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Re: [News] Hard to Find Anything That Does Not Run Linux...

On Thu, 06 Nov 2008 07:25:13 +0000, Gregory Shearman wrote:

> On 2008-11-05, Kelsey Bjarnason <kelseyb@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> [snips]
>> On Fri, 31 Oct 2008 22:14:18 +0000, Gregory Shearman wrote:
>>> Yeah, I've had an LG DVD recorder for years. It has a HDD in it and it
>>> runs linux. Never had to get it repaired and it just works!
>> Mine is, I suspect, getting a little well-used, as it will occasionally
>> now claim that a perfectly good disc is unreadable.  Still, it plays
>> most without issue and I use it mostly for the PVR side anyhow, storing
>> to the HD.  Works like a charm - apart from honoring record-blocking
>> signals. (Grumble, spit).
> I've never had mine refuse to record.
> Sometimes it takes longer to start. I suspect an fsck of the HDD,
> y'know... every 30 mounts or so....

Never had a problem with the HD side, just a refusal to play some known 
good DVDs.  Sometimes a power cycle fixes it; I suspect the DVD burner in 
it is getting dodgy and as a result sometimes the hardware itself freezes.

As to record blocking, it's a relatively rare thing for the most part.  
I've had one or two movies refuse to record but that's about it.

Where I did run into problems was with, believe it or not, ads.

I used to use this box to record a particular show I like.  No problem, 
it faithfully recorded it every day for months.  One day it suddenly 
stopped doing so.  It would record part of the show, get into one of the 
commercial breaks and *zot*, recording would cease.

It started happening _every_ time.  I finally happened to be home at the 
right time to watch the show, so I watched it through the PVR, while it 
was recording.  Sure enough, an ad came on - a trailer for the Sopranos 
movie, IIRC - which included record-blocking signals.  The recording 

An ad.  Yeesh.  Really, what am I going to do, record it and send it to a 
million people?  Suppose I do, what's the result - a million more people 
have seen the ad?  Where's the downside?  The logic of this one boggles 
the mind.

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