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Confessions of a Cyber Warrior

damiangerous Re:NSA? (213 comments)

The NSA is under the Department of Defense, which makes it close enough.

about 9 months ago
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MIT Works On Mars Space Suit

damiangerous Re:Say what now? (71 comments)

I was under the impression you didn't really need a pressure suit on Mars. A good winter coat and an oxygen mask, sure.

Your impression is seriously misinformed. The atmospheric pressure on Mars is about 6 mbar. Humans cannot survive below about 62 mbar without a pressure suit.

about a year and a half ago
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Prices Drive Australians To Grey Market For Hardware and Software

damiangerous Re:Price fixing by camera makers push me there. (280 comments)

Yes. In fact, exactly a decade ago the exchange rate was $1 CDN = $0.64 USD. The late 90's to early 00's were a great time for Americans to visit Canada.

about a year and a half ago
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German Government Wants Google To Pay For the Right To Link To News Sites

damiangerous Re:Opt-in vs Opt-out (186 comments)

You only need to submit it if no one else on the web links to you. Otherwise Google will find it eventually when it crawls. Submitting your site to Google just makes them aware of it faster and gets your site showing up faster.

about a year and a half ago
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How Apple and Amazon Security Flaws Led To Mat Honan's Identity Theft

damiangerous Re:the 4 last digit of CC are unsecure (222 comments)

False. The checksumming method used with credit cards is called the Luhn algorithm, the last digit is the checksum. The first six are the issuer and the rest, save the last, are the account number.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

damiangerous Re:Good Luck (123 comments)

It's not possible if the game publishers don't allow it, and they have no incentive to.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

damiangerous Re:Good Luck (123 comments)

GameStop is hardly the only retailer of new video games. Someone who wants a game on release day can just stop in at any big box store and pick it up.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

damiangerous Re:Good Luck (123 comments)

There's no physical market for a great many of the titles Steam puts on sale. Especially the indie titles.

about a year and a half ago
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GameStop Wants To Sell Secondhand Digital Download Video Games

damiangerous Re:Good Luck (123 comments)

Yes.

about a year and a half ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

damiangerous Re:D&D is a crappy FRP system. (213 comments)

D&D is a crappy game system. Every fifth-level fighter is the same as every other fifth-level fighter. Every ninth-level magic user is the same as every other ninth-level magic user. The only way a character differs from others of the same class and level is in their strength, dexterity, etc., and those are (a) mostly not very important, and (b) generated by rolling dice, which is not very interesting.

When was the last time you played D&D? This hasn't been true since the early days of second edition, back in the late 80's or so. At the very least with Skills & Powers and Combat & Tactics in the mid 90's.

about 2 years ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

damiangerous Re:Quick Summary (213 comments)

3rd Ed: I think this was a conscientious effort to really pull the system into a consistent set of mechanics and a rules set that was (by now) more exceptions than rules.
3.5 slutty cash grab

You've got these two backwards. When Wizards bought TSR they decided to do a third edition as a way to modernize the rules and put their own mark on it. However, when Hasbro purchased Wizards in 1999 it put them under a great deal of pressure to get the new edition out ASAP. This led to the great concept and poor execution of third edition, as the development cycle was artificially accelerated. 3.5 was the result of having time to actually finish up the development cycle of what should have been third edition.

about 2 years ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

damiangerous Re:Uh....May Fools Day? (213 comments)

Fourth edition was a (relative) failure. Wizards saw their flagship game (no not Magic, the other one) beaten in sales by an iterated version of its very own previous edition (Paizo's Pathfinder). Paizo stole the crown from Wizards as King of the RPG. They improved the parts that fans wanted improved, left the rest alone and put it all in a professional and well designed world. The best developers fled from Wizards en masse, some working for Paizo, many starting their own operations publishing compatible material under the Open Game License (gaming's version of the GPL).

D&D Next is a lot more like third edition than it is like fourth. Wizards wants their crown back. Time will tell if they're just going to be a pale imitator in their own field or if they'll actually pull an innovative iteration of D&D out of this.

about 2 years ago
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Dungeons & Dragons Next Playtest Released

damiangerous Re:Anything Else? (213 comments)

AD&D has been gone for over a dozen years now. Third edition did away with the "advanced" moniker after Wizards of the Coast did away with the red-headed stepchild of the "original" or "basic" D&D line.

Also, I don't know what version of AD&D you played, but I've been playing since about 1980 and no version of AD&D I've ever played did anything close to "simulate realism". The d20 system (refined through 3.0, 3.5 and now Paizo's Pathfinder) does more to "get out of the way of playing the game" than the original first and second editions ever did. They are far more consistent, streamlined and straightforward than the old system.

about 2 years ago
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How Online Black Markets Work

damiangerous Re:Sounds like... (98 comments)

Which is only relevant if you're shipping it, because that's Federal law. If you're doing an in person transfer in the same state the buyer and seller are residents of, then only your state's laws apply.

about 2 years ago
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Did Microsoft Simply Run Out of Time On Windows RT?

damiangerous Re:You're not a cross platform kinda guy, I see .. (305 comments)

NT was developed solely non x86 hardware specifically for portability. First on i860 based systems and later MIPS. If the code wasn't highly portable, then there would never have been an x86 version, because that version was a port. The Alpha version was not "scrapped", not by Microsoft anyway. Alphas were fully supported up through the latest NT 4 service pack. We would have had Windows 2k for the Alpha as well if Compaq didn't decide they no longer wanted to support Alphas.

about 2 years ago
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Astroturfing For Speed Cameras

damiangerous Re:City overpaying? (342 comments)

I'm from Connecticut, and while we've had several high profile ones we can't compete with Illinois.. Between 1976 and 2006 Illinois had 79 elected officials found guilty by either a judge, jury or plea. It was such a banner year in 1991 with no convictions or indictments the Chicago Sun-Times ran a front page story! I don't think any other local jurisdiction in the country can compete with that.

more than 2 years ago
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State Legislatures Attempt To Limit TSA Searches

damiangerous Re:Supremacy Clause (601 comments)

Laws concerning criminal activity such as assault, cannot be trumped by Congress. Therefore, if a state passes a law that classifies what the TSA is doing as assault, it definitely is within their power

False. A Federal employee is immune from arrest by States as long as the noncompliance with State law is essential to carry out his duties.

more than 2 years ago

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