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Games That Make Players Act Like Psychopaths

E-Rock Not an analouge to reality (212 comments)

In a world without consequences, I think most people would be pretty fucking vicious.

However, I don't think these games are a mirror to your real nature because of the other differences the game world creates. Most importantly, you're immortal and can go do something else whenever you want. Death is ultimately trivial compared to real life. Sure you lose your stuff, which sucks, but you don't cease to exist. The reverse is true for those you 'kill' in game.

about 2 months ago

Teachers Union: Computers Can Negatively Impact Children's Ability To Learn

E-Rock Re:Meatspace is losing to userspace (310 comments)

Like most things, it depends. It depends on the subject, the kids, the computer program, and the teacher in question. Change any of those up and you change the outcome.

Now for some anecdotal evidence. I know with my son, we got a subscription for a home schooling program for use over the summer. He's naturally good at reading, so he's flying through those parts and learning quite a bit. He also seems to be learning more in the social studies units online then he did at school. Math, not so much. He's on track and still doing good work practicing his skills, but it's not as good at teaching new ones. However, even with the math I think that if it was paired with a teacher it would be better than either alone.

about 2 months ago

Apple, Google Agree To Settle Lawsuit Alleging Hiring Conspiracy

E-Rock Re:On the subject of collusion (108 comments)

Are the professional associations to protect them from their employers or to exclude competitors?

about 3 months ago

Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

E-Rock Re:Why corn? (112 comments)

I like that plan, it also means you don't have to worry about any potential impact if the strain enters the food supply.

about 4 months ago

Should Newsweek Have Outed Satoshi Nakamoto's Personal Details?

E-Rock Re:I think it's reasonable, if it was accurate (276 comments)

What is the value of knowing who the original creator of bitcoin is and where he is living?

I'd say there is no value.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Does Your Employer Perform HTTPS MITM Attacks On Employees?

E-Rock Re:No (572 comments)

Except this is to protect the company from malicious users, not form malware.

If you're in a company where you want/need to do monitoring of the data leaving your network, you have to be checking the SSL traffic. Of course, you should notify people about this.

We chose not to do SSL Inspection with our filters, and we still notified people when we put the proxies in place.

about 5 months ago

How I Cut My Time Warner Cable Bill By 33%

E-Rock Re:"Is This News"? (206 comments)

The box we got from the cable company that includes the cable modem and phone hookup has an internal battery backup so the phone will work in a power outage. Not sure if I'd trust that (got a UPS on it anyway) but at least someone thought about it.

about 5 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Do You Still Trust Bitcoin?

E-Rock Re:As Frontalot says (631 comments)

Gox had an implementation flaw in their transaction reconcilement and a clear lack of auditing. Of course, the only source of this information is Gox. So, that's their version of what happened.

Long before this happened there were complaints about Gox being difficult about withdrawing funds, and speculation that they had been running as a fractional reserve and the run up in price was driving them to insolvency.

Without an independent investigation it's impossible to say what actually happened. That said, both versions point to a problem with one exchange, not with Bitcoin itself, and so far not a problem with any other exchanges.

about 5 months ago

Microsoft Lync Server Gathers Employee Data Just Like NSA

E-Rock Re:And why should you expect anything different? (207 comments)

Certain US government regulations require that electronic communications of publicly traded companies are logged. Once you have to log all that information, someone will get the idea to use it for something.

Where I work, we don't have an obligation to log our Lync conversations, and we have those features disabled.

about 5 months ago

Utopia, Silk Road's Latest Replacement, Only Lasted Nine Days

E-Rock Re:Tor (83 comments)

If the pirate bay was facilitating transactions and keeping a portion as a fee, I think it would be a lot easier to shut them down.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Should Developers Fix Bugs They Cause On Their Own Time?

E-Rock Re:Building code is not the same as building a wal (716 comments)

Well, building walls must be pretty standard if you have a list of situations and exactly what you do to address them.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

E-Rock Re:I think you're thinking too hard and the author (503 comments)

If you're productive, I don't care how you work. When you're holding everyone else up, then 'your way' doesn't cut it and you need shown a faster way to work. In one particular case, the person reports to me and they aren't getting enough done in the day. It turns out that they're wasting a lot of time by working inefficiently.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Are Linux Desktop Users More Pragmatic Now Or Is It Inertia?

E-Rock Re:I think you're thinking too hard and the author (503 comments)

I wish I could disagree, but I help so many users that run one program full screen. I just sit back and shake my head as they constantly switch from one program to another instead of arranging the program windows to see everything they need at one time.

It really start to piss me off when they have two monitors and switch between two programs, both on the main screen, both full screen. Then they wonder why it takes so long to get things done.

about 6 months ago

Porn Will Be Bitcoin's Killer App

E-Rock Re:Another day another bitcoin article (216 comments)

You may not like bitcoin, but it isn't a Ponzi scheme. A Ponzi scheme takes money from new investors to make fake payments to the existing investors and fails as soon as there aren't enough new players to keep the scheme running. None of that matches bitcoin.

Bitcoin is a method of exchange. Some people take bitcoin directly in exchange for goods or services, some people accept it indirectly though a service that converts it to another currency for them. Gold is the best historical analogue and it'd be just as hard to buy a loaf of bread with a block of gold as a bitcoin wallet unless there was a merchant who will accept it directly or a middle man to convert it to a form they do take.

Bitcoin has no reliance on new people participating. Only that people are willing to use it as a method of exchange.

about 6 months ago

Apple Devices To Reach Parity With Windows PCs In 2014

E-Rock Re:Billions of Androids (511 comments)

Wins what? I never understand why people pick a tribe and then pray for the destruction of their foes.

We only win when there are multiple viable choices available. Once someone 'wins' their focus turns to consolidation and not to innovation.

about 6 months ago

TrueCrypt Master Key Extraction and Volume Identification

E-Rock Re:Burn after reading? (222 comments)

At least for hibernation, using BitLocker on the system drive will make sure the hiberfil.sys (and I guess the paging file as well) is on an encrypted volume that can't just be copied and analyzed later.

about 6 months ago

Largest Bitcoin Mining Pool Pledges Not To Execute '51% Attack'

E-Rock Re:Exchanging one set of masters for another? (351 comments)

Because the people contributing to the pool aren't the people controlling the pool.

So when the hashes that I want to be earning me BTC are giving a group the ability to mess up the system, a rational choice would be to move to a new pool.

about 7 months ago

Congressman Accepts BitCoin For His US Senate Run

E-Rock Re:Speculation will never go down (165 comments)

For me, BitCoin doesn't fill a void in my banking life. It's interesting and kinda fun to mess around with.

For people who don't have access to trustworthy financial institutions (or governments), I think it does fill a void. Their biggest hurdle would be getting BTC from their local currency (like China blocking BTC last month).

I think that it would be better if BTC traded in a narrower band, but I think that as it picks up in use, liquidity will help with that.

about 7 months ago

Target Has Major Credit Card Breach

E-Rock Re:don't connect everything to the internet! (191 comments)

It's a shame that we probably won't get good details about what happened. If they're PCI compliant, those devices need to be on their own network away from the rest of the company machines. If they were actually doing that, I'd think that they could have caught this with some sort of egress filtering that would either block or alert when it saw CC information going out, or outbound connections from the CC system to unauthorized systems.

Of course, my bet is an inside job. With the right people involved, you can bypass almost anything.

about 7 months ago


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