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Comment: Or shipping with bad firmware (Score 1) 193

by phorm (#47576555) Attached to: "BadUSB" Exploit Makes Devices Turn "Evil"

Most of these devices are manufactured in China. What's to stop the government from planting a little "something extra" in the webcam's controller, or your cheap USB stick etc?

Plenty of avenues for exploit there. Given that the NSA has been known to intercept hardware and implant chips in it, I can see that too, but it's even easier for China

Comment: Always online (Score 1) 63

by phorm (#47562797) Attached to: EA Tests Subscription Access To Game Catalog

Given the "always online" nature of most games, it's pretty much an expensive subscription model anyhow, and per-game at that!
Seriously, when they decide to cut the servers from [favorite game X] in favour of their latest incarnation, then your game is fairly worthless, and it likely cost more than a $30/year subscription.

That said, it's EA. I'm sure they'll find a way to make this equally awful, if not more.

Comment: Re:um yea... (Score 2) 560

by phorm (#47562775) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

I don't pay 7% or 30% for these either. Had credit cards for over a decade. I think I paid $0.50 once when I accidentally charged the wrong card and didn't notice a (small) bill.

It's not about not having a credit card, it's about living within your means to have as little outstanding debt as possible (which may be none). This applies to credit cards but also to high-interest loans (car loans, money broker, whatever). There are plenty of useful things about having a CC, the foremost of them being that if somebody racks up charges on your CC, it's a whole lot easier to deal with than if somebody drains your bank account using a debit card etc.

Comment: Laziness (Score 1) 560

by phorm (#47562523) Attached to: 35% of American Adults Have Debt 'In Collections'

Here here. While there are a lot of people who miss bills, there are also a *lot* of companies who simply screw the pooch on them.
My wife cancelled her old phone and still had to deal with their billing department multiple times to get the bills they sent us "afterwards" cleared up.
My ex moved and asked the gas corp what was owed, but after paying it somehow still ended up at collections (her # never changed but they never even called).

Comment: The AMD-deoptimizing Intel compiler? (Score 1) 728

by phorm (#47553087) Attached to: Linus Torvalds: "GCC 4.9.0 Seems To Be Terminally Broken"

Ah yes, the Intel compiler. Wasn't that also known as the compiler that "cripplied" performance for many AMD systems, by ignoring capabilities flags and instead looking for a "GenuineIntel" processor...

Yeah, that sounds like a great alternative to GCC.

See also many other links. I'll stick with GCC, thanks. At least the GCC team doesn't have a vested interest in f***ing over other hardware vendors.

Comment: Re:Thanks (Score 1) 394

by phorm (#47540105) Attached to: Enraged Verizon FiOS Customer Seemingly Demonstrates Netflix Throttling

A certain internet company in eastern Canada appears to have already done that, except back in the days of torrents. If you torrented, suddenly yours speeds dropped dramatically (regardless of whether the torrent was anywhere near to using your capacity).
That was annoying enough, but then when most torrent streams started getting encrypted etc, they started doing it for SSH traffic on non-standard ports.
Everything would be working just fine until I opened an SSH connection/tunnel to work, and then suddenly *all* my connections would plummet in speed.

"A mind is a terrible thing to have leaking out your ears." -- The League of Sadistic Telepaths