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  • Jan 10th, 2019 @ 12:12pm

    Oh the Noes!

    My one consolation for the last two years has been that as bad as our political situation is, I could always count on EU and Britain to do something almost if not more stupid (stupid votes to Brexit, stupid court opinions on link taxes or RTBF, and so forth).

    If they start using common sense, what will I have to console myself with?

  • Jan 7th, 2019 @ 12:15pm

    Re: What did the court order?

    Short Anser : RTFA

    Slightly longer answer : Read the F****** Article.

    Longest Answer : If you read the article, and notice the blued and bold text in the first paragraph, you'll find a link to the previous article discussing the court handing down orders that the State could not have Copyright in the law, and must make it available without copyright limitations.

  • Dec 28th, 2018 @ 11:02am

    Re: Who would have predicted it?

    Pretty much anyone with a functioning reason center in their brain.

    In other words, anyone but cable executives, politicians, flat Earthers, climate deniers, religious extremists, and about half of all celebrities.

  • Dec 28th, 2018 @ 7:37am

    Karma's a...

    ...witch (or some other word that rhymes with it).

    This is what happens when you forget who your actual customers are. Nielsen's customers have never really been Cable Operators. Their customers are content creators, not content deliverers. Forget who your customers are, and your business will inevitably suffer.

    I don't really see any way for them to become relevant at this point. If they'd tried to work with streaming services when they were first starting up, they might have gotten a foot in the door and offered some service to them.

    But now, streaming services already know how many views they get for every show, and how their audience watches (binging, mini-binges, individual). Why would they need Nielsen? And why would content creators need Nielsen? They can probably get a pretty good idea of what's popular using their subscribers on their streaming service. Especially since they'll have a good idea of the demographics already. You can get a decent extrapolation on the general viewer audience based on a sample set (this is how Nielsen works now), so if you've got your own sample set...

    PS : Expect to see some Nielsen numbers folks getting job offers from various streaming service providers as they ramp up internal diagnostics.

  • Dec 27th, 2018 @ 3:30pm

    Re: Apples & Oranges

    You're comparing apples and oranges. The only crime the girls were guilty of is being teenage girls and not 'ratting out' to a cop. That's not a crime.

    The person you're describing likely DID commit crimes, and it would have indeed been valid to arrest him.

    Part of the problem we have is that schools punishments now days don't make any sense.

    Bite a poptart into a gun, arrest you! Don't talk to the police, arrest you! Act obnoxious in school in SC, arrest you!

    Bully a fellow student, meh, kids will be kids. Make another student's life a living hell, meh, kids will be kids. Come to school with gang tattoos, meh, I'm afraid of gangs.

    How about let's throw out zero tolerance policies, cops with IQ's below 100, cops and teachers/admins who can't pass an emotional stability test, and start dealing with things that really matter in school?

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 1:25pm

    Re: Venn Diagram

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised if there were more out there like me.

    But hopefully who can finish the sentence before hitting 'submit' when trying to 'preview'. LOL

  • Nov 14th, 2018 @ 1:23pm

    Venn Diagram

    I recognize that some percentage of you probably feel differently about Cuomo and (chances are...) a non-overlapping venn diagram of you probably feel differently about the NRA.

    Yeah, I make Venn Diagram's heads hurt. :P I'm one of those few people who are both for stricter gun laws (stricter rational gun laws, like universal background checks and laws against anyone with mental illness owning them, or anyone in a household with someone with mental illness owning one) and also very much pro 2nd amendment (I've had guns around me all my life, and my mother is a 76yo woman who keeps one in her purse for protection, with a conceal carry permit).

    So, I think both that (A) Cuomo is a lousy governor, and that (B) the NRA is full of bull excrement. The NRA is no longer about actual gun ownership, and is now all about money and being a Republic political arm. Doesn't mean I think we should get rid of guns, just need a new alternative to the NRA to uphold 2nd amendment without backing nutjobs for office.

    Honestly, I wouldn't be surprised

  • Nov 7th, 2018 @ 9:33pm

    Makes sense to me...

    The school is the state university in Iowa, a 'swing' state that has a Republican Governor, Republican State Senate, and Republican State House. It's really only a swing state because the Federal Congressional Districts have enough suburbs in them to result in a 3-to-1 blue vs red result.

    The school is basically boned no matter what it does. If it doesn't fight 'evil marijuana' the conservative state government will make it's life hell. If it does fight it, it loses repeatedly in Federal Court for First Amendment violations. Plus, let's be honest, the school administration is almost certainly deeply red as well. Even if they aren't, the state purse strings are blood red so keep the politicians happy.

    Unfortunately, losing money fighting the Constitution doesn't get your funding cut, it gets it undewritten by the state to pay for the windmill tilting. However, failing to fight the Constitution WILL get your purse strings cut. So, it's not really hard to see why they're doubling down on stupidity.

    Disclosure : I'm a conservative leaning independent who gave up on the GOP when McCain died.

  • Aug 10th, 2018 @ 5:25am

    Not a 4th Amendment Issue

    Unfortunately,
    This is not a 4th Amendment Issue. It may rise to a constitutional issue if the TSA utilized criteria that are protected (such as race, gender, religious affiliation, etc), but under SCOTUS precedent (Katz v. United States), you can basically be followed 24/7 by a cop.

    Note, there are limits to this. Basically, a human has to tail another human. The TSA can't put a tracker on someone's luggage and use it to follow them (United States v. Jones) without a warrant (just like they can't put a GPS tracker on your car and use it to track you without a warrant).

    Related, the SCOTUS is currently working on another case about whether law enforcement or government agencies can use your cell phone to track you without a warrant (Carpenter v. United States). Based on the US vs Jones trial, my personal bet is that they come down on the side of needing a warrant, but you never know.

  • Jul 23rd, 2018 @ 2:52pm

    Cut the Cord Myself

    I was on DISH, and called up to switch my family over to the Hopper (we have 3 receivers, and are recording some shows 3 times for different rooms). They wanted me to pay them $300 for the 'privilege' of paying them $25 more per month for the one Hopper than the 3 receivers I already paid for.

    I got so mad, I got 3 Roku's, got everyone set up on them, and everyone in the family was happy enough with them. We cancelled the service, and when it came time to send the receivers back, they only sent us one box for one of the two HD receivers, they told us to keep the other receivers as they were 'obsolete'. Up until that month, they'd been charging me $15 a month for that 'obsolete' receiver.

    Ended up saving (even after upping my U-Verse to Unlimited for +$30/month) over $70 per month. And everyone is happy with the results.

  • May 14th, 2018 @ 8:01pm

    Something something proofread something...

    > In other world, be more like beer drinkers, world.

    There is sentence wrong with this sentence.

    Worlds, use your worlds!

    :)

  • May 11th, 2018 @ 5:39pm

    Re: stopped for Traveling While Black? maybe not.

    It's not that the dogs are trained to find large bundles of cash.

    It's that large bundles of cash smell like drugs. Especially $100 bills.

    https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/drug-money-2/

    Put 410 $100 bills in a bundle, and there's enough coke on it to make a dog alert, if it can actually smell drugs at all, and isn't just randomly alerting to get treats from it's handler.

  • May 7th, 2018 @ 7:47am

    Cutting the Cord

    We recently cut our cords :

    What we originally had :
    1) Dish + 3 Receivers (2 HD, 1 SD)
    2) Dish All America : $136 / month with all fees and rentals
    3) HULU (12.50 / month)
    4) Netflix (14.00 / month)
    5) Amazon Prime (100 / year)
    6) AT&T U-Verse Internet Only (30.00 / month)
    Total Per Month : ~$200.00

    What we wanted to do :
    Go to Dish Hopper 3

    What they wanted me to do :
    Pay them $100 fee to upgrade to Hopper 3, for the privelege of paying them another $10 a month for the saem we had plus Hopper 3.

    What I did :
    Got mad, started looking into cord cutting.

    What we have now :
    1) Four ROKU receivers (2 Ultras, 2 Roku Express Plus)
    2) Sling TV Orange (25.00 / month)
    3) CBS All Access (10.00 / month)
    4) Netflix (14.00 / month)
    5) Amazon Prime (99.00 / year)
    6) AT&T U-Verse Unlimited Internet only (60.00 / month)
    New Rate : ~$120 per month

    So we reduced our bills by $80 per month. Really, I hesitate to include the $8 per month for Amazon as we mostly use it for buying things, not video. We dropped HULU because they TOTALLY hosed up the user interface and turned it into a steaming pile of horse droppings. Then they said they were proud that their interface was difficult to use because 'our younger subscribers prefer a non-intuitive interface'.

    Anyway, to reduce your costs, I'd suggest going with ROKU + Sling TV and you'll get most of a basic cable package, and either use over the air for local channels, or add on CBS all Access. You'll get NBC on demand in Sling with a $5 add on. ABC you wont' get unfortunately, they mostly go to HULU and HULU is awful now.

  • Apr 20th, 2018 @ 9:48am

    Re: Re: Timing argument is BS

    In this article? No one. On the internet and twitter and several other websites, quite a few people. I was wanting to head that off before it started here.

  • Apr 20th, 2018 @ 6:22am

    Timing argument is BS

    I'm sorry, but this is a BS argument that Alphabet did this days after Russia broke part of it. It would take weeks of internal testing to fix something like this, you wouldn't be able to throw it in a production environment as big as Alphabet's without extensive testing. And that would take weeks.

    This is almost certainly (99.999999% likelyhood) either exactly what they say it is, a planned rollout with changes for security reasons, or it has to do with something that happened months ago (SESTA/FOSTA or some security issue that popped up internally last year and wasn't broadcast by Alphabet because they didn't want people swooping in and exploiting before it could be fixed).

    I'm not saying Alphabet is all rainbows and unicorns, they're a corporation, and they will screw you over for their bottom line, but I work in tech and you can't toss out something on a production environment this big in a few day developing it from scratch.

    I will grant that they may have had it in the pipe and moved it up in response to Russia, but caused by Russia? Extremely unlikely.

  • Apr 17th, 2018 @ 7:35am

    Cut Cord

    Recently we got irritated at Dish (We called up to get a Hopper 3, and they insisted we pay them $100 for the privilege of paying +$2 more per month to rent the hopper 3 over what we'd been renting). Got annoyed, and went out and bought 3 ROKU's and dropped DISH and replaced it with Sling and CBS All Access, along with an upgrade on our internet to unlimited. Cost us half as much as Dish. As usual, Dish treated an existing customer like garbage (And I've been a customer for over 20 years!). A new subscriber would not have been charged for the H3.

    Not nearly as easy to use as Dish was, however, for $70 a month savings, I can deal with some less user friendly interfaces. Although I'm about ready to drop HULU thanks to their horrible new interface (who the *$*#$& came up with that piece of #$(*$&).

  • Mar 30th, 2018 @ 7:03pm

    Question : Anyone know if these things work with...

    ...WEBEX? I have a really really good pair of bluetooth headphones that work with everything BUT WEBEX. I also have a pair of wired Razors that work awesome with everything including WEBEX. But I'd like to get the wireless thing going, but having been burnt on one pair, would like some feedback from someone who knows...

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 9:15pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: tl;dr

    When I say temporary reductions in speed, I'm talking about construction zones or emergency zones, where they've reduced the speed within the last hour. You can't update the databases fast enough unless every car is mandated to have always on wireless, and even then, it can still have issues with network congestion.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:26pm

    Re: Re: tl;dr

    This appears to have happened because the road was recently changed from 45 to 30. The current supposition I've seen is that the Uber road specs in it's computer didn't have the change.

    This brings up a different issue, which is, how do we ensure that AV's have the correct road information in a timely fashion. This is likely going to require changes to how states handle speed changes.

    Almost certainly it's going to require that there be a standard regarding temporary speedlimits, with devices that broadcast the temporarily lowered speedlimit to the cars. This is, of course, an issue because you just know someone will hack it and put out pi devices that broadcast 120 or 5 mph speed limits to mess with the cars.

  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 5:21pm

    Re: Re: Re: Misleading title

    That should replace the first part, the victim did contribute to the crash. The second half of the title can remain as is.

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