chances of this being the case are pretty close to 0%.

more than 4 years ago
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What If the Apollo Program Had Continued?

psoriac Lost Apollo 11 tapes not found after all. (389 comments)

I was going to submit this but found someone else already has; currently it's languishing in the firehose. http://slashdot.org/submission/1039753/NASA-Loses-the-Lost-Moon-Tapes-After-All?art_pos=17

According to NPR's Morning Edition, NASA does not have the 'Lost Moon Tapes' containing the raw footage of Neil Armstrong's historic first steps on the Moon, after all. The article claims that the original Apollo 11 recordings were likely erased. Instead, the restoration is being done from the best of the broadcast-format video obtained from a variety of sources, not the original SST signal.

more than 5 years ago
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NASA Loses the Lost Moon Tapes After All...

psoriac Verified by NASA's press release today. (1 comments)

NPR's story is backed up by NASA's own press release issued today:

A team of Apollo-era engineers who helped produce the 1969 live broadcast of the moonwalk acquired the best of the broadcast-format video from a variety of sources for the restoration effort.

[...]

A three-year search for these original telemetry tapes was unsuccessful.

http://www.nasa.gov/home/hqnews/2009/jul/HQ_09_166_Apollo_11_Moonwalk_Video.html

more than 5 years ago
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On iPhone, Searching For Kama Sutra = Porn

psoriac The interface and page turn animation is amazing. (283 comments)

http://th.ingsmadeoutofotherthin.gs/eucalyptus/

Just watching the demo video of Eucalyptus's interface makes me want to purchase it. The search methods, content organization, page zooming, and page turning seem very well designed and polished to me. Integration with Project Gutenberg is a fantastic bonus.

Disclaimer: I have no relationship with either Eucalyptus or Project Gutenberg. I'm just a very impressed hopefully-soon-to-be user.

more than 4 years ago
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Hellgate: London To Be Closed, Possibly Saved?

psoriac State of in-game advertising? (91 comments)

Not having purchased or followed this game after release, I was wondering what the state of the in-game advertising is with this announcement? Will the single-player game still be downloading from the ad content servers, or will those go away as well?

I sort of feel bad for those who purchased lifetime subscriptions, but not really.

more than 6 years ago

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Comcast/Xfinity sets up first internet toll booth.

psoriac psoriac writes  |  about 4 years ago

psoriac (81188) writes "From Level 3's press release: "On November 19, 2010, Comcast informed Level 3 that, for the first time, it will demand a recurring fee from Level 3 to transmit Internet online movies and other content to Comcast’s customers who request such content. By taking this action, Comcast is effectively putting up a toll booth at the borders of its broadband Internet access network, enabling it to unilaterally decide how much to charge for content which competes with its own cable TV and Xfinity delivered content. This action by Comcast threatens the open Internet and is a clear abuse of the dominant control that Comcast exerts in broadband access markets as the nation’s largest cable provider.""
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