Tesla Fires and Firestorms: Let's Breathe and Review Some Car Fire Math
That's not a very good analogy...
I think a better one would be "His logic is if two things make your head explode, I'd rather have the one that occurs less often". Severity of the fire (i.e. severity of the brain event) has nothing to do with his decision.
Steam Now Offering Free-To-Play Games
Nah, I don't think WoW falls in the free-to-play category.
Have you seen the wealth of private servers? They're falling a bit behind on expansions, but in general... It's possible to have the WoW experience without paying a dime.
Wardrivers Target Seattle Businesses
It's a crime because they're using these credit card numbers to purchase things. It's a crime because, even though WEP is not that secure, it's still basic security. It's a crime because they're accessing data that they should not be accessing.
They're not more important than the criminals you mention, they're not less important. They're criminals, period. Do you also think stopping murderers is more important than catching people who break into homes and steal things?
I'd like to see you come home to a ransacked house and say "I'm going to miss my TV, and all my other nice things, but boy, am I glad the police were busy catching a murderer."
Portal 2 Bringing Steam To the PS3, Possible Early Release
I think it's actually a rather brilliant plan. Indie companies make some money, the game maybe gets released sooner..what's not to love? I don't think it's being pushed in a manner that will make people think they absolutely *have* to buy into this.
Apple Faces Class-Action Suit For In-App Purchases
I find driving with a cellphone to be a lot more distracting than talking to passengers. One problem is that you're, y'know, holding something to your head. Bit of a difficulty to turn your head at a moment's notice, etc. Another problem is that (at least for me) using a cell phone puts my brain into that "this is a very urgent matter, FOCUS NOW" mode, thus severely limiting my concentration on driving. And that's my two cents there.
Back to the Apple issue: I find it rather hard to deny that this is bad parenting. Personally, I won't be giving my daughter anything more powerful than a tracfone until I'm certain she's old enough to make good decisions. Even then, her app purchasing will be tied to her own separate bank account.
As far as letting your child play games on your phone:
In case you haven't noticed, smartphones are rapidly becoming closer and closer to actual computers. Given that, you should really be having a talk with them about these sorts of things before letting them use it in any way that doesn't involve you watching over their shoulder the entire time, the same as you would before allowing them to use computers.
Bottom line, blame the parents before blaming the company. I'm sure there are cases where this isn't the case (decide for yourself whether that was intended), but I'd eat my hat if they were the majority.
Microsoft's Kinect SDK Can Track and Listen
...who read this and started looking around and measuring their living room, trying to decide how to move everything around to get a decent layout, so I can use this to get a whole Minority Report interface going?
Self-Wiping Hard Drives From Toshiba
There's another type of drive similar to this, only it wipes itself if power is ever cut. Sure, law enforcement count swipe the computer, but odds are they'd turn it off before taking it.
...thank you for making a TBD time period of my life less awesome. I was just waiting for the day the country goes crazy and a revolution goes underground, when we have all our hard drives wired into an incredibly elaborate contraption designed to wipe them with acid if we flip a really big switch and cut the power.
But you've ruined that. Now all I have to look forward to is looting.
On topic: TFA didn't seem to mention it, anyone know how easy it would be to screw up something that would kinda fuck the authentication sequence? For instance, a new OS, or is this something built in at the firmware level, something the average end-user wouldn't be able to install?
NZL Govt Rushes Thru Controversial Anti-Piracy Law
In theory, it's somewhat of a decent idea..I would say that you need an investigation to do anything (which will never happen, let's be reasonable). First and second strikes are a warning letter, third strike is 6-month disconnection (from that ISP). Hell, maybe even blacklisting your ISP after your fifth or sixth.
The problem in general with these laws is that there's probably not going to be any actual investigation, which is how it really screws everyone. I don't think they're necessarily a "Whoa, whoa, let's not go this far" thing, so much as just needing a lot more moderation and informed argument.
ALS Sufferer Used Legs To Contribute Last Patch
>something more important to do during their last weeks
Well, I would imagine that most, if not all, of the people you might ask would argue that the mentioned most important thing to do in your last weeks is to enjoy that time. I would also imagine that one does not go to the trouble of coding in Morse with their legs and feet without said coding being something they enjoy.
Therefore, I would argue that he *did* do something important - something he enjoyed. Isn't spending the last of your time on this earth doing what you enjoy all that matters?
GameStop To Build Its Own Gaming Tablet?
>used games at too high a price
It's...not like, y'know, a used car. The previous owner hasn't left a horrible smell in the disc and put crappy stickers all over it to boost horsepower. It's a game that someone else has played, which you are acquiring for less than the normal price. How can there be "too high" a price when you're paying less than full?
>shite deals on trade-ins
I'll concede that point. However, if you wait for their sales and are a subscriber to their rewards program (which, really, pays for itself when you consider it comes with a magazine subscription and a 'buy two, get one free' coupon, all for fifteen bucks', the fact that you don't make so much trading in really evens out.
Also, in response to drinkypoo:
>Gamestop is now discontinuing all 32 bit systems' used games.
You're either an idiot or a troll. Or both. So we're talking mainly Sega Saturn, Nintendo 64, and Playstation. As in Playstation one. That's really all that needs to be said on that subject.
Elderly Georgian Woman Cuts Armenian Internet
but I find this kinda funny.
Yeah, she's a thief. Yeah, it was disastrous.
It was a lot of bad things, but hell, an old woman with a spade just BROKE THE FUCKING INTERNET. This'll keep me giggling for at least a couple horus.
Duke Nukem Forever Gets Delayed - Again
When spore was released, a friend had preordered and my girlfriend at the time drove him to pick it up.
Upon returning, she mentioned that the store manager had told him "there was a last minute delay and it wouldn't be out for another few months, and you could just kinda see David's soul dying and tears start to well up."
Another friend then replied "He should've saved that joke for when Duke Nukem Forever finally comes out."
Bet that manager is kicking himself now.
Aussie PM Office Calls For Government Ban On Gmail, Hotmail
I'm not sure this should've been news in the first place. Seems to me that it's an attempt to blow it out of proportion.
It just breaks down into a government doing something that....really isn't that big of a deal.
inb4 "first they came for gmail in the office, but I said nothing"
Bah, posting again to attribute this comment to me. Forgot I'd cleared all my login cookies and such when I upgraded to FF4.
Nintendo 3DS Battery Is Quick To Die and Slow To Charge
Given that 4.5 hours is with all the bells and whistles turned off, I don't think it's that far of a stretch to say, what, 2.5-3 with them on?
You are now aware that Nintendo's "play for half an hour, take a break for an hour" warnings suddenly make perfect sense.
Sex Offender Claims Police Entrapped Him With Animated Emoticons
I hold no opinion either way, but I will say that your tone and choice of phrasing does not at all lend credence to your tale.
IPad 2 33% Thinner, 2x Faster, iOS 4.3
It may be 33% thinner, but it's still fatter than Steve Jobs.
CRIA Files Massive Canadian Suit Against IsoHunt
So, if a guy robs a bank, he gets arrested.
If a man downloads a copyrighted film illegally, he gets arrested.
Now, if it just so happened that you were the one who gave the guy the key to the vault he robbed or something, wouldn't you expect to be arrested too? Same thing here. IANAL, but this would probably be covered under aiding and abetting...
Pro-piracy, FYI. Just saying that it doesn't make any sense that you can give them the "key" to the illegal item and then not face any legal trouble for doing so.
Mirror's Edge Sequel On Hold
Kinda disappoints me..I'm the kind of guy who never finishes games, but Mirror's Edge was one of those games that only come along once every 5 years or so, the kind that rips me in and won't let me go until I beat it. It was horribly difficult, I died practically every other minute, and I loved every second of it.
The fact that the team's being shuffled to an FPS just disappoints me even more. We need more innovative games like this, not more shooters. The military craze has led to essentially the same game...how many different ones can you play before it's cheaper to just enlist in the army?
Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail
I understand it's that way already. I'm saying that's the way it should stay, and possibly ranting just a tad. Apologies for any confusion.
Google Adds Two-Factor Authentication To Gmail
Again, not everyone has a cell phone. For a lot of people such as myself, they're not a viable option, whether finanicially, or just because there's no need for one. I'm never so far from a phone that I think "it would be great if I could call someone right now without walking to the nearest phone.
Sure, there's other ways of doing the authentication, but..it really shouldn't ever be something mandatory. It's a fucking email account. If someone actually wants to have to jump through hoops for extra security, then they can have a normal account and use another one just for hoopjumping. I know that's what I'll do, and it seems like a really good idea.
Personally, I find this to be a case of "most people are so stupid about security and passwords that we're just going to try to please everyone".
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