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Google Releases Wi-Fi Sniffing Audit

Nasarius Re:Should be (198 comments)

They collected and saved a bunch of useless data. That's their mistake. There's absolutely nothing useful they could have done with little snippets of unencrypted IP traffic.

That's why allegations of evilness in this case are so painfully stupid. They knew they did something that would *seem* a little sketchy at first glance, but there's just no scenario where intentionally doing this would benefit Google in any way.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

Nasarius Re:Almost 2 months (443 comments)

But as he says in the article, the goal was not to be unbreakable, but to delay the hackers -- 50 percent of the total sales occurred in the first 2 months.

There's an unstated, totally unproven assumption that pirates are impatient and will buy the game if it isn't cracked soon. There's been a lot of handwaving about this from people trying to justify DRM, but they're all assuming a link for which they have no evidence.

My theory, equally unsupported by real data, is that the vast majority of pirates are cheap bastards who aren't going to buy a game for $50-60, period. They'll wait, they'll play the game a little later.

more than 4 years ago
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Ubisoft's DRM Cracked — For Real This Time

Nasarius Re:There WILL be unbreakable DRM, heres how: (443 comments)

That's not really a crack, though. It's comparable to writing your own clone of a game (half of it, at least), which requires several orders of magnitude more work.

more than 4 years ago
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An Early Look At Next-Gen Shooter Bodycount

Nasarius Re:Space Invaders (238 comments)

simulation-based games can have unexpected outcomes which might not be particularly beneficial from the designers' point of view.

But that's half the fun of open-world, sim-like games (the ones that actually deserve the "sandbox" term). Sure, major unintended functionality should be ironed out in testing, but the ability to approach a situation in a way the designer never anticipated is fantastic.

more than 4 years ago
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Crytek Thinks Free Game Demos Will Soon Be Extinct

Nasarius Re:Let them get rid of free demos (379 comments)

Totally agree. I'm sure the big developers/publishers will continue to profit, but they'll also drive away a certain hardcore audience that has entirely different wants. Indie games are flourishing, and very likely will continue to do so. No DRM + a focus on gameplay over graphics = win.

I'd keep an eye on EA/BioWare, though. They're managing to be somewhat evil (neutering resale by offering "free" one-time DLC) while maintaining light DRM, a strong mod community, and damn good games.

more than 4 years ago
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ClamAV Forced Upgrade Breaks Email Servers

Nasarius Re:so clam breaks if a remote server is down? (299 comments)

The Windows equivalent would be Microsoft Delivering a critical update with XP designed to disable windows, because you haven't updated to Vista yet.

No, not even remotely close. Upgrading ClamAV is trivial and costs nothing. If you're not keeping your security software up to date, you've failed utterly.

more than 4 years ago
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The Art of Unit Testing

Nasarius xUnit Test Patterns (98 comments)

For anyone familiar with the basics of unit testing but struggling to implement it in real world scenarios, I'd strongly recommend xUnit Test Patterns: Refactoring Test Code by Gerard Meszaros.

The idea is not only that automated testing is good, but that testable code is fundamentally better because it needs to be loosely coupled. I still struggle to follow TDD in many scenarios, especially where I'm closely interacting with system APIs, but just reading xUnit Test Patterns has given me tons of ideas that improved my code.

more than 4 years ago
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Fallout: New Vegas Coming This Fall, Trailer Released

Nasarius Re:That is fast! (100 comments)

The characters in DAO are goddamn amazing. By far the best in any game I've played. They genuinely feel like people with consistent personalities, who react very differently to each other, to your actions, and to your words. You can't get away with mindlessly tapping the "positive" dialogue option (like you can in the Mass Effects) if you want, say, Morrigan to like you.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Nasarius Re:News Flash! (309 comments)

If you've played, say, Ultima Online in its heyday or Darkfall recently, you'd know what I mean when I refer to the "usual MMO", versus the entire MMO genre. Doom, Doom clones, BioShock, and Deus Ex (arguably) are all FPSes, dontchaknow. And yet many people who were sick of Doom clones probably loved Deus Ex.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Nasarius Re:Level based or skill based? (309 comments)

And a few years from now, will STO offer anything substantial beyond the usual MMO experience? Probably not. If you want a Star Trek flavored MMO, you probably won't mind the imperfections and you'll love the incremental developments. If you're sick of the usual MMO schtick, a big meh.

more than 4 years ago
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Star Trek Online Open Beta Starts Today

Nasarius Re:Level based or skill based? (309 comments)

you have a really, really lackluster game.

I only played this past weekend after I got a beta key, but I have to agree. It's pretty much exactly what you'd expect from a Star Trek MMORPG, if your expectations were entirely unambitious. The bridge officers change things up a little, but mostly in a cosmetic way. Gameplay is fundamentally unchanged from the model EQ and WoW set over the past decade. It's sadly typical MMO quest grind, and not half as polished as WoW. The interface, for example, is sluggish, poorly designed, and buggy.

Maybe if you're a big Star Trek fan, it'll still be fun. But if you've had your fill of typical MMOs that do nothing interesting with the whole massively multiplayer thing, I'd steer clear.

more than 4 years ago
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Preventing My Hosting Provider From Rooting My Server?

Nasarius Re:This is very simple (539 comments)

And that makes unauthorized access to someone else's data legal how, exactly?

It's entirely likely that he agreed to such things in the TOS. But just because you have the drive doesn't mean the bits are yours to read.

more than 4 years ago
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Dashboard Reveals What Google Knows About You

Nasarius Re:Let's add a link. (260 comments)

I can kind of excuse the crap job that Google has done with consolidating settings; lots of their apps were bought from other companies, and they're just starting to make the Google profile a significant thing. But what I absolutely do not get is why they (and pretty much every other website in the world) completely ignore the Accept-Language browser header, which is sent properly by every browser.

It's such an obvious bit of information to use, it requires no IP-based geolocation, there must be some reason I'm not thinking of that they don't use it. Can anybody explain?

more than 4 years ago
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Dashboard Reveals What Google Knows About You

Nasarius Re:Let's add a link. (260 comments)

I know, this is total bullshit. I've been living in Germany for about 1.5 years now, I use an English-language browser, I've set everything I possibly can in Google to English, and it still constantly gives me random pages in German, like the OpenID login. What the fuck? Let me set my language in one place and then *keep it*, or recognize that if my user agent is in English, I probably want English. Overriding such things based on geography is astoundingly stupid, given the large number of travelers and expats in the world.

Belgium must be a particularly strange example...do the Walloons get Dutch too?

more than 4 years ago
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Yet Another Premature Declaration of Email's Death

Nasarius Re:google wave? come on now... (266 comments)

It's no good using Wave to organise a BBQ, if most of the people I want to invite don't have Wave.

The neat thing about Wave is that it's an app platform. Even the original demo included a use case where comments on a blog from non-Wave users would get pushed back to the wave.

Right now, Wave is slow (at least the dev sandbox is...I'm not on the main server yet), broken, missing features, and largely closed. But it won't stay that way. Bridging tools will be created where they make sense (collaborate on a document then push it out via email is an obvious one), tons of cool Wave-specific apps will be developed, and everything will be improved. Will it replace email right now? No, of course not. But its featureset is such that it probably will eventually, because it will do everything email can and a whole lot more.

more than 4 years ago
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Google Wave Backstage

Nasarius Re:PyGoWave (132 comments)

It's buggy as all heck, but it seems like a really decent start. Plus Django is a huge draw. If I don't get a Wave invite tomorrow, I think I'll pitch in. Thanks for the link!

more than 4 years ago
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The Ethics of Selling GPLed Software For the iPhone

Nasarius Re:Yes (782 comments)

I believe you can download the iPhone SDK and run it on the included emulator without paying anything.

But I mean, you could make the same sort of argument about GPL'd software for Windows. You need to pay for the Windows license before you can run it. The application code is free; the platform is another matter entirely.

more than 4 years ago
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English DJ Claims Wi-Fi Allergy

Nasarius Allergies (515 comments)

Since everyone has already pointed out that electrohypersensitivity is simply a psychological problem (though probably no less real to the sufferer than panic attacks or depression, for example), I thought I'd add that even if it were a physical reaction, it almost certainly wouldn't be an allergy, which specifically implies the immune system reacting when it shouldn't. A general feeling of unwellness or pain is rarely a symptom of an allergy, unless it's among the symptoms of anaphylaxis, which is pretty much fatal if not immediately treated.

more than 4 years ago
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Study Highlights Gap Between Views of Scientists and the Public

Nasarius Re:55% say they are Democrats (670 comments)

I wasn't attempting to make a rigorous scientific argument with all my citations in order. Simply observing that a) we're emitting a fuckload of CO2, and b) said CO2 does not magically disappear. The exact figures can be found by anyone who's interested, but the extremely simple point remains the same.

about 5 years ago

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