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Clueless About Card Data Hack, PF Chang's Reverts To Imprinting Devices

LurkerXXX Re:more secure? (142 comments)

When the physical security is breached, the customers at that one store with the rogue employee/thief is affected. When the records are online, you can have all the customers at many/all the stores are affected by a single breach.

about a month and a half ago

Hulu Blocks VPN Users

LurkerXXX Re:I don't think, they worry about non-US users (259 comments)

When someone is coming in through a VPN, you have no idea what their country of origin is, so how can you tell what license to show them?

You can't.

about 3 months ago

Switching From Sitting To Standing At Your Desk

LurkerXXX Re:Well (312 comments)

No. Tall chairs exist. We used them all the time at our benches in the research labs. Part of the time you stand, part of the time you sit. Whichever is comfortable and works with your current activity.

about 3 months ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

LurkerXXX Re:Easily solved premise (118 comments)

You do realize, with a good number of games, you can register your 'owened' CD registration number with steam, and then have your game available on your steam account on any computer you are at, without needing to dig out that CD again, right?

about 3 months ago

Steam's Most Popular Games

LurkerXXX Hours Played is a bad metric. (118 comments)

The 'Hours Played' is a horrible metric. I've left Civ V running for days when I play in the evening, but don't bother quitting when I go to bed and work in the morning, then come home and play for an hour or two in the evening. 6 hours real play, 72 recorded as 'time played'. Same for other games.

about 3 months ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

LurkerXXX Re:Yeah, probably a VGA screen (272 comments)

>Why is capacitive touch so important

Because most resistive screens sucked, that's why. I worked with quite a number of them, and yeah, sometimes they worked with a thumbnail, and sometimes they didn't. Not acceptable for use.

We had these and a number of other tablets. If you wanted to actually get anything done, you used a stylus.

about 3 months ago

Nokia Had a Production-Ready Web Tablet 13 Years Ago

LurkerXXX Hardware has advanced in 13 years. (272 comments)

There were a ton of internet devices a decade ago. I had drawers full of literature from a lot of companies making new ones. We wanted to use some badly for at-home patients for a research study. We didn't buy any. Why? They were expensive, and they sucked. There are reasons tablets didn't take off 13 years ago, and it had absolutely nothing to due with market-research.

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

LurkerXXX Re:Envy (140 comments)

I could afford one. Most folks working in good tech jobs could.

I have no desire to wear one. I've got a smartphone when I want to do those types of things. I have no need to have a camera always recording things, and when I want to look at a screen, I generally want to be able to type into it, not speak into it. That just disturbs people near by. I'm more of the opinon of folks using mass transit in Japan. I don't want to hear your conversations. Even if it's a conversation with your tech.

Not many people wear those stupid gimicky watches that link to your smartphone either, although those are even cheaper. Just because something is tech doesn't mean people want it.

about 3 months ago

Bill Gates Patents Detecting, Responding To "Glassholes"

LurkerXXX Re:The difference... (140 comments)

>The video starts with the patrons already attacking the Glasshole, so no, she started filming them after she was attacked.

Unless she easily clipped out the inital part of the filming that would have made her look bad.

about 3 months ago

First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

LurkerXXX Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

No, you think you've found a possible security hole and you email your friend Mike and ask him to look over it and see what he thinks. The NSA intercepts the email, and immediatly sends you the security letter.

about 3 months ago

Interview: Ask Theo de Raadt What You Will

LurkerXXX Re:Why are you such an asshole? (290 comments)

Yes, OpenBSD's main projects make things like carp, pf, etc. That seems to be the focus, and how most users use OpenBSD systems. I'm not sure how the Firefox thing is a worry to most folks who use and trust OpenBSD for their use. I've had a lot of OpenBSD machines over the years, but I don't think I've installed X Window more than a couple times.

about 5 months ago

Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

LurkerXXX Re:Astronomy: Astrology for Physicists (141 comments)

Look to the post above.

Large stars have high interior pressure. Fusion rates are high. The stars burn out fast.

Small stars have much lower internal pressure. Fusion rates are low. The stars can last a long, long, long time.

about 6 months ago

Oldest Known Star In the Universe Discovered

LurkerXXX Lorien? (141 comments)

There is a planet circling it. It's name is Z'ha'dum. Where the First One lives.

about 6 months ago

Big Pharma Presses US To Quash Cheap Drug Production In India

LurkerXXX Re:So (255 comments)

Nothing stops doctors around the world from prescribing the generic version of the old forumulation, of for you to ask your doctor for the generic of the old formulation.

People with bad doctors, and that don't bother checking if a generic version of the drug is available get ripped off, but the rest of the people in the world can get along just fine.

about 6 months ago

Who Makes the Best Hard Disk Drives?

LurkerXXX Re:Amazing how times *don't* change. (444 comments)

And in the last 25 years I've replaced about 200 failed drives. The Maxtors failed at about 5x the rate of the Seagates. That shows you want ancidotal evidence is worth.

To know actual reliability, you need stats on the level of Google or Amazon, that can tally failures by the 10's of thousands.

about 6 months ago

Windows 9 Already? Apparently, Yes.

LurkerXXX Re:9.1 (1009 comments)

Yep. The people who advocate this interface are consumers only. They don't produce anything on the computer where you are going to need to spend a lot of time typing, etc. I do work. I want a decent interface. That's not touch.

about 6 months ago

4K Is For Programmers

LurkerXXX Re:where do I sign? (520 comments)


Do you know what you just did to my budget for the new year?

about 7 months ago


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