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  • Feb 17th, 2017 @ 11:34am

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    Things like this really make me wonder, what about those people who don't use social media? We are quickly headed in a crazy direction. Am I going to end up in jail someday because I refuse to hand over my non-existent facebook login?

  • Feb 15th, 2017 @ 12:14pm


    Sad but true, many of these companies have set the bar so low you need a shovel just to find it.

  • Feb 15th, 2017 @ 6:52am

    Re: Re: A raging pitbull is a raging pitbull.

    Because while a lot of pitbulls are cuddly teddy bears, once you manage to get one seriously pissed and raging.... it is a terrifying force to be deal with. I love pitbulls, but I never want to deal with one that is truly pissed off.

  • Feb 10th, 2017 @ 10:28am

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    Well, with lists like that they are certain that any terrorist who goes through an airport will "fit the profile". After all, hard to miss with "Everyone is a terrorist".

  • Feb 9th, 2017 @ 6:22am

    Re: "Jump to the official version"

    What is really great too is that they released the DRM free version, then quickly released a patch that put DRM back.

    This should make it much much easier for cracking teams to yank the DRM from later builds because a simple compare on these two versions should show you exactly where the DRM is hooked into on the game.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 @ 7:11pm

    Re: I have a question:

    Bitcoin is hard to track even normally. To make things even more fun there are services on the darknet where you put coins in and they get mixed with everyone else's coins. Then when you pull coins out your new coins are nice and clean.

  • Feb 6th, 2017 @ 1:51pm

    Coming soon to a car near you.

    Please pay 1 Bitcoin to regain control of your car. Failure to comply will result in you being delivered to us where we will extract payment in other forms. If you attempt to contact the police your car will be involved in a very tragic crash.

  • Feb 2nd, 2017 @ 2:09pm

    Re: Re: Re:

    Blu-Ray DRM is actually what made me totally loose all respect for these systems. Years ago I had figured I am going 100% legal.

    I jumped over and started using Linux and mostly open software. Following all the licensing and everything. Then I pop my brand new Blu-Ray into the disk drive to watch my movie and it wouldn't play.

    Ok, I figured it was just me missing some software or codec. So off I go in search of how to play my movie. After good bit of digging I find that there was no way to play the stupid thing off the disk. In fact, the only way to play it was to RIP THE MOVIE.

    So in the end the stupid DRM that is supposed to prevent me from making a copy would not let me watch my move UNLESS I COPIED IT.

    Pretty much been all down hill from there. I tried to play by their stupid rules and they responded by locking me out of my legally purchased movie. Now I just enjoy content on my own terms.

  • Feb 2nd, 2017 @ 1:11pm


    I have seen some great videos of Doctorow giving presentations where he points out how stupid DRM is.

    You can use encryption to keep communication between two people secure from a 3rd person. DRM though is encryption where your sending the data to someone and giving them the key to open it but hoping they don't find the key.

    Encryption does not work if you give the attacker the key. As a result DRM does not and cannot work.

  • Feb 2nd, 2017 @ 11:46am

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    I'm sure there are a fair number of people in the government that really wish they had a law like this years ago.

    Just imagine how handy it would have been if they could have just deleted that horrible "fake news" about these documents leaked by some Snowden guy. I mean, all that was totally fake right?

  • Feb 1st, 2017 @ 11:33am

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    "But when China, for example, can make book publishers in Hong Kong disappear because it disagrees with the content of the books, it can certainly close down the fake Apple stores."

    I must say, sure makes me feel all warm and fuzzy to know people in our government are looking up to China and their ability to make people vanish.....

    What the hell has happened to this country? We are supposed to be a shining example of freedom, not some twisted country drooling over the wonderful power of an authoritarian country.

    It really sickens me to see what this country has become. Instead of the land of the free and home of the brave we have a bunch of cowering morons trashing all our freedoms. I would much rather live free and risk being killed from a terrorist attack than live under an oppressive government that is promising me a false safety.

  • Jan 23rd, 2017 @ 9:25am

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    So using this same kind of logic. Can I sue Apple next time there is a wreck and it involves an Android?

    After all, Apple has a patent on this technology preventing Android from implementing this life saving feature.

    Really does make you wonder just where all this stops.

  • Jan 19th, 2017 @ 7:52am

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    "while Galaxy Note 7 owners apparently believe they have every right to be stupid"

    Well, don't they have the right to be stupid? As far as I know companies still do not have the power to legally require you to return something you bought, even for a recall. Keeping something that might randomly explode might be stupid, but if they chose to do so that is their right.

    I also wonder though, how many of these non-returned phones are actually in use? I am sure there are a few people who love the phone and still use it. I also bet there are some that are holding onto the phone strictly as a collectors item.

  • Jan 19th, 2017 @ 6:09am

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    Wow, just for chuckles I went to look at this on steam. I see seven positive reviews. These reviews though do a good job of showing what an idiot the developer was. One of the great examples has this to say:

    "This is quite an enjoyable game.
    I spent a good time on this game. LOVE the survival scenes.
    One thing I don't like about this game is the fact that some missions are very difficult
    Honestly a decent enough game, worth the money"

    Thing is, the moronic developer forgot that steam reviews post the users play time. In this case it was 0.4 hours.

    Of the seven positive reviews NONE had even a single hour of game time on record. This is really pathetic considering all they would have needed to do is let the game idle at the menu over night to rack up some hours, but they were too stupid to even do that.

  • Jan 10th, 2017 @ 6:11am

    Re: Why is encrypted email so hard still?

    You seriously don't know the answer to this?

    Yes, it would be easy for them to setup such a system. The issue is that if they encrypt your e-mail then they can't scan them to place "more relevant ads". They need to be able to read your e-mail for their business model to work. These services are not "free" you pay for it with the contents of your e-mails.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 12:06pm

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    ā€œIā€™m frankly far more concerned about the rights and civil liberties of the victims and wider council tax-paying public, who are currently having to pick up the tab, than the GOVERNMENT criminal element who continue to treat the rest of us with open contempt.ā€

    There, I fixed that statement for ya.

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 9:07am

    Re: Re: Re: Win 10

    Then there are those of us like me. I don't trust Microsoft at all and have stopped using their systems.

    I STILL want to see some proof of this stuff being tossed around. Bold accusations like that need some proof to back them up or you just look like an idiot. I'm not saying I trust Microsoft isn't doing these things. I am saying that before you publicly accuse them of it you need more than just your say so.

    Of course, if you want to be lumped in with the tin foil hat "aliens are coming for us" group then please, go ahead spouting out junk with zero proof. (of course, hey, those guys with the fancy tin foil hats might be right too.)

  • Dec 29th, 2016 @ 8:58am

    Re: Re:

    There might be drama in Linux, but that is fine. At least in Linux your free to try and fix things or do something different. Unlike dealing with Microsoft where they just laugh in your face until you leave.

  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 11:20am

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    "There's no way the officer who posted this thought anyone would think it was acceptable."

    That is sadly where I think you are wrong. Time and time again we have seen that with the current culture inside police departments this kind of thing is acceptable. I hope I am wrong but even in this case he will probably get a slap on the wrist and told "Don't get caught next time"

  • Dec 28th, 2016 @ 9:35am

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    "and at least "reality" TV often created a demand for live viewing."

    And that is why you can buy survivor on dvd.... Most reality shows are still just like every other TV show. Maybe there is a little more drive to watch it "live" but in reality I bet most people just recorded it and watched it when they wanted.

    That is really what makes Netflix tv shows so awesome. They drop the show on the site and you watch it whenever and however you want. One episode a week? No problem. Beige watch the entire season in one sitting? That's cool too.

    There are a few regular shows I watch and I HATE the annoying trickle of one episode a week. Especially considering some are more one episode whenever we feel like airing it, and we don't feel like releasing anything during the holidays......

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