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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

Doches Re:OK, I've had enough (312 comments)

Take your reason elsewhere, we're trying to spread some FUD here!

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

Doches Re:Why is this news? (312 comments)

Quite. You bought a PS3, but you only subscribed to PSN. It's an entirely reasonable distinction -- who honestly mods or chips a console and expects to use it for online multiplayer?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

Doches Re:Not a troll, but a thought... (312 comments)

Think about it from Sony's perspective. Think about the costs they laid out to bring the entire Playstation to market. Don't they have a right to try and control what happens to their product

Sony's perspective on whether they do or do not have a right to control their product post-sale is irrelevant -- they can believe that they have that right all they want, but it doesn't make it so. What they do have a right to control is the service they provide; banning devices and/or users from PSN and the like is entirely legit. Who would possibly expect them to do otherwise?

People can argue that once a system is bought, it no longer belongs to Sony, but they do have controlling right to the technology that continues to exist in the system.

Indeed, people do make that argument. Some of them even sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

The entire idea that Sony is out to get it's customers strikes me a spurious and unsupported argument. If a retailer of any product was "out to get their customer," what would it do to their business in the long run?

Definitely -- no legitimate business can hassle its customers and get away with it. On an unrelated note, bought any good CDs lately?

more than 3 years ago
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Sony's Official Statement Regarding PS3 Hacking

Doches Re:As a PS3 owner... (312 comments)

The only flaw in your reasoning? Claiming that you own a PS3. You paid a one-time leasing fee, at best; the device still belongs to Sony.

more than 3 years ago
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UK Pressures the US To Takedown Extremist Videos

Doches Re:Lol, no worries. (629 comments)

...When the US president declares war

Technically speaking, the president doesn't have the authority to declare war -- only congress has that power. Consequently the US hasn't been at war since February 10, 1947. Peace is nice, ain't it?

more than 3 years ago
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Indian Government Threatens RIM, Skype With Ban

Doches Re:So what happens if google says ok!? (281 comments)

Can I use pgp in Apple's Mail client? Can I install anyone else's mail client? Oh, right.

more than 4 years ago
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4G iPhone Misplacer Invited To Germany For Beer

Doches Unprofessional, guys; (164 comments)

I was already aghast at Gizmodo for running a story with the poor engineer's name -- there was absolutely no journalistic reason to give his name other than to give Gawker's editors a bit of titillation. He's a human being; human beings make mistakes. I'm more than slightly disappointed that Slashdot, a community that should be sympathetic to the guy, is having a laugh at his expense. Seriously -- who hasn't ever lost their phone or their wallet?

If, mind you, it was even legitimately lost in the first place -- which I still don't believe.

more than 4 years ago
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US Rejects Demands For ACTA Transparency

Doches Re:Then fuck it. (351 comments)

Why did you choose McCain's maverick status (or lack thereof) to illustrate his being worse than Obama? I'd have gone with one of his more obvious promises myself, like not closing Guantanamo, beefing up troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, or pushing through legislation written by massive corporations...

more than 4 years ago
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Organ Damage In Rats From Monsanto GMO Corn

Doches Oh God, not the bourbon. (766 comments)

If it's going to damage my liver, I'm switching to scotch. I'm sorry, Jack, but I just can't take the chance...

more than 4 years ago
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Inkscape 0.47 Released

Doches Snow Leopard, finally. (225 comments)

It's about time -- Inkscape on Snow Leopard has been hideously broken for months now.

more than 4 years ago
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Geek Travel To London From the US — Tips?

Doches Re:Remember... (1095 comments)

Hooray. Just...hooray. Next time I'm in New Town early in the afternoon I'm going to think of this and snort Tennet's out my nose. Thanks, mate.

more than 4 years ago
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Cyber Attacks On US Military Jump Sharply In 2009

Doches Who can say? This doesn't tell us anything! (76 comments)

Neither! This data is statistically useless -- what we need to know is how many attacks occurred in the first half of 2008, otherwise the comparison is completely useless. Look at it this way: what if (due to some outside factor) the vast majority of cyber attacks occur in the first half of the year? We know nothing about the distribution of attacks over time, and so we can draw no conclusions from this report!

I hate it when people misuse statistics...

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Doches Re:Will Smith (708 comments)

Same, same -- As soon as I heard about the movie I went out and grabbed a copy of Ellison's screenplay. Man, do I wish I'd known going into the theatre that he wasn't the author...

more than 4 years ago
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Vermont City Almost Encased In a 1-Mile Dome

Doches Stephen King (456 comments)

They'd better wait and read Stephen King's Under the Dome first...

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Doches Re:Thousands of Great SF Stories... (708 comments)

You want a round of Heinlein movies? Dude, don't get me wrong, I adore the books -- but the man basically used his plots as jumping-off points for politically bizarre monologues. Moon is a Harsh Mistress? Stranger in a Strange Land? Starship Troopers?

Not that they'd make any of those, of course. They'd start with one of the entirely plot-free books (For Us, the Living springs to mind, as does JOB), since they're basically tabula rasa for a Hollywood screenwriter. Fuckers.

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Doches Re:Will Smith (708 comments)

100%? 100%?!

Not 100% my ass -- it wasn't even close. Not in the ballpark, or the neighboorhood, or even the same damned continent. If I had to give a percentage number I'd probably rate the correlation between Asimov's I, Robot (a collection of shorts, for christsakes) and the movie as, oh, maybe -12.3%.

And that's being generous.

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Doches Re:I can only pick one? (708 comments)

I know you're joking here, but seriously -- they did. Do.

Eh.

I think it was the Futurists who tried to popularize the moniker 'sf' as short for 'speculative fiction.' They wanted to get away from the perception of their genre as young adult trash, and doing that required that they drop the 'science' part. Odd, isn't it?

more than 4 years ago
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Sci-Fi Shows and Movies Should Stop...

Doches Re:Obvious Missing Option (708 comments)

For good technobabble I can't think of a better example than Primer -- absolutely great engineerspeak through at least the first quarter of the movie. Totally and completely believable.

more than 4 years ago

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BT strike could disrupt internet across the UK

Doches Doches writes  |  more than 4 years ago

Doches writes "The Communication Workers Union, which represents IT and telecommunications engineers for BT, is threatening a strike in response to a combination of recent pay cuts and outrageous executive bonuses issued by the telecom giant. 'Many business and residential phonelines could go out of action, and if broadband crashes then thousands and thousands of people will find their internet goes down,' says CWU spokesman Kevin Slocombe."
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Steam Accused of Exploiting Indie Developers

Doches Doches writes  |  about 5 years ago

Doches writes "While the independent game development community may still be in love with Valve's digital distribution service Steam, Gearbox Software's Randy Pitchford declares that the service is actually exploiting indie developers and small studios. In particular, he cautions against trusting Valve to manage Steam impartially, given that they also use the service as the primary distribution network for their own games. "There's so much conflict of interest there that it's horrid," he says. "It's actually really, really dangerous for the rest of the industry to allow Valve to win.""
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Intuit Buys Mint.com for $170 Million

Doches Doches writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Doches writes "Intuit (makes of Quicken and the DRM-laden TurboTax) just finalized a deal to acquire web-based personal finance tool Mint.com. The company promises that Mint will remain free, but users are skeptical. Another great web startup about to be wrecked by software giant?"
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BT-Phorm deal officially no more

Doches Doches writes  |  more than 5 years ago

Doches writes "Good news from the UK (via the NYTimes): looks like British Telecom is officially canceling their partnership with the controversial advertising company Phorm. I'm sure you all remember Phorm, which builds web browsing profiles of ISP subscribers via deep packet inspection; this is great news for BT customers (e.g. most of the UK), since BT's adoption of Phorm would have basically done away with any semblance of privacy in web surfing. Don't rejoice too soon, though — apparently BT called off the deal 'because of budget limitations caused by investments in other technology, not because of privacy concerns.'"
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