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[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 10:53:04 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Just picked up a Vizio tv to replace the LG that promptly stopped working three seconds after its warranty expired. I'll eventually open up the LG and see if I can find bad caps or blown LED emitters, but I didn't want the household to be without television in the mean time.

The thing that surprised me is that they now give you this tiny little remote with only the most basic of functionality - power, volume, channel, input select - and a "pair" button. Everything else is now done from an app running on your phone or tablet. If you want to control anything other than those four primary functions, you have to do it from the app. I guess they figure everyone's got a compatible device now. They sell a "tablet remote" for the few people that either don't have a home with wifi and a compatible phone or tablet -- it uses Bluetooth instead.

I used hard wired ethernet, of course, but I still needed wifi for the setup.

Interestingly, they chose to build their whole remote control framework as an application running on top of Google ChromeCast. Once paired to the local network, the television speaks ChromeCast natively. It appears on my network as just another Cast device, which is wonderful because I detest most of what's on broadcast television but I watch a lot of YouTube. Seems to be a lot more responsive and reliable than the YouTube app on the LG (purchased in 2013), which I have learned uses the older "DIAL" protocol.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 13:40:35 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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How to stop Vizio TVs from tracking you.
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/disable-vizio-smart-tv-spying/ 



[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 14:47:24 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I'm assuming that changes the setting from "tracking" to "pretend not tracking"

The evil overlords can already track what everyone's watching via their cable tuners.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 15:51:00 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Hello Kitty AND a skull!

Yes, you can tell there are (at least) two people living here (plus a cat, I suppose, if you look closely.)


The bookshelf has multiple personalities.

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 15:51:40 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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The bookshelf has multiple personalities.

And some of those result from the same human (Hello Kitty, skull.)

[#] Fri Jun 24 2016 18:58:13 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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I was wondering if Art was going to notice the book "Art of the Deal" 

 

Yes, I mean just pretend not to track mode,



[#] Mon Jun 27 2016 14:35:36 EDT from LoanShark @ Uncensored

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Huh. How'd that get there.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2016 18:50:48 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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I prefer the Art of Noise, actually.

[#] Fri Jul 01 2016 19:35:58 EDT from zooer @ Uncensored

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Art of Yorktown Heights.

 



[#] Mon Jul 04 2016 14:08:18 EDT from IGnatius T Foobar @ Uncensored

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Back when I was listening to a lot of Art of Noise, I frequently gave consideration to starting a band called the Noise of Art. But I didn't have the time to write a bunch of music so I settled for screaming a bunch of Robert Frost poems into an answering machine in my loudest and most obnoxious voice.

[#] Thu Jul 07 2016 17:51:57 EDT from Animal @ Uncensored

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Listening to Merzbow again?

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