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$1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm

g3k0 Re:Dumb kids (203 comments)

Considering the circumstances, I highly doubt Microsoft will have to pay the publishers a dime. Especially considering that it is promotional credit. I know Facebook doesn't pay for promotional credit, and would not be the least bit surprised if Microsoft had a similar clause. Really depends on the fine print the publisher agreed to which I am way too lazy to find so I will just concede. As far as rationalization is concerned, I was not trying to rationalize anything. Piracy is wrong. The argument I replied to was just very similar to what you see coming from companies upset over piracy and I don't agree with it.

more than 3 years ago

$1.2 Million Worth of MS Points Taken After Hackers Figure Out Code Algorithm

g3k0 Re:Dumb kids (203 comments)

Those are sales lost as the person would normally use real money to buy the points to get the game. The codes were for only 160 points. But if you redeem a thousand of them...

NONSENSE! Stolen bits != lost sale. Obviously if a persons wallet is not tied to their spending they will spend a lot more. Do you work for the RIAA? Though I am against piracy now, back when napster/limewire were cool, I may have downloaded some music/games. If the limewire option wasn't available to me, I promise I would not have had any interest in buying them. Honestly, it created interest in me for some music and I ended up buying some CDs because I like owning an original CD with a cover not made with a Sharpie.

more than 3 years ago

Google Instant Announced

g3k0 Re:It works for Google (408 comments)

Unfortunately it wouldn't help anyone fix their spelling mistakes.

Nor would it help anyone fix his or her grammatical mistakes!

about 4 years ago

FTC Introduces New Orders For Intel; No Bundling

g3k0 Doesn't Micorosft do the same thing??? (155 comments)

Doesn't Microsoft force computer manufacturers to sell windows only? Why is this allowed? Or am I mistaken?

more than 4 years ago

Google Offers Encrypted Web Search Option

g3k0 Re:The real reason (288 comments)

But will analytics still work since referrers are turned off?

more than 4 years ago

Conservative Textbook Curriculum Passes Final Vote In Texas

g3k0 Re:Can this be legally challenged? (895 comments)

Violation of the separation of church and state? The separation of church and state has been completely warped to fit what today's "activist judges" want. The separation of church and state was about liberation, not about confining worship to private areas. Every Christmas there are lawsuits over nativity scenes. Read the original letter to Thomas Jefferson. The Danbury Baptists were not asking to have prayer banned in schools or any other issue it has been used as ammo for. "Our sentiments are uniformly on the side of religious liberty--that religion is at all times and places a matter between God and individuals--that no man ought to suffer in name, person, or effects on account of his religious Opinions"

more than 4 years ago

FTC Takes Out Porn- and Botnet-Spewing ISP

g3k0 Re:Break out the champagne! (263 comments)

You should apply bound checking, otherwise someone could exploit it.

Lol! Only on slashdot.

more than 4 years ago

Steve Jobs Hints At Theora Lawsuit

g3k0 The world needs more Richard Stallmans (686 comments)

If there was only a Richard Stallman for every Steve Jobs and Steve Ballmer.... On second thought, a global epidemic of athletes foot may not be the best scenario either.

more than 4 years ago

Proof of Concept For Ajax Without JavaScript

g3k0 Re:iFrame? (148 comments)

Apprently. I find this line interesting: the reason browser back buttons work in Gmail is an invisible, seamless use of iframes that create browser history. Isn't this actually due to the use of # in the URL when you click things?

Actually it is a bit more complex than that. A Hash is just an link to an anchor on the current page. I am not sure how gmail works exactly, but I use extjs at work and it manages the history with an iframe as well. It needs a way to keep track of all the history tokens so it uses an iframe. Check out its source code if you are interested.

more than 4 years ago

C-Span Posts Full Archives Online

g3k0 Re:Too bad... (115 comments)

Half the health care debate wasn't on CSPAN at all... we could go back and see the insanity over and over again

Theres was a debate?

more than 4 years ago

I prefer my (non-technical) books to be ...

g3k0 Re:Why use a Kindle when you can have kindling? (390 comments)

Printed and bound as when I'm done with them I use them to heat my house. In some cases I don't even bother read them first; I mean what other possible reason people could have for purchasing Microsoft Press books?

Just because you, and most other people on Slashdot, do not like Microsoft, doesn't mean they have no valuable knowledge to bring to the table. Code Complete is a book that is essentially a must-read for programmers and was published by Microsoft Press.

more than 4 years ago

Google Found Guilty of French Copyright Infringement

g3k0 Oh no! pas les books! (254 comments)

Sacre Bleu! Cordon Bleu! ArrrhHH!

more than 4 years ago

Aussie Scientists Find Coconut-Carrying Octopus

g3k0 Re:What do you mean? (205 comments)

Is it an African or a European octopus?

What? I don't know that! Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

more than 4 years ago

Biometric Face Recognition At Your Local Mall

g3k0 Re:Video Surveillance is Useless (120 comments)

2006? That's almost 4 years ago. In 2006 Face recognition software was rated 10 times better than 2002 and 100 times better than 1995. So if that trend continued it should be 10 times better than when that article was written. PA and other states have successfully used it in catching identity thieves apply for licenses. I would write more or backup my claims, but I have a plane to catch.

more than 4 years ago

Company Trains the Autistic To Test Software

g3k0 Ahah! (419 comments)

That's why they hired me!

more than 4 years ago


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