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  1. Michael St. Clair

    What Does XM/Sirius Merger Mean for Opie and Anthony?

    O&A just aren't that relevant in the satellite business and they'll definitely end up back on terrestrial.
  2. Michael St. Clair

    ever put mattes on a plasma

    I guess the days of the old HTF are long gone. We used to talk about mattes all the time here. People used to create them to black out the extra bars when watching 2.35:1 DVDs (and any widescreen DVDs on a 4:3 set). It may seem silly but it gave more pleasing picture since no set has a truly...
  3. Michael St. Clair

    ever put mattes on a plasma

    I'd like to keep the grey side bars or dynamic grey side graphics in order to reduce the chance of an permanent image retention when watching 4:3 material. But buy, I sure don't like looking at them. My concern is heat. The front glass of plasmas can get a bit warm and I have to wonder if...
  4. Michael St. Clair

    DualDisc may not be "all that" according to this

    As opposed to 99.9% of SACD buyers. I'm not totally wild about DualDisc, but the ones I have play fine. Ultimately this just means less high-res and surround pop/rock, but I guess some will celebrate that as they would rather have no high-res or surround than to have some that comes from a...
  5. Michael St. Clair

    Opie and Anthony Returning to Terrestrial Radio

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying that this is a bad deal for XM. The old deal (Opie and Anthony exclusive) didn't make any sense, as meaningful portion of any national demographic really cares about O&A. People don't even know who the hell they are. This deal makes a lot more sense for XM...
  6. Michael St. Clair

    Opie and Anthony Returning to Terrestrial Radio

    I'd say it shows that they simply are too small potatoes to draw actual subscribers to satellite radio and that there's no money to be made locking them up as an exclusive.
  7. Michael St. Clair

    Time to cancel

    Ron, What channels do you listen to? Jam On, Disorder, and the Jazz stations are what fit my tastes, and they are pretty far removed from FM around here, by a country mile! I can't speak for stuff like the 70s or 80s channels but I'd rather have a root canal than listen to any nostalgia pop...
  8. Michael St. Clair

    Opie and Anthony Returning to Terrestrial Radio

    Wow, this kind of move is made out of fear, not strength. Maybe it'll work out but this really validates that things haven't been going well for them.
  9. Michael St. Clair

    XM Director Quits

    The feds would not likely allow the two to merge. We went through this a while back with DISH and DirecTV. They won't allow the monopoly.
  10. Michael St. Clair

    XM Satellite Radio Wins Top Honors at the 2006 Consumer Electronics Show

    Have they predicted how the ratings will compare in the 'war'? Starting this summer, Arbitron will track individual and show ratings for satellite. Presumably Opie and Anthony think they'll have the higher ratings, right?
  11. Michael St. Clair

    Emarketer predictions of XM vs. SIRIUS subscriber growth

    Just think how many subs XM will get once Sirius goes under due to their bad deal with Howard Stern! ;)
  12. Michael St. Clair

    Fox News Gone?

    Now we get the full Stephanie Miller show instead of Alan Colmes. Wish they had gotten rid of Fox long ago!
  13. Michael St. Clair

    DVD Review HTF REVIEW: The 40-Year-Old Virgin - Unrated Edition (RECOMMENDED)

    I'm really mad that the theatrical version isn't available in widescreen. I liked the theatrical edit, and if they aren't going to use branching, they should make both versions available. :angry:
  14. Michael St. Clair

    *** Official SERENITY Discussion Thread

    I still want to know Book's mysterious backstory. I was surprised that he was killed off.
  15. Michael St. Clair

    XM and Sirius are coming under attack by the music industry

    Both XM and Sirius are much worse quality than the 192kbps vbr MP3s that I encode. And they are both worse than FM through a quality receiver. I could make a better recording on a metal-bias cassette. The MPAA is silly.
  16. Michael St. Clair

    Hoorah! XM Satellite Radio Tops Five Million Subscribers

    How many of those subs are free subscriptions for car owners? What percent of the market does XM hold now, compared to two years ago? There's a lot of ways to analyze numbers. Both systems rock depending on your taste. The neverending bashing is silly.
  17. Michael St. Clair

    Nintendo Revolution Controller revealed. Holy crap.

    My understanding is that the unit does use solid-state 'gyroscopes', as found in Wario Ware Twisted, and that it combines this with tracking technology that uses two sensors that you mount near your TV.
  18. Michael St. Clair

    PSP Burnout game Cant be played right away

    You do need to 'plug in' the PSP before it will let you play, if you need the upgrade. But you only need to plug into 120V AC :) Firmware upgrades are forbidden when running off battery power. Still, I'd suggest NOT upgrading your firmware unless you really want to. Use a loader.
  19. Michael St. Clair

    Dropping Any Shows This Year?

    I dropped Stargate SG-1, and I'm dropping 24. I was going to drop Amazing Race but I'll have to watch the first episode to see how I like the family race. I dropped Alias halfway through last year. I'll probably drop Desperate Housewives at some point this year. Perhaps Lost, but we'll see...
  20. Michael St. Clair

    What 360 Games are you Preordering?

    While I'm sure we'll see more advertising by Halloween, they certainly don't have to push the system hard for this season. It's a guaranteed sellout for the christmas season. The real battle starts next year.
  21. Michael St. Clair

    What 360 Games are you Preordering?

    Brian, It is reported that Links 360 is in development, just not officially announced yet. Tiger should be out at or near launch. I'd rather have Links myself.
  22. Michael St. Clair

    Has ABKCO lost their mind on the Stones SACDs?

    Guys, You do understand that Sony has pulled the plug on pop/rock SACD here? The experiment is over. CD won. Nobody cares about SACD other than audiophiles, and we don't count. We aren't big enough to be a pimple on the ass of the music industry. There's no reason to give away free, unused...
  23. Michael St. Clair

    Has ABKCO lost their mind on the Stones SACDs?

    Sony subsidized these discs. No more subsidy, no more SACD. Sounds pretty sane to me. ABKCO would be crazy if they kept these as SACD, since virtually nobody buys them for that reason.
  24. Michael St. Clair

    I Bought A Sirius Boombox For Work....Satellite Newbie!!!!

    Very true. The Sirius bashers (XM fanboys) always say that Sirius is FM without the commercials. Actually, it's FM with 10x the playlist diversity (much more than that on some channels like Jam On and Disorder) and five times the station variety. That's not enough for some people, so they can go...
  25. Michael St. Clair

    What happened to LCVG?

    Both? Let's see, how many gaming forums do I belong to? Every site has their own flavor and their own niche. Gaming Age (tons of talk/news, several insiders) CheapAssGamers (the name says it all) LCVG (great place for PC MMO guys to meet up) TehBias.com (online console gaming almost...
  26. Michael St. Clair

    What 360 Games are you Preordering?

    Almost 100% sure: Ridge Racer 6 Ghost Recon 3 Maybe: Perfect Dark Zero PGR3 Rent, maybe buy later: Tiger Woods Top Spin Kameo King Kong
  27. Michael St. Clair

    What happened to LCVG?

    Joey, I tried to log in, but it won't let me. What's up? Guys, Some of us run another board over at http://www.tehbias.com with many of the more active LCVG members posting at both. Come check us out.
  28. Michael St. Clair

    PSP UMD Movie List

    I'm generally not a UMD buyer, but Office Space? I'm so there; that's a film I like to take on vacation. In fact, I ripped it to my memory stick for my trip to europe last spring... High 'geek appeal' movies like this should definitely be on UMD.
  29. Michael St. Clair

    The 40-Year Old Virgin (review)

    90% Fresh at Rotten Tomatoes! Have you ever seen an R-Rated comedy get 90% fresh? Have you ever seen any comedy get 90% fresh? Go see this movie! It's that good!