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WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

Otto Re:A great reminder? (110 comments)

Use an encrypted password storage system like 1Password or LastPass. Yes, it's not perfect, but what is? Passwords that don't look like line noise are vulnerable nowadays.

more than 2 years ago
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WordPress.org Hacked, Plugin Repository Compromised

Otto Re:store hash instead of password (110 comments)

WordPress does only store password hashes, using the PHPass hashing library.

more than 2 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Otto Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

Actually, I paid five bucks for it, and afterwards I wanted my money back.

As for the OCD goals, I hit more than half of them on my first (and only) play through. The game was trivially easy, I'm afraid.

It sucks for a lot of reasons, replay-value is only one of them (although it is the main one, IMO).

more than 3 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Otto Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

And I can only assume you despise movies and books too which tend to have no "replay value" either, and which also only deliver a few hours of enjoyment for the cost...

Not necessarily, but in general, yes. If it's only worth watching once, then it's probably a poor film. If it's only worth reading once, then it's probably a poor book.

Think of your favorite movies. Do you watch them again? Do you own them on DVD? Do you buy movies on DVD that you don't want to watch more than once? Why not?

Same basic principle at work here. Replay-value is an important part of a purchase decision. I don't buy DVD's until I've seen the movie already, why would video games be any different?

more than 3 years ago
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New York To Get Free Wi-Fi Network Via Livery Cabs

Otto Re:Hmmm... (86 comments)

Assuming it's in enough cars, you could do it with a mesh-network topology. It'd probably require special software on each device to work that way though.

more than 3 years ago
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DRM-Free Game Suffers 90% Piracy, Offers Amnesty

Otto Re:Next step to prevent PC piracy (795 comments)

No, he's right. WoG sucked.

If I can play and beat the game in three hours, and it has no replay value, then it sucks.

more than 3 years ago
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IEEE Looks At Kevin Costner's Oil Cleanup Machines

Otto Re:Bad analogy (289 comments)

Correction, I meant dark matter, dark energy. My bad.

more than 3 years ago
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Apple Lays Out Location Collection Policies

Otto Re:Intelligence test (281 comments)

If you guys are comfortable letting Apple or anyone else have this, it's just because your brain hasn't digested what it means yet. Don't worry, wait for the first few scandals. It will take a few years - maybe long enough for every asshole company to start doing this. But it will get easier to understand.

I voluntarily send my location to Google every 2 hours (via Latitude). Why should I care if they know where I am? I mean, what exactly are you, some kind of spy?

Nobody cares where *you* are. You're just not that important. Sorry to bust your ego-bubble.

They only really care where people are in aggregate. That information is far more useful.

And if where you are does actually matter, then *turn it off*. Simple enough to do, really.

more than 3 years ago
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IEEE Looks At Kevin Costner's Oil Cleanup Machines

Otto Re:Bad analogy (289 comments)

Not. Eventually the universe will run down too.

more than 3 years ago
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After DNA Misuse, Researchers Banished From Havasupai Reservation

Otto Re:Get it Back (332 comments)

It's highly unlikely that they did full sequencing on these samples. Full sequencing is expensive and time consuming.

Generally they only sequence the specific parts of the DNA that the particular research happens to be interested in.

about 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

Otto Re:if only that were the end (405 comments)

Based on what study?

Based on the fact that it's impossible to brick an iPhone from jailbreaking, like I stated previously.

Wake up and learn to read, dude.

about 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

Otto Re:if only that were the end (405 comments)

it turned out that I was able to eventually unbrick it after hours of trying different things.

You don't even know what "brick" means, do you?

"Bricking" means, basically, turning the device into a functional brick which does nothing whatsoever. It is not possible to restore a bricked device, under ANY circumstances. There is no such thing as "unbricking". The term makes no sense.

If you could restore it to functionality, then it was not "bricked".

You most emphatically could no simply do a software restore.

In point of fact, yes, you could. The iPhone has a special mode you can boot it into that will allow you to do a restore regardless of the software on the device. The fact that you didn't know how to do it does not invalidate my original statements.

iPhones cannot be bricked by jailbreaking. Period. This is a statement of fact. If you disagree, then you're wrong. It's that simple.

about 4 years ago
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In Defense of Jailbreaking

Otto Re:if only that were the end (405 comments)

I agree that if you bought it you own it. ANd would you agree that if you break it or want service it's okay for apple not to supply it? And if something bricks it, it's not apple's problem?

Jailbreaking cannot "brick" your iPhone. You can restore it to factory settings by simply doing a "Restore" in iTunes. This has nothing to do with the current software on the phone at all, since restoring wipes the phone entirely anyway.

I'd bet that people that jail break and brick make more than their share of service requests and cause more than their share of replacements.

Nope. Quite the contrary, in fact.

about 4 years ago
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American Lung Association Pushes For Ban On Electronic Cigarettes

Otto Re:Nicotine (790 comments)

50 mg is a whole frickin' lot of nicotine. A normal cigarette only delivers about 1 mg to the user, maximum.

about 4 years ago
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American Lung Association Pushes For Ban On Electronic Cigarettes

Otto Re:Nicotine (790 comments)

No, you know two people who have some pretty hardcore permanent brain damage who happened to consume a lot of LSD.

Correlation is not causation.

about 4 years ago
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American Lung Association Pushes For Ban On Electronic Cigarettes

Otto Re:Nicotine (790 comments)

Funnily enough, Google says you're wrong.

Again, citation needed.

about 4 years ago

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