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Comment: Re:workshop (Score 2) 112

Because the game bought in Wal-Mart includes features such as "Access to community updates" and "play with your friends".

When a game forces you to use Steam if you want to play it, and requires Steam for specific features mentioned on the box, I don't think it's unreasonable to expect to be able to access those features through Steam with no further expenditure.

Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 133

by Cederic (#49504335) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

Hmm. How about my name, my email address, the person that referred me to twitter, the people with whom I've exchanged private messages, the contents of those messages, the IP addresses that I connect from, the adverts shown to me and the ones on which I clicked.

I'm also sure my boss wont get fined if I disable his backdoor. But thanks for the gold star.

Comment: Re:This helps the NSA. (Score 1) 133

by Cederic (#49503875) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

I think the Europeans are less rational about this than the Americans.

Your arguments are all "oh, Europe misbehaves too" as though that somehow means we shouldn't at least stop the fucking US "all your data are belong to us" bullshit.

We're working hard for privacy and security in Europe too, why should the US get a free ride.

Comment: Re:Except... (Score 1) 133

by Cederic (#49503855) Attached to: Twitter Moves Non-US Accounts To Ireland, and Away From the NSA

it just doesn't pass the smell test to claim that the US-based version of twitter doesn't have the ability to get data from Irish twitter servers, particularly since the database software is probably designed here. Good luck convincing a Court you genuinely can't downgrade it to get rid of the security features you just added

If my direct boss - based in Texas - tells me to do something with the intent of breaking UK law, I say no. If I think he's going to use his access to a UK hosted system to break UK law, I'll get his access revoked.

He'll back me fully on that, and even if he doesn't, UK law prevents me being sacked for acting like that. Hell, the UK management team will thank me.

To subvert the security as you suggest, he'd need to do so without anybody in the UK finding out what he was planning to do, how he was doing it, or why. The moment we find out we're legally obliged to act to prevent him.

Maybe a US court wouldn't agree with that, but it's not hard to get a UK court order with which we'd comply.

Comment: Re:More dicks please (Score 1) 262

by Cederic (#49496631) Attached to: FBI Accuses Researcher of Hacking Plane, Seizes Equipment

The problem is that the people whose job it is to prevent people taking down a flight are obliged to treat it as not a joke.

Of course, the correct behaviour is to investigate, confirm it was a joke and tell the idiot that they weren't funny and be glad they're getting off with being called an idiot. It's still correct to investigate.

Comment: Re:Hurrah for sex-segregation! (Score 1) 588

There's evidence that boys perform better academically at male only schools too.

My issue isn't with single sex schools (although I'm glad I never attended one*) it's with providing gender segregated subject matter.

"Right, girls, you're all in Auto Shop 101. Boys, come this way for the crochet class." Sure.

* although I did once ask out a girl that had been the only female student at a boy's school

Comment: Re:As well the ACLU should (Score 1) 588

Male-centric? What, you mean they teach facts and test actual knowledge, unlike the more artistic courses where being female gets you a higher grade?

Given the ratios bandied about in SV, there's no need to cater to the Y chromosomes in training the next generation.

Forgive me for disagreeing that we should condemn half a generation for being born the wrong sex.

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