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Comment Re:Being Urged To Opt-Out? (Score 4, Informative) 128

Robb Topolski is urging people to opt-out in the InfoWorld summary.

"If people reject the settlement, they are freed from the restrictions of this settlement and can sue independently or join any other action," Topolski said in an email. "If enough people reject the settlement, it sends a strong message that the class of people that this settlement was intended to represent are dissatisfied."

Comment Re:not a bargain (Score 2, Informative) 970

I always thought the high price wasn't from the inks themselves, but because there are somewhat sophisticated microfluidic devices in each ink cartridge. Do they actually claim it's the ink that's expensive?

Which are mostly in place to make it more difficult for people to offer 3rd party generic cartridges.

Comment Re:lol @ 'finally standing up' (Score 1) 453

To be honest, as an Xbox Live user, I have no problem with Microsoft's decision on this one. For me, people that are modding and hacking the games totally ruin the online experience and take the fun out of it for the rest of us, and I don't think it's at all unreasonable for Microsoft to assume that modded consoles are being used to cheat in this way. Furthermore, I'm actually glad to have a service that's pay to play because it provides that much more incentive for users not to cheat/harass or do other things that ruin the service for others.

Comment Re:Just a Thought... (Score 4, Insightful) 168

Yep. If you can characterize the behavior pattern enough to automatically determine that it's "human-like," then you can automatically generate "human-like" behavior. The only way around it that I can see is if there is some sort of asymmetrical information involved, such as the invisible form honeypot mentioned in TFA--the website's creator (and thus the bot-detection script) knows that there is an invisible form present, but it's difficult for a script to see without rendering the site in standards compliant CSS.

Thus spake the master programmer: "Time for you to leave." -- Geoffrey James, "The Tao of Programming"

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