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Coordinated, Global ATM Heist Nets $13 Million

MWoody Re:every-24-hour coordination (122 comments)

Wait, so how does an ATM that only synchronizes once a day know that I just put in the right pin number? Does every ATM on the planet download a list of every ATM card and PIN in existence?

I'm not trying to be sarcastic or glib, I'm just trying to understand how the system you describe could function.

about 3 years ago

Atari Targets Retro Community With Cease & Desist

MWoody Re:"Estoppel Defense" (219 comments)

Which, in turn, will continue to teach companies that they're fools not to sue everyone immediately for every little possible violation.

The law of unintended consequences is indeed a bitch.

about 3 years ago

Ubisoft Scales Back Driver DRM

MWoody Re:Too late... (121 comments)

Congratulations, you are the textbook definition of "part of the problem." You are why this is happening. Ubisoft is a company trying to make money; that's what companies DO. You, however, are an amoral asshole, and the cause of all of this DRM bullshit.

about 3 years ago

Building a Better 'Anonymous?'

MWoody Re:I guess I don't belong. (119 comments)

"For the lulz."

I.e. they do things specifically because it amuses them, regardless of the damage it causes. That's pretty clearly not good, and I'd say it goes well past neutral and down into chaotic evil territory.

more than 3 years ago

Why Doesn't 'Google Kids' Exist?

MWoody Re:Supervise your own kid (561 comments)

I'm curious, do people who cover up outlets disgusts you? How about those who make sure there's a childproof fence around the pool? Or the ones who put a lock on the liquor cabinet?

Watching your child every second of every day is an equally dangerous proposition, in terms of their intellectual and emotional growth, as not watching them at all. They NEED to learn to think and operate independently, and being able to designate a subset of the Internet not filled with bomb instructions and donkey porn would be an excellent service to help them do that in relative safety.

more than 3 years ago

NSA CS Man: My Tracking Algorithm Was 'Twisted' By the Government

MWoody Re:Oh? (267 comments)

And why, pray tell, should they mark up a quote from some movie over actual discussion? And not even a particularly interesting or well phrased one, at that.

more than 3 years ago

L.A. Noire 'Blurs the Line' Between Story and Game

MWoody Re:long way to go (83 comments)

But Max Payne wasn't film noir so much as a parody of film noir. At least, I assumed it was a parody. Oh god, they weren't serious, were they?

more than 3 years ago

Japanese Government Will Censor Fukushima "Illegal Information"

MWoody Re:There is no "illegal information"... (411 comments)

Bullshit. Libel and slander are illegal information in every free society on Earth.

more than 3 years ago

Fox News Brings Video Game Violence Debate To a New Low

MWoody Re:Rubbish (421 comments)

Well, see, the game's not out yet. There ya go.

more than 3 years ago

FBI Executes 40 Search Warrants For 'Anonymous'

MWoody Good. (221 comments)

I was wondering when they'd start doing this one. Many of the attacks were done using a program called "low orbit ion cannon," essentially an opt-in botnet: run the program and it waits for a signal from a master node, then starts spamming requests at the specified target. Meaning that the participants in the attacks, far from the usual unknowing and unwilling infected, were in fact choosing specifically to join in the action. What's more, the nature of a DDoS makes proxy use counter-productive and ineffective (all attacks come from a small number of proxy IPs, being easily blockable, and you DDoS the proxy long before the target).

The end result? A list of unprotected ip addresses for a bunch of idiot thugs and 13-year old kids, not at all anonymous. Well done, geniuses.

more than 3 years ago

Doctors Save Premature Baby Using Sandwich Bag

MWoody Re:Is the Story Real? (246 comments)

List of Infant Mortality Rates

United States: 6.3 deaths per 100,000 live births

United Kingdom: 4.8 deaths per 100,000 live births

Oh I'm sorry, do the facts get in the way of your opinion? How rude of me.

more than 3 years ago

Copying Trumps Creating For FarmVille Creator Zynga

MWoody Re:Patents expire. (319 comments)

Did you read your own link? That article lists clones, yes, but it hardly proves that the industry was "based off of clones." The only seminal game mentioned that was itself an absolute, blatant copy of another is Pong, and they paid out a $700k settlement to Magnavox for their duplication. The rest are either off-brand copyright theft or examples that clearly fall under "inspiration." No major work comes close to Zynga's bald-faced appropriations.

about 4 years ago

NASA Launches Moonbase Alpha

MWoody Somewhat worrying installation (230 comments)

"Installing AMD dual core optimizer" (from the game installation)

Uh, game, I know you can't see that "Intel Inside" sticker, but still, I can save you some time...

I generally like Steam, but I really miss the option of a custom install from pre-Steam games. I've lost count of the number of times I've had to sit and watch DirectX and the Microsoft redistributable unpack their entire installation, run, and of course immediately quit, discovering their target already up to date. And doesn't automatically downloading a brand new copy of these with every game installation really defeat - or at least marginalize - their purpose?

more than 4 years ago

Mom Arrested After Son Makes Dry Ice "Bombs"

MWoody Re:Sounds familiar. (571 comments)

Waaaait a minute. A six foot tall liquid-fueled rocket? On the ground at your farm, sure, that's safe. But it's a ROCKET. You obviously don't intend for it to STAY on the ground. And you don't own the airspace above a certain level.

My sympathy for your desire to experiment or engage in your hobby ends when you begin threatening to fire explosive devices into commercial airspace.

more than 4 years ago

Microsoft Kills the Kin

MWoody Re:But??? But??? (351 comments)

Questlove. Musician, drummer for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon house band. Relevant here because he appeared in a commercial for the Kin.

more than 4 years ago

Subscription-Based 'Hulu Plus' Is Now Official

MWoody Re:netflix? (434 comments)

Occasionally, Netflix has newer stuff via special deals with the distributors (Whitest Kids You Know did this for their newest season, for example). Mostly, though, no: it's best used for older titles, as it's rare to find an instant watch show or movie not also out on DVD.

So yes, I supplement Netflix with Hulu to watch new stuff. But that's the thing, here: Hulu Plus doesn't affect new shows, based on their press release. It's just to watch the older stuff. Hell, two of their own examples - Buffy and the X-Files - are already on Netflix instant watch, with the other one being available on DVD. So for a dollar more per month, you get roughly the same content as Netflix, plus ads, without the DVD rental part. I can't fathom how they intend to compete.

more than 4 years ago

Court Takes Away Some of the Public Domain

MWoody Re:Finally the right call (431 comments)

I can imagine you getting a papercut and going to the emergency room, screaming "it's the beginning of the end!"

more than 4 years ago

The Hurt Locker Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers

MWoody Re:I've never understood... (861 comments)

So, what's your proposed solution to this grand miscarriage of justice?

a) Only agree to settle out of court for a higher amount
b) Insist every case go to court, no mediation accepted

OF COURSE they offer to accept lower damages if they don't have to go to court. That's not extortion; that's common sense. Who would settle for less than their court payments?

more than 4 years ago

The Hurt Locker Producers Sue First 5,000 File-Sharers

MWoody Re:I've never understood... (861 comments)

If the individuals being sued had simply downloaded the file from an FTP site or something, I'd agree. Stealing the movie from a store cost them whatever lost sales it represents (and yes, I agree that this is a smaller than 100% percentage) plus the physical cost of the disc, whereas downloading it was merely the not-quite-one-copy lost sale. However, and this is important, they uploaded the movie to others. If you insist on using increasingly outdated brick-and-mortar analogies, it's like stealing the movie, making a hundred copies, and then getting all your friends together to stand on every street corner and hand out free copies.

The people who argued "it's not thievery, it's copyright infringement" throughout the RIAA's antics were right, but doesn't always work in your favor: a bitTorrent download is many times more damaging than a stolen copy.

more than 4 years ago


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