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Comment: Re:Bad programming (Score 3) 102

Microsoft does a lot of its programming in India.

How much is 'a lot'? What %?

We all know that Indian programming is of poor quality, and the reason is not because Indian programmers are much less competent. It has more to do with the fact that in programming if two parties can't communicate completely unambiguously in one language then they have no hope of writing good software.

So that's a problem only with Indians? Not Chinese? Australians? Romanians? Turks? Russians? Nigerians?

If you hire those who can communicate well, where they came from is unimportant.

Comment: Re:It'll come down to an opinion (Score 1) 253

by DaHat (#47379725) Attached to: Austrian Tor Exit Node Operator Found Guilty As an Accomplice

If they have a reasonable belief that the person will used the purchased item in a crime... then yes... sometimes.

This is nothing new... plenty of gun manufacturers and stores have been hit by lawsuits over the years (and in some cases, criminal charges) because items they manufactured or sold were later used in a crime.

Bar tenders have seen civil & criminal prosecutions for continuing to serve someone who was already clearly intoxicated and then later drove home and killed someone.

I'm not saying it's right... I'm simply stating what is.

Comment: Re:Castle doctrine (Score 1) 286

by DaHat (#47334787) Attached to: What To Do If Police Try To Search Your Phone Without a Warrant

If you are already under arrest or otherwise detained when they decide to illegally search your phone... I don't think the castle doctrine or even very wide interpretation of stand your ground will help you... doubly so as they would have already checked you for dangerous objects on your person.

Comment: Re:I lost the password (Score 2) 556

by DaHat (#47325915) Attached to: Mass. Supreme Court Says Defendant Can Be Compelled To Decrypt Data

It's not so clear cut.

They generally can't compel you to turn over your encryption keys so they can go on a fishing expedition through your encrypted hard drive, looking for evidence with which to proceed... but they can compel you if they know you have specific evidence that they will find (ie they saw kiddie porn on your PC before you closed it and it required a password to log back in)

Comment: Re:Wrong decision (Score 1) 484

by DaHat (#47316985) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

It's only that last step which is illegal... hence why Slingbox is legal and will remain so... because it's something you can do yourself... like putting an antenna on the top of a building and running a cable line to your home... the moment you do so for others though... then you are breaking the law.

Comment: Re:This now requires (Score 1) 484

by DaHat (#47316967) Attached to: Supreme Court Rules Against Aereo Streaming Service

Nay, Slingbox is where you do it for yourself... something you've always been able to do, just like climbing a mountain, sticking an antenna on it and running the cable back to your home for your own use.

What this court ruling said... similar to what was legislated in the 70's... is more or less that by doing so for others as a service (without permission of the copyright holders)... it is a public performance and thus illegal.

Comment: Re:Why are all of you so naive ? (Score 1) 251

any cell tower that's not in a location already know to the public

While I admit that I've never asked... do you think your average cell phone company will give you a list of geo-located towers they operate? ... as well as those of their partners who offer services which they piggy back on?

Comment: Re:Who cares? (Score 1) 82

by DaHat (#47291849) Attached to: Google's Nest Buys Home Monitoring Camera Company Dropcam

its impossible to record anything without paying for a subscription fee which is silly

Do you think that is by accident?

Despite the company name, they are in the cloud storage business... the cameras they sell are just a way to encourage you to use them to store your data... little different from a locked down phone which can only buy apps/music/movies from a single store.

The big upshot they have though... is that their cameras require no on-prem services which can go down just as easily (if not more so) than your router & cable/dsl modem.

Comment: Re:Good. (Score 2) 188

by DaHat (#47277999) Attached to: Chinese Vendor Could Pay $34.9M FCC Fine In Signal-Jammer Sting

It's a cartel... and you only get to join and enjoy the perks if they let you in.

Yes, you could go start "Em's Policing", but then the existing law enforcement folks might not take too kindly to the competition and charge you with imitating a police officer, as well as the other acts you committed while in their eyes, pretending.

It all goes back to the old line of "What is the difference between government and a band of highwaymen? Scale."

Classic Games (Games)

OpenXcom 1.0 Released 50

Posted by timothy
from the dropped-the-hyphen dept.
It's a small class of video games that still draw interest or inspire an active community 20 years after their first release — even if we're now 40 years into the era of commercial video games. Games like Doom, the several iterations of Civilization, and the Mario Brothers franchise will probably be around and played in some form many decades hence. The X-COM family of games fits, too, having inspired various spiritual successors since its release in 1994. Now, an anonymous reader writes that the open source (GPL) " OpenXcom 1.0 is finally released, after 5224 commits, 1843 days, and 606 resolved issues since v0.9. 20 years of X-COMXCOM oldschool lovers enjoy!"

When you don't know what you are doing, do it neatly.