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News Comments > Saturday Tech Bits
23. Re: Saturday Tech Bits Aug 23, 2015, 19:43 SmyTTor
 
MajorD wrote on Aug 23, 2015, 13:02:

It's just the day/age we live in. Unless you're going to truly live off the grid; wearing a foil hat in a cabin w/o electricity and running water, and cease all communications, then you're fooling yourself because you're being tracked one way or another whether you like and/or know it or not. Whether you're minimizing it or not, you're still being tracked one way or another, so it's 'pretty much' a moot point.

The more you accept things that are increasingly invasive, the more people will try and get away with. That's how we've gotten to this point, along with the help of shills and trolls trying to demean and ostracize those with legitimate concerns.

This free upgrade promotion being what it is, people will still be laying out $150 for a product that is essentially data-mining their every action for extended profits to the developer.

At the very least, people will be leaving themselves open to all sorts of hacking/fishing vulnerabilities, be it federal or criminal.

If you think Prenda type litigations and celebrity nude hacks are prevalent now...

 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
16. Re: Morning Safety Dance Aug 6, 2015, 21:29 SmyTTor
 
...waits for slippery slope argument...
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
8. Re: Op Ed Jun 17, 2015, 22:43 SmyTTor
 
Troll score = 1 'the troll is weak with this one'  
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News Comments > Square Enix Reveal Progress
13. Re: Square Enix Reveal Progress Apr 7, 2015, 14:20 SmyTTor
 
I would have gone for nascent over juvenile, simply to avoid any implied negative connotations~  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
7. Re: Sunday Tech Bits Apr 6, 2015, 23:35 SmyTTor
 
Don't worry, guys. Microsoft will not be releasing any more Operating System Software packages and trying to force you to upgrade to them.

They will now be selling an Operating System SERVICE. Issue solved (as long as you pay an annual fee for the rest of your computing life).
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Mar 4, 2015, 22:09 SmyTTor
 
Here's the gist:

Clinton used a personally run email server exclusively for her official correspondence as Secretary of State. This is not without precedence as Colin Powell confirmed his preference to use a personal email account as well as other predecessors also choosing to use personal email accounts to some degree.

There was no law or regulation against this practice while Clinton held the office.

The shady part is two fold. First, this violated the White House's policy set forth regarding transparency of communications. Second, and more importantly, this very well could have circumvented all measures to record official correspondence in the national record.

The context:

The Clintons have been attacked over one thing or another, legitimate and wholly manufactured, for decades. No matter what, they were fully away of being attacked while sitting in another public office and the possibility of another run for the office of the president. In this case, there was no outside ISP where things could go leaking from one random IT worker and the security measures were able to be easily verified and monitored directly. There are other politicians doing the same thing (oddly enough by some of the loudest critics over the past two days).

It's a damned if you do, damned if you don't, but at least in this sense, Clinton is spared any extra bullshit “scandals” over extraneous things.

Regardless of your political leanings, it is still staggering the lack of transparency in all levels of government. I just find it amusingly hypocritical the people who defended Karl Rove and Dick Cheney's private emails and refusal to comply with subpoenas and the feigned indignation over this inconsequential flap.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
6. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Dec 8, 2014, 01:46 SmyTTor
 
North Korea is going apeshit because Sony made that movie about assassinating their leader.

If you didn't think they were a half-step short of reality before...
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
18. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 13:33 SmyTTor
 
Going of the rails a bit more...

In the mid 70's corporations began co-oping conservative political groups and subverting the mainstream ideology with a radical movement with the intent to crush labor unions, the only way the average worker has any quantifiable bargaining power with their employer. This endeavor essentially succeeded, when at the beginning of Reagan's presidency, the President stepped in with the full authority of the federal government and decimated the air traffic controller's union when they went on strike to decrease the amount of successive hours and shifts they endured as it was impacting both the workers health and air safety in general (and of course they wanted more money for all that work).

Since that time, even more money and resources have been put into destroying the ability of workers to bargain for fair compensation that matches their productivity.

To put it simply: people work harder and smarter, making more money for companies, but do not get paid fairly for that increased output.

Handy historical data:

http://s3.epi.org/files/2012/ib330-figureA.png.538

http://www.epi.org/publication/ib330-productivity-vs-compensation/
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Morning Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 11:04 SmyTTor
 
Obama nominated a guy who spent his time cashing checks from lobbying for cable and wireless companies.

It's not shocking to see where his loyalties lie.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
12. Re: Evening Metaverse Nov 13, 2014, 06:18 SmyTTor
 
shihonage wrote on Nov 13, 2014, 03:37:
Liberalism was not always a mental disorder. Old-school liberals provided a much needed balance,a humane counter to worker abuse, greedy corporations, and to bible-thumping cults. Sexual liberation, and all that.

That time is long over. Modern liberals are Statists who have been defending a totalitarian President. Demagogues who prey on emotion and race to sway low-information voter.

The country has finally woken up. Thus, their asses have been kicked during the 2014 elections, and in 2016 elections, the other shoe is going to drop.

Modern conservatism is not about bible thumping. It's become about fact and reason, the ability to do math and act rationally in the interests of this country and its allies in the world. A candidate that stops dropping Jesus into every sentence, and shows themselves to be resolute, informed, sober, experienced, and optimistic, is going to win.

We're going to have a conservative President. And one day, your children will be thankful for this.


Hello, Kettle!

Let's continue to make up insubstantial nonsense regarding the recent US election, as was spouted during the campaigns by parties, lobbyists, and media outlets, and ignore all the relevant factors involved.

The seats up this cycle were primarily in areas where geographically and historically Republicans hold advantage. That is partially why you heard pundits nattering not a day after the 2012 elections that Republicans would come back with a fury in 2014. No shit; the statistics said as much.

Between the gerrymandering of districts and the amount of voter suppression practices that were initiated by Republican legislatures across the country, the US had the worst voter turnout in over 70 years. That says a lot. Low turnout elections favor Republicans, yet the more represented the electorate is and the process becomes more democratic, Republicans do poorly.

There are a great many other factors that had a huge impact, such as dark money, political exhaustion at the bickering between the two parties, general ignorance of the current state of the country, a massive flood of disinformation, and so much more.

If you think that this is some glowing affirmation of one party's ideology or the condemnation of the other's, you're just completely blinded by partisanship and caught up in everything wrong with what our political system has devolved into.

After election polling have the Democratic participants supporting the Congress compromising on policies by 72%, but Republicans rejecting any compromises by 66%.

That's pretty telling about who might be a bit too inflexible and extreme with their own ideology.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
3. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 3, 2014, 13:56 SmyTTor
 
*Obligatory 'socialist' epithet here*  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
5. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jul 14, 2014, 12:56 SmyTTor
 
The judge's comments as to why he declined the recommended sentence is because he wanted to stop her from protesting in the future. That just so happens to violate the constitution on its face. This is why it will be overturned on appeal.  
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News Comments > Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims
82. Re: Respawn Attacks Titanfall Bribery Claims Feb 21, 2014, 01:16 SmyTTor
 
Rather than say the game sucks in general, I'll say why it isn't very good, for me.

I realize this is beta and use that grain of salt liberally when seeing the entire opening day scrubbed due to server connectivity issues on MS's side. I do not think it was okay to have the graphics on PC look as dated as they did so close to public release. But, I will say that even bumped up to max, the game ran very smoothly on a mid-range machine.

The auto-aim code is strong with this one. Aside from a weapon that can lock on and automatically track and kill multiple things at once, there is far too much correction going on. You can especially see this in the immediate death replays while waiting to respawn. Or when you wonder how the hell you just hit that guy when your cursor ended up blocked by the wall.

There is way too much one-shot killing. You can kill a guy with a shotgun clipping a foot. You can one-shot anyone from about 7-8 meters away with a flying kick. I'm not kidding. I topped an entire match solely (get it?!) by meleeing.

This is not a mech game. When you get your titan, you are pretty much a wrecking machine if you come across any other player. It's not that it's all just power, you also have about as much speed of movement and agility. That side-step is powerful, even with having it as two very short-timed charges. In one quick backslide I splattered 4 pilots and 4 npcs.

The npcs on each side end up making it harder to locate actual players. However it's a strange mix. The flow of combat is so inhibited by so many features that are crammed into the game. Like the cloaking ability, and the mini-map pointing out enemy locations, and the FOV being capped as it is. Don't get me wrong, those would have their places in other games, but it seems like it was about how many features from other popular games they could put in "Titanfall" rather than how they actually affected game play.

I actually really like the way the double jump/wall sprinting mechanics were implemented and that alone would have been amazing. I just don't think everything combined the way it is fits together into one coherent game.

Lest anyone try calling me out, I was really pumped for this game. I'm not an EA fan, but this game really caught my eye. The game just feels like a run-of-the-mill FPS console port with little else going for it at this point.

I will personally be passing on this game. The only other upcoming FPS that caught my eye was "Tom Clancy's The Division" and I really hope that turns out well.
 
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
4. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 5, 2014, 21:14 SmyTTor
 
But if they do indeed raise Prime by $40, or even the $20 low end, would that change things enough?  
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News Comments > Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed
50. Re: Deadpool and Other Marvel Removals Confirmed Jan 3, 2014, 02:26 SmyTTor
 

Does no one remember the incidents of Amazon removing books people purchased and downloaded to their Kindles?

It isn't similar to what this situation is (though there are enough posts implying as much), but people shouldn't be surprised at how things play out in an era where the copyright and patent systems, which were created to foster progress and protect culture for society in general, are used as weapons by corporations to exclude people from accessing the very culture they are supposed to have a right to.
 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
8. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Nov 20, 2013, 02:58 SmyTTor
 

Such trollbait.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 22, 2013, 04:15 SmyTTor
 
No biggie just use Bing... oh, wait...  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
2. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Sep 22, 2013, 07:24 SmyTTor
 
Da Hoppa!  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
29. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jul 1, 2013, 22:30 SmyTTor
 
Mashiki Amiketo wrote on Jul 1, 2013, 19:17:
shihonage wrote on Jul 1, 2013, 18:18:
Well downloading a driver is good...for those "hardcore nerds" as it were. Most people can't install a printer without managing to hose the installation even with an 8 or 16 step sheet of paper.

Please tell me society has not already dumbed back down to the point it can't install a damn driver- or worse that it shouldn't have to, ever.

There is zero compelling reason to switch to Win8, even after they fixed most of the more annoying aspects. None.

Aside from the cheerleaders, I would have to say that 95% of the tech community I work with and speak with have nothing but disdain for Win8 as anything but a cash grab and yet another PinTA for certification tracks.

 
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
4. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Jun 19, 2013, 20:30 SmyTTor
 

Don't forget the company executives made aware would have been committing felonies by even mentioning those orders and most likely similar charges as Snowden is facing for his making knowledge of these programs public.

I mean, they are giving that 60ish guy who was growing pot for his wife's illness 10 years. The Steubenville rapists got 2 years while the person who made it public that officials were going to drop the charges because the rapists happened to be top pick football prospects is up for 10 years. The US is holding publicly acknowledged innocent people prisoner on foreign land because... I don't rightly know. Same country.
 
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