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  • Jan 25th, 2011 @ 11:10am

    Re: Too much TV?


    Just because it was on TV does not make it true.
  • Jan 25th, 2011 @ 11:08am

    Re: Too much TV?

    If it is intended for use.

    If they were selling it as a casket for use in a burial, AND, not disclosing the previously used nature of the casket, then yes, I would imagine that is illegal. Prevents dishonest funeral homes from selling the same caskets over and over.

    Anything can be sold as a "collectible" as long as the item itself is legal.
  • Nov 15th, 2010 @ 8:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Neftlix is not what it is cracked up to be

    The deficiencies in their catalog is not due to their narrow-mindedness but is due to the studios dictating what can and cannot be streamed, and for how long.

    The studios have even started dictating a lag in physical DVD rentals on services such as Netflix and Blockbuster. Their reasoning is that people interested in the movies will be more likely to purchase them instead.

    But, ultimately I think Netflix is a decent service. What cannot be streamed can be to you in a physical shipment in about a day.
  • Nov 3rd, 2010 @ 1:48pm

    Re: Wrong Approach

    That would be too logical.
  • Oct 29th, 2010 @ 2:34pm

    Stupidity reigns...

    when it comes to the corporate handling of this.

    Previously, I noticed that when the ebook was released at the same time as the hardback, it was generally priced at what the paperback would be. I though this was acceptable. I'd even be willing to pony up a little extra for the convenience of not having to wait.

    Now, the prices of the ebooks are getting close to that of the hardback.

    There is a simple formula that could be applied here, but it will never happen. Corporate bean counters do not seem able to, or willing to, differentiate between physical and digital media. Not going to rehash the production cost issues as they are all well known to us.

    I think that the cost of the ebook should be a fixed precentage of the least expensive print copy. Let's assume the difference between hard back and paper back. Just for the sake of this example, let's say that Publisher A has a $30 hard back price and that same book, when goes to paper back is $10. That means if we assume an ebook distribution at the paper back price, then we apply that same 66.6% difference to the ebook 6 - 12 months later when the paper back is published. So instead of an ebook at the same or greater price than the paper back, we get an ebook at 1/3 the cost ($3.33).

    Seems simple to me, but I am not a corporate bean counter with my head up the CEOs ass and my hand in my customers' pockets.
  • Oct 26th, 2010 @ 1:51pm

    Re: Yeah, uh, I CALLED IT

    Not just disney...

    Until recently, neither he nor the WWF/WCW (titan Sports) owned the full rights to his "Hulk" name. "Hulkamania," "Hulk Hogan," and "Hulkster" were all owned by Marvel Comics. The WWF/WWE made a deal with Marvel to use the name "Hulk." This was also done with WCW when Hogan went to WCW. Also, WCW used "Hollywood Hogan" to cancel the Marvel deal, but the deal was still alive. However, before the 2006 release of his multidisk anthology, Hogan acquired the rights to the name Hulk Hogan from Marvel. The trademark citation "Hulk Hogan is a trademark of Terry Bollea" can be found on the DVD-set credits.

    The above was taken from
  • Oct 25th, 2010 @ 3:29pm

    Re: other states that will follow suit (as Jeff Dierking)

    Washington State already does for most things.
  • Nov 24th, 2009 @ 7:41am

    Re: (as Jeff Dierking)


    I lost faith in him during the campaign when he said, "I didn't inhale," and that was compounded when he lied about the oval office hummer.

    A liar is a liar. End of story.
  • Aug 5th, 2009 @ 12:41pm

    Hmmm.... (as Jeff)

    I guess I should look in to suing Krylon as well as the masonry company that laid the wall for the graffiti on the walls outside that says I'm a dick.
  • Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:39am

    Re: I see the point, but... (as Jeff Dierking)

    err, fraqgment alert...

    The arguments about an app (no matter how stupid or trivial) is an app if it is sold separately is a valid argument.
  • Jul 16th, 2009 @ 7:37am

    I see the point, but... (as Jeff Dierking)

    The arguments about an app (no matter how stupid or trivial) is an app if it is sold separately.

    As an owner of a G1, what I find interesting is the number of apps that the App Store has that are not free that are free in the Android Marketplace. I work with an iPhone fanatic and he is always showing off apps he "bought for $0.99". Then I go and get the same app, or at least an app with the same functionality for free.

    The number people should focus on is the number of downloaded apps. I read recently, but cannot remember where, that of all of the apps only about 10 - 15% are downloaded with any level of significance. Not sure if there is any merit to that. But if Apple wants to put out a billion useless, crappy apps and claim they have over a billion apps, who cares? Only people I can see having issue are the iPhone/iPod fans and the sheeple that gravitate to the iPhone/iPod because "everyone has one".
  • Jul 8th, 2009 @ 8:11am

    Ads? No thanks! (as Jeff Dierking)

    I am all for getting free content, but the last place I want to deal with ads is in my reading.

    I bought a Kindle a couple of months ago and I love it. I would likely not make use of a free/reduced price catalog if it meant ads were going to interrupt the flow of the book I am reading.

    I would like to see Amazon implement a policy whereby purchase of a hardcover book qualified for a reduced price Kindle version. I own a few dozen hardcover books of authors I enjoy. However, a first read of any book for me entails carrying it with me to work, on the bus, etc. A hardback just is not suited to that. However, a re-read is something, at times, done more leisurely. When I contacted Amazon asking about reduced Kindle versions with purchase of a hardcover, I was told that was not an option.

    We'll see where this goes.
  • Jun 17th, 2009 @ 8:15am

    I wonder... (as Jeff)

    if companies like Sony realize that this could hurt them.

    If some one buys a CD but wants to listen to the music on an MP3 player, they are breaking the law in ripping the disk.

    This puts companies that make the players in a position to either promoting electronic distribution models or avoiding the realization that they are potentially promoting illegal activities (at least in Japan).
  • Mar 10th, 2009 @ 12:01pm

    Re: But unlike software solutions.. (as Jeff)

    Don't give them any ideas.

    And yes, it is 20. (2 each for the 8 pawns and the 2 knights)
  • Feb 28th, 2009 @ 6:02pm

    Re: Re: Sob (as Jeff)

    Not entirely:

    Apple does not offer an unlocked iPhone for developers. As such, the only way to do that level of development on another network is to jailbreak it.

    As such, comparing Google to Apple is like comparing apples to oranges.

    If they were to do this exclusion to unlocked, non-Dev-G1 phones, then it would be the same.
  • Feb 27th, 2009 @ 8:55pm

    Re: Sob (as Jeff)

    Nothing to be ashamed about. I am a Linux advocate. Sure it is a form of DRM, but it is not like they are saying, "No Apps" or trying to claim copyright infringement for a jailbreak phone.

    No reason to have a Dev-G1 unless you are a dev. Then, ask yourself, is it necessary to have those paid apps on the handset?

    As it is, a lot of the apps have free alternatives.
  • Feb 27th, 2009 @ 8:18pm

    Re: Re: Let's clarify... (as Jeff)

    That is my next foray. :)
  • Feb 27th, 2009 @ 8:17pm

    Re: Sooooo... (as Jeff)

    If you are not on the Dev-G1, then it is a moot point.
  • Feb 27th, 2009 @ 3:55pm

    Re: Re: Re: Let's clarify... (as Jeff)

    Can you tell me what your APN settings are for that then as I have gone round and round trying to get it set.
  • Feb 27th, 2009 @ 3:10pm

    Re: Let's clarify... (as Jeff)

    Not entirely.

    It is not that it is unlocked. It is that the dev-G1 allows access to the protected storage that paid apps are stored in, thus being able to copy them and distribute them.

    Also, the Android Marketplace allows for uninstalls/refunds within 24 hours. So, with a dev-G1, one could conceivably purchase, copy, uninstall to get the refund and then restore the program.

    There is no restrictions on the use of the G1 in an unlocked state. The Marketplace is run by Google, not Tmobile. Tmobile will supply the unlock codes if you have had the G1 for more than 6 months.

    Getting it 100% functional on a different network is another story entirely. I have an unlocked G1 (not a dev phone) and have it on AT7T. All is working excep 3G and MMS. AT&T uses a non-standard 3G frequency. As to the MMS, not sure why that is not working.

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