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Comment: Re:Thank god (Score 1) 229 229

A partial fix to this is already part of many phones: call blocking. If a caller is not in your address book, it goes right to voice mail. I also have an app that automatically disconnects calls from unlisted/private numbers or numbers that are part of a community black list that you can add to.
Portables

+ - Razer Edge Gaming Tablet Reviewed

adeelarshad82 writes: After being tweaked and polished for months with the help of feedback from pro gamers and enthusiasts alike, Razer's Project Fiona has finally come of age. Re-named as Razer Edge Pro, this gaming tablet is way more than a mere plaything. Razer Edge Pro is a beast which packs a dual-core Intel Core i7-3517U Ivy Bridge processor with 8GB of RAM and an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics card with 2GB of dedicated memory. All this in a small 7 by 11 by 0.8 inches wide frame which weighs only 2.14 pounds. Comparing the Razer Edge to anything else is tough, considering that it doesn't necessarily have a true competitor. However in a series of performance comparisons with other powerful tablets and ultraportable gaming laptops, Razer Edge performed better than the tablets but wasn't at par with ultraportable gaming laptops. For instance when comparing scores from 3DMark 11, the Edge Pro scored 2,503 points at entry settings and 504 points in extreme mode putting it ahead of both competing tablets, the Microsoft Surface Pro (1,055 Entry, 206 Extreme) and Samsung ATIV SmartPC (1,044 Entry, couldn't run at Extreme mode), but behind the gaming-focused laptops, like the the Maingear Pulse 11 (3,868 Entry, 724 Extreme) and the Razer Blade (3,458 Entry, 716 Extreme). What's baffling is that with all accessories incuded (gamepad dock and the console dock) the final price of the tablet is a cool $1,870, which most expensive than not only the two tablets tested but also the two gaming gaming laptops compared. It remains to be seen whether the Razer Edge Pro is something special or just on the edge of it.
Games

+ - Accountant Creates An Entire Role-Playing Game With Microsoft Excel->

luckymutt writes: Microsoft Excel can be a powerful tool in the office, however, Canadian accountant Cary Walkin took the program to a whole new level by http://designtaxi.com/news/356751/Accountant-Creates-An-Entire-Role-Playing-Game-With-Microsoft-Excel/> creating an entire role-playing game (RPG) inside a Excel workbook.

Called ‘Arena.Xlsm’, it features a level system where players have to defeat a series of enemies in order to progress through the game, and gain better weapons and skills.
Download here

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Comment: Re:Too expensive.... (Score 2) 320 320

I hate how deficient PC laptop screens are nowadays. They've somehow managed to get worse over time, not better. I'm still using an aging Dell laptop that's six years old because it has a 1920x1200 screen and I cannot even find a replacement that is similarly specced.

The only company that gets it is Apple, but their Retina display laptops start at $1,700, which is an absurd premium, and I'm not interested in running OS X anyway.

Comment: Responsible disclosure is dead (Score 5, Insightful) 400 400

Here's what I've learned recently: If I ever discover a major security hole, do not even attempt to release it responsibly. Instead, layer up behind some proxies and Tor and leak it into a blackhat forum or IRC channel. That way the security hole will eventually get fixed, and I can't be prosecuted.

Comment: Just like parity files (Score 5, Insightful) 357 357

If you've ever used Usenet, and you've used parity files to recover missing segments of data, then you know exactly how this technique works.

Frankly, I'm surprised it took so long for someone to apply it to lossy network environments. It seems obvious in hindsight.

Comment: Re:Allegiance (Score 1) 234 234

I _loved_ that game. I was in the beta because I was a zine reviewer at the time and also enjoyed playing it a lot after release.

I think part of the reason it failed was because MSFT launched it using a monthly fee on top of the $50 initial purchase cost. Nuts, eh?

Anyway, I'll check out the game as it is now; it might be a good excuse to buy a new joystick.

Comment: Re:Hidden behind the scenes... (Score 0) 297 297

This post is rife with ignorance and false statements that I don't have time to dispute.

I will mention this: Human nature is all we have. I suppose perhaps the poster thinks he is some super-being, but he isn't. The errors of human nature are magnified by governents, which shield those in political power from the consequences of their actions.

Statements like "human nature is no longer good enough" are merely soundbytes with no meaningful prescriptions.

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