Monday, April 26, 2010

Response from Sharp over their Blu-Ray Incompatability IssueThank you for contacting Sharp Electronics Corporation. An update is being developed to a

I will give Sharp the brownie point for answering quickly and boos and hisses to 20th Century Fox at for creating this crappy mess in the first place. The 'reasons' for screwing up the Blu-Ray and the DVD is supposedly to stop or slow pirating. Well guess what, I can right this second online get either the DVD, the Blu-Ray or a avi or xvid or any type of video in high quality that I would want. Thanks Fox! Treating your customers like criminals who deserve to be treated like criminals so you pretend to make it hard for those who 'pirate' the movies you sell.

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Sunday, April 25, 2010

Avatar (Two Disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo) Glitch Filled Disaster

1.0 out of 5 stars Glitch FIlled Time Eating Mess, April 25, 2010
By gadlaw (Erewhon) - See all my reviews
The movie itself is fun, an experience and an event that I went to see in the Theater a couple of times. This Two-Disc Blu-Ray/DVD Combo is an absolute disaster and not worth the headaches it causes. First of all the DVD is blurry. I know that DVD is supposed to be less sharp than a Blu-Ray version of the same movie but in this case it seems as if they made a concerted effort to create something extra blurry. I've seen DVD's that are as sharp and clear as their Blu-Ray counterparts so I know it's not a limitation of the material at hand. It seems almost purposeful to me and if it's not on purpose then it's incompetence because either way you have a inferior DVD product.

Now let's talk about the Blu-Ray disk. I have a newer Blu-Ray player and it was unable to play this disk. A Sharp player, I was told by the disk itself that I would need to 'update my firmware' in order to play this disk. How many times have you had to 'update the firmware' on your DVD player? Never right? It just worked. With this technology they wait until there is a must buy DVD and tweak their product, making many Blu-Ray players unable to work and you need to be technologically proficient to do the updating. Computerless people are out of luck I would guess. Well, I am proficient with the computer and found an 'update' for my Blu-Ray player which after a few hours of trying to get the unzipped file on a USB Drive I was able to update the player. Great. I put in the Blu-Ray disk and a third of the way through it I am confronted with a glitch. The scene selection dialog and the graphics for it come up every minute for two hours of the movie. I can press the menu button when it comes up and the menu comes up, the scene select graphics fade, I press the menu button again, it goes away and the scene select graphics pop back up to cover a third of the screen. It does this for the second two thirds of the movie. I find as I google it, sure enough, it's a verified 'glitch' that affects some Blu-Ray players and not others.

You need to return this two disk disaster and get your money back. It's a defective product on both counts, the DVD and the Blu-Ray disk. I don't even know what sort of extra DRM and other 'enhancements' they needed to make to make your Blu-Ray experience more slow and painful but that's what they did. Return this Turkey, complain to the manufacturer of the movie or don't buy it at all. It's really a disaster.

Arizona's Efforts to Stem the Tides of Chaos

You know, I am Hispanic and I support Arizona's efforts to regain control of their state. If you were in Mexico you couldn't be without your 'paper's and if you were illegally there you better believe that you'd be arrested. But somehow in the United States we're supposed to continue to follow the liberal ideals where you cannot even ask a illegal if they are illegal since to do so would be to somehow against their constitutional rights - rights they don't have as illegals, rights that nobody has when it comes to being lawfully stopped by police. If I drive I have my licence, my registration, my insurance proof - my 'papers' and I'm expected to carry those when I drive. Why is that? There is a lawful need that my society has determined in order to keep social order and for my protection. So in Arizona, in order to keep social order and for the protection of the citizens of that state and of every other state who comes to Arizona to vacation, they are asking for papers. Wow, how unAmerican of them. Do I want to buy a pack of cigarettes? A beer? Papers please. Do I want to cash a check or perform a financial transaction, use a credit card, buy COLD MEDICINE? Papers please. Arizona has a major crisis of violence and social disorder happening, they can't ask for papers to see if you're in the United States legally? Absurd. And the critics don't live in the real world. Something needs to be done, someone is doing something finally. I hope the rest of the Border states do something similar. Get the gangs out, get the illegals out and return social order and safety to the people who live there.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

More Popularized 'Death to the President' Crap at Facebook this time

This is a Facebook page created so that people can wish for the death of President Obama. They think it's clever enough that their position and desire isn't up front but it is. The person who passed that along in their workplace backpedaled and tried to say they weren't advocating violence against the President of the United States but the implication of the site is clear. Popularizing the desire for violence to befall the President because they do not agree with his policies. Well, I have notified Facebook via their little tab that allows you to report sites and I'm curious to see if this will stand or if Facebook will do the right thing and bring it down as the despicable hate site that is has become and will continue to be. Just reading the posts there and you know what the intention is. It needs to come down. And as a fellow who did vote for Obama I need to realize that not wearing my Obama shirt - which I got for donating to the campaign - is assisting and abetting the noisy minority. So, I've put my Obama shirt back in rotation and wear it out. These folks need to see that they did lose the election and those of us who voted for him are still here.

Saturday, April 03, 2010

The Bible Stuff and Easter - Fantasy and Horrors

You know, it's been a good long time since in my youth the foot of religion was forced upon me. Being made to go to Church and listen to stories like this one. Even at a young age my mind was working and understanding the horrors of what was being told to me. This story - Sodom and Gomorrah being one of many many stories, myths and fireside stories told by Priests surrounded by the trappings of religion. I wasn't impressed, I listened to the words and the meanings. Occasionally being approached by religious people these days I just have to shake my head and hold my fire, as House said 'If logic worked on Religious People there would be no Religious People.
And happy Easter