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Comment: Re:Not sure if smart or retarded (Score 1) 204

TinTin could certainly be used for cheating but it also had some useful functionality - hilighting useful info, aliases, command history etc. I expect most people who used it did so in a relatively light manner. They probably had it set to flee if a battle proved too much, had aliases to loot, wear all, hilights for whispers etc,

I don't know what constitutes bot use in WoW but if the bot is designed to enable automated levelling then it's a big no-no. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of the gold farmers have such bots running on an almost factory-like basis.

Comment: Not surprising the future is swift (Score 1) 270

by DrXym (#49673109) Attached to: Swift Vs. Objective-C: Why the Future Favors Swift
You only have to look at Obj-C code snippets for trivial things like string concatenation to realise what a horrible experience it is. So it's no wonder that Swift is so popular given that it resembles more high level languages like Typescript, Ruby or Python. That said, it's still as proprietary as its predecessor. Nobody but OS X devs will want to touch it unless it becomes a cross platform tool.

Comment: Re:RC Rules (Score 2) 110

I see it another way. If you have a RC drone then chances are you won't let it out of your sight because if you can't see it you can't control it. So you are naturally more cautious about where you fly it, how you fly it and to what distance you allow it to fly.

Conversely these "set it and forget it" drones can be programmed to fly miles. You set a course, off it goes and you'll see it again 20 minutes later. Assuming it hasn't hit a tree, power / cable line, or a bird, or a plane, or been flipped by the weather, or simply suffered a fault and fallen out of the sky. The drone is also likely to be programmed to fly over points of interest which may be roads, buildings, cities etc.

That's where the danger lies. The risk for the operator has disappeared and a laissez faire attitude which could put other people at greater harm.

Comment: Re:Hyperbole Much? (Score 1) 241

by DrXym (#49645277) Attached to: James Comey: the Man Who Wants To Outlaw Encryption
And the reason he wants opt-in is because he knows that 99% of people would never bother. As a law enforcement official it's understandable that encryption poses barriers to investigations. It doesn't excuse or justify why it should be opt-in in the wider scheme of things.

Secure by default should ALWAYS be the policy pursued in software. People are afraid to change the default setting and if that default setting compromises their safety, privacy or otherwise puts them at risk then the default sucks.

Comment: Re:Well, duh! (Score 1) 369

by DrXym (#49645263) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods
They might not lock-in but we see time and time again that they will still buy shit that contains it - razor blades, electric toothbrushes, coffee pods, ink jet printers, mops, ball point pens, scented air fresheners, iPods / iPhones / iPads / Android, Kindle, countless online services etc. etc.

Anything which has a consumable element to it is manufactured in such a way as to be proprietary and usually protected by design patents and / or DRM.

Comment: Re:Yep, they were... (Score 1) 369

by DrXym (#49645223) Attached to: Keurig Stock Drops, Says It Was Wrong About DRM Coffee Pods

Exactly why I didn't buy one of these machines. I thought they were totally a-holes for making this move, but I gotta hand it to them, it's a rare thing for a business to admit that they were wrong. Good on them!

The issue is they only said they were wrong because they lost money. If they had made money they'd all be hive fiving each other on their business acumen and other companies would soon follow with their own proprietary DRM systems.

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