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Comment: Re:Sweet!! (Score 4, Interesting) 94

by mccalli (#48308597) Attached to: Internet Archive Launches Arcade of Classic Games In the Browser
Although I agree the sentiment, I disagree specifically on Street Fighter 2 (well...on the Hyperfighting/Turbo edition anyway). Always found that one holds up because the characters are well balanced, the moves are easy'ish to remember so when playing people who are good it's less about remembering the framerate for the super-ultra-mega-30-button-combo-string and more about actual weighted tactics.

I find it interesting that my kids, who are used to playing the newest and prettiest editions of the Tekken series, still go back to Street Fighter 2 Hyperfighting. They weren't even alive when it came out and have no nostalgic feelings towards it, so clearly the game has got something to it which stands the test of time.

Comment: Very US-focused opinion (Score 2) 631

by mccalli (#48252343) Attached to: Why CurrentC Will Beat Out Apple Pay
Very US - rest of the world already has this NFC standard. If ApplePay were proprietary I would agree it would lose out long term, but it's not - this is a global standard. As soon as Apple start enabling international cards for it, it's just BAU for non-US retailers. This isn't even a change, it's already happened - for example, I bought my lunch using this system earlier today.

Comment: Re:Click-to-Play Would Improve Flash, Too (Score 1) 111

by DigitalSorceress (#48159129) Attached to: Adobe: Click-to-Play Would Have Avoided Flood of Java Zero-days

I totally agree...

That's why the browser I use for regular surfing doesn't have Flash, Java, Shockwave, or Silverlight.. and I browse with all scripting turned off and only enable the scripting needed to make the page work IF I trust the site.

If I run into content I want - Netflix, a Youtube video, or some other similar thing, I switch to Chrome where I have those installed.

Comment: Re:Hardly surprising (Score 1) 249

by DigitalSorceress (#48086845) Attached to: Why Do Contextual Ads Fail?

I really used to look forward to the latest Mac vs PC commercial.... I really didn't change my opinions or buy based on them, but I liked the commercials - they were funny.

Also, there was that one for a car company ... Cog

That was actual, interesting television that happened to be an Advertisement - but usually I just block them out (skip over them on my TiVo / ff on my Comcast DVR

Comment: Re:ONE MORE THING... (Score 1) 93

by mccalli (#47991497) Attached to: Apple Allegedly Knew of iCloud Brute-Force Vulnerability Since March
That's a serious one - take it to the exec team. Used to be that if you mailed and you had something valid, you would get a reply. I had my laptops sorted out in this manner.

It might be the address to use these days is, but I'll bet the same system exists.

Comment: Aurora? (Score 1) 145

by DigitalSorceress (#47882413) Attached to: X-Class Solar Flare Coming Friday

My biggest interest (once we've determined taht it's not the end of life/technology as we know it) is to determine if we're in for lower latitude Aurora Borealis.

Back when I lived in MA, there was one particularly big CME maybe around 2004-ish (could be +- 1 year) and I remember how beautify the sky was... I actually gasped audibly when I first noticed it.

I'm likely way too far South to see them this time, but I do wonder if some parts of the US won't get a pretty show.

Comment: Missing option: They never caught me (Score 1) 231

by DigitalSorceress (#47829771) Attached to: Did you use technology to get into mischief as a child?

The option for "No, but not for lack of troublemaking... just never got caught"

all this was 30+ years ago, so I figure I'm ok saying it - beige boxes and exploring the wiring cabinets in the apt building where my gramma lived and also climbing the pole in a friends backyard that had a small connection point for the neighboring street.

Never really did anything other than learn how to tap in without alerting people and maybe making a prank call of the "is your refrigerator running" type, but it was fun.

A neighborhood boy got busted by the feds for carding (analog style where he'd listen to cards being called in over the phone at a local retail store, and/or stealing carbon papers - because they used to do that back then)

Comment: No. (Score 1) 137

Simply put, NO, I will not do this.

I have quietly suffered a great number of infringements on my privacy, but I draw the line here.

My driving record shows 26+ years with only one ticket ever (and that was 20 years ago, for being 15mph over the limit) and never an accident or claim except for when a tree limb broke my windshield.

There are plenty of insurers our there who would LOVE to have my business as I'm certainly paying in more than they're ever likely to have to pay out for me, thanks.

Comment: Habeas corpus (Score 4, Insightful) 441

by DigitalSorceress (#47807741) Attached to: In Maryland, a Soviet-Style Punishment For a Novelist

Seriously, where is he now?

How is it possible for a person to simply disappear and have their whereabouts listed as "known to law enforcement".

IANAL, but it seems to me that someone with standing should file a writ of Habeas corpus because people should not just disappear like this in a first world country.

Comment: I definitely share password with family (Score 4, Insightful) 117

by mccalli (#47712363) Attached to: 51% of Computer Users Share Passwords
Specifically, with my wife. If I'm ever in the proverbial hit-by-a-bus scenario, there are accounts she will definitely need to know and access.

Whilst technically correct that this increases risk of the password being revealed, it is an absolute necessary of an overall risk reduction strategy for online accounts (cancelling bills etc.).

Comment: Surface Pro 3 fails to suck (Score 3, Interesting) 337

by DigitalSorceress (#47648567) Attached to: Microsoft Surface Drowning?

I've been very put off by Windows 8, but I kept finding that I needed to support it and test against it so I took the plunge and got a Surface Pro 3 - it's really quite a nice machine. Windows 8 is bearable when using this as a tablet (though I use Classic Shell to put back a real start menu and have disabled that horrid ribbon UI on Windows Explorer)

So far, it's fitting a nice niche: ultra portable small notebook that can work quite well as a tablet and with enough battery life that I can walk away from my desk but have access to my business critical apps.

Visual Studio runs well on it and I can test/troubleshoot win 8 apps.

Basically, it's failing to suck... at least for what I'm using it for. That's pretty high praise from me since I have been such a hater of Win 8... this hardware actually makes it tolerable.

Comment: timing - which year (Score 2) 72

by SteveWoz (#47628049) Attached to: Expensive Hotels Really Do Have Faster Wi-Fi

I travel a ton and stay in dozens of different hotels every year. Domestically, and in maybe 50% of the foreign cases, the high priced hotels had worse and slower internet up until a couple of years ago. For the last 2 years they have gotten better, on the average. Oh, I was in a 5-star Vegas resort last night that had horrible bandwidth. In the past, my joke was accurate that the difference between a Four Seasons (just an example) and a Super 8 is that at the Super 8 the internet worked and was free. The most important thing to me in a hotel is computer use. The fancy suites in major hotels are often set up for entertaining friends and DON'T even have a computer desk. I ask my wife to book me into Super 8's whenever possible.

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