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shabanga

On The Verge since Jun 26, 2013

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shabanga

On The Verge since Jun 26, 2013

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    Sweet Jesus, can we stop defending this behavior as normal? Didn’t everybody get the “just because everybody does it doesn’t mean you have to” speech from their parents? LIFE is about making smart decisions based on consequences. The consequence of transmitting a nude photo is that it may be seen by unintended parties. People are free to do whatever they want but weigh the benefits with the consequences.

    I DON’T think these hackers are right. They are criminals and they committed crimes. But the fact of the matter is that just because sexting is commonplace doesn’t mean it’s a good idea. It’s ridiculous that there have now been TWO Verge editorials that imply that it is. SMH.

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    Anyone who watches live sports, for one. Hell, eventually this will roll out to internet video. The inserted commercials are worse than TV commercials ever have been at abusing loudness levels.

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    This article is soooo misleading. There is no "hunting " going on here. This is simply the FCC forcing the entire industry to follow the latest revisions in determining loudness (which some broadcasters have been following for a while, I know because I work at one of them). There is no automated FCC system hunting the offending networks. The whole CALM act is about self-policing. The FCC doesn’t start investigating anyone unless they start getting multiple consumer complaints. SMH at the lack of understanding from the Verge writer on this one.

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    No. It is actually an algorithm for determining loudness. It is described in ITU BS.1770-3 and includes a weighted scale to determine perceived average loudness as well as a range of peak levels. The “-3” version of the specification includes multiple gates in the algorithm to ignore silent/quiet passages when determining the values.

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    I guess my question is, why don’t all the scientists just relocate to Colorado and/or Washington? Then they could source from anywhere and any research would be more applicable in real world situations.

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    I can’t believe anybody is suprised about this. I know they’ve been sold to Lenovo, but it’s still the same company that screwed up TWO moto X sales. You’d think they’d learn from their mistakes with limited promotions.

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    Yes but this isn’t actually DRM and the DMCA doesn’t apply. the “D” in both those cases stands for DIGITAL.

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    pooping back and forth…forever!

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    This seems almost identical to a product that I’ve been using called TrackR, who are already on track to release their next revision. The only thing TrackR doesn’t do is unlock your phone but it has other potentially more useful features like Crowd GPS.

    AFAIK, the only thing TrackR doesn’t do is unlock the phone which seems like the least impressive feature of this thing.

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    But the really messed up thing is that FX keeps airing new comedies on FX instead of FXX. Married and You’re the Worst should have started on FXX. Also, Wilfred should have been moved to FXX with Sunny and The League. I am guessing that they don’t want to trust their new/weak performing shows to a net with lower viewership but it’s a terribly inconsistent message. The reality is that FX never needed to split off. It’s purely a money grab for Fox.

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    You must not be getting FXX in HD. Sounds like that is the “SD” version (4:3 transmission with 16:9 letterbox).

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    Obviously the question portion of my statement was rhetorical. The main point was that they did a shitty, inconsistent job with the formatting. If they have to switch between stretching and cropping then they’re doing it wrong. The least they could do is stick with a single formatting.

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    I watched the marathon for a bit yesterday and what bothered me was the fact that they DO stretch some of the scenes while cropping others. For me, it was super disorienting to be switching formats like that within. The same episode. Really though, how hard is it to air it in pillarbox?

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    The poll fails without a “none of the above” option. There were some great movies in both those years but there were also some damn terrible ones. If anything, “the best year in movies” should be based on a percentage of great movies to total movies.

    And honestly, 1977 was the best year in film because of Star Wars. It doesn’t really matter what else you say.

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    seriously…the Verge mobile app is fucking terrible (on iOS at least). They have all these awesome multimedia lists/slideshows that just don’t show up. Get your shit together Verge!

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    First of all, Superman is THE superhero. How can you hate on him? That said, I’ve always preferred Marvel comics but DC has a certain pedigree especially when you get into their Vertigo stuff.

    I think it’s all about how the movies are made. Honestly, Guardians of the Galaxy was more like a Star Trek movie than a comic book movie and I don’t think any of the characters are particularly compelling but the movie was so well made (and promoted) that it took what would have been a niche movie and made it yet another in the long line of successes.

    Ant-Man is another “wtf” for me. On paper it sounds ridiculous, but at this point Marvel is like Apple. They’re so damn good at doing their thing, you just have to have faith that it will be another great movie.

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    …and the reality of it is that DC has the potential to have an even better, bigger, and more cohesive universe because WB owns DC and all the rights to all the characters and stories. None of the silliness like “we can’t refer to Scarlet Witch and Quicksilver as mutants because Fox owns those rights”.

    I think that BvS is going to be the start of something epic. It’s not a sequel to Man of Steel but basically pulling an “Avengers” in reverse. If it’s huge, it could be a big win because one problem with the way Marvel did it is exemplified by The Hulk. Multiple different versions of the solo movie bombed with multiple different actors so now they have a 3rd actor who may or may not get a real (totally deserved) solo entry in the MCU.

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    I believe DC is owned by WB. That’s like saying Marvel movies aren’t marvel because they’re owned by Disney now.

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    I wholeheartedly agree with you. I understand that typos happen, but when people are being paid to write professionally I think part of that professionalism is proofreading. We’re not talking about novels here. As you said, a quick 3-5 minutes should have taken care of it.

    I don’t think they should hate you. They should be embarrassed being corrected by a non-native English speaker. I typically try not to be the grammar police. I say let them sound dumb if they want to, however being a professional tech writer seems like a dream job to me and it drives me crazy to see people doing it who take such little pride in their written word.

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    Yes, yes they are.

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    Now what needs to happen is a music app that matches your pulse to the BPM of the songs it’s choosing and/or do some tempo manipulation.

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    I agree, but I feel the only acceptable solution is a subscription model unless they start offering new release PS4 games.

    Another thing that I would REALLY hope for is an ability for PSNow to scan an inserted PS3 disc (and PS3 digital purchases) and authorize a discounted lifetime subscription to games you already own. I would likely pay $10 per PS3 game for the ability to play it on my PS4. Add that and DLNA capability and I can finally ditch my PS3.

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    Sierra had sooo many great games. If anything, the success of all the Telltale games shows that there is still a market for the point and click adventure! Sierra was the absolute best when it came to combining storytelling, puzzles, and humor and I would love to see them return even if it is simply “remastered” versions of their old titles.

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    Into a bear, which is America’s #1 threat!

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    Well, if they are practicing sniping with a .50 Cal the fragments falling probably wouldn’t be big enough to hurt anyone.

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    This article should be titled “can we stop using a billion different messaging apps?”

    Seriously, you have NINE different messaging apps?!?! That’s the real problem right there!

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