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Comment Nah. (Score 1) 77

This is even less interesting to me than the Wii-U system was (and I didn't think that could be possible.) Why try to push two consoles on me at once? They should just keep doing what they were doing when they were at the height of their success: making a major home console and also making a smaller portable console, two completely separate things. The only possibly way they could improve on that formula would be to make the same line of games work on both consoles. It seems like that's what they *want* to do, but that they run into some kind of barrier getting their. And for Nintendo I can imagine that barrier: their own weird strict demands on themselves. Like when the N64 was still in cartridges because Nintendo was afraid of load times.

Games any more are getting so large, I have to ask what is the realistic future of gaming. Cartridges can only hold so much data without getting unrealistically expensive. But if you want something that will play on both a larger at home console and a smaller portable console, it seems like the way to go.

Of course, mini discs can do the job as well. According to wikipedia, mini blu-ray discs can hold 15 GB. That seems sufficient for the current generation of gaming.

Also, the question rises in my mind as to why a person would want the larger console version when they already have the portable one. I suppose if you want a drive for huge storage and back-up (which I feel like has becoming the market standard) then you have to have a console. But is there any other reason? It seems to me that video driving hardware has been reduced pretty well to a tiny little device, going by the size of my laptop's graphics card that can send a signal out through an HDMI port. So for video purposes, you could just have a wall-wart powered portable with a kickstand and an HDMI port and be good to go if you're not concerned about backing your games up.

And if Nintendo makes the discs cheaply enough, there you go, you don't have to worry about backing them up in case the disc gets damaged. And they could probably focus on that bottom line if they weren't trying so hard to come up with such weird crap.

So I guess what I'm saying is Nintendo should just commit to a portable console that can be plugged into a big screen and act as home entertainment. Why the hell not? Save all that money that would have gone into developing and producing this weird hybrid crap and just make a super powerful portable console. And let the user supply an SD card (preferably not forcing them to use mini-SD) as their memory stick. Then they can have all their game save data in a portable fashion as well.

Another good reason to focus on a single, portable console is that more time and thought can be put into making it use the least amount of power possible so the user gets the most play time out of it.

Any ways I'm not going to give yet another hybrid a second thought any more than I did the Wii-U. All I'm convinced of now is that Nintendo appears to not be learning from their mistakes and might be doomed. That's sad because I was kind of hoping to see the promised Wii 2 eventually.

Comment It's an inevitability. (Score 1) 79

How many man hours are wasted pen testing or setting up security just so that client after client can fail to remain compliant as time goes by?

How many billions of dollars are wasted every year by large corporations failing to secure their data?

Why not just start writing viruses that go out, patch vulnerabilities, throw a middle finger and erase / kill process?

Target the weakest link and do something about it. In fact I feel if a company is "caught" doing this it shouldn't even be considered illegal. This should be considered the future of anti-malware.

Today I was helping a computer illiterate classmate set up some engineering software, and to make idle chat I tried to explain to her Moore's law. And I had to add the caveat that some people felt Moore's law was breaking down.

And I said, what we need today is to focus not on how recklessly we can double computing power but how responsibly we can mitigate threat. And if you follow any of the bevy of pen testers with twitter accounts you'll read long, long lists of newly discovered vulnerabilities every day, many of them quite sweat-inspiring.

There should be a new "law" that describes the increase of threats across some variable like time, or complexity, or something like that.

Anyways the future of anti-malware is likely to be "vigilante ware" whether we like it or not. Some body will get it up their ass to write things like this that don't come with catches like back doors or other worries, and will just start distributing them as 0-day attacks.

With thousands of new pen testers and potential malware authors trained every year, I don't see how the millionth monkey effect can be avoided.

I see people here posting analogies about breaking into your house and doing your dishes. That's fine but this malware is an easy target because of the back doors.

What if you came home and that ugly dirt patch surrounded with paving stones along the front of your house (what the hell is that thing) had been planted with an appropriate selection of flowers to match your "paint"? How are you even going to pursue charges? Who would you be capable of getting interested in finding out whodunit? Probably nobody.

Eventually vigilante ware will be everywhere and I doubt anybody's going to get all that upset about it.

And no, this is not a manifesto.

Comment Re:Pro-tip: SHHH because... (Score 1) 381

Look, I had you pegged tit for tat on all four points, and especially on point four: you're a crazy, anti-Jew nutter.

Being called out on this forced you into chimp-out mode where you fucking go full-on frothing at the mouth anti-Jewish in addressing every point of the conversation whether the points had anything even remotely at all to do with Jewishness.

Nothing you say anywhere in your response makes any sense, therefore it's not worth going over in any further detail.

You're a nutter.

Comment Re:Needle in a haystack (Score 1) 275

Your tired ass also fucked up the ratio.

120 * (1.34mil over 7) = 23 mil

Okay so not the Virgo supercluster. But still, it's a larger neighborhood than I expected to justify.

I guess a larger number like that might mean a higher likelihood of finding probes within our own galaxy. Who knows.

Comment Re:Needle in a haystack (Score 1) 275

Oh, terribly bad on my part. Let's see.

186,000 miles / sec.

Let's see if I can extricate myself from this sensibly.

670mil mph. What was the probe travelling at? 35k miles/ hr?

So...1.34mil over 7.

Well that fucks my ratio up. If their probes are moving as slowly as our fastest probe, then the magnitude of "amplifying" or sense of neighborhood from 120 light years becomes 160 million light years.

Well the Milky Way is only 100,000 light years across. So, hmm.

If I was to sustain the same argument as I was before, I'd be saying that our neighborhood is actually the Virgo supercluster.

It just remains to be asked whether it's plausible that any civilizations that may have arisen within the Virgo supercluster could have reached the point were are at, now, between say 160 million years ago minus some "rise and fall of civilization" time period (15,000 years?). Well... a 15,000 year time period is somewhat slim. It's 1 10,666th of 160 million years.

But, NASA has launched rockets that had better odds than 1:10,666 of failing catastrophically.


Well, I sort of makes looking for space probes kind of stupid, as well.

What's even more stupid is taking several courses in Physics but still not giving enough of a fuck to memorize the speed of light, and then also going online and looking it up only to glance at it and read the units completely wrong.

Comment Re:Pro-tip: SHHH because... (Score 1) 381

1. I doubt the world's intelligencia spend much time watching Pinky and the Brain let alone enough to emulate it somehow or to self-identify with the late 90's cartoon.

2. "Any country where Facebook is banned" -- is only relevant to people who are really, really into using Facebook for sensitive shit. Facebook is not typically "mission critical" to anyone who's actually running an internet server. So this piece of advice sucks ass.

3. "Harping" on Holocaust denials? Are you a fucking nutter? No wonder you're posting as A.C.

4. Okay, you're a nutter. You're an anti-semite, right-wing Christian nutter. Judaism grossly predates the advent of Christianity, by several millennia. In actuality the opposite of what you said is true: Christianity is anti-Judaism. If you can read through the Holy Bible (I have, countless times) and not figure out that Christianity is about a revolution against the Jewish religious state, then you deserve to stay behind A.C. because you're fucking DUMB.

Comment Re:Trade one assumption for another (Score 1) 275

All the better reason we should learn how to detect miniscule space probes within our solar system.

If we're assuming we have listenable neighbors inside of 100 light years, why not assume we have space-probing neighbors inside of 1,000 light years and start looking for the probes that would have reached us by now as well?

And space probes are a medium we use to communicate and are gaining importance all the time. NASA has several semi-celebrities, now, who broadcast all the latest news about space probes. You might check our the twitters of Kimberly Ennico-Smith, Emily Lackdawalla, or any of the current or former crew of the International Space Station. All very fascinating daily reads.

You have a massage (from the Swedish prime minister).