It's finally time to say goodbye to Livejournal for good.
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Russian-Owned LiveJournal Bans Political Talk, Adds Risk of Spying

This will be my final LJ post. Once I've exported my LJ entries out to xml or whatever (assuming I even end up bothering with that) Already exported all my entries to XML, and while it was tedious as all hell, it was nowhere near as difficult or time consuming as I thought it would be (though apparently some things will be lost in the export, like pretty much any lj-embed, i.e. Youtube videos, etc., which is bull fucking shit, but oh well), I will be deleting this journal I will probably just leave this here until it gets deleted on its own, unless I am given a more compelling reason to go ahead and delete it myself, though once I migrate everything that I can to a new site, wherever that may be, I'll probably never use or even look at this one again, and will likely just go ahead and delete it at that time.

(EDIT) And I've already started the import process to Dreamwidth. (/EDIT)

Atlus is disallowing Persona 5 Let's Plays.
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TL;DR version: Atlus is threatening to file content claims on anyone who LPs Persona 5 beyond a certain point, ostensibly because they don't want the game to be spoiled, and I think that's bullshit for a multitude of reasons, even if I had zero interest in watching any such LPs myself.

The Resistance with Keith Olbermann (51-??)
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Latest addition: April 5, episodes 55 and 56.

All previous episodes can be found in this tag.

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"Jontron Removed from Yooka-Laylee After Controversial Comments - #CUPodcast"
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I appreciate Pat's attempt to be as diplomatic as possible, but I fully agree with Ian on this issue, as is usually the case.

For the record, and for what it's worth, watching the above video is the first time I've ever heard of the game in question or that JonTron had anything to do with it. My interest remains near to zero, either way (and I similarly have never played nor had much interest in playing Banjo-Kazooie games either), but I have to say that if the company making the game is willing to piss off a bunch of Irredeemably Toxic Shithole-types and Trumpster fires by removing JonTron from the game, then more power to them.

Also, I think it's another relevant opportunity to post this again:

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"Massive YouTube Boycott by Major Advertisers - #CUPodcast"
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I honestly don't blame the advertisers. There are some incredibly shitty dudes out there (for example) putting out some incredibly shitty videos on Youtube, and if I had something to advertise, I certainly wouldn't want it being associated with that kind of horseshit, either. Google isn't stupid. Lazy, maybe, but not stupid. I think they'll (eventually) work it all out, whether it's through allowing more control over targeting of advertising or by removing the offensive content or whatever.

(Of course, the entire topic is completely academic as far as I am concerned, because I use uBlock Origin and NoScript and FB Purity and such to block all ads, everywhere, for a multitude of reasons I've stated in the past that I won't be going into at this time [and if you don't like that, tough fucking shit].)

"The Secret World relaunching F2P as Secret World Legends"
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Fuck.

I would have been pretty ecstatic for this... if I hadn't already bitten on a Steam sale for this game a few months ago (which, apparently, I never even bothered to post about here on LJ). *weary sigh*

Oh well, maybe the redesigned and (hopefully) improved combat will get me back into it. I only made it up to the third area (Blue Mountains) before losing interest in it, before. The setting, the storylines, the general atmosphere of the game were great. It was the tedious gameplay that was not so great.

"Game Over, Uwe Boll"
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"The man known as the world’s worst director is now retired and running a Vancouver restaurant. But he’s still not done waiting for the world to give him his due."

Via rabbitucker, over on Facebook (friends-only post, so no link).

I'll just copy/paste the comment I left over there:

Well, I hope he does a better job of running a restaurant than he did making video game movies, because if he does *worse,* people will probably literally die, somehow, through food poisoning or cutlery mishaps or like in that Canadian PSA where the woman spills the boiling oil on herself.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=noFCekWiUGE

The GOP long con has paid off (and is still paying off, if one wants Trump to remain POTUS)
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There are two different cons that have been pulled on the conservative/Republican rank and file, and even on more than a few liberals/Democrats and independents and such.

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The Resistance with Keith Olbermann (41-50)
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Latest addition: March 23, episode 50.

All previous episodes can be found in this tag.

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"Promotional rates" for Internet service can kiss my ass and die in a fire.
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It happened yet again.

I went to pay my Time Warner Cable (now Spectrum) bill, and, once again, I saw that it had been jacked up arbitrarily by $10 more than what it had been. I immediately called them again and was told, both by the computer and by the agent the computer transferred me to, that it was because my previous rate was yet another goddamned "promotional rate" that had "expired." I wasn't aware that my previous rate was a "promotional rate," but whatever. Bullshit is bullshit.

So, I told the guy to just downgrade me from the "standard" package to the "basic" package, which is around 20mbps, down from the 50mbps that it (ostensibly) was before. Honestly, I doubt I'll see much of a difference, outside of the occasional Steam download or torrent or whatever.

And now, I am supposedly going to be paying the same as what I was paying before (but for lesser service), but this time, at least, the guy told me that it's a "retail" rate and not a "promotional" rate. As such, he said I should not expect it to be jacked up again arbitrarily next year, unless there is a "company-wide change" and subsequent increase in quality of service, similar to what they did last year. Because I explicitly asked him if my rate would be arbitrarily jacked up yet again last year, and I also told him that I had been told in the past, on more than one occasion, that my rate was locked in and wouldn't be jacked up due to "promotional rates," which of course turned out to be utter horseshit, obviously.

So, anyway, the bottom line is that I am now paying the same as what I was paying prior to this month's arbitrary jack up, which is $10 more than what I was paying last year, for the level of service that I had last year (which is the level of service that the "standard" package had last year), after downgrading from the service that I'd been getting this year. However, that is somewhat understandable, I suppose, given that they did actually improve the overall quality of the service across all tiers, so that's mostly fine. I.e. the service that I'm getting now (at the "basic" tier) is indeed actually the same as or perhaps even a bit better than what I was getting before (at what used to be the "standard" tier, before they did the upgrades). So I won't complain about that too awfully much, just so long as the don't jack my fucking bill up for no good reason again next year. We'll fucking see, I guess.

Hmm, I wonder if the "Jason" I talked to this year was the same "Jason" I got disconnected from last year. He was a lot more helpful this year, if it was the same guy, so I guess I won't be adding the "customer service sucks" tag to this one.
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