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Comment: Re:Huh? (Score 2) 287

Not so mention that hackers cracked the key generating code for Windows 7. Same with MS office. They generate codes and try them until one works, and bingo you've got a legit code.

They've never cracked the key generating code for Windows 7. They just found ways to work around it.

In late 2001/early 2002 somebody figured out the algorithm to generated Volume License keys for Windows XP, and those don't need activation (so that companies with lots of computers don't have to activate 30,000 units). Starting With Windows XP Service Pack 2 Microsoft changed some things so that those generated Volume License keys wouldn't work any more. So you have to find a legit Volume License key somewhere (not all that hard to do).

Starting with Windows Vista, and continuing on to Windows 7, Microsoft changed things again. Microsoft changed the system for Volume License keys, making them not a viable option for pirates. Windows installed on OEM PCs was now using a system that referenced information in the computer's BIOS. Google "System Locked Pre-activation". So people just started flashing their BIOS with the necessary stuff. Windows thinks my homemade PC is a Dell.

Comment: Re:How much is Sound Exchange skimming off the top (Score 1) 124

How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to the artists, how much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to music publishers? How much of the money Sound Exchange collects goes to song writers?

.The money trail in the music industry is long, crooked and complex. Unless you are a big enough act that the records companies accept the contract you write, the only money you will see appears in your upturned hat.....

How much money does SoundExchange keep for itself? I bet they aren't doing this for free.

Comment: Re:faint whiff of BS? (Score 1) 304

by rudy_wayne (#49547657) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs

Where exactly is this "hardware DRM" going to be? On the computer motherboard? On the DVD/Blu-ray drive? It seems that hardware DRM would require everyone to buy new hardware and i really don't see that working out well. One of the reasons that DVDs are still more popular than Blu-ray is that Blu-ray requires buying a new, more expensive player.

Comment: Re:Questionable? (Score 2) 150

I think we all know that EA is lying and actually gameplay won't look like that.

But, more importantly, the phrase "So Realistic It Looks Like Movie Footage" is now meaningless. Yes, it does look "just like a movie" due to the fact that many scenes from movies are now done almost entirely in CGI.

Comment: Re:Better protection against SEO. (Score 2) 276

by rudy_wayne (#49501523) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

What made Google so great when it was still relatively new was the results were more relevant, i.e. they weren't just a bunch of advertisements. With the rise SEO that is less the case now, and looking for something on Google for me now means adding "-buy -purchase -price -shop" automatically.

Unfortunately, that's what happens when a search engine is run by a company that depends on advertising for 96% of its revenue. Google is not in the search business. They are not a technology company, no matter how many data centers and driverless cars they have.

They are an ADVERTISING company and their business model depends on getting you to click on as many ads and "sponsored links" as possible, using whatever deceptive methods necessary.

Comment: Re:privacy? (Score 4, Insightful) 276

by rudy_wayne (#49501497) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: What Features Would You Like In a Search Engine?

Here's a radical idea. How about if the search engine returns results that are ACTUALLY WHAT I'M SEARCHING FOR.

One day I was trying to find a particular video clip. No matter how i tried to refine my search query, all I got was completely irrelevant bullshit. Now, the video I was looking for was somewhat old and obscure and so its entirely possible that it doesn't exist anywhere on the Internet. That's fine. I can accept that.

But, if that's the case, then my search should return zero results. Not thousands of irrelevant results.

Comment: Re:Sony pirating e-books? (Score 2) 59

by rudy_wayne (#49500031) Attached to: Hacked Sony Emails Reveal That Sony Had Pirated Books About Hacking

Is this Slashdot or The Onion?

both will make you cry...

ZING!!

But seriously. This is humorous and ironic, but not at all surprising. Every organization that has engaged in extensive "anti-piracy" actions has been found, almost without exception, to be involved in some sort of piracy themselves.

Comment: Re:How convenient for Apple... (Score 1) 138

in order to make native Apple apps to seem better.

That makes no sense. They don't achieve anything if their apps look better than the other apps on the device, they just make the entire experience worse. It would be like cutting off their nose to spite their face.

Because no company has ever done that before.

Comment: Re:Wow. Just wow. (Score 5, Insightful) 325

by rudy_wayne (#49487545) Attached to: LA Schools Seeking Refund Over Botched iPad Plan

The iPads weren't standalone education devices â" they were supposed to work in conjunction with another device carrying curriculum from a company named Pearson. But the district now says the combined tech didn't meet their needs, and they want their money back.

So... They didn't test the iPad / content combo to establish usability / feasibility / usefulness prior to dropping all this cash?

Anyone with half a brain could see that this whole thing had FIASCO written all over it in bright red letters. The whole thing reeks of one giant scam.

-- The school district signed an initial $30 million deal with Apple in a program that was supposed to eventually cost up to $1.3 billion. As part of the program, the LA School District would buy iPads from Apple at $768 each

You can go into any store an buy the most expensive iPad for $699. The school system is spending a billion dollars and didn't negotiate a discount on the price? They're actually paying $79 over retail !!?? What the fucking fuck.

-- and then Pearson, a subcontractor with Apple, would provide math and science curriculum for the tablets at an additional $200 per unit.

$200 per unit for some shitty software? You've now jacked up the price to nearly a thousand dollars per iPad. Again, they're spending a billion dollars and don't negotiate a discount?

-- Less than 2 months after the program started, the school district reported that one-third of the 2,100 iPads distributed during the initial rollout of the program, had gone missing.

Seriously? You didn't see this coming from a mile away?

-- And best of all, the schools district's Assistant Superintendent, essentially the number 2 person in charge of the entire school system, is a former executive with Pearson, the company providing the software, and he was heavily involved in helping Pearson land the contract..

Comment: Re:These days... (Score 5, Insightful) 892

"Men negotiate harder than women do"

So everyone is penalized because women are inferior to men. Nice.

But the bigger issue is why negotiating even exists at all. Too many companies want to make the hiring process like buying a used car, offering you a low figure, hoping you'll take it, and only offering more if you "negotiate harder".

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