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Comment: Re:All security is illusory. (Score 0) 126

by Dins (#48224071) Attached to: Researcher Finds Tor Exit Node Adding Malware To Downloads


Completely off topic reply on a completely off topic post, but I for one am getting sick of this affectation of repeating consonants at the beginning of sentences to...I don't know...simulate stuttering? Where'd this come from? I don't know, but I've just started seeing it in the last several months and it's already pissing me off.

Ok, I feel better now. I will accept my -1 Off Topic mod points with pride.

Comment: Re:Am I doing something right? (Score 5, Informative) 238

by Dins (#48171921) Attached to: Favorite clickbait hook?

One trick I use is to hover over the link. Sometimes the missing piece of information is in the URL, then I can decide if I actually want to give them a click. For instance, "You'll never believe what scientist have found to cause headaches!".

Then the link will be "\

Comment: Re:Gamer Gate Why ? (Score 5, Insightful) 164

by Dins (#48162109) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

The whole "Gamergate" thing all just seemed like a lot of hand wringing and teeth gnashing over nothing. I'm vaguely aware of what it was, but don't see how it would ever relate to mine or really anyone's enjoyment of video games.

In other words: Who the fuck cares. I'll be over here playing some games until everyone's done talking about it.

Comment: Re:Is minecraft really 'creative'? (Score 4, Informative) 174

by Dins (#47946303) Attached to: The Minecraft Parent
It's nothing but creativity. If you don't create things, there's next to nothing to do there. I've played it extensively with my now 16 year old son, and it's been a great way for me to keep open a key line of communication with a teenager. Now we've moved on to 7 Days to Die, but that's another story. :)

Comment: Re:The protruding lens was a mistake (Score 1) 425

by Dins (#47921435) Attached to: Apple Edits iPhone 6's Protruding Camera Out of Official Photos

I don't know how their design people allowed a protruding lens in the first place. It really runs contrary to Apple's design sensibility, but I guess we're seeing the first evidence of what happens to Apple without Jobs. The protrusion is ugly, and it mars the flat, smooth design.

The 5th generation iPod Touch (most recent, I believe) has a protruding lens which sticks out about 1 mm also. That came out about 2 years ago, and I have one. The protrusion is just enough to be annoying if you don't use a case.

Comment: Re:Is this technically impossible - no. (Score 0) 191

by Dins (#47919817) Attached to: Tim Cook Says Apple Can't Read Users' Emails, That iCloud Wasn't Hacked
I personally don't believe that the NSA can't crack strong encryption. I just think it's time consuming enough that they don't make the effort unless it's REALLY REALLY important to them and they have no other means to get at the data. Probably 99% of the time they can work around it, like you suggest.

Comment: Re:Microsoft can now kill Java (Score 1) 330

by Dins (#47908761) Attached to: Microsoft To Buy Minecraft Maker Mojang For $2.5 Billion

I honestly am hoping the community rallies behind one of the many clones out there.

I've been playing 7 Days to Die with my son recently, and even though it's still in alpha, I can highly recommend it for those who like the survival aspect of Minecraft (i.e. night is coming, build your base before you die to hordes of zombies). The graphics are much improved over Minecraft and the crafting is more in-depth. Plus it has a great overall feel to it. Kind of feels like you're playing The Walking Dead when you're playing with others.

Comment: Re:Anarchist Cookbook (Score 1) 231

by Dins (#47834549) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

My early years on a computer were spent cracking the DRM (I think we just called it copy protection back then) on Commodore video games and sharing them with friends. It was fun and a good learning experience.

I may or may not have used my BBS to amass a staggeringly huge collection of pirated games, some of which you probably cracked. On behalf of teenage me - thank you for your efforts. :)

Comment: Re:Put it this way (Score 5, Interesting) 789

by Dins (#47811141) Attached to: Invasion of Ukraine Continues As Russia Begins Nuclear Weapons Sabre Rattling

The only question is - can Putin visualize the worst case scenario at all or has he completely lost his mind?

He's just confident that the west will let him have Ukraine. Unfortunately, I don't think he's wrong. Will be interesting to see if we ever draw a line somewhere and then what we do when he crosses it...

You can do this in a number of ways. IBM chose to do all of them. Why do you find that funny? -- D. Taylor, Computer Science 350