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Comment: Wrong Channel (Score 1) 199

by fibonacci8 (#47907553) Attached to: New Details About NSA's Exhaustive Search of Edward Snowden's Emails
Knowing what both the NSA and Snowden claim to have known during the discourse, why would Snowden use such an insecure channel of communication as email to voice objections? Other countries' government agents would likely have taken notice if he'd used something as insecure even as "internal" email.

Comment: Re:Doom by boredom (Score 1) 170

It was hard and required some skill. Thats what made it enjoyable.

It was easy and required less skill than its precursors like Everquest, Ultima Online, and Anarchy Online. That's what made it enjoyable to players under the age of 8. About the only thing at the time requiring less skill and with less difficulty was Asheron's Call.

Comment: Re:Also human (Score 1) 277

by fibonacci8 (#47475363) Attached to: Sony Forgets To Pay For Domain, Hilarity Ensues
However when you forget once for several thousand customers all at once, each one is likely to take it as a seperate occasion. It's also perfectly normal to treat a mistake that affects orders of magnitude more people as orders of magnitude more irritating. Also it wasn't amusing for anyone affected that I've talked to, it was a combination or irritating and annoying.

Someone who worked around the issue himself, but then got to spend hours via ventrilo and skype helping other players adjust their DNS settings so they could play the game they'd paid for.

P.S. Dear Sony: I would gladly maintain correspondence with your name / hosting providers in exchange for continued all-access membership during such periods.

Comment: Necessity (Score 1) 280

by fibonacci8 (#47466935) Attached to: Selectively Reusing Bad Passwords Is Not a Bad Idea, Researchers Say
Using weak passwords for cases when a password at all is unnecessary should be the norm as a defense against phishing, even by a company you presently trust. Mandatory complexity increases are probably being used already to undermine password variety. When a password has to be one thing different each time (another capital letter, another numeral, another punctuation mark) a service of dubious character could very quickly spot patterns that could be used improperly.

Comment: Study first, then appeal (Score 1) 67

Essentially the judge points out that a different case requires a different trial. This also means more arguments to study for appealing the Aereo ruling. If Dish's lawyers poke holes in Fox's arguments that led to the Aereo ruling, those arguments are fair game for Aereo's lawyers to use if they're applicable.

Comment: Re:True Costs (Score 0, Troll) 589

by fibonacci8 (#46926765) Attached to: Microsoft Cheaper To Use Than Open Source Software, UK CIO Says
I'll see your anecdote and raise you. Microsoft Works is still in use by people. Remind me again the ease of sharing documents between someone using Works and someone with Word, without formatting errors. Your memory is pretty selective if you're only considering Microsoft Office.

Scientists are people who build the Brooklyn Bridge and then buy it. -- William Buckley