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Comment Re:Define "Greater Good" (Score 5, Insightful) 197

Indeed. I'd also like to hear how Mr. Chen proposes to follow his vision of the greater good, where he has access to everyone's data and will hand it over for any trumped-up warrant, without a backdoor in his soon-to-be-extinct Blackberry's.

Or is he going to do the politician thing and define "backdoor" to mean something conveniently different than what Blackberry has.

Submission + - More TSA Security Theater - Slamming the Face of a Disabled Cancer Patient ( 1

Kobun writes: From the Guardian: "A disabled teenage cancer patient was injured during a violent arrest by security agents at Memphis international airport, her family has alleged in a lawsuit filed against the Transport Security Administration." A disabled and confused brain cancer survivor doesn't immediately comply with TSA officers, earning her face a violent meeting with the ground and a night in jail. The TSA has yet to provide a non-answer or statement.

Comment Re:Sounds like bullshit (Score 2) 210

Seconded. For this to be true, the testing program must have been a) rigidly defined and b) unchanging. Also probably c) overly simplistic.

If he was handed all of that and did truly automate it, he didn't have much in the way of a skillset to begin with. Programming 201 level skills at best. Had those and didn't expand on them in the 6 years he had to make them better, I still have no sympathy.

Comment Re:Of Course! (Score 1) 151

I'm hugely looking forward to highly-accurate voice accuracy. I routinely have to drive 6+ hours for work, and being able to dictate emails and legible notes while on the road would be valuable. Right now the speech-to-text transcriptions of my audio notes require significant touch-up effort.

Comment Re:And they knew it was hacked since at least 2011 (Score 3, Interesting) 371

Slight correction to your post, from the article you linked: "But officials told Bloomberg that the FBI had managed to salvage some of the emails deleted by her staff, raising the prospect that Clinton's correspondence could eventually become public." SOME of the emails - no assurance that it was all of them. Other reports continue to turn up work-related emails in the wild from her server that were never turned over.

Comment Re:And they knew it was hacked since at least 2011 (Score 5, Insightful) 371

One of the many things that points to how "Rules-for-thee, Not-for-me" this still is:

Specifically: "In recent media interviews, Lazar claimed he had easily hacked into Clinton’s controversial private email server. But the Justice Department statement did not confirm this claim, and a law enforcement official said investigators did not find evidence to support the claim."

They're trying to pass this off as nothing bad happened, so it's no big deal. Except she wiped the server before turning it over - OF COURSE they aren't going to find evidence of hacking now, after the evidence has been destroyed.

Submission + - PDFCreator developers use web installers to avoid SourceForge Malware Scan (

Kobun writes: On the heels of SourceForge's announcement that all projects would be scanned for malware, at least one developer has found a way to work around this restriction. PDF Creator now uses a web installer for its download through the SourceForge pages, which then loads the tainted executable outside of SF's ability to scan. The fight against spyware continues.

Comment PDF Creator still probably in violation (Score 1) 84

So I just got a failure that makes me think that the problem isn't gone. To test out the new measures against Malware, I tried downloading PDFCreator. This is off the SourceForge pages, never visiting the project homepage to receive their malware riddled installer. The SourceForge link is a web-installer, so the thing that SourceForge can scan has no Malware embedded in it. But the .exe that the installer downloads does.

Is there a process for notifying about bad actors? Will repeat offenders be permanently banned?

Submission + - California Labor Union That Fought for $15 Minimum Wage Now Wants an Exemption (

An anonymous reader writes: The labor union that led the charge for a $15 minimum wage hike in cities across California is now moving to secure an exemption for employers under union contracts.

The Los Angeles County Federation of Labor buried the exemption on the eighth page of its 12-page proposal for the Santa Monica City Council to review Tuesday while deciding whether to follow Los Angeles and increase the minimum wage.

The loophole would allow employers with collective bargaining agreements to sidestep the wage hike and pay their union members below the proposed $15-per-hour minimum wage.

Comment Re:I hope Peter Molyneux never works again (Score 5, Interesting) 91

Sure, Molyneux, overpromises, and doesn't understand "scope" but he did give us the god-genre and gems such as with Populous, Syndicate, Dungeon Keeper, Magic Carpet.

I feel like this undersells how great the team at Bullfrog was. For me, Molyneux always felt similar to John Romero - started off as part of a great team, but was significantly less impressive when put in the primary lead position.

Comment Re:Nothing of Value was Lost (Score 4, Interesting) 91

Agreed. Lionhead was full of disappointment for me. Black & White, which has performance degradation bugs that make the game unplayable on a 10-years-later modern PC. Fable 3, with game-ending bugs (shooting range, anyone?) that were never fixed. The Fable 2 PC port that never came. Either Black & White, with their suicidally stupid AI.

I would feel differently if the games were such that I could go back and play them today with fond nostalgia, but their never-addressed quality issues make the whole endeavor too much of an unfun hassle.

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