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

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

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

Statistically, the best heart surgeon is the one with them most computer game experience. See

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

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.


Submission + - People like angry-faced cars (

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."

Comment Re:Double-edged sword (Score 1) 214

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 is having a special on blue caskets!
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Submission + - Who owns your address book? (

kulbirsaini writes: "Fortune has this very good article explaining how social networks are growing and how the address books are being shared. It also talks about a trick that Microsoft tried to secure the Hotmail address books. For more, read this."

Amazon's Ebook The Future of Reading? 354

theodp writes "With a seven-page cover story on The Future of Reading, Newsweek confirms all those rumors of Amazon's imminent introduction an affordable ebook. Kindle, which is named to evoke the crackling ignition of knowledge, has the dimensions of a paperback, weighs 10.3 oz., and uses E Ink technology on a 6-inch screen powered by a battery that gets up to 30 hours from a 2-hour charge. Kindle's real breakthrough is its EVDO-like wireless connectivity, which allows it to work anywhere, not just at Wi-Fi hotspots. More than 88,000 titles will be on sale at the Kindle store at launch, with NYT best sellers priced at $9.99."

MS Wants To Identify All Web Surfers 281

Moochman writes "New Scientist reports on a technology Microsoft is developing to identify users based on their browsing habits. Quote: 'The software could get its raw information from a number of sources, including a new type of 'cookie' program that records the pages visited. Alternatively, it could use your PC's own cache of web pages, or proxy servers could maintain records of sites visited. So far it can only guess gender and age with any accuracy,' but the aim is to be able to identify name, occupation and location as well. On a related note, The Inquirer reports on Microsoft's plans to widen the use of its identity-verification technology CardSpace, which is built into Windows Vista and available as an add-on to XP. It's being envisioned as an identity solution for the entire internet: says Kim Cameron, pioneer of the technology, 'We feel it has to solve all use cases.' (Aha, so the anonymous use cases, too, eh?) One might ask, with all of this user-ID information on hand, how long will it be until the Feds come knocking on Microsoft's door asking for help? They already have."

Submission + - After 9 years, Bugzilla moves up to 3.0

BuggyUser 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."

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