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  • May 17th, 2021 @ 7:09am

    Re: Internet required

    It's only a matter of time before the first internet required TV comes out.

  • Apr 26th, 2021 @ 1:23pm

    Re: Re:

    you mean like the cops that got caught destroying stuff at protests? ya know, the cops that got the ENTIRE undercover division in new york disbanded?

    yeah, 95% of the violence at protests was police instigated.

  • Apr 5th, 2021 @ 9:28am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: 12 year old account, less than two per year!

    "Isn't it amazing, er, "Hombie", that these old accounts pop out when comments are in single digits? To me, that's SO convenient for TD and unlikely for a real person that it looks like astro-turfing."

    Isn't it amazing, you can actually google my user name and find out I've been using this exact same name all over the net for over 30 years?

    Isn't it amazing, that your ability to use critical thinking is so underdeveloped that the only reason for me to post you could come up with was "astro-turfing"? LOL

    Ya made me laugh. Sadly, not with you.

  • Apr 5th, 2021 @ 9:24am

    Re: Re: Re: 12 year old account, less than two per year!

    Oh, and by the way, does my preference to not post a lot somehow cause what I say to be any less true?

    Does it somehow cause me to be less worthy to post?

    Or is it that you just want to gatekeep in anyway possible so that only you voice is heard at the expense of others?

  • Apr 5th, 2021 @ 9:21am

    Re: Re: Re: 12 year old account, less than two per year!

    Yeah, I don't post much, usually it cause I tend to be antagonistic with how i communicate, so I generally just don't say much.

    Until I see rampant stupidity of epic proportions.

  • Apr 5th, 2021 @ 8:52am


    Repeat after me:

    The internet is not only facebook, google, and other social media sites.

    Monopolies are defined by the fact you have no choice but to use their services.
    When I deleted my facebook account, and decided to never log into it, and edit my networks settings so that any facebook integration simply will not work on my network back in 2018, no one came to my house and told me to undo it.

    I don't use google anymore either. DuckDuckGo and other search engines that don't track what you do are freely available.

    The easy way to explain the internet company problem is this:

    You are going to a shopping mall. outside the door is a man, who doesn't work for the mall. He tells you that he will open the door to the mall for you if you pay him, but depending on how much you pay, determines what stores you are allowed to go to.

    If this happened in real life, you would look at this guy like he is crazy, but when Comcast, Charter, AT&T, Verizon, and other Internet Service Providers, do the same thing, everyone goes "OK!" and pays up.

    Thats the difference. You CAN literally ignore Facebook, Google, and the rest, but you cannot access the internet without an ISP, which means that most are stuck with a maximum of two shitty, overpriced choices, and some have only one, or sometimes even no option to get broadband access from in the US, which screams very loudly how awesome and rich we are, while doing everything to remain mediocre and overly expensive in every way possible.

  • Mar 29th, 2021 @ 6:10am

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    Yeah, it got so bad this last year that I now have something like 800 phone numbers on my blocklist, and growing.

    If I get a text/call from a number that isnt in my phone, it gets blocked and the message deleted without being read.

  • Jan 9th, 2021 @ 10:42am

    Not censorship

    I like to think of Twitter as a Christian Bakery,

    And Trump as a Gay Wedding Cake!


  • Jun 22nd, 2020 @ 11:45am

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    And thusly, this is why I say it should be made a felony for a police officer to turn their camera off.

    And, if the reason for any use of force isn't caught on camera, that reason didn't happen. (remember the cops yelling "stop resisting!!" to the unconscious body of the guy they were kicking in the head while they had their hands over their cameras? Yeah, should be improper use of force, automatic felony, and felony assault.)

  • Sep 28th, 2019 @ 7:49am

    Re: You would be pissed off too

    Tell me that you approve of sexual assault on a minor as an "investigative practice" for ANY crime, and I will label you "sick pedophile that needs to be skinned alive on national television as a warning to others".

  • Apr 25th, 2019 @ 2:39pm

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    Honestly, the thing that to me, will kill theaters is the amount of people talking and texting during movies.
    It's gotten so bad in atlanta that I will generally wait for a week or so after a movie releases to then go in the middle of the day on like, wednesday, just so i can get a theater alone to watch the movie in, assuming I just don't wait for it to be available to rent on my xbox.

    I have massively slowed down on pirating movies(and games for the same reason), possibly due to being a bit older now, but more likely that my tastes have changed and now, I see movies as either "I want to see it" or "I'm not interested" whereas before, I remember watching movies just to watch them, because it "might be" interesting.

  • Feb 19th, 2019 @ 1:38pm

    can't get out of beta mode?

    Help! can't go to the site anymore unless I click on specific article links only from outside techdirt.com, as typing in techdirt.com automagically still redirects me to beta.techdirt.com, which then wants an admin login and password, which i obviously don't have :P

    any fix for this?

  • Jun 22nd, 2018 @ 8:17pm

    Re: Revenge is sweet

    Except MS never planned to lock anything to a console. the idiots who couldnt understand basic english made this up, and of course, since lies shout while truth whispers, it became widely "Known"

    what MS wanted to do was, say you have a game i dont, but we wanna play together. If you have the game on your hard drive, as long as a 1 time for about half a second every 24 hours check was done to establish that you had not in fact traded in the game(if on disc), we could play together.

    But people only heard "check in online" and went bizarro berserk over a bunch of crap they made up.

    Don't believe me? by all means, go look at the official MS press release, or the E3 presentation video where they described exactly that.
  • May 1st, 2018 @ 8:58am


    Only one problem, those databases absolutely do have logging. the number one issue my wife's previous employers had was problems with the logging, since they decided to split the logging between two different locations.

    Without logging, you can't perform checks on various performance metrics.

    Learn about what you are speaking of before you vomit words into the world.
  • Mar 22nd, 2018 @ 8:20am

    (untitled comment)

    It's funny, I did one of those "quit all social media" challenges, and now that the time period is nearly up, I don't have any desire to go back to any of it :P

    amazing what a few weeks without it does for ones attitude
  • May 16th, 2017 @ 8:41am


    Umm, you know that Microsoft is working on a Linux distro, right? they also have included a bash shell into windows 10

    the days of Microsofft hating open source software(I'm assuming that's what you meant by "Free Software (freedom software), ie, GNU/Linux") is fairly well over, since Ballmer is no longer CEO
  • Jun 19th, 2013 @ 5:56pm

    This sucks

    ten years ago, there were still people on dialup in major cities. Now, if you are in the general area of a major city you have broadband options(I live north of atlanta, you can get broadband internet more than 70 miles outside the city limits)

    10 years from now? If everyone DOESN'T have an internet connect I'd be shocked.

    Microsoft should have simply left the Xbox One the way it was, but ADDED the ability to play offline, with the disc in the drive.

    Maybe do it so if you want to share your library, you have the 24 hour check, if you don't want to share it, you don't have to connect.

    The requirement for the "one time setup" thing is to download the patch that allows offline play you morons, use your heads for something other than a hat rack!
  • Jun 19th, 2013 @ 5:51pm

    Re: Canceled my preorder

    Bullcrap, XBLA games can be played on any console you can log your account into(you might need to download the game on the new console)

    Anyone can play the games you buy on that console, YOU can play them anywhere(I do this all the time)
  • Apr 26th, 2013 @ 8:58am

    (untitled comment)

    Do an experiment, go online, and check rules on things like apartment complexes, job listings, credit institutions.

    You'd be amazed, but as a felon, you can't live in most apartment complexes, some HOA's have rules against felons in neighborhoods, and most trailer parks(at least here in Georgia) won't allow you to live there if you have a record.

    So that's all the cheap places to live, let's talk jobs.

    You basically won't get a job with a record in today's economy, it was bad enough before states started offering a "Yes/No" response to "Does this person have a record" now, don't even bother applying.

    Some credit card companies will turn you down if you are a felon now.

    So basically, for an example, say you do something stupid when you are a teenager. That one stupid thing follows you for the erst of your life, after serving your sentence, which supposedly pays your debt to society.

    But it never ends. And people wonder why so many criminals turn back to crime after the first time getting caught?

    Our society is a "One Strike and you're out" society.

    Think about the fact that for example, in many states, you can be arrested for "Felony Speeding" Some states will arrest you for battery or assault for hitting the guy who tried to mug you, or the guy who broke into your house. You can get charged with Animal Cruelty for hitting the dog that bit you to get him to let go(I have a friend who is a felon because of an attack like this, I testified that it was self-defense at his trial, cause he took the bite for me after the dog jumped its fence)

    Many states have "Repeat Offender" laws, where things like trespassing(a misdemeanor) can be turned into felony by doing it more than twice in 5(ten in GA) years.

    I have known people who committed crimes simply so they could have a place to stay in winter, because they are forced to become homeless after committing a crime as a teenager and being tried as an adult.

    And think about this, if you break the law, you are a criminal. Drive Buzzed? Yep. Go one mile an hour over the speed limit? Yep. Cross the street outside of the crosswalk? Yep. Spit on the sidewalk? Yep. Throw your cigarette butt out the window/on the ground? Yep. Cuss in front of children? In many states, yes. Pull up onto an intersection and have your front tires over/on the line? Yep.

    Things just about every single person does every day, and it makes them a criminal. After all, the definition of criminal is someone who breaks a law.

  • Jun 9th, 2012 @ 12:58am

    Regular Guys

    The Regular Guys here in Atlanta have lunches each week where they go to different restaurants in the area and eat lunch, while talking with the fans that show up. It's gotten to the point that restaurants call in and offer them stuff to have a lunch there cause the crowd that gathers is so large.

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