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Old 05-27-2011, 01:26 PM   #1
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Default Blockbuster closing stores! Got me some deals

For all you Canadian peeps and or at least Ontario guys. Blockbuster is closing around 7 stores and have 30% off the pricing and if its been opened, some movies are $2

I bought the pictures movies and boxsets for $200 which I thought was a stellar deal, some where 100% never opened or viewed for $6.99

Sales person was impressed with my choice of Mean Girls 2



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first hollywood video closed, then teh blockbuster across the street form it shut down. both while I lived a block away.

now the next closet blockbuster to me (a fe wmiles out) closed shop.

Im limited to getting movies from redbox or blockbuster express :(
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Old 05-27-2011, 01:54 PM   #3
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**** dawg, amazon practically delivers within 24 hours now.
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Im limited to getting movies from redtube.com or blockbuster express :(
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They still have Blockbuster stores?

(Seriously- I didn't realize they still existed.)


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Im limited to getting movies from redbox or blockbuster express :(
BitTorrent.

(Or Netflix streaming, if you're squeamish about intellectual property law.)

Honestly, I haven't handled a physical DVD in quite a long time, except to install an operating system from.
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They might reopen a store in my area.
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the Brain likes new releases and tv series. help you help me. and doesnt like to torrent, only cause im lazy.
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the Brain likes new releases and tv series.
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and doesnt like to torrent, only cause im lazy.
The Brain sets forth two requirements which are inherently contradictory. BitTorrent is the best source for the very latest in new releases and TV series, typically within a few hours of being aired / released.

Based on this logical inconsistency, I judge that The Brain is not mentally competent, and therefore unfit for service. Thus, it is my duty to relieve him of command pursuant to article 28A 1259 of the MiataTurbo Code of Uniform Justice. Rick, please adjust the admin privileges accordingly.
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They still have Blockbuster stores?

(Seriously- I didn't realize they still existed.)


BitTorrent.

(Or Netflix streaming, if you're squeamish about intellectual property law.)

Honestly, I haven't handled a physical DVD in quite a long time, except to install an operating system from.
Same here except I actually didn't use a DVD for my windows 7 install either

I torrent new releases and TV series constantly. Private trackers are where its at for these sorts of things.

I even torrent text books for school. Got my calculus and chemistry books for free. Just found my Physics book for next year, too. Woohoo!

I've not paid for music, movies, TV shows in like 10+ years. I just signed up for Hulu though and its totally worth the money for me. Netflix is just about to the point where i'll pay for a subscription but until I can stream HD stuff i'm going to continue to download it. I dont have a problem paying to play as long as the media is in a format I find useful. I'm not buying DVDs/DVD players, i'm not buying CDs either when pandora will stream from my phone to almost anything now.
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Same here except I actually didn't use a DVD for my windows 7 install either
Hehe.

Well, when it comes to Linux or less-than-legal Windows installs, I've started working from .iso images as well, particularly when working with VMWare. I will admit, however, to having gone and purchased an actual, legitimate copy of Win7-64 when I built my most recent desktop machine at home. So that install was done off of an actual DVD, and I think that was probably the last time I handled round media.

The exception, ironically, is 3.5" floppy disks. The oscilloscope which I use at work had a 3.5" drive which I have to use in order to export traces. (The IT guy looked at me like I had two heads when I requested that a floppy drive be added to my new PC in the lab.) I suspect I'm probably among the last 1% of humans who still have a box of floppy disks on their desk which get used on a regular basis.
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It's about time:
my local blockbuster closed like 3 months ago, seriously. And I live in the hills of nowhere.
When mine closed I bought Trailer Park Boys the movie for $2.99.
I also bought a few others I can't remember for under $3 a pop.
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What no RedBox near you?
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As a design engineer, I have a sort of informal standard for judging mass-acceptance of technology. I call it the "my mother" standard. In short, if my mother is comfortable using a given technology, then it has reached critical mass, and whatever it replaces is dead.

As of this point, my mother has accepted fax machines, email, and the web for basic uses. Of late, she has also started using her cell phone almost exclusively, as she has fallen in love with her little bluetooth headset. She still subscribes to basic cable and has a DVD player, and I don't think she's ready for hard-disk or flash media camcorders (there is a rather massive and growing pile of mini-DV cassettes featuring my niece's life from birth to age 6). So I expect we've still got another 10 years left maybe of dealing with physical media.

But for folks my age (eg: Scott)... Seriously? DVDs?
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But for folks my age (eg: Scott)... Seriously? DVDs?
Scott is not even 30 yet. You are what, 35?
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The Brain sets forth two requirements which are inherently contradictory. BitTorrent is the best source for the very latest in new releases and TV series, typically within a few hours of being aired / released.

Based on this logical inconsistency, I judge that The Brain is not mentally competent, and therefore unfit for service. Thus, it is my duty to relieve him of command pursuant to article 28A 1259 of the MiataTurbo Code of Uniform Justice. Rick, please adjust the admin privileges accordingly.
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As a design engineer, I have a sort of informal standard for judging mass-acceptance of technology. I call it the "my mother" standard. In short, if my mother is comfortable using a given technology, then it has reached critical mass, and whatever it replaces is dead.

As of this point, my mother has accepted fax machines, email, and the web for basic uses. Of late, she has also started using her cell phone almost exclusively, as she has fallen in love with her little bluetooth headset. She still subscribes to basic cable and has a DVD player, and I don't think she's ready for hard-disk or flash media camcorders (there is a rather massive and growing pile of mini-DV cassettes featuring my niece's life from birth to age 6). So I expect we've still got another 10 years left maybe of dealing with physical media.

But for folks my age (eg: Scott)... Seriously? DVDs?
I'm all over netflix and amazon video (including pay on demand movies which are indeed new releases. Green Hornet is a new release. Available on Amazon on demand for 3.99. AND that means no driving to some vending machine or store. And it plays on my TiVo natively (if not a little clunkily).

Joe: would you accept a "sequential generation test" for technology acceptance? if two adjacent generations in a family are both using it, then it's considered ok by your mom test? Or would it have to be more like 3 generations since you're technically old enough to have a kid using an iphone?

I'm just looking for a universal maxim.

here is another maxim:

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Hehe.

Well, when it comes to Linux or less-than-legal Windows installs, I've started working from .iso images as well, particularly when working with VMWare. I will admit, however, to having gone and purchased an actual, legitimate copy of Win7-64 when I built my most recent desktop machine at home. So that install was done off of an actual DVD, and I think that was probably the last time I handled round media.

The exception, ironically, is 3.5" floppy disks. The oscilloscope which I use at work had a 3.5" drive which I have to use in order to export traces. (The IT guy looked at me like I had two heads when I requested that a floppy drive be added to my new PC in the lab.) I suspect I'm probably among the last 1% of humans who still have a box of floppy disks on their desk which get used on a regular basis.
With any sort of luck you wont be reinstalling soon, but if/when you do, I *highly* recommend spending 10 bucks on a nice 4-8 gig USB drive and cleaning/formatting/copying setup files to it.

It will absolutely blow you away how much faster it is to install. I keep one for windows XP /windows 7. XP is a bit tougher to get on there, but also worth it.

I'm also in the "still uses 3.5" floppy" category. We regularly deploy windows XP machines at work for legacy support and company policy dictates all machines have RAID-1, which means I need to perform that damnable f6 install. I have a slipstreamed unattended install ISO, but could never quite get the SATA drivers to work correctly...
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I suspect I'm probably among the last 1% of humans who still have a box of floppy disks on their desk which get used on a regular basis.
1% ???

I doubt it was even 1% 10 years ago.

As far as BB, it will be very interesting to see where all this ends up. Driving half way through town to pay $20 to rent a movie on VHS for the weekend, going to the store to rent a DVD for $3, getting a DVD from the corner gas station for $1, downloading movies to your Wii for $9/month, ???

Blockbuster stock looks like a BUY to me <G>:

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Blockbuster stock looks like a BUY to me <G>:
Hehe.

Actually, someone thought they were a buy.

After Blockbuster declared bankruptcy late last year, Dish TV just bought them this past month. Apparently, their primary interest is that doing do buys them the rights to stream Blockbuster's whole catalog via the internet.

So, a company which specializes in delivering content via satellite has purchased a company which specializes in delivering content via DVD, for the express purpose of delivering content via neither.

This is what doomsayers would refer to as "the writing on the wall."
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