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Comment: Re:just sign up with a competitor (Score 1) 348

by fatalfury (#37154880) Attached to: AT&T Kills $10 Texting Plan, Pushes $20 Plan
I have the LG Optimus. It runs 2.2, which if you look at a lot of current phones on the market, they are still running 2.2. A friend of mine just got an HTC Desire - which I'd say is mid-range - and it's running 2.2. Sure, my Optimus may be "low end" but am I willing to pay 3 times as much per month for a high-end contract phone? No way. I'm happy with my low end phone and it's low end price.

Comment: Re:Nope - GameSpot is not at fault (Score 1) 345

by fatalfury (#31640966) Attached to: GameStop Sued Over Lack of DLC For Used Games
I don't think GameSpot is at fault completely. I can see where someone who doesn't purchase used games very often may be misled in thinking that DLC would be available if it was advertised on the cover. However, most used game buyers and used product buyers in general are aware that items that might be included in a new condition item may not be in a used condition item. I don't expect digital codes to work for me if I buy a used game or any other item.

If I were GameStop, I would add a disclaimer somewhere explaining that digital codes in used games may not work. I think this lawsuit has some merit but it ultimately frivolous. GameStop has a pretty lenient return policy. You have 7 days to return your used game. If you buy a game for the DLC and it doesn't work, just return it.

Comment: Re:Maybe people should be more well-rounded (Score 1) 401

by wisty (#29920599) Attached to: John Hodgman On the Coming Geek Culture

Statistically, the best heart surgeon is the one with them most computer game experience. See http://www.springerlink.com/content/a63nx82mbq2g37b4/

Surgery is just hand-eye coordination, so a specialist should be better.

But for a lot of problems, a good GP can be better than a specialist. Specialists will tend to over-diagnose and over-proscribe within their own field. If you see a psychologist, you'll get psycho-therapy. If you see a psychiatrist, you'll get happy pills. A good GP will recommend surgery, medication, lifestyle changes, or whatever else is most likely to work.

That said, a bad GP will give you a script of antibiotics, and tell you to come back if the symptoms persist.

(Disclaimer - I'm not a doctor, but I'm related to a GP).

Comment: Re:Not the same, in several aspects (Score 1) 451

by timmarhy (#29920089) Attached to: Federal Judge Says E-mail Not Protected By 4th Amendment
your right - pgp is a pain in the arse to deal with, and well beyond 99% of the population.

i've always considered overly complex encryption models a waste of time - private and public key encryption should be simple and strong. bob uses the public key to encrypt a message that only alice can decrypt with her private key, i think where pgp lost it's way is getting too worried that alice wasn't who alice says she is. technological answers to this question is always a big fail.

at the end of the day, you have to trust that alice is in control of her private key. if you have something sensitive enough that any possibility that this isn't the case is unacceptable, you need more then pgp.

Transportation

+ - People like angry-faced cars->

Submitted by
fatalfury
fatalfury writes "Researchers from the University of Vienna asked 20 males and 20 females to rank vehicles based on their appearance. The list of traits included arrogant, afraid, agreeable, disgusted, extroverted, sad, and others. Cars with more "meaner" traits (such as BMW) ranked higher, whereas cars with "nicer" traits (such as Toyota's Prius) ranked lower. With billions spent on developing new products in the automobile industry, this could spur a trend in meaner looking cars and perhaps explain why sales of the Prius and other green cars are slow to take off with average consumers."
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Comment: Re:Double-edged sword (Score 1) 214

by fatalfury (#22511588) Attached to: Google to Begin Storing Patients' Health Records
Agreed. If Google allows the user to choose their own password, you might as well just post your medical history openly on your own website.

I didn't read the article (duh) but if Google plans to monetize this venture further by serving ads, I can only image the future emotional trauma: I just got diagnosed with liver cancer and am reviewing my medical records, and on the sidebar I read funerals-r-us.com is having a special on blue caskets!
Bug

+ - After 9 years, Bugzilla moves up to 3.0

Submitted by BuggyUser
BuggyUser (785196) writes "Bugzilla, the popular application to track and manage software development bug reports, has moved up to version 3.0. The 2.x series has been in service for the last nine years. From the article "According to the Bugzilla 3.0 release announcement, some of the new features in this version include custom fields, support for the Apache mod_perl module, per-product permissions, an XML-RPC interface, and the ability to create and edit bugs via email. A demo site has been set up where users can test the new version before downloading.""
Security

+ - Overseas Hackers Steal 22,396 SSN's

Submitted by ShelteredCoder
ShelteredCoder (666) writes "Got an email today to check out a story about the University of Missouri. A hacker broke into one of the systems and stole a bunch of SSN's. From the story:

A recent attack on the University of Missouri system computer database allowed overseas intruders to retrieve 22,396 names and Social Security numbers of individuals associated with the university..."
The Internet

+ - Did Comcast raise their upload cap?

Submitted by froboy
froboy (580500) writes "I just ran a speed test at speedtest.net and my Boston to NYC connection was ~15000 kb/s up and ~2000 kb/s down. In the past I have never been able to exceed 360 kb/s down. I had similar upload speeds to Florida as well. All of this happened after power cycling my router when performance was painfully slow. Has anyone else had the same experience? Did Comcast finally realize that people actually want decent upload speeds or are they just giving preference to the speedtest?"
Education

+ - All of Earth's species to be cataloged on Web

Submitted by
Matt
Matt writes "In a whale-sized project, the world's scientists plan to compile everything they know about all of Earth's 1.8 million known species and put it all on one Web site, open to everyone.

The effort, called the Encyclopedia of Life, will include species descriptions, pictures, maps, videos, sound, sightings by amateurs, and links to entire genomes and scientific journal papers. Its first pages of information will be shown Wednesday in Washington where the massive effort is being announced by some of the world's leading institutions. The project will take about 10 years to finish."
Editorial

+ - CNET: Your MP3 bit rate says you're a pirate

Submitted by homeward_bound
homeward_bound (666) writes "In an odd article, CNET tells us what your choice of MP3 encoding quality says about you, and describes the typical traits of digital music lovers from the childish Limewire freaks to the middle-aged audiophile fanatics, and includes the notion that most people with 128kbps MP3's in their libraries are music pirates."

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