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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 12, 2015, 09:22 Pigeon
Lawmakers with the help of Republican FCC Commissioner Ajit Pai are also calling on Chairman Tom Wheeler to be more transparent and publicly share the draft proposal that will be voted on February 26. Of course, Ajit Pai admits that the FCC never shares these documents prior to a vote and refuses to release the draft himself.

Perhaps their calls for greater transparency would be more believable and effective if they didn't come only when they would benefit the party asking for it.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 11, 2015, 11:21 Pigeon
Wow, classy Samsung. I've not noticed this with my TV, seems to have been added with a recent update. Reminder to self: don't update.  
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News Comments > Evening Tech Bits
4. Re: Evening Tech Bits Feb 11, 2015, 09:21 Pigeon
I can't help but feel things like this are tests of humanities' collective intelligence; a test we're routinely getting a -D on.  
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News Comments > On Sale
2. Re: On Sale Feb 11, 2015, 09:12 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 22:33:
Has anyone played Contrast? Any good? I like the artistic style. Reviews just seem to be a pretty mixed

I got it as one of the free PS+ game and enjoyed it. It's a puzzle platformer with a unique game mechanic, a decent story and good ambiance. Not sure if this is a plus or minus for you, but it's not terribly long so you can probably play through it in a weekend; even if your a completionist. At $6 I don't think it's a risk.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
4. Re: 1,700 RadioShack stores closing soon, some liquidating stock at 50% off. Feb 10, 2015, 15:30 Pigeon
jimnms wrote on Feb 10, 2015, 11:45:
So basically they're reducing prices to normal retail prices?

You joke, but there's a good chance items will be more expensive than normal. These things get contracted out to liquidation companies that jack up the normally price items by 200%, then slap a 50% discount on it and stick up a big liquidation banner to draw the suckers in. I remember when Circuit City went out of business I was in the store a few days before they went into liquidation and they had decent prices on things, when I went in a few days later things were way more expensive. A TV went up in price by almost $2k. Thing is people were in there buying crap like no there was no tomorrow, because OMG liquidation sale, these must be the cheapest prices ever.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 9, 2015, 11:30 Pigeon
I'm pretty sure the move to HTML5 has more to do with security than DRM. So assuming HTML5 doesn't leave client computers as vulnerable as flash, then it's not the same.

Also, perhaps I'm not understanding what is being said in the article completely, but it sounds like the DRM component to HTML 5 is optional. So you could still watch non-DRM HTML 5 content while not supporting content with DRM by not having the extension that allows you to play DRM content.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Morning Metaverse Feb 6, 2015, 18:18 Pigeon
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 17:00:
ForgedReality wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 13:59:
HorrorScope wrote on Feb 6, 2015, 10:24:
If I were a Comcast customer I'd hope for the "Asshole" bill, you get this:

Last week, we wrote about a Comcast customer whose first name was changed to “Asshole” on a bill. Comcast apologized to the customer and offered a full refund for the previous two years and two years of service at no charge.

Worth it! $2400 in cash and your next $2400 free, value.

Jesus. Your Comcast bill is that high? Mine isn't even $80 and I have 105mbit.

But hey! Maybe the merger will make everything all better! </sarcasm>

Plenty of people have $100 or more /mo bills from Comcast. Comcast more than just i-net.

I'm currently paying ~$30 for 50mbit, but that'll jump to ~$65 after the special runs out. I can see how someone can have a massive bill with them, 100mbit internet, digital premium channels, home phone and security system and you're looking at big ass bill.
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News Comments > Into the Black
2. Re: Into the Black Feb 5, 2015, 22:14 Pigeon
I'm starting to think Mario Lopez might be an immortal like in Highlander. By day hosting fluff TV and at night lopping off heads with a sword. It's the only way to explain why he doesn't ever fucking age.  
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News Comments > Morning Consolidation
2. Re: Morning Consolidation Feb 3, 2015, 10:42 Pigeon
Indeed, Sony confirmed to Forbes that that “the PS4 does not currently support 4K output for gaming”.

They can barely support 1080p gaming.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Police station lobbies safe haven Feb 2, 2015, 11:24 Pigeon
Not a bad idea, it'd be nice to see more cities and counties adopt this.  
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
2. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 2, 2015, 11:16 Pigeon
The group broadened a campaign against Waze with a new statement criticizing Google's software as hampering the use of speed traps. The trade association said radar guns and other speed enforcement techniques have reduced highways deaths.

"This app will hamper those activities by locating law enforcement officers and puts the public at risk," the group said....

...In a twist, the newly expressed concern about speeding is also Google's own defence of its software.

"Most users tend to drive more carefully when they believe law enforcement is nearby," Waze spokeswoman Julie Mossler said.

Which just goes to show they're more concerned with revenue generation than safety. If you can get people to drive better without having to hand out tickets what's the problem. I've seen police who will sit in their cars with their lights on in areas where people tend to speed or drive like morons, with the clear purpose of reminding people to drive carefully. A much more effective tactic than laying in wait IMO.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Panda Express Feb 1, 2015, 16:05 Pigeon
That video is probably a good exampled of confirmation bias. The young people seem to have a pretty negative view to begin with, so they're priming themselves to not like the food. Whereas the older people who may only be marginally aware of the restaurant had a generally favorable opinion of the food. My favorite was the hot and sour soup which the the kids hated, and said it smelled horrible, and the adults said it smelled and tasted very similar to the real thing. In my experience hot and sour soup generally smells pretty bad, but tastes wonderful.  
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
5. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Jan 31, 2015, 15:39 Pigeon
I for one am shocked that the Kia Hamsters have their own porn site, and that many of you are intimately familiar with it.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 31, 2015, 14:48 Pigeon
I want my Sunday evenings hassle free; it's my zen time before the work week. Plus if I do anything Sunday nights I really don't get the full enjoyment out of it cause I'm thinking about the coming week.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
4. Re: Out of the Blue Jan 30, 2015, 13:41 Pigeon
Bodolza wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 13:11:
Cutter wrote on Jan 30, 2015, 11:52:
Meesa no think so, George.

Yes, there was.

Technically yes, there was substance in the prequels, but it was pretty poor quality. The entirety of Anakin's character through out the films was poorly written and acted. The only time I found the character enjoyable was when they weren't focusing on giving him 'substance'. As the linchpin character for the prequel it would have been better, not good, if the character had just been circus and no substance.

The original IV, V, and VI weren't perfect, but they delivered much better on the substance front. Yeah Luke/Hamill weren't great at first, and Ewoks were ridiculous, but those were relatively small distractions from good films.

EDIT: Oh and let us not forget how he brushed off criticisms of the quality of the substance as, 'It's just a kids' film.'
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
1. Re: Evening Metaverse Jan 29, 2015, 19:06 Pigeon
A home broadband connection of 10Mbps supports three video streams, plus other Web use, at the same time, Pai said. “For some time now, under this administration, grounding the new benchmark for broadband in reality hasn’t been the point,” he added. “No, the ultimate goal is to seize new, virtually limitless authority to regulate the broadband marketplace...”

Pai went on to say his whole family can simultaneously stream videos of his cat that he took with his Razr V3 and posted on his myspace page...

Silliness aside, I notice the term advanced broadband is being used instead of just broadband. This leads me to believe broadband may still be classified as 4up 1down.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
12. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jan 29, 2015, 13:50 Pigeon
Well by the time we have to worry about Super Intelligent AI, the middle class will have collapsed and human labor will be so cheap the machines will hire people to do the jobs they don't want to. Today's theoretical future threats are tomorrows job providers.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jan 29, 2015, 10:01 Pigeon
While the asshole part was pretty bad I personally find the whole retention process even worse. The customer is having financial trouble, and thus looking to cut unnecessary expenses. They get sent to a retention specialist who tries to get them into a 2 year contract, when the customer declines, because they're having financial problems and need to cut expenses and not commit to additional expenses, they smack them with a cancellation fee. And they wonder why they got voted the worst company.  
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News Comments > Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on
7. Re: Grim Fandango Remastered & More Star Wars Games on Jan 27, 2015, 14:15 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Jan 27, 2015, 13:36:
Yeah, I'll grab it when it hits $5. I too still have my original disc and jewel case too. I wonder if the music is redbooked. Always loved the soundtrack for that game.

From the link:
the same musical score as before, re-recorded in higher quality with no unnecessary compression;
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News Comments > Sunday Mobilization
3. Re: Sunday Mobilization Jan 26, 2015, 09:40 Pigeon
The Apple-centric site reported Thursday that the S1 chip in the Apple Watch is similar in power to the A5 processor in an iPod touch, and the display has a refresh rate of 60 frames per second. That gives the watch impressive performance and a stunning screen, but it also means shorter battery life. According to 9to5Mac's unnamed sources, Apple really wants the watch to stand up to 2.5 to 4 hours of intense use (fitness-tracking, games, or apps), or three days in standby mode when the watch face display is off.

Games and Apps! on your tiny little wrist watch! Good thing it gets 60 FPS, though I bet developers cap games at 30FPS because they're too lazy to code correctly. /sarcasm.

Maybe I lack 'vision', but I don't see the point of this product.
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