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Comment: Re:What's the score now? (Score 4, Interesting) 77 77

Blob used to be stored in ROM part on the die, upgraded from time to time. Now they'll store in drivers directly and load it into the hardware on initialization. Intel didn't close anything, they just revealed the same blob that used to be hidden from the eyes and included it into driver. So, I'd say that's not Intel creating a problem, merely exposing it. Also, perhaps now that everyone has suddenly got their panties in a bunch over this issue, Intel might consider opensourcing the blob as well (in case publicity benefits will outweigh the work needed).

Comment: Re:Disagree with stupid wording (Score 1) 236 236

Well, since spying was illegal, then those contracts would have been fraud, so a catcher title would be: "US industry almost defrauded other companies of 35 billion dollars, but were foiled by Snowden's revelations".

Would be really nice if compensations would come out of NSA head's paychecks and anyone who signed off on the program. But that's not going to happen.

Comment: Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 2) 408 408

The problem is that Bell Media would want that money for themselves and could do with a little less competition from better services. But they can't prohibit VPNs, so they are just trying to convince people that it's socially unacceptable to watch Netflix if it's not available in your country.

Comment: Re:On a positive note (Score 1) 357 357

Oooh, a reasonable gentleman. I have a rock that will guard you against Dune Worms and some oil, that will scare away the Ice Giants. For a measly 2000 dollars each. And if you have a question about their effectiveness - take a look around you, do you see even one Dune Worm or Ice Giant? So think of your children and do the right thing.

Comment: Re:Plant? (Score 5, Insightful) 382 382

>> Because Chrome is turning Java off and they're trying to make sure other browsers don't follow suit.

>> Seriously, I see no NEED for Java any more. I probably have more Silverlight things I like to use than I do Java, and neither are vital any more.

It must so wonderfull to live in a world limited by your browser window. Wonder how it's like. Have you ever wondered what do the servers run? You know, the same servers that show you all sorts of pages? Banks, Twitter, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn hundreds of other high load sites and countless numbers of proprietary in-house internal systems? Let me give you a hint: definitely not silverlight.

>> Java is dead

You need to grab a phone at tell all those sites above I mentioned, also, while you're at it, don't forget IBM and Oracle, they'll have a blast.

Comment: Re:Look for PC gaming, not mobile (Score 1) 175 175

One studio failed at creating a pixel art game. That speaks more about this studio's professionalism, than about pixel art in itself, I feel they will fail the same way at providing a good Hi-Res game.

>> Reynolds says his studio is giving up on pixel art and embracing the new medium, and recommends other artists do the same.

Somehow android game titles like Pixel Dungeon, Gemini Rue, Sword and Socrecy and Anodyne managed to pull it off with pixel art and are feeling fine. Sour grapes and the fox, anyone?

Also this:
>> saying that games with great pixel art get needlessly marked down in reviews for their pixelation, while games that have awful — but high-res — art get glowing praise.

Sound very much like someone being bitter that very little people liked their style. Usually well drawn art draws praise, and poorly made stuff gets shunned. Be it pixel or high-def.

Comment: Re:More hoops before travelling through USA (Score 3, Insightful) 200 200

>> If the Special Agents involved had done their due diligence they could have easily obtained a warrant to seize the laptop rather than relying on the border search exception.

Well, if they could've, they would've. But it seems they didn't have substantial evidence to support a search warrant and they decided to get a sneak peek using border as an excuse. And yes, if it's not legal inside the US, then it's definitely without probable cause, at least legally speaking. Being involved in an investigation doesn't take much, you don't have to do anything besides being near or catching an eye of an investigator, and requirement for warrants is not baseless, it's to exclude the "hey, I don't like this guy, let's investigate him, search everything and then maybe we'll find something to accuse him of".

Comment: Re:Tiversa breached systems? (Score 5, Insightful) 65 65

Well, fun fact, if some kid breaches the system and then gives the evidence that system is flawed to the company without demanding any money - than he's a criminal, if a large company does the same, only demanding a large payment for services rendered and subscription to future services - then it's business as usual.

Comment: Re:Snowden took out the phone batteries (Score 2) 105 105

>> Snowden insisted the journalists remove the battery from their phones and put the phones in the fridge.

>> That pretty much tells you how useful 'encryption' on Android would be against back doors.

Not this manure again. What if I told you, that those phones could easily be bugged physically, by adding a little mic with an antenna, that would feed of phone's main battery, sure it requires some legwork, but Snowden is high enough on US's list of targets to actually do soome physical snooping. The whole "take the battery out and put it in the fridge" has nothing to do with magic backdoors that magically activate the phone and turn it into recording device and has everything to do with physical listening devices and malice on the part of phone owner. The little electronic bug works on all phones, doesn't require breaking any encryption, device being turned on and doesn't need to use the crappy mic on the phone.

>> None, if you can't protect your speech near the phone you can't protect the password.

The door to your house won't stop a team of highly trained team of CIA assasins, so why bother locking it, right? Android encryption is used in order to raise the cost of mass snooping where they snoop first and then look for anyone looking guilty enough and to raise the cost of stealing personal information by criminal elements. If they have to spend 1000 bucks to crack one phone and the information is worth 100 on average - then they won't even do it. If it costs 10 cents per device and information is worth a dollar on average - then they will do it. Take a look at botnets and other shady businesses.

If you need to secure yourself from directed snooping by a team of professionals - then this is a completely different game and other measures come into play.

Comment: Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 5, Insightful) 239 239

>> If that was the case you would not have given them 25% and taken 75% for you and the game makers.

Well, let's see where does the 75% go? Steam takes 30% from all transactions as a fee for keeping servers running, providing unified interface, update rollout, you know, the infrastructure, for all the games, be it an indie for 3$ or a AAA title for 60$. 45% goes to Bethesda. You know, the guys that made the Skyrim. And you know who decides how much goes to original game maker? Original game maker decides. You know why they get to decide? Because the control derivative works from their games, they created the engine, a ton of assets, models, textures, sprites, effects, the whole game. If you don't like it - vote to change the copyright laws (long overdue by the way).

But let's all whine at Gabe, because that bastard let Mod Creators CHOOSE to charge for their mods. How dare he give them the freedom to ask for money?

The whole reaction is a kid's tantrum to "how dare those slaves ask for money for their work" ? What's most bizarre (quite usual actually) is that noone has any clue as to how the pricing is made (noone cares that Bethesda takes 45% and whines at Steam for taking too much money) but still throw a fit over "but mod devs get so little".

Comment: Re:Millennial here (Score 1) 686 686

>> If you ask me to view the story objectively, he's a con artist who never worked for any of the places he claims to have worked for and drew the allegedly leaked "Powerpoint Slides" himself in Windows Paint.

Even US government confirmed he worked at those places and said that the leaks were legit and confirmed the existence of said programs.

>> All of this is cooked up by collusion with Glenn Greenwald, a UK reporter who has no business sticking his nose in US policy in the first place, to create a paper tiger bogeyman out of the toothless US intelligence industry the likes of which even Senator McCarthy would have blushed to turn out.

> UK reporter who has no business sticking his nose in US policy in the first place

Wouldn't you like to decide who gets to stick his nose and where. Nixon was pretty sure that those pesky journalists shouldn't had no business to stick their nose into his affairs either. But, hey, if US government has nothing to hide, then they have nothing to fear, right? If they haven't done anything wrong, then Snowden leaking their info won't hurt them? Isn't that what they've been telling every time they've justified the dragnets in the internet?

Comment: Re:Name one program Snowden disclosed thats illega (Score 3, Insightful) 686 686

Well, I was pretty sure that lying to Congress was illegal, but I guess I missed the part "unless you are too important to be put in prison, in which case it's totally legal", or that spying on your ex was illegal, using NSA resources.

Comment: Re:Obvious (Score 2) 686 686

>> Snowden damaged our industry.

US government damaged your industry.

>> Sure the leak confirmed what many of us expected. It didn't change anything though. We still have surveillance. Now we might not get to eat too.

And who is to blame if you are too lazy to get off your sofa? If you don't get to eat - good, maybe that will motivate you to do something about all the surveillance and start earning the trust back that you squandered.

Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 686 686

> The older generation is smart enough to know that the cold war never ended. Stupid millennials are going to be in for a rude awakening when Russia marches on Europe.

Putin applauds this comment. Governments just love to point at boogiemen behind the fence while screwing their own people. You point out Russia, but you forget to mention that most of the surveillance was concentrated on US citizens and EU. That backdoors were built without discrimination and that the power to spy was abused to pursue personal agenda (spying on an ex-wife or ex-girlfriend).

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