‘Skylanders’ learns what Amiibo knew all along: Drop the portal

The paradigm for toys-to-life games is well-established: one part kid-friendly video game, one part expensive, collectible figurines — and a tethered NFC "portal" that ties them together. When Skylanders: Spyro's Adventure introduced this model in 2…

Comcast Vows to Not Sell Customers Individual Web Browsing Data

In a post to the company’s corporate privacy blog today, Comcast CEO Gerard Lewis promised to not sell their customers personal data. He went on to state “We do not sell our broadband customers’ individual web browsing history. We did not do it before the FCC’s rules were adopted, and we have no plans to do so.”

Note the oddly specific use of language referring to “individual web browsing history”. This does suggest that some data, presumably aggregated user data, is used for marketing purposes. As some were disappointed to find out after an attempt to counter this legislation by crowdfunding and buying the browsing data of members of congress, that’s not quite how it works.

In other words, it seems there is nothing new to report here. Comcast won’t be selling your individual browsing data, just like they weren’t selling it before, but we still don’t have a clear view of exactly what data they collect, how they aggregate it, what they do sell, and what security they have in place to protect that data. They are also asking their customers to trust that they do as they say, and won’t change their minds down the road, which is a pretty large leap considering they are not virtually unregulated.

In view of all the misinformation and inaccurate statements that have been made in the last week, we want to make sure that our customers understand how strong our privacy protections really are. So we will revise our privacy policy to make more clear and prominent that, contrary to the many inaccurate statements and reports, we do not sell our customers’ individual web browsing information to third parties and that we do not share sensitive information unless our customers have affirmatively opted in to allow that to occur.


Putin is exploring the Arctic in this crazy Russian 6×6

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He was inspecting ice caves and attending the International Arctic Forum.

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The Carchive: The European Ford Fusion

Sometimes a car brochure will positively sweat with pro-lifestyle excess, while others simply play things straight down the line. The best brochures will give you an accurate description of the conveyance they represent, the worst will leave almost everything to your imagination and force you to carry out your own …

Ryzen FMA3 Code Sequence Bug to be Fixed in AGESA in BIOS Updates

Those of you out there running Ryzen systems concerned about the FMA3 bug which can result in a hard locked system should start keeping your eyes open for new BIOS updates. According to AMD’s blog, BIOS updates containing the new AGESA code, v., will start hitting the public in early April.

See below for a list of fixes/improvements.

We have reduced DRAM latency by approximately 6ns. This can result in higher performance for latency-sensitive applications. We resolved a condition where an unusual FMA3 code sequence could cause a system hang.
We resolved the “overclock sleep bug” where an incorrect CPU frequency could be reported after resuming from S3 sleep. AMD Ryzen™ Master no longer requires the High-Precision Event Timer (HPET).