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Xiaomi's Next OS Looks Strikingly Similar To iOS

rwven I like... (181 comments)

I used to use MIUI when I had a compatible android device. I absolutely loved it. Google themselves should take some design ques from them...

about two weeks ago

Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

rwven Re:RUDEST PASSENGER EVER (928 comments)

The passenger is to blame because the airline threatened legal action over something that wasn't illegal?

Passenger is an idiot, SWA was criminal.

about a month ago

Watch Dogs Graphics and Gameplay: PC Vs. Xbox One, With Surprising Results

rwven Re:Say what? (210 comments)

Yeah, pretty much. Watch Dogs doesn't look nearly as good as plenty of PC games out right now, and runs worse than most.

This is nothing more than a deliberately handicapped, badly ported console game. The author is being a shill for the XBone, but the truth of the matter is that he's hiding Ubisoft's dirty downgrade of the game.

PCs were capable of far more than these machines a year before they were released. Now the comparison is just a bad joke.

about 2 months ago

Code Spaces Hosting Shutting Down After Attacker Deletes All Data

rwven Re:The cloud (387 comments)

It has nothing to do with the cloud. It could have been any un-managed hosting.

The fact that they went with un-managed hosting in the first place is what really screwed them. If they had a real support team they could turn to, steps could have been taken to keep this from happening as soon as the DDOS started, and they would have had "offsite" or at least "offline" backups.

This happened because it appears that code spaces had some knee-jerk reactions and didn't think through how they were handling this (like changing the password before making sure there weren't other methods of access already established). They should have straight-up called amazon, explained what was going on, and paid for support for amazon put access to their account and instances on lockdown until the situation was resolved. Shoulda, woulda, coulda though...

about 2 months ago

The Next Unreal Tournament: Totally Free, Developed By Public

rwven Re:so (122 comments)

I take it you're not the kind of person to donate to OSS projects, then?

about 4 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:the moral of the story (448 comments)

The problem is, the attacker called godaddy personally. As part of the account credential reset process, they probably would have completely removed two-factor authentication from the account over the phone to allow him to regain control of things.

about 7 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:Two-factor on GoDaddy? (448 comments)

Godaddy would have just removed the 2nd factor for the same reason they handed over the "1st" factor. Hiroshima pretended he was the user, who has lost the ability to log in. They would have just reset the password and removed two-factor authentication from the account after the identify was "verified."

about 7 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:the moral of the story (448 comments)

Two-factor probably wouldn't have helped here. They reset the account credentials, assuming the owner lost the ability to log in. That would have included resetting any "2nd factor."

I don't think any action on the user's part would have helped any of this other than maybe his comment about the TTL on the MX record.

about 7 months ago

Developer Loses Single-Letter Twitter Handle Through Extortion

rwven Re:the moral of the story (448 comments)

Or paypal? IMHO they're the ones who enabled the entire operation here. They gave away the last four digits of the guy's credit card to a stranger...

Granted, godaddy should have required a photo id as well.

They're both rubbish.

about 7 months ago

Myst Creators Announce Obduction

rwven Re:For PC? (103 comments)

There's a UE4 game already being worked on that is coming to linux:

Also, with the announcement of Steam OS (linux based), it would be very surprising not to see an officially produced and supported version of UE4 for linux.

I think we have a lot of great stuff to look forward to on that front.

about 10 months ago

Come Try Out Slashdot's New Design (In Beta)

rwven Pretty cool. (1191 comments)

I like it. Note: Bulletted lists no longer have bullets. :)

about a year ago

Ask Slashdot: Suitable Phone For a 4-Year Old?

rwven Re:Are you serious? (682 comments)

Sounds like the parent and child are separated. Nothing wrong with trying to stay connected at a distance...assuming whoever is with the kiddo is aware/approving.

about a year ago

Apple Starts Blocking Unauthorized Lightning Cables With iOS 7

rwven Re:Load of crock (663 comments)

That's a delusional point of view... Apple is forcing users to buy cables at an artificially increased price. This is price fixing/gouging at its finest. There isn't/wasn't anything wrong with the cables the users we using. The manufacturers just didn't pay an apple tax which creates a more expensive product that functions absolutely no better than the cheaper "unauthorized" alternative.

This is anti-competitive and anti-consumer. It's another reason on the pile for while I quit buying apple products, and will continue to avoid them.

about a year ago

Instagram "Likes" Worth More Than Stolen Credit Cards

rwven Re:Do the CCs work? (106 comments)

I haven't signed a credit/debit card in years. Never once had it checked by a cashier.

1 year,13 days

Excess Coffee May Be Linked To Early Death

rwven In other news... (220 comments)

Excess leads to death. As if, yakknow, we all didn't know this already.

1 year,16 days

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

rwven Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

Leave my neckbeard out of this!

Neckbeards have feelings too.

1 year,18 days

Microsoft: Xbox One Won't Require Kinect To Function

rwven Re:Rock and a hard place (216 comments)

I think developers, knowing that players will at least have the hardware, will be free to make Kinect required for their specific games. I'm imagining some kind of art on game cases to specify this, like there was for the 360.

The fact is, most games/developers weren't going to use that rubbish anyway. That kind of control simply isn't the future because people don't WANT to play games and use interfaces that way. It's FAR more of a hassle to wave your hands around than it is to just push a button or move a control stick. If it was 100% reliable like handheld controllers are it'd be one thing, but the kinect as it stands has like a 40% success rate at actually understanding what you're trying to get it to do.

1 year,19 days



Best options for non-US based cloud/dedicated VPS hosting?

rwven rwven writes  |  1 year,20 days

rwven (663186) writes "As a US citizen I don't believe you have to be doing something wrong in order to want to protect your privacy. Therefore, with all the NSA domestic spying coming to light, I've become drawn toward moving my hosting outside of the country. I know virtually nothing about hosting providers outside the US. Would my fellow slashdotters be willing to suggest some businesses based in locations that would be (reasonably) assumed to be immune from a government's snooping? I am looking for 1-to-few small scale instances at a reasonable price."

New Sony PSN ToS: Class Action Waiver included

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 2 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "Yesterday Sony sent an email to PSN members regarding a change in the Terms of Service for PSN. When agreeing to this new terms of service, you must waive your rights to a class action suit against Sony. I, for one, will not be agreeing to any such thing. You can view section 15 of the new ToS here."
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Federal judge says key parts of health care reform

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 3 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "A federal judge in Florida has struck down as unconstitutional key parts of the sweeping health care reform bill championed by President Barack Obama. Officials in Florida and 25 other states are challenging sections of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including the "individual mandate" requiring most Americans to purchase health insurance in four years or face stiff penalties."
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Obama urges delay in digital TV transition

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 5 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "President-elect Barack Obama is urging Congress to postpone the Feb. 17 switch from analog to digital television broadcasting, arguing that too many Americans who rely on analog TV sets to pick up over-the-air channels won't be ready. Obama officials are also concerned that the government is not doing enough to help Americans — particularly those in rural, poor or minority communities — prepare for and navigate the transition."

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "'1080p is the resolution of the gods. Promised by Sony, attainable by few displays, and argued about all over the Internet, 1080p is something that doesn't affect many television owners while remaining a major sticking point in the current console wars. Microsoft gave the 360 the ability to run games in 1080p in the October firmware update...' EA and Sega are both producing games which will render on the 360 in 1080p. Does this change the playing field for the next generation of console games?"

rwven rwven writes  |  more than 7 years ago

rwven (663186) writes "Prominent adult movie producer Digital Playground says it is forced to use HD DVD instead of Blu-ray, because Sony will not allow XXX-rated movies to be released on Blu-ray. It appears as though Sony hasn't learned anything since the days of Betamax. While plenty of people may agree (or disagree) with Sony's decision on a personal level, it's almost undeniable that the format which is adopted by the pornography industry is the format which will survive, regardless of technical superiority."


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