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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Not relevant (338 comments)

in addition to leaking several hundred times more than was necessary to prove his point.

Until something meaningful changes it hasn't been enough.

I note none of these fanboys admitted that he leaked all of it to the Russians.

If Snowden revealed one thing, it was massive incompetence of the security itself at the NSA.

So bitch all you want about Snowden, but he wanted the public to know. Only an idiot thinks Snowden is the only one ever to have had the kind of access he had, and only a fool thinks that the Chinese and Russians couldn't have had equivalent sources of their own already.

1 hour ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Incorrect (338 comments)

Archives of the document were on Guardian public servers when the password was mysteriously "leaked."

I recall something like that being the case for the Manning data.

I do not recall this being the case for the Snowden data. Do you have links or evidence to back this up?

10 hours ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Partial statistics (115 comments)

Wow, I quite the HL franchise halfway through Ep 2 it stank so badly. All subjective I guess.

I enjoyed HL2 but found it incredibly linear in a way that even, say, the original Doom wasn't. I haven't tried ep1/ep2 but do plan to at some point.

I still go back and play HL1 every couple of years, followed by OpFor and BlueShift. I think that was the peak of single player FPS gaming

Hmm. I really enjoyed Serious Sam 3 BFE which is pretty recent, albeit also a throwback to old school FPS. That you mentioned Quake 4 is surprising, I quite enjoyed that one too... but it wasn't generally well reviewed and I agree with some of the criticisms of it. Duke Forever also had its moments too if you like classic single player FPS, and even the strip club level, which i originally thought was beyond stupid... I've since gained a healthy appreciation for just how much of a parody that level is of similarly interruptive and pointless fetch-mission mechanics as-seen in other games -- that I now sincerely believe that the level's stupidity itself is deliberately intended as a commentary on the game mechanic itself.

To me, its a deceptively smart and cleverly crafted game wrapped in a veil of vulgarity and stupidity. Or maybe its just vulgar and stupid... but I don't think so.

yesterday
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

vux984 Re:most lego's are a rip off (350 comments)

The difference being the incredibly successful and well reviewed lego movie is backing the lego movie sets.

I'm not sure you can or should rely on kids not being interested in them the way perhaps the themes you mentioned. Both my kids want multiple Lego movie sets...

yesterday
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Partial statistics (115 comments)

Play Pirates, it was fun in the original "boot up your XT with the floppy"

Yeah, that's the one I have a LOT of nostalgia for and why I expect to play it. :) I've read they've largely kept the original style of the game intact... right down to ship combat and the fencing. Looking forward to it.

yesterday
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Surprised... (115 comments)

that Defense Grid didn't make the list, I've put over 148 hours into it and would have expected most people that own the game to have done the same. It's the only game on Steam that I have every achievement for.

I've got 76 hours on that one, and steam says I've got 57 of 87 of the acheivements. Honestly. I'm impressed that you completed it to 100% some of the expansion pack stuff is pretty brutal.

I think the most interesting thing though about the defense grid stats is 'first blood' ... only 87% of the people steam registers as having played killed even a single alien. So that's 13% who started up the game, and then exited it without doing anything.

yesterday
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Partial statistics (115 comments)

I've got a WHACK of steam games bought as part of bundles (humble bundles, steam bundles etc...)

I bought a steam halflife bundle at some point... I've played HalfLife 2 to completion, but have never played HL2 deathmatch, hl2 ep1, hl2 ep2, hl2 lost coast, hl deathmatch:source, hl blue shift, hl opposing force, hl source.

I bought an ID pack at some point. I've got 2 Hexens, Hexen2 and Heretic that I've never played, with 3 quakes, 3 quake 2s, and 2 quake 3s. So far I've only played Quake II.

I bought the Sid Meier humble bundle which came with Civ5 a bunch of its expansions, and Civ IV, and III ... I've played Civ V a bit so far... but have 8 separate entries for Civ IV in my steam library, along with Civ III that I haven't touched. Along with Pirates! and Railroads. I'll probably play Pirates! at some point... who knows about the rest.

I've got and Sam & Max set, that I'm part way through... so 3 titles I haven't touched out of 5.

I've got 5 episodes of Back to the Future that came with another humble bundle that was worth the price of entry to me for something else. I might try it at some point, who knows... its pretty low on my priority list though.

I wouldn't be surprised that others who are avid supporters of humble bundles have lots of games they've yet to try.

etc, etc, etc.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

vux984 Re:Think it through. (446 comments)

Only a fool would count on their saving being there in 25-30 years. The US is a ponzi scheme of welfare benefits and government debt.

That's why you'd use international diversification. And if that doesn't work, odds are you are going to have bigger problems than your savings being wiped out at retirement.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

vux984 Re:Very possible (446 comments)

I'm not at all skeptical of your claim, but I'm curious: married? (dual income?) kids? own a house?

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

vux984 Re:a million 401K isnt that large (446 comments)

$40k to $50k today is a decent standard of living. 40 years from now? It'll be below the poverty line.

If you are retiring today 1Million is enough. If you are retiring 40 years from now and aim to have a million... you'll be deciding between a card board roof or cardboard food.

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

vux984 Re:Think it through. (446 comments)

1 million dollars invested in a conservative bond fund will yield $40,000 a year, with no hit to principle. Most of America lives (comfortably) on that (or less) today. In addition to that, you will have social security.

And if you are of retirement age today, 1Million is enough. Now project that forward 30 or 40 years.

To put it into perspective, if you had 500k in 1980, that gave you the same purchasing power as 1 million does today.

So if you think 1 million today is enough to retire, and you plan to retire in 25 years, you actually need to aim for 2 million.

If you are just entering the work force (18 to 20), you are looking at working 40-50 years, and will need even more. close to 3 million.

After retirement age, you also receive social security payments

Only a fool would count on it being there in another 25-30 years. Its already seeing the force of the boomer generation hit it. If you've got a million+ in capital at retirement I wouldn't be surprised that your social security will be stripped to zilch. I can hear the politicians bleating now... "we're paying middle class millionaires social security...is that worth a tax increase?"

yesterday
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Survey: 56 Percent of US Developers Expect To Become Millionaires

vux984 Re:A million isn't what people think it is (446 comments)

This. I expect to require 3 million to retire comfortably, and be able to live off the interest without drawing down the capital leaving the 3 million to the kids when I go. At this stage I'm skeptical I will make that 'stretch goal'.

I think I require 1 million at minimum to retire comfortably, and be able to live off the interest, drawing down the capital as I go, and have enough to make it to my death.

Both scenarios bar major health expenses like paying for live-in-care out-of-pocket.

I have not factored any likely inheritances from my own relatives either, as I do not expect to receive substantial money. (And frankly find it rather disheartening watching some of my peers live extravagant idiotic lives on the assumption -- in some cases, the correct assumption, that when their folks kick the can they'll be covered. -- but that's a separate issue)

And I'm maybe half way to retirement. Anyone just entering the work force now will need even more than that due to inflation.

yesterday
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

vux984 Re:most lego's are a rip off (350 comments)

There's almost no point in it being a lego toy, because you're just assembling a crude model of an x-wing, and the only thing you can make with the set is...an x-wing. Why not just...play with a model x-wing?

Seriously... watch the lego movie... or hell just look at some of the sets they've released based on the movie.

I think this one illustrates my point:

http://static.indigoimages.ca/...

Take a good look at it. The 'goblet' piece is a gun. The wagon wheels are the engine turbines, the turbine housings are those molded castle tower pieces. The half-barrel is the pilots seat. Torches reworked into a missile launcher. The working catapult?... well they kept that.

They took a medieval gate and cart and turned it into something akin to a pod-racer, as an official set.

The lego movie and movie sets simultaneously agrees with all your complaints ... and then proves your conclusion wrong.

Granted a single small lego set is usually only much good for a particular model or a variation on a theme. But after you've got 5 or 6 lego sets especially if they are from different themes you can build pretty much anything. Medieval space ships, sailing ships out of space lego, Giant transforming robots out of lego city vehicles.

Honestly there were a bit of a bad spot in the late 90s where the lego wasn't as good, but the current sets and over the last 5-10 years are an absolute joy.

I recommend any parent with kids becoming lego aged to start with a basic bulk bucket. I think there's a yellow bucket out right now 600 basic bricks for $40 bucks.

Then you throw in a star wars or batman set or two so the kid has a couple minifigures, droids (my son loves r2d2s), light sabers, etc. And then build out from there.

The new lego master builder academy sets are BRILLIANT too.

http://shop.lego.com/en-US/Mas...

The instruction books alone are nearly with the price of entry.

yesterday
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

vux984 Re:Jeez (565 comments)

I'm pretty sure Microsoft can retag them as 'automatic'; and just hasn't done so. I'm pretty sure I've seen some of this happen previously with other updates. New IE versions start out as optional, and then get moved to automatic. IIRC.

They can even 2-stage it, similar to how the genuine advantage stuff works -- where stage one is mandatory and automatically run, but in turn it could suggest the 8.1 update, and make it as simple as hitting 'next' to initiate it.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

vux984 Re:Jeez (565 comments)

They most likely don't even know what Windows 8.1 Update 1 is, much less that they should be on the net researching how to get it installed.

Windows update will take care of that for the vast majority of them. For the ones that it breaks on and for which MS doesn't fix, then how is it any different than any other time a home user's windows update got messed up for any reason?

I mean, odds are when you find a home users PC with XP SP1 or SP2 still on it because windows update failed or was turned off or whatever, you'll also find they haven't done any security updates on it since then either.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

vux984 Re:Jeez (565 comments)

It's not obvious how to do this though. And when someone does figure it out, sometimes it breaks during the upgrade with no solution.

So therefore one should not update?

This seems at worst, an embarrassing problem (for microsoft) that -will- be sorted out soon.

I mean, I recall the various XP service packs having issues on some systems too over the years, and never once was "I guess we'll just stay on SP1" the answer I or any other competent admin ever went with.*

* - to be fair there are some bits of software that some companies relied on that only worked on XP SP2 or earlier etc, and competent admins elected to stay on the older service pack, but that isn't the case here, and isn't relevant to the case here. No one is choosing to stay pre-update because of 3rd party issues, only issues with installing the update itself, and it should be plain to all that resolutions will be forthcoming for that.

2 days ago
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The Security of Popular Programming Languages

vux984 Confusing (188 comments)

I'm not even sure what the article meant by ASP vs .NET ? Surely they aren't talking classic ASP? I doubt anybody is 'starting new projects in classic ASP -- so what is ASP? and how is it not .NET ?

The rest of the article doesn't make a lot of sense to me either.

2 days ago
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Microsoft Confirms It Is Dropping Windows 8.1 Support

vux984 Jeez (565 comments)

Just patch windows 8.1 with the update. It makes the OS unequivocally better. Whining about it is just silly.

3 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

vux984 Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

Do they have standing NSLs with all the media organizations out there?

I think there'd be less Snowden leak coverage if there were. :)

You could go outside the country, but those newspapers are government by their own countries version of the NSA who's working in close relationship with ours

Like China & Russia? Governements want their own security as much as their own intelligence agencies want to break it... there's too many pieces moving in opposite directions for there to be a credible global coverup of a transparent audit of open source software.

3 days ago
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First Phase of TrueCrypt Audit Turns Up No Backdoors

vux984 Re:Technically if an NSA backdoor existed (171 comments)

Technically, if an NSA backdoor existed in the codebase, you would be prevented from reporting it by an NSA letter, subject to immeadiate imprisonment and confiscation.

Two responses.

First, I suspect if they were confronted with an NSL they could go the lavabit route and simply suspend the audit project with no explanation. IANAL but I don't think the NSA can compel them to falsify the audit results.

Second, if they are smart, they can have it audited multi-nationally with independent auditors to make it harder for any government gag orders to stick.

3 days ago

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Evidence for another Sony Rootkit

vux984 vux984 writes  |  about a year and a half ago

vux984 (928602) writes "There's some preliminary evidence that SOE is heading face first into what may be another rootkit scandal. A poster named Bug started this thread here: (I expect it to disappear if the story gains traction.)

http://forums.station.sony.com/eq2/posts/list.m?&topic_id=520848
and posted his findings to a torrent:
http://thepiratebay.se/torrent/7522392/NEW_2012_Sony_Rootkit_Exploit

My read is frankly that "Bug" is overreacting to a lot of the details, and assigning a lot of malicious intent where I'm highly skeptical any exists.

Nonetheless: They do in fact install a browser add-on without any sort of proper disclosure in all major browsers. They do in fact silently add zones to your Internet 'trusted zones' lists. And they are in fact uploading scads of crash data (multiple GB) without user permission or review and its evident that the crash data can contain information the user would not wish to transmit to Sony.

Additionally, the combined effect of the add-on and white listed zones potentially exposes users to remote execution attacks; similiar to the way Sony's XCP could be exploited by 3rd parties. Again there is some circumstantial evidence at least that it is already being exploited in the wild.

There was an uproar here when Microsoft quietly added its .NET Framework Assistant add-on to Firefox , this seems to go way beyond that, and its the first time I think I've seen zones silently added to the trusted zone. I think Sony's crossed a line... again.

In any case, anyone here who plays any SOE titles should at least be aware what Sony is doing and decide for themselves what they think of it."

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