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Three-Way Comparison Shows PCs Slaying Consoles In Dragon Age Inquisition

jbmartin6 Re:What about the game itself? (227 comments)

I was just grousing the other day about commercials for games. Who cares about the cutscenes? Why would anyone make a purchase decision based on how cool the cutscene looked?

about a week ago
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3D Printed Art Smaller Than an Ant's Forehead

jbmartin6 This isn't a story (35 comments)

Now, printed ON an ant's forehead, that would be a story.

about two weeks ago
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AT&T Stops Using 'Super Cookies' To Track Cellphone Data

jbmartin6 Re:Putting ourselves in such awkward position ... (60 comments)

Or perhaps a discussion about making TLS mandatory on all TCP sockets. We're heading that way anyway, eventually, or so it seems to me.

about two weeks ago
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First Victims of the Stuxnet Worm Revealed

jbmartin6 Save the suspense (39 comments)

Why is the summary being coy about the first thing anyone will ask upon reading it? That is pointless. Here:

It took us a long time to establish what organization it really was, but ultimately we succeeded in identifying it with a high degree of certainty. It is called Foolad Technic Engineering Co (FIECO). It is an Iranian company with headquarters in Isfahan. The company creates automated systems for Iranian industrial facilities (mostly those producing steel and power) and has over 300 employees. The company is directly involved with industrial control systems.

about two weeks ago
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Gridlock In Action: Retailers Demand New Regulations To Protect Consumers

jbmartin6 Re:CYA (127 comments)

I'm not so sure that armoring POS systems is the cheaper option. Sure there are a myriad of things that can be done, but how effective are they likely to be? Even a company like RSA got breached, and their seed database was armored pretty well until reality pried it open. Ultimately the underlying issue will remain, which is that "shared secret" is an oxymoron. As long as the payment is verified by shared information someone will find a way to steal and use the shared information. After all, retailers can't just seal the information in a box and never access it, they need to use it. And thieves will just access it the same way the retailer does.

about two weeks ago
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Canadian Police Recommend Ending Anonymity On the Internet

jbmartin6 There is a case to be made (231 comments)

Just think of all the death threats and so on we wouldn't have to deal with without anonymity. And of course all the other sorts of attacks. The problem is, 'no anonymity' depends on the government being completely trustworthy. Which of course it isn't, even in Canada. If this plan were enacted, its main use would no doubt be to suppress criticism of the police.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

jbmartin6 Re:Who is that? (112 comments)

Sorry this should say "Amazon doesn't have a lot of [net profit]"

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

jbmartin6 Re:Right (112 comments)

Loses money? AMZN had $274 million in net profit last year.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

jbmartin6 Re:Who is that? (112 comments)

There's a huge difference between net profit, which Amazon doesn't have, and gross profit, which Amazon has tons of. It is what they are doing with that profit that makes the difference. Mom and Pop can only dream of the sort of profit that Amazon has.

about two weeks ago
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Amazon's Echo Chamber

jbmartin6 Re:Why does it matter ? (112 comments)

OK fair enough, let me take a stab at it. TFA was a piece of junk. Much like a Facebook post, it is a series of assertions without any substance. The author claims "customers have been pushing back" and provides no details. He says the hardware and software are crappy and 'unfashionable', and again provides no details. For all I can tell he is the only one who thinks so. "No one makes money selling media for consumption anymore. That market is quickly and brutally dying." is another example. Again, no details. Now, if the author were someone with an established reputation or a track record, or had a lot of karma, we might accept it on that basis.

about two weeks ago
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Terrorists Used False DMCA Claims To Get Personal Data of Anti-Islamic Youtuber

jbmartin6 Not believable (389 comments)

Employee names are now on Al Qaeda black lists

This desperately needs a citation.

about three weeks ago
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Russia Takes Down Steve Jobs Memorial After Apple's Tim Cook Comes Out

jbmartin6 Re:Terrible (430 comments)

No specific biological etiology is not the same thing as 'not biological in origin.' All that means is no specific set of genes or whatever have been identified. Since homosexuality has been documented in hundreds of animal species, I think there is sufficient evidence for a biological origin. Perhaps there are cases where it is choice rather than nurture, humans can be pretty diverse, but it beggars the imagination to think all those animals are choosing to be homosexual.

about three weeks ago
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New GCHQ Chief Says Social Media Aids Terrorists

jbmartin6 A clever omission (228 comments)

What he doesn't mention is that the existing powers of the government(s) are already more than sufficient. In cases where there is good reason to watch someone, the processes existed even before the attacks on the US. If one reads the US Congress report on the 9/11 attacks, it is striking to see how much these guys were already under surveillance. There is no example of 'we had a viable suspect and some legal barrier kept us from closing the case'. And the Boston Marathon bombings showed us how useful the global Internet surveillance has been. In other words, Mr Hannigan and his ilk don't need any more power. The existing powers are demonstrably more than sufficient. The fact that they keep asking for more power tells us more about them than about the threat of terrorists.

about three weeks ago
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Scotland Builds Power Farms of the Future Under the Sea

jbmartin6 Easy! (216 comments)

Hard to build? Just build it somewhere else, tie some cement blocks to it, and heave it overboard! See, this is why I should be running everything.

about three weeks ago
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SpaceShipTwo's Rocket Engine Did Not Cause Fatal Crash

jbmartin6 A missing detail (150 comments)

For those who won't read the article, it was unclear why the tail was deployed early. Pilot error was one possibility:

Normally, the feather system wouldn’t be unlocked until the rocket-powered spaceship is moving about Mach 1.4, or 1.4 times faster than the speed of sound. Instead, the co-pilot moved the lever from locked to unlock when the spaceship was traveling at about Mach 1, Hart said. “I’m not stating that this is the cause of the mishap,” he added. “We have months and months of investigation to determine what the cause was.” In addition to the possibility of pilot error, Hart said the NTSB is looking a variety of other issues that may have caused or contributed to the accident

about three weeks ago
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Ask Slashdot: How Useful Are DMARC and DKIM?

jbmartin6 Re:working as designed? (139 comments)

Being snide isn't useful. You didn't make your point in the summary at all in this case. Pentium100's impression is very likely what everyone else read as well.

about three weeks ago
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Denmark Plans To Be Coal-Free In 10 Years

jbmartin6 Re:Good idea beyond the "renewable" fad (332 comments)

Compared to my neighborhood's power, a small country's power is very much a large quantity. The poster was correct that "large quantity" is vague.

about three weeks ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

jbmartin6 Re:Another misleading headline (243 comments)

Being snide isn't useful. Since Netflix/Cogent would be the one jamming traffic into the pipe, not Comcast, my point still stands. One cannot "jam" something by any of these definitions by doing nothing. The jamming is done by something or someone else.

about three weeks ago
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First Detailed Data Analysis Shows Exactly How Comcast Jammed Netflix

jbmartin6 Another misleading headline (243 comments)

On the summary, not the article. Comcast wasn't "jamming' Netflix. Jamming is an active response. What Comcast did was nothing. Now whether they should have done something about the overflowing links is the argument, but that's a far cry from "jamming."

about a month ago
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Suspected Ebola carriers in the U.S. ...

jbmartin6 Re:How about... (349 comments)

Some might argue that the difference lies in the different levels of risk. Flu isn't 50% (or more) fatal. I don't' know if I agree with that argument, but I think it's a flaw in your comparison.

about a month ago

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Here comes the Panopticon: Insurance Companies

jbmartin6 jbmartin6 writes  |  about 5 months ago

jbmartin6 (1232050) writes "The Panopticon may be coming, but perhaps not how we think. Instead of a massive government surveillance program, we might end up subjected to ubiquitous monitoring to save on our insurance premiums. The "internet of things (you can't get away from)" makes this more and more possible. Here a company saved money on its health insurance premiums by distributing Fitbits and an online service to enable reporting fitness gains back to the insurance company. We've already seen the stories on using black boxes to monitor drivers. There is even an insurance company named Panoptic! Heck why not a premium hike for owners of this or that "aggressiveness gene"? What if in the future we got a quick "+50 cents" tweet for every scoop of iced cream? I suppose the natural stopping point might be the balance between an individual's willingness to be monitored and the desire to reduce insurance premiums."

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