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Browser Private Modes Not So Private After All

Kesch Re:Opera (198 comments)

Definitive scientific testing has been conducted.

Opera is more private than a potato.

more than 4 years ago

StarCraft II Cost $100 Million To Develop

Kesch Re:Will not be surprising (414 comments)

Indeed, I have thoroughly reviewed the Minimum, Recommended, and Optimal system requirements, and nowhere were pants mentioned.

more than 4 years ago

Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

Kesch Re:NVidia engineering sucks badly (197 comments)

Well, the good news is that these new 460 boards (GF104 based) have shown to be some of the coolest and lowest power contenders in their performance range, which is a big contrast to the previous three 4xx cards (GF 100 based) which are known as hot, noisy monsters.

Each new batch of cards come with their own pluses and problems. You shouldn't make generalizations. If you're really worried about overheated cards, find an nVidia or ATI vendor that puts a better cooling system on the card and offers a lifetime warranty.

more than 4 years ago

Nvidia's $200 GTX 460 Ups Bargain Performance

Kesch Re:Bargain? $200? (197 comments)

nVidia actually just came out with their eyefinity rival called nVidia Surround. It isn't as good as eyefinity though, since it only drives up to six monitors, and you'll need 2x cards in SLI. I'm also not sure if it can do different resolutions on different displays.

The one advantage it has is that it can do 3d on the displays if somehow have the cash to spend $200 on the glasses setup, and whatever it costs to get 3 identical versions of one of the supported 120hz monitors.

more than 4 years ago

Congressmen Send Letters, Hope For Net Neutrality Fades

Kesch Re:This November.. (427 comments)

Voting for third parties can actually get their policies into play without them even needing to win. With most races being so tight, even the small percentage third parties gather can change the outcome. If a third party starts to draw votes, one of the two main parties will likely absorb some of the third party's policies in an effort to win back those lost voters. At that point, congratulations, you third part vote has helped influence the platform of a major party.

Is this ideal? No, not really. Actually having representatives you want voted into office would be much better. But voting for third parties is a way of expressing dissatisfaction with both major parties and likely getting at least one of them to change.

more than 4 years ago

Stem Cell Patent Halts Hospital's Collection

Kesch Re:The value of defensive patents. (223 comments)

Well, except even with evidence, they would still have to spend time and money in court to get the patent invalidated.

more than 4 years ago

Google Releases a Web-App Case Study For Hackers

Kesch Re:Web Goat (95 comments)

I hear it features some pretty impressive holes.

more than 4 years ago

Gene Therapy Restores Sight To Blind

Kesch Re:coloublind (157 comments)

Are you sure it is infrared? I had heard that loss of your lens let you see further into ultraviolet (

more than 4 years ago

Juror Explains Guilty Vote In Terry Childs Case

Kesch Re:Take some time and think (537 comments)

So maybe he acted terribly as an employee, but you can't argue that he didn't take network security seriously.

more than 4 years ago

Hand Written Clock

Kesch Re:I like... (86 comments)

While the Industrious Clock is probably a better "hand-drawn" timekeeper, I'd say the real draw of this is not just the clock face, but the entire mounting in a man sized box with the clock sunken. It then truly looks like you have kidnapped someone, shoved them into a box, and forced them to keep time with whiteboard markers. I'd like to see a pocket watch version with a tiny demon inside.

more than 4 years ago

Court Says Fair Use May Hold In Some RIAA Cases

Kesch Re:I didn't know they could do that (145 comments)

He was uploading them too - his violation of copyright wasn't just making a single copy for his own use, but rather distributing them to others. Thus, the damages would include $1.40 for every he uploaded each song to, and everyone they then uploaded the song to. That's going to be much higher than a total of $33.60. How much higher? We don't know - it's too speculative to say, which is why Congress put in the statutory damage provisions.

You seem to have a decent grasp of the laws at play here and offer an interesting counterpoint to NYCL. I'm curious on this one part. Why do you believe that he should be liable for secondary infringement (or more specifically, that statutory damages should reflect assumed secondary (and maybe even tertiary) infringement)?

more than 4 years ago

Is Valve's Steam Anti-Competitive?

Kesch Re:Well.. (286 comments)

I'm actually pretty surprised by the prices on Steam though. Despite a strong second-hand market for PC games, the prices on Steam (and PC games in general) still seem to have some strong pressure from somewhere (piracy?). New game prices sometimes start below their console ports, and the price gap just widens from there. On top of that they offer sometimes crazy good sales and some amazing value bundles. Of course, they're not the only digital distributor with good deals. The recent D2D $5 sale has had me buying tons of games.

Are these two companies both being driven by some pricing pressure in the market, or is Valve just pro-consumer and everyone else is racing to catch up?

more than 4 years ago

FCC To Probe Google Voice Over Call Blocking

Kesch Re:So let's get this straight... (86 comments)

Well... no. There's no real bad guy here, but it isn't such a cut and dry blame game.

The FCC starts asking why AT&T is blocking Google Voice on the iPhone.

AT&T tries to shed some of the heat by changing topics and asking why Google doesn't have to connect these expensive rural providers that AT&T is legally forced to connect to.

Now, these expensive rural end points are apparently a little slimy since they like to partner with high volume services to draw calls into their network which they can then charge a premium for.

Of course, Google and AT&T aren't exactly analogous. So it's not clear that Google should be held to the same standards. One company is providing a completely free service while the other receives subscription fees. Also one is providing full phone service complete with a dial tone, while the other is fancy routing for your existing services. Finally, one has gotten government subsidies to support expensive coverage of rural areas while the other has received nothing.

I appreciate that the FCC is asking these questions though. They're fairly reasonable questions. In fact, the FCC has been fairly competent as of late. They might still be a little weak when it comes to laying the smackdown and righting the wrongs of telecom industry (of which there are a lot). But they have shown active interest in investigating possible abuses, and know the right questions to ask when they show up.

more than 4 years ago

Barack Obama Wins the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize

Kesch Re:proletariat (1721 comments)

To be fair, curing people just gives them a chance to get sick again. Whereas dead stays dead (and even if they don't, a proper public policy for zombie outbreaks still involves liberal applications of firepower).

more than 4 years ago

Inside the Windows 7 Launch Party Pack

Kesch Re:They could at least have a LAN party (267 comments)

You mean you don't set up file transfers and race to see who finishes first. (Mine only has -243.7 years to go! Bill's transfer is the favorite at the minute though since it's units are expressed in minutes.)

more than 4 years ago

Patent Claim Could Block Import of Toyota's Hybrid Cars

Kesch Re:Yes, but.... (451 comments)

Wait, Nintendo's entering the car market?

more than 4 years ago

RIAA Says "Don't Expect DRMed Music To Work Forever"

Kesch Re:Forever? (749 comments)

I'm not sure how you can criticize the free market with a situation that involves government granted monopolies(copyrights) and a cartel. You could maybe make the point that unfettered capitalism leads to cartels and monopolies, but then we are no longer dealing with free markets, so that's actually a criticism of capitalism.

Unless of course your use of quotes around "free market" is alluding to the fact that whenever someone uses the word in modern political discourse, they're usually actually arguing for corporatism, and that everyone should be weary of a politician spouting "free market" ideologies. In that case I support your argument.

I think we need a moratorium on the term until people read up on the qualities that define a free market, and realize that it is merely a tool that can promote efficiency in many situations.

more than 5 years ago

Formerly Classified Global Warming Spy Photos Released

Kesch Re:Did we not already know this? (791 comments)

Why are you relying on your kids to pay for your old age? Are you incapable of planning ahead in case you don't die early, and saving up some money for that possibility? I think investing all the money you would have spent raising kids would already provide a pretty decent retirement fund.

more than 5 years ago


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