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Comment: Re:All it takes is one criminal now? (Score 1) 95

by jxander (#46770859) Attached to: Lavabit Loses Contempt Appeal

Meatspace isn't much better. They're up to, what, 3 degrees of separation to qualify you for a search?

So if the mechanic that works on your car stops to eat at a McDonald's, and a terror suspect has visited that same McDonald's ... you're now a viable target for gubment surveillance. And apparently, so is everyone that uses the same email client.

Comment: Define "Involve" (Score 2) 367

by jxander (#46598897) Attached to: More Than 1 In 4 Car Crashes Involve Cellphone Use

I don't see a solid definition of what constitutes a crash involving a cell phone.

If the phone is strapped to the dashboard streaming music with the screen off... does that count? The phone is "in use"
If I'm driving and my passenger is texting... and someone runs a red light, hitting us. Does that constitute a crash involving a cell phone?
If my phone is providing turn by turn directions for me, does that make the cut?
If I'm stopped a a red light and talking on my phone, when someone rear ends me...?

Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera...

Ambiguous syntax implies intentionally loose constraints, imo.

Comment: Re:OMG FAG LOL (Score 1) 183

by jxander (#46594071) Attached to: Xbox One Reputation System Penalizes Gamers Who Behave Badly

Actually, yeah. You can. Especially these days where consoles are basically just underpowered PCs. For example, the XBone is running a Frankenstein'ed version of Windows 8 and Windows RT. PS4 is using a modified version of FreeBSD. Neither one are strictly "off the shelf" operating systems, but neither one are completely new, either.

Last generation, Sony caused a ruckus by tangling with people who installed Linux on their PS3s for fun (and promptly learned not to tangle with the types of people who install Linux on a PS3 for fun)

So yeah, they're just computers. Really, the only difference is that you don't get the administrator/root login. You just get user credentials, with no rights or access to change anything. Imagine if you set your PC to automatically login and launch Steam's "Big Picture" view on boot up. Congratulations, you just made a console.

Comment: Re:Doubt it. (Score 1) 282

Part of the problem is that the current supply/demand situation prevents any reasonable negotiation over the price of a Tesla.

There is a months-long waiting list. If you want to try and haggle over the sticker price, Tesla can just say "next" and have another 1000 customers lined up for the vehicle you passed over. And personally, this is 100% fine by me. I'd rather know the price, evaluate the cost and benefits on my own terms and buy a car without trying to talk down some greasy salesman.

If we ever reach a point where a hundred Teslas are sitting on a showroom floor collecting dust, then MAYBE we'll need some dealers to help us haggle out a price... but until then, Tesla has a simple "take it or leave it" price.

Comment: Re:don't connect it (Score 1) 106

by jxander (#46588431) Attached to: Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

True, there are other options aplenty... but we're living in a time when email is too slow for a lot of people and thoughts don't break the 140 character limit. A time when the convenience of one-click purchases trumps the obvious security issue therein.

Everything is getting more online, more interconnected, more convenient ... it makes more sense to embrace the change and work to make it smooth and safe, instead of fighting back against it.

Comment: Re:don't connect it (Score 1) 106

by jxander (#46587807) Attached to: Security for the 'Internet of Things' (Video)

Because convenience and optimization.

You can lower your energy bill by setting your thermostat to a more relaxed temperature while you're at work (hotter or colder, depending on your climate) and then remotely set it back to a more comfortable temp as you leave the office. You can fire off your dishwasher or laundry at a certain time, when energy is cheaper. If you have kids who leave the house after you, you might want to make sure they locked up, or check how many times they hit snooze after you left. The list goes on.

Of course, there's the security to consider, as you and TFS point out ... but to ask why someone would want this ability is intentionally naive.

Comment: Re:Too Little Too Late (Score 1) 166

by jxander (#46578809) Attached to: <em>Diablo 3</em> Expansion <em>Reaper of Souls</em> Launches

Well technically Patch 2.0 was a start. RoS is next ...

Patch 2.0 introduced all of the changes to loot and leveling and the difficulty system about a month ago. Those changes are available without the expansion. If you only have the original game, you can log on and play through the original levels with the new system.

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