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Comment: Finally (Score 1) 248

by kronchev (#30709278) Attached to: Blizzard Authenticators May Become Mandatory

They were already mandatory to anyone with more than 3 brain cells. No matter how careful you are, the chances of you logging in on a compromised machine are just too great. An authenticator removes absolutely any chance of a compromised account.

And for anyone who doesn't want the physical fob, it's quite easy to just load the cell phone based authenticator on a cell phone emulator.

Comment: Sony strikes again (Score 1) 616

by kronchev (#27040373) Attached to: Sony Makes It Hard To Develop For the PS3 On Purpose

This is horrible and highlights what a backwards and, frankly, stupid company Sony has become. They have some of the greatest hardware but refuse to take into consideration either the consumer or apparently the programmer now.

I remember hearing a lot of pre-grumbling from developers that Cell was going to be difficult to develop for, and it looks like that has come true. And to those who say, "so what, they should work harder," consider this: if it's too annoying, what's to stop them from switching development to the 360? Practically nothing. Getting better quality games out faster is better for developers than wrestling and having a bit prettier graphics with twice the development cycle.

And to those of you saying that's not what his comment says, look at it again

"We don't provide the 'easy to program for' console that (developers) want, because 'easy to program for' means that anybody will be able to take advantage of pretty much what the hardware can do, so then the question is, what do you do for the rest of the nine-and-a-half years?"

That seriously looks like he is suggesting, in fact I think he's outright stating, that they didn't want the best games to come out initially. Thus, there is all possibility that they made things intentionally difficult because they think developers will cater to THEM, that they'll struggle at first and put out initially poor games before "getting a hang of it" and coming out with the best at the end. That is incredibly pig-headed, business-poor, and shows that Sony really doesn't understand how the gaming industry works. People buy the console that has the best games, not the one that might. If PS3 released with the best games the system will ever have, they might have sold more PS3 units than PS2.

Is it possible that software is not like anything else, that it is meant to be discarded: that the whole point is to always see it as a soap bubble?