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Comment: The publisher does not get paid faster on pre orde (Score 1) 223 223

I don't know why so many commentors are under the impression that PUBLISHERS get money from pre orders... They don't. The publisher doesn't get paid until you pick up the game on launch day. Until that time, Walmart or EB or whoever you ptreordered from is just holding the money.

  Think about it, if it worked the way you'd day, then cancelling a pre order or switching it to another game would not be possible. But it is, with every retailer I know of anyway.

Hell, Amazon doesn't even charge your credit card at all until the game ships.

Comment: Explain why this is a bad thing (Score 1) 292 292

Why is it a bad thing for me to not know who other people are planning to vote for? Shouldn't I be making up my own mind on election day, not just "going with the flow"?

Why is it a bad thing that politicians don't know how their latest soundbytes are playing with the public? Shoudn't they just be being themselves and representing their platform?

I can't wait for accurate polling to die. All it has done over the past 50-60 years is ruin the democratic process.

Comment: Re:Is this for real? (Score 0) 122 122

The robo-calls were not for advertisements, they were for collections.

IE - you would get a robo-call saying your bank account was overdrawn and you owe Paypal $5000.

The only difference between what Paypal wants to do and what all other collection agencies do is if a human is on the other end of the phone.

Comment: Actually... (Score 2) 113 113

Actually, you're dead wrong, except for the fact that Blackberry is probably way too late for this to make a difference.

Blackberry should have released an Android phone YEARS ago instead of dumping tons of money into BBOS 10. If they would have instead spent that money on Android by adding working full device crypto and out of the box BES support, they would have dominated the enterprise market and also been able to move into consumer by touting the privacy features.

Instead, they wasted all their time and resources writing this other OS that no one wants to write apps for and implementing an Android emulator on top of it because it is the only way to get anything decent. It was a horrible, stupid move from beginning to end.

And before you say "hindsight is 20/20", I have been saying Blackberry should move to Android since 2011.

Comment: Re:Fax machines are "obscure"? (Score 1) 395 395

Sounds logical - however, your logic is pointless because you are dealing with lawyers, not engineers.

As someone who has recently purchased and moved to a new home, as well as shifted banks and investment firms at the same time, I can tell you, good old fax machine and pen-and-ink signature is not going anywhere for a long time. At least not until there is some way that people can digitally sign documents that is accepted by everyone.

Personally I think that this is a space that national postal services should be looking to as a revenue source. Who better to provide authenticated digital certificates to the public, and to run digital document signing services, than them.

Comment: Nonsense (Score 1) 204 204

I have played every Bethesda game since Morrowind via a console, and I loved every one of them. Not everyone cares about mods, I like to enjoy the games as Bethesda intended them.

QED play what you enjoy and don't make assumptions on what other people may or may not enjoy based on your own enjoyment.

Comment: All using ancient devices (Score 5, Informative) 92 92

"fragile full-disk encryption up to Android v4.4 (KitKat)."

"Twenty-six second-hand Android phones running versions 2.3 to 4.3 of the operating system, sold by five handset makers, were tested."

This paper did not look at Android 4.4 or above, IE, the only versions of Android that actually properly supported and advertised full disk encryption in the first place. Full disk encryption on any device prior to 4.4 was basically something the manufacturer cooked up.

If this paper shows anything to me, it is not so much about Android, it is more about how we have to force carriers to stop requiring this goddamn nonsense useless "carrier certification" so that Google can push device manufacturers to allow more direct and timely software updates.

Comment: Re:Stupid ... (Score 2) 126 126

It's a law against export, not possession.

The only result of laws like this is the off-shoring of jobs related to the creation of computer security tools.

This is why I had to laugh at the slant of the summary for the Kaspersky article yesterday, claming that it was negative that the product came from Russia. In actual fact, the fact that the product is not made in the US protects it from crap like this.

Comment: Re:Won't save most of the 4000 lives (Score 1) 615 615

You are making the false assumption that the car is not also an automated vehicle. Within the next 10 years, all highway travel is likely to be automated. There is no reason a human needs to be sitting behind the wheel of a car for hours up9n hours in any circumstance.

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