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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

VGPowerlord Re:Arrest the Credit Card Issuers? (417 comments)

It sounds like the real scammers are the credit card issues that have a system in place to override that has ZERO security in place.

The security is supposed to be that the retailer is supposed to call the bank themselves to verify it. Which they didn't do.

3 days ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re:But scarcity! (390 comments)

There are literally hundreds of credit card companies in the United States.

MasterCard, Visa, American Express, Discover....those are the only major ones, so I'm not sure where you got "hundreds" from.

about two weeks ago

Verizon's Accidental Mea Culpa

VGPowerlord Re: But scarcity! (390 comments)

I'm just assuming you're saying that and not judging from personal experience, because last I checked, the State of Michigan monitors road quality state-wide and funds repairs accordingly.

about two weeks ago

Nearly 25 Years Ago, IBM Helped Save Macintosh

VGPowerlord Re:From what I've read: (236 comments)

The early 2000s (and 1999) also saw fierce competition between AMD and Intel. This happened after AMD stole the performance crown from Intel with the release of the original Athlon, which likely pushed Intel to actually make some improvements.

This eventually lead to the Pentium M (and later Core) microarchitecture which Intel has been building upon for the last decade or so.

about two weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Normal humans exlcuded from practicing law/medi (608 comments)

The real injustice is that I'll never be able to fill that spot on my bucket list under "Perform open heart surgery in front of a judge while vigorously arguing a case on behalf of the guy who is having his heart operated on."

No, but you could probably work that into an app!

about three weeks ago

Normal Humans Effectively Excluded From Developing Software

VGPowerlord Re:Cry Me A River (608 comments)

How did it get to the point of being a "series of kludges upon hacks upon misbegotten designs"? So much of it was because of shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solutions done by amateurs. People like Brendan Eich were nothing but enablers: much of Javascript's stupidity comes his trying to make it accessible to non-programmers.

Much of JavaScript's stupidity was because it was a shit-headed ad-hoc, fix-it-now solution written for NetScape 2.0... back then it was called LiveScript.

"Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it." -- George Santayana

about three weeks ago

Russia Moves From Summer Time To Standard Time

VGPowerlord Re:News? (158 comments)

At least this particular bit of ridiculousness is being undone.

Which is more than I can say of the US government.

about a month ago

Unintended Consequences For Traffic Safety Feature

VGPowerlord Pedestrians ignore them anyway (579 comments)

Adding the timers doesn't help anything because pedestrians ignore the timer anyway and will just walk out even if the light is about to change.

So, all you've done is give more information to the people who you didn't intend to give it to.

about a month ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

VGPowerlord Re:Who bought them anyway? (127 comments)

Bad examples. Transistor and Mercenary Kings are both on Steam, as is pretty much every indie game of consequence. In fact, what most indie developers are learning is that they get more sales on Steam than they ever did on the consoles - and Steam will allow them to support their games past release without placing stupid restrictions on it.

This is one of the reasons I don't plan on buying any current gen consoles.

Not only that, but on the WiiU front, Nintendo has released the first game I might actually be interested in for the WiiU, but I'm not about to shell out a bunch of money just for one game.

To add to this, the WiiU's other big upcoming title (Smash Bros.) is also going to be on the 3DS... which nearly all my friends already have. As opposed to the two of them who have WiiU consoles.

about 2 months ago

Sony Overtakes Rival Nintendo In Console Sales

VGPowerlord Re:ZOMG PANIC! (127 comments)

I think that it is worth noting that the sales comparison is not lifetime sales, but sales for 2013 only. So, Nintendo's 2012 sales would not have been included.

The fact that the Wii U has been available for longer makes the PS4 2013 sales look even more lacklustre. All the consoles have their best sales immediately after launch (which is why having a good launch catalogue is critical). The Wii U was launched in late 2012, and it is unlikely that 2013 saw the kind of sales that it had in the first few months after launch. However, the PS4 was launched in 2013. So, when you compare sales data for 2013, you are comparing sales data of the latest and greatest that Sony has to offer with the sales performance of a console that most had already panned as being not worth the purchase.

You realize that the PS4 was only out for the last 6 weeks of 2013 in North America and last 5 weeks in Europe? And wasn't out in Japan until February 2014?

about 2 months ago

Why NASA's Budget "Victory" Is Anything But

VGPowerlord Re:Government fails again (267 comments)

In the US, the government (the National Science Foundation specifically) ran the Internet backbone through April 30, 1995. Then it got privatized... which was a mistake.

about 2 months ago

Sony Winding Down the PSP

VGPowerlord Re:Too much competition (85 comments)

It kind of annoys me that the Vita TV never reached north America. The Vita games I'm interested in don't actually need touch controls and in Japan its like half the price of the Vita itself.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

VGPowerlord Re:LP Mud (310 comments)

I did a few shenanigans here and there. Most were just weird things though.

I do remember accidentally making a command attached to a room that would essentially delete your inventory if you were a wizard because it turns out there was an admin command with the same name. And another that would fill up your inventory with undroppable items.

Oh, and I can't forget the rooms that moved you automatically between them in a circle so fast that you had to spam directions and hope you exited to a room that was outside the circle of spinning rooms.... it was supposed to move you from room to room every 2 seconds or so (to simulate a giant spinning gear in a clock tower), not every .2 seconds or whatever it was doing... whoops.

Then again, I suppose I should have actually learned C before monkeying around with LPC... this was back when I was in my early teens and my only programming experience at that time was BASIC.

about 2 months ago

Ask Slashdot: Where's the Most Unusual Place You've Written a Program From?

VGPowerlord Re:LP Mud (310 comments)

Oh god, I haven't done coding for LP mud stuff in almost 20 years... while I don't remember doing any crazy shenanigans like that (although I should have seeing as how my brother was also a wizard on the same mud), I do remember making some interesting oopsies.

I never did get back into it after mud ownership passed to a new person, who didn't make backups, and the guy hosting the mud lost his temper and deleted the whole thing.

about 2 months ago

Apple Says Many Users 'Bought an Android Phone By Mistake'

VGPowerlord Re:It true !!!! (711 comments)

You're assuming he means that they purchased the phones 'by accident' rather than what he probably intended, which is that they later had buyer's remorse and felt they'd made a mistake. He's deliberately blurring the meaning here, but he's almost certainly not claiming that people went home with phones and didn't realise until later that they weren't made by Apple.

Except that's exactly what Apple claimed in court in the Apple v. Samsung cases.

about 2 months ago

Wikia and Sony Playing Licensing Mind Tricks

VGPowerlord Re:Nothing is free (108 comments)

Not quite true - there are some people out there with genuinely altruistic motivations. It's just that the West has managed to make a religion out of selfishness, so they're few and far between, and often lambasted.

All hail Dollah!

about 2 months ago

Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

VGPowerlord Re:UF***D (123 comments)

Believe it or not, Half Life 2 and episodes are DRM free and can be run without Steam. Lots of steam games don't have DRM. Steam is simply a distrobution platform that provides optional DRM that actually works pretty well. On top of all this, Steam's family sharing even lets you share your games with family and friends. The only games that don't work with family sharing are those with additional DRM on top, like Uplay, GFWL, Rockstar, etc. because they require a secondary login and the key can only be registered to one account.

If this was true, it certainly isn't as of May 2010, when HL2 was updated to the then-latest Source version so it could be ported to Mac. Like all of Valve's games, HL2 and its episodes are SteamWorks games and require Steam to function.

about 2 months ago

Watch Dogs Released, DRM Troubles

VGPowerlord Re:Entire Article... (123 comments)

It helps that Steam doesn't need to validate games every time you play them. I think it validates them once a month.

It looks like Valve finally managed to iron out Steam's inability to switch to Offline mode if an Internet connection isn't present when Steam starts, too... so you should be able to play installed games if your connection goes offline.

There have only been a minor handful of widespread issues with Steam's system, the most notable being Half-Life 2's launch... in 2004.

Now, if only they could invest in better infrastructure for their Friends service and matchmaking systems (affects TF2 MvM, CSGO, and DOTA2) so they wouldn't go down 2-7 times a week...

about 2 months ago

30-Day Status Update On LibreSSL

VGPowerlord So, what about GnuTLS? (164 comments)

I think people forget that GNU has their own communications library for secure sockets... [url=]GnuTLS[/url].

I know why OpenBSD won't use it (because it's LGPL), but why won't anyone else?

about 2 months ago

Al Franken Says FCC Proposed Rules Are "The Opposite of Net Neutrality"

VGPowerlord A new term to describe this: (282 comments)

So, I'm surprised no one has come up with this term yet to describe the vision of the FCC: Net Neuterality.

I'm sure it has Bob Barker's support.

about 3 months ago



C64 Emulator Removed From App Store

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 4 years ago

R. Bemrose writes "Only one day after the C64 Emulator surfaced on the iPhone App Store, it has been pulled.

The Register notes that the BASIC interpreter was not removed, only hidden, and could still be accessed. Apple removed the application after finding this out.

The application has been resubmitted by its author, again claiming that the BASIC Interpreter has been removed. However, Apple's approvers will undoubtedly give the new version more scrutiny than before."

Hans Reiser found guilt of First Degree Murder

VGPowerlord VGPowerlord writes  |  more than 6 years ago

VGPowerlord (621254) writes "Wired is reporting that a jury found Hans Reiser guilty of murdering his wife Nina.

At this point, the sentence has not been determined, but Wired believes it will be anywhere from 25 years to life in prison.

What does this mean for ReiserFS and Namesys?"

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