To block specific versions of data-gathering, because they have alternate ways to do it already, but assume that their competition doesn't have such alternate methods available (or are too small to implement them).
Indeed. If an employer is going to block you from an interview based on some random and fairly innocuous posting online, he/she is probably quite likely to nail you to the wall for something similarly petty in the workplace. The one difference being that oft-times the people doing the hiring are not necessarily the ones you'll be working with or directly for.
I can't think of too much online that would paint me in a terribly negative light. The worse being when I've called some people on being jerks (notably a LUG where members were filling my inbox with personal attacks and off-topic BS), and probably comments of a similar nature on slashdot.
Some of the greatest things about Doom were the mods and multi-player capabilities. I remember tons of work just getting the damn null-modem, modem (and later network) play to work. Fiddling with connection strings, jumpers for IRQ's to get the @$)!(@! modem or ethernet card to work, and then later messing around with IPX/SPX drivers etc
Once that was all done, the mods. Custom maps, music (Doom was quite fun played to "hall of the mountain king" midi, and especially to "dance of the sugarplum fairy"), and weapons mods made the old seem new. The BFG behavior was basically to spawn small sub-blasts on enemies in an area around the main blast. One bit of fun we had was modding those sub-blasts into a "main blast", which would then spawn their own blasts etc. One shot in a crowded room would propagate through everything and bring slower machines to a crawl (afterwards, all the baddies were slag, though).
Though spin-offs such as Heretic etc were fun, nothing was quite as enjoyable until Duke3d came around with the ability to look/point/move (including jumping/ducking) in a less constrained fashion, and to build maps with 3d stacked floors and destructible walls/windows/etc.
I seem to remember a story awhile back where an EULA contained a line like
"The first person to call 1-888-555-5555 will get a prize of $10,000"
Apparently it took a few months, but somebody actually did call the number and get the prize. This was after thousands of people clicked "accept" to the EULA (basically providing that almost nobody really reads the damn things).
Society is built upon that relationship and has been for a very long time
Slavery was also part of society for a long time. Some of the great wonders of the world (pyramids, etc) were build on the backs of slavery...
Do you think that we should bring that back, too?
Just because we've been doing something for a long time, doesn't mean we've been doing the best thing for society or humankind.
Most people I know who "liked" coding started with a good base example program that was laid out easily enough to pick apart and alter. You may not understand the whole thing at first, but there's enough that you can make changes and see the effects.
Coding is boring when you reach those points where you're floundering about and can't see any visible result of your work. Picking apart working examples is great for building interest and getting one started in coding.
How many coke cans would it take for - say - a few decades of the N. American population. Could you fit said coke cans onto a shuttle and blast it off towards the sun? (assuming that you wouldn't just reprocess it and re-use, as much of this waste could be if we weren't... wasteful).
Do they really need to play? I'd imagine they were just have direct access to the chat logs and that those would be filtered for certain keywords or against certain suspect players.
Might work out well enough if you had a pre-set bunch of codes that correspond to real events/locations in game.
For example, "going on a raid tonight @ 12 against the great dragon in the keep of death, bring a LVL12 wizard, shaman, and a tinker" might translate out into a 3-person team with a bomb expert etc hitting a predesignated location. It would be pretty hard to differentiate that between real game chats, or prove in court (ha!) that it was actually terrorist double-speak. It would also be less suspicious than an encrypted VPN or tunnel, etc.
Of course the above would assume that the terrorists were all versed in whatever codes were used. I could picture one guy with a bunch of rifles sitting in a real van waiting while his two buddies are wondering when he's showing up for the raid in WOW
I'm not sure of the reason for the LCD's. Surely just one LCD for the control unit, or managing from a central PC would work fine.
The other part of that equation is that there are some pretty strong coders among the privacy nuts out there. There are also people who are good at watching changelogs, SVN commits etc.
Even if not everybody is reading the code, there are some pretty clever people who do.
Most of the PC's I've serviced were regular towers, with standard-sized PSU's. Most of the SFF stuff is either with hobbyist or corporate machines. It's pretty sad when a $1500+ Dell Studio PC comes with RAID, a powerful CPU, tons of RAM, and... (IMHO) a crappy, under-powered low-quality PSU.
Given the cheap PSU's I've seen in a lot of boxes (and the rate of failure), I'd say in many cases that it's a contest between the drives and the PSU, especially when you get to areas with flakey power.
However, while some machines may survive, there's still a certain mortality to the machines themselves. As they die and need replacement, newer machines will presumably be bought.
While CPU power may not be a compelling argument for an upgrade, I can still see people buying bigger storage (or possibly faster storage as SSD's come down in price).
Mobile devices have a market. They're getting faster regularly and becoming more useful as they do. Desktops still increase in speed, but not at the same rate. Until the mobile market stabilizes somewhat, there will be trade-offs between the two.
you simply have to accept that a zombie movie by definition isn't going to exhibit high levels of logic and reality
You might think that, but in all honesty it seems a fairly substantial amount of people don't exhibit a high level or logic in crisis or high-stress situations. Hell, it's winter - hardly a crisis - here and based on the way some people drive you'd think it was summer on the Autobann: speeding, passing across solid yellow, passing at high-speed in the slow lane, passing at high speed off the curb, etc. It's nuts.
Have a look at how people act on Black Friday in order to score $25 off a POS television. Look at the people buying food with stamps and chatting on the newest iPhone.
Assuming logical and rational thinking from a large portion of the human populace is going to be a losing proposal. In fact, the best way to survive may be to assume that the majority of people are going to descend into a dumb panic and make terrible decisions that could get you - or them - killed.