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Comment: Calling it fraud could stop identity theft (Score 5, Insightful) 110

by khchung (#48624103) Attached to: RFID-Blocking Blazer and Jeans Could Stop Wireless Identity Theft

You know what could completely stop identity theft? Holding banks responsible for the loss when they were tricked by some thief pretending to their customers. You will see them tightening their authentication and fraud detection overnight.

You know why some countries don't have any identity theft at all? They held banks and companies responsible when they were defrauded, and won't let them pass the loss to their customers by claiming "identity theft".

Comment: Re:AI + organisations will be the real problem (Score 1) 677

by khchung (#48616307) Attached to: Economists Say Newest AI Technology Destroys More Jobs Than It Creates

Now this might come as a surprise to some of the technokids out there - but some of us actually *like* driving and don't want a computer doing it for us.

Then, in the future you described, you may continue to do so in "driving parks" dedicated for human driving or some restricted area where human driving is specially allowed. I.e. much like what you have to do now to enjoy riding your horse around.

Comment: Re:Craigslist already does this... (Score 3, Insightful) 84

by khchung (#48540399) Attached to: US Treasury Dept: Banks Should Block Tor Nodes

I'm not sure why banks don't, but Craigslist already blocks almost all Tor nodes--despite its comparatively meager resources (vs. banks')...

Simply because the banks are not responsible for the losses?

The summary said "nearly $24 million in bank account takeovers by hackers", see? The banks simply pass the loss to their customers by calling it identity theft! Hey, you account has been taken over by hackers! Your loss.

In countries where the banks themselves are responsible for these losses (they called these, rightly, fraud against the bank), you see banks taking measures to stop these thefts. In the US, the banks simply don't care.

Comment: Slashvertisment (Score 3, Informative) 91

by khchung (#48518919) Attached to: <em>Dragon Age: Inquisition</em> Reviewed and Benchmarked

It certainly reads like one.

I got the game and played it for some 30-40 hours now, certainly did see any "fundamentally different approach" in the gameplay so far, compared to, say Kingdoms of Amalur, or Farcry 3, or the Fallout series, etc.

Not the say the game isn't fun, but not really groundbreaking either.

Comment: Re:What do they spend the money on? (Score 1) 161

by khchung (#48439117) Attached to: Mozilla's 2013 Report: Revenue Up 1% To $314M; 90% From Google

Stupid features and interface changes no one wants are landing in the code and bugs from real users go unresolved.

Because that's how large corporation lead by non-tech management works. Two developers, one said "I added a new feature X", the other said "I fixed Y number of bugs", guess which one got more bonus? Guess what would developers flock to do after that?

Comment: Re:Sounds like movie reviews (Score 1) 474

I don't understand why publishers are so interested in preorders.

Perhaps because of the huge logistics advantage and cost efficiency of fulfilling preorders compared to normal orders?

With preorders, you knew exactly how many boxes you need to make, and where to deliver them to, and exactly how much revenue you are going to get. That's basically pure profit.

Compared to guesstimating the how much you will sell through retail, and guesstimating how many to send to which retailer, and how many each one might sell, and worrying if the game would be a dud and the boxes would go to landfill, while also worrying if the game would be too big a hit and you can't make them fast enough... preorders is a logistics heaven!

So, if you were a game publisher, wouldn't you try to get people to preorder?

Comment: Re:Yea, best form a comitee to consider all option (Score 1) 193

by khchung (#48121921) Attached to: Experts Decry Randomized Ebola Treatment Trials As Unethical, Impractical

Seriously, starting to experiment with uncertain approaches in a time of crisis is about the most stupid thing that can be done.

But that is "doing something"! Haven't you heard of the First Rule of Bad Decision Making yet?

1. "We must do something!"
2. "Here is something."
3. "Let's do it!"

During a "crisis", doing nothing or doing things the same way you do normally (for whatever reason), is a mortal sin in the eyes of many PHB types.

MS-DOS must die!

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