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Comment: Re:What bad decisions? (Score 1) 151

by VGPowerlord (#49118747) Attached to: Is Sega the Next Atari?

Then there's Aliens:Colonial Marines. Gear Box ripped them off. Period. It's painfully obvious that they took Sega's money and spent it on Borderlands 2. It would cost more to litigate that than Sega would ever get back though, so they're screwed. You could argue Sega should have kept a closer eye on Gearbox, but games like Aliens:CM were Gearbox's bread and butter. It's ridiculous that they'd pull that on Sega, since it pretty much burns every bridge they'll ever have in the industry.

It sounds like Sega kept a closer eye on Creative Assembly during the development of Alien: Isolation, likely because they had gotten burned by Gearbox.

Then again, Alien: Isolation is its own problem. While it sold over a million copies, Sega was hoping that it would sell much, much more than that.

Alien: Colonial Marines likely didn't help these sales numbers. I know I was initially hesitant on getting Alien: Isolation due to how poor Colonial Marines was..

Comment: Re:thanks (Score 1) 211

by VGPowerlord (#49097691) Attached to: 800,000 Using HealthCare.gov Were Sent Incorrect Tax Data

No clue about Seattle, but where I live (Michigan), I can't even renew my driver's license until they send me the renewal thing approximately a month prior to my birthdate.

Not even online, because that requires a code number from the form they send you (because, you know, someone might randomly log in using the number off my driver's license and pay it for me or something).

Comment: Re:someone explain for the ignorant (Score 1) 449

by VGPowerlord (#49087771) Attached to: Credit Card Fraud Could Peak In 2015 As the US Moves To EMV

4 different Credit Card companies in the US (Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover) will no longer cover fraudulent charges on non-chip transactions starting in October 2015.

Visa:

Effective 1 October 2015, Visa's global counterfeit liability shift will be instituted in the U.S for POS transactions. With this liability shift, the party that is the cause of a chip transaction not occurring (i.e., either the issuer or the merchant's acquirer processor) will be held financially liable for any resulting card present counterfeit fraud losses. The shift helps to better protect all parties by encouraging chip transactions that use unique, dynamic authentication data.

-- Source (PDF)

MasterCard:

The April 2013 acquirer readiness date is the first step in preparation for MasterCardâ(TM)s liability shift, which takes effect October 1, 2015. This liability shift directly affects acquirers and issuers as it pertains to counterfeit fraud. This means that the party, either the issuer or merchant, who does not support EMV, assumes liability for counterfeit card transactions. In addition, MasterCard supports a liability shift for lost, stolen, and never received or issued (NRI) cards to the party that does not support PIN as a cardholder verification method. If neither party supports PIN, only the counterfeit liability shift rules apply. The liability shift does not apply to Automated Fuel Dispensers (AFDs) until October 1, 2017

-- Source (PDF)

American Express:

Effective October 2015, American Express will institute a Fraud Liability Shift (FLS) policy that will transfer liability for certain types of fraudulent transactions away from the party that has the most secure form of EMV technology. U.S. fuel merchants will have an additional two years, until October 2017, before the FLS takes effect for transactions generated from automated fuel dispensers.

-- Source

Discover:

In alignment with U.S. EMV migration timelines, Discover is introducing Fraud Liability Shift for Discover Network (in the U.S., Canada and Mexico) and PULSE (in the U.S.), effective October 1, 2015 at point-of-sale terminals and Oct. 1, 2017 at automated fuel dispensers. This Fraud Liability Shift policy will be a risk-based payments hierarchy that benefits the entity that leverages the highest level of available payments security. As Fraud Liability Shift is already in place for Diners Club International (effective December 31, 2012 for mandated Participants), Discover will have one standard liability shift policy in place across all networks by October 1, 2015.

-- Source

So, I expect everyone in the US will start seeing new cards issued this year even if their card isn't set to expire.

Comment: What exactly is Apache Maven again? (Score 1) 319

by VGPowerlord (#49082879) Attached to: Java Vs. Node.js: Epic Battle For Dev Mindshare

Here's something I noticed that bugged me in the article.

It claims that Node.js wins for build process because Java's popular build processors require you to write XML.

Which makes me think they're not aware of what Apache Maven actually is.

Maven is much more than just a build tool. It not only is used to control the build order of a multi-project build, but it also downloads and installs your project's dependencies from the Maven Central repository.

You need a JSON parser in your project? Easy, just add a dependency reference with groupId com.google.code.gson and artifactId gson . Need version 2.2.1 specifically? That's alright as Maven allows you to specify a specific version.

GSON probably has its own dependencies... which Maven will also download for you.

Having said all that, if you want a build system closer to Java, you could always use the Gradle dependency manager, whose configurations are written in Groovy (a JVM language). Incidentally, you can configure Gradle to look at Maven Central for dependency resolution, too.

Comment: Re:oh you motherf~}NO_CARRIER (Score 3, Informative) 136

I read this just SIX MINUTES after I installed the bloody office runtime update.

Microsoft already released a fixed version at least 12 hours before /. posted this story... and pulled the buggy version some hours (8?) before that.

In other words, by the time this story was posted, it was no longer relevant.

Comment: In other news... (Score 1) 253

In other news, Oracle has announced that they're working on a new version of Java.

Dubbed vNExT, it's supposed to provide a much faster VM than the classic JVM,

Unfortunately, to take advantage of it, you have to recompile your Java code with the new "Joslyn" compiler, which isn't quite done yet.

Comment: Re:Who they do not attempt to stay relevant? (Score 1) 145

by VGPowerlord (#48875257) Attached to: Doomsday Clock Could Move

im sorry to break this to you pal, but half population of europe != half world population

He's referring to an event that happened in the Middle Ages where the world wasn't anywhere near connected as it is now.

If a fatal disease had an outbreak somewhere these days, chances are it would quickly spread to epidemic levels unless it is immediately quarantined.

And no, moving to Madagascar won't help.

Comment: Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 1) 329

by VGPowerlord (#48831393) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

It kind of floors me that they aren't doing some kind of check that the directory tree they are about to delete actually looks like a Steam install before deleting it. e.g. check that ClientRegistry.blob file or SteamApps directory exists under $STEAMHOME.

ClientRegistry.blob isn't used by Steam any more and thus won't exist if you've installed Steam in the past 9 months or so

Would the Steam directory even have a SteamApps directory if you're using Steam's library feature to install all games to a different path?

While we're at it, is it SteamApps, steamapps, or some other variation of capitalization? That kinda matters on Linux.

Comment: Re:m -rf "$STEAMROOT/"* ??? (Score 1) 329

by VGPowerlord (#48831285) Attached to: Steam For Linux Bug Wipes Out All of a User's Files

I think the problem is that it's written in .NET and has to fire up the whole .NET environment, just like how a Java app has to fire up the JVM to start, which puts a (rather large) lower bound on the amount of resources an application needs.

Steam isn't written in .NET... I'm not sure where you would ever get the idea that it was.

As for the browser component, it uses Chromium Embedded Framework. However, I don't think it was ever upgraded to version 3.

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