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Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

blindd0t Re:WoW and Realms (520 comments)

Also, it would seriously suck to have levelled and geared players of the opposing faction drop in from mid-air and gank newbies in starting zones. >

about 5 years ago
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Ask Blizzard About Starcraft2, Diablo III, WoW, or Battle.net

blindd0t Re:WoW - Spectator Mode (520 comments)

Perhaps less wipes means less repairs, and would have an economic impact? I do wish this was available to me for learning the fights in raids when I first started the game a few months ago.

about 5 years ago
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Stroustrup Says New C++ Standard Delayed Until 2010 Or Later

blindd0t Re:How about a REAL C++ feature.... (501 comments)

There's generally more than 1 cook in the kitchen, especially when you consider the direct and indirect use of third-party code. Besides, "good programmers" is not the same as "perfect programmers." They are people, and they naturally prone to honest mistakes and oversights like ourselves and everyone else. I also can't imagine anything applications you have in mind (given your descriptions of browsers, word processors, pdf readers, etc...) is limited to anything even close to a single developer.

Additionally, there is error with everything that is made. Even something coming off a factory line isn't the same every time, and has room for error/failure. The failure rate is a large part what determines whether something is designed & manufactured well, not the fact that any failure is inevitable. Even so, the quality of product support in the event that failure does occur is equally as important as initial prevention measures.

Now when it comes to source code specifically, "safe" is relative to a number of things. Whether or not code is safe from being exploited to compromise a system is one thing, but there is also security of the information in which the application deals with, security of the intellectual property (hence why obfuscators are commonly used with managed languages), etc... Nothing is ever completely safe from every risk and hazard out there.

more than 5 years ago
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Google Voice Grabs 1 Million Phone Numbers

blindd0t Re:inbound number transfer (198 comments)

From TFA:

Last week, TechCrunch reported that Google would add number portability later this year to Google Voice, which would let users keep one of their existing phone numbers as their Google Voice number. For example, users could make their cell phone number their Google Voice number.

more than 5 years ago
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Robot Body Suit To Be Marketed In Japan

blindd0t Re:Velcro? (128 comments)

Have you watched Grandma's Boy? J.P. gives you a pretty good idea of what it would look and sound like. =P

more than 5 years ago
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Breathalyzer Source Code Ruling Upheld

blindd0t Re:Hahahaha. (520 comments)

It means a bunch of drunk drivers will be on the streets free to run whoever they want over... Meanwhile, prosecution of drunk driving will go down, and more drunk drivers will be on the streets.

I respectfully disagree. First, Florida has a waiver form a driver suspected of being impaired beyond their normal faculties may sign denying the breathalyzer, blood, or urine tests. One might initially argue this would have the same effect. However, the consequence of not taking this test is having your license suspended for 1 year. So even if this somehow helps you manage to avoid the normal 2 weeks of county jail time, you have a difficult year ahead of you.

You also need to consider that if you go to court and have a trial for a DUI charge, you're at the mercy of the jury. Reasonable doubt is a high standard, but that isn't synonymous with any doubt (especially hypothetical). I'm optimistic that if you really were impaired beyond your normal faculties and you took a field sobriety and had it recorded on a in-dash camera, there's a good chance a jury would find you guilty. Frankly, as long as police follow protocol and have someone present capturing the sobriety test on camera, proving a breathalyzer's accuracy is not necessarily required to meet the burden of proof.

On the other hand, imagine if you were on the receiving end and were falsely accused of driving under the influence of a substance and impaired beyond your normal faculties. Wouldn't you want the state to be required to do everything possible to meet its burden of proof? False readings are possible (though I suspect not probable), and as for alternative explanations to apparent impairment (i.e. swerving erratically), this could include medical conditions such as untreated/undiagnosed (and unknowning) diabetics. Combine that coincidence with a false reading and you've got yourself a great reason to change your opinion. ^_^ Granted, I wouldn't expect this hypothetical to have any significant probability of happening, but still, it's a good "what if" to ask.

more than 5 years ago
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The Mouse Turns 40

blindd0t Re:Mouses (169 comments)

Already happening! The generation of SMS messengers and facebook status updaters are already setting off down this path.

orly? i dunno wai u think that! imho, its definately ok

Seriously, I think it is far worse than going down that path... Switching to acronyms for words and phrases which hardly spell anything that could be reasonably sounded out would be even more tricky to someone who doesn't already speak the language. That's not to mention all the asinine typos and misspellings which spell out something that would never sound like the word one intended to actually spell.

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

blindd0t Re:Depends.. (336 comments)

Thanks. Google lets you see the edits as they happen in real time without having to share your screen. You actually see the editing as it is being done. While the document sharing feature of Office Live looks to be very similar, this aspect of it does look different to me.

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

blindd0t Re:Depends.. (336 comments)

Thanks, but I think that's just document management. SharePoint has that, and much, much more...

more than 5 years ago
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OpenOffice Vs. Google Apps

blindd0t Re:Depends.. (336 comments)

I would say a good F/OSS alternative to SharePoint would be great, but that would be a fairly sizable undertaking (though certainly feasible imho). What Google Docs does have that I haven't encountered with OOo or MS Office is the ability to collaborate on the document in nearly-real-time without something like VNC or Live Meeting, respectively. If there is way to do this in OOo or MS Office, someone please tell me how! ^_^

more than 5 years ago
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How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For Me?

blindd0t Re:How Do I Get Open Source Programs Written For M (285 comments)

Yeah, you put that PHP layman in his place, Anonymous Coward! (Sarcastic)

Seriously though, I think you comment should be modded down. As someone who's worked with a huge variety of different languages and frameworks, on a variety of different platforms, it's sometimes a bit of a pain getting accustomed with how a particular framework is organized and meant to be used. Some are just easier to learn than others depending on what your prior experience is. The same is also true for a given framework's documentation -- just getting used to how it is organized can take a little time and effort. I hardly see that as a reason to belittle someone for primarily coding in PHP, however. The language alone is definitely not a good metric for measuring one's competence. Even given the "holy grail" of languages (none exists imho), a bad programmer can make the "lowest of the low." Also, when you speak about the PHP front-ends being the "lowest of the lowest," what are you referring to, precisely? Because the "front-end" is really just the markup generated, along with graphics and CSS in that world. While PHP dynamically generates the markup, nothing about the language forces anyone to put out horrible looking/functioning front-ends.

more than 5 years ago
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Supreme Court To Rule On TV Censorship

blindd0t Re:Words (426 comments)

Good point. In that case, what's wrong with sucking on chickens? Also, I wonder why I was mod down for an obvious joke. O_o

more than 5 years ago
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Supreme Court To Rule On TV Censorship

blindd0t Re:Words (426 comments)

You missed a few... Bitch-ass. ;-)

more than 5 years ago
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Barack Obama Wins US Presidency

blindd0t Re:Two words (3709 comments)

Having said that, i agree with you that you, as americans, elected an american president and you are justified in being offended by people in other countries not so subtly suggesting who you should vote for.

Sometimes when we are having a difficult time in a relationship that you can simply get out of quickly and painlessly, we look to others for an outside opinion. How much the outside opinion weighs on my opinions and actions varies on a number of circumstances, of course. Similarly, as an American, I valued (and still value) the outside opinions of foreigners. I certainly understand that when the world does better, the America does better. This is especially true with the economy, and that's obviously a rather pressing matter presently. Having said that, I feel too many Americans are overly egocentric, and that's something I would like to see change, even within our own society. The "Me me me, mine mine mine" mentality has clearly done more harm than good.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

blindd0t Re:FiveThirtyEight (1912 comments)

I don't think we disagree as much as you think we do ^_^

Just because congress wussed out of taking a stand one way or another does *not* remove blame from them for this mess.

Well, I agree, but to what extent varies on the validity of the claims of misinformation coming from the Bush administration. Of course, it's going to be a long time before we'll ever know anything on this, if we learn anything that relevant at all... For the time being, the legislature and the executive is at fault in my eyes, and neither has provided enough proof to convince me otherwise. As for Congress not formally declaring war, or "wussing out", I simply wanted to point out the difference in formally approving law allowing something rather than formally declaring war. It's a technicality that has a pretty significant difference. This country hasn't formally declared war since WWII. I guess what I'm also trying to point out is that, if the allegations of misinformation on behalf of the Bush administration are true, the Congress essentially reacted with what they had at the time by saying, "As our Command and Chief, we authorize you to do what you feel is right for the nation's security" rather than "bombs away!"

And Obama would sign legislation restricting hand gun ownership but according to some 'he cant make laws'....

That depends on what you mean by restricting (which is different that forbidding). Aren't you the one that said: "Obama sought moderate gun control measures"? Also, as president, he can author bills which get sent to the senate and house. If that bill is passed by both houses, he can sign it into law. But without the approval of the houses, no, he cannot just make law as a dictator could. And I don't own a gun myself, but I will say that the constitution seems pretty concise about the right to bear arms.

Anyway, it's always a pleasure chatting and debating. Cheers!

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

blindd0t Re:FiveThirtyEight (1912 comments)

Funny for 8 years we have been blaming Bush for Iraq when he cant declare war, Blaming him for the patriot act when he cant pass laws, ..., .... So Bush is the all powerful and Obama would be a weak little sheep?

1: Congress never delcared war on Iraq - they only gave Bush a joint resolution to use armed forces based on information provided at the time. The complaints are of the alleged selective information (which is, in a sense, ultimately misinformation) at the time. 2: The Democratic party members did overwhelmingly support the PATRIOT Act. That really did suck horribly. =( Bush did sign the PATRIOT Act into law, however. So the blame certainly isn't all on him, but a little blame does go to him for not vetoing it.

more than 5 years ago
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Discuss the US Presidential Election

blindd0t Re:I'm only going to say (1912 comments)

The funny thing was that their platforms overall were more conservative than the republicans they were running against. WTF?

Sadly, it would seem that "conservative" and "liberal" in politics now refers to religious views rather than the interpretation of the United States Constitution. It's truly upsetting and disappointing to see this incredible distortion.

more than 5 years ago
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Working Effectively with Legacy Code

blindd0t If it compiles... (208 comments)

...release it. ;-)

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Employee Charged With Stealing Intel Secrets

blindd0t Re:AMD and Intel? (212 comments)

Toyota and Ferrari?

Which would you buy?

more than 5 years ago
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AMD Employee Charged With Stealing Intel Secrets

blindd0t Re:AMD and Intel? (212 comments)

Yeah, I'm replying to myself here, but seriously, I'd sooner buy a twin-turbo Toyota Supra (even if it requires a little work on my part) before buying a Ferrari. I have an idea of what GP was trying to get at here, but I don't know that comparing motor companies had the intended (and likely abrasive toward AMD) effect. Perhaps comparing specific models would have though. ^_^ That said, I have no problems with having second best for far less, so AMD is a good option to me, personally (especially with Video cards).

more than 5 years ago

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blindd0t blindd0t writes  |  more than 7 years ago

blindd0t (855876) writes "Security Focus has an article summarizing a flaw with how Windows deals with animated cursors, which allows for an attack through a maliciously crafted web page or email. Admittedly, this is not supposed to affect users running Vista with IE7 in protected mode; however, this does affect those running IE6 or IE7 with Windows XP Service Pack 2, which is presently the vast majority of users. Microsoft has a security advisory as well."

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