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  • Jul 26th, 2018 @ 9:56am

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    "Both your companies have benefited enormously from the free and open internet protected by the United States and its allies"

    Would this "free and open internet" be before or after Google pays the $5 billion to an ally.

  • Jul 19th, 2018 @ 10:00am

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    I don't consider myself too old for technology (yet, anyway), but I will never fathom why anyone would hook an internet cable to their television set.

    Let's remove the privacy issue for a moment. Most TVs still use a remote, and last time I checked, these were horrendous to use as "keyboards".

    More importantly, none of the software on a television is designed well enough to make the experience pleasant for the user. "Android" != perfection.

    There are so many alternatives to attaching the network cord/WiFi that I cannot feel sorry for those whose privacy is lost over their "need" to...




  • Jun 22nd, 2018 @ 5:30am

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    "And, look, to some extent, Red Shell might be getting an overly bad rap here."
    There is no "some extent". Red Shell deserves everything they're getting, along with the publishers stupid enough to pull this stunt.

    What's not addressed in the article is how Red Shell works, along with publisher requirements, which takes Red Shell's "anonymized" data and links it directly to the user's account.

    This was discovered by users in Elder Scrolls Online, in which Zenimax Online Studios (ZoS) insisted this was an accidental release (coincidental timing to a job opening of a new marketing specialist who can push sales using an online store).

    However, the story didn't add up, and users quickly found themselves being "identified" by the app.

    I'm extremely disappointed Red Shell is playing the victim here, when they know full well how publishers are using their tool.

    Users have reported Red Shell can be deleted without affecting the game.

    For PC users, this is great news.

    For console owners: you're screwed.

  • Jun 14th, 2018 @ 9:14am

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    "With the FCC making it very clear it's a glorified rubber stamp, that leaves the DOJ as the only real wild card in terms of whether any meaningful conditions get applied to this deal."

    Not true.

    Customers can do a great deal to force a company to change its behavior.

    However, their insatiable selfish desires for the latest shiny quarter all but prevents this.

    Twas a day "boycott" actually terrified companies.

    Now, they just laugh at the word.

    Imagine, briefly, if *every single ISP customer* in the US stood up against these companies by simply not paying their bills.

    I highly doubt for a second ISPs would stand their ground.

  • May 14th, 2018 @ 10:01am

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    Perhaps Techdirt reach out to one of the authors of the bill?
    Here, I'll help:

  • May 10th, 2018 @ 5:34am

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    "If the gaming industry doesn't correct course soon, we could easily see a slowdown in an industry otherwise primed for massive growth."

    Nope. Never going to happen because gamers will not change their behavior.

    Almost every game known for having loot boxes continues to climb in sales.

    Doesn't matter if the gamer actively buys loot boxes are not, the game is selling.

    If consumers want loot boxes to go away, stop buying the damn game.

  • May 7th, 2018 @ 8:42am

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    I don't agree with the chart's assessment cord cutting is responsible for increased rates.

    I blame the distributors, who constantly force cable companies more money to charge for shows, including forcing them into "bundles" of channels owned by the same distributor.

    These "blackouts" have been just as frequent over the span of 18 years.

    Cord cutting has an impact, for sure, but when people are forced to pay $8/mo for ESPN, and this is one channel we're aware of, it makes you wonder how many other "monthly fees" we're paying for other channels.

    Cable needs shows to be viable. Without them, what's the point of cable?

    Distributors figured this out a long time ago.

    This is why cable companies started allowing ads to be injected into broadcasts.

    I'm not defending cable companies here, but to ignore the 1.2 trillion ton elephant in the room is ridiculous.

    Just as an FYI to support this: notice how many of these distributors are now pulling from places like Hulu and Netflix to push their own monthly service site.

    Eventually, distributors behind television shows will become obsolete. There won't be a platform to stream on, and those platforms whose bridges they're burning now are creating their own content, bucking the trend of old school TV.

    Can't come soon enough, frankly. Just how many CSI shows does a station need, anyway.

  • May 1st, 2018 @ 10:37am

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    There's a fundamental problem with this article and it's ignoring the obvious: even if there are 4 carriers or just 3 carriers, THERE IS NO COMPETITION IN THIS SPACE.

    There hasn't been in decades, just like the cable industry.

    Competition means competing on price, which none of these companies have ever lowered. Each has the same, identical entry price point for the same, identical features.

    Now with Zero Rating!

    No one cares about this merger. No one cars it'll cost jobs. It's between two of the smallest carriers in the US, and even after the merger, will still be the smallest carrier of Big 3.

    In addition, the article loves to believe these jobs will be "safe" without the merger, but that's a false position to make.

    Sprint has been losing customers over the past 5 years, and it hasn't done much to "expand" its business. Retail shops (or more accurately, kiosks) have been shutting down for a while now.

    These people *are* losing their jobs now. This merger won't stop this.

    A business can't compete if it doesn't have any customers. History shows this to be true as well.

    I'm not harping on the position of the article. I'm harping that it's using the same crap tactics at pushing an agenda most other "point" articles have been making of late.

  • May 1st, 2018 @ 5:06am

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    I'm a little disappointed the article didn't include the results from GEDmatch regarding Mr. DeAngelo, as they found 12% Sasquatch, 50% Anglo-saxon, 28% Pedophilia, and 10% Nordic, tracing his lineage to Elizabeth Bathory.

    Too soon?

  • Apr 30th, 2018 @ 11:16am

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    "How any of this could possibly be worth the PR hit Epic is taking is beyond me."
    No one cares about this 14 year old cheater, which is why this isn't a "PR hit".

    Today's gamers are stupid beyond words.

  • Apr 24th, 2018 @ 6:48am

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    "Right now, cable companies sell you phone, Internet service and entertainment products, all of which share one wire..."
    Exactly. One wire. Three separate bills for services which are now all digital.

    I'm sure she'll follow up with an article to boast why people love paying for HDTV "upgrades" in their cable package, never mind this is now a standard resolution.

  • Apr 23rd, 2018 @ 11:21am

    Re: Re:

    I was hoping the stretch gold would include an encrypted version, offering additional cards as "decryption devices", where points allocated from the "investigation" would determine the chance of the "BFI" to "successfully" decrypt the cards.

    The 3 device cards would be iFruit, Robotoid, and ObsoleteDevice.

    Oh, and it should include a free shredder, if we want to play an agent who wishes to cover our tracks of illegal activity when stealing Bitcoin.

  • Apr 23rd, 2018 @ 11:12am

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    100 years from now, people will be laughing at our stupidity.

  • Apr 23rd, 2018 @ 10:13am

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    "Apple sued..."

    Getting tired of seeing this is the only damn thing the company can do anymore.

  • Apr 23rd, 2018 @ 10:12am

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    Will there be a redacted version, making the challenge more difficult?

  • Apr 19th, 2018 @ 3:17am

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    If the movie industry can use child pornography and sex trafficking as excuses to pass copyright legislation, then I believe it's fair play to allow blasphemy and "pornography" to block tax incentives.

    Remember: the movie industry took the gloves off first.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 11:49am

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    "There's no indication yet whether Comcast will sell Netflix at any kind of discount."
    Discount? Comcast doesn't understand the definition of the word.

    Comcast will "sell" Netflix for $49.99/mo., remove its Zero Rating protection, impose a new 100GB monthly cap, and charge customers for using Netflix, which can easily surpass 100GB monthly usage.

    Anything Comcast announces should be treated as having an ulterior motive which "discount" is not applied.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 9:29am

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    I found a link to this site last year through an article talking about how horrible it was. I wanted to try it for myself.

    Putting in any movie released within a year (but older than 6 months): 0 results found

    I also put in well known older movies, such as "Die Hard": 0 results found

    Then I put in "Transmorphers", a direct-to-confused-consumer movie: 7 results found, with Netflix being #1

    The website may have been designed to help people find legal alternatives.

    Instead, it showed them few, if any, options actually existed.

    It's no wonder the MPAA took it down.

  • Apr 12th, 2018 @ 3:43am

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    Wasn't John Fithian the same person who said movie theaters wouldn't host Netflix content because it's not qualified as a movie? Something like that.

    This report from the MPAA should surprise no one, as it's the status quo from the industry:
    See new technology - sue it out of existence
    When the lawsuit fails - pass laws to limit its use
    When the laws fail - claim innovation

    How this organization, along with its sister RIAA, remain relevant fails common sense.

  • Apr 4th, 2018 @ 9:38am

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    If rational people will sit down and talk about this...

    We have, Mr. Cohen, which makes you the irrational person in these discussions.

    Perhaps learn from this.

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