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How Long Until Kelly Writes About This?

From the AP:

Manuel Villanueva realizes he has been getting a pretty good deal since he signed up for Netflix Inc.’s online DVD rental service 2 1/2 years ago, but he still feels shortchanged. That’s because the $17.99 monthly fee that he pays to rent up to three DVDs at a time would amount to an even bigger bargain if the company didn’t penalize him for returning his movies so quickly.

Netflix typically sends about 13 movies per month to Villanueva’s home in Warren, Mich. – down from the 18 to 22 DVDs he once received before the company’s automated system identified him as a heavy renter and began delaying his shipments to protect its profits.

The same Netflix formula also shoves Villanueva to the back of the line for the most-wanted DVDs, so the service can send those popular flicks to new subscribers and infrequent renters.

The little-known practice, called “throttling” by critics, means Netflix customers who pay the same price for the same service are often treated differently, depending on their rental patterns.

Since I know that Kelly is quite the movie buff, I’m sure he’s been screwed by the man on this one.


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Serenity Now

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Went to Alum Creek today to ride, since the weather here is beginning to turn unpleasant. Can’t really complain too much about today though, since it was about 55 degrees. Compared to last week when the temperature hovered around the 40 degree mark, it felt almost spring-like. The trail was a little sketchy in some of the turns due to all the fallen leaves, but overall it was a blast. Hopefully, this weather will stick around for awhile, and I can squeeze in a few more rides before the snow comes.

Finally got around to seeing Serenity last Tuesday. Overall, it was one of the better movies I’ve seen this year. Of course, since I also enjoyed Firefly, that’s not terribly surprising.

I’ve been spending more time than usual working on various FE and GNOME projects, since the weather has been turning nasty. I managed to push out new packages in FE for Liferea, SDL_mixer, and XChat-GNOME. I’ve also spent some time working on adding some help documentation to Gossip. While working on that, it made me realize how poor my writting skills have gotten over the years. Maybe that realization will be enough incentive for me to post here more often.

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Been a while since I posted, but I’ve been fairly busy and rather unmotivated to write anything. Hopefully this month I will get a little better about updating this blog, but we’ll have to wait and see.

I’ve been playing around with Thoggen the last few days. Over all it’s a pretty sweet application, though the encoding is slow as hell. Figure I’ll work on getting the package and it’s dependencies in shape, and then submit it to the Livna repository. Unfortunately, due to patent issues (libdvdread, etc.), it can’t go into Fedora Extras repository. Also, since it depends on gstreamer-plugins 0.8.10, it won’t be available until FC5 comes out.

Watched Lost In La Mancha last night. Pretty entertaining documentary.

Update: Looks like this might be able to go into FC4, since Thomas Vander Stichele has already submitted the necessary gstreamer-plugins to Livna. Here’s the Bugzilla request.

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Voodoo Redux

Sweet. Got my bike back today, after having dropped it off on Sunday. In addition to having the rear wheel rebuilt, I also had the bike cables replaced. It ended up costing me around $150 altogether, but it was worth it. The bike feels brand new, though this is mainly due to the new cables.

Watched Ocean’s Twelve this weekend. Very mediocre.

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I believe this is called ‘Natural Selection’


Two Star Wars fans are in a critical condition in hospital after apparently trying to make light sabres by filling fluorescent light tubes with petrol [gasoline]. A man, aged 20, and a girl of 17 are believed to have been filming a mock duel when they poured fuel into two glass tubes and lit it.

Obviously, the Force was not with them.

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Fanboy Alert

The Serenity Trailer has been release. Heck, I’m more interested in seeing this than the new Star Wars.

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Went to see The Incredibles last night. Very cool movie, it really solidifies Pixars reputation for doing the best computer animation movies today. Surprisingly, the theater wasn’t terribly crowded last, which was nice. I was more than a little worried, that it would be full of little kiddies. Nothing I hate more than crying kids at a movie.

The Incredibles

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