Outrage and Disgust over Dead Island: Riptide promo

Apparently in the UK and Australia, the developers of Dead Island:Riptide have a somewhat unique promo going on for the release. The special edition will include a mutilated female torso statue. And apparently many people are none-to-happy with this idea, even going as far a calling it disgusting and disturbing.

Here’s a picture of the special edition torso from Amazon:

Maybe it’s me, but I find this to be quite a sweet inclusion in the special edition package. Let me just go on the record to say Drunken Tech Blog has absolutely no problem with this torso statue, not in the least.

And really; where were all these people bitching and moaning about how grotesque the packaging was for the special edition of The Walking Dead Season 2 on Blu-ray? Seriously? It was a mutilated zombie head with a screwdriver jammed in one of it’s eyes! It was friggin’ brilliant!

These kind of things are designed for a mature market and reflect the content in the games/movies/tv shows that they are packed with. Zombie action figures are super popular right now. In fact, some Walking Dead action figures are worth upwards of $250. Yet I’m not seeing any headlines about how disgusting or disturbing they are.

I fail to see the big deal about a zombie torso that was modeled after a famous historical sculpture. Personally I think it is the perfect addition to the Dead Island: Riptide collection.

Maybe that’s just me.

Subsonic Media Server (or Where the hell have I been?)

So,
Maybe I’m really late to the game here, but I just stumbled across a little app called Subsonic (link) that runs on Windows, Mac, and Linux. On a very basic level, you install it on your machine, point it to the folders that hold your music and movies, and then you can access that media from any device on your network. And with a bit of port forwarding, you can also access it anywhere in the world over the interwebs.

Once installed, you just point your browser to the IP of the machine you installed it on and log in with the default admin info. Then you change the admin password configure everything how you want it. This webpage acts as a front-end for all your media pleasure.

BUT WAIT! There’s more.  You can also set up multiple user account for your bros. You can control what type of access rights they have (stream, stream/download, stream/download/upload) and then they can enjoy your media as well! And yes, that does say upload! Through the web interface, you can upload media directly into whatever folder you like. You can even upload a zip file and it automatically extracts it on your server!

The cherry on top is the fact that there are apps for Android, iOS, and Windows Phone to let you  access, stream, and even download/cache your media directly to your phone!

And all this for free! The mobile streaming is limited to 30 days unless you donate a minimum of 10EUR to the developers. Doing so gets you get a license that unlocks your server completely. It also gets you your own yourname.subsonic.org URL to access your server without needing to remember pesky IP addresses. Well worth the donation.

So, needless to say, I won’t be bothering with paid music services anymore. Now I have a dedicated XBMC install at home with Subsonic running in the background. This takes care of ALL my media needs both at home and away.

We’re baaaaa-aaack!

Ok, folks. It’s been a few minutes (or months) since we’ve really done anything with this blog. Partly because we’re lazy drunkards, partly because our old WordPress site got a theme php file hijacked by malicious code and was all but completely blocked by Google. Since then, that site has been completely removed and the salvageable posts have been moved over to this Blogger blog. Hopefully we’ll have better luck here, and the Google integration is nice. So without further adieu, enjoy going through the old posts and reliving some of the great memories we’ve had. And if you’re a newcomer, you’re in luck! You get to experience it all for the first time! We’ll be doing our best to keep you up-to-date on all things tech, geek, nerd, and drinking related (or at least the things we actually find interesting enough to talk about) -James

Bye Bye, Facebook

Hello readers! I promise, we will be coming out of hibernation soon. In the meantime, here’s a tidbit that many of you may already know, but I’d bet many are oblivious to:

BY DEFAULT, ANY CONTENT YOU POST ON FACEBOOK IS NOT LONGER YOURS.

That’s right, under default privacy and application settings, any content you post, including photography or other Intellectual Property, becomes the property of Facebook, to do with as they please. See Sections 1 and 2 from Article 2 of their ToS below. Basically, unless you specifically modify your settings to say otherwise, you are giving Facebook the right to use your content, ROYALTY FREE, and even sub-license that content to others! Really?? I don’t want to begin to think about those implications.

So you’re thinking, “Well that’s it! I’m closing my Facebook account right now!” Well, unfortunately, that’s not good enough. You see that other statement down there? “This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account UNLESS YOUR CONTENT HAS BEEN SHARED WITH OTHERS, AND THEY HAVE NOT DELETED IT”

Let’s just take a moment to analyze that statement….You posted something on Facebook. There. Too late. You shared it with others. So that means, even if you delete your Facebook account, the only way you can be sure your content does not continue to get used by Facebook is to  go to every person who you shared said content with and have THEM delete that content from THEIR Facebook accounts as well! But wait, that isn’t even enough! As stated further down: “However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time.” How vague is that?? For Facebook, maybe they decide it’s “reasonable” to keep 10 years worth of backups, or more!

(excerpt from Facebook ToS)
Sharing Your Content and Information
You own all of the content and information you post on Facebook, and you can control how it is shared through your privacy and application settings.
In addition:

  1. For content that is covered by intellectual property rights, like photos and videos (IP content), you specifically give us the following permission, subject to your privacy and application settings: you grant us a non-exclusive, transferable, sub-licensable, royalty-free, worldwide license to use any IP content that you post on or in connection with Facebook (IP License). This IP License ends when you delete your IP content or your account unless your content has been shared with others, and they have not deleted it.
  2. When you delete IP content, it is deleted in a manner similar to emptying the recycle bin on a computer. However, you understand that removed content may persist in backup copies for a reasonable period of time (but will not be available to others).
    Link to full ToS: here

I don’t know about you all, but this is one blogger who no longer feels comfortable posting much of anything on Facebook. Especially since it seems like several times a year, they change the way their Privacy and Application settings work and are worded.
So what do we do?

While Google+ reserves many similar rights to content you share through their service, they do seem to give you more control over who the content is shared with AND the ability to remove your content from their services. Being that Google offers may more services that Facebook, their ToS is more general, with the Privacy Policies of each service being more specific.

Essentially,
(excerpt from Google ToS)
When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones

(excerpt from Google Privacy Policy)
Many of our services let you share information with others. Remember that when you share information publicly, it may be indexable by search engines, including Google. Our services provide you with different options on sharing and removing your content. We will share personal information with companies, organizations or individuals outside of Google when we have your consent to do so. We require opt-in consent for the sharing of any sensitive personal information.

The key items for me are the additional level of control over content I share on Google Services, the ability to completely remove said content from Google’s services, and the fact that Google requires you to “Opt-In” for your personal info to be shared with others versus Facebook’s “Opt-Out or your info will be shared” approach. Also, of note is that Google does not have the right to “sub-license” your content to other entities. I also like that Google offers many Privacy Tools including a Dashboard that essentially lets you see everything you have shared through their services, content or information, and remove much of that data as you see fit. See those tools: here.

It looks like this is strike 2 and 3 for Facebook as far as I am concerned. I will be going through and deleting as much content as I can before closing/deleting my Facebook account (though it does little good) and will be focusing my future efforts in Google+.
Who’s With Me?!?

(editor’s note: As of the migration of the blog in Jan. 2020, Google+ has long since been removed from Google’s stable of services. We are all on our own to make our way in a time when Facebook has become an even bigger data giant and started buying up the competition such as Instagram and WhatsApp)