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US Cord Cutters Getting Snubbed From NBC's Olympic Coverage Online

protest_boy NBCs coverage online makes me rage (578 comments)

I'm basing this post off of my previous experience watching the summer olympics online. I don't expect it will be any different this time around, but perhaps NBC will surprise me.

Two years ago, as I am now, I'm "borrowing" my sister's login and password for her paid TV subscription. Why doesn't NBC allow non-subscribers to buy online streaming access? I would pay some amount of money (maybe $30?) to get access to the online coverage and they aren't letting me. I can't think of a reason why they don't make this an option...

That is, I would pay for it if the online coverage wasn't terrible in several different ways. First, spoilers are EVERYWHERE on the website and cannot be avoided. Unless I stay up until 3am to watch an event live there's no way I can watch the event the following day without inadvertently seeing the results on the website while trying to get to the recorded stream. Sometimes the spoiler is even part of the video itself ("Watch Bode Miller win gold!")!

Second, many or most of the broadcasts online are commentator free. Even IF you know all the ins and outs of curling rules, commentators are very helpful in conveying exactly what it is that you're watching (e.g. who is the player or team being shown? What is the significance of this match in the tournament? Who are they playing next? etc.). The prime-time TV broadcasts that are heavily edited to show the most interesting bits are completely unavailable online.

Third, high profile medal events cannot be watched until the DAY AFTER the prime-time TV broadcast has occurred unless you stay up until 3am to watch it live. Not only do you then have to impossibly dodge the spoilers on the website, but also radio, TV, co-worker conversations, etc. the following day.

about 6 months ago
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Programmer Privilege

protest_boy Re:How long would that last... (353 comments)

Your old boss must have been a fan of Teddy Roosevelt who is quoted as saying, "When you are asked if you can do a job, tell 'em, 'Certainly I can!' Then get busy and find out how to do it."

This phrasing is a bit more honest than saying "I know how to do that" which is a lie and is frankly dangerous and stupid when it comes to forklift driving =/

about 6 months ago
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Fighting TSA Harassment of Disabled Travelers

protest_boy Re:OP here. (525 comments)

Good luck with your FOIA. I have a TSA issued TWIC card and just for fun I decided to get access to the information they have on file related to that card (finger prints, background check results, etc.) by issuing a FOIA request. It took them 11 months to produce a laughably incomplete response which consisted of: a scan of my passport photo and a photocopy of the standard application for the TWIC. The appeal process took about another 4 months but I did eventually get (mostly) what I was looking for.

Your request is considerably more complicated than mine was. Good luck!

about a year ago
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Learning Rocket Science With Video Games

protest_boy Armadillo Run (64 comments)

It's similar in game play to World of Goo, but more technical, and more varied. It's rather old, but it appears that it can still be purchased.

http://www.armadillorun.com/

about a year and a half ago
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TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

protest_boy Re:Can I finally use my damn TWIC card for somethi (388 comments)

Not like anyone cares, but I found the new and improved final ruling about data retention:

TSA will retain the data it receives in accordance with record schedules approved by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). TSA will retain records for individuals who are not a match or potential match to a watchlist for one year after the individual no longer has access. In addition, for those individuals who may originally have appeared to be a match to a watch list, but subsequently cleared, TSA will retain the records for at least seven years, or one year after access has been terminated. For individuals who are an actual match to a watch list or otherwise determined to pose a threat to transportation security, TSA will retain the records for 99 years, or seven years after TSA learns that an individual is deceased.

http://www.dhs.gov/xlibrary/assets/privacy/privacy_pia_tsa_twic_fr.pdf

about 3 years ago
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TSA Announces Pilot of Trusted Traveler Program

protest_boy Re:Can I finally use my damn TWIC card for somethi (388 comments)

Oh how I wish! I've been hoping they would let TWIC holders bypass TSA security at airports since I got my card a couple of years ago.

Tangent: I had to get the card for my job and was rather unhappy at having to surrender my fingerprints to the government. I spent a while digging through their documentation online to find out what happens to my personal data (fingerprints) after my card expires. The short answer is, they haven't decided yet what they'll (pretend) to do with the data when the card expires. Also, yours and my fingerprints were sent to multiple government security agencies for that background check. Can I assume those agencies are going to delete my information once they are done with the background check? Sadly, no :-(

about 3 years ago
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Revised Mass. Gambling Bill Won't Criminalize Online Poker

protest_boy Re:How can they say that it's a game of skill? (104 comments)

In any game or sport there are elements of luck. Take Scrabble for example. I doubt many would deny that Scrabble is a game skill. Yet there's a huge amount of luck involved in which letters you choose, and when you get them.

Granted, luck plays a large factor in a single hand of poker. However, poker is not a game of individual hands. The better players will be distinguished from the less skillful in the long run; hundreds of thousands of hands.

more than 4 years ago
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Mass. Gambling Bill Would Criminalize Online Poker

protest_boy Re:Gambling online is completely fucking stupid (296 comments)

I would go so far as to say it is almost a 100% certainty that you are being cheated, systematically, in a way you can never detect. It is not necessary for them to kill you in every hand. Only to ensure that their shills win at a slightly elevated rate.

You don't have a very good grasp as to how online poker works. There is no reason whatsoever for an online casino to cheat their customers. In fact, it works against their interest. Money is taken out of each and every pot played. It is NOT in the casino's interest to make their customers go broke faster than normal. If you go broke fast, you may leave forever. If you go broke slowly you will likely reload your account with new funds. Regardless, a hired "shill" will not be able to pull a profit undetected faster than the rake which collects money every single hand on every single table.

You sound like the many many people who try online poker, lose badly, and chose to blame the system rather than a lack of skill.

more than 4 years ago
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The Lameness of Warcraft

protest_boy Re:He is describing Shadowbane (354 comments)

Yes, Shadowbane had so much going for it. Unfortunately it was the worst implemented game ever. Constant server crashes, and lag that made any decent sized battles unplayable.

It really is a shame. The first game developer that makes another Shadowbane but without constant crashes and software issues will rake in tons of cash.

more than 7 years ago

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