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Comment: Re:Fingerprint database, anyone? (Score 3, Insightful) 773

by skiminki (#44811547) Attached to: Apple Unveils iPhone 5C, iPhone 5S

Besides, I was talking about a worldwide fingerprint db. I, for example, am not a US citizen.

Anyway, my concern is not NSA. My main concern is organized crime. In the future we're likely to have lots of gadgets unlocked by a fingerprint. Cars, house door locks, whatever. When phones have built-in capabilities for transmitting fingerprints to centralized databases, it's only a matter of time until someone is able to tap into that data. Someone breaks into your house and your insurance company won't pay for damages because the fingerprint sensor says you let them in...

Comment: Re:Debian, etc (Score 1) 313

by skiminki (#42907361) Attached to: Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

Gentoo 64-bit on Core-i7 + NVIDIA GTX 260. I played Serious Sam 3 during the beta and I just tested the original Half-life yesterday. I have experienced no serious problems, only some minor Gentoo packaging-related glitches early December during the beta. Yesterday I installed the Steam client to my laptop (Ivy Bridge, Intel HD4000, Gentoo) and the installation went smoothly from the steam portage layout. HL seemed to ran fine on that machine, too.

Comment: Hooray! (Score 1) 313

by skiminki (#42907317) Attached to: Valve Officially Launches Steam For Linux

I played Serious Sam 3 month ago during the beta. Bought yesterday SS3 DLC plus the original Half-life. The latter seems to run perfectly on my Intel HD4000-based laptop (SS3 will surely not...)

I'd expect that some of the big titles are bound to come to Linux if and when Steambox finds traction. Many of the big titles are already ported to Mac OSX, which of course, means OpenGL instead of DirectX.

I look for the day when I can finally and permanently delete my Windows partition, which exists solely for gaming purposes.

Comment: Re:Interview of Executive Director of TTVK (Score 4, Insightful) 82

by skiminki (#42885881) Attached to: Finnish Anti-Piracy Site Pirates Thepiratebay Content

I read the same interview. To me, it seems that the director does not really know much about copyrights and is doing his best to avoid direct answers to simple questions. His best is not very good, though.

Basically he's saying that it's OK to rip the layout and the source code of a web site if you change the logo. And that there's no ideological problem whatsoever. I wonder whether anyone is going to cite that in legal cases against TTVK...


+ - Firefox 20 Will Finally Fix Porn Mode->

Submitted by darthcamaro
darthcamaro (735685) writes "Unlike every other major browser vendor, Mozilla today does not allow users to have their private porn mode browser window open at the same time as a regular browser window. That's now set to change. This is a flaw that has been in Bugzilla since 2008 and has been the subject of heated discussion for years."
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+ - SPAM: Flash Updates for Windows Will Follow Microsoft's Schedule

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logodesignindia writes "Adobe finally decided to release the Flash Player updates at the same time when Microsoft pushes its security updates for Windows users. Adobe uses Microsoft Active Protections Program that provides pre patch information to selected partners and helps them build updates for malwares..."
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+ - The Straight Poop on Microsoft's New Data Center->

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CowboyRobot writes "Microsoft is planning a zero-carbon data center in Wyoming that will use biogas from an adjacent wastewater treatment plant as its power supply.

Once the R&D project is complete, Microsoft will donate the Data Plant to the City of Cheyenne and the University of Wyoming for future research.

The ultimate goal of the Data Plant program is to free data centers from having to rely on expensive and potentially unstable power grids."

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