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Twitter Will Track Your Browsing To Sell Ads

SmaryJerry Does it even work for Google? (120 comments)

Google does this to the worst extent. Even if i didn't search for a website, it still some how knows exactly what websites I've been visiting. Every time I buy something online, I start getting advertisements for that exact product, from the company I just bought it from, across Google search pages and on Googles ads on other webpages. How they think this "targeted advertising works" is beyond me. First of all, if I know I like something already I don't need an advertisement. Second of all, I just bought stuff from that site, you don't need to tell me to go back there if I liked it. Thirdly, the only good thing about ads is showing you something you haven't seen before, not telling me what I've already tried. Fourth, stop watching me bro.

about 9 months ago
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Tesla Faces Off Against Car Dealers In Another State: Ohio

SmaryJerry Advertising (214 comments)

I don't see how Telsa can possibly lose this one. If there are no commissions or deliveries then the dealership is just advertising. Unless Ohio makes advertising illegal, Telsa is good to go.

about 10 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

SmaryJerry Re:Tempting? I Don't Have a TV... (271 comments)

Haha, nope. You can't understand the analogy because you're the one who can't notice what progress is.

about 10 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

SmaryJerry Re:Mod parent up (206 comments)

It's nonsense that a millimeter anywhere on the controller will make a difference, it's just a small measurement that they used to give the illusion of precision. Unlike a T-shirt this is a one size fits all solution that is not flexible whatsoever. We're talking hard plastic. Comfort is important but when is the last time you pleased anyone with a non-adjustable one size fits all item that is used by both adults and children. It's ridiculous to assume their shape is the best, then again to assume you can manufacturer a millimeter precision that is "best on average."

about 10 months ago
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Why You Shouldn't Buy a UHD 4K TV This Year

SmaryJerry Re:Tempting? I Don't Have a TV... (271 comments)

Why they ever upgraded from photographs to moving pictures I'll never know. I had all the detail I needed. Don't even get me started on color TVs.

about 10 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

SmaryJerry Re:Mod parent up (206 comments)

I agree with taking chances but some people just have good ideas and some don't, and their project leader didn't. I don't agree that $100 million in research dollars would show the Xbox controller is as good as it gets. The points made about millimeters in the article come off as a waste of money since everyone has different hands. I'll even give them the next idea for a controller. Make it have moving/adjustable parts, if a millimeter of comfort is really going to be their focus..

about 9 months ago
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Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

SmaryJerry Re:Wow... (206 comments)

Microsoft have teams that are way too large. Give a small motivated workforce of 5 people one month and they would probably come up with five better controllers. Microsoft loves to use big spend and big numbers as if that really means something. But at the end of the day it comes down the person leading the project and whether they can make right decisions or not. Clearly the leader of this project failed miserably if the best they could come up with with $100 million is just a remake of the previous controller.

about 10 months ago
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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

SmaryJerry Re:I do this (365 comments)

So you're saying a person with 1 arm shouldn't be able to have passengers? Isn't that the same scenario?

about 10 months ago
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Nearly 1 In 4 Adults Surf the Web While Driving

SmaryJerry Re:I do this (365 comments)

It's a big assumption that the person is stopped at a light is fiddling with their phone. They could be looking for something in their car, doing makeup, eating, or quieting a child. Texting is a symptom not the disease. Distracted driving is the disease and it can come from many sources. There is a measure of which is allowed such as people, babies and animals in the car, bluetooth headsets, music playing, drinking a soda, changing the radio, rolling down windows, using navigation. These can all take your eyes off of the road and distract you. The fact is there are people who need to pay attention and better education (brainwashing?) is needed to get them to learn how to focus on the most important task at hand. The task that is holding life in the line. Driving. Distracted driving is already illegal. Making something specific illegal like texting at a stop light or talking on the phone while driving is saying "I don't care how you drive, some people can't manage these so you can't either." I am against people getting pulled over and ticketed for having a phone to their ear. Are they swerving or stopped at a stoplight for 10 extra seconds? Then let an officer determine if they deserve a distracted driving ticket but don't make the tickets about an specific activity that is secondary to driving and does not necessarily indicate poor or distracted driving. If we continue down this road we may as well stop one-armed veterans from driving because they do not have both hands on the wheel and may be driving even hand-less when they need to change the radio. Disclosure: I have received a ticket for driving while on the phone.

about 10 months ago
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Why Is Microsoft Setting More Money On Fire With Surface 2?

SmaryJerry Re:Not being well reviewed ... (616 comments)

I believe that office upgrades are the only upgrade they have done right. Windows 8 is so horribly unfriendly to a new user but at least office is still good. So, even though office doesn't matter for tablets it probably is still their best selling point.

about a year ago
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Auction Houses To Be Removed From Diablo III

SmaryJerry Blizzard (219 comments)

I haven't really seen Blizzard make any good decisions regarding any of their games lately. They listen to their criticism but often it's the wrong criticism to be listening to. Feels like the wrong people are running the show right now or something. They need a serious mix-up or just to remove some of the "yes" men from their midst.

1 year,4 days
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PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

SmaryJerry Re:Depends on what you do via Gaypal (443 comments)

Can "gay" not just have another definition meaning bad/stupid? Most words have several definitions that are unrelated. Gay also shares it's homosexual definition with happy but no one is up in arms to use other words to mean happy.

1 year,16 days
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PayPal Freezes MailPile's Account

SmaryJerry Need a better option (443 comments)

Paypal is the worst option for online banking and payments except for it's one good feature, convenience. They made it ultra easy to sign up for to accept payments better than any other service, including visa and mastercard. The draw back is obviously higher fees and people continually get accounts locked when they hit whatever the threshold is, something like a couple thousand. Plus I'm pretty sure they are constantly hacked. I signed up for paypal on a fresh e-mail and not more than a month later I received phishing scams against that e-mail for Paypal and other sites. This was after not using that e-mail for anything else. I have not used them since except for cases where other forms of credit (cards) are not accepted.

1 year,16 days
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Schneier: We Need To Relearn How To Accept Risk

SmaryJerry Re:Diminishing returns (478 comments)

Google the New York debate "Is Islam a religion of peace?" Very intelligent proponents for both sides debate this much better than I've ever seen in an online forum.

1 year,17 days
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NSA-resistant Android App 'Burns' Sensitive Messages

SmaryJerry Demand Privacy Now (183 comments)

This is an amazing development. Honestly no one should be able to read your e-mail ever, even law enforcement, unless the recipient or owner of the e-mail is the one reporting a crime. The fact the government has had power over the post office for a long time and used the threat of mailbombs, anthrax, trafficking as an excuse to open it is no longer an excuse for law enforcement to be able to simply read anyone's digital message. Communication alone isn't going to harm anyone. Start going after people for actual crimes, not future crimes or misinterpreted e-mails. Everyone needs privacy and we need it now. There is no freedom in being monitored.

1 year,17 days
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Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay

SmaryJerry Re:Xbox Live (203 comments)

Trust me it is hell! First, try to cancel using the options or settings in your Xbox, you can search for it but you won't find it. You must go to a PC to even find an online option to cancel but if you try to use the webpage it will gray out your option to cancel, or will give you an error that basically says "it didn't work" with no explanation or link. There is no way to cancel online go ahead and try, I guarantee it won't work. Then you go to support page and it won't give you a phone number, first it tells you to follow all these steps that don't work. Then when that doesn't work it suggest alternate steps that don't work. Still it won't give you a phone number, then it might show you an option to contact a representative with one of those enter you e-mail and phone number and your problem and "well get back to you" things (if you can correctly click through the maze of support links and don't forget to be logged in because you can't get to this without being logged in). And guess what, cancelling or even account management isn't an option for you to enter as your reason for contacting them. Then when they respond you, some time up to two hours later, it is an automated phone call that puts you on hold then redirects you to finally a real person, who asks you a ton questions and keeps hassling you to keep the service with offers of free games and things. They also survey the fuck out of you about why you are cancelling and won't stop even if you say you just want to cancel and not continue. THen, remember all the information you entered online? Ofcourse the person that called you doesn't have it. Remember, they called you with the online form you had to be logged in to use, and still ask for your phone number and other information to confirm that the account is yours. Just search on google for unable to cancel xbox live and you can find a ton threads and complaints.

about a year ago
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Want To Record Xbox One Gameplay? Get Ready To Pay

SmaryJerry Xbox Live (203 comments)

I will never buy xbox live again because it was so impossible to cancel the last time.

about a year ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

SmaryJerry Re:Purely anecdotal. (418 comments)

Suggesting that the act of talking to someone through a phone is causing the distraction would be grounds to outlaw Bluetooth or hands-free systems in the car as well. Why are phones singled out as impairing? Is it because it takes a hand off the wheel? If so, I guess we should stop allowing people to drive manual transmissions, change their radio while moving, and ban anyone with 1 arm from driving.

about a year ago
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Talking On the Phone While Driving Not So Dangerous After All

SmaryJerry Never Liked the Law (418 comments)

Cell phones have never seemed more distracting to me than changing the radio or taking a sip from a cup. I will admit when you see someone drive erratically or make a mistake, then look and see them on their phone, you realllly want to blame the phone. Fact is though blaming the phone might as well be the same as blaming them for being Asian or a women. A lot of people only drive automatics with 1 hand anyways. Manuals take a hand off the wheel and on acceleration and deceleration, arguably the most important times to be prepared. Maybe we should start banning manual transmissions? I have a friend with only 1 arm that has a valid drivers license. He talks on his Bluetooth while driving and drives perfectly fine. If talking on a cell phone is so impairing, surely the use of only 1 arm is impairing him too much to give him a drivers license because he must drive as bad as someone with a hand to their ear.

about a year ago
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Qualcomm Says Eight-Core Processors Are Dumb

SmaryJerry Better Benchmarks (526 comments)

The summary gets it exactly right when it says something like 8 lawnmowers doesn't equal a Ferrari engine. The trouble is it is so difficult to find an actual benchmark for processors that measures speed and reliability. The average person does not get into the details and looks at something like higher hertz is better or more cores is better. All else being equal, this is true. I would confidently say that 50% of the population would buy "8 Core" machine that uses Pentium 1 processors over a single core Pentium 4. Consumers shoot themselves in the foot when they don't do their research before buying a computer. There are so many "features" on current processors that are completely incomparable that buying the best processor becomes a crap shoot unless you want to spend hours searching for real benchmarks.

about a year ago

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