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  • Old School TV Gatekeepers (AT&T, Comcast), Struggle With Modern Streaming Gatekeepers (Amazon, Roku)

    Phillip ( profile ), 09 Jul, 2020 @ 11:14am

    Re: Amazone Fire TV is "barely working hardware" anyway

    my 1st gen fire tv is unable to keep up with all the options and information these days, but i have several newer ones that still work better than anything else. While chromecast works pretty well the fact that there is no remote and you have to use a phone to control it means sticking to fire sticks or roku for my wife anv guests.

  • Professional Race Car Driver Hires Expert Gamer To Race His Video Game Car

    Phillip ( profile ), 29 May, 2020 @ 08:09pm

    Poor investment

    How did he hire a "professional" gamer that couldn't even beat other racers that aren't gamers?

  • Cable Giant Spectrum On Quest To Outlaw 'Insane' Streaming Password Sharing

    Phillip ( profile ), 23 Sep, 2019 @ 06:38am


    Not sure how they would get on board with this, one of the things they're advertising out of the gate is that their plans include 4 streams for much less than netflix

  • AG William Barr Doesn't Want The Government Spying On The President But Thinks It's OK If It Spies On Everyone Else

    Phillip ( profile ), 06 Jun, 2019 @ 10:18am

    problem with devolving into teams

    Politicians keep doing actions and making changes that they think are OK for their team but should not apply to others, completely ignoring reality and the hypocrisy of everything they're doing and saying especially with video and audio you can play side by side saying the exact opposite based on who is impacted.

  • Amended Complaint Filed Against Backpage… Now With SESTA/FOSTA

    Phillip ( profile ), 13 Apr, 2018 @ 11:26am

    Re: Re: Why?

    because they can use the other aspects in the law going after future sites without bringing up the most vulnerable piece. In this case the site is already dead and they're highligting the piece that is weakest about an already terrible bill.

  • Amended Complaint Filed Against Backpage… Now With SESTA/FOSTA

    Phillip ( profile ), 13 Apr, 2018 @ 10:08am


    Seems to me that amending this complaint is a big risk for the law with no real upside. Backpage was already taken down without the law, but trying to apply this law retroactively they open themselves up to legal challenge of the highly questionable retroactive piece of the legislation.

  • Stories Claiming DNC Hack Was 'Inside Job' Rely Heavily On A Stupid Conversion Error No 'Forensic Expert' Would Make

    Phillip ( profile ), 16 Aug, 2017 @ 12:08pm


    wrong, since May of 2016 when I moved, and I was not the first house in the neighborhood, I have had 1Gbps symetric, up and down, at my house, pretty sure one of the two major political parties in the US can get the same or better service with all their connections and money

  • Trump Puts Voter Data Collection On Hold After Highly Insecure & Potentially Illegal Process Is Widely Ridiculed

    Phillip ( profile ), 14 Jul, 2017 @ 06:59am


    To be fair, having used it for quite a while it is secure. The problem is, for whatever reason, the DoD certs are not published like verisign, symantec, etc. and others built into the browsers. As most States likely never use the DoD systems they haven't had to deal with it. DoD publishes the root cert bundles as a manual process to validate sites like SAFE as being secure, but the panel did not provide the root certificates nor any instructions related to their usage to validate the security of the site or others like it in question.

  • Snowden Explains How The Espionage Act Unfairly Stacks The Deck Against Reality Winner

    Phillip ( profile ), 07 Jun, 2017 @ 11:58am

    Re: "Deal with the consequences"...

    life's not fair, if you don't have powerful connections to get you out of following the rules you are stuck with the consequences. same with not paying taxes and anything else the people with the connections and money have a different set of rules and if you think you'll get to play by the same ones you'll be sadly mistaken.
    it's not fair but thats the way the system works.

  • Snowden Explains How The Espionage Act Unfairly Stacks The Deck Against Reality Winner

    Phillip ( profile ), 07 Jun, 2017 @ 11:33am

    Re: So, who is she spying FOR?

    she didn't just release this to the american people she released it to the world. No one is really surprised by the information, but it's unknown yet if the information reveals source information or capabilities which is the bigger problem.
    It's not her call as to what is classified at what level and what to do with it. That was a condition of her clearance, and she now has to deal with the consequences.

  • Sketchy Copyright Takedown Kills Bad Lip Reading's Force Awakens Remix

    Phillip ( profile ), 07 Apr, 2017 @ 11:57am


    Plus as was clearly pointed out if tp bothered to read the article, this was not a claim by Disney or Lucas but a third party that has nothing to do with either of them or Star Wars and the video has been reinstated.

  • What Should We Do About Linking To Sites That Block People Using Ad Blockers?

    Phillip ( profile ), 10 Mar, 2016 @ 09:49am

    I think what you stated is best. If you can use another source that actually wants links. If you have to use Wired, NYT, etc. maybe a different colored link or something. As some suggested you may even be able to automate this.

    All links to ad-list, NYT, etc are automatically colored red or something to minimize the hassle for the techdirt crew.

  • Public Knowledge: Comcast's Usage Cap Shenanigans Violate Neutrality, NBC Merger Conditions

    Phillip ( profile ), 06 Mar, 2016 @ 10:49am

    Re: Comcursed never fails to take the lowest road...

    same for me. we're currently building a new house partly to get away from comcast and at&t so we made a criteria that the internet service cannot be provided by one of them for us to build in any location. Luckily we found a location that has Gig Fiber provided by Home Telecom, that my friends who have their service love.

  • Comcast Tests Net Neutrality By Letting Its Own Streaming Service Bypass Usage Caps

    Phillip ( profile ), 23 Nov, 2015 @ 12:05pm

    Old news

    I've been complaining about this for years since I'm in one of the original "test" markets and sent in complaints before and after the Net neutrality rules, maybe they'll actually do something as more people complain, but any one citizen just gets ignored.

  • Pokemon Wants To Totally Bankrupt One Of Its Biggest Fans, Thanks To Copyright

    Phillip ( profile ), 03 Oct, 2015 @ 09:22pm

    Re: Re:

    how dare they throw a pokemon themed party, it's never been done before. It's not like you can buy any officially licensed party supplies:

  • As Comcast Broadband Usage Caps Expand, Company Still Refuses To Admit They Even Have Caps

    Phillip ( profile ), 01 Oct, 2015 @ 10:58am

    Re: Re: Re: When you have no other choice

    Also, as someone who has been in a "trial market" for 2-3 years, long before the FCC did anything it's just Comcast realizing the government will let them do anything they want and their customers can't go anywhere else.

  • FCC Might Finally Start Policing Broadband Usage Caps, Unreliable Usage Meters

    Phillip ( profile ), 13 May, 2015 @ 06:03pm

    That's great that they'll look into if it expands, but what about us getting screwed already?

    I'm already currently getting screwed about this. I've already filed an FCC complaint last year when Comcast said I was using ~100GB/month more than my router with DD-WRT said I was using. When I asked for details as to when/how this supposed discrepancy happens, they couldn't tell me any details about usage per hour/day/etc only the last 3 days and the month.

    So that's great the FCC will look into it if they expand their "trial", but in the meantime I've been under this "trial" for the last two years and nothing seems to happen or change.

  • NSA More Or Less Admits To Spying On Congress

    Phillip ( profile ), 06 Jan, 2014 @ 09:21am

    As it should be

    If they are going to collect this information congress should have the same or less protections than the rest of America. This is the only way to get them to pay attention or care. Normally they carve out exceptions for themselves, and thus don't pay attention to or care what they're law create. Like the TSA, congress gets to skip them.

  • Awesome Stuff: Hacking Your Car

    Phillip ( profile ), 21 Oct, 2013 @ 07:22am


    I have one too, it's mostly out, cheaper and does pretty much the same thing as these kick-starters with no service fee.

  • Reporter: E-Rated Kids' Game Unsafe For Kids Because The Internet Is Scary

    Phillip ( profile ), 09 Jul, 2013 @ 01:02pm

    Re: Are ratings still useful?

    The game doesn't require the internet to be played.

    There is nothing that says you have to allow your kids on the internet. If you just get the game and let them play it or supervise them while they do without downloading player content it will be 'E' content.

    There is no reason for nor any way for the ESRB to know what you are going to say or do in the online content.

    Look at Halo the content itself is one thing and if you are fine with your kids playing it then ok. However, when they get into online play if you do not have voice communication limited you have no way of knowing what the trolls in your game will spew out.

    Heck I'm an adult and I don't want to listen to the drivel that most players spit out. Most users who aren't interested in this do 1 of 2 things or both.
    1) only use parties to play so you can only hear your friends.
    2) only allow voice communication from friends on your list.

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