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Comment Application data (Score 1) 189

Banking information might be less a problem as at least if somebody is actively using the device he/she can see it's connected to wifi.
However, if you're auto-connecting to various open wifi networks, then data may jump between the cellular network and random snoopy wifi AP's. Any apps that leak or have vulnerabilities are going to be a real concern in this case.

Comment F2P games? (Score 1) 290

What's wrong with F2P games? Are long as you can access the core game functionality without needing to buy "items" then it's actually a good model. Much better than shit like EA crams out where you pay for the game for $60, which turns out to be cut-down with 0-day paid DLC for the rest of the content or item-buys required to avoid the getting ganked repeatedly because you don't play 24/7 and/or grind to stay competitive.

I've been enjoying games like DOTA2 (my friends also like LoL but it seems not as polished to me). Free to play, and I don't need to buy a funny hat or shoes in order to enjoy the game and/or be competitive.

Comment Same for HP (Score 1) 290

Even long again in the days where 802.11 was standard, HP required their branded wifi cards (even though they're all mini-PCI which is supposed to be a standard). I picked up a non-HP 802.11G card to replace the craptastic Broadcomm my laptop came with and it bitched immediately upon boot that it was a non-supported card.

The only way I could upgrade was by installing an 802.11G card from another HP model (sadly, also a broadcomm, but at least a bit faster).

Comment Bank details (Score 1) 243

You can get a lot more information than is needed for the case from those. In particular, I wonder what they'd want her bank details for? To show she's got work on the side? To show she traveled somewhere?

Facebook I could understand more as people post dumb incriminating things on there all the time. However there's still a trove of information that the employer shouldn't have access to, such as things indicating sexual orientation, political lean, and many others.

Comment Re:It's all in perspective (Score 2) 203

For the last 6 years I've been getting a great online experience

And if you want to get online to play on MS's servers, that's legitimate as they have to pay for the infrastructure. The issue comes when they do stupid shit like restricting Netflix to a Gold account. WHY? It costs them nothing for you to run Netflix, so the only reason for this is greed.

Gameplay recording I could also see being a paid/premium feature if it uses MS's servers.

But in terms of a great online experience: When I compare my xb360 from when I first got it to now, it has gone from a relatively easy-to-use and clean interface to an ad-laden piece-of-shit which constantly tries to upsell "premium" features and sales at the expense of usability.

Comment Re:Soldiers looking to hook up in the field? (Score 1) 335

In the case of Japanese comfort women, they females in question were Koreans who were kidnapped and FORCED into prostitution.

In contrast, TFA is warning against soldiers taking on with women who are basically advertising their services in Craiglist. While they may be pushed to such a situation by circumstance, it's still a far cry from being kidnapped and basically gang-raped.

Comment Bad idea (Score 1) 321

Indeed. Do this, and the next time a real terrorist gets through then kiss even more of your rights goodbye.

Certainly one shouldn't be afraid to fight against surveillance etc. You also shouldn't be afraid to buy a home cooking device etc if you need one, but deliberately buying a pressure cooker and a package of ball bearings just to "add noise" is just plain stupid.

Comment Official currency (Score 1) 425

Indeed. What they need is to strengthen laws against fraud/abuse regardless of the monetary medium. This doesn't seem to be an attempt at controlling fraud so much as controlling the medium itself.

While they're add it, perhaps they can improve the regulation of pseudo-currency providers like paypal, etc as well.

Comment Re:Can be converted to conventional currencies (Score 1) 425

The difference is between a Fiat Currency and a Commodity Currency.

The latter derives most value based on supply and demand, while the former traditionally derives value from a government or agreement between government/pseudo-government entities.

Bitcoin is an outlier it is an artificial construct similar to a Fiat Currency, but value is based around demand and supply is somewhat limited by technology. So yes, it's a currency, but it cannot be truly treated as either a Fiat or Commodity currency. A ruling to consider it essentially a Fiat Currency so may make sense in terms of fraud control and various other things, but doesn't take into account its Commodity properties.

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