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Comment: Pathetic (Score 1) 153

by Steven_M_Campbell (#39730715) Attached to: 15-Year-Old Arrested For Hacking 259 Companies

259 companies aren't terribly embarrassed about implementing systems so badly that a 15 yr kid using cut and paste broke into their systems and viewed our personal information, credit card numbers, the dreaded social security number, etc, etc.

We really need to start taking these companies to task for their pitiful respect of the information we entrust to them. The kids in the wrong, no argument from me there, but couldn't they at least have invested enough effort to prevent point and drool attacks from working?

"Pathetic" -- Chiun

Comment: If they aren't easy to remember.. (Score 1) 372

by Steven_M_Campbell (#39352747) Attached to: Multiword Passwords Secure Or Not?

If they aren't easy to remember then people write them down, put them on sticky notes on their monitors and the like. It's not just about the math, it's about the social practices as well. I think multiple word pass phrases are still our best avenue for the common man.

We professional types handling encryption keys and such should probably be pushing that extra strength of full random strings but we also handle them professionally and keep them secure and we certainly don't expect that from Joe Enduser.

Comment: Re:Don't you understand things change? (Score 1) 591

by Steven_M_Campbell (#37162028) Attached to: Verizon Employees End Strike

The change you speak of here is artificial. Why is it it costs so much more per person for health care in the US. I can tell you why, I just paid $1600 for two prescriptions that certainly don't cast that much to make, not even close. But, because no one stops them they charge what they want. Our government should not be paying these outrageous prices for our peoples health and neither should we. Regulate the drug companies and droves of "medical equipment" manufacturers that are profiteering on peoples pain, bring those costs down in line with at least the rest of world (we can do far better). That's where to get the money back, not by killing the poor and making medicine in the US elitist.

Comment: What fun! (Score 1) 423

by Steven_M_Campbell (#32314486) Attached to: IBM's Patent-Pending Traffic Lights Stop Car Engines
Wait, you're gonna make it so peoples cars will shut off their engines when they receive a signal from a transmitter the could be in someone elses car? Really, this is gonna be more fun than the taco bell takeover.

takeover vid is here if you've never seen it

Comment: I suggest musical uses (Score 1) 212

by Steven_M_Campbell (#28991925) Attached to: Microsoft Hardware Demos Pressure-Sensitive Keyboard

We could use the keyboard to change the volume, attack, decay of musical note. Heck we could even include some side to side motion on the key to change other characteristics and... oh wait, my music keyboards have done this for years. Are you sure this is patentable? Oh, I guess if you can patent a word processor in 2009 you can patent anything....

PlayStation (Games)

Heavy Rain Gameplay Explained 56

Posted by Soulskill
from the stormy-weather dept.
David Cage, writer and director of Quantic Dream's Heavy Rain, has released a lengthy video of an entire level from the game, along with detailed commentary about how the game works. He demonstrates how to operate the UI, showing how contextual menus let you control actions, dialog, and even your character's thoughts, while also showcasing how the game's investigatory system works and even a few fighting-related quick-time events. 1Up recently spoke with Cage about his time in the games industry, including his previous work on Indigo Prophecy. They also did a Heavy Rain preview of their own, and spoke briefly about post-launch plans. The game is due out next year for the PS3.

The best laid plans of mice and men are held up in the legal department.