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Comment: Re:SQL Injection? in 2014?sheesh (Score 1) 46

by Onuma (#48050119) Attached to: Four Charged With Stealing Army Helicopter Training Software
Imagine an organization who has a whole department/section specializing in cyber security threats, vulnerabilities, and malicious entities -- SQL injections being among those known things against which it can defend. The organization mandates that ALL of its IT-related employees understand and take actions to prevent such attacks. If they do not comply, they will lose network access and/or have employment terminated.

Now imagine said organization does not uphold or enforce its own standards of security.

That's what I call "asking for it". They don't deserve to be broadly generalized as "victims"...but they do reap what they sow.

Comment: Something in between... (Score 1) 209

by Onuma (#48022331) Attached to: My toy collection is ...
Everyone has a hobby. You can deliberately not call them "toys" but if you're doing something outside the scope of your occupational or academic responsibilities, then you're playing with toys.

I don't have too many toys, but I do have a severe lack of time for them. My rusty '66 GMC pickup needs thousands of hours of labor to get back into shape, my guitar skills are waning due to lack of practice, my Wii hasn't been turned on in 3 years, and I have spare computer parts lying around the basement waiting for some sort of [mis]use. Only one guitar has any particular sentimental value; the rest are niceties.

Comment: Re:eSports aren't like regular Sports (Score 2) 146

by Onuma (#47633125) Attached to: The ESports Athletes Who Tried To Switch Games
To expound on rule changes, configuration changes, etc.:

There may be physiological reasons for eAthletes (yeah I know that's lame, but I didn't make that up) to not be able to hang at top levels once they start to age. Slashdot shared an article in regard to that just a few months back. It's not 100% concrete, but I think we can safely make the case that the average gamer peaks in performance some time in their mid-twenties.

http://games.slashdot.org/stor...

Comment: Dump the online voting. (Score 1) 190

by Onuma (#47586185) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Should I Fight Against Online Voting In Our Municipality?
This is something you ought to fight. Vehemently.

Online voting can be compromised from anywhere in the world. At least voting in person requires people at voting locations, thereby (plausibly) reducing the chance for wide-scale fraud. It's just not worth taking the chance. Open networks, no matter how secure they are designed, will always have vulnerabilities. Most of those vulnerabilities lie within the computer operators (PEBCAK, if you will).

Comment: Re:"To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platfor (Score 1) 364

by Onuma (#47421715) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
I suspect you don't have the military background I possess.

Firstly, the AH-64 and OH-58 are primarily Army platforms, who use almost entirely rotary-winged aircraft. The Apache is a wonderful system -- the most badass thing in the air. It has a huge armament of 4 winglet pods (16x hellfires, or 76x FFARs or a combination thereof, plus a 30mm chain gun). But it doesn't have the ceiling of the A-10, nor does it have the range. The Kiowa doesn't have anywhere near the armament of the Apache, being a smaller, lighter aircraft -- it can only maintain 1 small FFAR tube and a .50 cal, or a two of one and none of the other.

The AC-130 is a massive bird. Puff the Magic Dragon, we called it colloquially. Fantastic engineering. But it is HUGE! It is designed to linger over an area, like a village or town, and obliterate everything in the area. 105mm howitzer, 40mm and 20mm rotary cannons. This is used when you need to destroy an insane amount of bad guys and boost morale into infinity.

The MQ-9/Predator/Reaper is nice, but it doesn't have the same capabilities of any of the above craft. Safer in that you don't have pilots put into danger. But it has less armament capability than the A-10 or the AH-64, less agility than the OH-58, and nowhere near the firepower of the AC-130.


So no, there are not "lots of things that are far better at the A10s limited role". You are ignorant. Go back to your Call of Duty.

Comment: "To replace obsolete and aging aircraft platforms" (Score 4, Interesting) 364

by Onuma (#47419775) Attached to: The Pentagon's $399 Billion Plane To Nowhere
The F-35 replaced the A-10 Thunderbolt II's role as a tank buster, CAS bomber...

With the money we have spent on the F-35s to date, we could have repaired, retrofitted, and maintained our supply of A-10s for several decades. Hell, the A-10 is practically a flying tank. It has some of the best armament and is the most rugged fixed-wing aircraft which America has. It was a ridiculously short-sighted move to replace it with another overexpensive "multi role, joint" fighter.

Comment: Re:The only pre-order bonus (Score 1) 86

Plenty of studios understand this very well.

Subset Games, who created "FTL: Faster Than Light", recently released their port to iOS, including content that did not exist in the original game. To show that they still appreciated their original customers, they released all of this content for all platforms simultaneously.

That's business done well, for the sake of the devs and the gamers. Sure, Subset makes slightly less profit in the short run, considering they could have released the add'l content as DLC (which really would have been fine, in the end, as long as it was appropriately priced). This way they'll actually make more money over the long term, because customers remember when they're treated well and given quality products with a highly-perceived value.

Trying to be happy is like trying to build a machine for which the only specification is that it should run noiselessly.

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