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Comment: Re:This is ridiculous (Score 2) 217

by synthparadox (#41945547) Attached to: Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

Hacked accounts are a loss for Blizzard. Not only do they have to staff GMs to handles these requests, they have to restore items and more often than not they can't remove the stolen items. I firmly believe the $6.50 pays for the keyfob and the postage, and that's it. If they can break even, its a net gain for them since they can reduce the GM ticket queue and free up these expenses and time for other things. Remember how they laid off 600 employees in April? (http://wow.joystiq.com/2012/04/27/the-lawbringer-autonomous-systems-deal-with-customer-service-pr/) That was a reduction in operating costs for supporting these types of requests.

Comment: Re:This is ridiculous (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by synthparadox (#41945523) Attached to: Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

Right, because the keyfobs and shipping are free to Blizzard.
How does this guy know that Blizz made $26 mil from them? Does he have access to the sales reports? Remember, "the complaint accuses Blizzard of making $26 million in Authenticator sales." Accusing someone of making money and them -actually- making that much money is two completely different things.

Comment: Re:Free mobile version is free (Score 4, Informative) 217

by synthparadox (#41945479) Attached to: Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

They introduced a "restore" feature a while back that allows you to migrate devices without removing two-factor authentication. Basically, you enter the restoration code into the new phone/device and both devices will continue to generate the same seeded code. This can also be used to extend the authenticator to multiple devices like having a smartphone and a tablet both generate the same code. This is just an ease-of-use feature, especially when sometimes you can't find one of the devices you installed your authenticator on.

Comment: This is ridiculous (Score 5, Insightful) 217

by synthparadox (#41945427) Attached to: Blizzard Sued Over Battle.net Authentication

Not only does the $6.50 help cover postage and pay for the dongle, its completely optional and Blizzard makes the app available to as many platforms as they can. You can even install the authenticator on a Android simulator on a computer.

I'm in shock as to how entitled this person is. I honestly just can't fathom how he can claim that Blizzard "makes money" off these authenticators.

Firefox

Mozilla: Browser Ballot Glitch Cost Us 9m Firefox Downloads 90

Posted by timothy
from the prisoner-failed-to-provide-enough-rope dept.
nk497 writes with this selection from PC Pro magazine: "Microsoft's failure to include the EU browser ballot in Windows 7 SP1 cost Mozilla as many as 9 million Firefox downloads, the organisation's head of business affairs revealed. Harvey Anderson said daily downloads of Firefox fell by 63% to a low of 20,000 before the ballot was reinstated, and after the fix, downloads jumped by 150% to 50,000 a day. Over the 18 months the ballot was missing, that adds up to six to nine million downloads — although it's tough to tell if the difference has more to do with Chrome's success or the lack of advertising on Windows systems. The EU is currently investigating the 'glitch,' and Microsoft faces a massive fine for failing to include the screen, which offers download details for different browsers to European Windows users, as part of measures ordered by the EU to balance IE's dominance." Reader Dupple points to coverage at ZDnet, too.
Microsoft

Microsoft Urges Businesses To Get Off XP 727

Posted by timothy
from the not-support-vs-not-run-on dept.
An anonymous reader writes "It's approximately 11 years since Windows XP was unveiled, and this week Microsoft was still at it trying to convince users that it's time to upgrade. A post on the Windows For Your Business Blog calls on businesses to start XP migrations now. Microsoft cites the main reason as being that support for XP ends in April 2014, and 'most new hardware options will likely not support the Windows XP operating system.' If you run Windows Vista, Microsoft argues that it's time to 'start planning' the move to Windows 8. As this article points out, it's not uncommon to hear about people still running XP at work."
Chrome

+ - SPAM: Chrome Multitask mode

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ravindra.joisa writes "Chrome Multitask Mode lets you browse the web with multiple cursors at the same time, so you can get more done, faster. So much web, so little time. Multitask Mode allows you to browse the web with more than one mouse, so you can see more, do more, and wait less. Multitask Mode lets you use as many mice as you can plug into your computer, so you and your friends can navigate dozens of sites, at the same time, on the same device. Watch this video and let us know who do you think David is and do you think its an April Fool. ;)"
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+ - WIFI/cell signal blocking maternity clothes 1

Submitted by musikit
musikit (716987) writes "My wife and I have recently found out she is pregnant with our first child. She thinks that WIFI and cell signals pose a big risk to the child, or maybe she just wants to reduce any impact while in the womb. Today in Ikebukuro Tokyo she bought "RF blocking maternity belt" but on testing it, it did not block out our cell phones. I looked (briefly) into it and discovered http://www.bellyarmor.com/ that apparently has this type of wear. Can anyone recommend this or other brands? is it effective? is she off her rocker? Most appreciate the help."
Businesses

In Xhengzhou, Thousands Vie For Foxconn Jobs 386

Posted by timothy
from the surely-they'd-prefer-the-farms-oh-wait dept.
hypnosec writes "Foxconn is supposedly looking to enhance its workforce in the Chinese city of Zhengzhou and despite the less-than-satisfactory working conditions in the company, thousands of aspirants are lining up for jobs in its factories. Not caring about the harsh working conditions at Foxconn, thousands of people congregated outside a labor office in Zhengzhou, the largest city of Henan province in North central China, impatiently waiting for a chance to work at Foxconn. Foxconn, which is engaged in assembling iPhones and iPads for Apple, is planning to hire an additional 100000 employees as it is aiming at augmenting its iPhone production."

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