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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
2. Re: Morning Safety Dance Nov 3, 2014, 11:48 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 10:56:
Of course the FCC gets it. You don't get into a position like Wheeler's by being stupid. They just don't care what the little people want.

And....

“The only problem is that I’m now afraid to use it. You would be too — if you read through the 46-page privacy policy,” Price wrote. “The amount of data this thing collects is staggering. It logs where, when, how, and for how long you use the TV. It sets tracking cookies and beacons designed to detect ‘when you have viewed particular content or a particular email message.’ It records ‘the apps you use, the websites you visit, and how you interact with content.’ It ignores ‘do-not-track’ requests as a considered matter of policy.”

On the other hand, this isn’t the first time a smart TV has been found capable of tracking your activities for advertising purposes, so buyers should always try to go through the privacy policies they agree to when using such a device, and try to limit tracking if and when possible.

Furthermore, the device has a built-in camera with facial recognition and a microphone with voice recognition features, both tools that hackers or spy agencies could use to spy on unsuspecting buyers, Price says.

Wow, seriously? Ok, no smart devices TVs for this guy, thanks. Jesus, how is that shite even legal?


I have a Samsung smart TV and the EULA is equally ridiculous, along with tracking they also lay claim to use any personal pictures or videos you might display. I just use mine to watch Netflix and other on demand video sites.

I'm pretty sure this kind of language is common on such multimedia devices, and you're right it should be legal. Or at least what they do should be explicitly stated in brief understandable language somewhere prior to purchasing the product.
 
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Nov 3, 2014, 11:38 Pigeon
 
Verno wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 11:10:
Agreed, self driving cars cannot come fast enough. I'll do my pleasure driving on the weekend, the rest of the time its just a stressful chore.

I just think how much better traffic would be if morons and assholes weren't out there fucking everything up for everyone else.
 
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
9. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Nov 3, 2014, 09:04 Pigeon
 
ForgedReality wrote on Nov 3, 2014, 01:34:
Hell yeah! New red team card means the superior company can release their new chip as well. Been eagerly awaiting the 980ti or whatever the fuck it's gonna be called.

Thinking about building a new computer so this should drive the prices of older cards down. I've had ATi/AMD cards for about a decade, but I've been having a couple of driver support issues lately, and I'm tired of edit .ini files so I can get the latest drivers to install or wondering why certain features don't seem to work only to find out AMD broke them with a driver release and never bothered to fix it again.
 
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News Comments > etc.
9. Re: etc. Oct 31, 2014, 14:39 Pigeon
 
Julio wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 12:46:
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Oct 31, 2014, 12:21:
Oh and then there these assholes. That's an editor of Mother Jones.

Have to say it makes me glad that they're on the anti-GG side. I'm glad they have Brianna Wu as well. Interesting article on her background and views.

More on Brianna Wu

I'm just waiting for Jack Thompson to rear his ugly disbarred head.
 
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
1. Re: Morning Consolidation Oct 30, 2014, 15:35 Pigeon
 
TV TV TV TV Tee... Oh wait never-mind, I seem to have been fired...  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
24. Re: Tim Cook: Oct 30, 2014, 15:26 Pigeon
 
NKD wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 15:16:
Prez wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 15:03:
I get the symbolic nature of what he is doing but I wonder if there is more harm than good in doing it this way.

I think it's a process. When something has been treated like a dirty secret by so many people for so long, there's benefit in voluntarily and publicly stripping that secrecy away.

Yes, I think there is certain point you reach where pointing something out serves to highlight it in a negative way, and make it seem abnormal. But I don't think we're there yet for gay acceptance. You can't normalize something without first bringing it into the light of day.

Right, people fear the unfamiliar and what they don't understand, so the idea behind these kind of coming out articles is to build familiarity, and show they aren't so different from the rest of the world. I also think you're right when you say this kind of thing can become negative, usually when the media tries to sensationalize these things (which may happen yet in this case).
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
89. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 30, 2014, 15:00 Pigeon
 
3D acceleration doesn't seem to work, at least for X-Wing, and I need to figure out where I can tell my video card not to stretch the image. I prefer black bars on the side to the stretched look.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
18. Re: Tim Cook: Oct 30, 2014, 13:57 Pigeon
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 13:20:
Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 12:50:
You don't think it's important, because you've never been gay...

You know my sexuality? We're friends? We hang out? You're part of my life? Kindly don't try to tell someone what their personal interests are or are not.

I don't think it's important because, quite frankly, it just isn't. This isn't 1954 and there is more social acceptance than ever. We have openly gay entertainers, political figures, business people, teachers, name any profession you wish...gay folk doing the job competently and adroitly as any other person with a differing sexual orientation. In the last three years alone, we've seen a massive shift in the amount of states that allow marriages between same sex couples and even the Supreme Court has been overturning state laws that are narrowly defining marriages or outright trying to ban same sex marriages. When DOMA was being shat out in 1996, then being gay was important. When it was ruled wildly unconstitutional last year, it shifted the political and social landscape to being about the equitable application of law to all people, not merely a select, approved class.

Outside of people who want to make it an issue, telling someone you're gay is about as shocking as telling them you like watching The Walking Dead.

Beamer wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 12:50:
And if it's so unimportant to you, why are you the one posting about it the most?

Because I want Tim Cook to spend far more time continuing to make my portfolio wealthy, and innovating to make that portfolio even more wealthy, and less time writing fluff articles.

Now, do you plan to post something meaningful or continue on with this false dilemma chest thumping?

Yes a lot of progress has been made, but it sure didn't come about from people being quiet about the issue. So now that things are 'better' gay people should just shut-up and be thankful they aren't being sentenced to chemical castration anymore? There are still a large number of voting American's who, unlike you, feel homosexuality is abhorrent and do their best to deny homosexuals their rights and/or harass them when given a chance. It is important for people like Mr. Cook to show that homosexuals come from all walks of life and aren't just some stereotype.

As for him writing this instead of running Apple I would be inclined to agree with you if this weren't the only instance I know of where he has specifically addressed the issue. Now if he were writing articles about it every week, doing the talk show circuit and hosting rallies, I would agree with you.
 
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General Discussion > NFL Week Nine
3. No subject Oct 30, 2014, 11:52 Pigeon
 
Last week was looking good for me until the evening and Monday night games. I didn't expect New Orleans or Pittsburgh to put up 44 and 51 points respectively. On the other hand I'm never shocked when the Cowboys fall flat on their face, they're kind of like the Bengals in that way.

Some though to call match-ups this week, I won't be surprised if this turns bad for me.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
4. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2014, 09:58 Pigeon
 
CrimsonPaw wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 09:44:
Pigeon wrote on Oct 30, 2014, 09:18:
Some more meh offerings for PS+, and the PS+ version of Drive Club now officially on hold.
This was my thought as well; granted every month can't have amazing titles but it would be nice to see another month like when we got Tomb Raider and Bioshock Infinite.

I figured with November being the PS4's release anniversary they'd offer something more exciting than two indie games. Oh well, maybe December, or not.
 
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News Comments > Evening Consolidation
1. Re: Evening Consolidation Oct 30, 2014, 09:18 Pigeon
 
Some more meh offerings for PS+, and the PS+ version of Drive Club now officially on hold.  
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
48. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 14:26 Pigeon
 
In TIE Fighter I loved sitting right behind capitals ships' engines, where the guns could get you, and slowly whittling down their shields and armor. If my memory serves me correctly I think by XvT they made approaching capital ships quite a bit more dangerous.  
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com
16. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com Oct 28, 2014, 11:21 Pigeon
 
nin wrote on Oct 28, 2014, 10:10:
Note that the newer versions require a joystick, while the older versions can be played with k/m.

Thanks, Disney!


I always used a mouse back in the day, hopefully its not too bad on a gamepad.
 
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News Comments > X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com?
44. Re: X-Wing & TIE Fighter on GOG.com? Oct 28, 2014, 09:46 Pigeon
 
TIE fighter is one of my all time favorite games. I was a huge Star Wars nerd back when I was a teen and this game was like crack. I was in a fan club for it on AOL, and would use the mission builder to make new missions for the other people in the group. I might not survive the nostalgia overdose when I get these...  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 27, 2014, 13:06 Pigeon
 
Task wrote on Oct 27, 2014, 12:53:
I don't want to click on it, is it safe lol?

There are no lewd or grotesque pictures if that's what you mean by safe.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Oct 25, 2014, 20:06 Pigeon
 
I rarely used iTunes, but when I did I always felt limited with what I could do with the songs I purchased, or at least I had to jump through some hoops before I could do what I wanted. If I'm not going to be trusted to actually own the music, then I might as well just use a streaming service.  
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News Comments > Saturday Mobilization
2. Re: Saturday Mobilization Oct 25, 2014, 19:45 Pigeon
 
Jivaro wrote on Oct 25, 2014, 17:13:
"Best Android one hand games"

Is this code for "best mobile porn sites" ?

That's the first place my mind went.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 24, 2014, 14:28 Pigeon
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 14:16:
Wow, a soldier and reservist murdered in Canada this week and now some lunatic attacked cops with a hatchet in NYC today. Ebola looks to be spreading. Sigh. Things seems to be getting pretty crazy out there atm. Stay safe people.

The only good news with Ebola is it seems if you treat it at onset the prognosis is pretty good. The first doctor, two Dallas nurses, the nurse in Spain, and the NBC cameraman are all fine now.
 
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News Comments > Outlast 2 Plans Revealed
2. Re: Outlast 2 Plans Revealed Oct 24, 2014, 13:05 Pigeon
 
Wallshadows wrote on Oct 24, 2014, 09:56:
Great game, well worth the price of admission.

It was one of the PS+ games several months ago, so far the best of their offering IMO.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 24, 2014, 11:58 Pigeon
 
I use Avast on my laptop. Thankfully I never install the browser plugins from AV programs, but I think this may push me to find something else. Well that and if I go a few days without updating, which I normally do since I don't use my laptop often, it grinds my laptop to a near halt on start-up.  
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