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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

Chris Mattern Re:u wot m8 (560 comments)

It's all fun and games until libc needs an update.

Really? libc updated on my Debian system about a month and half back, and it went smooth as silk. Just sat back and let aptitude handle it all and then rebooted. I didn't have to do anything at all.


IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

Chris Mattern Re:Over 18 (608 comments)

No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate.

I think I see what's happening now. It's been sensationalized. What's happened is that the estate was settle and the heirs were paid. What the IRS is going after is not the daughter's assets per se but the inherited assets paid to her improperly out of the estate because the estate didn't settle its debts with the IRS.


Titanfall Dev Claims Xbox One Doesn't Need DX12 To Improve Performance

Chris Mattern Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (117 comments)

More than that. One list I found lists 33 1080p native games, and the list may not be complete (It lists upscaled games as well, which I edited out, but doesn't include any of the Final Fantasy titles, all of which I know are 1080p, although FF13, at least, is apparently upscaled). Here they are:

The Bourne Conspiracy
Call of Duty: World at War
Civilization Revolution
College Hoops 2K7
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli
FIFA Street 3
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
Kung Fu Panda
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Online
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
NBA 2007/2008/2009
NBA 2K7/2K8/2K9
NHL 2K8/2K9
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
NBA Street Homecourt
Quantum of Solace
Ridge Racer 7
Saints Row 2
Super Stardust HD
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Wipeout HD
Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Tennis 3

3 days ago

Australia Declares Homeopathy Nonsense, Urges Doctors to Inform Patients

Chris Mattern Re:Twisting a geek quote (408 comments)

Very good, my son. You are ready to ride the Schmai-gunug, the Giant Pretzel.

about a week ago

Why No Executive Order To Stop NSA Metadata Collection?

Chris Mattern He doesn't want to. (312 comments)

Hasn't anybody listened to the man's statements on the subject? He thinks the NSA metadata collection is just peachy keen. It just hasn't been "explained properly" to the public.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Chris Mattern Re:Don't be a Twit! (218 comments)

Surely, you can't be serious?

It's a large building with lots of doctors, but that's not important right now.

about two weeks ago

Why No One Trusts Facebook To Power the Future

Chris Mattern Re:Getting blocked? (218 comments)

Your account may be blocked, but your info on Facebook servers? That's forever. Every day I'm more and more glad that I have never had an account, and never will.

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Chris Mattern Re:Simple.... Odds are even (167 comments)

But you can adapt to that by playing rock 50% and paper 50%. You will win 50%, lose 25%, and tie 25%.

But then he adapts by always playing paper when he doesn't have to play rock. Now you win 25%, tie 50%, lose 25%, and you're back to even up.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft's Security Products Will Block Adware By Default Starting On July 1

Chris Mattern Re:baby steps (177 comments)

You haven't read the previous posts all the way through. The scenario under discussion is that Microsoft restricts their OS to their own hardware, the way Apple. Which vendors which switch? All of them. Under this scenario, they wouldn't have a choice--MS would no longer be selling to them.

about two weeks ago

A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

Chris Mattern Re:Always do rock. (167 comments)

You tie 50% of the time, win 25% of the time, and lose 25% of the time. Pay? Nothing.

Come again? It is specified that the player forced to play 50% rock (as mandated by a fair coin flip you don't get to see) plays intelligently and will adapt to your play. When he figures out you're always playing rock, he'll always play paper when he doesn't have to play rock. You tie 50% of the time and lose 50% of the time. That's lousy strategy.

You're guaranteed to break even by always playing paper. When the opponent adapts, he'll always play scissors when he doesn't have to play rock, and you win 50% of the time and lose 50% of the time. The question is, can you do better than that?

about two weeks ago

UK Government Pays Microsoft £5.5M For Extended Support of Windows XP

Chris Mattern Re:Why not use GNU/Linux? (341 comments)

Linux doesn't have to look and feel different in major and minor ways every time you upgrade it,

Well, sometimes. Hello, Ubuntu!

about two weeks ago

Nest Halts Sales of Smart Fire Alarm After Discovering Dangerous Flaw

Chris Mattern Re:Sounds Prudent (128 comments)

Just goes to show, there's no such thing as enough SQA...

Sometimes I wonder if there such a thing as *any* SQA...

about two weeks ago

Microsoft To Allow Code Contributions To F#

Chris Mattern Re:Please, find a better name. (100 comments)

I got in trouble for discussing porting a co-worker's code when I said, "We should F# her C#".

about two weeks ago

Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

Chris Mattern Re:Wood IS fuel (112 comments)

But not a very good one. The energy to weight ratio sucks, it leaves large amounts of ash, and, being solid, can't be used in any of the myriad applications that require liquid or gaseous fuel. The problems with energy to weight and ash are large enough that as soon as coal mining was developed, coal almost completely replaced wood in people's fireplaces and stoves (until coal itself was replaced by gas and electricty and fireplaces by central heating). It's also quite polluting, as a matter of fact.

about two weeks ago

NYU Group Says Its Scheme Makes Cracking Individual Passwords Impossible

Chris Mattern Re:WTF? (277 comments)

So if someone has a 6 character password (which is dumb) you can just try all possible passwords (there isn't that many possible 6 realistic character passwords).

No, it doesn't work that way; that's the whole point. If you have the hash and are trying to compare against it, you can't just try all the possible passwords because if haven't cracked the other passwords you don't know how to produce the hash that corresponds to a given password. If you're just trying passwords at a login prompt, brute force is trivial to defeat (best method will most likely be simply imposing an increasing login delay with each wrong attempt).

about two weeks ago

Ad Tracking: Is Anything Being Done?

Chris Mattern Re:De-facto reality (303 comments)

Whatever happened to designing for accessibility?

It got replaced by designing for profitability.

about two weeks ago

Indie Game Jam Show Collapses Due To Interference From "Pepsi Consultant"

Chris Mattern Re:Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra (465 comments)

It means what it says. They put down their tools. In other words, they stopped working.

about two weeks ago

Department of Transportation Makes Rear View Cameras Mandatory

Chris Mattern Re:I don't need this (518 comments)

I've got eyes in the back of my head, you insensitive clod!

But don't you find it hard to drive without any thumbs?

about two weeks ago

UN Report: Climate Changes Overwhelming

Chris Mattern Re:Projections (987 comments)

1. Proof is for liquor and mathematics

You shouldn't put those two together. Remember, don't drink and derive!

about two weeks ago


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