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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

netsavior Re:Wow ... (379 comments)

I like how you cut off the quote of my post where I talk about the banks who work with visa and then the clearing fees... then "disagree" with me, in a way that completely agrees with me. Weird.

yesterday
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

netsavior Re:What's the market for this? (65 comments)

I play lots of casual games in addition to less casual ones. I would love to have a tablet that can run my steam games while I sit on the couch "watching" tv dramas with my wife. I already have a gaming rig... I should not have to buy a $1200 MS Surface to accomplish this.

yesterday
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$299 Android Gaming Tablet Reviewed

netsavior Anybody have it? Can you play Civ V in Tablet mode (65 comments)

I just want a tablet that will run modern versions of Civilization (preferably in tablet mode, which is civilization's windows 8 killer feature).
I don't care if it is streamed or run locally or whatever.

This is the only thing keeping me from buying a shield tablet, the other games I can easily see how they will work, and they are a "bonus" for me, I can and will run emulators on anything, so the seamless controller will be nice, but it keeps coming back to Civ.
I know Civ V (and eventually Civ Beyond Earth) can be played on the Surfac, and that is literally the biggest draw for me, every other feature the surface has, I can work around. I will probably spend 500 hours playing Beyond Earth, and I would love for it to not require buying a 2 piece laptop from Microsoft.

yesterday
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A 24-Year-Old Scammed Apple 42 Times In 16 Different States

netsavior Re:Wow ... (379 comments)

The truth is that credit card interest is the highest profit gig in the whole world. Because of this, Visa/Mastercard and all the myriad banks that work with them have a vested interest in making credit/debit card purchases VERY EASY.
Visa wakes up, takes a dump, then wipes its ass with $300,000 dollars. It is nothing compared to the billions they make in clearing fees alone.
Vendors are not even allowed to do things like require an ID, (I know they do, but it is against the vendor agreement), even though it would make purchases a lot more secure, because EASY trumps everything, EASY makes billions. Secure override codes... Who cares?

yesterday
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

netsavior Re:Linux Blu-Ray rip (152 comments)

I don't do blu-ray, but for DVD I just use fair-use wizard. and I run through a completely ridiculous set of trans-coding and file copying... most of it I have automated with shell scripts, but it is one of those things where I got it "good enough" by just hobbling along.

5 days ago
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eSports Starting To Go Mainstream

netsavior eSports are too deterministic to be popular. (116 comments)

"Sports" consists of:

4 hours of "This team is totally gonna sports all over this team, because of the sportsing. These 12 players will totally sports all over the sports because of sports."
followed by a 1 hour game that takes 4 hours
followed by a 4 hours of "That team totally sportsed all over the other team because of sportsing, but these 3 players were particularly sportsy because of sportsing.

eSports consists of deterministic matches, usually between 2 players. There is just not enough bullshit to fill the air and not enough stars to sell shoes.

Sports fandom feeds off of the non-deterministic nature of the games that are played, sure there are winners and losers, but there is very little room in eSports to blame Referees, because in the game world it would be called "Exploits" and would be considered verifiable cheating .
The format has a total lack of potential for a "Support your Team" mentality " Sure team A scored more points, but Team B Player 12 did the greatest thing ever, therefore my fan activities are more valuable even though my team lost" some of that can happen in eSports, but for the most part, the games don't even support/lend to that kind of team play.

5 days ago
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Amazon's Ambitious Bets Pile Up, and Its Losses Swell

netsavior Re:Avoiding Amazon Web Services? (168 comments)

In my opinion AWS is the most mature and the most flexible of the "big enough to matter" cloud providers. I don't foresee them stopping this service any time soon, but if they did, the chances that some other provider would provide a "turnkey" migration from AWZ to their service are very very good.

Not much will need to be changed if you use some other provider...

Just wrap the hell out of your S3 specific code for when thee next trend in "CEO Beat" magazine is "Self Hosting - How to cut your cloud budget to zero!"

5 days ago
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What percentage of your media consumption is streamed?

netsavior Even my DVDs are streamed (152 comments)

Long ago I started ripping DVDs the instant they come out of the package, they stream from my media server now. Having kids will do that... The 4th time I bought "Cars" on DVD, I knew it was just not sustainable.

Also, my kids would rather stream crappy content from netflix than dig out a DVD and wait for 15 minutes for the actual content to start... With my own content server, they get an interface as responsive as Netflix, but with the content I want them to have.

about a week ago
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Social Security Administration Joins Other Agencies With $300M "IT Boondoggle"

netsavior Re:Missing Key Information (142 comments)

The contractor is Lockheed Martin, which is why it is not in the headlines.
Any time you ask them a question you get: "Well sorry, the reason it is late is classified." It is their typical scapegoat, so nobody even bothers asking them questions anymore.
"We have an excuse, we only work with the government, we didn't realize it actually had to work... we just thought we had to grease the right palms...Also we need more H1Bs please."

about a week ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

There is green paper-like substance that can be used to purchase goods and services. There is even a space for it in your wallet... it is that spot in the back that is twice as wide as the credit card slots.

about a week ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:So a victim gets sued by victims? (66 comments)

Well, it was also loss of service, not just the data breech. They shut everything down for weeks while they sorted it out. Several of my 40-60 dollar games were 100% unplayable for nearly a month, because services Sony agreed to supply were unavailable (log-on servers).

I actually had a game I had never played at the time that was unplayable (because it required a patch that I could not get, thanks to services being down), and since I broke the shrink-wrap it was not returnable either.

about a week ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

yeah I have moved to prepaid cards for most everything video game related now, except for places where it carries a hefty premium, but that is rare, Steam cards even go on sale at Target sometimes... last month I paid $17.90 for a $20 gift card.

about a week ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior Re:Since When (66 comments)

I have been a defacto member of several class actions... very rarely has it been a check in the mail. It has ranged from a Coupon to a month's free service, even gift cards. Paying in promotional materials seems to be the standard.

I would also like to note that PSPlus is a service that encourages you to purchase discounted items, and also that Little Big Planet and InFAMOUS both have sequels, making them excellent marketing give-aways. This is not punishment at all. This is a 15 million dollar marketing campaign.

about a week ago
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Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

netsavior If you had taken part in "welcome back"... (66 comments)

The welcome back program was:
TWO free titles from this list:
Dead Nation
inFAMOUS
LittleBigPlanet
Super Stardust HD
Wipeout HD + Fury

plus 30 days of Playstation Plus (note: "free" games, if "purchased" during this 30 day time frame remain on your account forever, I got several small/old games this way.)

The new deal, for the holdouts is worse, imo.

about a week ago
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Finding Life In Space By Looking For Extraterrestrial Pollution

netsavior Hey it is another shot at least. (95 comments)

Every time we talk about SETI, people say "who the hell says they use radio waves"

the answer is, of course "well, it seems plausible, and it is SOMETHING we can look for."

Then we talk about Kepler and everyone says "Who the hell says they have to live in the Goldilocks zone?"

the answer is "well it seems plausible and it is SOMETHING we can look for.

So now we have pollution. Same question, same answer.

This is how science and exploration work... Lets say we get really good at all three types of search... What are the chances that complex life lives outside the "habitable zone," does not produce radio signals, and does not produce industrial pollutants? If we look for all the signs we can think of, we increase our slim chances by a slim margin.

Every specific thing we look for is a specific thing we can find.

about a week ago
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Researchers Test Developer Biometrics To Predict Buggy Code

netsavior Re:Why is it always developers? (89 comments)

because the average judge/jury/CEO/consumer/manager has no idea how to write code.

They can understand how a toilet is cleaned, how a sale is made, how a 1099 is filled out, how a fire drill works, how a sandwich is put together, how oil is changed, etc... but Coding might as well be a dark art.

Developers are part of a very narrow segment which has no reliable Key Performance Indicators.
Part of that is developers are smart enough to game any system, because they can think in algorithms.

Want to track productivity on Lines of code? Fine, Developers can do NO WORK, and produce TONS of code
Want to track productivity on Number of defects introduced? Fine, doing NO WORK is the baseline for perfect.
Want to track productivity on Number of defects fixed? Fine, through the magic of hand wavery, defects can be found and fixed with no actual work happening

Compare that to well-defined Key Performance Indicators for sales... Bring in X dollars of sales, your performance is X.

CEOs HATE things they cannot measure... which means CEOs are a natural enemy of Developers.

about a week ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

netsavior Re:Hmmm (205 comments)

this is more funny than you know. I have had 2 vasectomies...

about two weeks ago
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New Toyota Helps You Yell At the Kids

netsavior Re: minivan dead? (205 comments)

The Odyssey (best selling single model of minivan) has a higher safety rating than almost all SUVs. It gets better gas mileage (28mpg) than almost all SUVs, and absolutely all vehicles with similar passenger capacity (7 or 8 passengers)... Not to mention resale value and reliability rating.

The Minivan is the practical and logical choice... Not to mention, with seats down/out, the cargo capacity is laughably better than an Explorer or other "large" suvs. I can (and have) move a washer and dryer in mine... which is my litmus test for "cargo capacity". (Explorer and Tahoe, which are "large" suvs, cannot fit a washer/dryer, even with all seats folded).

It is fine to hate Minivans, but to pretend they are somehow less practical than an SUV is kind of laughable.

about two weeks ago

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