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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Craig Cruden Re:Ubisoft has done this sort of stuff before (459 comments)

Not to mention the small claims court you have to file with may be a long distance away -- in another jurisdiction.

2 days ago
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Tracking Down How Many (Or How Few) People Actively Use Google+

Craig Cruden Google+ has better communities... (209 comments)

I find the "communities" better on Google+, but all my friends post there normal stuff on facebook. I find the technical forums (the few that I am a member of) are asking a newbie question (nothing really interesting) like how do I print a number..... when it is facebook, but much more interesting communitie tech posts on google+.

about a week ago
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Ask Slashdot: What Tech Companies Won't Be Around In 10 Years?

Craig Cruden Re:10 Years Can Be A Long Time (332 comments)

I have to disagree with your analysis. Phone and tablet is more of a consumption device or a multi-media menu system, but it is not going to displace the computer - just give more options (computer is more of a work instrument - i.e. creation rather than consumption). The reduction of prices since I started using personal computers (my first one bought by my father was an IBM PC DOS 1.1 machine for $6,400 which included a 20% discount (2 floppy drive, electrohome cga monitor and a crappy dot matrix). Now with the lower prices, I have an iphone, tablet, and personal computer all for a fraction of the price. Each serves a purpose. I don't really want a device to try to be all things to all people and do nothing great. I do want my devices to work together seamlessly (cloud is the first step). I find a tablet works great for reading, some browsing and watching videos and maybe menu entry -- but it would kill me to have to sit in front of one trying work with it. I sit far enough away from the computer that having a touch interface is a hassle. You can make an operating system that is the same for all devices (if they are powerful enough) but the user interfaces should not all be the same since you don't use them all the same way. That is why Microsoft has had such problems with adoption with Windows 8. If I want lots of functionality and a large screen - I will use my computer -- not a tablet.

about a month ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Craig Cruden Re:Cloning a failure would be a failure.... (252 comments)

$1.7 Billion Dollar loss. Surface (even subsidized) is still not selling well, they have managed to get a few countries to stock-out on introduction by keeping the supply very low. Probably a good thing because if they supplied more the loss would be greater :o That is what I call a failure. Expect Microsoft to exit the "Surface" hardware market soon.

about 3 months ago
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Apple's Next Hit Could Be a Microsoft Surface Pro Clone

Craig Cruden Cloning a failure would be a failure.... (252 comments)

Cloning something a failure like Surface seems silly, if you're going to clone something clone something that is a success in the marketplace. If I want a table, I will buy an iPad - it works nicely as a consumption device. If I want to do a little more work, I will buy a Macbook Air. I don't really need a touch screen, in fact I find it a little annoying having fingerprints all over the screen. I also tend to sit back when using the computer and having to lean forward to touch the screen is actually more effort than just using my mouse. Call me old fashioned.... but I don't find it an improvement in usability when it comes to working on a computer. It works nicely when you are using an iPad and reading a book or watching a video.... Two different user interfaces in one machine is not useful to most.

about 3 months ago
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BitHammer, the BitTorrent Banhammer

Craig Cruden Problem is the equipment configuration of wifi (429 comments)

If they got a proper enterprise router the router would not get overloaded -- and you could restrict a single logons connections to the point that they don't swamp everyone else. Both you and the other one should be banned for abuse of the network.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Craig Cruden Re: Private MRI clinics were ILLEGAL at the time. (221 comments)

So I had no option to pay for it in Canada as well. But back to the point of this article, NEW scientific advances would not benefit the Canadian Health system until it became old and cheaper.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Craig Cruden Re:Not because of the Health-care system (221 comments)

The waiting list for the MRI once it was deemed necessary would not have been 8+ months though. One of the professional teams (think it was the Maple Leafs) offered to buy 3 MRI machines for 3 hospitals around Metro Toronto and the cost of staff - with the caveat that if their player gets injured -- they have priority.... Ontario Health said it was not possible... so they bought only one for the dressing room and no-one else had access to it.

about 4 months ago
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Canada Tops List of Most Science-Literate Countries

Craig Cruden Not because of the Health-care system (221 comments)

The health-care system works perfectly as long as you don't need something special or new (so new advances are often not available because of cost). I had a torn knee cartilage and it took many many months before I gave up and "jumped the queue" to have an MRI done in Buffalo for $450 (the day following the appointment). They schedule cheaper "tests" first, then after those failed to find anything they scheduled an ultrasound.... I asked what the doctor expected to find - he told me nothing but he had to schedule it first before more expensive tests..... after a couple of months in different queues I was getting a little impatient.... I asked if they could schedule the MRI now since their was a long queue for it and cancel it if not needed -- he told me no.... I had to come back with a negative on the ultrasound before the next test was scheduled -- and the queue for the MRI was at least 8 months at the time. That friday I called up a clinic in Buffalo and asked the cost and when they could schedule me.... they said.... tomorrow and $450.... I jumped, if I was waiting on the Canadian Healthcare system for my knee - I would probably still be waiting. 90% don't need it for anything more than the odd consult and for those 90% it works perfectly....

about 5 months ago
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If Java Wasn't Cool 10 Years Ago, What About Now?

Craig Cruden Learning a language is easy; but a paradigm is not (511 comments)

Learning a language is easy, but learning a paradigm is not. I usually pick up a language in a matter of days and can program fairly competitively pretty soon.... but I found that most developers that came to Java programmed how they did before because they failed to grasp the paradigm that the language was designed for. Programmed in Java for 15+ years, but prefer programming in Scala over Java. Java ecosystem is scattered with "advancements" that only later did we learn was holding us back. I am sure Scala will eventually be the same way. I found that moving to Scala with it's full support of object-oriented paradigm and full support of functional paradigm has allowed me to produce cleaner more concise code.

about 5 months ago
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No, a Huge Asteroid Is Not "Set To Wipe Out Life On Earth In 2880"

Craig Cruden Dam! (123 comments)

I had bought a bunch of futures based on there being an impact in that year....

about 5 months ago
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Is "Scorpion" Really a Genius?

Craig Cruden Re:Grades vs IQ (391 comments)

I have to agree with that - higher than average intelligence in too slow of course = boredom.... which means lack of interest and you end up investing your time elsewhere. The most extreme example (although more reflective of memory than intelligence) was a grade 9 class (was more to do with geology - can't remember the name). I did not do any of the assignments which meant the highest mark I could get 60%..... when the final exam came around I had to get 96% to pass according to the teacher -- and again did not bother to study.... I ended up getting 97% on the exam which gave me a final 50 or 51% overall. That mark was not reflective of knowledge, it was reflective of poor discipline when being bored.

about 6 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Craig Cruden Re:Airport security has ruined the experience (163 comments)

The answer to this - have the same people that run Singapore Airport run airports in North America. They are probably more secure than North American airports and the average time from landing to being out the door in a taxi or on the MRT subway..... is 15 - 17 minutes (and most of that is walking). I go through that airport around once a month and it is amazing in comparison to North American airports.

about 7 months ago
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I suffer from jet lag ...

Craig Cruden Depends on direction and distance. (163 comments)

When I was working in the UK and flying from Canada or the US the jet lag tended to be brutal for the first few days to as much as a week or two. We would fly, then arrive in the morning -- then make it through most of the work day ..... then try to keep each other awake until evening..... but eventually we would end up sleeping too early and it would set the cycle out of order for a while. In fact what would happen is that we would get to the point where each day we were closer to being in sync with the local time - then think we have adjusted - only to have a boomerang effect (would adjust the wrong way for while).... But when travelling 24 hours the opposite direction to asia I would land - go to sleep ... and adjust almost immediately. Probably had something to do with the fact that I could never sleep on any plane - so I was dead tired and slept until the following morning which started me off on the right cycle.

about 7 months ago
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Washington Redskins Stripped of Trademarks

Craig Cruden Should sue the patent office for issuing them (646 comments)

The Washington Redskins should sue the patent office for issuing invalid patents in the first place and allowing them to build a business on invalid patents which were then revoked. It is obviously a case of negligence in the first place that is causing the financial damage now of having to rebrand. :p

about 7 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Craig Cruden Re:BS indicator spiking.... (347 comments)

No, but I have two sisters that work for the government (Foreign Service) and they would not be able to get away with this sort of behaviour (Canadian). The first thing anyone does after getting a request - is to go and do an initial evaluation of the situation..... especially if you have to go and testify. The email server used is not going to be any different than any corporation uses - and any search warrant requesting data like this takes a couple days at most to extract and to backup on media..... The only reason why it would take "years" as earlier testified is if you are trying to delay (and now avoid) sending the data - by assigning one of your slowest (and the only one) to go through each email that was retrieved and to flag or not for further review during their lunch break. If you quarantine (house arrest) the senior manager on site and feed them only pizza.... the job would be done very quickly.

about 7 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Craig Cruden Re:1st Amendment rights?? (347 comments)

There are two independent issues. The investigation is about using the IRS to pursue the political agenda or those that are in charge of the IRS. The 501c is a separate issue. Non-profit status should only be inferred on charitable organizations or religious (i.e. not political) , and the congress could make those changes anytime it wants.

about 7 months ago
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Congressman Asks NSA To Provide Metadata For "Lost" IRS Emails

Craig Cruden BS indicator spiking.... (347 comments)

Earlier testimony by the IRS indicated that it would take years to fulfil the current request to get the emails from the email server. Now they are saying a workstation crashed so the emails were lost....... Time to start charging people with obstruction of congress/justice.

about 7 months ago
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A Measure of Your Team's Health: How You Treat Your "Idiot"

Craig Cruden Re:Completely violates Jack Welch's 20-70-10 ideas (255 comments)

No matter how good your hiring practices are you will end up hiring some people that just don't work out. If you don't encourage them to look elsewhere, that bottom 10% will just grow (under performers tend to accumulate in safe organizations; while high performers are not afraid to move on to other organizations when it benefits them). Automotive productivity productive worker to unproductive one tends to be a 2:1 ratio. This balloons to 12:1 for programmers.... in some cases you can even get programmers that are net negative in productivity (they consume more resources than they put back - i.e. code constantly having to be re-written / debugged; corporate overhead). Not only does hanging onto these underperformers destroy team moral, but it puts all the productive team members at risk since business is a competitive environment.... eventually, your unproductive fat organization will fall to those that are leaner.

about 8 months ago

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