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Comment Title is misleading (Score 1) 237

Umm... all concrete is radioactive. All. Perhaps this concrete is a wee bit more radioactive, but last time I checked, rocks contain traces of things like Potassium, Uranium, and virtually every other naturally occurring radioactive element. It's no big deal unless you eat it... and if so, you're probably a person that also eats silica gel and has a host of other medical problems.

Comment Re:I like it! (Score 4, Insightful) 309

I have yet to see any DRM that noticeably effects piracy rates. Hell, I suspect it sometimes increases piracy rates. Assassin's Creed II was the most pirated game at the time, despite Ubisoft's draconian always-online DRM. The only good it seemed to do was piss off legitimate users, especially media darlings like combat soldiers, who often have flaky satellite connections... if they're lucky. When the pirated copy of a game is superior to the legitimate copy, that's going to hurt sales more than anything.

Comment I like it! (Score 2) 309

Every time an artist does something like this, it pays off greatly. Think Humble Indy Bundle. Yet all the major publishers claim they'd be bankrupted? Pirates gonna pirate. Haters gonna hate. Don't screw over your legitimate users with malware!

Submission + - Meet The Strange Bedfellows Who Could Stop SOPA (

jfruhlinger writes: "In a political environment that's become very strongly defined by partisan lines, the SOPA debate has offered an unexpected ray of hope: the two main Congressional opponents of the bill are Ron Wyden, an Oregon Senator deemed a "hardcore liberal" and Darrell Issa, a California Representative who is one of the Obama Administration's fiercest critics. (There are both Ds and Rs in favor of the bill, too.)"

Submission + - Feds launch Carrier IQ investigation (

zacharye writes: Federal investigators have launched a probe in order to determine the legality surrounding the use of Carrier IQ software, which tracks smartphone activity and sends certain data to wireless carriers without users’ knowledge...

Comment Backend vs Frontend (Score 1) 435

From my experience with financial companies, COBOL still is entrusted as the God of all Data and backend processes, but almost no user input is provided directly. In fact, most of the COBOL I've worked with has ASSUMED that the data is good and non-malicious. Either that, or the security checks were in the user interface code, which was abandoned 20 years ago. My guess on this? The COBOL still out there has very small attack's encased in a warm, porous, gooey layer of Java/PHP/.NET/Ruby/Groovy/Grails/G-g-g-g-g-unit! The fact that PHP (and to a lesser extent, Java) was designed by and for script kiddies does not help either, buy hey!

It is easier to change the specification to fit the program than vice versa.