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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
16. Re: Apple's falling behind Google and Amazon in the smart home race. Nov 5, 2018, 09:21 Beamer
 
You guys realize you're the minority, right?

I feel like BluesNews does this a decent amount. Does things the masses wouldn't and prides themselves upon it, but when they read a story about what the masses may do, thinks it will be a failure because they personally wouldn't. You can't pride yourself upon being different then use yourself as a measuring stick for the masses.

Right now, voice devices have the fastest adoption rate of any comparable tech product. They reached more homes and users faster than radio, faster than TV, faster than telephones, faster than cellphones, and faster than smartphones. The adoption rate is through the roof. You may not be part of it, but right now, you're in the minority.

And yes, there was that one instance of an Alexa breach. It required the user downloading an app, which is a huge step. And it recorded voice, but also made it clear there was an issue with the Alexa device that any user would notice. And it didn't give passwords, or anything most users have to worry about. It was very specific.

Otherwise, most breaches have been from shitty things, like shitty locks and shitty toys. Things from companies that aren't traditionally digital - much like how most shitty locks, physically, come from companies not traditionally physical. Personally, I would never get a lock right now, but 5 years from now? Seems foolish to think things wouldn't improve. Perhaps not to the standard of a guy who actually writes and reads code for his own router, but that's what, under 1,000 people in the entire country? If not under 200?

Right now, I can play basically any song every written, ever, in any room of my home from anywhere. I can dial it up on my phone or my desktop and send it to the much better home theater system in my room, or if I'm laying in bed falling asleep and want to hear a song stuck in my head, I can cue it up by voice without having to move or see any bright lights (also useful if you and the girlfriend are debating something a simple Google search would solve, but no one wants to reach the lights.) The lighting in my hallway, dark most mornings, will light itself very immeasurably prior to my waking up, useful since the lightswitch is on the opposite side from my bedroom. In case I forget to turn it off, it will receive a signal to turn off as soon as my phone disconnects from my wifi. Our bedroom has 4 lights, with only one switch, controlling the harsh overhead. The much warmer tone reading lights are a bitch to reach from the bed, and basically wake you up reaching for them. Voice now controls them. For the ambient lights, which my girlfriend prefers right before going to sleep, it's in a smart outlet, and on a timer.

My parents mostly have the same thing. For the lamps that are harder for their retired selves to reach, they're voice controlled, but also on timers. The TV, in particular, is great for them. They're from the generation that found VCRs hard to program (how was that a thing?!), so even changing inputs is beyond them. They also struggle to hear dialogue, partially an issue of modern TVs having no room for decent sound, so I bought them a sound bar, but that requires multiple remotes and they just end up using the TV volume as the soundbar remains off. Now they can just say "Alexa, turn on the TV" or "Alexa, turn on Netflix" or "Alexa, change the channel to CNN" and it all just works. Even better, the interface of the Fire Stick is terrible and confusing for them, so now it's just "Alexa, put on Jack Ryan" and they're good to go.

You may not have uses, but you're an outlier. And we're pretty much in Year 3 of this. What will happen for Year 6, or Year 10? Security will get better, automation will get smarter, abilities will grow. You may never find a need, but that's you, and you have to acknowledge that you're a power user and not the masses, right?
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
11. Re: Apple's falling behind Google and Amazon in the smart home race. Nov 4, 2018, 09:37 Beamer
 
That's not a real Alexa hack. It doesn't operate without notifications. And it's useless.  
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News Comments > Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed
16. Re: Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed Nov 3, 2018, 17:30 Beamer
 
Ok, so you're still saying cyborg. Willfully ignorant. Not a surprise. You're literally pretending it's worse than it is instead of admitting you're terrified of women in your hobby.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
8. Re: Apple's falling behind Google and Amazon in the smart home race. Nov 3, 2018, 17:29 Beamer
 
If you buy shit you get shit. Show me a single hacking of a Hue, a Sonos, or an Alexa.

Buy quality and you get quality. Why trust your router more than an equally solid devices company?
 
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News Comments > Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed
13. Re: Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed Nov 3, 2018, 12:01 Beamer
 
DangerDog wrote on Nov 3, 2018, 02:28:
Beamer wrote on Nov 2, 2018, 22:40:
Is calling her a cyborg officially willfully ignorant now? It's been explained untrue a billion times, but people don't listen because it threatens their worldview.

I think they took ol cyborg lady and Kratos out of the game, bet you're all broken up about it. Don't worry though you can still swing that cricket bat.

In 1940 you would be lucky if you had an erector set wrapped in leather for a prosthetic arm. DICE thought they would get good boy points for putting in a robot arm wielding female sniper on the front line while calling their game an authentic WWII experience. Well Mr. "If you don't like it, don't buy it" exited stage left but for many his comment is still being reverberated in the halls of the internet.

Except that wire ones such as what's depicted there are historically accurate, and notice it isn't moving. It's moldable, so you can push it into a direction to hold something, but it does not move.

Here's a WW2 amputee with a very, very similar prosthetic.

But sorry if your childish anger & far of women guarantees you distort truth in your head.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
6. Re: Apple's falling behind Google and Amazon in the smart home race. Nov 3, 2018, 10:36 Beamer
 
Burrito of Peace wrote on Nov 2, 2018, 21:01:
Beamer wrote on Nov 2, 2018, 13:28:
Smart homes are going to be the biggest growth area of the 2020s.

Maybe. I have heard this claim since the 80s though they were then called "the automated home". In the 80s, it was going to be the 90s. In the 90s, it was going to be the early 2000s. In the early 2000s, it was 2010. Now it's 2020s. In 2025, it'll be the 2030s.

"Smart Homes" are a lot like flying cars. Lots of promises being made, lots of tech demos being shown off, and there are, what, maybe a handful of either things that have fully complete prototypes. When I see a subdivision show up with 100 homes that are all "smart homes" and fully integrated and automated, I'll believe it has arrived.

Do you have any smart devices? With a voice device, a Hue light system (or even cheaper one), a Sonos and a smart outlet or two, combined with IFTT, you can automate a huge amount. You can also just simplify nearly anything. And this doesn't include things like smart thermostats or doors or whatever. It all just adds a huge level of convenience. Yes, I know, with the lights, people always say "are you too lazy to use a light switch," as if every outlet has a light switch.

I don't believe in the stats that claim that by 202X over half of searches or purchases will be made by voice. But we're basically in year 3 for this stuff, and the ecosystem has exploded. Still its infancy and already solving problems.
 
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News Comments > Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed
6. Re: Battlefield V Multiplayer Maps Detailed Nov 2, 2018, 22:40 Beamer
 
Is calling her a cyborg officially willfully ignorant now? It's been explained untrue a billion times, but people don't listen because it threatens their worldview.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
4. Re: Apple's falling behind Google and Amazon in the smart home race. Nov 2, 2018, 13:28 Beamer
 
Porn-O-Matic wrote on Nov 2, 2018, 13:26:
As if that was a race worth competing in to begin with...

This comment will age like the infamous (and incorrect) 128k of RAM comment.

Smart homes are going to be the biggest growth area of the 2020s.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
3. Re: etc., etc. Nov 2, 2018, 13:01 Beamer
 
Prez wrote on Nov 2, 2018, 08:55:
Report: Community Is Not Happy That Black Ops 4 Weapon Variants Require About $200 or 250+ Game Hours to Get

What? Activision is a greedy, slimy, dickhead of a company? Who could have possibly have known? Jester Jester

It's so odd to me. The biggest hook in MW was the progression. Outside of some bugged stuff, pretty much nothing you got after maybe 10 hours of online play made a real difference. What you started with was enough to be competitive. But the progression was rapid and fun. You kept unlocking stuff. The hamster wheel felt real because you kept getting things. You didn't have the hours in between unlocks to get bored - the next thing was always a session away.

Slowing down that progression may get more people paying, but will keep fewer people addicted.
 
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
9. Re: Morning Mobilization Nov 2, 2018, 11:41 Beamer
 
Toyota had solar panels on cars in 1992. All they did was power a fan and circulate air out of the car on hot days in the sun. The result? Your car wasn't a billion degrees when you opened the door. Can't believe that concept didn't last.  
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News Comments > Another Sunset Overdrive PC Listing
3. Re: Another Sunset Overdrive PC Listing Nov 1, 2018, 10:57 Beamer
 
Now that I have an Xbox, maybe I'll pick this up. Not many Xbox games I want to play, but this is probably one.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 31, 2018, 15:40 Beamer
 
Mr. Tact wrote on Oct 31, 2018, 14:23:
The decision makes absolutely no sense. Even at a sporting level. The big thing about college sports is recruiting, how is Durkin going to recruit anyone? And it's not like he is the next Nick Saban or something. He hasn't been winning national championships or anything. Maryland's football program is at best, mediocre.

A lot of the decision came down to a political battle. The head of the regents is, no offense to Cutter, a rich old white man. He was furious at the leadership of the school for renaming the stadium, taking off the name of a politician that supported segregation. This was his way of getting back at that leadership - by taking the decision out of their hands then "humiliating" them by finding against them.

A rich old white moron so full of spite in defense of a shitty politician that he made a horrible decision. Major credit to the athletes walking out, and standing up to this on Twitter. They're not in an easy place, with their scholarships dependent upon this, but they're still trying to do the right thing for Jordan McNair.
 
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
5. Re: Morning Safety Dance Oct 31, 2018, 15:27 Beamer
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 31, 2018, 15:25:
Hate speech? Funny how liberal media only ever equates that with white folk.

We typically only have one hate speecher here on Blues News. He's the guy that made a Muslim suicide bomber joke last night. Wonder if he matches the description you gave...
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
3. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 31, 2018, 12:30 Beamer
 
She also wanted me to understand that “set-tops are premium devices” and are becoming “the digital nerve center of the ultra-connected home.”

Probably the dumbest thing a corporation has ever said.
 
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News Comments > Shroud of the Avatar Goes Free-to-Play
23. Re: Morning Tech Bits Oct 31, 2018, 09:15 Beamer
 
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Oct 30, 2018, 17:49:

The whole thing was flawed from the start and really exemplifies how Garriott has lost his way.

How involved is he? He, and his much more accomplished wife, are involved in so many different things that I can't imagine this gets a significant share of his attention.
 
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News Comments > Ubisoft Financials
10. Re: Ubisoft Financials Oct 31, 2018, 08:20 Beamer
 
El Pit wrote on Oct 31, 2018, 03:29:
The complete editions of FarCry 5 and Odyssey will be an instabuy for me once they go down to about $50. I am just waiting for this price and then - deal done!

As a huge FC fan, the complete edition won't be worth waiting for. The DLC was very, very meh. The game itself was quite long, and while wholly lacking anything to do in late-game other than story missions (and pretty much nothing to fight once you beat the story, a huge error on their part), the DLC didn't really scratch the itch.

FC5 was a pretty ok game. Better than most, worse than others. Not as good as 3 or 4.
 
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Oct 30, 2018, 21:44 Beamer
 
I feel like that warrants at least a time-out, no?  
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News Comments > Blood Revival Tease?
14. Re: Blood Revival Tease? Oct 30, 2018, 17:01 Beamer
 
Upon further inspection, these are loafers this company does direct ports to modern systems, not updates or remakes or new sequels. My earlier rant wasn't applicable and I should have looked into it first.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
9. Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 30, 2018, 15:07 Beamer
 
jdreyer wrote on Oct 30, 2018, 14:09:
ldonyo wrote on Oct 30, 2018, 13:17:
There was a national mission to fix rural broadband, but big telecom screwed the pooch by taking the money and never delivering the build-out the money was for. Fast-forward about a decade and Shit Pai has removed most of the money that would have gone to this, as well as removing (or trying to) most of the subsidies for the poor to get anything even resembling broadband in any form.

The problem isn't the lack of a plan. The problem is, and has been for quite some time, lack of consequences for ISPs not following through after getting the money.

We need a national mission to fix the US infrastructure in general. Bridges, roads, the electric grid, dams, etc. No money has been put into it for decades.

It's terrifying, and one day soon we'll have a bridge incident close to what happened in Italy.

Hell, I ride a train tunnel under the Hudson river at least twice a month, which isn't even much, and always kind of hold my breath knowing those aren't well maintained. This summer the PATH near me was closed for Sandy repairs. Think about how long ago Hurricane Sandy was. The repairs only happened because they were federally mandated, as well, otherwise the tunnel would still be deteriorating.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Oct 30, 2018, 13:50 Beamer
 
The Yankees will win the pennant next season. The Giants will be a strong playoff team within 3-4 years. The Rangers are finally doing a proper rebuild.

The Mets, though, are entirely on you, haha.
 
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