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Comment: They don't have a lock on that market anymore (Score 1) 301

by moogla (#48184051) Attached to: Despite Patent Settlement, Apple Pulls Bose Merchandise From Its Stores

Even the Beats knock-off STREET ANC cans from SMS have the noise cancelation that is reviewed as being as good as the QC line, while being cheaper, and having a different mix of connectivity options and styling choices.

Bose has got to start differentiating themselves or innovate instead of leaning on brand inertia.

Comment: Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#48176295) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Just because you're not paying attention doesn't mean it isn't happening

No, really, it isn't happening. People here who are pro-GamerGate are not, when they claim it's anti-corruption in journalism, giving examples. That's why I asked for examples.

And you're clearly ignoring the evidence when you claim that Nathan Grayson "did not do anything unethical in return" meaning I'm wasting my time replying to you

You're wasting your time writing stuff like that because you're claiming he did something unethical without explaining what.

In case you missed it, and clearly you did, the core GamerGate complaints started with journalists that were giving money to the developers they were supposed to be covering

Again, no examples. For fuck sake, all I asked for were examples.

There was the discovery of the "journo-list", a mailing list where gaming journalists were collaborating and conspiring to turn this into an issue about misogyny instead of corruption - you know, exactly what happened!

"There was the discovery of"... occurred rather a long time later. And it doesn't make much sense unless you're implying that said journalists infiltrated GamerGate and started dropping the term SJW everywhere, perhaps pretending it meant "Standard Journalist who is Whoring themselves" rather than "Social Justice Warrior".

The reason people are using SJWs as a pejorative is A) because it IS and B) the journalists who were caught saw that they could exploit the SJW crowd and get them to completely drown out the complaints

I hate to tell you this but this comes across both as a bizarre and utterly ridiculous conspiracy theory (the corrupt journalists ganged up and made it sound like a social justice issue to people not involved in the discussion?), and also as dodging the question.

All I asked for is for those people making the claim that this is about journalism to do the same thing that the people making the claim that this is about misogyny to do the same thing: to quote examples. And I pointed out that the fact that in this thread, they've chosen not to do so, and that this is hurting their argument.

It is. Responding to me saying "It is too about journalism and you're a poopy head because you haven't been reading enough of what we've written elsewhere" isn't helpful. It hurts your claim.

Comment: Re:so im sure the pitch for this one was great. (Score 1) 290

by squiggleslash (#48175437) Attached to: Michigan About To Ban Tesla Sales

Again, because I end up having to point this out in every thread: the manufacturers (the "auto exec" in this fantasy) are not fans of the dealership franchise system.

I know this personally, I worked for a company that handled the relationship between dealerships and manufacturers for about 15 years, including at various points at least one country's division of each of the big 3. My job was in part helping my employer in trying to tweak the business models of dealerships to make them the least burden on manufacturers they could be. Because they are a burden. And manufacturers see them as such.

The franchise laws are there because of a combination of lobbying by the dealerships themselves and perceived historical abuses by the manufacturers. No other reasons. I can tell you it's almost certain that, behind closed doors of course, Ford, Chrysler, and GM's top brass are cheering Tesla on.

Comment: Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#48170845) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

Can we have a rule that next time someone says "It's about X" or "It's about Y" you justify it by bringing in some context and describe actions by whatever group that fit the assertion.

Right now I see a lot of people like you claiming it's about journalistic ethics, but no apparent examples of GamerGate actually attacking _journalists_ for something clearly unethical.

The argument that it's actually a movement rooted in misogyny are currently much more persuasive because those making that case are actually giving examples: hounding an indie, unmarried, female developer for having sex with a journalist (who did not do anything unethical in return), hounding a feminist writing an article about changing video game marketing demographics, and hounding another female developer who made fun of (actually, retweeted someone else making fun of) sexist comments directed at her. Plus the use of "SJW" as a pejorative and the constant assertion that SJWs are "the other side" in this debate. If it's about misogyny, you'd expect that. If it's about journalism, you'd expect, you know, journalists to be the enemy...

Comment: Re:Gamergate is NOT about defining "gamer" (Score 1) 156

by squiggleslash (#48168335) Attached to: For Game Developers, It's About the Labor of Love

FWIW, I just did an experiment and tried to verify both of your claims.

Right now, if I go to what I get are posts along the lines of:

1. (The majority) They/you/someone says it's about sexism, but it's really about journalism!
2. Oh yeah? Well there are too women who support #GamerGate! Here's a selfie someone else took of themselves to prove it!
3. There's a conspiracy to misrepresent us by the gaming press! Just look at this biased Wall Street Journal article!
4. Buy our stuff! #GamerGate #Ebola #Obama #tcot #FanGate #Benghazi #SomethingElseTrendingRightNow
5. #GamerGate people are misogynist jackasses! Stop the harassment of {Latest victim} now! #StopGamerGate2014

So... uh. Maybe you guys need to start afresh with a new hashtag? It's fair to say that whatever your movement's "aims", they're not being discussed. You certainly aren't pointing at specific cases of journalistic corruption or anything like that, the entire thing seems to be meta.

Comment: Re:Ditch ChromeOS, focus on Android (Score 1) 183

Because you're wrong. Android doesn't have a desktop or file manager, and isn't centered around running remote applications using web standards. ChromeOS is built for cloud computing, Android is primarily a mobile device operating system designed for situations where limited bandwidth is available.

Comment: Re:Maybe you would and maybe you would not. (Score 1) 110

by squiggleslash (#48161263) Attached to: Journalists Route Around White House Press Office

The GP is right, unfortunately. You want greater transparency on stuff that matters, but the GP has quoted a journalist indicating that their idea of transparency doesn't match yours, and this article is about what journalists want, not what you, me, Glenn Greenwald, etc, want.

What you're - perhaps unintentionally - highlighting is itself interesting although something we've known for years that's illustrated perfectly by, say, Politico - modern political journalism is not about holding politicians to account, it's about gossip, being in with the in-crowd, and confusing the public interest with what the media thinks the public are "interested" in.

Comment: Re:Quite the opposite. Acer, Samsung, HP - all unl (Score 1) 183

This is true with one big caveat: the kernel still comes from the cromeOS partition, not the linux partition. I learned this the hard way with my chromebook....I could never get it to a 2.6 Kernel (never mind 3.x) because the system had actually booted the kernel from the chromeOS partition, but the rest of linux from my ubuntu partition.

Comment: Re:How balkanized? (Score 1) 139

by squiggleslash (#48156311) Attached to: HBO To Offer Online Streaming Without TV Subscription

Not sure the studios will care. They've always been reliant on a constantly changing group of distributors/networks/etc to commission and find ways to pay for their productions. On top of that, many are part of much bigger organizations that are perfectly capable of producing their own online equivalents to Netflix.

And, you know, I think that's a good thing. The biggest problems with entertainment right now are the multiple layers of indirection that exist between "consumer" and producer, including the last minute diversion to accountability to advertisers. That is what needs to go, not the people who actually do the work under those awful conditions.

Comment: Re:Just tell me (Score 1) 463

by squiggleslash (#48150621) Attached to: Positive Ebola Test In Second Texas Health Worker

It's easier to monitor someone if you know they came from {$infected area} than if they had to take steps to conceal the fact because they were desperate to come home (or, you know, leave a disease-ridden hellhole.)

It might be better to simply bite the bullet, acknowledge that there is Ebola in Texas, and after giving non-residents a chance to leave, simple seal up Texas and route all flights to and from infected areas to that state.

Comment: Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (Score 1) 545

by squiggleslash (#48139211) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

Well, he wants to access his limited security account from a trusted machine that belongs to someone else, which is not quite the same thing. You're looking at it from a black box security point of view, but in practice he knows the parties involved, he knows what the security set up is, and he knows the degree of control he has over the situation, and given those inputs he's making a perfectly reasonable decision to enter his password into the box involved.

And yes, there are no good password managers, because they don't handle that situation, and that situation is entirely reasonable and normal. You can tut tut, and say that from your point of view there's no difference between entering your Amazon password and enabling one-click purchases on a laptop left in an airport with a yellow sticky that says "FREE INTERWEBS ACCESS HERE HONEST!!", and entering your Netflix password on a branded Roku box owned by a friend, watching a movie with him, and then logging out afterwards to prevent any accidents. But actually, no, they're not the same situation.

One of the downsides of computing is that when it comes to "security" or a whole host of other processes, some people design "solutions" for a specific set of cases and then decide that those cases are the only ones in existance, because it's easier to pretend they are than to actually produce something that solves the other problems. From anti-spam "solutions" to password portals, we're still trying to grasp the fact that these solutions don't work. At the end of the day, developers have seen the "bug between chair and keyboard" make so many problems, they forget that it's still the case the person they're hobbling is the person that's trying to get shit done. Design an impractical security system, and you're making things less secure, because you've just wasted time - yours and the user's - building something that'll never get used.

This is why I hate password managers as a security device. As a convenience, so I don't have to type "squiggleslashamazonAAA" every time I log into Amazon? Sure. As a security system, so nobody - not even me - will ever figure out my password is "09F911029D74E35BD84156C5635688C0"? Fuck no.

Comment: Re:Many passwords just don't matter. (Score 1) 545

by squiggleslash (#48139167) Attached to: Password Security: Why the Horse Battery Staple Is Not Correct

I've yet to come across a "good" password manager. They may exist, but almost all, for example, are installed on a single machine or are part of a single app (web browser, SSH client, etc) that may or may not have a mechanism to be sync'd, using "trust me, I'm safe, honest" security, between different machines.

Even at home, I don't use a single computer. In practice, in the real world, we all now have times we need to access the same resource from work, from our primary home computer, from a phone, from a tablet, etc.

It's easier and more secure, for me and I suspect everyone else, to adopt the classic "Use two or three base passwords that contain a field associated with the website itself (eg. "", "password123.yh" for Slashdot and Yahoo respectively) than constantly cutting and pasting between an app on a single machine you may or may not have access to when you need it.

We need something better than password hell. We had a chance with OAuth, and kinda blew it thanks to the fact that me logging into a website with Goohoo or Facespace almost always involves giving it permission to access some unknown poorly defined information about me that I don't necessarily want it to have (and don't necessarily want Goohoo or Facespace to have either)

Reference the NULL within NULL, it is the gateway to all wizardry.