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Comment: Re:Doesn't smoke or drink or have tattoos (Score 1) 569

Dear mother, smoking, drinking and having tattoos are not good traits, but they are not necessary for someone to be a nasty criminal.

Curious - what is necessarily wrong with those traits? Obviously, from the story, one can be quite devastatingly evil (causing an incident resulting in innocents at gunpoint) without them.

Smoking gives you cancer, drinking ruins your liver and can result in uncontrolled behavior (brawls, DUIs, etc), and tattoos basically ruin your chance at a lot of jobs. They're also all correlated somewhat with anti-social behavior (of various kinds) in general, which I think was the point the mother was relying on. "Because he lacks traits correlated with bad behavior, he must not have engaged in bad behavior." Obviously, this is faulty, but mothers often aren't rational when it comes to defending their kids.

Any job that can't accept me how I am isn't a job i want to work at.

Comment: Re:Not new (Score 1) 296

by Nyder (#49296613) Attached to: To Avoid NSA Interception, Cisco Will Ship To Decoy Addresses

If the NSA does not already have access to Cisco's obfuscated address system, then they are not doing their job.

Perhaps, but I believe it is incumbent upon us as American citizens to make their job as difficult as possible. The more steps they have to take to get at our information, the better. The ultimate aim should be to make their data collection so difficult that they have to ration their efforts.

I find it funny how I was raised in the 70 & 80's being told this is the sort of stuff communist countries (ie. Russia/Soviet Union) do, not free countries. That America would never be like this.

How fucking times changes.

Thanks America, for showing me the real enemy is politics.

Comment: Re:A few embedded strings and timestamps? (Score 2) 129

by Nyder (#49234705) Attached to: New Evidence Strengthens NSA Ties To Equation Group Malware

Unless I am mistaken, the Washington, USA, area runs on UTC-5 when on Eastern Standard Time and UTC-4 when on Eastern Daylight Time; never UTC-3 unless someone is working very early hours. So it seems like weak evidence indeed!

Funny how this is weak evidence, but stuff like this is what they used to say North Korea hacked Sony.

Comment: Re:likely succeeded too (Score 1) 119

by Nyder (#49226733) Attached to: CIA Tried To Crack Security of Apple Devices

you know that DRAM hack-attack that was just made public? how much you wanna bet the US gov had a hand in making that possible?

I doubt that. My guess is it's just a prime example of cutting costs. It's cheaper to run non-ecc ram, and it's cheaper to implement software based ECC, then it is for hardware ECC.

Corporations want to make as much profit as possible, and the best way to to use cheaper components when making stuff.

Unless you mean the actual software to exploit it? This issue isn't new, just no one has actually made a proof of concept and shared it with the public. Guess it is quite possible that other people (NSA, Hackers) figured how to use this exploit.

Comment: Re:So what exactly ARE these patents? (Score 4, Insightful) 148

by Nyder (#49221285) Attached to: Microsoft Asks US Court To Ban Kyocera's Android Phones

I keep hearing about Microsoft's Android patents but I still don't know what they are?

The patents are that they will tie you up in court for years at costs way beyond what you'd pay if you just gave in.

Apparently it's a new idea when you add: on a cellphone to it.

Comment: Re:obvious (Score 1) 225

by Nyder (#49216721) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline

So they create a console that is a computer and a year or two in, it's too slow because they didn't travel into the future and grab a GPU fast enough to keep up with PCs. What else is new? Welcome to desktops vs consoles. The next 5 years are going to be a joke for consoles.

Or we are going to get another 5 years of lame PC ports and GPU's that never reach there full potential unless you go with 3 4k monitors.

Comment: Re:Take this shit back to NeoGAF (Score 1) 225

by Nyder (#49216667) Attached to: Another Upscaled Console Game: Battlefield Hardline

I'm so fucking sick of it, I'm SO SICK OF IT.

If you want 1080p ALL the time and 60fps ALL the time then buy a goddamned PC.
Consoles are not the be all and end all of power, the new consoles are not ultra beast powerhouses, they are affordable gaming boxes, which are surprisingly powerful for the cost.

I can't believe I once identified as a PC gamer who loved insulting peasant console people. Now that I'm older, I just want to play some games, I really dont' give a damn.
60fps MANDATORY or QQ!!! :( :( Nope! - only 60fps mandatory games, 2D fighting, racing, online fps high intensity twitch shooters.
You wanna demand 60fps minimum in my single player storyline focused games? Nope. Shut up. Stop whining, stop badgering developers. Go to NeoGAF and cry with the rest of them.

Look, this isn't reddit, and this isn't the pcmasterrace, so while you are claiming you aren't about that, you use the "peasant" which tells me you actually do believe you are a pcmasterrace. Only peeps in that sub called console users "peasants".

Comment: Re:Analogy (Score 1) 107

I think it's more akin to, if someone shoots at you, don't take cover or return fire until you radio up the chain of command, describe the situation, obtain observations, and get approval to respond. Meanwhile, bullets have been fired, and you're dead or the assailants have moved on.

Since when has the NSA given a fuck about the chain of command or even the constitution?

Make it right before you make it faster.