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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

khellendros1984 Re:Bad business practice (115 comments)

I think it's convenient, for my case. If I'm on my Linux machine but I'm looking at Steam's page, I'm most likely trying to buy games for my Windows machine (or one that I've read runs well under Wine). The search box ought to have an "only for my platform" checkbox/dropdown, and maybe it should warn you prior to purchase if your browser's user-agent indicates that there's a platform mismatch, but I'd much prefer being shown everything available.

10 hours ago
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Australian Consumer Watchdog Takes Valve To Court

khellendros1984 Re:G'Day Valve, (115 comments)

In college, my grandparents provided a computer, parents provided a cell phone and my food and lodging. I didn't smoke (most people don't, here) and didn't drink. That, plus no car and only occasional employment? You better believe that I pirated a fair amount of stuff while almost fooling myself that I was justified for doing it. My family wasn't impoverished, but legal additions to my game catalog were limited to a couple times per year, and the in-dorm network share starts looking mighty appealing when your roommates invite you to play a game you don't own.

11 hours ago
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Old Doesn't Have To Mean Ugly: Squeezing Better Graphics From Classic Consoles

khellendros1984 Re:It's supposed to look that way (163 comments)

Another thing about the NES: its output was purely composite video, even through SCART.

2 days ago
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GOG Introduces DRM-Free Movie Store

khellendros1984 Re:Watermarks? (126 comments)

That should be easy to test; sha1sum a bunch of the installers, and compare the results to someone else's list. I've got some DOS games, both on the original CD and via GOG; the game files themselves weren't modified in those cases, so any watermark would have to be contained elsewhere, in the GOG-provided files (which aren't strictly necessary to run the games, if you provide your own DosBox and configuration).

2 days ago
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New Windows Coming In Late September -- But Which One?

khellendros1984 Re:Not worth it (251 comments)

The last Windows PC I bought didn't come with any crapware installed (other than Windows itself), just the OS and the device drivers necessary to support the hardware. "Fact is" if you're willing to do your research beforehand and maybe buy from a less well-known vendor, you don't necessarily have to deal with bloat.

3 days ago
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Net Neutrality Is 'Marxist,' According To a Koch-Backed Astroturf Group

khellendros1984 Re:What's so American (521 comments)

The ISP has customers paying for bandwidth, and those customers have decided to stream video. That's data that the customer has already paid for. If the ISP sold bandwidth to their customers, and the network is congested because the ISP can't provide the level of service that it sold, then why should it get rewarded by charging for the same data twice, rather than punished for false advertising?

3 days ago
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Robo Brain Project Wants To Turn the Internet Into a Robotic Hivemind

khellendros1984 Re:First step to SkyNet (108 comments)

Battlestar Galactica turned out so much better for humanity than Terminator did.

4 days ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

khellendros1984 Re:The real crime here (459 comments)

At some point the threat of jail time for people responsible for certain actions is a necessity.

I agree that force is necessary, but I disagree that jailtime is always the ultimate expression of that force. So, I suppose thanks for forgetting what the focus of your argument was.

about a week ago
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33 Months In Prison For Recording a Movie In a Theater

khellendros1984 Re:The real crime here (459 comments)

It seems like your argument is that a government doesn't have any authority over banks or employers. Both of those are licensed by the government (in most places). If the bank doesn't comply, their license can be suspended, and they won't be able to do things like hold deposits for their customers. If a business' license is suspended, they won't be permitted to operate in that jurisdiction. If they continue to do so anyhow, the government will shut them down by force.

The employer has more to lose than the employee; they'll garnish the employee's wages or risk being shut down. The bank is in the same situation.

Now, if the offender doesn't have a job, bank accounts, or other financial assets that could be seized to pay off the fine, then some alternative method of punishment could apply. Governments are experts in applying various kinds of force effectively, and they generally don't like getting "no" as their answer.

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

khellendros1984 Re:Incorrect assumption (299 comments)

What I was imagining was that the phone gets shipped with a manufacturer-signed and device-specific bootloader, and the first time the key is written (by the end-user of the device), the firmware encrypts the entire contents of the storage, including the bootloader.

Write a known key? OK, the bootloader is illegible, and you can't replace it because you don't have the manufacturer's signing key. Verification key is burnt into the silicon so you can't replace that. Analyze the signal coming out of the decryption chip? Maybe the crypto, storage, and SoC are sealed in epoxy.

The manufacturer could send out a phone where they already set the key (as well as signing the bootloader), but why would an informed customer buy that?

about a week ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

khellendros1984 Re:Incorrect assumption (299 comments)

If you can initially set the key, then the key is capable of being reset or even read.

Unless it's stored in memory that the user is only given write-only access to, and the only thing that can read it is the chip it got burned in to (and which provides black-box encryption/decryption). It's technically readable, if you wish to de-cap the chip an analyze it.

about two weeks ago
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Smartphone Kill Switch, Consumer Boon Or Way For Government To Brick Your Phone?

khellendros1984 Re:I wonder ... (299 comments)

they hold you at gunpoint until you unregister the phone from iCloud.

Sucks for you if the honest answer to that demand is "My password is a 20-character random string, stored on my computer 2 hours away".

about two weeks ago
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How many devices are connected to your home Wi-Fi?

khellendros1984 Too many (259 comments)

Most days, there are 4-5 devices connected, but if I had everything turned on with a WEP 802.11b connection (for compatibility with older devices), I'd have: 4 laptops, 2 tablets, 5 smartphones, 2 iPods, 5 portable game systems, 1 of the DVR boxes, 2 media streamers, and 4 video game consoles. There's some more connected to the gigabit network. On the average day, my wife and I each have a cell phone and a laptop turned on, and the wireless is secured so that half of those devices can't talk to it anyhow.

about two weeks ago
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Helsinki Aims To Obviate Private Cars

khellendros1984 Re:Living in the country is an anachronism (276 comments)

Personally, I don't like having that many people around me. I enjoy live bands, but I'd prefer them to be far enough away that I specifically have to seek them out. Having the optional opportunity to be around other people is great; feeling close enough that you can't completely get away is just stifling.

Where I am now feels near-optimal. There's enough around that I can get to restaurants and stores without much effort, LA is about an hour and a half away, so the more big-city attractions are reachable if I want them, and it's not like I'm living in the absolute middle of nowhere. For me, it's a kind of middle ground, with a lot of the benefits of city living without the things that would make it unlivable for me. I don't want to live on a farm, but I don't want to live surrounded by humanity either.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft's Windows 8 App Store Is Full of Scamware

khellendros1984 Re:Windows 8 app store? (188 comments)

Lets face it ARM only has 2 things going for it

I think you missed a third point. They sip power, compared to x86 chips. Well, that, and apparently recent ARMs compare favorably against low-end Intel chips.

And anyhow, I've got a PC from circa 1998 that I use to run some older software, and I wouldn't expect much argument that that's a general purpose computer, even though my last 2 phones far outclass its performance in every measurable way. Performance level doesn't have much to do with whether something's a real computer or not.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

khellendros1984 Re: Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

Do you diff your project's documentation when you get back from vacation? Generally, if there's a large change to the project, the official documentation is updated, RFE bugs are filed (and later closed), the revision control systems for docs and code will show matching changes, and there will be a certain amount of e-mail traffic between developers (first discussing proper implementation, later informing other parties about changes that may affect them).

While the changes are fully documented in the appropriate places, it's immensely faster to read a paragraph of text explaining the change and the reasoning behind it than to search through the documentation to find the same information. Add to it that we generally get organizational changes through E-mail (changes to the org chart, HR representation, etc), and I see plenty of things that belong in an E-mail.

about two weeks ago
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Daimler's Solution For Annoying Out-of-office Email: Delete It

khellendros1984 Re:Defeats the purpose (232 comments)

And well you should, if you're pushing work that should be yours onto the other person, but that's a problem whether or not they were out on vacation. There *are* situations where a two-line E-mail will save your coworker from chasing through logs on a bug-tracker, looking at code reviews, etc, to figure out what changed while they were gone. That is, I could send an absent coworker a summary e-mail that would save them considerable time when they return, and if I didn't do that, then I should get in just as much trouble for wasting their time as I should for sending them something that will be invalid by the time they get back.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

khellendros1984 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

My mobile apps: Null set. I'm not interested in developing for Apple hardware, and I don't want to do the testing for the heterogenous crapshoot of Android hardware. That's why I said in my last post "I haven't seriously considered mobile development".

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

khellendros1984 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

so at the very worst all you've lost is your time?

Because my time is worth much more than the fee and the development hardware I would have to buy. If I could eliminate a week of testing due to having a more restrictive platform, I've made up the difference in dev costs.

Then again, that same perception (the value of my time) is why I haven't seriously considered mobile development. I don't think I'd make my money back for the time investment, at this point.

about two weeks ago
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Apple's App Store Needs a Radical Revamp; How Would You Go About It?

khellendros1984 Re:Two things.... (249 comments)

Why bother paying to develop for the #2 platform (12% sales) when you can develop for the #1 platform (85% sales) for free?

Because the users of the #2 platform have already demonstrated a predisposition toward paying more than they have to for things, and I've seen claims that Apple users will pay more for apps. The iOS platform is also less fragmented than the Android platform, so there are fewer device configurations that you have to account for.

Disclaimer: That's all word-of-mouth to me. I'm not a mobile app developer, but those are some of the arguments that I've seen others make.

about two weeks ago

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Lenovo to offer $200 budget tablet

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 2 years ago

khellendros1984 (792761) writes "Amazon's not the only big-name company planning on a budget-level tablet release; Lenovo recently announced their Ideapad A1 tablet as competition. It includes a 1GHz Cortex A8 CPU, along with other features more commonly seen on higher-priced tablets, such as dual cameras, bluetooth, GPS, wifi, and a MicroSD slot. Is this the start of the Android tablet price avalanche?"
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Ma 1st post

khellendros1984 khellendros1984 writes  |  more than 9 years ago This is a journal post cuz I feel like it. Basically to introduce myself. I'll keep calling myself Khellendros, so don't need to worry about name..... OK. I'm a student at Cal Poly Pomona in California, United States. I'm a 2nd year CS major (it should be obvious by now why I'm not an English major =P) I've also got a blog at xanga. OK, Why did I sign up to /.? Linux- centric community (for a large part), without ignoring what's going on outside the penguin, Sometimes I just have some 'incredibly witty and/or intelligent' comment to make.....those are the main reasons. Bleh. I'm getting bored, so I'll end the blog here. Um....I guess IM me if you want, if you annoy me I'll just block you. ALl right, Khell signing out!

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