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Comment: Re:Really??? (Score 1) 585

by docrmc (#34038114) Attached to: Microsoft Is a Dying Consumer Brand
Furthermore, are we really willing to put them all in the same category? mobile gaming platforms against consoles? In that case, Nin is competing against itself which makes no sense to me. I'd have been more inclined to be on this chart's bandwagon if they separated the two matters, and, yes, provided stats for the years they overlap.

Comment: Am I the only... (Score 1) 413

by docrmc (#33712850) Attached to: Segway UK Boss Dies After Driving Off Cliff
...who thinks one can simultaneously quietly smirk and feel sorry for the guy? i believe the feelings are mutually exclusive. (I've seen enough people watching Jackass-type stunts who wince, laugh and are appalled by the idiocy, in the same breath.) Recognizing and acknowledging coincidence doesn't make you de-facto evil- it's in how it's expressed. but above all, my strongest reaction is.. who the hell tests a vehicle near a cliff?! wait..who let's the _head_ of a company test a vehicle..near a cliff?! doesn't some common sense, protective mechanism, insurance policy, sense of self-preservation kick in, at some point?

Apple Patches Massive Holes In OS X 246

Posted by timothy
from the well-it-wouldn't-be-polite-to-patch-windows dept.
Trailrunner7 writes with this snippet from ThreatPost: "Apple's first Mac OS X security update for 2010 is out, providing cover for at least 12 serious vulnerabilities. The update, rated critical, plugs security holes that could lead to code execution vulnerabilities if a Mac user is tricked into opening audio files or surfing to a rigged Web site." Hit the link for a list of the highlights among these fixes.

+ - Online Game Education or College?

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: My cousin is about to graduate high school and wants to enter the game industry. I told him to get a day job (possibly QA in a game studio) and get an online degree like DeVry's Game and Simulation Programming degree or The Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Game Art & Design degree. I have a BS and MS in computer science and I've only found what I learned mildly useful for my game programming hobby. Should he suck it up and get a 4-year degree or is taking online courses focused on game development the way to go? Has anybody gotten one of these degrees and done well for themselves?

+ - Can a MacBook Pro Survive the Hacker Jungle?

Submitted by b0mp
b0mp writes: At this year's CanSecWest 2007 conference in Vancouver, BC, a "PWN to OWN" contest will pit security researchers against a MacBook Pro in an experiment to see how well a default Mac OS X install can survive hacker scrutiny. The contest is the brainchild of CanSecWest organizer Dragos Ruiu, who was motivated in part by Apple's general anti-disclosure stance and the Mac commercials that trivializes security to the masses with humor. From the article: Ruiu plans to set up two loaded MacBook Pro machines on this own access point with default installs and with the latest security updates applied. "[Hackers] will be able to walk up to it and connect to the AP ethernet or go in over WiFi. If you exploit it, you get to go home with it," Ruiu said.

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