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Signed On Aug 15, 2003, 17:35
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 15, 2016, 17:01 Pigeon
BIGtrouble77 wrote on Feb 15, 2016, 11:52:
I don't understand why people buy smart tvs. They offer virtually no benefit over an external box, complicate the ui, underpowered, drive up the price of the tv, cant's be shut off and have limited upgradability. The icing is having a shittastic company like Samsung datamining me.

I've used both and pretty much this. Currently using a Samsung smart TV (no mic... I think)and most of the issues I have with it center around performance problems and bugs. Plus they don't have as many apps as other popular devices like Roku or Apple TV. Apps things just don't want to play so I fire up my PS4 instead and its fine. Frankly the only benefit is having everything on a single remote, which I'm pretty sure you can do with one of the standalones if you are so inclined.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 14, 2016, 14:56 Pigeon
Died in a hunting trip in Texas, sounds suspicious... Wait, where's Cheney at!? On a more serious note this is going to be a political cluster fuck. It'll certainly rile up the republican base, but if they're too inflexible it could turn off moderates and hurt them in the general election.

In other news the wireless on my trusty Linksys wrt54G more or less gave up the ghost. I guess some 10 or so years of service is pretty good. The replacement supports AC and dual bands, two things I really can't use atm. Hoping I'm future proofed a bit by that.
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News Comments > Morning Mobilization
1. Re: Morning Mobilization Feb 12, 2016, 13:10 Pigeon
I still plan a route out before hand if I'm going somewhere unfamiliar. I find that while GPS usually gets you there the route isn't optimal or at least more confusing than it needs to be. If I'm going somewhere and I'm completely unfamiliar with the area I'll take an actual map. Better to have tools you don't need than to have your GPS fuck up and have no idea where you are or how to get where you're going.  
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News Comments > XCOM 2 Troubleshooting
2. Re: XCOM 2 Troubleshooting Feb 11, 2016, 11:46 Pigeon
I'll probably wait for a patch or driver update to see if it improves performance for me. If not I'll have to *gasp* turn down some options.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 11, 2016, 10:49 Pigeon
I think my disinterest in competitive gaming as I get older is in good part due to not wanting to go through the process of getting good at a game. First of all its more frustrating sucking when you're used to being near the top of the score board. Secondly there's very much a Ďbeen there done thatí feeling. Lastly while patience in general has increased as Iíve gotten older, my tolerance of willingly spending time among morons and assholes has decreased. You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy than among the random sever populations of online shooters. It can take time to find a good server, and I realize a lot of online games are random matching nowadays so that makes the problem worse. Still, some of my best gaming memories are from competitive games.

EDIT: Added more, originally tried to comment on my phone, but something slowed my texting to a crawl. Thereís was an annoying video ad in the corner for some health something, but Iíve no idea if that was the culprit.

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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
2. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 11, 2016, 08:42 Pigeon
Warner-Chapell OG copyright trolls finally getting their comeuppance. Well sort of, considering how long they've been pushing a bogus claim 14 million seems like a slap on the wrist.  
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News Comments > Evening Metaverse
5. Re: Evening Metaverse Feb 11, 2016, 08:12 Pigeon
Sepharo wrote on Feb 11, 2016, 04:14:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 11, 2016, 03:28:
The other problem is that it's only available on Apple TV.

I thought that was just a short early exclusivity period? Pretty sure anyone can get it now.

edit: Yeah it was only exclusive to Apple for the first 3 months, ended at the beginning of July.

You still can't directly purchase a subscription. It has to come through one of six providers like the google or Apple app stores. There's a lot of great shows on there, but the higher price likely means more people will drop service when they've watched what they want.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
10. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 10, 2016, 13:18 Pigeon
Darks wrote on Feb 10, 2016, 12:27:
jdreyer wrote on Feb 10, 2016, 12:12:
Seems reasonable enough.

@Darks. How do you think they (or any site for that matter) should make money? Don't you think they know they've got a highly technical readership and cultivate their ads to avoid malware, like the way Blue does?

All that being said, I basically stopped reading Wired last year because the content just wasn't interesting any longer. A few times a year they do put out an excellent long form article though.

First off, by being legitimate with their ads and not plastering your screen with bullshit ads that lead to malware and spam. That would be a very good start. This is why people use ad blockers. We all got tired off of the bullshit spam.

Many of these sites have no one to blame but themselves they lost the public trust.

I don't know if Wired specifically is guilty of this, but it's why I use an adblocker. If I know a site is vigilante about making sure their ads aren't intrusive or harmful, like Blue's, I turn off my blocker for that site; but its hard to know that for random sites you may visit or ones you visit infrequently. These websites and ad companies are both guilty of trying to make a buck at the expense of their customers' security and privacy, but they're only intent on blaming the public for a situation they created. Wired even goes so far as to acknowledge the problems:
We know that there are many reasons for running an ad blocker, from simply wanting a faster, cleaner browsing experience to concerns about security and tracking software. We want to offer you a way to support us while also addressing those concerns.
But their only solution is to offer a paid ad free service. They can't be bothered to address the actual problem, or at the least make a commitment to ad standards for their own site.
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News Comments > Evening Mobilization
1. Re: Evening Mobilization Feb 10, 2016, 08:28 Pigeon
Hopefully the delay in the steam release means they're making a proper PC release as opposed to a mobile version that's been pieced together just enough to work on a PC.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
2. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 9, 2016, 11:21 Pigeon
BicycleRepairMan wrote on Feb 9, 2016, 11:14:
"3D TVs to Disappear into History. Won't even say I told you so."

I predict the same headline with "VR" in it in about 2 years.

I think VR is one of those things that will eventually happen, but it has to pass affordability and software adoption checks first. 3D has always been a gimmick and environmentally contingent.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
1. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Feb 9, 2016, 08:42 Pigeon
Moral of the story if you're going to leave a negative review don't make several verifiably false allegations. I don't know if these people had some sort of ill conceived scheme, or if they were trying to pull the ole, pretend to be a victim over something that's your fault and throw a tantrum until someone gives you what you want just so you go away, trick. Unfortunately that only works at the customer return line of Target and not against a lawyer.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
19. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2016, 22:48 Pigeon
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 7, 2016, 22:14:
Newton sure ain't doing any better though. He has been sacked so many times that if he were a bag of potatoes, he could feed a small country.

For awhile there I thought Cam put on a Broncos jersey, but it was just Ware and Miller hanging on him like a coat. Panthers probably had the most explosive offensive plays but that Denver D. was not messing around.

I'm happy for Manning, but he needs to retire. I think he downed himself like 4 times stumbling around. Also so weird seeing Kubiak on the side lines of a winning a Super Bowl team.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10 - XCOM 2 Edition
7. Re: Steam Top 10 - XCOM 2 Edition Feb 7, 2016, 15:37 Pigeon
I've played the training mission, I guess they want you to get used to soldiers dying as you're forced to get two killed. It runs a bit slow on the highest settings for me, but I'm still playing long war, so maybe by the time I'm done with that they'll be some drivers/patches that smooth things out a bit.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
6. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 7, 2016, 15:29 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Feb 7, 2016, 15:14:
Yeah, having the Superbowl on a Sunday is still one of the dumbest ideas ever. The Panthers look pretty unstoppable but Cam gets flustered pretty easy and Peyton is just the opposite so I'll call it for the Broncos. It should be an interesting game.

Completely agree about Cam, and the Broncos have a defense that can create that situation. That said Panthers have a solid defense too, and Peyton isn't what he used to be. I think the Panthers will take it, but I'm hoping for a great game more than anything else.
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Feb 6, 2016, 16:54 Pigeon
Comcast, FOX, and Disney are the joint owners of Hulu; I don't see Time Warner being able to bully them. Not saying it can't happen, but I have some serious doubts they're going to be able to reverse Hulu's current direction. Access to current TV series is pretty much the reason to subscribe.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs Feb 6, 2016, 12:34 Pigeon
If true the station was exceptionally stupid. Station policy should shouldn't have allowed any of offenses mentioned. I'd make a horrible person pun about boners, but it looks like the ars comments section has that covered.  
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
8. Re: Morning Tech Bits Feb 5, 2016, 14:26 Pigeon
RedEye9 wrote on Feb 5, 2016, 13:50:
Wallshadows wrote on Feb 5, 2016, 11:40:
How to design computer peripherals:
Give it a titanic name
Throw in extra zeroes in the name
Gun-metal grey
Throw in buzzwords like "sleek and stealth aesthetics"
Give it lots of flashing light options
Fancy mechanical switch wordplay
Extensive macroing ability which can potentially get you banned in online games
Bam, $200.
Asus took it one step further with adding a carrying case. Lol.
You forgot unbelievably ugly.
I'm happy with my Brown MX Cherry keyed blue backlit Duckyshine Zero.

I thought you were continuing to riff with the joke, specially with a name like Ducky Shine, but google search says real product...
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
8. Re: Out of the Blue Feb 4, 2016, 16:00 Pigeon
|RaptoR| wrote on Feb 4, 2016, 15:29:
Verno wrote on Feb 4, 2016, 11:00:
Totally stoked for XCOM2, the hype is real.

Can't wait. Preload complete!

I just finished Xcom Enemy Unknown for the first time last night. Shocked I almost missed out on such a fantastic series. Taking heavies to the sky with Archangel Armor and dropping rockets has got to be one of the most satisfying things.

Also, medics with Archangel to get to your rooftop snipers that catch the unfortunate round or two.

Longest workday EVER

I'm still in the thick of Long War. It's gotten real hard and I'm realizing I've been slacking on weapon and armor upgrades. The worst was a small map that had 9 mechs (2 of the big daddy mechs), 8 or so mutons, 6 muton elites and a hand full of sectoids to make the mechs even harder to kill. It was pretty much impossible with the equipment I had because after 4 or so turns the entire map would have converged on me. Proud to save scum . My biggest problem with Long War is it's hard to go 1 day without something popping up, making it difficult to get things researched, healed or built to deal with problems. AND probably more important the epic fuck ton of Alloys you need for just about anything. I actually have access to make some nice equipment, but I don't have anything close to the hundreds of alloys I need to equip my team.
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
1. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Feb 4, 2016, 13:55 Pigeon
Someone needs to setup a technology education center in East Texas. Matter of fact I'll do it; if all the companies that keep getting sued just pitched in and gave me a few million each I could save them 100s of millions. On another note, it's funny how similar east Texas looks to a beach in the Caribbeans.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Morning Safety Dance Feb 4, 2016, 13:44 Pigeon
descender wrote on Feb 4, 2016, 12:47:
This won't go anywhere, their entire "lawsuit" is.... WAAAAAAAAAAAA with some tears mixed in. I'm surprised BC is even as worried as they seemingly are.

If the complainant drags it out, things can get very expensive with legal cost. I assume that's their strategy.

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