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Available CFR Titles on GPO Access - Search the National Archives and Records Administration "Code of Federal Regulations" (I was doing some reasearch on the FCC rule that forces companies like Vonage to have to pay the 5.31% Federal Universal Service Fee--It made my phone bill go from $28.75 to $30.79, but for all the features, ID, waiting, 3-way, forwarding, simulring, free national and free limited international calling.... Can't be beat by lesser companies like Qwest.

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Media Center & Home Theater PC / HTPC Systems - VidaBox --Scott S. and Alex L.... This one's for you guys!
  • “The Dual HD LUX™ & MAX™ systems are perfect for those who can appreciate convenience, high-fidelity audio, and high-quality video performance in a single, easy-to-use package,” says Steven Cheung, co-founder of VidaBox. “High definition is the new video standard, and many customers want the ability to play both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs. Combining that ability with the attractive, rich feature set of media center allows everyone to conveniently use the VidaBox as the center of all their digital entertainment needs. There’s no need to buy two separate high definition disc players, nor is there a need to use a PVR/TiVo®, stereo, DVD player, etc. when everything – TV, movies, music, pictures, and more – can be easily accessed from a single remote at the touch of a button.”
    In addition to being able to play both Blu-Ray and HD-DVD discs at their native 1080p high-definition resolution, the new LUX and MAX Dual HD systems will also feature HDCP-compliant outputs for stunning, high-quality video, dual analog & dual HDTV tuners to record up to four TV shows at once, up to AMD 4600+ dual core processors with 8GB of RAM and a 7950GT video card for maximum speed & power, and up to 3,000GB and 3,750 GB of massive, VidaSafe™-protected storage on the MAX™ and LUX™, respectively."
  • WOW!!! that's all I can say...
    OH, BTW, for those of you who know me... Just a little personal note: "I've given up broadcast television" (I gave up "Live" TV 3.8 years ago when I got a DVR) I no longer support anything other than DVD (or internet). I have given up my 65" TV, my DVR/PVR, my Dish Sattelite, my Bose Sound system, my Sunfire Subwoofer... I'm done. I'll watch a DVD here and there on my little portable 7" DVD player with my Phillips PS115 Personal Sound System (with 1" speakers, self-contained rechargable battery, plays MP3s, AM/FM tuner--no bells no whistles).. Yep, for those of you who know me--I'm sure you are in great shock. But I am working on simplifying my life. It's been about a month now, and I can honestly say, I've never been happier (And Scott S knows how happy I was when I got the 65" and the Sunfire--he was with me), but I've had a lot more time to spend with my family, and they give me far more happiness than TV ever would or could. --And hey! If the TV show is good enough, it will come out on DVD, and I'll see it then...

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    Way to go SKye!!
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    The Straight Dope: What is "passive-aggressive?" Well, if you didn't know before, you do now.

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    That's one of the best no-nonsense explanations I've read about any topic.
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    Daily Herald - The 'secret' to lowering gas prices --I notice this myself, even driving a hybrid. If you keep your speed low (freeway 63-65mph), and carefully accelerate/decelerate, you can save tons of gas. --By mere fact of representation. If I drive 75mph, I get 42mpg, if I drive 65mph, I get 50mpg--Driving fast costs money. You are going the same distance, why not leave a little earlier, and save yourself some cash! (BTW, if you do the math, I drive 44 miles one-way to work, driving at 65mph takes [mathematically] 40 minutes. Driving at 75mph takes 35.2 minutes. So, the amount of time I "Save" is 4.8 minutes, is it worth it?). --when someone DOES actually do the math on this, they will reply, NO it's NOT worth it... However, I don't get paid extra if I arrive to work early, and 5 minutes extra of sleep does me no good either, so forget the adage that time costs money, in the morning time is free it costs me nothing, but gas on the other hand does. So if I save $210 a year, calculating the time to see if it is worth it will only work for you, for me, that time is free. :)

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    Reply to comment from Scott:

    Wow... That is a great comment. I agree with the concept of it, for religious and moral reasons, but I disagree that we should just open up our borders to the world without regard just because it is the "right" thing to do. --I'm definitely not saying that the borders need to be closed either. What I am saying is that there should be order, there IS a LEGAL means for people to enter the country regardless of nationality.

    BTW--It's nice to hear from you Scott, I hope you and your family are well.

    Anyway, I like what you are saying, but in the confines of what was meant to be a humorous posting, and your very hot response to the posting, I would like to say that although your comments are well intentioned, I can't believe that you never lock your front door. I guess there is a chance that you live in a place that has absolutely no crime--but I lock my door. I value my family, and I want to have control of who enters my home, I don't just leave it to chance that any d2d salesperson, or unscrupulous person can just enter at a whim. --However if someone comes pounding at my door begging for help, I will provide it ((BAM BAM, Help, there's been an accident in the street, can you call the police; etc))--Just like the United States. However I'm not pretentious enough to think that we are doing all that we should be doing --there is obvious room for improvement.

    I don't believe that the American roadsign is "No Vacancy", I believe it is, --if you want to stay in the hotel, it is going to cost you--don't expect to come here and live for free. #And I'm not talking about money here#--I'm talking about doing what you need to do to be a good citizen of the country that you wish to belong to (If you are just coming to work, I'm okay with that, but that requires that our government initiate a migrant worker program--I'm all for this--providing help, and letting you keep your dignity--honest pay for an honest days work). IF, however, you are going to live here (ie be a citizen, etc):

    1. Learn the language [or at least attempt to](My wife, from Norway, learned to speak English--she didn't expect to come to America and have people speak to her in Norwegian) --if you are just coming to visit, then no problem, speak your native language.

    2. If you want to be a citizen, pay taxes. --Even Jesus said, "Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar's..."

    3. If you want to petition the government, don't break the law.

    Now, for the people that are already here, sure, I expect our government to provide every opportunity to help them in any way possible. But I don't agree with people demanding rights for which they haven't "paid for" (Again ##NOT necessarily IN MONEY##).

    --So you're right in stating that the problem was oversimplified. The posting was meant to be humorous, and maybe it was in bad taste (like talking about politics or religion at work). It reflects some of my feelings, but it certainly doesn't embody them. I think I have laid it out a little better in this posting:

    1. I believe that illegal immigrants have a right to live and work--and still be citizens of their native country--under the direction and conditions of a program that our government has yet to setup.

    2. To have the rights of a citizen, you need to go through proper channels to become a citizen. (you don't go out and hunt for deer without a license just because it makes better economical sense to feed your family--and if there are 3oo people that apply, and only 5 licenses, there is a lottery, and if you don't get a permit--you don't go hunting illegally--IF you are a good citizen, you keep applying, and you keep waiting until you can go hunting legally).

    3. I wouldn't turn away someone asking for help if I had the means to help them.

    4. If you come to my country _TO LIVE_ then please, learn the language, and I promise that if I ever come to live in your country, I will do the same. (But if you just want to stop by for a visit, I'll do everything I can to accomodate you as a guest in my home).

    Those should accurately reflect my true feelings on the matter. Feel free to comment.

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