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How Apple's Billion Dollar Sapphire Bet Will Pay Off

vux984 Re:Well. (187 comments)

I would think some rubber buffer around the glass could be used to add a lot of break resistance.

rubber doesn't really go with apple's metal and glass stylistic sensibilities.

Are scratches or breaks more common?

I've seen tons of broken screens even as recently as last week. I can't honestly say I've seen any scratched ones in the last few yers.

13 hours ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

vux984 Re:Just another facet of post 'Citizens United' US (239 comments)

The point remains that if Citizens United is to be reversed, the job of making that happen, for all practical purposes, still falls to congress.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

vux984 Re:I would think (372 comments)

Well, perhaps finding things to fix should be the job of static code analyser.

Because static code analysers can catch all bugs?

2 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

vux984 Re:Just another facet of post 'Citizens United' US (239 comments)

The Senate is part of the US Congress

You are right of course. I misspoke.

And they can pass veto-proof legislation with supermajorities in both branches of Congress.

Yes they can, but that's not the usual way. The president doesn't veto that much in the first place, and of the vetoes congress only overrides a tiny fraction.

So legislation is not at all the same as a constitutional amendment.

I never said it was the same thing; I know well they are very different.

But you are splitting hairs saying its not congress' job to amend the constitution. It can't do it by itself, and it doesn't even have to originate them, but its certainly the origin of most amendments in historical practice, and by most, I mean ALL 27 of them. So its disingenuous to represent that its not their job to amend the constitution.

2 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

vux984 Re:I would think (372 comments)

Yes, this is true. But they are also making it a lot more possible to actually find the things that need fixing.

2 days ago
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Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

vux984 Re:Just another facet of post 'Citizens United' US (239 comments)

US Congress can start a constitutional amendment process, but they can't make it happen by themselves.

Splitting hairs.

They can't do anything by themselves. Even a regular bill needs to go through the senate, and end with a presidential signature... etc.

3 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Disagreed (395 comments)

All of this was drama to cover up his desire to release the files to Russia. Now he's on TV, obviously repeating a Putin script.

That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever heard. If he desired to release them to Russia, he could have simply done so without any drama at all.

3 days ago
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OpenSSL Cleanup: Hundreds of Commits In a Week

vux984 Re:I would think (372 comments)

but I've never seen a hundred commits that didn't introduce their fair share of bugs - let alone a hundred commits in a single week.

Take a look at the commits.

Majority of them are things like


sometype
*name

to


sometype *
name

and fixing indentation, formatting comments, etc

The ones that actually -change- anything significant are FAR fewer, and most of those are simple straight elimination of special platform specific paths, for platforms they don't wish to support in this fork.

Very few actual bugs are being eliminated. No new features. The number of "real code" commits is very nominal.

3 days ago
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How Nest and FitBit Might Spy On You For Cash

vux984 Re:Not the same, but tangentially related... (93 comments)

It's human nature to occasionally (or always) speed and break minor traffic laws.

Indeed. I just had an argument with a local neighborhood group. They've gone and posted the speed limit at 10kph, but they don't want people to actually drive 10kph and even came out and admitted that... but they got the idea that you set it 10-15kph below what you want people to do, so they set it at 10kph to get people to drive 15 to 25 instead of.

The problem though is that set at 10kph, with the expectation that we drive 15-25 is that legally we're doing 50% to 100% and beyond over the posted speed limit, which as you can imagine is not merely 'speeding' but 'excessive speeding' and 'reckless driving' per the letter of the law. Sure the cops are probably never going to bother with a speed trap to nail me going a measly 22kph, but an automated GPS insurance monitoring system... will probably record that I do double the speed limit habitually... and assess my premiums accordingly.

4 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Disagreed (395 comments)

They didn't, apparently, as they were eager to get their hands on him.

What revisionist history are you imagining?

The *only* reason he's in Russia is *we* trapped him there.

4 days ago
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VA Supreme Court: Michael Mann Needn't Turn Over All His Email

vux984 Re:I think AGW is largely a scam (348 comments)

Or maybe convert all postings to monotype courier, so we're reminded that slashdot's still only a handsbreath above a BBS?

above?

The last BBS I used supported extended ascii just fine so accented e's and such were fully supported. :p

5 days ago
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Oracle Deflects Blame For Troubled Oregon Health Care Site

vux984 Re:It's Not Really Oracle (161 comments)

But if this was the case, then the buyers are to blame

If the buyer orders a perpetual motion machine then he's an idiot.

But any engineers and consultants taking money to work on the project are morally bankrup too.

5 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Not relevant (395 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.

5 days ago
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Snowden Queries Putin On Live TV Regarding Russian Internet Surveillance

vux984 Re:Incorrect (395 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?

about a week ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Partial statistics (117 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.

about a week ago
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Kids Can Swipe a Screen But Can't Use LEGOs

vux984 Re:most lego's are a rip off (355 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...

about a week ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Partial statistics (117 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.

about a week ago
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Steam's Most Popular Games

vux984 Re:Surprised... (117 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.

about a week 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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