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  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 6:19am

    What Amazon does

    what does the company giving you the service do with that info

    uhhh it is pretty obvious what Amazon/Google does with your stored queries. It mostly uses them to improve its services.

    An example would be looking at what you and other people asking for the most. If you are constantly asking about setting timers and the weather they know they need to make sure to improve those services. If you are asking about changing the lighting in your house they want to improve that service. ect ect.

    Secondly They can also use the queries to see what people are looking for and buying(just like Amazon does with your normal shopping habits...) and advertise to you. I mean Amazon already looks at your shopping history and advertises to you based off that and they keep that shit forever, so why is this drastically different?

    Lastly they can use the queries to improve their voice recognition software. They can't necessarily directly improve how it hears you, but they can improve the thesaurus the devices use to try and how people talk. So when you say "Order puppy chow for my Collie" it will know you mean "dog food for my dog".

    Sure maybe there is other insidious reason they are reading our queries(for the lulz!) but those are the three actual main ones.

  • Nov 7th, 2016 @ 1:06pm

    (untitled comment)

    As a result, the company is seeing historic losses in subscribers, with apparently everybody but ESPN seeing that this adaptation (like a standalone streaming service) will need to come sooner rather than later.

    Pretty sure that them going to a straight stand along streaming service would actually violate a lot of their contracts which put them on the base package deals. Which is why they have not tried to push into that arena.

    They are stuck in between a rock and a hard place in that respect. Sling TV is their attempt to get into the streaming space.

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 @ 6:37am

    Never agree to it

    The Industry will NEVER agree to any type of royalties. Never gonna happen. Honestly I am against it as well. Video Games are a different industry than movies or TV. While good acting and stuff will help certain games, the vast majority of games it literally is a bonus and not the selling point. The proof is literally in the pudding on this one. Over and over and over again you will find games that have little to no VAing selling MILLIONS. A game's VA is only 5-10% of what makes a product good. Even Products with well known stories and stories still require extreme work from programmers, designers, and producers. Why again should a VA who comes in and does three weeks of work get royalties? I agree with a lot of their points about screaming and other issues, but they are hilariously misguided if they think they are getting royalties.

  • Nov 1st, 2016 @ 9:05am

    I wish they would do this

    > Does the Copyright Office threaten to dump someone's copyright if a copyright holder's information is out of date?

    To be honest I *wish they would do this*. Every 10-20 years if you don't re-register you lose it. Of course they could add some type of buffer window for an appeal maybe, but overall this could actually be a HUGE benefit to wrestle back orphaned works while keeping the big dogs happy.

  • Oct 18th, 2016 @ 11:29am

    Police Accountability

    This is the kind of shit people point to when they say police are not held accountable for their actions. The people, top to bottom, who made the call to arrest and beat that man without doing ANY initial investigation will walk away with nothing done to them. While the tax payers foot the bill.

  • Sep 6th, 2016 @ 6:10am

    The Hell

    What the hell are cops going to do with their time in ~10 years when weed is legal all across the US?

  • Jun 20th, 2016 @ 1:49pm

    Sounds like he willingly gave it up

    So he was stopped, asked for his id, WILLINGLY gave his ID(which he was not obligated to do), then once that ID was checked he was "arrested" and frisked for drugs.
    I mean if that is the actual chain of events here then I don't see the actual problem.
    Maybe I just find the "how should he have known he was wanted for a traffic citation" thing unconvincing" but this is basically "proactive policing 101". He got a tip, he checked it out, he made a stop.
    Am I missing something there?

  • May 13th, 2016 @ 1:40pm

    Re: One correction

    No, this is very obvious IT staff not knowing what they are doing.
    This machine shouldn't be actively why in holy hell is is actively running AV scans every hour?
    Nightly, at most, would suffice. I mean an AV scan would drastically eat up system resources. And as a system ages could it even finish an AV scan in the time it would take before another one starts?
    Constant AV scans are idiotic and counter-productive, especially on machines that are not used to browse the web.

  • May 2nd, 2016 @ 6:40am

    The irony

    I hope irony of Buzzfeed of all sites being the ones whom bring this to everyone's attention is not lost.

  • Apr 11th, 2016 @ 6:09am


    The fact the supreme court allows any of this and it not being a clear violation of due process still blows my mind.
    What the holy fuck were they thinking.

  • Mar 21st, 2016 @ 1:37pm


    I always laugh when I hear people say things like

    "I don't even bother with the theaters anymore. They're not a pleasant experience."

    Are you SO anti-social and irritable that even the most minor things bother you? I have been to dozens and dozens of movies, and I can only think of twice ever being "bothered" at a theater. Even then it was a minor thing that didn't really impact the actual movie.

    I mean if you avoid theaters because of price or whatever, fine. But don't lie and say "not a pleasant experience". tell the truth and just say "I don't like crowds".

  • Mar 21st, 2016 @ 1:24pm

    Nothing is Piracy proof....nothing.

    I would bet anything this "piracy proof" box gets a work around in less than a week. All it takes is the feed to run into a video capture system that mimics the TV input.
    It really doesn't even sound that hard to do, and hell it doesn't even have to be "perfect", just better than the current "cam" rips that currently float out there for months before Blu-ray and DVD rips exist.

  • Mar 18th, 2016 @ 6:50am

    Supreme Court

    This is going to go to the Supreme Court one way or the other. No matter who loses it will be appealed.

  • Mar 17th, 2016 @ 8:06am


    Comparing the price of Cable TV to other tech goods like PCs or printers is disingenuous.
    Cable TV relies on a constant stream of programming to function. Which in turn requires paying PEOPLE to constantly be performing monkeys for the moving picture box. Not to mention the constantly demand for innovation in DVR, on Demand, variety in programming/channels.. ect ect.
    It is easy to see why Cable has continued to rise in price.
    But you always could just....not pay it....

  • Mar 3rd, 2016 @ 6:59am

    I completely understand

    Roku has A LOT of deals with pretty much every major Cable company to let them connect and stream channels and content from them. They are basically advertised as a "secondary cable box" which is what I bought one for.
    If I was them I wouldn't want to step on anybody's toes when the future is so uncertain right now either since they are in a good position currently.

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 11:30am


    Presumable basic Cable only gets ESPN1 or ESPN2, the extended packages also get.....
    ESPN Latin America, ESPN Films, ESPNews, ESPNU, ESPN Classic, ESPN Deportes, Longhorn Network, SEC Network

  • Jan 21st, 2016 @ 11:27am


    So according to John Skipper it goes...
    Heat?(people heave a heating company now?)
    Pay TV
    Water maybe?

    Only the most rich of elite idiots who are disconnected from "normal society" would list "heat" as a household service(not gas and electric) and think Cable is more prevalent then water.
    no wonder he didn't see Cord cutting coming down the pipe...

  • Jan 12th, 2016 @ 6:04am

    Damn Shame

    It is a damn shame Software was not recognized for what it is...a simple reorganization of math and therefore not patent-able.
    Software should go under the umbrella of trademark or copyright. That still would potentially cause all sorts of problems(YOUR GUI LOOKS TOO MUCH LIKE MY GUI!) but at least it would potentially stop some of the ridiculous licensing problems we have now.

  • Dec 30th, 2015 @ 6:25am


    I work for a Major Police Department and we do random drug screening here, at all levels, and nobody says a peep.
    last one was actually earlier this month actually.
    Slight difference is though, that if you are caught you are not instantly fired(depending on which drug) but are suspended and sent to counselling.

  • Dec 29th, 2015 @ 11:39am

    Re: Federal hypocrisy

    No different than when the Feds forced the drinking age up to 21 or forced the max highway speed limit down to 55.

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