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Comment: Re:business as usual? not if you pre-ordered Diabl (Score 1) 57

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#40001749) Attached to: GAME Australia Now Also In Administration
http://us.battle.net/d3/en/forum/topic/5007290816 Blizzard announced in their forums they will be allowing people to get a refund of the preorder amount when ordering digitally. Doesn't really help if you really wanted the collector's edition but seems like a decent move on their part when they weren't even the ones who took your money.

Comment: (Mostly) Pointless Finger Pointing (Score 1) 143

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#39691099) Attached to: More Malicious Apps Found On Google Play
I'm not sure why this has quickly devolved into a discussion over whether Android or Apple is less safe in regards to the apps available for it. A far more useful discussion would be how can we as end users protect ourselves from these practices. I like to think I'm a cut above the average person (not necessarily the average slashdotter) by being somewhat selective about the apps I install, paying attention to the permissions they request, and running an iptables based firewall to whitelist the apps that I allow network access to. Even with that though I can't claim to be immune to downloading an app that has some malware on the backend. I've resisted the idea of antivirus/antimalware programs so far as I find that my phone's resources are quite limited enough as is. I'm not all that concerned about premium SMS either as I run a prepay sim with no extra funds on it. Can anyone point out any other obvious practices I may be missing?

Comment: Re:T-Mobile's OPTIONAL Censorship (Score 1) 67

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#39460289) Attached to: T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down
As I wrote earlier T-Mobile turned this on without asking or notifying me when I switched service types. The first time I went to a blocked site however the error page clearly stated why it was being blocked. So it is very clear when you have hit a blocked site. It was a little more annoying getting it disabled but did take less than 15 minutes.

Comment: I ran into that (Score 4, Informative) 67

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#39458503) Attached to: T-Mobile's Optional Censorship Falls Down
When I switched my T-Mobile Sim from a contract to a prepaid sim it automatically enabled this 'feature'. I didn't notice until it blocked access to a 2nd Amendment forum. The process for getting it disabled was fairly annoying as well. They wanted all kinds of odd information from me to verify my age. I suppose they were doing a public records lookup. The guy on the phone said it's because children can buy a prepay sim. If AT&T wasn't worse I'd probably have just cancelled service with them.

Comment: Re:I should see what he's written recently (Score 1) 23

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#39053799) Attached to: Jeff Grubb On the Life of a Game Designer
I read that book when I was in high school. A quick peek on Amazon seems to suggest it's out of print. Maybe I'll pick up a used copy. I remember enjoying it immensely. I never knew at the time what an impressive resume he has. I can't begin to recount how many forgotten realms books I've read to say nothing of our own adventures in the setting. On the upside it looks like he's got a star wars book coming out in a couple months so I'll be able to give that a go.

Comment: Re:I don't see the problem (Score 2) 143

by c1t1z3nk41n3 (#38936393) Attached to: Simulators Take the Humans Out of Hiring
It wasn't anything too in depth. Certainly not analogous to a video game like some of the comments here. It was basically a series of short tests for applicable skills. There was a typing speed/error rate section, then some audio listening/transcribing stuff. It's been a while and I wouldn't be surprised if newer ones are getting more in depth but the goal seems to be essentially the same.

Thus spake the master programmer: "When a program is being tested, it is too late to make design changes." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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