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Comment Re:Worst Summary Ever (Score 2) 163

Big difference from Summery.

Qantas customers have the choice of installing the search tracker and are awarded up to
150 Qantas frequent flier points a month for doing so.

Summery makes it sound like Ubuntu's policy of sending all search results to Amazon to raise cash;
with no choice by users, nor reward of any sort.
http://arstechnica.com/business/2012/09/ubuntu-bakes-amazon-search-results-into-os-to-raise-cash/

Submission + - Data Miners Liken Obama Voters to Caesars Gamblers 1

theodp writes: As Steve Wozniak publicly laments how government used new technologies he introduced in unintended ways to monitor people, the NY Times reports how the digital masterminds behind the Obama Presidential campaign are cashing in by bringing the secret, technologically advanced formulas used for reaching voters to commercial advertisers. 'The plan is to bring the same Big Data expertise that guided the most expensive presidential campaign in history to companies and nonprofits,' explains Civis Analytics, which is backed bu Google Chairman and Obama advisor Eric Schmidt. Also boasting senior members of Obama's campaign team is Analytics Media Group (A.M.G.), which pitched that 'keeping gamblers loyal to Caesars was not all that different from keeping onetime Obama voters from straying to Mitt Romney.' The extent to which the Obama campaign used the newest tech tools to look into people’s lives was largely shrouded, the Times reports, but included data mining efforts that triggered Facebook's internal safeguard alarms. "They’d sigh and say, 'You can do this as long as you stop doing it on Nov. 7.'," recalled an ex-Obama for America software engineer who's now with A.M.G. 'We asked to see [voter's Faceboook] photos but really we were looking for who were tagged in photos with you, which was a really great way to dredge up old college friends — and ex-girlfriends.' The Times also explains how the Obama campaign was able to out-optimize the Romney campaign on TV buys by obtaining set-top box TV show viewing information from cable companies for voters on the Obama campaign's 'persuadable voters' list. An A.M.G. executive hypothesized that the viewing habits of gamblers could be used in a similar fashion for follow-up targeted TV advertising to help ensure that they continue to 'Hail Caesars.'

Comment Re:Beware Internet Echo Chambers (Score 1) 611

LMAO -- Did you actually just quote an editorial as a factual citation?

Let me educate you: An actual citation would be one where the article actually states specifically that the xbox one camera IS always on, even when it's turned off,

Make no mistake that Xbone will know who and where you are the living room with the Xbone
and adjacent areas. Being available to change the channel by you telling it to. Or if disadvantaged
a gesture such as a hand wave in a circle. It can't do this without a microphone and camera on all the time.

If you can't get that from Xbone's published abilities, no amount of links will convince you.

"The Kinect for Windows sensor and SDK give you the tools you need to develop
innovative applications that harness speech and human tracking."

Kinect Game Development on Windows
http://www.xbox.com/en-US/developers?xr=footnav

Doesn't get much more open ended than that, it's uses are only limited to your imagination
and needs. So you need to ask the question:
Is it watching me like some creepy stalker, while I undress, while I watch TV. recording everything I do?
to every programmer/hacker that writes a program for the Zbone, cause yes it's already set up for it.

 

AND that it actually does record everything all the time and reports it to the NSA/CIA/FBI. Come back when you find one of THOSE to cite...

Did Prism not teach you anything?

Comment Re:No current PC can match the PS4 (Score 1) 611

We should be grateful to the PS4 for finally breaking the cycle of games being the same old engine, just with higher rez textures, higher rez output, and more frame rates. The PS4 will enable open world games that are vastly more realistic and pleasing, and one day not too far away the PC will start to catch up.

They broke the cycle with the PS3 and the Cell architecture. The PS4 is going backwards "the PlayStation 4 will feature an AMD processor based
around the x86-64 instruction set"

"Other notable hardware features ... dedicated custom chips for processing audio, video and background tasks."
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PlayStation_4

Sound familiar? It's what the Amiga did, even had names for the chips
Denise (video) Paula (audio) Copper and Agnus ran the show
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amiga_custom_chips

I'd buy a PS4 before an XBone, but all I use my PS3 for is Netflix.

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I LOL http://www.acronymfinder.com/HUMA.html

Comment Re:Which $400 gaming PC? (Score 1) 611

Which $400 gaming PC that can play games with comparable graphics to forthcoming PS4 games would you recommend?

Forgot to answer you, $400 might purchase the video card. I built mine and my sons both for less than $1100 each.
almost everything through www.Newegg.com.

Searching on Newegg.com for "Gaming computer" shows systems from $500 to $1700
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=100019096%20600030537&IsNodeId=1&name=Gaming%20%26%20Entertainment&Tpk=gaming%20computer%20system

But again you can save a lot if you/he were to build it yourself.

Comment Re:Which $400 gaming PC? (Score 1) 611

My cousin currently owns an Xbox 360 and likes to play Call of Duty series, Battlefield series, and similar first-person shooters. He has rejected the Xbox One and is trying to decide between a PlayStation 4 console and a new gaming PC this December. Which $400 gaming PC that can play games with comparable graphics to forthcoming PS4 games would you recommend?

I play those games myself and looking forward to Battlefield 4 this winter. A PC is the best choice I feel and what I use.
I tried the Battlefield3 Beta on the PS3 and just didn't care for it at all.

Playing these games you can talk to others say your Squad or clan members; a helicopter pilot and gunner are a deadly pair if they
can talk to each other. The Playstation has just the one avenue I believe to chat to each other, The PC has three I can think of off hand Sonar by Dice,
Team Speak and Ventrilo. (all free) an example showing how much more versatile the PC is.

The PS4 will require a PS+ Subscription of around $5 (US) a month to play online, "roughly the same as an Xbox Live Gold subscription."
http://www.escapistmagazine.com/news/view/124821-PS4-Online-Multiplayer-Requires-PS-Subscription

The PC, no subscription required, just an Internet connection.

Comment Re:Beware Internet Echo Chambers (Score 2) 611

Wow, you're just eyeballs deep in the shit you spew.

it's watching you like some creepy stalker, while you undress, while you watch TV.. recording everything you do..

Cite specific, verifiable sources for this or STFU. If you honestly believe that bullshit, right before you put on your tinfoil hat, slap a few inches of electrical tape over the cameras. Problem solved.

Quoting a portions of the Chicago Tribune:

"Mr. President: Save us from Xbox One
May 24, 2013|John Kass

That's why Xbox One must die.

All the glitzy stuff aside, the danger of Xbox One is that in the hands of an evil genius — or an IRS agent — it could be a spy system.

Why?

It has a camera and a microphone.

The camera will look at you when you enter a room, recognize your face and greet you. The microphone will pick up your voice,
if you dare speak your thoughts out loud in your own home and transmit it into voice recognition software.

Oh, and you can't turn the microphone off.

The high-powered processor is triggered by keywords. It will learn your video preferences and offer you movies and
other entertainment choices based on those preferences.

To recap: It watches you, it greets you, it knows you. It listens to you, it never stops listening. It anticipates your needs."

---The article does end with the sad truth---

""It's not important to us," a high school junior told me the other day when I lectured at Lake Park High School in Roselle.
"We don't care about the cameras.""

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2013-05-24/news/ct-met-kass-0524-20130524_1_drone-attacks-xbox-one-jeff-henshaw

Comment Re:Damage control (Score 1) 611

(With the xbone, if your live account is banned you lose access to all of your games, even singleplayer)

Please stop making up shit, that's why I hate this circlejerk of hate and its disregard for facts.

I've mod points today but they wouldn't help you, instead a reply

He mentions a person banned will keep their games but if they are banned how would this be of any benefit?
Google Define:Banned > Officially exclude (someone) from a place.

Or maybe Sony's reputation management has been very successful planting lies on Reddit.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2lMhjM9BK7M

Mr Nelson is asked why someone playing a physical disk can't be off line for more than 24 hours,
wouldn't a please insert disk be a better approach?

He's bumbling around for an answer he never gives for well over a minute (and where I stopped watching)
Reddit or Sony did do much, the video pretty well takes care of that itself.

Do read the text below the video:
"Hey guys. Chloe here (the interviewer). I didn't follow up on his responses because my opinions didn't represent the opinions
of the community (Reddit) I was representing."

Comment Re:Damage control (Score 2) 611

How is the webcam different from the ones on every iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet and PCs/laptops?

And you the famous anti-MS hater zealot considered buying Xbox? C'mon, stop making up things.

I did a search for your handle to answer one of your replies and damn man ur all over this thread.
Two things come to mind here; a very large percentage of post are to benefit a product or company (not real) and damage control.

To answer your reply, every iPhone, iPad, Android phone and tablet and PCs/laptops normally aren't set-up prominently in the living room to watch everybody.

Noticed a reply below that says: " If the XBone webcam is obstructed the games will not play." that's totally unacceptable.
Read this: "Meet the men who spy on women through their webcams"
http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2013/03/rat-breeders-meet-the-men-who-spy-on-women-through-their-webcams/

Comment looking for a real explanation. (Score 1) 2

CNN was a piss poor article to link to, found this looking for a real explanation.

Riots against the increases in bus fares takes the streets of Brazil's largest city
reply posted on 13-6-2013 @ 11:31 PM by Canslli
I was waiting for this to happen! Really! I think that i've just witnessed history being written in Brazil.

  There were about 10.000 people protesting not only against the increases in bus fares, but also because everyone here is just fed up with the government. Too much corruption, too much violence and poverty on the 6th biggest economy in the world.

  But the problem, again, was the government and it's police. They cowardly shot tear gas and rubber bullets on people who were peacefully protesting or just passing by (many reporters say that the police shot first, creating chaos).

  What really angers me is that all the great media networks of the country are backing up the government and the police, calling the protesters thugs and vandals . Only some journalists of these networks that where really there are speaking the truth.
http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread953406/pg1#pid16533232 -pix and videos

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Submission + - What's REALLY behind the Brazilian riots? (cnn.com) 2

michelcultivo writes: as it is going international and huge, in Brazil we have an increase in the public transport ticket that brings the population to the street trying to reverse that. The movement is being organized through Facebook and getting more people involved. The protest is growing for a other causes, the brazilian cause.

Comment Re:I'm gonna become rich! (Score 1) 311

After I picked myself up off of the floor, I thought "Damn, I guess I needed more paper towels".

LOL, ya young and lacking knowledge.

Fixing T.V.'s (tubes no transistors) I always had a flyback transformer around and once a big pot of lead slugs
from the back end of a shooting range.

Arcing from the pot to the flyback terminal was cool to watch, but at some point and for reasons I'm still not sure of grabbed
the side of the pot, sent me through the wall - I like to say, but just the 2x4 frame that would later become a wall.

Never did manage a Tesla coil and still thinking of a Jacob's ladder to show off to the kids, one day...

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