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Sony Gets Nasty With PSBreak Buyers

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:I bought a psjailbreak device to repair my ps3 (246 comments)

I couldn't agree more. They ought to have *rented* the boxes out like 1970s telephones if they wanted to attempt this business model. Its funny. I had intended to buy a PS3 until the Other OS lock down. I considered it again once that was dealt with. But now, their heads are so far up their arses I don't want to give them a dime. Glad to hear their market share is still terrible.

more than 3 years ago

Microsoft Windows 3.0 Is 20 Years Today

Erinnys Tisiphone I guess this means... (307 comments)

I guess this means its time for me to throw out that copy of 2.1x I kept in the original box, eh? Then again, its my only means to prove Ventura Publisher existed.

more than 4 years ago

How To Behave At a Software Company?

Erinnys Tisiphone What industry? (842 comments)

It depends a lot on the industry, the demographics of the work place, and the company's customers! All of the above are great tips. Try to get a feel for other people's interests, their work ethics, their dress and appearance, and their level of self-expression, and try to emulate it. I've worked at ma and pa telcos where ties and sparkling clean desks are unspoken mandatory, trading firms where just talking to another employee can spark a random stress meltdown, as well as government contracting companies where people wear jeans and have nerf gun fights. Be yourself - just get a feel for how much of yourself you can be.

more than 4 years ago

Games Workshop Sues Warhammer Online Fansite

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:How stupid must one be? (182 comments)

A lot of other people have shown (appropriate) outrage that GW is suing their biggest fans (and customers). But aside from that, think of this from a marketing and money perspective. Do they really lose more money due to 'trademark infringement' than they gain from free press? I really doubt it. These sites are a great way to get people involved in their tabletop and PC games, and to get the word out to new players. If they shut down every fan site, they are going to have to shoulder the whole burden of marketing their products. I'm not certain they really comprehend how much staffing and money that really entails. The fact that their MMORPG (which really is a pretty solid game) is now down to only 4 live servers should be a clue to them. Outside of geek and gamer culture, Warhammer is not quite a household name like Dungeons and Dragons, Warcraft, or Magic: The Gathering. People who play it often devote a lot of time and money into playing it, but in my experience, GW has never made a huge outreach to bring in new players since launch. Its world and gameplay is complex and detailed. In my experience, people start playing Warhammer because their friends play Warhammer, they happen to walk into a GW store, or because they *read about it on the internet and get interested*. I agree that this is a really bad move by GW, but they've been doing this for some time, now. You have to wonder what is going through their corporate heads.

more than 4 years ago

TSA Worker Jailed In Body Scan Rage Incident

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:1 Month after the institute this system... (352 comments)

According to the technical details and documents online, these devices even are network ready for test and maintenance purposes. Makes you think. They can reassure me about TSA professionalism all they want. I've flown a lot, and I just don't see it. I think I lost all confidence when they were patting down my 74-year-old grandmother. These knee-jerk reactions and massive errors are getting real old. You fly to Europe or Canada, and their security personnel have a clue - they're practical, they keep a sharp eye out, and they use the right response for the situation at hand. I'm sure as hell not flying commercial anymore. I hope enough people share the sentiment that the US airline industry manages to tank even more. And I love flying so much I have an aviation degree.

more than 4 years ago

Facebook Retroactively Makes More User Data Public

Erinnys Tisiphone Somebody noticed! (287 comments)

I'm glad some attention is finally being brought to this. I edited my profile a couple of days ago, and hit the new interests-to-fan page conversion. It did not do a great job at all; I ended up a fan of some really off-the-wall, incorrect things (because the same word or title can have multiple meanings or belong to multiple organizations). My immediate concern was that there is still no way to make membership to a fan page private. So I immediately checked the privacy settings, and while I had been opted in (without consent) to display my likes and interests, there is a privacy option to make them private. The *HUGE* catch in the fine print is that people can still check to see if you are the member of any fan page simply by looking through the group's members, where you'll be visible. Unless I am mistaken, only reliable option for people with legitimate concerns about human rights violations, nosy employers, angry exes, or nosy family members is now to enter absolutely no interests, things to do, music, movie, or books on Facebook, as all of this data is now at least partially public, regardless of how security settings are configured. I just read an article that discussed identifying intimate details, such as a person's sexuality, using only this publicly available data and statistical data. While things like that are generally protected in the US, consider Facebook members abroad - people who practice a religion or philosophy in countries where there is religious persecution could be at tremendous risk now, and not even know it. All their government would have to do is start scanning certain fan pages. Obviously, Facebook's income does not come from members, it comes from advertisers, who are its real customers. However, for the last couple years, they have made Buzz-worthy privacy moves that its millions of members really need to stand up to, before somebody gets hurt.

more than 4 years ago

Leonard Nimoy Retires From Star Trek

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Again? (224 comments)

And yet, it should be noted, that in the midst of our sorrow, this death takes place in the shadow of new life, the sunrise of a new world, a world that our beloved comrade gave his life to protect and nourish. He did not feel this sacrifice a vain or an empty one - and we will not debate his profound wisdom at these proceedings. Of my friend, I can only say this... of all the souls I have encountered in my travels, his was the most ... human.

more than 4 years ago

Ubisoft Says No More Game Manuals

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Has anybody read a modern game manual? (400 comments)

Agreed. Even PC game manuals in the 80's and early 90's had serious content. Going through my box of old 5 1/4" floppy disks, I don't see a single manual that's less than 1/2" thick. Most include space for writing notes. Today's manuals have about the same amount of content as the quick reference cards that came with the older games. Xerox Ventura Publisher and Microsoft DOS came with hefty books that would be $30 guides (or more) on today's shelf. I think the manual is sort of dead, already.

more than 4 years ago

South Park's Episode 201 — the Expurgated Version

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:The media really are pussies (1224 comments)

Sensible Christians can smile at themselves. Sensible Atheists can smile at themselves. Sensible Catholics can smile at themselves. Sensible Hindus can smile at themselves... And so on... This is a sacrifice we have to make to coexist with the rest of the planet in globalized society. Taking oneself too seriously all of the time (at others' expense) is an indication that one has absolutely no willingness to permit others to be different.

more than 4 years ago

Woman Tells State Judiciary Committee, "DoD Implanted A Microchip Inside Me"

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Not necessarily a wack-job... (222 comments)

It would be more reliable than dog tags, and even ID cards... if it were used for the appropriate purpose.

more than 4 years ago

Another WW-I Chemical Site In Washington, DC

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:asinine (249 comments)

I'd like to know, from a historical perspective, how this was just "misplaced" so close to the capital, even during war time. Unlike Europe, this is not an area where a war occurred - and the article states it was one of only a few "major" dumping sites. Classified or not, I would imagine this is something that the US Government took rather meticulous records of, even back in WWI - and something that a reasonable number of scientists, military officers, and technicians knew about. Was there some significant loss of records over the decades relating to these programs?

more than 4 years ago

Web Coupons Tell Stores More Than You Realize

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Diff story? (125 comments)

They also don't have the potential to share completely unrelated information, like internet browsing history, information about internet provider or computer hardware and software. However, this is information which is relatively easy for ecommerce retailers to collect.

more than 4 years ago

Former Astronauts Call Obama NASA Plans "Catastrophic"

Erinnys Tisiphone There's no money... it is wasted elsewhere (555 comments)

Granted, there are a *lot* of wastes in government I would like to see go away before government-funded manned spaceflight, but the US deficit is growing *dangerously* large. If the partisan divide is too great to eliminate anything else, something has to go, at least temporarily, before our social services go completely by the wayside, or much, much worse. I'm not saying that this is anywhere near the best choice. But these days, our country is divided that nothing else can be agreed on. Our politicians are at one another's throats instead of making compromises we need to survive as a nation. In addition, heroism aside, I think that the unmanned and orbital space programs like Hubble, rovers, and the ISS are much more critical for scientific discovery than manned missions. While less of a symbol, they produce immense amounts of useful scientific data. The Bush administration's Mars plans would likely have occurred at the expense of these programs. So there is no good answer. If civilian agencies take up the slack and begin performing the exploration, then there may be some hope.

more than 4 years ago

Apple Removes Wi-Fi Finders From App Store

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:walled garden (461 comments)

Darn it, thank you for showing me the error of my ways. I *knew* I should have built that time machine in 2007 to go forward in time and get a phone that didn't exist yet... (?)

more than 4 years ago

Technical Objections To the Ogg Container Format

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Dirac may have more future (370 comments)

Agreed - there does seem to be a lot of interest in dirac. Also, the 1000 pound gorilla in the room is that Ogg *Vorbis* is nothing new - the format is over a decade old, and despite its benefits, it has never gained widespread use or support in portable devices. They speculated the same success for Vorbis back in 2000 as they are predicting for Theora.

more than 4 years ago

North Korea's Own OS, Red Star

Erinnys Tisiphone Re:Interesting... (316 comments)

Only at lunchtime, stakovahflow.

more than 4 years ago

A Second Lessig Fair-Use Video Is Suppressed By WMG

Erinnys Tisiphone Can we say.... (187 comments)

Streisand Effect? Now, off to find a copy of that video...

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft VP Suggests 'Net Tax To Clean Computers

Erinnys Tisiphone Quarantine... (577 comments)

In today's healthcare system, one who pays for insurance can generally opt to go or not to go to the doctor if he or she is ill. However, if somebody is deemed extremely infectious or a harm to his/herself or others, there is precedent for authorities to force a person to accept treatment and quarantine. I think that people are less likely to address computer security concerns (particularly computers which are being used as bots to attack or spam others) than illness in their actual person. So what would be the end outcome? The potential that one's computer could be confiscated for cleaning? Certainly admirable from a security standpoint, but a gross violation of privacy and personal property as we know it today. This would take a tremendous rethinking of how critical our network infrastructure is to society and the liability of individuals for computer security. I personally would not want my computer removed from my home if I were to get an infection which I myself could clean within an hour or two. This opens the door to some interesting interpretations of the law and public defense.

more than 4 years ago


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