Being the world’s favorite search engine has brought Google and its founders to positions of unimagined wealth, influence, and power. Every small tweak to the company’s search algorithms is pored over and studied by the millions of websites that depend on the traffic it drives their way. Not surprisingly, bigger entities in the web realm keep a stern eye on Google’s activities too, and their response has manifested itself over the past couple of years through the actions of a group called FairSearch.
If the only thing standing between you and the purchase of an iPad is the existence of a large, remote controlled spy tank, we’ve got some rough news for your bank account. Brookstone is offering up the Rover App-Controlled Spy Tank, an iPad / iPhone / iPod touch-controlled toy tank that can capture audio and video and send it back to your iOS device. The tank can be controlled at distances of up to 200 feet and works around walls. The app is available as a free download and the tank will run you $ 150. That price includes six AA batteries, but apparently won’t cover therapy for distressed house pets.
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Question by ERGG BLAAHH: Why do some people hate the IPhone? Is it cause they are jealous? ppl from verizon expecially, everytime I say “i like the iphone”, all the verizon ppl say “its not good”
even though the battery kinda sucks i heard, not sure if its true thou, its still good…
thanks i am wondering why!
Answer by Katieit is so heavy!
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Question by Guaranteed Eternal Sanctuary Man: Don’t you hate it when, in commercials, the actors say “d’everything”? Like, in that cell phone commercial, or whatever.
“I need my iPhone” (for all intents and purposes) “for, well…d’everything!”
Why is it that after pausing before saying something, the actors ALWAYS SEEM TO SAY “d’everything” instead of “everything”?
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The manufacturers of cable boxes/DVR’s and cable companies hate the environment so much they don’t care how much electricity their shittily designed garbage boxes waste. Or, let’s be honest, how well they work. You know how many times I’ve missed Gossip Girl because their stupid crapbag didn’t record it? Zero, I always catch it live. Still, it’s really slow and it does piss me off.
These set-top boxes are energy hogs mostly because their drives, tuners and other components are generally running full tilt, or nearly so, 24 hours a day, even when not in active use.
Similar devices in some European countries, for example, can automatically go into standby mode when not in use, cutting power drawn by half. They can also go into an optional “deep sleep,” which can reduce energy consumption by about 95 percent compared with when the machine is active.
Cable companies say customers will not tolerate the time it takes to reboot the system once the system has been shut down or put to sleep.
“The issue of having more efficient equipment is of interest to us,” said Justin Venech, a spokesman for Time Warner Cable. But, he added, “when we purchase the equipment, functionality and cost are the primary considerations.”
LOL @ “functionality and cost”. How about JUST cost? God, even the search function is f***ing pathetic on my cable box. It’s so bad I was trying to record Adult Swim and wound up with like 10 hours of gay porn. *poker face* You think my roommate will buy that? It’s been an awkward three days.
Atop TV Sets, a Power Drain That Runs Nonstop [newyorktimes]
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This is an 8-bit version of that girl’s annoying ‘Friday’ song. I say “that girl’s” because I can’t bring myself to say her name without projectile vomiting. Rebecca BLU-BLU-BLAAAAAAAAAAAAAHH!!! See? Granola bars hurt on the way back up. Admittedly, this 8-bit version is kinda catchy without the words. *getting stoned to death*
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We’d typically expect a plaintiff to remain mum with legal action pending, but in a bizarre twist, Lodsys has taken to its blog to defend its reputation — or something. You may recall the patent holding firm’s letter, sent to individual Apple iOS developers last week demanding licensing fees for a somewhat-obscure patent. Understandably, the letters and related coverage prompted a negative response from developers and supporters. Posts to the Lodsys blog may be in response to inappropriate emails received over the weekend, which include death threats and “hateful bile” sent to Mark Small, the firm’s CEO. Click on through for full details.
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The second half of GameIndustry.biz’s interview with Codemasters’ Rod Cousens has gone up (the first had discussed the success of F1 2010, and he shines light on the dark practice of retailers selling pre-owned video games. You’ll recall that publishers are pretty fed up with the likes of GameStop for buying used games for pennies on the dollar, then selling those games onto people for pure profit. Video game publishers see none of the second-hand money, so they’re like, “Hey! This stinks!”
THQ may have gone overboard with its criticism of gamers who buy second-hand games, but it’d be very hard to at least not be sympathetic to their situation. (Then again, does anybody care when Ford doesn’t see any money when you buy a used car? Nuance is hard!) Whether or not that justifies EA’s Project $ 10, I don’t know.
I also don’t see why you’d be a used video game unless the game is out-of-print. Does it make any sense to walk into GameStop and buy Modern Warfare 2 for a whopping $ 5 off the new price when Amazon has a seemingly endless supply of new copies for just those $ 5 more?
But Codemaster’s solution is rather disappointing:
t’s not inconceivable to say that we send out a Formula One game that’s not complete – maybe it’s got six tracks. Then they have to buy their next track, and you follow it around the world. When you turn up in Abu Dhabi you have to pay for the circuit, and whatever the changes are to the cars that are put through. That, I think, would deal with a lot of it, and also address the pre-owned
Now, if Codemasters were to sell that game for, say, $ 20, then I’d be fine with that. If you’re only going to sell one-third of a game (the F1 season next year will have 20 races) then you should only be able to charge one-third of the price. Go ahead and charge $ 3 per additional track, but please do not think of charging full price for a crippled game, then charge even more for the DLC. That would be bad.
But I fully trust Codemasters to opt for my idea, sell the game at discount, then charge for each additional DLC track. I’ve no problem with that.
But something Cousens said was spot-on: why are the retailers being such jerks? Why are they being so antagonistic about selling pre-owned games? It’s not like they’re providing some tremendous service that can’t be replicated elsewhere. EBay says hi, right?
All the more reason to embrace digital distribution. Good Old Games just made Baldur’s Gate 2 available for $ 9.99. How can retail top that?
I know fire extinguishers aren’t really on everybody’s Christmas lists, but if I saw these in a store window, you’re darn tootin I’d stop and look, buster. If you’re going to put out a fire, why not look good doing it?
These HalGuard extinguishers were originally designed for use on racing circuits, where a foam or liquid agent might gum up the engine and cause further failures. The Halotron1 substance these awesome-looking things fire out quickly evaporates, meaning it should be less harmful to electronics and sensitive materials.
Of course, if you’re shooting a fire extinguisher at your computer, chances are it’s already pretty much done for.
They come in red and chrome, as you see above; the chrome is a luxury feature and adds a little bit to the ~$ 130 price.