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  • Dec 14th, 2017 @ 4:50am

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    I wonder how Bethesda feels about that name.
    Once you add the suffix or prefix "Tek" to any formerly "dumb" device or mechanism, that's basically the the nail in the coffin...
    Especially the CoffinTek-2000...

  • Dec 5th, 2017 @ 5:32am

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    How does it escape even the simplest mindset, that if you create one unlocked door in everyone's home, that pretty quickly the real bad guys will find a way of defeating or getting around that, (which they are probably already anticipating or have already made better plans for) and only the law abiding citizens will suffer when other bad guys use that unlocked door. I can't imagine anyone up to real no good still operating like it was 2005 anymore. What bad actors would be that stupid that anyone can still get a treasure trove of Intel from their phone or computer anymore? And what good Intel comes from people that stupid? What effort does it take for bad to not buy IOT devices... I hardly see terrorists using IOT juicers and Roombas...
    I can however see certain politicians who are "encouraged" by IOT manufacturers to advocate everything should be IOT connected for everyone's safety.
    It's time we humans start electing representatives that can actually think clearly and stop going for whomever can flail their arms and shout the loudest.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 10:22am

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    Regulatory capture at it's finest...
    Unfortunately more people are concerned with what that fugly orange moron is tweeting about and getting worked up over it (and rightly so) instead of making a ruckus over things like this which are going on right out in the open and will actually effect our nation far more then his weak mouth farts.
    I can't tell you how many people I know or meet who no nothing about what is going on with net neutrality, the CFPB or any of the other important issues...
    People that care, not trumpies, just people who are blinded and outraged by the primary freak show the press keeps showing.

  • Nov 29th, 2017 @ 10:03am

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    Well, that was worth it... I wish I'd have realized beforehand I was going to be looking at a $750 document... I'd have opened up a nice fancy wine...
    What goes good with bullshit?
    Megh... I'm a beer guy anyway.
    Regardless this is how these weasels (sorry to the actual weasel animals for the insult) keep ordinary people from finding out what they are up to and interfering with their plans...
    Seems fairly unconstitutional... But then what's a constitution good for these days anyway?
    Just an old piece of paper with a lot of suggestions scribbled on it... Right?
    They'll probably lock that old nuisance up behind a paywall too before long... Wouldn't want ordinary folks knowing All those rights they lost.

  • Nov 27th, 2017 @ 11:01am

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    Nothing is more infuriating than a person who lies right to your face.
    While I agree that losing ones cool and attacking someone's character is counterproductive, one must have a molecule of character to begin with... Asking people to maintain their composure is almost contrary to human nature.
    This guy invites hate and oozes the same slimy coolness of any and every sleazy salesman and ripoff artist that we have ever seen, in real life or fiction.
    The consequences were inevitable.
    Whatever hatred and anger he has accrued, he invited it upon himself by selling out consumers to satisfy his own greed.
    I'd like to save sympathy for someone who at least thought they were doing the right thing and not someone who thought they were slick enough to screw a nation and get away with it.
    The rest of the article was fine, but I couldn't care less about Pai's problems.

  • Nov 27th, 2017 @ 7:16am

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    I fully expect that Pai's next tactic will be to argue that zombies and dead people have the right to voice their opinions too...
    Would it really be any less disingenuous or ridiculous than anything that comes out of his mouth at this point?
    It's clear the FCC supports and condones any tactics the ISPs use to push their agenda... Including fraud.
    Willfully ignoring fraudulent comments blatantly shows who is pulling Pai's strings.

  • Nov 23rd, 2017 @ 7:09am

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    So another "great idea" that turns out to have really bad side effects that were unforeseeable to everyone bereft of common sense...
    What could go wrong with an Internet operated door lock?
    I find it funny that back in 1999 as Y2K approached, people who knew little about tech were worried their computers and toasters were going to rebel against humanity and attack them.
    Now less then twenty years later, those same people are proud to own toasters and "smart" products that can actual attack them, if not physically at least through their lousy security.
    I really, really, really can't wait for the first practical humanoid robots to hit the market.
    That's gonna be soooo much fun to see...

  • Nov 22nd, 2017 @ 12:47pm

    No excuses... No regrets either...

    And I'm sure the hackers did nothing with that data after they were paid...
    Uber is the poster child for why rules and regulations aren't such a bad idea.
    My favorite line though, is: "We will learn from our mistakes..."
    Is there some magic number of mistakes they are waiting to accumulate before the learning starts?

  • Nov 20th, 2017 @ 7:31am

    Support landscape mode video...

    That's an awfully long shakey video...
    Aside from the observation "come on, who doesn't hate parking meters?" and "please hold the damn phone sideways, so it's in landscape mode" (seriously do we need to see so much sky and people's feet?)... The only real problem I can see for him may be the fact that (it seems like) he is whooping and hooting for some of the destruction... Which could be construed as promoting or condoning it...
    A prosecutor could conceivably use that against him.
    If anything can be learned from this besides nobody likes parking meters and portrait mode journalism is painful to watch, I suppose it's, no matter how you feel inside, keep your mouth shut and just film without giving anything but unbiased commentary or that may come back to bite you in the ass.
    Personally... I blame the Russians for this... To some degree their meddling in the election and efforts to incite violence and unrest lead to this.
    I wonder if any defendants are exploring that line of reasoning that Russian social media incitement and perhaps even operatives within the crowd started the violence.

  • Nov 18th, 2017 @ 6:45am

    Let's get realer...

    Let's get real?
    Nobody is flipping off little children... And little children didn't vote for Trump... Or did they?
    Whatever, it's not directed at children...
    Plain and simple...
    It's free speech, like it or not... Crude or not...
    I think I'd be more inclined to say the message was in bad taste because the language was crude if I hadn't seen "Fuck Obama" and "Fuck Hillary" well before Trump was installed... And probably not too many folks here are old enough to remember the old "Fuck Iran" bumper stickers back during the days of yore, when "Fuck" actually had a lot more shock appeal...
    Do you see "concerned" people raining righteous indignation down on all the other crude auto related bullshit out there?
    I've see many a set of rubber balls hanging from trailer hitches... I think physical dildo accessories dangling from your pickup are a bit cruder and far less necessary...
    Is anyone threatening the bearers of the "1(800) EAT-SHIT" sticker?
    Is Hobbs pissing on a Ford logo too crude?
    How about "Ass, Grass or Cash" or "Fuckengroovin"...?
    It's harmless good ol' boy humor when it's about something you are indifferent about, makes you chuckle or supports your views...
    But shocking visual threat to the eyeballs of small children when it's about something you support.
    Fuck democracy, you gotta nip that in the bud before more people start agreeing...
    Now, your innocent eyes are finally offended...
    Now it's time to pick and choose what is offensive.
    Big fucking deal...
    "Fuck what you don't like" was done long ago, so live with it when it's finally against something you do like.
    Funny how no matter how crude anti Obama rhetoric was, no matter how many rubber nut sacks are dangling from ballsy trucks, no matter how crude the the pun on the sticker is nobody tried to threaten those people with jail...
    But say something crude about Trump... Now you gotta start watching your back.
    Do I like Trump?
    Fuck no.
    Is the language crude?
    Is crude new?
    Is it illegal?
    Fuck no.
    But ultimately it's shit like this that makes people want to scream "Fuck you and your supporters"...
    So to all the hypocrites out there who are shocked by "Fuck Trump", but never uttered a word when it was "Fuck the other guys"...
    Well, Fuck, fuck, fuckity, fuck you and your pets too...

  • Nov 17th, 2017 @ 9:07am

    "Highly unlikely" until it's "highly common"...

    "We are aware of the Which? report, but understand the circumstances in which these investigations have taken place rely on a perfect set of circumstances and manipulation of the toys and the software that make the outcome highly unlikely in reality."

    So... "We are not going to do anything about it until something really bad happens and it looks like we are going to be held criminally responsible"...

    Obviously not enough people got pissed off that the "My friend Cayla" doll and her robot counterpart were collecting data from children's conversations and using it without consent.

    And some people think this is all okay or use "whataboutism" to deflect criticism and a cautious approach.

    The point is, if you don't make a BIG stink about it now, it becomes a huge problem later... Regardless of how "highly unlikely" it may or may not be AT THE MOMENT in the opinion of the manufacturers...

    Give these companies an inch and they'll take a mile, if not immediately, very shortly...

    Hey, how long ago were EULAs just a understandable agreement not to redistribute the software and not these current agreements that you own nothing, can repair nothing and have zero rights... Remember all the wise and trusting know-it-alls who insisted "just click agree" and that we would never be where we are today?

    Haven't we seen enough blazing dumpster fires of incompetence, indifference, greed and arrogance lately to at least be mindful that however "unlikely" someone claims something may be, that it often does eventually occur?

  • Nov 16th, 2017 @ 10:34am

    Re: Intended for a local audience

    Yes, it was mostly... But the beauty of the Internet and social media is that eventually some fool outside Russia will come across it somehow and help spread it as further proof of whatever they want to prove.
    If it even in the tiniest way helps to sow division and promote chaos in the U.S., then it has done its job.
    Too many people have complete lack of objectivity and look for stuff like this to support their views.
    Just like you can't help a person who doesn't want help and is determined to f--k their life up, you can't convince people who want lies to be true that what they are seeing and hearing is total bullshit...
    They have decided this is what they want to believe and no amount of facts or proof will change this...
    Deep inside they can see it's all bullshit, but if they doubt it for even a second, it'll all fall apart and they'll have to admit to themselves their world is built on lies... So they desperately cling to any "proof" no matter how fake and ridiculous it is...
    You could show them clips from Super Mario Brothers as proof ISIS is colluding with turtles, and they'll just accept it, to shore up the foundations of their sandcastle dreams...
    It's useless to even bother trying to convince people like that they are being hoodwinked... They already know, and they are fine with it, they are addicted to bullshit the way junkies are to drugs.
    Stuff like this is designed for those people... Both is Russia and anywhere it finds a receptive audience.

  • Nov 15th, 2017 @ 4:50am

    Re: This is an incredibly stupid approach

    So... No to the cobras and killer bees too?

  • Nov 15th, 2017 @ 3:33am

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    This sounds great.
    Now if someone can design something to fight scam phone calls too... Preferably something that makes deadly cobras or angry killer bees come shooting out of the scammer's phone, that would be even better!

  • Nov 10th, 2017 @ 8:17am

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    Well... This now explains what I saw on Adult Swim several years ago... I thought it was one of those Tim & Eric deliberately horrible type movies...
    I fell asleep watching TV and woke up to that blazing train wreck.
    Wow... That was actually trying to be a real movie?
    Holy shit... Stay off drugs kids... Or take appropriate drugs... Whatever keeps people from making more movies like that... Please do it.

    Sorry... I'm so baffled and distracted by the fact that was a "real" movie I've forgotten what the rest of the article was about.

  • Nov 8th, 2017 @ 6:11am

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    If laughter is the best medicine, then someone has to control it and overcharge for it... You can't just be laughing out loud for free...?
    In this case look at the harm it did to poor Jeff Sessions...
    He'll never be the same... I bet he wakes up at night in a cold sweat thinking of that laughter.
    What we need is for the Republicans to set up a task force to understand this laugher crisis and how it is unsettling our wise and benevolent leaders...
    They should first ask Hollywood or Disney to write the laws on this so we care be sure it's fair and doesn't disrupt their profit margins...
    Then they should go after all unlicensed comics and and funny people that instigate wonton merriment and destructive humor.
    We'll then need a well funded Bureau of Laughter, Humor and Levity to be immediately set up to control this problem.
    Think of the children.

  • Nov 2nd, 2017 @ 1:19pm

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    Where was congress when all these Russian trolls were ramping people up with divisive ads inciting all sorts of crazy ideas... As long as it made the other side look bad they kept their mouths shut... Did they get together beforehand and say "look this is no way for Americans behave"... "Let's not get hysterical"... It's such bullshit hypocrisy that they try and find a scapegoat... They couldn't give two shits where the ads came from if it help their side... Russian trolls or not.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 4:21pm

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    Not the greatest comparison... Not to say its not on the mark about the mechanics, but the main problem with the equation is the Russian government probably knows who all the biggest pirates are and as long as they pay their dues, the Russians will let them continue doing what they do... They have no interest in stoping them.
    I'd bet piracy increased because the competition decreased... That and do you really think Russian has a vested interest in preventing piracy of non-Russian anything...
    Maybe they frown on pirating Russian stuff, (the minority of what is pirated) but I'm sure they are really "concerned" about anything western, never mind American.
    Yeah, they'll lock up the small players and anyone standing too close, but the big dogs run free...
    As long as the government makes a lot of noise and it looks like they are doing their job, that's all that matters... "Look citizens we are fighting crime"... Well, crime that doesn't pay us to look the other way.
    The Russian government is so in league with organized crime, it's like another branch of their government... Who do you think provides most of the thugs that beat up protester or threaten reporters.
    So yeah, heavy handed attempts usually fail and end up doing more harm then good... But when the attempt was not really intended to stop the real culprits, was it an attempt at all?

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 3:51pm

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    It's a very tough job, but you make it tougher for you and your colleagues by eroding the public's trust.
    Respect goes both ways, and the burden of that effort is in law enforcement's court since they are the ones entrusted to uphold the law and not violate it because they feel pissed off or disrespected.
    Yes, they are only human, but law enforcement is held to a higher standard and behavior like this just makes life harder for good cops.

  • Nov 1st, 2017 @ 7:05am

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    You know what we need is early education to view all advertising skeptically and objectively.
    Granted this would never be done because one way or another both the left and the right would turn it into a shitty abomination.
    Apparently like common sense, objectivity is more of a rare gift then a normal human trait.
    Somehow people need to be taught how read between the lines to see when they are being played, because this type of shit is reaching epic levels of unsustainability and the stupidity bubble will eventually have to burst.
    Sadly it's not just "dumb" people that bought into the crap the Russians were plying them with... stupid perhaps, but dumb and stupid are really different for the most part, as dumb is just dull and stupid is usually a conscious choice and its quite clear plenty of people who should have known better ate this bullshit up with gusto because it made them fell better or at least played well with their fears and frustrations.
    You can't censor every idiot out there and you can't stop people who want to be shitheads, but even if it's a small percentage of the eyeballs out there, more has to be done to educate people to at least take a stab at being objective.

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