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Comment: Oh, we, absolutely (Score 1) 177

by fyngyrz (#49627601) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

And by "we", of course you mean the tiny, tiny minority that isn't... sitting in front of their television, a string of drool trailing from their partially open mouths, while the latest reports of Kim Kardassian's antics reflects from the their glazed eyes and the Doritos grease spots around their mouth. Or the deluded information-poor who consume Faux News broadcasts as if they were (cough) actual journalism.

Metaphorically speaking, little tiny soapboxes located at huge distances from one another, that no useful number of people pay any significant attention to... yep, that's pretty much right where we are.

It's not a slippery slope. It's a deep pit, and we're at the bottom already. They've just painted the sides with jingoistic and fear-inspiring slogans, that's all. The only way out is to stand on each other's shoulders, but that would require the use of backbone, which our society currently lacks in any significant sense.

Comment: Re:This is great (Score 1) 87

by TheRaven64 (#49627589) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

One insane "feature" of GOG is that you get game updates for Linux only by downloading the whole installer again, while the other two platforms get incremental patches*

Do they? I've had to download complete games for both Windows and Mac for the updates. As long as they keep both, I'm happy. I'd hate to go back to the era of installing a game and then having to install all of the updates. With the speed of Internet connections now, even a 10-20GB download is not really a bottleneck for enjoyment.

Comment: Re:The appeal of GoG for me (Score 1) 87

by TheRaven64 (#49627579) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform
The main fail with Diakatana was expectation management. Prior to launch it had so much hype about how it would totally redefine gaming. And then they released a game that was... okay. Not particularly good, not particularly bad, and with a few issues that, if fixed, could have made it much better.

Comment: Just stupid (Score 1) 177

by fyngyrz (#49627569) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

From TFS:

"We find no reason to conclude that cellphone users lack facts about the functions of cell towers or about telephone providers' recording cell tower usage."

In other words, we assert you probably know your privacy is being violated by existing technical means, so we'll just ignore the obvious constitutional instructions about warrants when dealing with personal information -- whereabouts, in this instance. Because the constitution is abused and/or ignored by most judges now, so that's ok, right? RIGHT?

Let's say some people commit murder in parks. Because they do. So, using the "reasoning" of the utter morons in this court:

We find no reason to conclude that park users lack facts about the prevalence of murder in parks.

And therefore, it's perfectly ok. Mr. Murderer, go forth and murder some more. Next Case!

Comment: Re:let me weigh in on this (Score 1) 138

The problem is 'QWERTY' not bloody size. Sure after much experience you get to know where the keys are but how many know the full QWERTY alphabet 'QWERTYUIOPASDFGHJKLZXCVBNM' so that you can tab through to get to the letter group you want (reduced number of keys, say 6 or 12 ie next key, 6 ABCDE next FGHIJ next). So you drop QWERTY and go back to your ABCs, so that a reduced key set works . This creates other problems for multiple devices so it makes sense to start pushing ABCs as a option on devices where it is purely governed by software.

Comment: Re:Always turn off auto update anyway (Score 1) 134

by rtb61 (#49626439) Attached to: Microsoft: No More 'Patch Tuesday' For Windows 10 Home Users

Business customers will simply get updates after 'home users'. Home users will be crash test dummies who will simply be blamed for configuring their machines poorly or using it insecurely. M$ is running into harsher more competitive and demanding business market and hence is working to look better for them, so the monopoly market becomes a crash test dummy market (with all their machines reporting problems back, basically paying to be lab rats).

Comment: Re:At the same time (Score 1) 297

Yup, if it wasn't Microsoft, all kinds of other companies could have dominated the desktop market. IBM (OS/2), Quarterdeck (DESQview/X), Apple (Mac OS), NeXT (NeXT), any number of *nix companies (X11), and others.

Microsoft got big because they got the consumers interested, and questionable deals with vendors.

Plenty of people only know the tunnel-vision version of computer history and they believe Microsoft is it. They either don't remember (or are too young to have seen) software boxes (ahh, the good ol' days) had logos to indicate which OS they worked on so you could pick the right one.

Comment: Re:$50 billion is not Huge, anymore (Score 2) 40

by rtb61 (#49626373) Attached to: Report: Microsoft Considering Salesforce Acquisition

Paying taxes is about paying for the revenue opportunities those countries create. Don't want to pay the taxes, 'THEN FUCK OFF', you are not entitled to the revenue opportunities those countries create. Want to generate revenue in the 'HIGH VALUE' markets, then pay taxes in those markets where the revenue is generated and do not steal infrastructure, a customer base with money or the social services of that customer base. Countries need to start killing of companies that steal access to markets without paying, corporate deaths sentences with asset seizure. That corporate tax greed is depriving citizens of social services that ensure health and well being. Corporate greed is killing a percentage of the population every year, it is time to hold them accountable for those deaths, when they cheat on taxes that pay for those social services.

Want out, fine, 'FUCK OFF' but don't expect access to that market any more. Sell your shit to third world sweat shop workers, good luck with that.

Comment: Re:Some good data... (Score 1) 292

by rtb61 (#49626327) Attached to: Google Can't Ignore the Android Update Problem Any Longer

You seem to forget it is open source. If a manufacturer wants to sell cheap phones with a old version of the software with a smaller overhead, then it is up to them to patch it, the patches are out there and really it doesn't take all that much effort, just a couple of skilled staff members as a part time effort. The Android system provides choice for everyone, manufacturers, application producers and customers. Choice inherently is fragmentation but seriously calling choice fragmentation is blatant PR=B$ and likely stems from vested advertising interest from say some other company that provides little or no choice.

So Apple to customers, we give you no choice 'er' fragmentation, buy it like we sell it too you and pay to much for it or piss off but believe us when we tell you, that you will look cool and sophisticated when you flash our stuff about the place and not look at all like a victim of marketing and a certain gullibility when it comes to paying inflated profit margins.

Comment: Re:This seems batshit crazy. (Score 1) 177

by rtb61 (#49626253) Attached to: Police Can Obtain Cellphone Location Records Without a Warrant

Privacy, what about accuracy. My cell phone location data had me travelling to locations, I had never been, even overseas. Live in Adelaide, never left Adelaide since having the phone, but location data showing me travelling to Singapore.

So moron courts, how about placing some real legal risks on those providing that data, to ensure accuracy. So what is the penalty for the company providing inaccurate data, how many millions of dollars in penalties would they pay for providing inaccurate data, that threatens a conviction for what could be extremely serious offences. What is the legal warranty that the data provided is accurate, what is the penalty for failure in this regard, what right of challenge of accuracy of data does the defendant have.

Proper legal defence, prove the accuracy of the data to beyond a shadow of a doubt and I already know from first hand experience how inaccurate that data really is. Lawyers really need to put companies on legal spot when they provided data of questionable accuracy.

Humanity has the stars in its future, and that future is too important to be lost under the burden of juvenile folly and ignorant superstition. - Isaac Asimov