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Poking Holes In Samsung's Android Security

SpinningCone Flaws in the system (107 comments)

"any patches [Samsung] develops must first be approved by the network carriers."

Well there's your problem. if I had to call up my ISP every time I wanted to patch windows I'd be screwed.

about a year and a half ago

Soda Ban May Hit the Big Apple

SpinningCone Re:Get a refill.. (1141 comments)

the double big gulps are the best value and the cups are great for stuff at home. it's surprisingly easy to suck down 64 ounces of soda on a hot summer day.

I don't drink them like that anymore but i have in the past. i just don't want to end up with diabeetus and diet drinks are gross.

more than 2 years ago

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 690 Benchmarked

SpinningCone Re:This baby is s-l-o-w !! (119 comments)

after looking at all the other charts for a single card it is indeed the fastest. interesting that for skyrim the crossfire places almost bottom and even blow the non crossfire solution.

for the compute section likely this is an architectural difference and demonstrating the same calculations that make AMD rock bitcoin mining too.

more than 2 years ago

Can $60 Games Survive?

SpinningCone Cost per Hour (435 comments)

They will stay fine. just look at other forms of entertainment

the MPAA charges $5 - $8 an hour depending on 2d vs 3d your area . DVDs/Blueray are more expensive but offer more features to technically the content is about the same price point

The RIAA charges $20 an hour for a .99 cent single and $8-9 an hour for a CD.

at those rates a $60 game should net you 8-12 hours at movie rates and 3-8 hours at music rates.

getting 40 hours puts your per hour cost at $1.50

more than 2 years ago

Journalist Gets Blasted By the Pentagon's Pain Ray — Twice

SpinningCone Re:Corner reflector (357 comments)

Have you ever seen what happens when you put aluminum foil in the microwave? do you really want to wear that?

more than 2 years ago

Ask Slashdot: Who Has Been Sued By the RIAA?

SpinningCone Re:Legal Threats (407 comments)

settling is what normal people do. The RIAA and the MPAA have people whose 8-5 job it is to rake you over the coals of the legal system. even if you win it will drain you emotionally, physically and financially to fight.

he could loose is job to to absence and poor performance, his family due to stress. then there's the legal bill. likely it would cost nearly as much to fight so why wait?

our current system favors the wealthy and large companies and corporations . your average man must sacrifice their lives to get any justice.

more than 2 years ago

Have Bad Cars Gone Extinct?

SpinningCone Re:News to me (672 comments)

wouldn't "If life gives you lemons, open a GM dealership". make more sense?

more than 2 years ago

DARPA Investing In Electric Brain Stimulation To Train Snipers Quickly

SpinningCone When can i buy my thinking hat (tm)? (124 comments)

Read that article the other day, very interesting it will be cool when they pinpoint these areas more specifically and make a hat that can tune your abilities. i have read similar articles using electricity to shut down parts of the brain and people suddenly gain increased artistic abilities or math skills etc.

i imagine that soon we could potentially have a consumer grade device that would help stimulate the parts of your brain to help with the task at hand or temporarily shut down the parts that would hinder.

thought hat leaves the question about school work etc/ could you force employees to use it to make them better. could people who can afford one be getting an unfair advantage academically?

more than 2 years ago

DARPA Investing In Electric Brain Stimulation To Train Snipers Quickly

SpinningCone Re:And That's Why (124 comments)

Just watch out for those father rapers.

more than 2 years ago

DC Comics Prevails In Batmobile Copyright Dispute

SpinningCone Re:On to other things (115 comments)

two wrongs don't make a right, but two Wrights will make an airplane.

more than 2 years ago

Assembling Your Own 3D Printer

SpinningCone Re:!EarlyAdopter (129 comments)

Like RedHat? Or Apple?

more than 2 years ago

Mechanic's Mistake Trashes $244 Million Aircraft

SpinningCone Agile Military? (428 comments)

At some point it would seem the complexity of our military hardware is a hindrance more than a help. what if it had been a bullet instead of a mistake? the plane is operable but takes $25 million in repairs and likely weeks (months?) to do so. or what if you need to maintain these at less then optimal conditions. your mechanics are slammed and it needs to get back in the air. should such a small thing permanently ground your aircraft?

things like this make me think that if we were in a real prolonged WW3 type theater that our overly sophisticated military would begin to fail under pressures of less than optimal conditions.

more than 2 years ago

Iwata Confirms Nintendo Network, New Wii U Controller Functions

SpinningCone Innovative enough? (111 comments)

The wii was a success due to the innovative new controls and a comparatively low pricepoint. admittedly the wii can be a lot of fun. firing up wii sports with people who would never normally touch a game (my dad and others) was great. and there are some good games out there.

however that time is over. looking at gamespot wii has had almost no good 3rd party games out in a while. i haven't bought a new one in ages. and Skyward sword while an ok Zelda game hit me hard because i played skyrim at the same time and i realized how weak the wii was in a hardware sense. even going for the artistic semi cel shaded style Zelda:SS has mediocre graphics and some abysmal interface shortcomings (selling insects was such a ridiculously cumbersome task it wasn't even worth trying). all i could do was wonder was how beautiful SS could have been with the power of a modern PC.

the problem i see with the wii-u will be hardware limitations. i wonder if it will even match the existing 360 or PS3 for graphics. if it doesn't it will be crushed when PS4 and 720 get released and all the AAA titles skip over it again. as for the handheld gimmick they have tried pushing since the GCN/GBA days and i don't se it ever being that relevant in singleplayer and too limiting in multiplayer.

more than 2 years ago

MediaFire CEO: We Don't Depend On Piracy

SpinningCone doesn't matter (185 comments)

mostly moot. true they have have a legitimate model and people using the site for legitimate purposes if they come under suspicion or attack like megaupload the site gets shut down first. at which point if I'm a user or a business i must find another place to host and even if they come back as innocent and the page brought back up my trust in them is gone.

the irony of the situation being if they come out of the legal system as legit their reputation and up-time is tarnished thus ruining their legitimate business and probably need to rely on piracy ad leeching. if they weren't legit but lawyered up and won their case then it's still business as usual since pirates don't care about that stuff.

more than 2 years ago

US Judge Rules Defendant Can Be Forced To Decrypt Hard Drive

SpinningCone Re:Let's hope he gets extradited, he'll be better (1047 comments)

Plausible deny-ability has protects people of greater crimes than your average court case. in America the intent is only to reach reasonable doubt which is much easier to do without any actual evidence of wrongdoing no mater how suspicious the circumstantial evidence looks.

more than 2 years ago

A Copyright Nightmare

SpinningCone Re:How is it different from a play? (411 comments)

the copyright of a photo itself goes to the photographer. since the photo is in itself the creation and the photographer created it. *however* there are laws that allow you to control how your likeness is used in certain commercial aspects. if i take your picture i can indeed make prints and sell that picture as art. hell i could sell that picture to Crapco toilet company.

BUT. if said crapco uses my picture of you in a commercial and you did not provide a photo release you can sue crapco.

if i sell it to a newspaper and you murder some people they can run my photo of you, you can't sue them (news/editorial protection)

if i put it on my website and crapco downloads it and makes a commercial I could sue as copyright holder and you could sue as it's your likeness.

more than 2 years ago

Coders Develop Ways To Defeat SOPA Censorship

SpinningCone Shattered Net (449 comments)

I suspected someone would do this since they were basing blocking on domain. essentially SOPA will kill DNS.

people will begin passing raw addresses/ports to each other and you will end up with another dark-net, one where there are no domain names or to access it you have to get a hold of a domain file for a plug in.

soon there will be sites dedicated to the pirate DNS then there will be assholes who distribute bad DNS files leading to pages with drive by attacks. peges will be fighting over their old domain names since there will be no registrar for this dark net.

this security issue will likely push the P2P DNS efforts already in place.

more than 2 years ago

How 3D Printing Could Help Keep the ISS In Orbit

SpinningCone Re:Materials (200 comments)

if the shapes don't have overhangs that don't curl around won't need that much (or any) support in microgravity.

more than 2 years ago

Latest Humble Bundle Hits $1 Million

SpinningCone Re:Proportional? (276 comments)

Volume discount. Windows users represent 70% of the payments. ;-)

about 3 years ago

Windows 8 To Fight Piracy With the Cloud

SpinningCone Stick with the old (404 comments)

Guess ill just be staying with windows 7

more than 3 years ago


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