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Comment: Re:Bad headline (Score 1) 63

by Qzukk (#49746691) Attached to: Academics Build a New Tor Client Designed To Beat the NSA

your traffic wasn't interesting enough

How interesting is interesting enough? Interesting enough to spend $5 on? $0.05? GCHQ redirected the slashdot site for Belgacom users to their own servers, so slashdot readers are at least that interesting, and mass observation programs like PRISM make it cheaper and cheaper to watch you.

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Journal: Two minutes of euuugh 2

Journal by Qzukk

Chrome's new bookmark manager is definitely a poster child for "half-ass it then push it to the masses". It seems to be working hard to almost replicate the Windows 8.0 Metro interface that everyone loved down to the "checkmark a tile to open the menu".


Comment: Re:Summary is Misleading (Score 1) 152

by Qzukk (#49682531) Attached to: How Responsible Are App Developers For Decisions Their Users Make?

if an app pretends to offer a service and then can't deliver, or provides data that leads to bad decisions

It's more than that. How about an app that offers the ability for a doctor to purge the record of a certain bad decision? How about a financial app that allows double bookkeeping, if someone was so inclined to hide their embezzlement? How about a default password of 12345, after all it's the user's responsibility to fix it?

There are plenty of ways to make apps that do the wrong thing, correctly.

Comment: Re:Libertarians are to the right of Republicans (Score 2) 249

Authoritarians, of both the "left" and "right" wings, love to use government force

Agreed, look no farther than reactions to the war on drugs. A local government banning Big Gulps because it's bad for you is government overreach into areas of your life and people should have the personal responsibility not to overuse, but we need to spend billions of dollars at the federal level to prevent people with no personal responsibility from smoking a plant they grew in their own backyard because it's bad for you.

Comment: Re:No single payer (Score 1) 532

by Qzukk (#49630661) Attached to: The Medical Bill Mystery

I know I do.

Yeah, I can imagine you sitting there after a car wreck, horribly mangled, holding onto consciousness just so you can make sure that they take you to the best hospital. Wait! Is this ambulance fully accredited and received at least an A rating from Consumer Reports? No? Well, I'll just wait here for one that is.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 1) 104

by Qzukk (#49625157) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Actually my suggestion was to let people decide whether or not to let GOG try to change it since not all users trust apps to change the firewall, not all firewalls allow apps to change it, and so on. Maybe for maximum paranoia there could be a setting that hides the uPNP option completely so nobody accidentally checks it.

Comment: Re:Like multiplayer? (Score 4, Insightful) 104

by Qzukk (#49624921) Attached to: GOG Announces Open Beta For New Game Distribution Platform

Invitations are absolutely an awesome feature, but you know what would blow my socks off? If the GOG launcher handled all the bullshit firewall crap.

I still get games where the authors have failed to bother to document the port(s) their server uses or where they think it's awesome to have the server start up on a random port from 1024 to 65534. Usually 30 pages deep in the game forum there's a thread where you find posts like "i forwarded UDP 19228 and the server showed up on the browser for 30 seconds but nobody could connect and I couldn't get it to show up again after a restart". If, along with all the other brilliant work GOG has done to get the games working in current versions of windows, GOG's launcher popped up a window like steams cdkey window that said

Hosting a multiplayer game requires these ports:
    TCP 12421, TCP 12422, UDP 20000-20400
  [x] Use uPNP to request forwarding these ports on my firewall
  [x] Do not show this again
    [ OK ] [ Cancel ]

I think my socks loosened a bit just thinking about it.

Good day to avoid cops. Crawl to work.