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Comment: Always online (Score 1) 56

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) 487

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) 487

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) 712

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.

Comment: Re:So a victim gets sued by victims? (Score 1) 66

by phorm (#47525603) Attached to: Sony Agrees To $17.75m Settlement For 2011 PSN Attack

If your security consists of
a) A poorly maintained barb-wire fence
b) A gate manned by a 75-year-old semi-dead/blind security guard named fred

And records are stored in a big box just inside an unlocked door easily accessible to anyone, then yes... they would be responsible.

It's not that they weren't a "victim" of hacking, it's that their terrible data retention and security practises put customer-data at risk and enabled the hacking.

Comment: Dry eyes (Score 1) 541

by phorm (#47525547) Attached to: Laser Eye Surgery, Revisited 10 Years Later

A common (generally mild) side effect is dry eyes, especially recently after the surgery, but often for longer time periods as well. I have enough issues with dry eyes due to allergy/hayfever, so I'd really hate to aggravate the situation. Of course, I'm lucky enough to only need glasses for driving in the later hours, so I'm not wearing them constantly anyhow.

The second would be that it would screw up my near-vision for reading in the future, meaning I'd need reading glasses (probably more often than I need driving glasses). One solution would be to only laze one eye , but that takes longer to adjust too and I'm not sure it's worth it.

"Only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core." -- Hannah Arendt.