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Comment: Horrible, right? (Score 1) 474

Yet the very same folks that got burned here will line up, again, for the next release.

Folks, until these publishers are punished ( by depriving them of your cash ), they won't change. It's up to each of you to STOP GIVING THEM MONEY.

Of course that will never happen. If gamers actually *learned* EA would have been out of business years ago.

Comment: Plan 1: Don't use "The Clouds!" (Score 1) 150

by grasshoppa (#48149457) Attached to: If Your Cloud Vendor Goes Out of Business, Are You Ready?

Seriously, unless there is a very real business need ( and no, the CIO jumping up and down about TEH CLOUDS is not a legitimate business need ), keep your data under your control. Not only does this alleviate the problem of bailout should your provider die on short notice, but it also solves the security of cloud data rather nicely.

Granted, that someone even has to point this out shows just how deep the marketing bullshit is on this.

Comment: Re:Obama Administration (Score 1) 112

by grasshoppa (#48108455) Attached to: National Security Letter Issuance Likely Headed To Supreme Court

Well, the practice will be illegal anyway. But it always has been, and we see that no one really pays attention to that pesky "legality" question, so what'll probably happen is that it will get a new window dressing, be secret, and no one will be the wiser.

Oh, it'll still be illegal, but that's what gag orders are for.

Comment: Re:boo hoo hoo (Score 1) 338

I have a radical idea. If we accept that game developers are going to have the moral equivalency of a used car salesman with a crack addict to support, how about we ( the customers ) stop giving said addicts OUR GOD DAMNED MONEY FOR SHIT.

Anyone who gives these greedy SOBs a single cent are part of the problem.

Comment: The real test? (Score 5, Interesting) 545

by grasshoppa (#47922587) Attached to: What To Expect With Windows 9

How my users react to it. I demoed 8 to my users, and got a resounding "HELL NO", due entirely to the start screen. They weren't buying it, and I don't blame them.

Given the leaks so far, I expect my users will be onboard with the new version ( possibly with some grumbling about the "look" ). But I won't really know until I get it in front of them for some feedback.

Comment: AT&T..compromise? (Score 5, Interesting) 243

by grasshoppa (#47916463) Attached to: AT&T Proposes Net Neutrality Compromise


No, what we're seeing is one of two things:

1) They've already figured out how to milk this suggestion for every dime ( and given enough time, they'll figure out how to milk even MORE out of it )

2) They see which way the wind is (hopefully) blowing, and realize a compromise NOW might let them salvage some of the situation.

In either case, telling them to go "pound sand" is still the correct response. AT&T and their ilk have screwed over customers for years. There is no reason to suddenly adopt an attitude of cooperation with them, knowing full fucking well the only reason they're doing so is to find a place to stick the knife.

Comment: Correction (Score 5, Insightful) 462

by grasshoppa (#47883891) Attached to: CBC Warns Canadians of "US Law Enforcement Money Extortion Program"

And for heaven’s sake, don’t consent to a search if you are carrying a big roll of legitimate cash.

You never consent to a search. Make them get a warrant or conduct an illegal search. You may have just bought the car. It may have absolutely NOTHING personal in it. You still don't consent to a search.


Comment: The war that no one wanted (Score 4, Informative) 471

by grasshoppa (#47872121) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Smartwatch Apps Could You See Yourself Using?

Can you really have a "war" when you no one shows up?

Don't get me wrong, some of these smart watches rate as "neat", but not for several hundred dollars. I could see dropping 100 bucks, maybe, on something that tracks health telemetry, but honestly? It'd probably have to be a gift before I got it.

This is kind of like saying 3D TV companies were in a war with each other. While that may have been true, consumers didn't notice because the tech just wasn't that interesting to them.

Comment: Re:antibiotics (Score 1) 174

by grasshoppa (#47851699) Attached to: Denver Latest City Hit By Viral Respiratory Infection That Targets Kids

One of the beneficial side effects of places like Kaiser ( all in one insurance/provider ) is that they can communicate and enforce such policies as "No antibiotics for viral infections", often in spite of well meaning but ultimately clueless parents.

Smaller practices may still prescribe antibiotics for everything from a sniffle to a stubbed toe, but the bigger places are finally getting it. It's one of the few benefits of consolidating our health care as we are.

The trouble with opportunity is that it always comes disguised as hard work. -- Herbert V. Prochnow