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Comment: Re:Over 18 (Score 4, Insightful) 620

by Chris Mattern (#46755009) Attached to: IRS Can Now Seize Your Tax Refund To Pay a Relative's Debt

No. The heirs are not responsible for the debts of the estate. The debts are paid by the executor out of the assets of the estate.

I think I see what's happening now. It's been sensationalized. What's happened is that the estate was settle and the heirs were paid. What the IRS is going after is not the daughter's assets per se but the inherited assets paid to her improperly out of the estate because the estate didn't settle its debts with the IRS.

Comment: Re:Problem with releasing an underpowered console (Score 2) 117

More than that. One list I found lists 33 1080p native games, and the list may not be complete (It lists upscaled games as well, which I edited out, but doesn't include any of the Final Fantasy titles, all of which I know are 1080p, although FF13, at least, is apparently upscaled). Here they are:

The Bourne Conspiracy
Call of Duty: World at War
Civilization Revolution
College Hoops 2K7
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer
Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli
FIFA Street 3
Gran Turismo 5: Prologue
Kung Fu Panda
LEGO Batman: The Videogame
LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga
Marvel Ultimate Alliance
Medal of Honor: Airborne
Metal Gear Solid 4
Metal Gear Online
Midnight Club: Los Angeles
NBA 2007/2008/2009
NBA 2K7/2K8/2K9
NHL 2K8/2K9
Ninja Gaiden Sigma
NBA Street Homecourt
Quantum of Solace
Ridge Racer 7
Saints Row 2
Super Stardust HD
Super Street Fighter II Turbo HD Remix
Tekken 5: Dark Resurrection
Wipeout HD
Virtua Fighter 5
Virtua Tennis 3

Comment: Re:baby steps (Score 1) 177

You haven't read the previous posts all the way through. The scenario under discussion is that Microsoft restricts their OS to their own hardware, the way Apple. Which vendors which switch? All of them. Under this scenario, they wouldn't have a choice--MS would no longer be selling to them.

Comment: Re:Always do rock. (Score 1) 167

by Chris Mattern (#46670493) Attached to: A Rock Paper Scissors Brainteaser

You tie 50% of the time, win 25% of the time, and lose 25% of the time. Pay? Nothing.

Come again? It is specified that the player forced to play 50% rock (as mandated by a fair coin flip you don't get to see) plays intelligently and will adapt to your play. When he figures out you're always playing rock, he'll always play paper when he doesn't have to play rock. You tie 50% of the time and lose 50% of the time. That's lousy strategy.

You're guaranteed to break even by always playing paper. When the opponent adapts, he'll always play scissors when he doesn't have to play rock, and you win 50% of the time and lose 50% of the time. The question is, can you do better than that?

Comment: Re:Wood IS fuel (Score 4, Insightful) 112

by Chris Mattern (#46658791) Attached to: Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing Trees

But not a very good one. The energy to weight ratio sucks, it leaves large amounts of ash, and, being solid, can't be used in any of the myriad applications that require liquid or gaseous fuel. The problems with energy to weight and ash are large enough that as soon as coal mining was developed, coal almost completely replaced wood in people's fireplaces and stoves (until coal itself was replaced by gas and electricty and fireplaces by central heating). It's also quite polluting, as a matter of fact.

Comment: Re:WTF? (Score 4, Insightful) 277

So if someone has a 6 character password (which is dumb) you can just try all possible passwords (there isn't that many possible 6 realistic character passwords).

No, it doesn't work that way; that's the whole point. If you have the hash and are trying to compare against it, you can't just try all the possible passwords because if haven't cracked the other passwords you don't know how to produce the hash that corresponds to a given password. If you're just trying passwords at a login prompt, brute force is trivial to defeat (best method will most likely be simply imposing an increasing login delay with each wrong attempt).

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