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Thursday, May 10, 2007

HD-DVD drive now available for under $100?

I was recently browsing on eBay and seller gameconsolehk is selling Toshiba SD-S802A HD-DVD drives for Xbox 360 for less than $100 shipped. At first I thought it was a typo or an unscrupulous seller. But I did some research and apparently it is the drive that Microsoft uses in the addon HD-DVD drives for the 360.

According to captain_video on the HTPCNews forum, the drive does have a non-standard connector, but you can use a laptop drive adaptor to connect it to the standard drive connector in your PC – IDE I am guessing, but possibly SATA? The drive appears to have special mounts on the sides, but maybe you can take them off to mount the drive in your PC? Aside from this, I couldn’t find a lot more information on this drive aside from eBay listings and a couple of firmware hackers.

This seems a bit weird. I find it strange that the seller seems to have no shortage of these (there are several listings), especially at such a low price. Also, if Toshiba can sell these at such a low price, why don’t they sell these at this price to the general PC user market? They would sell like hotcakes! What’s going on here?

posted by scoot at 8:12 pm  

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Do condoms help stop the spread of HIV?

Quick quiz: do condoms help stop the spread of HIV?

Most (sane) people, even many evangelicals, would probably say “yes,” even if it is from a statistical standpoint.

But John McCain doesn’t even know!

Q: “So no contraception, no counseling on contraception. Just abstinence. Do you think contraceptives help stop the spread of HIV?”

Mr. McCain: (Long pause) “You’ve stumped me.”

How dumb can this guy be? I would say that I’m politically moderate, and I did consider the possibility of voting for McCain if he is chosen to run in 2008. But I don’t think I would vote for a guy this dumb!

McCain doesn’t know if condoms help stop the spread of HIV (AMERICAblog)

posted by scoot at 3:43 pm  

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