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Comment: Re:That's not exactly right... (Score 2) 206

by Apathist (#45468969) Attached to: Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop
Normally I'd agree with the point you almost managed to make, which is that development costs necessarily include dead-ends and mistakes... but in this case they're including the development cost of things like smelly controllers, which should have been an obviously* stupid idea to all involved.

*Oh, the fragrance of faux-blood/gunpowder/explosions. Just what I wanted in my living room.

Comment: That's not exactly right... (Score 4, Insightful) 206

by Apathist (#45468835) Attached to: Xbox One Controller Cost Over $100 Million To Develop

"over $100 million worth of research went into the design they ended up using"

Well, that's not quite true. Perhaps $100M went into designing and testing all the different prototypes they ultimately discarded, and the one they used... but the one that they finally decided upon only cost a fraction of that.

Comment: Re:Who cares. (Score 2) 404

by Apathist (#43908801) Attached to: Google Security Expert Finds, Publicly Discloses Windows Kernel Bug
It's sweet and all that you think paraphrasing xkcd shows that you have some kind of deeper insight, but you're clearly missing the point. A kernel mode exploit can do all the things that a user mode exploit can do, as well as install nasty malware like keyloggers, or worse... which in turn (likely) allows everything that physical access to the machine would have granted anyway.

So who cares? Me, and everyone even remotely versed in security.

Comment: Re:Internal only? (Score 1) 243

by Apathist (#43744355) Attached to: Leaked Microsoft Video Parodies Chrome Ad
While I agree that judging without prejudice is usually the best approach, I think in this case the liberal use of the second-person personal-pronoun (ie, "you") would have been a giveaway about who the intended target audience actually is... unless you think they are going to all this trouble to convince internal-only Microsoft employees not to use Chrome?

Comment: Re:Pull Your Head Out of Your Ass (Score 5, Interesting) 542

by Apathist (#42860543) Attached to: Pope To Resign Citing Advanced Age

People like you are what's wrong with organized religion and one of the primary reasons of why I am atheist. The people that run the Vatican and those in the past that have stood up and protected that power structure at all costs are fallible mortals. Shut up and deal with it or I'll throw you in with Scientology.

I dunno about you, but I'm an atheist because there simply aren't any gods... but an anti-theist because of the way faith and religion makes people behave. Small difference, perhaps, but I wouldn't want people to believe that my objective interpretation of reality is merely a response to the way those pricks behave.

Comment: Re:In the suicide-bombing age... (Score 1) 274

by Apathist (#35413494) Attached to: Cold Warriors Question Nukes
So this, don't get it. What happens after you've used up your quota of virgins? Do they magically get restored, or do you then have to spend eternity with a pack of thoroughly "used" women...? 'cause, assuming a standard rate, 72 virgins would only take a couple of months to get through, and I'm told eternity is much longer than that...

Comment: Re:Even easier than that. (Score 1) 245

by Apathist (#32003784) Attached to: Fake Antivirus Peddlers Outpacing Real AV Firms

This is just a side effect of the "real" anti-virus/security businesses having no interest in reducing/mitigating the "virus" threat. It makes too much money for them.

Said with all the arrogance and presumption of someone who knows exactly nothing of what they speak. Speaking as someone who spent over a decade as an anti-virus researcher and anti-virus engine developer, the truth is that it is infeasible for AV companies to keep up with the flood of (generated) malware that engulfs modern PCs... and, believe me, it's not for lack of trying. Have you ever seen how aggressively they complete over the VB100%* award?

* That award, like most AV testing is a sham (testing against a very small yet widely known sample of existing malware), but the point still holds: they really do want to catch the malware, if for no other reason than that the company that has the best detection rates can make the most sales.

Comment: Re:Do we really want him writing code? (Score 2, Informative) 293

by Apathist (#31219666) Attached to: After Learning Java Syntax, What Next?
When the number of items is small; when insertions and deletions are common and/or time-critical; when ordering is important...

Any of the above could alone be good enough reasons to use a linked list vs. a hash table, and obviously more than one criterion would make a stronger argument. But this is a very one dimensional discussion; in any of those cases, perhaps an array or an ordered tree would prove more appropriate... each case must be matched to a particular data structure on its own merits.

Comment: Re:$25,000 barrier to entry (Score 5, Insightful) 270

by Apathist (#28631805) Attached to: Experimental Fees Settle Royalty War For Internet Radio

Why are we all so busy blaming Pandora for this?

IIRC, they were just trying to save themselves from getting annihilated by these preposterous fees... and now we're giving them a hard time because they didn't save every other tiny internet radio station all at once?

Seems to me that we won the battle, but not the war (yet). So let's celebrate that instead of flagellating those fighting on our side, yeah?

"It's curtains for you, Mighty Mouse! This gun is so futuristic that even *I* don't know how it works!" -- from Ralph Bakshi's Mighty Mouse

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