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Comment Re:duplicating login/pass (Score 1) 14

I suspect most people do. You kind of have to if you are going to be active on a lot of sites because you eventually hit a point where coming up with a unique password that you can remember is next to impossible. Much like yourself I protect the important sites with unique passwords but sites that I don't care about may get the same password. The problem is that too many people don't even protect the important sites that well and end up using a common password or a username/username combo as UN/PW or the same PW on their banking site and Facebook so if one is compromised the other is easily accessed should the thief wish to do so.

Comment Re:cost and benifit (Score 1) 74

I have had Antivirus packages installed for years but usually have it turned off and only turn it on to check a download that I'm particularly worried about. Running Noscript and Adblock seems to be enough to stop most viruses and malware so that the only ones that make it to my system are those that I download. Those are found when I check the download with an A/V. I think this would be true for most people so long as they are smart enough to not click on random links or trust all the spam they get in email. That brings up another thing that helps is that I use Gmail and the spam blocker they have in place works very well. I can only think of a couple of emails over the years that were incorrectly marked as spam.

Submission + - SPAM: Importance of Testing Application for Compatibility Issues

An anonymous reader writes: With the constant increase in the demand for quality Operating Systems and versions, companies frequently release enhanced Operating Systems and versions. The platforms with new features and improved performance always attract customers. Since most of the customers are already using mobile, the customers would want to access the preferred application in a specific platform. In order to offer a fully compatible application that fits with different platforms, compatibility testing is imperative. Developers are always skeptical about their application compatibility with new platforms, whenever any new version of the platform is available for use. Identifying which application can fit with new platforms significantly reduces the delays and user disruption Companies that relied on custom applications always look forward to simplify their operations and improve productivity.

At the same time, these companies would like to have better platforms to address their activities. Because, increased productivity and effective operation is being the main business intention, and adapting to the changing technologies is becoming very difficult. Easily adapting to changing platforms would help companies to deal with huge business demands and drive results that provide improved business value. This suggests, companies need to deeply analyze compatibility issues and make reliable decisions which helps to make necessary changes to make the application compatible with the desired platform. Companies might need to prepare an effective test strategy and gather appropriate testing tools to test the application. Companies might also need to have an experienced and technically expert testing team to rigorously test the application on different platforms to find defects. All these things might be time consuming and expensive if companies want to initiate at their places. Companies that outsource all their testing activities also should look out testing on all available platforms and versions for compatibility.

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Comment Re:You'd be raided too (Score 1) 181

Indeed that is absurd since the value can easily go to zero the next year. Is the government going to give you back all the taxes that you have paid in over the previous years of owning a stock that had gone up in value before dropping to zero. (Think Enron as a perfect example of what can happen with stocks that you own and haven't sold.)

Comment Pass it on (Score 1) 390

I would take each letter and send it on to each of the people behind this idea. That way they get to experience the joy of explaining why the letter is being sent to them and maybe realize just why such a letter might be a bad idea.

Comment Re: Build one (Score 1) 325

Actually the AAA games don't require the best card but you do need a decent GPU. A GTX 960 won't let you turn up all the graphical options with the latest games even at 1080P while a 970 would, and a GTX 980TI would let you run them at higher resolutions and maintain 60FPS. Now the top of the lines Titans are just overkill for any game that isn't horribly optimized and a great way to burn money given the performance boost over the 980TI per $$$ spent.

Comment Re:Sue Blizzard (Score 1) 130

I don't see how you arrive at your conclusion unless you believe Blizzard had the contract at hand. They don't know what the arrangement was between the contractor and the company. The contractor may own full rights to the software. In any case Blizzard doesn't intend to compete with rival bots. I'm sure they just want to see how the bot works so they can figure out how best to detect and block any bots based off this code.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

The same way you prevent any abuse. Good investigations by the authorities. I'm not sure how this system makes it any worse as far as abuse goes since people still have to report the crime and give details including their name, and the crime has to be investigated once the system flags a perp as a multiple offender.

Comment Re:Will Any Effort Be Made To Validate The Report? (Score 1) 399

That's as it should be. This isn't intended to replace the law enforcement community. If someone is sure a rape has occurred then they should report it and the police will investigate it at that time. However if someone isn't willing to go to police but thinks a rape may have occurred this is an alternative reporting system that gets it on record where it may help identify the perp. if someone else reports a similar rape. That's a good thing but it doesn't replace going to the police.

Comment Re:If... (Score 1) 363

You made an unjustified leap. Advertising that keeps going must be working and getting more people to buy the drugs. That I can agree on. The idea that more people buying a drug will lead to lower prices for each person is the leap that I can't agree with. It may lead to lower prices for the drug or if the company is selling more doses per month they may decide to keep the price the same and just pocket the money.

Comment Re:Shocked and amazed (Score 4, Informative) 168

It's usually not the manufacturing that is so expensive but the research and testing needing to get the drug on the market. In this case neither company needs to do any research or additional testing with the FDA since the drug is well known and has been on the market for 60 years. That doesn't apply with a brand new drug which may have to go through years of testing even if the first version is perfect with no side effects.

Comment Re:Kimber (Score 1) 469

If you are shooting in a competition and the weight variability is an issue but you otherwise like the gun then why not just put fewer bullets in the magazine? Sure you have to swap mags more often but you are going to need to do that anyway if you switch to a weapon with a smaller mag. I can't imagine any competition that allows you to choose your weapon but then forces you to always have a full mag.

Comment Re:Chip cards would not have prevented Target Brea (Score 1) 145

I'm glad they don't verify the signatures as I mostly use my credit card at the local grocery store. They use one of those pads for you to sign and my signature when writing on glass looks nothing like my real signature. Not to say that my signature looks the same each time because it doesn't. Similar but often not that close.

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