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Comment: Re:new games, old console (Score 0) 669

by aslashdotaccount (#46284169) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Games Are You Playing?

Mass Effect 3 was fantastic, but GTA V was totally unexpected. My brother and I breezed through GTA V in a week, and managed to keep our day jobs at the end of it. It's an experience that any gamer should have to understand the extent to which the newest technologies have enhanced gameplay (and that's all I'll say).

Preferred Far Cry 3 over Tomb Raider, and wasn't excited enough about Max Payne 3 to give it a go.

Comment: Re:Asymetrical warfare (Score 0) 147

It's a lucrative business for all the major software vendors and affiliated consultancy firms. So, I'm only expecting these 'hacking' incidents to gain momentum and the cost of fixes to increase astronomically.

How stupid have they got to be to allow a 'public-facing' website to have any connection whatsoever to the "US navy's largest unclassified network"? I've got clients with public web servers which rely on data in mission-critical databases. Yet, none of these servers actually have access to those databases, only replicas. Plus, the replicas are always stored in separate virtual networks, with the critical network cordoned off in a separate VLAN. If I'm able to do this in one of the smallest countries in the world, how can the US Navy credibly claim that somebody from Iran tapped into the 'bloodstream' of their network?

Comment: Re: Asymetrical warfare (Score 2, Interesting) 147

You're spot on! Most of these organizations blow things massively out of proportion to attain more funding for their so-called 'research'. Even a relatively harmless virus in the POS computer of a staff knick-knack shop would be reported as a 'possible avenue for compromising the high-value intelligence networks'. That goes on to trigger an agency-wide investigation, which ends up in the request for funds to conduct the said study. The studies are then sourced to organizations with ties to the IT heads of the principle agency, thus spreading the goodwill, and getting some in return.

It's also a cycle that's endorsed by all major software vendors. They always ensure that a certain amount of uncertainty goes into the security assurance of their products and services so that there's always 'room for improvement'.

Comment: Re: Overregulation (Score 0) 92

by aslashdotaccount (#46273595) Attached to: 200-400 Gbps DDoS Attacks Are Now Normal

You're right about possibilities of monopolisation. However, as long as the right legal systems and enterprising businesses exist, ventures like Android will keep popping up to balance out (and eventually crush?) 'monopolies' like iOS.

As for young aspiring coders, they can use a free student certificate to develop and deploy their software on their own (and their friends') devices. It doesn't need to get approved by the OS developer. The real issue in this regard will be the effect on the open-source market. Then again, even Linux users are heavily dependent on online centralised package repositories, which could start adopting screening schemes.

Of course, there's also the advice I always give my clients: gift horse or not, make sure them teeth aren't rotten. In other words, if your can't read code then you're not going to be able to leverage one of the most important aspects of open-source software, which is determining for yourself just how safe it is.

With regards to countries being marginalised by big software vendors, you're right about people using the excuse of disenfranchisement. But they (we, since i'm in such a country) are not willing to accept that their legal systems are too corrupt and unpredictable for software vendors to trust them. What software enters the market does so through various regional distributors, in order to reduce liabilities. Appstore has not come here because they could never settle disputes without lining the pockets of a judge. In these countries there are much more important issues that people should be concerned with than the latest flappy bird clone. If they want to enjoy the software available in mature global markets they too have attain the same maturity.

Like I said, I'm in a country where we don't have a legal Appstore or Google Play presence. However, instead of resorting to Cydia, I get store credit to buy my apps and stuff. Of course, not everyone in my country gets paid well, so not all can afford to spend money on software. As such more than 95% of mobile software in the market is pirated. Should we continue advocate this piracy with the excuse of disenfranchisement, and desensitise the community to criminality of the act? Or should people live according to their means, which they can start improving by putting an effort (the effort that goes into piracy?) into improving governance of their countries?

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