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2017-09-14 08:26:24 AM  
118 votes:
No, you were a very intentional part of the joke. And if you then went and posted under some stupid hashtag about it, you were a very intentional tool used to further the joke. But hey, SOCIAL MEDIA.
2017-09-14 11:28:29 AM  
63 votes:

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.
2017-09-14 11:46:14 AM  
42 votes:
I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.
2017-09-14 11:45:34 AM  
35 votes:
I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.
2017-09-14 11:25:33 AM  
26 votes:

delsydsoftware: I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.


Holy cow! You may have solved a long running question in my house as to why Alexa every now and again will start responding out of what appears to be normal conversation. Thanks and plus one internet to you.
2017-09-14 11:26:13 AM  
18 votes:

KarmicDisaster: Queue the xkcd


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2017-09-14 12:50:35 PM  
16 votes:
Damn this place has really turned into nothing but a bunch of whiny children.
2017-09-14 11:58:56 AM  
15 votes:
I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.
2017-09-14 12:34:26 PM  
14 votes:
I haven't watched South Park in decades, but I'm certain that it's exactly as bad as I imagine it!

/yeah, y'all sound like this
2017-09-14 11:28:51 AM  
14 votes:

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.
2017-09-14 08:37:29 AM  
14 votes:
Last night's episode had a joke in it?
2017-09-14 11:27:43 AM  
13 votes:
South Park tends to be very inclusive. Everybody is part of the joke. South Park Conservatives and South Park Liberals, everybody. Some people (cough, cough, Conservatives, cough, cough) don't recognize that they are the brunt of of the joke, but then we are talking the people who loved Archie Bunker and said he was telling it like it is, by which they meant, telling it like it isn't but their deluded ideaologies tell them it is.

Mind, until liberals realize that when they watch these shows, the Cons are not laughing with them, but at them, there will be little change.

A little bit Country, a little bit Rock 'n' Roll. A whole lot of Soul and Blues. Cultural expropriation is for everybody. Music just wants to be free. And get paid.

Show up. Get paid. The key to success in music.
2017-09-14 11:22:37 AM  
13 votes:
In other news, people still watch South Park.
2017-09-14 10:48:00 AM  
11 votes:

WhiskeyBender: Last night's episode had a joke in it?


the audience was the joke
2017-09-14 11:16:23 AM  
10 votes:
Unintentional? Not a chance. Hilarious though.
2017-09-14 11:24:26 AM  
9 votes:
Last night's episode was a great start to the season.
2017-09-14 08:44:50 AM  
9 votes:
Queue the xkcd
2017-09-14 11:45:01 AM  
8 votes:
I haven't watched SP in a while. Is it still shock humor and starry eyed libertarianism?
2017-09-14 11:20:50 AM  
7 votes:
I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.
2017-09-14 01:37:12 PM  
6 votes:
I'm 48 and have an Echo.  I ain't scared.

I love playing ANY music I can think of while drinking some beverage.  <----  That's a period.
2017-09-14 12:57:44 PM  
6 votes:

Matrix Flavored Wasabi: You're really upset


I'm more amused that someone thinks because they don't like something that everyone else dislikes that thing as well.

Your ability to detect emotions over the internet needs improvement.
2017-09-14 12:38:41 PM  
6 votes:

GrailOfThunder: beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.

Do you have a Smart TV? An Xbox? A smartphone? A Laptop with a built-in Webcam?

If so, chances are you're already being "listened to". Samsung has already admitted that some of their Smart TVs listen to every conversation in your home and transmit them (to Samsung).  Microsoft was accused of the same thing with their Xbox, but they used to deny it. I don't think they do anymore, since Cortana was released.  And your Smartphone, whether it be Android (Google) or iPhone (Siri) already listens to you and transmits everything back to them.  And of course we all know of the hackers that have broken into laptops and enabled the webcams/microphones.

Unless you have no electronics in your house, it's pretty hard to get away from remote monitoring these days.

At least with Google Home or Alexa, you know ahead of time you're being "listened to" by default instead of surreptitiously.


Firewall rules and DNS blacklists. Though admittedly not for everyone, it's possible to limit who devices are allowed to talk to, when they're allowed to talk, and even if they're allowed to talk. It's still my network and my internet connection. I decide what data flows across it.
2017-09-14 12:04:57 PM  
6 votes:
Actually, it is perceived as a joke but what it really is... a warning.


beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Nope, don't feel alone. They already have too much meta-data, much less my personal data, so I'm not putting mic's around my farking house.
And honestly, I believe that devices like this make you even more stupid, fat and lazy. Not like most people need more of that...

/pass the Ludd, Bud.
2017-09-14 11:57:36 AM  
6 votes:
You really want a "smart" device in your home that is that easily manipulated?

Really?
2017-09-14 11:56:06 AM  
6 votes:

Shakin_Haitian: I haven't watched SP in a while. Is it still shock humor and starry eyed libertarianism?


Sounds like you never watched South Park
2017-09-14 11:28:44 AM  
6 votes:

bdub77: WhiskeyBender: Last night's episode had a joke in it?

the audience was the joke


Isn't that every episode?
2017-09-14 12:14:22 PM  
5 votes:
As soon as I saw where the episode was headed, I muted my Dot.
2017-09-14 11:46:39 AM  
5 votes:

GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.


I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child
2017-09-14 11:23:52 AM  
5 votes:
Damn, I missed the latest episode of Today's Headlines Rendered In Construction Paper?
2017-09-14 02:05:55 PM  
4 votes:

Warrior Kermit:
...
i read something a few months back that kids are becoming a little more rude due to not having to say please, thank you or things like that when talking to humans after spending time with alexa in the home


I always say please and thank you to Alexa. Thought about it, decided it was just good practice so I didn't get in the habit of demanding stuff from actual people. Even asked Alexa once if she cared if I said please and thank you, she said she wasn't sure [shrug].
2017-09-14 01:18:13 PM  
4 votes:

blackminded: Percise1: the phone is minimized and often shunted into a drawer at home

FYI, unless you take the battery out of your phone, it's a pretty simple trick to turn on the mic and camera remotely. Hope you don't have n iPhone.


Not true, when the phones are powered off the radios are as well.  There's no communications occurring with a phone that's power is off.

My brother is one of the real "can you hear me now" guys with VZW.  He tests a lot of phones.  He gets new phones months before they are even released.  I don't know if it's part of their regular testing but I know he's checked many of his phones to see if there's any communications with the towers when powered down and so far he hasn't had one that did.  And you can check your wifi to see if it's still connected to that when it's powered down.  I've never seen one that was.

One way to be sure, fully charge your phone, turn it off and stick it in a Faraday bag overnight.  If it spent that much time trying to communicate with wifi or a tower the battery is going to go way down if not be completely dead.  When a phone is trying to find a tower it puts out a ton of signal that will run the battery down fast.
2017-09-14 01:01:29 PM  
4 votes:

whidbey: In other news, South Park is still on the air.

Come on, the show peaked over 10 years ago.


I don't know when I'd say it peaked, I haven't sat down to do a comparative quality analysis of each season, but last season cracked me up good.

Even if it did peak years ago I don't care, so long as it's still entertaining. A bad episode of a good show is still better than the best most shows can muster. I enjoy watching South Park.
2017-09-14 12:49:57 PM  
4 votes:
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2017-09-14 12:45:31 PM  
4 votes:

skyotter: I haven't watched South Park in decades, but I'm certain that it's exactly as bad as I imagine it!

/yeah, y'all sound like this


See also: Simpsons and SNL threads.
2017-09-14 12:22:13 PM  
4 votes:

UtileDysfunktion: Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.

I have an Echo and a couple of Dots. Love 'em. I use them mainly as remote speakers with volume controls, but I do use some of the other functionality.

/over-the-air radio reception sucks in my area


I never said they weren't cool.    But so is opium and I know better than to have that shiat in my house too.
2017-09-14 11:57:31 AM  
4 votes:
I'm a big South Park fan and thought that episode was pretty weak - starting with recycling the Dey Dook Er Jerbs guys and then playing down the whole white nationalist thing. Even after they revealed that the head redneck just wanted to kill all the Muslims, blacks, and Mexicans, it had no consequences. That's not libertarian; it's just stupid.

The only thing that made me chuckle was the runner with the confederate flag-waving.

Even Randy's show was stupid. He wasn't house-flipping - he was just renovating people's houses.
2017-09-14 11:54:41 AM  
4 votes:

beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Do what ya want. And please don't take this the wrong way: nobody is really as interesting as they think they are.

Personally, I have an Amazon Tap and love it. I don't have it connected to a card or anything, but it's nice for playing music around the house. Even if it is listening to every word and giving transcripts to the Pentagon, the most they are gonna get is hours of me talking about how farking great the Rolling Stones are and the occasional background po-nography moans.
2017-09-14 11:02:24 AM  
4 votes:
I started saying "Simon says" lines to my Alexa after watching that episode.   I giggled almost as much as Cartman.  Good times.

/So lonely
2017-09-14 05:50:24 PM  
3 votes:
Farking Clown Shoes:

Even Randy's show was stupid. He wasn't house-flipping - he was just renovating people's houses.

I can't recall Randy ever doing anything that wasn't stupid. That's his character.
2017-09-14 01:38:16 PM  
3 votes:

HydroMonkey: Altoid: HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.

I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.

Not going to dispute your position, but I will agree that the "troll" story arc was absolutely horrible. Worse is the fact that they've run it damn near every single day since it originally aired.


The troll story arc was great...for maybe 2 episodes. Same thing with the PC principal.

I think one problem with the season long arc, is it feels like I'm watching the same episode over and over.

Let's hope the house renovation thing doesn't go further.
2017-09-14 01:00:58 PM  
3 votes:
https://myactivity.google.com/myactivity?restrict=vaa

In case you're wondering what your phone or home has heard.
2017-09-14 12:56:27 PM  
3 votes:
That iPhone Cookie Monster commercial where he asks Siri to set an alarm for 15 minutes actually made my phone set a timer for 15 minutes.
2017-09-14 12:15:02 PM  
3 votes:

DROxINxTHExWIND: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

You don't?

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Doesn't that graphic equally apply to South Park itself, though?
2017-09-14 12:03:21 PM  
3 votes:

KarmicDisaster: I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.


I've never used it to buy anything, but I use mine to play music, control all my lights, and control my thermostat. It's nice to be able to be laying in bed and turn on and off the lights without getting up, or turn the AC down two degrees or something.
2017-09-14 12:02:11 PM  
3 votes:

Altoid: You guessed wrong.    The show was played out years ago, at least for me.


And so you assume everyone else feels the same way, so you are "shocked" that anyone still watches it.  Gotcha.

maxandgrinch: GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.

I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


I have to assume that was directed towards Altoid.  Because I'm pretty much the opposite of what you just described.
2017-09-14 11:59:12 AM  
3 votes:

beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.


Do you have a Smart TV? An Xbox? A smartphone? A Laptop with a built-in Webcam?

If so, chances are you're already being "listened to". Samsung has already admitted that some of their Smart TVs listen to every conversation in your home and transmit them (to Samsung).  Microsoft was accused of the same thing with their Xbox, but they used to deny it. I don't think they do anymore, since Cortana was released.  And your Smartphone, whether it be Android (Google) or iPhone (Siri) already listens to you and transmits everything back to them.  And of course we all know of the hackers that have broken into laptops and enabled the webcams/microphones.

Unless you have no electronics in your house, it's pretty hard to get away from remote monitoring these days.

At least with Google Home or Alexa, you know ahead of time you're being "listened to" by default instead of surreptitiously.
2017-09-14 11:49:51 AM  
3 votes:

maxandgrinch: /next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


This sentence filled me with a completely foreign yet somehow recognizable sense of existential dread.  I guess today's a day for new experiences.
2017-09-14 11:43:38 AM  
3 votes:

GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.


You guessed wrong.    The show was played out years ago, at least for me.   Kind of like the Simspons.   It was amazing for the first decade, but it's gotten stale.
2017-09-14 11:40:14 AM  
3 votes:
I like the random tits at the bottom of the page. Thank god I'm on my phone.
2017-09-14 11:22:36 AM  
3 votes:
Haven't watched it yet, but thanks for the heads up to wear headphones!
2017-09-14 05:15:35 PM  
2 votes:

StatelyGreekAutomaton: Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.

I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have a smartphone/computer/furniture/electricity/running water/etc. etc. in their house.


Yes, because a device that expressly and intentionally listens to your private conversations and records them forever is exactly like sitting on furniture.

/wow, the edges in this thread!
2017-09-14 03:31:57 PM  
2 votes:

abhorrent1: SpectroBoy: abhorrent1: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

I can honestly say I've never seen a single episode. I'm only aware of it from memes on fark, which I don't understand.

I am the mayor of edgelordville.

Oh yeah, well I never watch it and I skip the memes on fark. I can't even spell SuTho Arkp or whatever it is you two fanboys are talking about.

I am the KING of Edgelordville so respect meh authoratie

I wasn't being sarcastic. I've never seen it.


Start with this clip: (nsfw)
South Park - The Spirit of Christmas 1995 short (2nd ever short)
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2017-09-14 02:53:08 PM  
2 votes:

drjekel_mrhyde: KarmicDisaster: I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.

You would think that Amazon would give all their yearly Prime members with Amazon CCs a free Dot or FireTV stick(it has Alexa also), to get more sales.


I always thought that they would give the fire phone away free too, but noooooo, they wanted people to pay for it to show them ads and then if flopped.
2017-09-14 02:38:34 PM  
2 votes:

astouffer: Damn this place has really turned into nothing but a bunch of whiny children.


Everyone sounds extremely poor, too.

I mean, $1000 for a phone is chump change.  What do you people do for a living, anyway?

When someone says to me, "I can't afford $1000," my response is usually, "You misunderstood, I said, please refill my Diet Coke."
2017-09-14 01:20:43 PM  
2 votes:

abhorrent1: SpectroBoy: abhorrent1: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

I can honestly say I've never seen a single episode. I'm only aware of it from memes on fark, which I don't understand.

I am the mayor of edgelordville.

Oh yeah, well I never watch it and I skip the memes on fark. I can't even spell SuTho Arkp or whatever it is you two fanboys are talking about.

I am the KING of Edgelordville so respect meh authoratie

I wasn't being sarcastic. I've never seen it.


Great contribution to the thread.
2017-09-14 01:07:30 PM  
2 votes:
The real new season will come out next month in the form of the Fracture But Whole game. Already preordered.
2017-09-14 12:21:33 PM  
2 votes:

Percise1: the phone is minimized and often shunted into a drawer at home


FYI, unless you take the battery out of your phone, it's a pretty simple trick to turn on the mic and camera remotely. Hope you don't have n iPhone.

Hillbilly Jim: We've had to add 3 data racks just to keep up with your schedule.


Tell the boys at the Fort I say hello, and that I'm very glad I don't work there anymore.
2017-09-14 12:18:46 PM  
2 votes:
donutsauce:
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FYI, she answers this. She also responds to suicidal phrases by listing prevention hotlines.

/at least that's what I heard
2017-09-14 12:11:37 PM  
2 votes:

brantgoose: South Park tends to be very inclusive. Everybody is part of the joke. South Park Conservatives and South Park Liberals, everybody. Some people (cough, cough, Conservatives, cough, cough) don't recognize that they are the brunt of of the joke, but then we are talking the people who loved Archie Bunker and said he was telling it like it is, by which they meant, telling it like it isn't but their deluded ideaologies tell them it is.

Mind, until liberals realize that when they watch these shows, the Cons are not laughing with them, but at them, there will be little change.

A little bit Country, a little bit Rock 'n' Roll. A whole lot of Soul and Blues. Cultural expropriation is for everybody. Music just wants to be free. And get paid.

Show up. Get paid. The key to success in music.


The only person I know who gets buttmad about South Park is a very liberal, no-sense-of-humor woman I know. She talked about throwing her remote at the TV after watching a few minutes of last season.
2017-09-14 12:09:56 PM  
2 votes:

Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.


I have an Echo and a couple of Dots. Love 'em. I use them mainly as remote speakers with volume controls, but I do use some of the other functionality.

/over-the-air radio reception sucks in my area
2017-09-14 11:33:41 AM  
2 votes:

Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


You don't?

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2017-09-14 11:29:11 AM  
2 votes:

delsydsoftware: Echo Dot next to my PC


I kept mine next to my PC until I realiZEd that if I'm sitting at my PC there's nothing I need Alexa for. So now it's just bedroom, bathroom, living room.

/the NSA watches me masturbate
2017-09-14 05:30:33 PM  
1 vote:

fictional_character: listens to your private conversations and records them forever


citation needed
2017-09-14 04:53:42 PM  
1 vote:

skyotter: StatelyGreekAutomaton: Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.

I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have a smartphone/computer/furniture/electricity/running water/etc. etc. in their house.

A lot of "intelligent" people even have indoor outhouses!  Right there in their house!  Can you imagine the smell?!


Let me see if I have this straight.   In you world the toilet and indoor plumbing, probably the biggest factor in disease control and increases human longevity to date, is somehow only in the same league as being able to order a case of Funyuns by voice.
2017-09-14 03:34:23 PM  
1 vote:

Peter_B_Risen: South Park threads are interesting on Fark these days.  Once the most praised show of GenXer's and early Millennials.  Now (based on comments) it would seem that younger Millennialls have turned on South Park and seem to actual despise it.  What gives?


it's now a dad show.
all the cool kids watch twitch
2017-09-14 03:20:14 PM  
1 vote:

Altoid: HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.

I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.


Then you have cheated yourself out of some great episodes.
2017-09-14 03:07:08 PM  
1 vote:
Oh, I want to amend my previous by saying that if local law enforcement gets there hands on what the IC is using, my outrage will return tenfold. This is why the psychopath in the White House is going to do so much damage long-term. It's bad enough your local PD can use drones.

/night night everyone
2017-09-14 03:05:56 PM  
1 vote:

God's Hobo Penis: However a 'pwnd' phone could do it by loading altered firmware, usually a bootloader or recovery image that runs underneath the main OS.


This is the important part, and there are a dozen ways to do it that do not require physical access to your phone. It's kinda cool actually, mostly because I work a blue collar gig now and don't give three shiats whether or not the Chinese know where I am.

/freedom
//blissful freedom
2017-09-14 02:49:03 PM  
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God's Hobo Penis: Dnno, never used Cortana; but I like Alexa over Google Home for stuff outside the Google ecosystem. The Alexa Skills really make the thing useful, but I don't know to what extent other systems have utilized similar extensibility for usability.

I can control my Iris home automation system through Alexa, but I have no idea if Google Home or Cortana could manage it. Similarly, I am invested in Amazon's music system, and that plays right into it's use as a smart speaker - I couldn't leverage that through another voice control service.

Google is great for answering questions, but Alexa does the same thing *and* controls all my crap. Cortana... probably works, but I figure it is like IE & Bing - technically functional, but no one actually uses it in any serious capacity. I certainly haven't been able to do anything useful with the built-in version in Windows.


I love my Alexa, I don't give a rat's ass about anyone listening in on me.  The only problem I have with it is, I can't get it to properly integrate with my Harmony remote.  I haven't tried in a while, so maybe the Harmony skill has been improved since I last tried.
2017-09-14 02:16:57 PM  
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lilfry14: HydroMonkey: Altoid: HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.

I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.

Not going to dispute your position, but I will agree that the "troll" story arc was absolutely horrible. Worse is the fact that they've run it damn near every single day since it originally aired.

The troll story arc was great...for maybe 2 episodes. Same thing with the PC principal.

I think one problem with the season long arc, is it feels like I'm watching the same episode over and over.

Let's hope the house renovation thing doesn't go further.


Matt & Trey have already said that they're not doing any serialized stuff this season.
2017-09-14 01:58:12 PM  
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Warrior Kermit: I have an Alexa and a couple of dots, heck i'm single so really nothing it is listening to in the house. Great for instant weather not only where you are at but where you might be headed, timer for cooking, music and pretty much any question you might use your phone or computer for but you can do it on the go instead of having to stop what you are doing. 

i read something a few months back that kids are becoming a little more rude due to not having to say please, thank you or things like that when talking to humans after spending time with alexa in the home


I wonder if there's a Mandatory Politeness option that can be enabled.  On the humans.
2017-09-14 01:28:35 PM  
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KarmicDisaster: I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.


You would think that Amazon would give all their yearly Prime members with Amazon CCs a free Dot or FireTV stick(it has Alexa also), to get more sales.
2017-09-14 01:09:02 PM  
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whidbey: blackminded: skyotter: I haven't watched South Park in decades, but I'm certain that it's exactly as bad as I imagine it!

/yeah, y'all sound like this

See also: Simpsons and SNL threads.

The Trump lampooning is still comedy gold. Otherwise, fark SNL, especially during the 1980s. Why the Simpsons are still on the air is strange, too.

Nostalgia. For the 1990s, What a concept.


Eddie Murphy alone is enough to make 80's SNL great.
2017-09-14 01:06:34 PM  
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Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.


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2017-09-14 01:00:25 PM  
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2017-09-14 12:56:36 PM  
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The episode sucked.  It sucked good and hard.  Hand-waving away neo-nazis chants, hitting that oh so fresh decade old house flipper genre show, obvious joke over human alexas, cartman's prolonged scenes that served no purpose but to write out a character, rehashing a stale gag from a decade old episode, and not a single farking joke in all that mess.  All set-up, and poorly done.  It sucked I tell ya. SUCKED
2017-09-14 12:53:04 PM  
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blackminded: skyotter: I haven't watched South Park in decades, but I'm certain that it's exactly as bad as I imagine it!

/yeah, y'all sound like this

See also: Simpsons and SNL threads.


The Trump lampooning is still comedy gold. Otherwise, fark SNL, especially during the 1980s. Why the Simpsons are still on the air is strange, too.

Nostalgia. For the 1990s, What a concept.
2017-09-14 12:52:20 PM  
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Altoid: You guessed wrong. The show was played out years ago, at least for me. Kind of like the Simspons. It was amazing for the first decade, but it's gotten stale.


Blasphemy, they still have some great episodes.  I couldn't watch The Deuce without expecting Butters to pop up in that diner scene with all the other pimps.
2017-09-14 12:51:19 PM  
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GanjSmokr: Altoid: You guessed wrong.    The show was played out years ago, at least for me.

And so you assume everyone else feels the same way, so you are "shocked" that anyone still watches it.  Gotcha.

maxandgrinch: GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.

I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child

I have to assume that was directed towards Altoid.  Because I'm pretty much the opposite of what you just described.


You're really upset that someone doesn't like the same show you do, aren't you champ? Wanna talk about it?
2017-09-14 12:37:23 PM  
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"Unintentional?"
2017-09-14 12:36:42 PM  
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In other news, South Park is still on the air.

Come on, the show peaked over 10 years ago.
2017-09-14 12:32:07 PM  
1 vote:
South Park? They mock everybody.
2017-09-14 12:20:54 PM  
1 vote:

mongbiohazard: KarmicDisaster: I personally don't understand the appeal of these devices, and you have to pay them for it? They should pay me to have one. Maybe if they paid me enough I'd let it listen to us, maybe.  I'm not really having any trouble ordering junk from my phone or laptop, thanks.

I've never used it to buy anything, but I use mine to play music, control all my lights, and control my thermostat. It's nice to be able to be laying in bed and turn on and off the lights without getting up, or turn the AC down two degrees or something.


I like the idea for home automation, but I can't for the life of me think of why anyone would want to be able to make purchases through them. It just seems weird, but that's how it goes.
/used to be with "it"
2017-09-14 12:19:44 PM  
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GrailOfThunder: beezeltown: I guess I'm a cynical old luddite, but I can't stand the idea of some internet-connected device listening to everything in my home.

Whoopie, I can put orange juice on the shopping list with a few words. I sure don't want to feel like I can't express my feelings about my boss to my wife or talk about sensitive topics because some Russian hacker asshole may find a way to record everything, then blackmail me later.

I definitely don't want Google listening in, then suggesting things based on  what my daughter says while she's playing. That's some creepy shiat.

It may sound paranoid, but similar things have happened.

I get the fact that what I type into a computer (like this posting) will be picked up and analyzed by a variety of sources. I just don't like the idea of opening the door to the rest of my home life.

Do you have a Smart TV? An Xbox? A smartphone? A Laptop with a built-in Webcam?

If so, chances are you're already being "listened to". Samsung has already admitted that some of their Smart TVs listen to every conversation in your home and transmit them (to Samsung).  Microsoft was accused of the same thing with their Xbox, but they used to deny it. I don't think they do anymore, since Cortana was released.  And your Smartphone, whether it be Android (Google) or iPhone (Siri) already listens to you and transmits everything back to them.  And of course we all know of the hackers that have broken into laptops and enabled the webcams/microphones.

Unless you have no electronics in your house, it's pretty hard to get away from remote monitoring these days.

At least with Google Home or Alexa, you know ahead of time you're being "listened to" by default instead of surreptitiously.


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2017-09-14 12:15:35 PM  
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stuhayes2010: Vaginosilicosis: I'm more than a little creeped out by how many otherwise intelligent people would have one of those things in their house.

But how else can I find the weather?!?!


Try this.  "Alexa, order some Windex from Amazon and look up instructions for using it"
2017-09-14 12:07:50 PM  
1 vote:
GanjSmokr .

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it

Name checks out.
2017-09-14 11:51:43 AM  
1 vote:

maxandgrinch: GanjSmokr: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Let me guess... you don't even own a TV and you probably need to be at the gym soon.

/yes, I still watch SP and enjoy it.  Along with all the other shows you are probably above watching.
//and I eat at the restaurants you think are horrible.

I'd also venture: you listen to bands we've never heard of, and have all their music from before that guy, with the growl and OMG do you remember his hair?, who used to be in that other band that was great, started producing them and they got like 100 times better. You probably also collect all the work of this artist chick you used to bang, 'cause she's gotta breakout soon, and then this really deep and insightful sculpture work will be worth more than the metal recycler would pay....

Not all of us are such bohemian renegades - tone it down a bit please.


/next time, don't co-sign a student loan for music and art school for someone who isn't your child


That's quite the imagination you have there.
2017-09-14 11:50:02 AM  
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Being old & Canuckian I'm not knowledgeable about these devices.
My kid set one of these up & I thought it was an air-freshener. After farting into it for a few hours it sent some EMS folks over to our place & voided a Taco Bell gift card someone had gave me.
Talk about intrusive!
2017-09-14 11:45:10 AM  
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HydroMonkey: Altoid: In other news, people still watch South Park.

Heyoooo! Be careful not to cut yourself on that edge.


I honestly thought the show had played itself out years ago.   To each their own, I guess.
2017-09-14 11:37:59 AM  
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EmptyCup: delsydsoftware: I have an Echo Dot next to my PC. I never realized how many people say "Let's...uh" on Youtube videos until I put the Dot there...it interprets that as Alexa and goes nuts.

Holy cow! You may have solved a long running question in my house as to why Alexa every now and again will start responding out of what appears to be normal conversation. Thanks and plus one internet to you.


THIS. My son has started muting Alexa if we don't need her for awhile because he was creeped out by her random spouts of "Hmm...I don't know how to help you that."

/Now I know
//And knowing is half the battle
///G.I. Joooooooooooooe
2017-09-14 11:31:29 AM  
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a/s/l
2017-09-14 11:30:03 AM  
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From how many sides of the page can NME make an ad appear?
 
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