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Comment Re:Let's Compare App Stores (Score 1) 112

[Buying a Mac instead of another computer] Seems liike the most versatile and most economically smart decision.

Unless you rely on sharing a computer with someone else in the household, such as a college student not living on campus. In this case, the computer you already have is $0, while the Mac is $599+.

Comment Undervalued currency (Score 1) 112

I understand if you're a kid or teen and jobless and your parents are on a budget, but as an adult likely earning decent money working in the tech industry

Even if so, someone living in a developing country will still feel the effects of the country's currency being undervalued compared to the United States dollar or the euro.

Comment Re:Not silly at all, consider context (Score 1) 112

You can start by giving me a list of things you can do on your iPhone that I can't do on an Android.

Buy music from a recording artist who makes his work available through iTunes but not Google Play Music or Amazon Music.

Play Tiny Wings.

Communicate with other people who use FaceTime on a Mac, iPhone, or iPad.

Comment Part of a botnet != ultimate attack target (Score 1) 160

For one thing, patches are ineffective against a bandwidth consumption attack.

Then updates don't matter and shouldn't be forced.

I was unclear. Against a bandwidth consumption attack, patches to the machine that is the ultimate target of the attack are ineffective, but patches to the machine that would form part of the botnet are effective.

I'm told a lot of these attacks target Internet-exposed devices other than PCs, such as modem-routers and older smartphones.

Then that has nothing to do with Windows updates and they shouldn't be forced.

They have much to do with Windows updates if a botnet is used to "target Internet-exposed devices other than PCs", and the machines that would form part of the botnet run Windows.

How do you think new vulnerabilities come about?

New vulnerabilities tend to be introduced with new functionality, not with patches focused solely on security.

The user is the only person who should get a say in what happens on their computer.

By that reasoning, the user should be held responsible and liable for all use of the user's computer as a botnet agent. If someone adds your unpatched computer to his botnet, and someone uses your computer to DDoS someone, you should go to jail for recklessly participating in said DDoS.

Comment Re:Sigh. (Score 1) 139

It's very unlikely that we will see AAA VR titles any time soon. Simply because the market is by no means big enough yet to be interesting for AAA developers.

AAA titles have to sell in the millions or at least close to it to recoup investment. That's by no means possible now. In November, Valve announced "more than" 140k Vive units sold. Let's say they sold 200k by now. And let's add as many Occulus, and throw in another 100k "others". That would mean that there is a world wide market of half a million units.

Even if every single owner of any VR device bought that title we're still not at a number that warrants the investment. With a cost in the ballpark of 10 to 40 million dollars, nobody is going to risk that on a game that may, at best, sell half a million units. Yes, yes, at 60 dollars a unit this may even break even. But with the same budget you can crank out the next incarnation of CoD, BF or slap a new year number onto some sports game and make a multiple thereof.

Risk free.

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