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Wired Writer Hack Shows Need For Tighter Cloud Security

stormguard2099 Re:is there a way to turn it on without a phone #? (132 comments)

I think Google says it all in their description of their 2-factor authentication

2-step verification drastically reduces the chances of having the personal information in your Google account stolen by someone else

Emphasis mine but yeah, straight from their site

more than 2 years ago

Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State

stormguard2099 Re:Glad to see Microsoft taking this position (678 comments)

We also have huge amounts of legal and social framework set up to accommodate 2-adult family units; enabling the gender bits to be flipped any which way doesn't actually change any of how things work. Opening up the system to accomodate polygamy would open huge cans of worms (an organized crime ring could all get married to each other, and be fully protected from someone turning states' evidence, for example).

I'm imagining the Sopranos mixed with Married with Children with a dash of Big tossed in there. I'm smelling the next HBO hit show!

about 2 years ago

Microsoft Pushes For Gay Marriage In Washington State

stormguard2099 Re:Glad to see Microsoft taking this position (678 comments)

Great point. Microsoft releases security patches as well so those must be evil too! Death to all patches!

(sorry pirates)

about 2 years ago

I am preparing for Hurricane Irene ...

stormguard2099 Re:My wife and I are in MA... (147 comments)

Posting from KDH, NC right now. We've had power, internet and satellite all day. On my second bottle of champagne and loving this storm.

about 3 years ago

Apple Store Artist Raided By Secret Service

stormguard2099 Great exposure (376 comments)

Geez, you can't really ask for any better PR than having your project mentioned on national news. As long as he stays out of jail (go EFF!) then he'll come out on top in the end.

more than 3 years ago

Making Ubuntu Look Like Windows 7

stormguard2099 Re:begs the question (473 comments)

So by your logic I should refer to my monitor as my computer? I mean if widespread usage dictates meaning then that would in fact be acceptable, perhaps even the standard usage

about 4 years ago

Do Children's E-Books Ruin Reading?

stormguard2099 Re:Eh? (149 comments)

While I agree that the submitter was being a bit romantic in his depiction of the reader, you shouldn't dismiss his ideas simply because of it. One of my favorite elements of reading static text without any added illustrations is you get to use your imagination to fill in the blanks! TV basically just hands you all of the artwork and scenery but when you read, all you get is the jist from the author and it's up to you to weave those descriptions together with your imagination into something.

Adding all of these interactive elements robs children of the process of creating these images themselves. when they hear about XYZ in the story they willl just imagine the depictions that popped out of the margins in page 2 instead of their own mental image based on the description.

To me, this has always been one of the greatest strengths of literature and I would hate to see the importance of this cast aside in favor of profits/"oh look shiney shiney" mentality.

more than 4 years ago

Girl Gamers More Hardcore Than Guys

stormguard2099 Re:They're build for this (284 comments)

Logic Police: you didn't use the phrase "begs the question" correctly. You meant to say "raises the question" or something along those lines. Begs the question implies a logical fallacy where the conclusion of an argument is presented as evidence for the very same conclusion.

To put this in /. terms using begs the question in that context, that's like saying that Windows 7 is the #1 FOSS and that Steve Jobs has changed up the agricultural industry with his new produce.

more than 4 years ago

Intel's Roadmap Includes 4nm Fab in 2022

stormguard2099 Must we dumb it down? (259 comments)

"Intel Corp., the largest maker of chips in the world,

Is it really neccesary to explain who intel is on /.? I think even my parents know that intel makes chips, they put out enough commercials... Are even our taco overlords not really reading TFS before hitting that submit button?

about 5 years ago

Where Does a Geek Find a Social Life?

stormguard2099 nerdapalooza 2009 (1354 comments) this is a good example of ways to meet fellow geeks. I recommend any event like this where people come together and share a common interest. there's also lan parties, anime conventions, linux installing parties and lots of other events and clubs where geeks come together.

Check your local craigslist and other sites for events and just got to a few! And remember, try and push urself to be more outgoing. I was a rather shy kid and I still have the tendency to clam up in public but if you consciously work on it you can change yourself.

Good luck! derp, i mean Live long and Prosper!

more than 5 years ago

Left 4 Dead 2 Announced For November

stormguard2099 discounts for owners of the original? (231 comments)

I won't mind the seque coming out late this year as long as they do something special for the owners of the first one.

Maybe a 10-20% off or access to a closed beta would make me happy enough.

more than 5 years ago

AP Considers Making Content Require Payment

stormguard2099 Re:Scary (425 comments)

the common usage is to distinguish between hyperbole and the truth. one would say he literally kicked my ass as in there was foot to ass contact instead of just a general beatdown.

more than 5 years ago

AP Considers Making Content Require Payment

stormguard2099 Re:Scary (425 comments)

Stop killing my language! I can promise that the news will never "literally" die because it's not alive!

more than 5 years ago

Senate Passes Another Bill To Delay Digital TV Transition

stormguard2099 Re:A waste of effort. (318 comments)

A lot of people depend on tv for news so in a disaster it could be crucial information, though I will point out that there's radio as well in such an incident. But more relevant to the everyday, the tv is a source of news in the home and considering that most people are more visually oriented, tv is a better medium than the radio for most information.

And yes, there do exist places where there is no broadband and with the recession, some newspapers have decided to cut off delivery service so that people can't even get a deadtree newspaper in my town anymore. /rant

more than 5 years ago

10 Years of Half-Life

stormguard2099 Re:98 cents? (182 comments)

Steam shoulda done it the EA way

Good lord! It must be backwards day on /.

Go Microsoft!

But seriously, with all of the mods out there $1 hl is a better value than free C&C

more than 5 years ago

Man Blames iPhone Glitch For Nude Photos

stormguard2099 read the thread (17 comments)

My favorite part is the two people who reply authoritatively explaining that it is a glitch. One of the users just signed up and that was their only post.

Taking all bets! Trolls or husband!

more than 5 years ago

Psystar Antitrust Claim Against Apple Dismissed

stormguard2099 Re:it's a blow to us all. (256 comments)

I just moved from OSX to Ubuntu a couple of weeks ago.


  • multiple desktops, with nice shiny 3D desktop switching

Correct me if I'm wrong but isn't multiple desktops exactly what spaces is for?

more than 5 years ago

New Generator Boosts Wind Turbine Efficiency 50%

stormguard2099 Re:This perpetual motion machine just keeps gettin (315 comments)

yes, but TFS is only talking about the percentage gain in power output not in efficiency.

obviously there is an increase in efficiency, duh. THS just doesn't ee fit to mention how much.

more than 5 years ago

New Generator Boosts Wind Turbine Efficiency 50%

stormguard2099 Re:This perpetual motion machine just keeps gettin (315 comments)

the windmill will be able to function in a wider range of wind conditions meaning that the power input will change. Hence you FAIL

more than 5 years ago


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