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German Data Protection Expert Warns Against Using iPhone5S Fingerprint Function

DrEldarion Re: He is not an expert... (303 comments)

Do you have more information on Apple's security track-record? Seems to me to be much better than Microsoft or Android.

No, this is not true. Two main notes:

1) The only reason people hear about Android "malware" is because antivirus companies are allowed to provide antivirus software for Android. Rarely do they mention that it's people downloading pirated apps from shady third party app stores after they've disabled all the security features.

2) All those "jailbreaks" for iPhones? Those are ALL security exploits. If they can be used to jailbreak the phone, they can be (and have been) used to completely pwn the phone.

about a year ago
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How Google, Tesla, and Uber Could Team Up For the Driverless Taxis of the Future

DrEldarion Re:Common arguments... (126 comments)

Easy solution: if the camera is vandalized, lock the doors and drive to the police station.

about a year ago
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Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

DrEldarion Re:Where's the led notification? (773 comments)

No way, the Google Now widget is indispensable.

When I turn on my phone in the morning, it tells me how long it'll take me to get to work, the current weather, any out-of-the-ordinary movement of the stocks I have in Google Finance, flight information if I have any coming up, release dates of video games movies or albums, etc. etc.

Pretty wonderful, and way more "magical" and "innovative" than anything Apple has done recently.

about a year ago
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Bill Gates Promotes Vaccine Projects, Swipes At Google

DrEldarion Re:That's Just Silly (481 comments)

The thing is, he's not even making much sense. He's looking at fighting one fight and missing the overall battle.

Sure, preventing disease is a great thing and will save lives, but so will access to knowledge via the internet. Knowledge of how to prevent disease in the first place. Knowledge of how to best grow food in crappy soil. Knowledge of how to know if drinking water is safe. Knowledge of the first signs of disease so you can go to a doctor. Knowledge of preventative care.

Not to mention the fact that knowledge leads to development of society and better economies, which will help drag these nations out of poverty, which will do more for preventing disease than Gates could ever do.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

DrEldarion Re:The stock market isn't based on real value (467 comments)

No, the stock market reflects what the people who own the company think it's worth, which is absolutely tied to their current and perceived future value.

about a year ago
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Microsoft Stock Drops 11% In a Day

DrEldarion Re:The stock market isn't based on real value (467 comments)

It's very straightforward when you think about it:

BP: The unknown was how bad the spill was going to be and how much it would cost them to clean up. Not to mention potential future dollars lost to people boycotting the brand. Uncertainty = stock price drop.

Facebook: Lots of companies are worth tons more than they're currently making because people believe they'll become profitable in the future. Example: if you got in on Apple when they were tiny, you'd be a bazillionaire now. Facebook then proved that they don't actually know how to make money well, and their stock fell flat.

Microsoft: It's not the $900m that made the stock drop $30b, it's what that number symbolizes. The world is quickly moving to making their primary computing devices phones and tablets, and the fact that Microsoft had to write off THAT MUCH unsold inventory means that they're going to be completely left behind in this revolution. That $30b is symbolic of the very real risk that Windows is dying.

about a year ago
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3D Printers Shown To Emit Potentially Harmful Nanosized Particles

DrEldarion Relative dangers? (180 comments)

Sure, it may put out the same amount of particles as more common things, but I imagine they're different types of particle. The site is dead so I can't check, but is there anything said about the relative dangers of one particle compared to another? I'm sure, for example, nanoparticles of plastics are much more hazardous than nanoparticles of burnt toast.

about a year ago
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Moto X Demo Video Reveals Google's Android Superphone

DrEldarion Re:Battery Drain (151 comments)

I've had a few really neat moments thanks to Now. Besides the obvious birthday reminders, flight updates, etc. (which are great), it's told me a couple times about new albums releasing that day (which I didn't know about but was very interested in), and even that a new episode of Top Gear was scheduled for that night.

This is a very promising area of technology - knowing about things you want to know without you having to ask - and I'm glad to see Google pursuing it.

about a year ago
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Officials Say NSA Probed Fewer Than 300 Numbers - Broke Plots In 20 Nations

DrEldarion Re:I'm sure it's effective (419 comments)

YOU say that, but the majority of the US, who these officials represent, serve, and are employed by, disagree with you. You can't really expect the government to stop doing these things when so many people support it.

See: http://www.people-press.org/2013/06/10/majority-views-nsa-phone-tracking-as-acceptable-anti-terror-tactic/

The internet can be like an echo chamber, especially in places like Slashdot where a lot of like-minded people come together. With all the outrage that you see, it's easy to be blind to the reality of the situation.

You need to work on changing the minds of the public, then maybe you'll see changes in the government.

about a year ago
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Eric Schmidt: Teens' Mistakes Will Never Go Away

DrEldarion Re:Generational gap (335 comments)

The theory is not that you'll perform better. The theory is that you'll be far less inclined to take bribes, steal from the company, etc. because you're in a good place financially and you don't NEED the extra money to break even. Hiring someone with perfect credit is a lot less risky than hiring someone who is swimming in debt. ... which kind of sucks, because the people swimming in debt are in most need of a job.

about a year ago
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Can the Wii U Survive Against the PS4 and Xbox One?

DrEldarion Re:They're going for gameplay. Again. (335 comments)

Going for gameplay? The Wii had the following:

1) The same old Nintendo standbys that they rehash every generation, except now with tacked-on motion controls that everyone hated.
2) A ridiculous amount of gimmicky terrible games that companies pumped out to appeal to the loads of casual gamers who bought the console.
3) EXTREMELY few and far between good titles which took advantage of the Wiimote in a non-gimmicky way, like Boom Blox.
4) Games which didn't use motion controls at all and could have been done on any console, but were gimped and put out on the Wii because of the huge install base.

You're making the classic mistake of assuming that power = graphics, as well. Power lets you do better AI, it lets you have more objects on screen, it lets you do better physics, etc. etc. For a great example of how a game had to be made far worse to allow the Wii to run it, look at all the problems with Dead Rising.

Every gamer I know who has a Wii played Wii Sports to death, maybe played a couple other games on there, and then has let it collect dust. Every non-gamer I know who bought one only uses it as a Netflix box. The Wii may have been a financial success for Nintendo, but it was a dud of a console as far as entertainment value goes.

about a year ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

DrEldarion Re:Used games, borrowed games, etc (395 comments)

I'm sorry, spreading lies and FUD? This is a direct quote from a Microsoft VP. Read it again, he's explicitly saying that if you try to give your friend your game disc, they'll have to pay for it again at full price.

about a year and a half ago
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Xbox One: No Always-Online Requirement, But Needs To Phone Home

DrEldarion Used games, borrowed games, etc (395 comments)

In an interview with Kotaku, Phil Harrison, a MS VP, stated the following:

"The bits that are on that disc, you can give it to your friend and they can install it on an Xbox One," he said. "They would then have to purchase the right to play that game through Xbox Live."

"They would be paying the same price we paid, or less?" we asked.

"Letâ(TM)s assume itâ(TM)s a new game, so the answer is yes, it will be the same price," Harrison said."

Yes, that's right, you can't sell your used games because they'll end up costing the person you sell it to full price anyway. Want to lend a game to a friend? Sorry, full price. Want to bring it over to their house to play? Sorry, full price.

Disgusting.

about a year and a half ago
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NTSB Recommends Lower Drunk Driving Threshold Nationwide: 0.05 BAC

DrEldarion Re:Why not just 0? (996 comments)

Many dishes are cooked with alcohol in them, and contrary to popular belief all of the alcohol doesn't cook out of it. Going out and eating some French food then driving home could lead to you having a .005 BAC and getting arrested, which isn't exactly warranted.

about a year and a half ago
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House Judiciary Chairman Plans Comprehensive Review of US Copyright Law

DrEldarion Re:Head fake. (142 comments)

Why would it necessarily be worse? The DMCA, for instance, has a lot of valid criticism but the safe harbor provision was essential protection for many websites.

The fact that he says "Even the Copyright Office itself faces challenges in meeting the growing needs of its customers - the American public" is promising.

about a year ago
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Google Apps Suffering Partial Outage

DrEldarion Re:But outages don't happen in the interclouds (150 comments)

They're probably thinking "wow, this response is much faster and the downtime much shorter than when we ran our own services".

Nobody has ever sold cloud services with a guarantee of 100% uptime. It is, however, almost certain to be better than the vast majority of companies' homegrown solutions.

about a year and a half ago

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Nevada Passes Law Authorizing Driverless Cars

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 3 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Via Forbes: "The State of Nevada just passed Assembly Bill No. 511 which, among other things, authorizes the Department of Transportation to develop rules and regulations governing the use of driverless cars, such as Google’s concept car, on its roads." Pretty soon, cars will be able to dump their own dead bodies into the Nevada desert."
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AP harasses own member over AP Youtube videos

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrEldarion writes "The Associated Press, who has been acting very bipolar lately about Google News (they get paid by Google for their content, and then complain about Google "stealing" that content), has another issue with not knowing what their association is up to: they set up a channel on Youtube, and then threatened an AP affiliate for embedding that content."
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Schmidt tells newspapers not to piss off consumers

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Proving once again that Google understands the internet a lot better than the old media companies, CEO Eric Schmidt had this to say at a conference: "I would encourage everybody, think in terms of what your reader wants. These are ultimately consumer businesses and if you piss off enough of them, you will not have any more." Will they heed his warning or end up like the RIAA/MPAA?"
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Chrome only browser left standing at Pwn2Own

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 5 years ago

DrEldarion writes "After day one of Pwn2Own, Google's Chrome was the only browser that hadn't been compromised.

Firefox, Safari, and Internet Explorer were all exploited during the Pwn2Own competition that took place at the conference. Google's Chrome browser, however, was the only one left standing--a victory that security researchers attribute to its innovative sandbox feature.

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Google adds AIM support to GMail Chat

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Google has added AOL Instant Messenger support to the chat in GMail:

"From the beginning, Google has been committed to open standards and interoperation for instant messaging. So when our friends at AOL agreed to let Gmail users talk to users on their network, we jumped at the chance."
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Gamestop stops selling XBox 360 replacement plans

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 6 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Via Kotaku: GameStop is now ending their replacement plan for new Xbox 360's due to the system's high failure rate. According to a GameStop employee newsletter and information provided to website GamersReports, current replacement plans will be honored until they expire, but no new ones will be offered."
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Halo 3 not HD - runs at 640p

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  about 7 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Via Joystiq

Halo 3 has quickly come under fire for disc-read errors and scratched discs, but now some tech heads on the Beyond 3D forums have found what they believe to be evidence that the quintessential game of Microsoft's 'all games in HD' console runs natively at a paltry 640p — not 720p, not HD* — and then upscales
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Haze 360 and PC ports dropped.

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Kotaku writes that the 360 and PC ports of Haze have been dropped:

Today Ubisoft told Gamespot that "currently no other versions in development, and although it was still leaving the door open in the future for "new partnerships," currently the game is indeed only planned for the PS3."
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10GB of audio data alone in Heavenly Sword

DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrEldarion writes "Via Kotaku,

How big is Heavenly Sword? No idea, but the game's audio, from sound effects to music to cutscene dialog amounts to a whopping 10 GB of data. With three and a half hours of music and 4500 lines of voice over work, in eleven languages, it apparently starts to add up.
A sign of things to come? Perhaps Blu-ray as a storage medium wasn't such a bad idea after all."

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DrEldarion DrEldarion writes  |  more than 7 years ago

DrEldarion writes "According to Digital Spy, the Playstation 3 has broken pre-order records in Europe: 'Advance orders for Sony's highly anticipated PlayStation 3 console have broken all records, with high street stalwart Woolworths revealing it has been taking one order every 20 seconds during the past week.'"

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