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    Call of Duty 2015 Is Scheduled for This Fall

    I played the most recent version, Advanced Warfare, but over the past decade this has gone from my absolute favorite franchise to one that only marginally holds my interest. Treyarch was partly responsible for that because of their horrible implementation. I should have learned my lesson with...
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    Introducing Microsoft Health & Microsoft Band

    It is compatible with iOS and Android. That's one of the big selling points, it works with the phone you have, not just Windows Phones.
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    Internet Freedom's Expiration Date

    "If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it."
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    How Much Money Can You Save Building Your Own PC?

    Other than a laptop, the last pre-built PC I purchased was a 368DX-33 from Micron Computers back in 1992 when I was in college. However being older now, with a wife, kids, and a job I was considering buying one simply because I thought I didn't have the time to thoroughly do all the research...
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    NVIDIA CEO: We're Working Hard On Surface 2

    Clearly I'm biased, but I really like my Surface RT. As a media consumption device it's great. My wife uses it for Netflix and Kindle books, my kids use it for games, and I use it to surf the web. With the recent price drop I'm even considering buying a second one.
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    Google Offering $1M Reward For Chrome Exploit

    It's also a way to get some people to pop up on the radar who would ordinarily stay hidden as they maliciously hack away in private. Definitely a win-win scenario for Google.
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    Stupid Bulletproof Vest Video of the Day

    And 60 million gun owners in America *didn't* shoot themselves today, yet this asshole gets the headline. His stunning stupidity is surpassed only by his complete disregard for the impact of his actions on others, beginning with his own family had something gone wrong, and then all the millions...
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    Gamer Thwarts Gunman's Attempt To Steal CoD: MW 3

    That you took what I said about being prepared to defend yourself and equated that with a movie reference simply validates my initial assessment. My formal training with firearms began 24 years ago, I continue to train to this day, though more recently on close encounter self-defense...
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    Gamer Thwarts Gunman's Attempt To Steal CoD: MW 3

    You would think that, and you'd be wrong. It's obvious from your analysis that most of what you think you know about firearms and use of deadly force was learned from years of cop shows on TV and action movies. The criminal didn't expect the victim to fight back, do you really think he'd...
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    Gamer Thwarts Gunman's Attempt To Steal CoD: MW 3

    WTF are you talking about? Odds? What Odds? Can you point me to those? Are they updated regularly? You want to play chance and hope that the person who just pulled a gun on you will be merciful enough to let you live so you can identify them later to police? Go ahead, I'd rather not play a...
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    Gamer Thwarts Gunman's Attempt To Steal CoD: MW 3

    This was my favorite part: "Morales told detectives he “freaked out” because he didn’t expect the victim to fight. Freeman said he didn’t really plan on fighting either. His instincts just kicked in, he said." That is the mentality of most criminals, they are...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Boris isn't all that unusual for Microsoft, I know a couple people with as many or more tattoos and more piercings. Generally whenever we see someone in a tie the first thing people think is "Someone here to interview, or sell something". It's very casual, even the VPs are in worn jeans and...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Nothing like that at all. The root issue is that while games and movies on the LIVE service all have ratings, things like Gamertags and user profiles do not, so by default we have to treat them like they have an ESRB rating of "E". The analogy we use is that if you paid to see "Scarface" in a...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    That's a privately maintained site with no connection to my team or Microsoft. All of the XBLPET gamertags however are members of my team. We choose the phonetic alphabet so that our tags would be from a known set, so you'll always be able to tell if you are dealing with a real enforcer or an...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    No, in the beginning it was one guy who looked at complaints weekly as an additional duty to his day job. We've been in our current fully staffed state only for the past couple years and we continue to grow the team. We are on the Studios West Campus. I'd rather not say which building for...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Not sure where you got that idea, we don't filter or block the word "Linux". In fact I just checked, there are over 3000 gamertags that contain that string. For example: http://live.xbox.com/en-US/member/linux Yeah, that definitely sucks. We allowed migration to the nine new LIVE...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    The repeat offenders and grossly obvious offenders who plead innocence are probably the most frustrating. For example the guy who claims that he doesn't even know what hacking or modding is and can't understand why we banned him for that, yet is advertising modded lobbies for 1600 MSP in his...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Ummm...no :-) Very cool piece of engineering there. Only downside is that if there was a problem we'd never touch it for hardware support.
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Honestly I hadn't heard of that before now :-) I can't speak for the lawyers, but generally we don't care what people do with their consoles as long as they aren't trying to do something illegal, circumvent copyright protections, or otherwise infringe on our business. I can see why they didn't...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Not really. Different org and building, but same campus.
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    Used to be a lot more when I was on the team that built and shipped the Kinect, sometimes my entire day was meetings and I'd have to stay late just to get through the day's email. Now not so much, maybe two hours of meetings per day, four hours on a really busy day.
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    That was an honest mistake, the enforcer who made the decision had no idea that was a real place. It was noted as an error on their part, but we didn't take any punitive action. We actually used that experience to modify our policy on sexual identification. Prior to that incident it was a...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    I've been with the company for over 10 years and even I sometimes find myself marveling at how cool it can be from time to time. I can honestly say that I work with some of the most intelligent, creative, and passionate people in the world, I learn something new from my co-workers every day...
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    Xbox Live Enforcement: Behind The Black Curtain

    So, at the risk of getting a bunch of "why was I banned" questions that I can't answer, does anyone have any questions about the Xbox LIVE Policy & Enforcement team? Yes, that is me on the left in the picture.
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    What Do the Highest-Paid Programmers Make?

    You could always look up programmer or any other position salaries at your favorite tech company here: http://www.glassdoor.com/Salaries/index.htm
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    Amazing Bargain of the Day!

    Profiteering masquerading as technical competence and "value-added" service. The last time I shopped at Best Buy was in 2006, never going back either.
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    Xbox 360 Update Preview Discs Contain A Warning!

    It's more of a technical issue than a policy issue, just so happens that it supports the policy as well ;)
  28. J

    A Short Film By Intel About....Being An Elephant?

    Seriously, WTF? I got about 2 and half minutes into it finally said screw it, too damn weird for me.
  29. J

    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Your first point is pure speculation, you have no data to back that up at all. Your second point is just pure wrong. It happens a lot, but "Man defends family with firearm" doesn't make the national news like "Family raped and murdered in home invasion" does. Try browsing this site a bit...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Agreed, one size does not fit all, and not everyone is capable mentally or physically to do what I'm advocating. I simply wish those who are capable would empower themselves. Society as a whole would be better off.
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Again, it comes down to priorities. The Johnsons living with their 2.5 children in their suburban home probably make lots of time for things like movies, soccer, t-ball, etc. The amount of time that Mr. and Mrs. Johnson need to invest to ensure their family can survive should their domestic...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    I wonder how many of those same people also don't have car insurance, home insurance, or don't even own a fire extinguisher at home? All of that is stuff we spend money on despite the fact that we hope to never need it. Your car, your home, your "stuff" can all be replaced. You can't be...
  33. J

    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Excuse me? You don't know the first thing about me. I know perfectly well what castle doctrine is. Some states have it, others don't, and some have laws that actually recognize that a person being attacked has every right to defend themselves wherever they are. When a state legislates away...
  34. J

    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    See, you are making my point for me. It shouldn't be considered an act of bravery or heroism to stand up and defend yourself and your family, it should be instinct. Yes it is dangerous to engage armed thugs, however I suggest it's even more dangerous to put yourself at their mercy and hope for...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Yes, I agree that he did the best he could with what he had, which wasn't much, and that's what I fault him for. Notice I didn't say "He should have run at them swinging the laptop like a bat". I am using him as an example to highlight the fact that most people are unprepared to deal with...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    You must not live in the USA. Here, special consideration is given when someone is theatened inside their own home. Once the bad guys crossed the threshold of his house with intent to commit a crime, the residents can use any means necessary to neutralize the threat. Often times civilians...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    He didn't solve anything, he made a desperate call for help and hopped it worked. It did. He was lucky, not smart. The thugs were far more likely to rape Sis than Grandma, and both could have ended up dead. Since you seem to be a home invasion expert, why not flatter us with statistics of...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tiiQQP4-Ijw If an 11 year old girl can do it, I'd like to think a 20 year old is more than capable. Remember, there are teenagers fighting in wars all across the globe, since when did 20 become such a tender and helpless age?
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    @Drewshua - yes, more than one way to do things. I'm suggesting that hopping onto Facebook while Granny and Sis are being tied up isn't exactly a good one. Force met with cowardice guarantees that you lose and are at the mercy of your new masters. As least with a weapon, of any type, you meet...
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    Man Foils Armed Robbery Using Facebook

    Dude sees grandma and sister being attacked and his first reponse is to hide and update his facebook status? This could have ended horribly in so many ways. He really should put down the laptop periodically and visit his local gun range once in a while to learn how to really defend his family.
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