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  • Mar 26th, 2015 @ 3:18am

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    As such a dick move this was, there is a silver lining:

    That crest is ugly. A re-design is a good thing.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 12:21pm

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    It's impossible to be a billion dollar company in America without breaking some laws, violating ethics, or, in most cases, both.

    Not surprised Google is in the news again for its "questionable" practices.

    Yeah, that's where the ethics part comes in.

    Why can't a goddamn company just do right without having to be a bunch of assholes.

  • Mar 25th, 2015 @ 10:49am

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    What does anyone expect from a company whose motto is "Don't Be Evil"?

    Seriously, the Google bandwagon needs to bust a wheel, overturn, burst into flames, and destroy itself before it gets way, way out of hand.

    Little do you people know this "ToS" escapade is seriously destroying what made Google useful. Even their own damn search engine can't be trusted anymore, thanks to "paid priority" listings.

    Screw Google. I hope this type of news gets more people away from this company that can't even follow its own damn motto.

    Yes, I hate this company. More than I do Sony.

  • Mar 24th, 2015 @ 3:10am

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    I wonder if they filed their motion on pink letterhead.

    To be honest, I didn't even know Mary Kay was still around. I haven't seen their infamous pink Cadillacs in years.

    There's a blessing in that. They were really ugly cars.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 10:32am

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    the nation's tech companies aren't your buddies and they're more than a little tired of being unwilling partners in worldwide surveillance.

    Yet, it's okay for tech companies to sell our "anonymous" data, thereby making "surveillance" a double-edged sword.

    Tough luck on tech companies. Maybe they should have thought about Pandora's Box before making "metadata" synonymous with loss of privacy.

    Tech companies don't get the privilege of crying when the NSA abuses them.

    Just desserts. Screw them all.

  • Mar 20th, 2015 @ 3:11am

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    I need to remind readers of something: Iwata has been the head of Nintendo for many years now. This is the same guy as saying:

    "High Definition? Our consumers don't care for HD." - Result: The Wii, while a very great seller for Nintendo, now holds several "records", such as: Console with the lowest amount of published titles (of an active company), including its own N64, fastest loss of developer support in gaming history, and consumers left with a paper weight since the company itself ditched its own system for one with HD.

    "Our customers don't want online gaming." Result: Yeah, those Friend Codes were such a great idea. /sarcasm

    In fact, nothing Iwata has done, since taking the lead role, has done any good for Nintendo, which still remains nothing short than a company who offers gimmicks.

    Such a shame, because they can still command some of the best games on the market, even if that market is the size of a pinhead.

    PS: Nintendo is already working on its latest console. Huh. I wonder why.

    Until Nintendo fires Iwata, this isn't the Nintendo we grew up with.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 @ 8:54am

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    ISIS fundamental belief: the government should control all people, including what they say, hear, and read.

    France fundamental belief: Not to be like and fight against ISIS.

    The irony, if it wasn't so blatantly terrifying.

  • Mar 18th, 2015 @ 8:00am

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    Want to know what's synonymous with DRM? Cheap quality.

    A few years ago, we bought a Maytag washing machine. You know, the heavily-marketed brand of appliance we all trusted growing up?

    Well, the "DRM" in this case was plastic gears. That's right, the heavily used parts to force agitation in the washing machine were made of plastic, and over a very, very short time span, would find themselves ground down to nothing.

    We decided to negate the top-loading washer for a front-load, as the salesman, who used to work for Maytag, stated even he wouldn't buy today's new washer.

    Sorry for the long winded story, but there is a point here: today's goddamn business model is shortening the life of a product, intentionally, so the revenue stream never ends.

    This has nothing to do with DRM. It has everything to do with greed.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 6:43am

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    *sigh* Sorry for the unclosed bold. I forgot to preview first.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 6:42am

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    Two things Netflix did to change the world when it comes to watching a TV show:

    -It removed 22 minutes of ads despite being a paid service. Hulu + and cable television can't even come close to doing the same thing.

    -It put the power of viewing in my control, allowing me to actually enjoy watching shows again.

    Remember NBC's "Thursday Night Must See TV"? Yeah, so do I, and it was HORRIBLE. Unless you had an accompanying guide (most had TV guide), you had absolutely no control what episode aired that evening. Repeat? Pushed back because of a long-running football game?

    Then there was the idiocy of the "break", where weeks would go by without any new show, allowing the very few people who didn't own a VCR/DVR to "catch up".

    The entire television industry was broken since the 50s. It's thanks to technology it finally fixed itself so a show can be enjoyed, not aired based on when advertisers wanted eyeballs to their products.

    There are plenty in this industry who should take notes from Netflix. Right, Hulu?

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 3:26am

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    that people in front of it would naturally be worried they were being spied upon -- even if assured to the contrary -- and would start constraining their speech and behavior.


    I just had a great idea! Be back soon. Sending a letter to keyboard makers.

  • Mar 17th, 2015 @ 3:18am

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    This article assumes the ALPR created this database.

    That's false.

    LE has had a similar database for decades. ALPRs just make their task easier.

    It wouldn't surprise me in the least bit if the databases were merged, which certainly accounts for the high number of stored images.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:35am

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    HBO Go can go to hell.

    Penniless, since it won't get my money.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:29am

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    Turkey law makers,

    Learn from the game.

    Change this idiotic position from "Difficult" to "Peaceful", so mobs aren't formed.

  • Mar 11th, 2015 @ 3:23am

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    You can't fix stupid.

  • Mar 9th, 2015 @ 6:33am

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    You know what would be an interesting twist? Showing us a politician who actually understands the issue.

    Good luck with this challenge.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 @ 12:00pm

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    I think people need to read the statement for what it really says:

    "As theater owners, we can't dare risk upsetting the MPAA and our movie distributors, who hate, and we mean hate, Netflix with a passion. Since Netflix wants to contend for next year's Oscar awards, we have no choice but to deny Netflix permission to our theaters. Unfortunately, this means we lose revenue, but the MPAA couldn't care less. Enjoy the movie in the comfort of your own home. PS: we do this to indie movie makers too, because the MPAA hates them as well."

    Now, what makes more sense: theaters purposely killing a revenue stream or appeasing the man-devil called "Dodd"?

    As one who used to work in a theater, the atrocious tactics done by the MPAA and movie distributors is guaranteed to close theaters as the model did with Blockbuster.

    Don't take my word for it. Do a search on how many theaters (including the one I used to work at) closed over the past 10 years alone.

    Though, a word of caution: this may prompt you to go out and buy a big screen TV to make up the loss of the soon-to-be-closed big screens in theaters.

  • Mar 5th, 2015 @ 6:51am

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    If you want to know why Comcast isn't supporting HBO Go on consoles, all one need do is compare its price for HBO service on its cable bill to, well, common sense to see why the company is afraid of the app's potential impact to its revenue stream.

    Fear not, Sony console owners and revenue providers to future SOPA bills, HBO Go, when released to the public, will play on all consoles without need of a cable subscription, provided you subscribe to the possible $15/mo subscription instead.

    These apps have been updated for the new non-cable subscription model (and giving you one more reason to drop Comcast's cable).


  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 11:08am

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    Disclaimer: not defending Clinton.

    While the White House's email system may be clunky and annoying to use (as I've heard repeatedly), there's simply no excuse for Clinton not to have used it at all

    I vehemently disagree.

    Ever try to use tools which don't work well enough to conduct your job? Consider yourself lucky.

    Imagine, briefly, if every TD employee was forced to use IE6 as a must-use program.

    How's that for clunky and difficult to work with, and yes, the government's email system is actually as bad as using IE6.

    If you've never used it, it's easy to criticize those who don't use it, but I guarantee one week of trying to use it will have you using an alternative as well.

    I also dislike the notion email systems like Gmail and aren't as secured as a government's system. I've yet to see any government system in use be reliable in this regard, even if such compromise came within from a consultant.

    As long as HRC didn't delete emails and archived them, there's no reason why she couldn't easily hand over the credentials to turn them over for proper categorization, which is most likely what she did when she left her post.

  • Mar 3rd, 2015 @ 9:15am

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    You cannot prevent collisions if the data that can prevent them is still making its way through the network.
    Then the following ISPs should NOT be used for self-driving cars' WiFi systems:

    ... you know, it'll just be easier to say "Do NOT use any WiFi service offered by ISPs in the United States."

    Better safe than sorry, because you can bet I sure as hell wouldn't want a company throttling traffic because cars take up too much bandwidth without paying for it.

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