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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
5. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 5, 2016, 14:08 Pigeon
Dev wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 13:45:
Saboth wrote on Jun 5, 2016, 12:58:
Exactly. They are trying to make up for the loss in TV subscriptions by creating arbitrary limits and fees. Whereas in the past you might have paid $100-$120 for TV+internet, people are dropping TV and going with internet-only, so the companies are maybe getting only $60-$80. So now they implement caps and start charging $35-$50 if you go "over" your false cap, so they still make $100+ on the consumer. So the consumer thinks: "Hmm, I can pay $40 a month for Hulu, Netflix, Sling, then $50 for overage charges, and $75 for internet for a total of $165, or I could just sign up for that Comcast TV deal for $125, and my streaming would go back down to 200-300 GB a month and I don't have to deal with those overage fees. Essentially when you buy TV, your "streaming" (transfer of data to watch TV) is free. When you use cable to stream from other sources, you are now charged for it, meaning Comcast is giving themselves a big advantage over competitors. We were using 200-300 GB when we had internet and cable TV. Now that we cut the cord, that's more like 600-700. I would think someone would point out exempting their cable service from data transfer rates while charging all other sources of TV streaming is anti-competitive.
Or, people with a clue have the option to get Comcast business for $70 and have no caps at all. (at least in areas where it's available)

For a 16Mbps/3Mbps connection and 2 year agreement. It would be $110 for me to keep the same speed I currently have, so lets not pretend that's a deal...
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News Comments > Sunday Metaverse
1. Re: Sunday Metaverse Jun 5, 2016, 11:55 Pigeon
But it sounds better than, 'our investors want exponentially increasing profits.'

The first sentence of the article sums things up pretty nicely:
Supporters of internet data caps want to have things both ways: admitting that the monthly usage limits have nothing to do with congestion, while simultaneously arguing that those who use the most should pay more (but not that those who use the least should get any discount).

The real "hilarity" is they've been driving away their paid TV customers because they're offerings aren't competitive (in a market they have a near monopoly on), so they're jacking up the price and adding gotcha fees onto to a service that's closer to a necessity.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 3, 2016, 17:55 Pigeon
Cutter wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 16:37:
Man, I love these super productive days. Started work on a new planter bench I'm making. Mowed the lawns, washed the car, and just made a batch of pico de gallo for burritos tonight! Ole! Everyone loves some pico de gallo don't they?

Rooster beaks are the best
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
3. Re: Morning Tech Bits Jun 3, 2016, 10:52 Pigeon
RedEye9 wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 10:33:
Task wrote on Jun 3, 2016, 10:12:
MicroShaft, tsk, tsk.

Preying on the elderly and ignorant, GO MICROSOFT.

That little bit of chicanery doubled my calls for computer work.

I imagine IT mercenaries everywhere are finding themselves with a bit more spending money.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue Jun 2, 2016, 11:56 Pigeon
Gator's are 'relatively' chill specially compared to crocs. I've seen a big one stroll out of the swamp, walk right in front of a hiker who was silently shitting himself, and go into the swamp on the other side of the hiking trail. Wasn't nearly as big as gator-zilla there though. That said the local gator catchers have recently snagged a 12-footer that's been chasing joggers so don't anyone go tempting fate.  
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
1. Re: Morning Metaverse Jun 1, 2016, 09:59 Pigeon
Samsung makes some great looking TVs (if you get one actually produced by samsung), but their business practices with their smart tvs has been shady as hell. I'm pretty sure my next TV will just be a regular TV that I hook up a Roku or something to.

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News Comments > Out of the Blue
5. Re: Out of the Blue May 31, 2016, 19:29 Pigeon
sauron wrote on May 31, 2016, 16:22:
Agreed on the cable modem. I bought one when I signed up for service, and it will have paid for itself after about a year. Renting that stuff from the cable company ends up costing more than the modem is worth.

Same, rental fee was $8 a month (now 10) and a modem cost $80. Doesn't take much math to come to the conclusion it's better to buy. A year and 9 months later and I'd still be ahead even if I need to buy a second one.

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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
16. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 30, 2016, 13:03 Pigeon
El Pit wrote on May 30, 2016, 12:55:
I have to try... I have to hold back... I will tell myself I only need a 1070... But then I hope that the 1070s will be sold out so that I will have to buy a 1080.

I am soooo weak.

Does this help sate your appetite for a 1080? I suppose if you already have a 980ti you wont see a huge difference, but those are some impressive numbers for a ~$400 card.
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News Comments > etc.
7. Re: etc. May 29, 2016, 23:45 Pigeon
Creston wrote on May 29, 2016, 19:58:
Nowadays you can post anything and get death threats. Oh, look, I just got one for posting this.

A high threshold for distress, and good skills for tolerating said distress are not hallmarks of the Internet's zeitgeist.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
8. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 29, 2016, 23:17 Pigeon
Slick wrote on May 29, 2016, 22:59:
Saboth wrote on May 29, 2016, 22:34:
Mmm those are some tasty-looking cards. I like that they are putting more effort into making them unique and interesting, like with RGB lighting.

I've got a Strix 970 (only 2 fans) and it's probably the quietest thing in my machine. The fans are usually only turning about 0-20%, and under heavy gaming, they are at around 40%. Probably 1/4 as loud as my old GTX 570.

Yeah I got one with 2 fans, and it's very quiet, but I've read some bad things about the 3-fan ones, bad coil whine was a common issue that popped up.

If it's nearly identical to the 980 Ti versions even under full load the noise should only be 7-8 dB above normal room noise(at least according to various review sites). As for coil whine, probably won't know till it comes out. It's been a known issue(among many cards) for awhile so they've hopefully been working on it.
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
1. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 29, 2016, 17:46 Pigeon
If the prices they list can be believed it's good to see the Founders edition pricing isn't sticking.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
10. Re: Out of the Blue May 26, 2016, 14:52 Pigeon
PHJF wrote on May 26, 2016, 14:21:
Man, fuck mouse producers. Previous Cooler Master mouse3 failed after months, and the Corsair I subsequently purchased is now losing tracking after eight (and doesn't track AT ALL on a brand new mousepad). I'll end up going to $10 RadioShack mice before long.

The mid budget level mice I've bought from logitech tend to last me a few years. The intensity of my gaming has dropped off a lot in the last few years though so I'm not using them particularly hard anymore.
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News Comments > Evening Safety Dance
6. Re: Evening Safety Dance May 26, 2016, 08:35 Pigeon
It sounds like they didn't U-turn so much as add a second notification that does the same thing the previous notification did, wherein closing the dialogue box means committing to the upgrade. Maybe the article isn't clear enough or the coffee hasn't made its way to my brain yet, but I don't see how this change is a whole lot more different.  
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
11. Re: Morning Safety Dance May 25, 2016, 16:07 Pigeon
Verno wrote on May 25, 2016, 14:27:
That fucking pop up window is shameful. I like Windows 10 as a product but god damn that is some despicable shit.

My feelings exactly. I like Windows 10, but I upgraded by choice. Tricking people into doing something they have repeatedly declined to do is a disgusting tactic. I hope they get sued for this, I can't help but think this has/will cost individuals time and money to fix when it upgrades without them wanting to.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
3. Re: Windows 10 May 25, 2016, 11:41 Pigeon
Shok wrote on May 25, 2016, 11:04:
Ok now this auto update shit is affecting me since my mother-in-law apparently got the win10 update auto installed and now she wants it back to win7. I probably should have installed the gwx tool on her machine to prevent that from happening but didn't think to. Hopefully it's less than 30 days...

Had someone at work ask me yesterday if they can reverse the upgrade after having 10 stealth installed recently. Apparently their computer is slow as shit now.
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
11. Re: Salt May 22, 2016, 21:34 Pigeon
Not completely surprising, salt plays an important role in our body chemistry. That said most people intake way more than is needed, particularly if they're eating any processed foods. I suppose it's something to keep in mind for people going for a misguided extreme low salt diet. For everyone else I suggest you take the findings.... Cool with a grain of salt.  
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News Comments > Sunday Tech Bits
3. Re: Sunday Tech Bits May 22, 2016, 17:03 Pigeon
My AMD 285 is pretty good for most games at 1080p, but I want to upgrade to a good 2k 144Hz monitor. Hoping a 1070 fits the bill. Like y'all I'm in no hurry, waiting for some good 3rd party boards and the masses to sort out if there's any chicanery like with the 970s.  
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News Comments > Saturday Legal Briefs
1. Re: Saturday Legal Briefs May 21, 2016, 14:48 Pigeon
I wonder how often FOX (and other media companies) falsely flag videos like this. Youtube should suspend automatic take downs for companies that are too indiscriminate; its the only way a company like FOX would bother refining their copyright search software, or at least make it less aggressive. I'm sure it's easier/cheaper for youtube to just take down whatever FOX says and place the burden of proof on the users.  
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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
6. Re: Morning Legal Briefs May 20, 2016, 18:16 Pigeon
Wallshadows wrote on May 20, 2016, 17:24:
Pigeon wrote on May 20, 2016, 15:58:
Because multi-boxing still requires a person to issue commands character, while a bot is wholly automated. Somewhat precarious logic IMO, but from another perspective a multi-boxxer must be present "playing" the game, while a botter can have their character running 24/7 without them even needing to be in the same room, city or country as the game.

It's kind of weird. On one hand they define botting as "automation of any action, not just character movement. If a program is pressing keys for you, you're breaking the ToS" but in order for multi-boxing to function you need third party software so that your keystrokes are broadcast across your open clients. I've multi-boxed when I used an RAF on myself for the mount and to power level but never got in to problems so maybe since it's still only one key for one action makes it a non-issue.

Meanwhile, if you use G-Keys on a Logitech keyboard which can perform several keystrokes with one press or timing macros then you can get hit with a ban for botting.

The line does indeed seem quite blurry. I suppose that's why people suggest it's all about the money. Somebody multi-boxes they need to be paying for multiple accounts, while botting only requires one. I personally don't like the concept of multi-boxing (it really depends on how its carried out), but I find botting pretty indefensible.
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
17. Re: Morning Metaverse May 20, 2016, 17:17 Pigeon
Quboid wrote on May 20, 2016, 14:26:
Pigeon wrote on May 20, 2016, 10:53:
Maybe it's in the article and I didn't see it, but I get the feeling there are a lot more men raters in general, which could heavily skew the results.

They do specify exactly this:
Seventy percent of IMDb TV show raters are men, according to my analysis, and that results in shows with predominantly female audiences getting screwed.

Absolutely nothing in the article accuses men of being inherently sexist or compares giving a bad review to rape, despite what the poor little victims in this thread are saying. It's not saying that a man leaving a bad review on film he didn't like is sabotage.

The article basically says that more reviewers are men than women and that some reviewers are sexist. Are either of those incorrect?

People are just reacting/overreacting to the usage of sabotage in the title, which has insidious connotations. The data presented in the article doesn't really address why, only what is. I'd suggest the large disparity in (n) between genders warrants a more robust statistical method than simply comparing averages if they want to come to any conclusion that has weight.

jdreyer wrote on May 20, 2016, 14:45:
Drayth wrote on May 20, 2016, 11:02:
A feminist acquaintance of mine went and saw The Expendables with her husband and hated it. If she were to give it a rating on imdb, I'm pretty sure it would have been somewhere in the 1 to 3 ballpark.

Yes but would she bother? I think that Pigeon is on to something, that men and women might use online rating systems differently. I bet men are more likely to use and participate in online systems and women use them too but also use other ways of assessing what to watch like social media and watercooler chat.

There's actually a footnote in the article pointing to some data suggesting despite men and women using the internet at roughly the same levels men are more likely to participate in discussions.
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