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A group for us Geek and Nerds to talk about things we like. Technology, sci-fi, movies, TV, collecting, games, comics, science, etc.

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Beyond fake news, bot networks, and trolls - to automated behavior manipulation

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 1. 4 Replies

The Rise of the Weaponized AI Propaganda MachineCambridge Analytica, a new automated propaganda machine poised to manage White House digital…Continue

Tags: weaponized AI propaganda machine

CIA cyberwarfare on us

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan Mar 9. 1 Reply

Just in case you feel the current administration doesn't have enough power, we find out that the CIA can take control of your iPhone and Twitter account, or watch you through your smart Samsung TV, at will. Moreover, the vulnerabilities they…Continue

Tags: cyber weapons, cyberwarfare, spyware, weaponized Apple, Google, and Microsoft vulnerabilities

AI against trolls

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 8. 0 Replies

Now Anyone Can Deploy Google’s Troll-Fighting AIHorray! I hope this works!A Google offshoot called Jigsaw declared war on trolls, launching a…Continue

Tags: troll control, Jigsaw

In the US, Ads watch YOU!

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 23. 1 Reply

Secret signals between your TV, computer, laptop, smartphone, etc, so corporations can  follow your every move. Creepy!…Continue

Tags: spyware apps

Magnet Toys

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Joseph P Jan 12. 1 Reply

Neat videositeShort story: We’re a group of three university students from Norway who have for 3 years worked with a magnetic game…Continue

Tags: Magination, magnetic toys

Cloud Hosting Infected

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 1, 2016. 0 Replies

'Lurking malice' in cloud hosting services, study findsMalware in cloud hosting services is going undetected.Overall, the researchers scanned more than…Continue

Tags: malicious software, cloud hosting

Question about The Dresden Files.

Started by Joseph P. Last reply by BenGee Oct 22, 2016. 3 Replies

I have a question about a series of books.  I just recently tried reading the series, The Dresden Files.I've heard from so many people about what a great fantasy series it is.  It's the go-to reference for almost any discussion about modern magic in…Continue

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Comment by Joseph P on May 18, 2015 at 9:41pm

I'm not sure.  Someone might be dragging me out to see it, which is how I've been seeing most movies that I've seen in theaters, lately.  I would just wait for DVD/BlueRay release, left to my own devices, since the audio on my home system is usually just as good, and anything in 1080p is more or less indistinguishable from theater, on a decent display.

Comment by Steph S. on May 18, 2015 at 9:09pm

Alex welcome to the group.

Anyone going to see the new Jurassic Park movie when it comes out?

Comment by Joseph P on April 27, 2015 at 4:31pm

I have tickets, if that counts.  I'd invite you to come, but I think the plane ticket might be a little more expensive than the movie ticket.

Comment by Steph S. on April 27, 2015 at 3:55pm

The Avengers movie is coming out in a few weeks - anyone have plans to see this movie?

Comment by Steph S. on April 27, 2015 at 3:54pm

Dulce Rubio welcome to the group.

Comment by Plinius on April 16, 2015 at 12:55am

Thanks Steph!

Comment by Steph S. on April 15, 2015 at 9:19pm

Plinius welcome to the group.

Comment by Joseph P on April 14, 2015 at 3:17pm

Hmm, the volume that various YouTubers output at is definitely inconsistent.  If I'm watching a playlist made up of various, random videos, it can be a pain in the ass balancing it against other audio sources on my computer.  I usually watch YouTube while playing a game of some sort on the other screen, since I have a dual monitor setup on my desktop computer, including the television, so turning the main volume up or down isn't a solution.  Of course usually, I'll be watching a series put out by one YouTuber, for a couple of hours, so the volume will be fairly consistent.

And yeah, I do have my desktop hooked up to the surround sound system, but even on my laptop, with the external speakers I have hooked up or with headphones, I don't have that issue.  Not sure.  Has your hearing just gone that badly?

Do you mean that the videos are too dark, relative to other things on your computer?  I haven't noticed that at all.  Have you used a gamma adjustment tool to adjust the brightness on your monitor or the gamma slider in your video settings?

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 14, 2015 at 10:05am

I notice YouTube leaves the audio slider where I put it, for any other video I watch, but only most of the time.  

I usually check the slider on each video I watch because most YouTube videos have a maximum volume that is still too low, whether I use the computer speaker or earphones.

 I've been saying for 20 years that I'm going to connect my computer to my movie system to get as much volume as I want, but it doesn't get done.

Another problem I have with YouTube videos, is many of them are much too dark.

Comment by Joseph P on April 14, 2015 at 1:35am

It wasn't anything that anyone did.  It's just a glitch that YouTube throws, from time to time, for some reason.

Just like with any other tech support issue.  Do we know why certain glitches happen, even when it happens in the same situation when the user does a certain thing?  Sometimes, but usually not.  The best explanation for "Why?" that we get for most issues is, "Yeah, that program screws this up sometimes.  No idea why.  When it does that, you just do this, and it clears the error."

 

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