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North Korea Denies Responsibility for Sony Attack, Warns Against Retaliation

radarskiy Re:I doubt it was North Korea (142 comments)

"more tempting targets"

You need to consider not just how tempting the target is but what the potential repercussions are. Sony does not have a military force, they're going to be distracted by the blow back from the leaked material, and there are limited civil venues where they could pursue action. Even if there is overwhelming evidence that NK did do this I predict there no meaningful consequences.

3 hours ago
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To Fight Currency Mismatches, Steam Adding Region Locking to PC Games

radarskiy Re:Why Steam? Why? (158 comments)

"Sometimes I wonder why companies, especially companies selling digital goods, don't just set the price in one particular currency then let it somewhat auto-fluctuate in the other currencies according to the market."

The concept you are looking for is "reservation price". Strictly speaking, ever buyer has a different maximum price they are willing to spend and the seller would like to charge them each that different price. In some situations that's easy (negotiated sales contracts) and some situations that's hard. Barring that, the seller would like to divide buyers into broad categories somehow to keep people willing to pay a higher prices from getting a lower price, e.g.: the various trim packages on a new new car, fare buckets for airline tickets.

The region locking allows Steam to adjust pricing to different demand curves without losing any surplus they can capture in other regions. Remember, the marginal cost of a bit approaches zero so they can make up a lot though demand increase (or by preventing a demand decrease)

2 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

radarskiy Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

"ms ireland is thereby legally barred from releasing the data to the us mother company."

That is not the US court's problem. That is MS US and MS Ireland's problem for setting up up their multinational corporation to try to evade national laws. They deliberately entered an arrangement where they could not comply with the laws of their respective jurisdictions.

3 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

radarskiy Re:Sigh. (137 comments)

Multinational corporations create separate entities in order dodge any one nation's unfavorable laws and regulations. Microsoft US is subject to the US court jurisdiction and Microsoft Ireland is subject to Irish court jurisdiction. If Microsoft US and Microsoft Ireland have entered an agreement where one of them or the other would be violating the law or they must breach their agreement it is no one's problem but their own that they are hoist by their own petard.

Since there can be no legal civil contract to commit criminal acts, this could void the agreement between Microsoft US and Microsoft Ireland. However, this would open them up to civil claims from people who have contracted with Microsoft US who has moved their data to Microsoft Ireland and now no longer has an agreement to get their data back.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

radarskiy Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

Microsoft US has already stipulated that it can access the data in question.

4 days ago
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Microsoft Gets Industry Support Against US Search Of Data In Ireland

radarskiy Re:What is the problem here? (137 comments)

The US court is not ordering Microsoft Ireland to do anything.

The US court is ordering Microsoft US to supply data which Microsoft US has already stipulated that it has access to.

The fact that Microsoft US gave it to Microsoft Ireland is not the US court's problem.

4 days ago
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Google Suggests Separating Students With 'Some CS Knowledge' From Novices

radarskiy Re:MeritNOTcracy (307 comments)

You still haven't presented a single example of less skilled people being favored over more skilled people in order to advance women and minorities.

If have disproportionately low numbers of women and minorities that means you are EXCLUDING skilled women and minorities in favor of less skilled white males.

about a week ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

radarskiy Re:So much for his career (161 comments)

" All he's doing is supporting their version of events. "

No, he is adding speculation about the intent of those actions.

Since intent is the entire point of the case, and all he can add is speculation, I don't see why his testimony was admitted at all.

about a week ago
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Former iTunes Engineer Tells Court He Worked To Block Competitors

radarskiy Re:Really? (161 comments)

Because Rob Schultz was bad at his former job, which is why it is his *former* job.

about a week ago
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Bank Security Software EULA Allows Spying On Users

radarskiy Re:I'd expect no less (135 comments)

Clearly, pens are immoral.

about two weeks ago
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AI Expert: AI Won't Exterminate Us -- It Will Empower Us

radarskiy Re:What about jobs? (417 comments)

"it may gut our economies"

While theoretically not impossible, when someone make this claim there is a need to show how this will happen in light of the fact that technological innovation has never caused this once in the history of economies.

about two weeks ago
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James Watson's Nobel Prize Medal Will Be Returned To Him

radarskiy Re:why should he have it (235 comments)

It's all about managing expectations. Everyone knew Kissinger was a bastard already.

about two weeks ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

radarskiy Re:Another "taking" by the California government.. (178 comments)

"The homeowner should be able to make the choice of if they want to risk it."

A homeowner is exposed to the risks that their neighbors take, and therefore has an interest that those external costs be accounted for..

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

radarskiy Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

They are trying compel Microsoft US to provide evidence that it has already stipulated that it has access to. The fact that a multinational running multiple subdivisions in order to play fast and loose with national laws may end up being hoist by its own petard is not the problem of either the US government or the Irish government.

about two weeks ago
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Fraud Bots Cost Advertisers $6 Billion

radarskiy Re:Self-inflicted (190 comments)

Yo dawg, I heard you like clickbots so I downloaded a clickbot with a clickbot so you can commit click fraud while you commit click fraud.

about two weeks ago
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AMD Offers a Performance Boost, Over 20 New Features With Catalyst Omega Drivers

radarskiy Re:Drop? (73 comments)

Among the meanings of the verb "to drop" are both "to discontinue" and "to offload goods". This lead to the use of the word at both start of provision and end of provision.

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

radarskiy Microsoft says the US wants a pony. (192 comments)

Since the US government is not ordering a search outside of the US, why should we listen to any other claim that Microsoft US makes after that point?

about two weeks ago
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Microsoft To US Gov't: the World's Servers Are Not Yours For the Taking

radarskiy Re:Hiding evidence (192 comments)

"And what do you think of MS's rebuttal of that position?"

I think that an analogy that dissimilar in the essential point is not instructive.

The US Government is not sending any orders to any entity outside of the US.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

radarskiy Re:Loss of context and common sense (116 comments)

"It's also reasonable to think that if they were that sloppy/incompetent/crooked in one area, that other areas of the project were equally affected, like the engineering."

I am in agreement here. Orthogonal to the question of what motivated the problems in NEON's budget the quantity of problems is more than enough to make the whole thing a problem.

This is of course why the NSF' inspector-general orders audits in the first place.

about two weeks ago
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NSF Accused of Misuse of Funds In Giant Ecological Project

radarskiy Re:Republican business as usual... (116 comments)

"there was no legal wrongdoing, DCAA director Anita Bales told the hearing."

about two weeks ago

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