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Comment Re:Be still my heart ! (Score 1) 149

I thought that the DOJ anti-trust division had all been frozen in carbonite. Now, it appears that they are awake and may actually do some good. When they are done with this, there is a certain search engine they might want to look at...

Don't worry - It'll get strung out till the new administration drops the case because it isn't business friendly.


Blizzard Rolls Out Real ID Privacy Options 145

tacarat writes "The last time Blizzard mentioned their new Real ID system, there was a strong backlash from users over privacy issues. Blizzard reconsidered their plans to require real names for forums, and little has been heard about it since. Now, they've announced new privacy settings, allowing users to limit how their name gets shared or to disable the system entirely. Quoting: 'These options provide Real ID users with additional tools for customizing the service based on their preferences, enabling the ability to opt in or out of the Real ID "Friends of Friends" and "Add Facebook Friends" features or to turn off Real ID altogether.'"

Comment Re:Corporate "improvements" will kill the device.. (Score 1) 195

Yep – The corporate philosophy of “how do we take our new product and pigeon-hole it into existing products to force users to purchase/upgrade/buy extensions for those products ?” seems to be what will doom this product regardless of its “techniness”.

Comment Corporate "improvements" will kill the device... (Score 3, Funny) 195

My guess is that the thing that will kill this device (like most MS devices that have to compete in a market they haven't cornered), is the fact that by the time the management, sales, and the lawyer teams get done "improving" the device, you won't be able to do anything on it without having to pay through the nose. Repeatedly. Forever.

So, even if the device ends up being a marvel of technology (which seems unlikely given the MS mobile paradigm), it will end up being locked behind a walled garden, which is locked up in a castle, surrounded by a moat, filled with alligators, etc. Sorry, couldn't resist a little hyperbole.

Comment They already know... (Score 1) 902

Hey kids - they already know everything they want about you. Unless you don't have a birth certificate, SSN, and/or drivers license. IMHO, if they want to do another roundup, the census data is only one of about a thousand data points on you.

They only way you can avoid this is if you are living on the lam, and then guess what, they are already looking for you...

"The hottest places in Hell are reserved for those who, in times of moral crisis, preserved their neutrality." -- Dante