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Comment: Re:this is ridiculous (Score 1) 440

by gatzke (#48611263) Attached to: Federal Court Nixes Weeks of Warrantless Video Surveillance

How is it different? In both cases, the police are accessing publicly available visual information. In one case, you have officers and another a camera. Surveillance was not illegal before, but now it is? Can cops still sit and watch without a warrant?

Just do your illegal stuff in the privacy of your own home with the blinds drawn.

Comment: Re:Support the developers! (Score 1) 91

by docmordin (#48520507) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

God, you're an entitled prick. As far as arguments for not paying for software goes, your [argument] is by far one of the stupidest.

The child poster who first replied to your comment was not me, the parent poster.

To expand upon my original comment: I am not interested in paying for and using software that is tied to platforms and services that I do not want or need. In my opinion, Origin is a good example of such a platform for two reasons. The first is that it is a glorified game-launcher application. If I've purchased a physical copy of the game, I should not need to install and use Origin to simply run the game, especially if its integration with Origin is minimal. Secondly, Origin is a digital storefront dedicated solely to a small catalog of EA products.

In contrast, I find platforms like Steam to be useful. For the most part, I'm able to launch and play games outside of the Steam service. As well, Steam offers a broad selection of products from a number of publishers. The fact that they offer massive sales throughout the year is also appealing, though tangential to the discussion.

Since EA has refused to release any of its newer games on Steam or other distribution platforms, there four options: (i) don't play the game, (ii) pirate the game and use a crack to get around the Origin requirement, (iii) pay for the game and crack it to get around the Origin requirement, or (iv) pay for the game and install/use Origin. Option (iv) is unappealing, as I do not wish to use Origin. Option (iii) is the one with the best intent; however, it is an unlawful choice due to circumventing the application protections. Moreover, in giving money to EA, I am reinforcing their use of Origin. Option (ii) is also unlawful. In this case, there are three possible side effects: (i) EA starts more tightly integrating their games with Origin, making cracking much more difficult or impossible, (ii) EA stops targeting computer gamers, or (iii) EA opens up their catalog to compensate for lost sales. This last side effect, while appealing, is unlikely.

Since EA started bundling their games with Origin, I have consistently chosen option (i) and will continue to do so in the future. If I had an overwhelming desire to play the game, which is not likely to happen, I would either go with option (ii) or an altered version of option (iii). I don't disagree with your assertion that this is an entitled viewpoint. However, it is not one on which I have acted.

+ - Microsoft Open Sources .NET->

Submitted by FrozenFOXX
FrozenFOXX (1048276) writes "While Microsoft already open-sourced the .NET compiler earlier this year it announced today that it is open sourcing most of the full server-side .NET core stack. Microsoft apparently plans to start a GitHub repository to get things moving and Microsoft’s Executive Vice President of the Cloud and Enterprise group Scott Guthrie is quoted as saying, "This is definitely not the end-of-living but hopefully the rebirthing of .NET to a bigger audience of developers.""
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Comment: Re:HTC (Score 1) 201

by gatzke (#48153491) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

I will admit I hate that so much cruft is installed by default. They have this "Blink feed" crap that takes up a whole panel and there is no way to remove it. Not cool.

Then Verizon force-installs a bunch of crapware too. I don't want to spend time rooting my phone to purge that crap. Forced software installs are my only complaint on this phone...

Comment: HTC (Score 1, Insightful) 201

by gatzke (#48153231) Attached to: Google Announces Motorola-Made Nexus 6 and HTC-Made Nexus 9

HTC made some great stuff. Many times in the last weeks I have been asked how I like my new iPhone. I have a two-year old HTC One (m7).

But my old phone still has higher resolution than the brand new 6, higher DPI, more RAM, and working NFC. I assume the HTC One m8 is even better now, with a new version coming out soon.

I hope the 9 is great and gets HTC running full steam again.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 1) 622

by gatzke (#48131773) Attached to: The Correct Response To Photo Hack Victim-Blamers

If you give nekkid pictures to a third party to keep for you and you don't even seal them in an envelope (encrypted?) is that a good idea?

If your security to retrieve your pictures back from the third party is a single passphrase, is that a good idea?

To some people, there is a big difference between a picture of a nekkid rear end and a full action shot. Are full detail graphic photos and movies a good idea?

Comment: Re:Grades do mean something... (Score 1) 389

by gatzke (#48073081) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

I agree, employers may miss out on some great people if you make cuts based on grades. However, you are playing the averages. A typical student with great grades will probably be a more effective employee than a straight C student (but not always).

Sure there may be some excuse for the bad grades, but employers don't want to hear excuses when you are working for them. They want you to complete your task effectively and efficiently.

I have seen "bad" students excel in the workforce. I have seen super brainiacs totally crash and burn. There are not surefire rules, but grades and test scores are just another piece of information about someone. Not perfect, but better than nothing.

Comment: Grades do mean something... (Score 1) 389

by gatzke (#48072271) Attached to: Is It Time To Throw Out the College Application System?

There are always exceptions. Generally speaking, grades do indicate something. Sometimes good grades mean the student is very bright and picks up things rapidly. Sometimes good grades indicate a strong work ethic. Both of these are qualities that employers would want in future hires.

Along the same lines, good grades do not mean that you will be successful in the work environment. It is a first pass, enough to get your foot in the door. If the student can't follow through, get big complex jobs done, communicate effectively, and work with others they probably won't be very successful. Our academic system does encourage and promote some of those traits, but it could be better.

Comment: Re:LibreOffice/OpenOffice still kind of suck (Score 1) 579

by gatzke (#47701877) Attached to: Munich Reverses Course, May Ditch Linux For Microsoft

Yep. OO and Libre still have issues. I notice problems with lag, especially on presenter. Some oddness with text document formatting in writer.

I am a proponent of LyX for LaTeX stuff, but not everyone needs typesetting.

On the positive side, so much is going online via Google Docs and other cloud stuff.

+ - Google Car crashes-> 1

Submitted by gatzke
gatzke (2977) writes "The Google Car supposedly has a great safety record while driving autonomously. It looks like they are not perfect, as one just caused a solid crash. Details are sketchy, but somehow the Google Car ended up going the wrong way on a one way street."
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