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1 sffilk  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 9:33:54am

Since I'm not really familiar with this, how does it work? Does it use your internet connection to get your TV shows, or is it like a converter box and you have to buy the service or ???

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

2 andres  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 10:01:32am

re: #1 sffilk

Yes.

They connect to the internet to view TV shows, and movies from free and paid sources (YouTube*, Netflix, Cracked, Hulu).

I personally haven't use one, but several coworkers swear by theirs.

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* I'm not sure YouTube is working on the Roku, but it may be worth to check it out.

3 MichaelJ  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 10:11:26am

re: #1 sffilk

Click the link and then scroll down to the Product Description for detailed info about the Roku and how it works. The Roku is similar to the Apple TV in terms of what it does.

4 Kragar  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:12:29pm

Ah, now it explains why all those porn sites were offering links to buy Rokus.


So I've been told.

5 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:13:27pm

Figure come the next generation of TVs, this will come as a standard feature, alongside built-in webcams. Won't be long before your TV and desktop are virtually indistinguishable in terms of capability.

6 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:13:50pm

re: #4 Kragar

Ah, now it explains why all those porn sites were offering links to buy Rokus.

So I've been told.

Heard it from a "friend," eh?

7 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:14:52pm

re: #6 Targetpractice

Heard it from a "friend," eh?

...who heard from it a friend who heard it from another you were messing around.

8 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:16:00pm

re: #7 dragonfire1981

...who heard from it a friend who heard it from another you were messing around.

I hate you. That stupid song will now be bouncing around in my head for the next 30 minutes.

9 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:17:16pm

re: #8 Feline Fearless Leader

I hate you. That stupid song will now be bouncing around in my head for the next 30 minutes.

If it's any consolation I don't like it much either but it was the first thing to pop in my head.

10 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:17:31pm

re: #8 Feline Fearless Leader

I hate you. That stupid song will now be bouncing around in my head for the next 30 minutes.

That's alright, my sister was talking about recipes from a new cookbook last night and all I caught while doing the dishes was her mentioning brandy. Ugh, that song stuck in my head for an hour afterwards.

11 Vicious Michigan Union Thug  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:18:15pm

YES TOTALLY!

12 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:18:47pm

re: #11 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

YES TOTALLY!

[Embedded content]

Does the Pope shit in the woods?

13 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:21:12pm

re: #11 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

YES TOTALLY!

[Embedded content]

Why, yes, Bryan, you and Huckabee are the biggest assholes not being actively sought by anti-terrorism forces.

14 Charles Johnson  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:22:08pm
15 Vicious Michigan Union Thug  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:22:25pm

*HEAD DESK*

16 The Ghost of a Flea  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:23:14pm
Are Gov. Huckabee and I "shockingly arrogant, immoral and insensitive?": youtu.be/qrhgYjbIhkw via @youtube

— Bryan Fischer (@BryanJFischer) December 17, 2012

He forgot "horsefuckers" and "crazy as a shithouse rat."

17 efuseakay  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:23:36pm

re: #11 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

YES TOTALLY!

Of course, comments are disabled. They really don't want to know what anyone else things.

Re: Roku

I absolutely love mine. It's an older model but its great. Crunchyroll, Netflix, Crackle, Soma.fm...

18 Kronocide  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:23:38pm

re: #13 Shiplord Kirel

Why, yes, Bryan, you and Huckabee are the biggest assholes not being actively sought by anti-terrorism forces.

Vanilla Terrorism, OK. Mocha Terrorism, bad.

19 Four More Tears  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:26:34pm

No app for my Lumia 920. :(

20 Gus  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:26:59pm
21 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:27:00pm

Curiously, though these regressive dark-agers seek to turn back the clock a thousand years on virtually every issue, the things they most desperately cling to (guns, SMOKEY BIG MANTRUCK) are allowed to go back with them. Just not things like science.

22 Four More Tears  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:27:01pm

re: #15 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

*HEAD DESK*

[Embedded content]

Two things that get people killed.

23 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:29:26pm

Really, at this point the idea of putting guns in schools seems to fall into two categories: voluntarily and involuntary.

The first assumes that if you do away with "gun-free zone" laws and make it optional for teachers to pack guns, they'll jump at the opportunity in the name of protecting their students. But really, I've talked with a couple teachers I know and they not only say they wouldn't feel comfortable carrying a gun around their students, there's not many of their fellow teachers they'd feel comfortable knowing were armed. I get the feeling such policies would just see a lot of teachers decline to carry, with those who do carry not being the most reliable in an armed gunman scenario.

The second assumes that teachers, who already are the subject of public ridicule and hatred, will gladly take on the added responsibility of carrying a loaded gun with them for the opportunity to teach. Personally, I think the more likely scenario in that case is teacher's unions will tell the school system to go suck an egg and refuse to comply. And that, again, those who agree to the requirement are probably not the folks I'd want to rely upon to protect my children from people like Adam Lanza.

24 allegro  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:30:51pm

Jeez, now ya tell me. I bought a Roku two weeks ago for $69 after returning a POS Blu-ray/Wifi player that didn't WiFi for nuthin'. I had a great signal on my laptop but the player Wifi antenna wouldn't pick it up. I returned it and got a nice Blu-Ray player and the Roku that totally rocks. I haven't yet explored the full range of what this new toy will do but I'm completely hooked on it. Highly recommended and this price is terrific.

25 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:31:33pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

The first assumes that if you do away with "gun-free zone" laws and make it optional for teachers to pack guns, they'll jump at the opportunity in the name of protecting their students. But really, I've talked with a couple teachers I know and they not only say they wouldn't feel comfortable carrying a gun around their students, there's not many of their fellow teachers they'd feel comfortable knowing were armed. I get the feeling such policies would just see a lot of teachers decline to carry, with those who do carry not being the most reliable in an armed gunman scenario.

This. So, so, so much this.

26 allegro  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:33:05pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

Seriously, the people who are horny to carry guns are the last people who should.

27 Four More Tears  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:33:23pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

28 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:33:59pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

IF THIS IS THE ANSWER, YOU REALLY NEED TO RETHINK THE QUESTION.

29 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:34:45pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

And then we will have to arm our students so that they can defend themselves when the teachers bring up the godless evolution stuff.
///

30 Ghost of Tom Joad  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:35:08pm

re: #23 Targetpractice

It would turn into a self-reinforcing problem. Studies have shown more guns=more shootings. Teachers packing weapons in schools...all it takes is for 1 mishap and another baby dies, or a kid gets a hold of it and shoots up a class...it's pretty much trying to put out a fire by throwing gasoline on it, and then when your eyebrows are cooked off, screaming "HOLY SHIT, WE NEED MORE GAS!".

31 Lidane  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:35:27pm

re: #20 Gus

So on the one hand, teachers are awful, greedy union thugs who are indoctrinating the children with evil, librul ideas like evolution. On the other, they should be armed to the teeth in case some other nutjob barges into their classroom and starts firing.

Yeah, that makes sense.

///

32 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:36:32pm

re: #31 Lidane

So on the one hand, teachers are awful, greedy union thugs who are indoctrinating the children with evil, librul ideas like evolution. On the other, they should be armed to the teeth in case some other nutjob barges into their classroom and starts firing.

Yeah, that makes sense.

///

Logic, consistency, and rationality are all not normal parts of their arsenal.

33 CuriousLurker  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:36:59pm

re: #15 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

*HEAD DESK*

We need God and loaded guns in our schools

These asshats truly are the American Taliban.

34 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:37:50pm

re: #32 Feline Fearless Leader

Logic, consistency, and rationality are all not normal parts of their arsenal.

But Santorum's got the almost fanatical devotion to the Pope part nailed.

35 Gus  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:39:07pm

Man. If I did whatever I wanted to because I think there will be no God to judge me after I kick the bucket I'd be in deep shit. Where do these bozos like Huckabee get these ideas from? Oh, nevermind.

36 Shiplord Kirel  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:41:03pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

I've definitely been having a "through the looking glass" twinge about this discussion. Here in Waziristan West, Lubbock, arming teachers, preachers, and crossing guards is all the rage these days, completely conventional thinking in "family values" circles. I guess they mean the Manson family. I feel as though I went to sleep one day and woke up in the Idiocracy, though in fact the process took quite a few years. I think it started with Reagan essentially telling people that it was okay to be a superstitious rube and a general asshole.

37 Obdicut  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:42:30pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

The part that's so crazy is that it represents a total delusion about how guns work, how people act while armed. It's the response of people who supposedly love guns but somehow think it's easy to be skilled and proficient in crisis situation with a gun. I think because it's their fantasy.

38 Feline Fearless Leader  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:43:47pm

Have a good afternoon and evening folks.

Off to a potluck dinner and playing cribbage. Will take pictures if my contribution of chile proves lethal to anyone. Hopefully politics will be skirted around since it's a pretty conservative group and I am on a short fuse today.

39 Four More Tears  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:45:02pm

re: #37 Obdicut

The part that's so crazy is that it represents a total delusion about how guns work, how people act while armed. It's the response of people who supposedly love guns but somehow think it's easy to be skilled and proficient in crisis situation with a gun. I think because it's their fantasy.

Yeah, because people who are generally nurturers will be able to end a life with precise aim and no hesitation.

This is beyond stupid. Stupid is to kind a word.

40 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:46:17pm

re: #36 Shiplord Kirel

I think it started with Reagan essentially telling people that it was okay to be a superstitious rube and a general asshole.

I've had the depressing mindset recently that maybe we're seeing this now because of the extent to which the levers of party power have been democratized over the last thirty or fifty years. The corrupt assholes in the smoke-filled rooms made decisions based on what served them best, but they were usually rational about it. Okay, rational-ish. Err, not totally bugfuck batshit crazy.

What if this is always the country we've been, and only now are we democratic enough to see it? What separates Rick Santorum from William Jennings Bryan other than the internet, the modern primary system and ever-more-widespread radio and televised talking heads?

Does anyone have any gin?

41 RadicalModerate  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:46:36pm

You know, I really get the feeling that the ONLY problem that guys like Bryan Fischer and other members of the rabid right have with the Sandy Hook massacre is Lanza's choice of targets. If he had instead committed mass murder at a mosque, a Planned Parenthood clinic, or even decided to go the Anders Breivik route and shoot a bunch of "multiculturalists" and/or "liberals", they would likely be stopping just short of nominating him for sainthood.

42 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:47:12pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

It's simplistic thinking: "They're firing a gun, so if I have a gun, I can shoot back." It also feeds into the myth that shooters always seeks out "gun-free zones" because they're crazy enough to shoot a whole bunch of their fellow man but sane enough to avoid places that might have guns. So if you allow guns on school campuses and arm the teachers, gunmen will totally avoid them.

43 Vicious Michigan Union Thug  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:47:15pm

For that special Christmas present:

44 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:47:41pm

re: #37 Obdicut

The part that's so crazy is that it represents a total delusion about how guns work, how people act while armed. It's the response of people who supposedly love guns but somehow think it's easy to be skilled and proficient in crisis situation with a gun. I think because it's their fantasy.

I had fantasies about saving the family or the class or the church group, thereby gaining all of the respect and honor and recognition and friendship I felt I deserved but had not received.

It generally stopped when I was around twelve.

45 Obdicut  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:48:19pm
46 darthstar  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:48:27pm

re: #1 sffilk

Since I'm not really familiar with this, how does it work? Does it use your internet connection to get your TV shows, or is it like a converter box and you have to buy the service or ???

Any information would be greatly appreciated.

I've got a Roku. Hook it up to the TV, connect to wireless router, and you're set...then you just need to sign into your Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Cracked, etc. accounts to use those channels.

47 erik_t  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:48:37pm

re: #42 Targetpractice

It's simplistic thinking: "They're firing a gun, so if I have a gun, I can shoot back." It also feeds into the myth that shooters always seeks out "gun-free zones" because they're crazy enough to shoot a whole bunch of their fellow man but sane enough to avoid places that might have guns. So if you allow guns on school campuses and arm the teachers, gunmen will totally avoid them.

Well they usually survive and escape when they shoot up a gun-free zone like a classroom or a church.

/^inf

48 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:49:56pm

re: #43 Vicious Michigan Union Thug

For that special Christmas present:

[Embedded content]

Even if I could afford one, there's no way in hell I'd buy one. Sure as fuck not for "home defense" or to affirm my masculinity. There's no hunting that's really worthwhile 'round these parts. And there's no fucking way that I'd buy something like that just to take down to the range. I wanna waste money shooting at paper targets, I'll buy a BB gun.

49 allegro  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:50:39pm

re: #41 RadicalModerate

You know, I really get the feeling that the ONLY problem that guys like Bryan Fischer and other members of the rabid right have with the Sandy Hook massacre is Lanza's choice of targets. If he had instead committed mass murder at a mosque, a Planned Parenthood clinic, or even decided to go the Anders Breivik route and shoot a bunch of "multiculturalists" and/or "liberals", they would likely be stopping just short of nominating him for sainthood.

I'm not seeing they have a problem with the Sandy Hook massacre. After all, it was justified in their eyes because Jesus.

50 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:51:06pm

re: #47 erik_t

Well they usually survive and escape when they shoot up a gun-free zone like a classroom or a church.

/^inf

Anyone remember them getting their panties into a twist about "gun-free zones" when Tiller got his brains blow out in church?

51 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:54:42pm

One of my issues from the beginning is the whole "Obama/The Liberals are coming for your guns!!" craziness.

As far as I am aware only the most hardcore of left wingers would advocate for a complete ban on all guns period.

Notice what we are talking about here: Gun CONTROL. Not a Gun ban, but Gun CONTROL.

There's an important difference that is so easily overlooked.

I don't think I've seen one person suggest that citizens should no longer be allowed to target shoot. I don't think I've seen one person suggest citizens should no longer be able to hunt. Rare is the person who thinks that no one should use guns for any reason whatsoever.

Being a Canadian now living in the American South, I have a somewhat unique view on gun ownership/regulation.

Prior to posting this I decided to do some research on gun laws in Canada and here's what I discovered:

- Ownership of rifles and other standard hunting weapons is generally permitted (requirements vary by province).

- Handguns are generally prohibited but I'm reasonably certain you could still fire one at a range or other controlled facility if you wanted to.

- You can even own an assault rifle (like an AR15) so long as you have the necessary permit

Jokes are often made about Canadians being "unarmed" but the reality is different. We do have guns, we just handle them differently.

And the stupidest thing of all, in my opinion, is that the second amendment itself contains the language "A well regulated militia being necessary to the security of a free state..."

You know what that tells me? It tells me the Founders had something particular in mind when they crafted this amendment. It doesn't read "The right to self defense being inalienable, the rights of all citizens to stockpile as many weapons as they want shall not be infringed."

Also, well regulated would seem to suggest that even the Founders knew full well guns were dangerous and must be treated accordingly. There was a great post a couple of days ago about the U.S. military "regulates" its firearms.

So what's the bottom line to all of this? Well, it's pretty simple actually:

HARDLY ANYONE WANTS TO TAKE YOUR GUNS AWAY
...we just want sensible rules and regulations to go along with having them. Is this really an insane idea?

As a gun owner myself, I think not.

52 engineer cat  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:55:03pm

re: #27 Four More Tears

How far gone do you have to be to not see how fucking insane it is that we're actually having a discussion about arming our teachers?

the obvious solution is to replace teachers with fully automated killbots

why can't you liberals see that?

53 Gus  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:55:14pm
54 Gus  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:55:25pm

Another day in Murica.

55 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:56:28pm

re: #45 Obdicut

AFA’s Fischer Calls Breivik’s Manifesto “Accurate”

Bryan Fischer would do well to read the Book of Matthew again:

“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’

56 Amory Blaine  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:57:08pm

WDTV live is also worth a look. It plays a lot of files and plays 1080p real well. Don't want to crap on your deal, but I want the lizards to have only the best. ;) Pretty much the only thing that's going to be better than an WDTV live is a HTPC. I have 3 of them and they rock! They can also be had for under 100 bux.

57 dragonfire1981  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:57:14pm

re: #52 engineer cat

the obvious solution is to replace teachers with fully automated killbots

why can't you liberals see that?

"You...are Terminated!"

58 wrenchwench  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 12:57:14pm

re: #40 erik_t

Does anyone have any gin?

Are you kidding? That stuff is harder to buy than a gun!

59 engineer cat  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 1:01:19pm

re: #40 erik_t

Does anyone have any gin?

i'm opposed to gin control

60 Targetpractice  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 1:02:46pm

re: #51 dragonfire1981

The whole "well-regulated militia" business was one of the various compromises that came about during the hashing over the Constitution itself, primarily between those advocating states rights and those advocating a strong Federal government. The former distrusted a national army and figured that a government that could maintain a large standing force could use that force to enslave the people, while the latter had a low opinion of militia men due to experiences with poorly-trained and equipped forces during the Revolution. The states rights folks managed to eek out the win by forcing a compromise by which each state was responsible for maintaining a standing militia, as well as funding a much smaller national army.

Of course, all that silly shit went the way of the Dodo when the War of 1812 came about and the militias once again proved to be utter fuck-ups when it came to fighting against professional military forces. The Continental Army, which had been disbanded as a result of the end of the Revolution, was reformed as the US Army and remain to this day. The National Guard was created in order to address the need for state-level military forces, but they still made sure that it answered to the federal government to ensure it maintained a high level of training and competency.

61 Amory Blaine  Mon, Dec 17, 2012 1:04:19pm

re: #51 dragonfire1981

As far as I am aware only the most hardcore of left wingers would advocate for a complete ban on all guns period.
.

And we all know that the hardcore leftists run the country!
/eyeroll


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