Google does not have a history of improving products and it is unlikely that this will ban an exception to that.
The fact that data is recoverable doesn't mean you have extra storage space, because they data isn't recoverable with enough reliability to make it usable as storage. It is, however, recoverable with enough reliability to make it insecure.
If a bit lost data 1% of the time, it's useless for storage. But I wouldn't consider a 99% chance of recovery acceptable for security.
I am unsure how much MS wants this crackdown. I think the government wants to clean up the piracy, because they can see clearly how invasive and pervasive Windows is. Red Flag Linux is the official operating system of Red Flagged China.
And, the crackdown WILL benefit China. No money being sent to the western Capitalist Pigs, for starters - not even for legal copies. People who are forced away from MS holding their hands (Hail, Clippy!) will be forced to learn how an operating system works - thereby creating more potential hackers to attack the Pentagon. China gains in their own security - there just aren't a lot of virus and trojan infections running on Linux.
Gates is on record, favoring piracy of MS Products over legal acquisitions of *nix: http://articles.latimes.com/2006/apr/09/business/fi-micropiracy9
After several instances of your company being evil towards the community bnetd & removal of LAN play on your newest titles, please give me a good reason to buy what you are selling.
If I were Blizzard my reply would say something about how the new battle net will be full of improvements to provide the best possible user experience and because that's is what we want for our customers, we aren't supporting LAN mode or independent game servers.
Of course I don't agree with that line of marketing BS, but the problem is how you phrased your question. "...please give me a good reason to buy...". You asked to be fed some BS. What else are they going to say?
I would rather see Blizzard answer this:
I am a big fan of Starcraft and I was really looking forward to Starcraft 2, but the removal of LAN mode is a deal breaker. If SC2 ships without a LAN mode that doesn't require any sort of Internet access to play a multiplayer game on a LAN, then I won't buy it. Period. My question is: do you care? And if so, what are you going to do about it?
That's the thing; the Human Being will always be the weakest link in any security model, and it doesn't have to be a rubber hose. Chances are more likely that somebody will lose a laptop or give a password out to somebody on the phone. Unfortunately education doesn't correct innate and irrational human behavior.
However, one of the most intelligent things I've read about computer security is to have somebody in an organization specifically assigned to security and to ensure that people are following procedures, etc. It doesn't matter what the person's technical knowledge is; process is the most important thing.
Allow me to start another flame war by saying: FAIRTAX!
I thank you.
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