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  • Apr 16th, 2014 @ 10:48am

    (untitled comment)

    While this is pretty much true (I have gotten pretty pissed at horrible games myself) the same can be said about anything in life really.

    Anything meant to "calm" someone down will have the exact opposite effect if implemented poorly. Think of getting a massage as an example. Should be a relaxing experience, but if they are playing obnoxious music in the background, constantly talk about their boring lives during the massage, and aren't really good at the massage anyway you are going to leave there pretty upset.

    The bigger issue then becomes what you do next. Do you resolve to stay pissed off, or do you find something else to do that you know will calm you down?

    I have games I keep on hand just for when I play something shitty that pisses me off. I switch to something I know is a good game that will help change my mood to a more positive one.

  • Mar 20th, 2014 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Trolling

    They didn't look at the employee's email. They looked at the blogger's email and found the emails FROM the employee.

  • Jan 21st, 2014 @ 12:50pm

    Re: Don't forget the bounty

    I worked at a Rave movie theater a number of years ago and back then I honestly would have loved to catch someone recording video to get me that $500. You have to act immediately, stop the person from recording, call the cops, and file a police report to be eligible though.

    While I never actually caught anyone in the act, there was one time I caught a guy trying to bring in a full size video camera in a backpack. We had to search all over sized bags coming in and when I found it I gave him that "you have to be kidding me" look, and told him he couldn't bring it in. He couldn't grasp why I wouldn't let him bring it in even though he promised he wouldn't record anything.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 10:52am

    Re: Self defense

    If you watch closely before he bolts the first time you can see that one of the bikers was trying to get his door open. Looks like that was why he drove off as fast as he did.

  • Oct 10th, 2013 @ 10:51am

    Re: video taken down

    It looks like michelinman900 is the one who shot the video and BNN is the channel the embedded video above is from. It still loads though. Watching some of michelinman900's videos you can tell exactly what kind of group they are.

  • Oct 4th, 2013 @ 12:34pm

    Re: Re:

    OMG this changes EVERYTHING! All of those innocent people in prison there for shooting people...they didn't do it! Their guns were responsible, not them!....


  • Jul 19th, 2013 @ 12:10pm

    Re: Re: Valet keys

    I have a Nissan Altima and the key is a fob with a key that inserts into it. The ignition is a push start so you only need the fob to start it. Inside the glove box there is a button that disables the trunk releases so when you flip that switch the button on the dash, button on the fob, and proximity button on the trunk itself are disabled. Then you lock the glove box and backseat release button with the physical key.

    You take the key with you and give them the fob. They can drive the car, but cannot open the glove box or the trunk without using force and causing damage to the car.

  • May 29th, 2013 @ 4:55pm

    Re: Perspective

    With Steam you can go to a friend's house, sign in to Steam on their computer, download a game, and then run steam in offline mode. They now have the game on their computer that they can play at will.

  • May 22nd, 2013 @ 10:16am


    If you were to spit on someone today you could very well be charged with assault. If you spit at one person, but some of it got on someone else then that person could also file assault charges against you.

    I'd say you got off easy.

  • May 15th, 2013 @ 2:14pm

    Re: Re: "Sunk (or fixed) costs" make individual channels expensive.

    I felt the same way back when I used to actually have cable service. I had the basic cable service because I didn't watch any of the channels on the "premium digital" tier. One of the channels I watched on basic was G4, but then one day it just wasn't there anymore. I check the cable channel listings and found it was moved to the premium lineup. I called to see if I could get it by itself and they wanted me to get the premium tier. They lost at least one viewer that day because no channel is worth going up to a whole new package just to watch it.

    I don't need 5 ESPNs or CSPANs so why pay for something I'm not using. Cable companies should still be able to offer at least an la carte bundle. Don't want to just charge for one or two channels? Have a package of 10, 20, or 30 channels and let customers pick what channels they get. After that, THEN allow individual channels to be added at an additional rate.

  • May 13th, 2013 @ 5:38pm


    It is situations like these that I am glad I have my pictures and videos automatically uploaded to multiple online storage services.

  • May 6th, 2013 @ 6:00pm

    Read the comments

    If you haven't read the comments on that BS site I would suggest doing so. Basically this guy's main argument is that he believes Google records everything "seen" through the camera of GG and stores it all on their servers. He says that anything you do with GG no matter which app is being used will have it's data sent to Google where it is stored forever. He also seems to think the camera on the GG is always on and recording / streaming online back to Google no matter what else you are doing.

    Someone brought up the point that you can do the same stuff with a cell phone, but his reply was that the form factor discouraged it's use. So in other words he feels that the only thing keeping people from recording video and taking pictures of everyone around them at all times is the thought that someone may know they are doing it. Wearing GG could hide the fact you were recording and more people would do it.

    Personally recording video and taking pictures isn't the main function that I care about with GG and I would have no reason to go around town recording video of everyone at random. When I'm out in public and decide to record video of whatever, I don't care if someone knows I'm recording. If I'm recording video of someone/something or taking pictures I'm doing it for a reason and not just to do it. It's perfectly legal to record video/audio and take photos in public.

    One of my favorite comments on the site is from a guy who points out the irony of it. The creator is so concerned with Google tracking and storing user information, but creates the page on wordpress.com and cannot disable google tracking.

  • Apr 18th, 2013 @ 10:12am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Any time you get a game via PS+ there is a disclaimer that states you are getting the game for free / at a reduced cost so long as your subscription is valid. The games have a date stamped on them that you can see by looking at the game information from the XMB. If your subscription lapses the only way to play the games acquired via PS+ is to either pay for the full price of the game if it was free, pay the difference in price if it was discounted, or renew the subscription. If you renew after it expires then some of the games require you do download the unlock file again.

    This is so people don't just get a month of PS+, get a lot of free games, and then not renew thinking they can just keep all the freebies. Even if they cancel the service later on (which is doubtful since its a key service for the PS4) if I REALLY want the titles I've downloaded I will just pay for it.

  • Apr 4th, 2013 @ 4:58pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    From a reply I made below, "If a caller in a one-party state [me in Texas] records a conversation with someone in a two-party state [someone in California] that caller is subject to the stricter of the laws and must have consent from all callers (Cf. Kearney v. Salomon Smith Barney Inc., 39 Cal. 4th 95 (2006)"

    Now in that case specifically the laws of California over rode the laws of Georgia. The case states that both state laws are taken into account, and the state that would suffer the most harm by their law not being followed is the one that is followed. http://www.mofo.com/pubs/xpqPublicationDetail.aspx?xpST=PubDetail&pub=6457

    Federal law states that only one party needs to know the call is being recorded, but according to the information from that case it does not supersede state laws.

    So it would be considered wise to announce the call is being recorded when you don't know where the caller is located just to CYA.

    Personally it also comes down to who actually knows I'm recording the call. If I'm recording it for my own benefit then I may not mention it to anyone. If it's something I plan on using later for one reason or another I will say something at the beginning.

  • Apr 4th, 2013 @ 4:42pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    1)It is my understanding that you would fall under the law of whatever state you are making the call from.

    2)"If a caller in a one-party state [me in Texas] records a conversation with someone in a two-party state [you in Florida] that caller is subject to the stricter of the laws and must have consent from all callers (Cf. Kearney v. Salomon Smith Barney Inc., 39 Cal. 4th 95 (2006)"

    3)You would need to get my consent to record anyway since you would be calling from a two-party state. If I wanted to record it (even though you were the one calling me) I would still refer to the answer to #2. If I knew you were calling from Florida I would probably need to announce I was going to record it, but I'm not sure it could be held against me if I recorded it not ever knowing where you were calling from.

    I found this on dmlp.org and it pretty much sums it all up. (Digital Media Law Project http://www.dmlp.org/legal-guide/recording-phone-calls-and-conversations):
    "Unfortunately, it is not always easy to tell which law applies to a communication, especially a phone call. For example, if you and the person you are recording are in different states, then it is difficult to say in advance whether federal or state law applies, and if state law applies which of the two (or more) relevant state laws will control the situation. Therefore, if you record a phone call with participants in more than one state, it is best to play it safe and get the consent of all parties. However, when you and the person you are recording are both located in the same state, then you can rely with greater certainty on the law of that state. In some states, this will mean that you can record with the consent of one party to the communication. In others, you will still need to get everyone's consent."
    "Federal law requires that at least one party taking part in the call must be notified of the recording (18 U.S.C. 2511(2)(d))"

    So, as stated it would be considered wise to announce the call is being recorded when you don't know where the caller is located just to CYA. If I know the other person is calling from a one-party state (especially Texas) I don't say anything about it.

  • Apr 3rd, 2013 @ 11:39am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    In Texas only one person has to consent for the call to be recorded. Someone can record your call with them and not actually have to tell you. They know it's being recorded and that is all that is required. Same goes the other way around. I record all of my calls on my cell phone that are to / from numbers that aren't in my contact list. I know the calls are being recorded so I don't have to tell the other person.
    Also a 3rd party can record your conversation with someone else so long as at least one of the parties on the call know it's being recorded and consent to it.

  • Mar 12th, 2013 @ 8:08pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    dude, you need to read up on the castle doctrine and stand your ground law. I too live in Texas and a cop will not tell you that "you're in the right if you feel threatened". http://www.capitol.state.tx.us/tlodocs/80R/billtext/html/SB00378F.htm
    "A person is justified in using force against another when and to the degree the actor [he] reasonably believes the force is immediately necessary to protect the actor [himself] against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful force." It goes on to say that "the actor's belief that the force was immediately necessary as described by this subsection is presumed to be reasonable if the actor:", and then it lists some scenarios.

    In Texas (and any other state with the same law) that part is where this troll would not be able to use it as a defense were he to shoot and kill the guy for coming on to his property. The belief that the force was necessary is only reasonable if the actor "did not provoke the person against whom the force was used".

    The trolling was the provocation. The law provides Civil Immunity, but that's only if the force used was deemed justified.

  • Feb 5th, 2013 @ 12:06pm

    This has happened to me a few times

    I use data on my phone which I have an unlimited plan, but my wife does not. She is a stay at home mom and told me she didn't need a data plan. When I upgraded my xperia x10 to a galaxy s 2 I gave her the x10. I disabled the mobile data when I gave it to her so there could be no accidental data usage.

    About three months after she had been using it she found she couldn't send any MMS messages. I saw that the APN wasn't setup correctly so I fixed it and about an hour later I get an email from AT&T stating they noticed her line was using a smartphone and didn't have a data plan so they went ahead and added the 3GB plan. It is worded like they are doing you a favor by adding something that isn't wanted or needed.

    I called them and told them to take it off. The woman I talked to insisted that because my wife was using a smartphone that it had to have a data plan. I told her that I had a smartphone exclusion on the line as it was a phone I replaced her old phone with and the data was disabled. She again told me it needed to have a data plan and said that if I didn't want it added again I would have to have data disabled on the line. I had to explain how I disabled the mobile data connection on the phone and even why disabling it on the account wasn't an option. If you disable data on the account itself you cannot send / receive MMS messages.

    You don't notice it and it doesn't count against your usage, but MMS uses data. One of times after this that they added data automatically and I had to get it removed was because of the MMS. Through a fault on the side of AT&T I was getting a $2 charge on my wife's line almost every month for less than 500k of data transmitted by MMS. They refused to believe it was their fault and insisted that my wife was using mobile data despite the fact that I had it disabled. It wasn't until the third time THAT happened that I told them to open an internal investigation, and if it happened again I was going to take legal action. I also told them that if they added data to my wife's line again without my consent that I would take action on that too.

    I got a call about a week after the last incident with a "technician" telling me it was an issue on their end. Neither issue has happened since. I still check my bill each month to make sure they aren't slipping anything extra in hoping I won't notice.

  • Jan 18th, 2013 @ 11:16am

    Re: where are the real adult games

    Have you ever actually watched Ninja Gaiden gameplay?

  • Apr 23rd, 2012 @ 4:31pm

    This is nothing new

    As a few others have stated, this is nothing new at all and sites like this really shouldn't be acting like it is. This is the third tech blog site I've read about this on and each one is talking about how dropbox is going the way of megaupload because of this.

    I've been using DB for a few years now and you've always been able to do what is being done now with files in the Public folder. Even video files in the Public folder could be streamed from the public download link if you have the right video player installed for that file. The only thing this adds is the ability to link any file from any folder, puts them in a nice little viewing page, and gives you a "Download" button and a "Add to my Dropbox" button.

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