The Federal privacy commissioner of Canada has plans to take Facebook to court

  • Their investigations have apparently found that the website broke a number of privacy laws and failed to take responsibility for protecting Canadians’ personal info
  • Reports estimate that the Cambridge Analytica scandal from back in 2016 resulted in 87M users worldwide having their information disclosed, including more than 600,000 Canadians
  • They’re accusing Facebook of breaking a number of laws by
    • Failing to obtain valid and meaningful consent of installing users.
    • Failing to obtain meaningful consent from friends of installing users.
    • Having inadequate safeguards to protect user information.
    • Failing to be accountable for the user information under its control.
  • Facebook has publicly acknowledged a “major breach of trust” but disputes the report, saying that there’s no evidence that Canadians’ data was shared with Cambridge Analytica and that they’ve improved their platform to protect people’s personal info
  • Fact is though, at the end of the day, Facebook has a pattern of stealing data, minimizing the impact when reporting, and then slowly “discovering” that everything’s actually worse than they thought

Sony’s releasing a documentary on the creation of the new God of War called Raising Kratos

  • Three years in the making, the film will be released on YouTube and cover the years of work on the 2018 rebirth into Norse mythology
  • It’ll cover not only the development, but a lot of the decision making that went in to Kratos’ new direction
  • Also, as part of God of War’s anniversary, Sony’s offering a free dynamic theme and avatar pack
    • The theme has Kratos and Atreus sitting in their canoe, and the avatar set shows a bunch of different characters in a runic-inspired linear design

Overwatch is introducing a new Workshop mode soon, which will apparently allow players to make custom game modes and heroes

  • Described as a power user mode, the new tools will be a much more robust set than those currently allowed in custom game types now, paralleling some of the tools the developers and programmers currently use
    • It will also include some debugging features, and they’ll be creating a support forum to connect with the developers
  • Some of the examples given were a Molten Floor mode where the ground deals damage, enhancements to the existing fan-made Hide and Seek mode, and Mirror Deathmatch, which swaps the entire pool of players to the same character on a one-minute rotation

Tidbits

  • It turns out the Alexa monitoring that Amazon is doing is even worse than we first thought in episode 246
    • Apparently employees have access to not just your name, account number, and device serial, but also your full GPS coordinates via location data
  • Samsung is officially delaying the release of the Galaxy Fold after review units hit a whole batch of issues related to the display and hinge that we talked about in the last episode
    • iFixit, in their teardown of the device, noted that there are sizable gaps in the device’s bezel where the two halve meet that could easily allow debris inside behind the flexible screen
    • You have to wonder how many people internally knew about these issues but were silenced by the marketing teams, which is doubly damning after the Note 7 battery fire fiasco
  • Sprint’s lawsuit against AT&T for the misleading “5GE” branding on 4G networks has apparently been “amicably settled”, which I’m guessing means Sprint got a payoff and they don’t actually care of accuracy of what their customers think. They got the PR boost for trying, cash in hand for backing off, and are calling it a day
  • Smash Ultimate’s new Stage Builder mode includes portals, allowing characters to blip between areas on the map, and people have made some crazy DBZ-style fight videos by having everything arranged to facilitate some ridiculous combos

Alan recommends Seven Blades in Black by Sam Sykes

  • Much in the same way his Bring Down Heaven trilogy I recommended last year in episode 218 is a love letter to D&D, this one is for Final Fantasy
  • It’s a fantasy world with a mage-ruled empire vs technologic rebellion, a really interesting system of magic and costs, powerfully written and relatable characters, and also giant birds that people ride instead of horses
  • All that and the cover is gorgeous enough that I bought a physical copy
  • Tons of fun, and came out just this month
 

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Why not start out a holiday episode by scolding Josh.
Put Christ in Christmas… Twice! Have a Christy ChristmasChrist.
Mike steps in on the war on Christmas.
Josh fails on a 30 Rock quote. Party foul.
Then he destroys it. Wow, get it together.
Mikes favourite Christmas but not Christmasy movie is Die Hard.
Josh may be confused with Batman Returns. That is defiantly during Christmas.
Conversation turns in a Schwarzenegger talk.
Alan likes references that stand on their own, but serve as a treat to fans.
Josh like Gremlins as a not Christmasy movie.
We discover that Alan has no memory of movies with Christmas.
Josh goes on about reverse animal rescues again.
Mike has a fun fact about computer names in Evangelion.
Alan hits a sore spot with Josh on the topic of Tim Horton holiday cups.
And nobody cares as much as he does. Or ever should.
Mike seems to be really unobservant.
For Josh, all design mistakes seem to drive him crazy.
For some kind of Christmas theming, Josh reads Wikipedia for some Christmas info.
Alan defiantly calls him out on it.
After drawing some parallels, Josh tries to talk about Krampus.
Then he explains how stories move across continents by goat lovers.
And PS2J knows a hot Krampus, go figure.
And Josh goes on about a helper of Saint Nicholas, Black Pete.
Josh read an online comic one, Alan knows it, and it a butt about it.
Check out Scandinavia and the World, link in the description.
Fairly awfully, Josh struggles through the story of Black Pete.
And he seems to mix up the Krampus and Black Peter.
Germanic cultures don’t mess around with stories of discipline.
Josh knows of a short Brothers Grimm story, and tells it through a Josh lens.
You are about to hear an iteration of The Slaughter Game.
Fairly Grimm? lol jk
Don’t leave knife in children.
Archer reference.
And we talk about working the YouTube Page.
Ryan, how you do YouTube. It hard.
Mike bought himself a Needler for Christmas.
Josh bought wave 2 of Animal Crossing Amiibo and a Mega Yarn Yoshi.
Alan Got himself a portable hard drive for his XBone.
Soylent 2.0! We still talking bout ‘cha Solent, sponsor us?
Josh talks about sponsors complaining about the advertiser doing their thang.
And he randomly fires in coupons he is familiar with.
Josh wish he had time to play Sunset Overdrive again.
Alan asks us about Destiny’s pay to level platform.
And Destiny is planning to sequel?
Mike feels its more about money than game making.
Alan and Josh talk about the subtle art of Chao training, which is hitting it with the correct character.
Josh reads a message from Ken that JonTron’s Starcade had a good finale.
Bring it on back to Christmas with Dr. Who.
But Mike has too much TV.
Alan explains the DC TV show stuff.
Josh is pissed they got rid of the Great Saiyaman’s helmet.
And he explains, about his woking and DBZ watchin.
Our secret of ignoring people and planning bit in our head.
We plug JonTron.
And more importantly, our Patreon!
Also, check out Mikes write up on his Master Chief armour.
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Mike’s Halo Write Up
Looking for Lylia?
The comic strip Josh was talking about
And finally JonTron’s Starcade
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