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Comment: Re:hurr... (Score 1) 314

by plumby (#36241014) Attached to: Apple Acknowledges MacDefender
The difference for me is that MacOS/Linux look to be far less susceptable to the virus/drive-by issues that Windows has been plagued with over the years. There's a big difference between running a random app from the internet to get infected, and happening to stumble across a dodgy site exploiting a buffer overrun in IE. It's certainly getting a lot better with Win7, but things like MS's desire to support the huge range of legacy apps on Windows mean that there's likely to be many more security holes to come in the Windows space.

Comment: Re:hurr... (Score 1) 314

by plumby (#36240956) Attached to: Apple Acknowledges MacDefender
Not sure who's been doing the lying about MacOS being 100% secure (it clearly isn't), but it it far, far safer for the average user than Windows is. The "running random application you've downloaded and typing in your password" threat is pretty much the same for any OS out there (except for the IOS-style walled gardens), and is only smaller on MacOS and Linux due to there being less users to target, and potentially the level of intelligence of the average user. The virus/drive-by malware threat, OTOH, is much lower on MacOS and Linx than on Windows - both due to the smaller target, but also due to there being far less exploitable holes - or at least far less that have ever been discovered.

Comment: Re:hurr... (Score 1) 314

by plumby (#36238796) Attached to: Apple Acknowledges MacDefender
The only platforms where this kind of attack would be extremely difficult are the locked-down ecosystems, like (unjailbroken) iOS or most games consoles. Whilst I'm sure that iOS isn't 100% guaranteed malware free (there's always going to be something exploitable somewhere), it's going to be a whole lot more difficult to do that than simply writing a noddy "Run Me" app that wipes all your data.

Comment: Re:Unencrypted = Stupid (Score 1) 645

by plumby (#35961400) Attached to: 77 Million Accounts Stolen From Playstation Network
There are laws (or at least mandatory standards laid down by Visa and Mastercard) for the protection of credit card data - PCI DSS. If there's any way that the hackers could have got access to card data in any useful way, they Sony are likely to be failing miserably in their obligations under this.

Comment: Re:I miss some of those old games (Score 1) 225

by plumby (#33834658) Attached to: Game Prices — a Historical Perspective

Not many people were buying Apple II games, and Amiga is a little after when I first started buying games (82/83). If you were into games in the UK, the chances are that you had a Speccy.

Check out the Crash software catalogue http://www.crashonline.org.uk/cat01/index.htm from 1983. Vast majority of prices in the £5-£6 range. There's a few up to around £7 and The Hobbit at £14.95, but that included the book.

£6 in 1983 is (according to the BoE inflation calculator) equivalent to £15 in today's money, far cheaper than the £30-£40 that most of top sellers go for today.

Again, I understand why this is the case, but the point remains that it is the case, - most popular commercial games were a lot cheaper when I first started buying them than they are today, at least in the UK.

Comment: Re:I miss some of those old games (Score 1) 225

by plumby (#33833844) Attached to: Game Prices — a Historical Perspective
I'm not talking about "Indie" games. I'm talking about the biggest releases from the biggest companies of the mid-80s gaming scene (at least in the UK). Companies like Ocean, Imagine, Activision, Ultimate etc. I understand that there's more cost involved in producing todays games. But that's not the claim in the article. The claim is that game costs haven't risen,and they quite clearly have.

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