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Comment: Re:Wow.. imagine if your gasoline car did this. (Score 1) 54

by drinkypoo (#48678001) Attached to: Tesla Roadster Update Extends Range

4 years after you bought it, it was up to 500 mile range and getting 50 mpg.

Well, you're not going to get that big an improvement, but you can often chip for efficiency and gain a few MPG at the expense of a few HP. Often it's actually a very good trade. Until recently when the mileage targets surged few automakers have truly pursued maximum mileage. Typically, they're too afraid of customer response to truly go all in.

Comment: Re:They're assholes. (Score 1) 269

by Yaztromo (#48677603) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

This is true, but the issue is that is dumb! You really should be able to unbox a toy on Christmas morning have it work without going out the Internet and connecting to some account.

Maybe not all the functionality can be there, but functions that don't naturally require network access should not require network access.

As it happens, my wife bought me a PS4 for Xmas -- a massive upgrade over my 15 year old original PS2. It came in the box with GTA5 (on disc), and a coupon for a free digital download of another game.

It's been a PITA that PSN has been offline. There are a lot of features and functions built into the system that rely on online functionality, including for some dumb reason accessing the built-in web browser. However, playing GTA5 hasn't been an issue -- I just popped the disc in, waited what felt like an eternity while it installed itself (it didn't give me a choice, and warned me it could take up to an hour), and I was off and playing. All without having been signed into PSN.

In essence, the system worked exactly as you described that it should. A single-player game on disc loaded and ran just fine while PSN has been offline. Not all the functionality was there, but the major function that doesn't require network access (playing GTA5 in this case) has worked flawlessly.

Yaz

Comment: Re:Pot, Kettle, irony (Score 1) 350

by fyngyrz (#48676241) Attached to: UK Man Arrested Over "Offensive" Tweet

If the main text of a religion isn't a reliable guidebook to that religion, how can we determine if anything is?

Obviously, we can't.

What made you think we could?

All major (and most minor) religions present huge diversity. Within Christianity, the bible is taken as everything from vague metaphor to the "inerrant word of God." The Koran for Islam, the same. Buddhist practice ranges from meditative to non, from vegetarian to non, from rigidly scientific to the most laughable crystal-gazing nonsense you've ever heard of. New agers.... that's a basket so broad I don't even have a clue as to what it really means, although I have to say, I've rarely come away from someone's description of their new age ideas thinking "wow, that made sense." OK, actually, never. But I figure it could happen. :)

In addition to actual sect differences, there are practitioner differences, and they range all the way from non-believers who are there for the social aspect, to rigid adherents to every jot and tittle in every book (and some, like the Catholics, have quite a few books.)

For my part, I figure, if I want to know what someone thinks, just ask them. Unless I have specific relevant evidence, I don't assume people fit into standardized boxes. I have found that to very rarely be true.

Comment: Re:Whoops (Score 3, Insightful) 146

by TheRaven64 (#48675149) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology

Bill Gates is far more intelligent than you,

That needs a big 'citation needed' next to it, but:

and has already seen a working plant, which is why he is investing on a technology that is going to displace oil and outright kill renewables.

You don't understand risk analysis. He's investing a very small proportion of his wealth in something that may have massive returns. The probability of said returns may be small, but that doesn't make it a bad investment if the potential payoffs are huge, as long as you can afford to take the loss if it doesn't pan out. Most people with his money will invest a few millions in a few fringe ideas, because it only takes one to pay off to more than make up for your investment. The majority of his portfolio will be in relatively safe investments with a close-to-guaranteed return, a bit will be in risky venture.

Comment: Re:LENR is not fusion (Score 2) 146

by TheRaven64 (#48675127) Attached to: Bill Gates Sponsoring Palladium-Based LENR Technology
You missed decay, which is the most common form of nuclear reaction on Earth. Proton capture can technically be thought of as fusion (fusing a hydrogen nucleus with something heavier), but it generally isn't referred to as such. Neutron capture is not fusion and a lot of LENR reactions are neutron capture.

Comment: Re:In 20 years (Score 1) 42

You can tell that story along with the one of the internet where you were allowed to just connect anything you want and not need a federal license (which surprisingly every insecure fucking toaster can get but it takes a written test and handing over any and all information about you if you want to use anything that allows some kind of interaction).

Comment: Re:please open apis and standards (Score 1) 42

Open APIs? What's next, interoperability? Compatibility?

We're talking about Sony here. The company that brought you not only their own memory cards (memory sticks) for their appliances which are incompatible with anything but even their own audio codec in ATRAC, again for their own appliances, incompatible with anything else in the world.

What are you dreaming of at night?

Comment: Re:If a guy dons a mask and goes on a punching spr (Score 1) 269

by Opportunist (#48675049) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

And that's the reason I don't engage in such activities. It usually backfires. People's reaction is not to blame the companies for shot security, they start crying for stricter laws (as if that accomplished dick). People are stupid, and I will not fix that. I had to accept that a long time ago.

Plus, companies being insecure is good for my business, so I really have no reason at all anymore to get worked up over it.

Comment: Re:yeah, because it's really important, (Score 1) 269

by Opportunist (#48675035) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

Let's give them the benefit of doubt and say they chose networks that are of no strategic significance. What do you think would have gone down if they targeted, say, VISA or MC during the holidays?

At least that's what I'd do. I sure as hell don't want every three letter agency on my ass just for proving a point. And it's doubtful that they will send the marines after you for kicking off some gaming platforms. Might be different if you shut down a key payment system during the most busy time of the year.

Comment: For that, you'd have to do a different attack (Score 4, Insightful) 269

by Opportunist (#48675027) Attached to: Why Lizard Squad Took Down PSN and Xbox Live On Christmas Day

All a DoS does is prove one thing: That you can field more bandwidth than your target. Unless of course it's one where you exploit the weakness of a target system (e.g. by shutting down a service deliberately using an exploit). Else, a DoS proves little.

If a DoS exposes any kind of security issue, then a global one: That there are techniques that allow you to use little bandwidth on your end to cause the other end to drown in traffic. There are a few documented ways how you could pull this off, the most trivial one would be to spoof the IP address of your target system with some server that sends back a ton of info for a tiny request. E.g, DNS. Such an attack doesn't prove that the target system is vulnerable, it proves that the DNS protocol itself is beyond repair (and yes, it is, and there are secure replacements but ... you know, it's the internet... it works, changing stuff costs money, so...).

So what does the attack prove? Well, I wish I could say it proves without a doubt that MS and Sony have a security that matches the opaqueness of an erotic dancer's dress and should up their security (well, they do, and they should, but this attack doesn't prove that). It proves that we use technology that makes such an attack not only possible but actually trivial. And that EVERY company on the net is susceptible to something like that because unlimited bandwidth does not exist.

MSDOS is not dead, it just smells that way. -- Henry Spencer

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