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Comment: What the hell is up with the bias? (Score 1) 255

by Sydin (#49174049) Attached to: Gritty 'Power Rangers' Short Is Not Fair Use
I don't feel like I've read a news article. I feel like I've read some undergrad's persuasive argument essay on why this movie isn't covered by copyright. What happened to giving readers objective facts about a newsworthy scenario, and allowing them to make their own judgements and come to their own conclusions? Hell, this isn't even an example of giving all the facts and then making the decision for us: the article spends so much time railing against the movie being protected from copyright that I don't feel as though I have a clear picture of what's actually going on. What an awful goddamn article, why was it put up here?

+ - Russia goes after TOR's privacy; announces 4 million Roubles bounty->

Submitted by hypnosec
hypnosec (2231454) writes "Government of Russia has announced a 4 million Roubles (~£65,000) bounty to anyone who develops a technology to identify users of TOR – an anonymising network capable of encrypting user data and hiding the identity of its users. The bounty has been announced by Russian Ministry of Internal Affairs (MVD) in the form of a tender titled “Perform research, code ‘TOR’ (Navy)”. The public description of the project has been removed now and it only reads "cipher 'TOR' (Navy)". The ministry has said in the tender that it is looking for experts and researchers to “study the possibility of obtaining technical information about users and users equipment on the Tor anonymous network.”"
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Comment: That's great and all... (Score 4, Insightful) 509

by Sydin (#43974969) Attached to: Sony's PS4 To Have Less Stringent DRM Than Microsoft's Xbox One
But as far as I'm aware there's still another platform that offers far higher technical capability, zero DRM, much more flexibility as a media center if that's your thing, and can even be upgraded when parts break or become obsolete. Call me back when the PS4 gets all that, too.

+ - Sony Announces PlayStation 4 with Significantly More Powerful Graphics Engine-> 1

Submitted by MojoKid
MojoKid (1002251) writes "Now that we have system specs from both the PS4 and Xbox One, we can compare the two and see which console is better equipped for the future. A similar CPU is found in both consoles. The PS4 wields a custom low-power x86-64 AMD Jaguar chip with eight physical processing cores, and the same is true of the Xbox One. In this category, it's essentially wash, though the PS4 leaps ahead when looking at the other specs. Of most interest are the GPU and RAM, as these are primarily gaming devices, after all. The Xbox One's GPU is similar to a Radeon 7790, offering 68GB/s of bandwidth to a local 32MB SRAM memory cache, plus another 30GB/s of bandwidth to game controllers and peripherals like the Kinect. It also has 8GB of DDR3 system memory. The GPU in the PS4 offers similar performance to a Radeon 7870, which is quite a bit more powerful than the 7790. It's also aided by 8GB of unified GDDR5 RAM and thus able to offer 176GB/s of bandwidth to the CPU and GPU. The advantage here clearly lies with Sony."
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Comment: Linkedin is no better than Facebook (Score 2) 164

by Sydin (#43484259) Attached to: LinkedIn Invites Gone Wild: How To Keep Close With Exes and Strangers
Both of them are hungry for all the personal data they can get their hands on, so that they can turn around and sell anything to you, and sell you to anything. The problem is that while I'm completely in control of my choice to have a Facebook account (read: I don't have a facebook account), my most recent employer requires me to have a LinkedIn profile. Moreover, a lot of tech firms won't even consider you if they can't find you on LinkedIn. It's a horrible site, but unfortunately everybody expects you to play the game.

Comment: GAAP is kinda important... (Score 1) 84

by Sydin (#43469355) Attached to: Yahoo First Quarter Results: Revenue Dips Slightly, Profits Increase

better-than-expected (non-GAAP) earnings of $420 million, or 38 cents per share.

Oh, so it's cool to treat non GAAP (Generally Accepted Accounting Principles) as hard facts now? Awesome, then I'm declaring $5 billion in earnings this day alone. See? I wrote $5 billion on this post-it note, so it must be true! I'll wait until Yahoo releases the numbers that came from actual accounting work, and not the CEO playing around in excel.

Comment: Several months? (Score 3, Insightful) 130

by Sydin (#43096273) Attached to: Microsoft Restores Transfer Rights To Office 2013
I applaud the change itself, but stretching the timeframe to actually having a good system implemented will do Microsoft no good. I hope they're okay with rampant piracy, since it will be more convenient to just pirate a new copy of Office 2013, rather than fumble around with Microsoft's customer support for a day while they double check my name, phone number, social security number, hair color, and genome sequence to make absolutely sure I really am the same one who bought that license in the first place.

Comment: EA isn't a 'scumbag' because if microtransactions (Score 2) 369

by Sydin (#43048411) Attached to: Cliff Bleszinski: Vote With Your Dollars
Well, not entirely. They're considered 'scumbags' because they have a habit of buying up small studios and either gutting them for the sole purpose of eliminating a competitor or forcing them to wring out their talents and IP's until nothing is left but a shriveled husk. Maxis, Bioware, Pandemic, Origin Systems; I could keep this list going for awhile yet. EA could make an entire game based around micro-transactions, but it would still be a drop in the bucket next to the greater crime of smashing every talented studio they can hit with their money hammer just to keep the little guy down.

Comment: It varies significantly (Score 1) 605

by Sydin (#42913465) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is the Bar Being Lowered At Universities?
As somebody currently attending a 'large, state-funded, public university', I can safely say that that how high the bar is set depends on the professor that students are assigned. The university I attend tries to mitigate this somewhat by forcing everybody to take a standardized writing test required for graduation, but the test is set somewhere around early to mid High-School level English skills, so there is definitely a low bar there. Whether or not the bar is lower than it was a decade or two ago: I cannot say. What I can say is that all of my peers with university-level writing skills always attribute them to a rigorous high school teacher or university professor who pushed them to get good, myself included. Those who were not lucky enough to have such a presence in their education still amaze me by including 'txt speech' in academic work, even into their Senior year.

Comment: For the last time Google! (Score 4, Insightful) 480

by Sydin (#42627241) Attached to: Google Declares War On the Password
I really mean it: I don't want to have to login to the internet. You keep trying to get me to do it with Chrome, so I switched from that, but now you're going to badger me about this for my phone, too? Sometimes I want to surf anonymously. Sometimes I don't want Site X and Site Y knowing that I'm the same person logging into both. And I can say for certain that all the time, I don't want to be tracked by you so you can present me with more "targeted ads" to give me a better user experience. Let's not even get into what happens if my phone gets stolen, and suddenly all my consolidated information is at some stranger's fingertips. There are far, FAR too many problems with centralized authentication, and I'm really getting sick of Google trying to force it down my throat.