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Comment Re:What advantage does NFC have? (Score 2) 56

"Remind me again why NFC is "better" than bar codes?"
Because it's shorter working range, ability to transfer more information and quicker, also eliminates differences introduced by different brightness/display sizes of phones.

"You can't remotely intercept a bar code very well or easily"
Interception device is called a camera.

"You can verify what you present to the register."
Majority of people doesn't decode barcodes quickly enough.

"You're phone can't be tricked, remotely, into thinking its paying for something while you sit on the bus next to the guy with the laptop."
It can't be tricked in either way. a) Android phones only enable NFC chips when screen is active b) Asking for a simple confirmation on-screen with details of transactions is just as simple.

"The imaging device needed to read them are cheaper than NFC transceivers."]
Sure, optical scanner is way cheaper than a 3-dollar chip.

Comment Re:What's so secret about those numbers? (Score 5, Informative) 57


Same system in Estonia. What USA lacks for their SSN - is proper authorisation. Estonia, for example, has state-issued smartcards with assymetric cryptography keys generated on-die and then signed by central certification center, so that at any time you can verify whether ID is active, is not listed as stolen, etc. Software developed to work with the cards is opensourced and available for Win, Lin, Mac under BSD license and can be used to sign documents and encrypt documents for transit (public keys of all active IDs are stored on central certification server, much like GPG keyservers). Number in itself is in no way valid identification, only a valid signature by the private key is accepted as proof of identity. And guess what - identity theft problem solved in most part.

Comment Re:Idiocy. (Score 1) 394

I'd say it's more of Microsoft's FUD. Ever since Munich has moved to open-source solutions they have been flooding the web with false news trying to discredit their decision. This article is no exception. Especially the title. A.) City of Munich doesn't struggle with anything, just a small percentage of conservative party is unhappy that the laptops they've been issued for work are not suitable for gaming B) about a year ago many sites have claimed that Munich council were planning to move away from linux to windows, but failed to publish a retraction after an official statement from head of council that said this was a regular revision and that results showed a lot of money were saved by using Linux. So, Fear, Unceartanty, Doubt.

Comment Re:I remember... (Score 5, Interesting) 208

"I remember when the grass was greener and water - wetter."

At least they've admitted that all sorts of "partnerships" should come as removable addons. As of right now, there is only one opensource browser that can compete. Microsoft's Edge, Google's Chrome are proprietary and don't even pretend to care about user privacy. Palemoon and other forks keep touting themselves as the "next big thing" and true open-source and privacy aware, but the truth is, most of the work they do is just cutting stuff out and disabling features that cause concern, main force that drives Gecko's development is Firefox, and I, for one, respect that. Mozilla's team is looking for funding in order to provide a truly opensource browser with a more transparent development model, then, say, Chromium that is 100% dependent on it's proprietary brother and Google's goodwill. The way Mozilla is now trying to attract additional funding may not be great, but it's far from a fiasco, and most of the features added are a painfull and delicate balance between non tech savvy user's needs and privacy and extensibility. And they need that to keep funding flowing, to create the codebase. If you are a purist and hate them for that, then imagine Firefox not exitsing. Opensource community would end up with Cromium, dependent on Google and a bunch of webkit browsers, that have a long way to go before they can compete.

Average users are plagued with malware and all sorts of addons that inject content into pages, display extra adds and such. Mozilla introduced addon signing and moderation. For those that need to add unsigned and unverified addons they still provide unbranded builds, that are an equivalent of signing "I know what I'm doing" waiver.

All in all, you might hate Mozilla's monetization model, but you have to admit, that they spend the money they earn to write the code and give to everyone for free with a libre license to boot.

Comment Re:What's the score now? (Score 4, Interesting) 77

Blob used to be stored in ROM part on the die, upgraded from time to time. Now they'll store in drivers directly and load it into the hardware on initialization. Intel didn't close anything, they just revealed the same blob that used to be hidden from the eyes and included it into driver. So, I'd say that's not Intel creating a problem, merely exposing it. Also, perhaps now that everyone has suddenly got their panties in a bunch over this issue, Intel might consider opensourcing the blob as well (in case publicity benefits will outweigh the work needed).

Comment Re:Disagree with stupid wording (Score 1) 236

Well, since spying was illegal, then those contracts would have been fraud, so a catcher title would be: "US industry almost defrauded other companies of 35 billion dollars, but were foiled by Snowden's revelations".

Would be really nice if compensations would come out of NSA head's paychecks and anyone who signed off on the program. But that's not going to happen.

Comment Re:"stealing just like stealing anything else" (Score 2) 408

The problem is that Bell Media would want that money for themselves and could do with a little less competition from better services. But they can't prohibit VPNs, so they are just trying to convince people that it's socially unacceptable to watch Netflix if it's not available in your country.

Comment Re:On a positive note (Score 1) 357

Oooh, a reasonable gentleman. I have a rock that will guard you against Dune Worms and some oil, that will scare away the Ice Giants. For a measly 2000 dollars each. And if you have a question about their effectiveness - take a look around you, do you see even one Dune Worm or Ice Giant? So think of your children and do the right thing.

Comment Re:Plant? (Score 5, Insightful) 382

>> Because Chrome is turning Java off and they're trying to make sure other browsers don't follow suit.

>> Seriously, I see no NEED for Java any more. I probably have more Silverlight things I like to use than I do Java, and neither are vital any more.

It must so wonderfull to live in a world limited by your browser window. Wonder how it's like. Have you ever wondered what do the servers run? You know, the same servers that show you all sorts of pages? Banks, Twitter, Amazon, eBay, LinkedIn hundreds of other high load sites and countless numbers of proprietary in-house internal systems? Let me give you a hint: definitely not silverlight.

>> Java is dead

You need to grab a phone at tell all those sites above I mentioned, also, while you're at it, don't forget IBM and Oracle, they'll have a blast.

Comment Re:Look for PC gaming, not mobile (Score 1) 175

One studio failed at creating a pixel art game. That speaks more about this studio's professionalism, than about pixel art in itself, I feel they will fail the same way at providing a good Hi-Res game.

>> Reynolds says his studio is giving up on pixel art and embracing the new medium, and recommends other artists do the same.

Somehow android game titles like Pixel Dungeon, Gemini Rue, Sword and Socrecy and Anodyne managed to pull it off with pixel art and are feeling fine. Sour grapes and the fox, anyone?

Also this:
>> saying that games with great pixel art get needlessly marked down in reviews for their pixelation, while games that have awful — but high-res — art get glowing praise.

Sound very much like someone being bitter that very little people liked their style. Usually well drawn art draws praise, and poorly made stuff gets shunned. Be it pixel or high-def.

Comment Re:More hoops before travelling through USA (Score 3, Insightful) 200

>> If the Special Agents involved had done their due diligence they could have easily obtained a warrant to seize the laptop rather than relying on the border search exception.

Well, if they could've, they would've. But it seems they didn't have substantial evidence to support a search warrant and they decided to get a sneak peek using border as an excuse. And yes, if it's not legal inside the US, then it's definitely without probable cause, at least legally speaking. Being involved in an investigation doesn't take much, you don't have to do anything besides being near or catching an eye of an investigator, and requirement for warrants is not baseless, it's to exclude the "hey, I don't like this guy, let's investigate him, search everything and then maybe we'll find something to accuse him of".

Comment Re:Tiversa breached systems? (Score 5, Insightful) 65

Well, fun fact, if some kid breaches the system and then gives the evidence that system is flawed to the company without demanding any money - than he's a criminal, if a large company does the same, only demanding a large payment for services rendered and subscription to future services - then it's business as usual.

Comment Re:Snowden took out the phone batteries (Score 2) 105

>> Snowden insisted the journalists remove the battery from their phones and put the phones in the fridge.

>> That pretty much tells you how useful 'encryption' on Android would be against back doors.

Not this manure again. What if I told you, that those phones could easily be bugged physically, by adding a little mic with an antenna, that would feed of phone's main battery, sure it requires some legwork, but Snowden is high enough on US's list of targets to actually do soome physical snooping. The whole "take the battery out and put it in the fridge" has nothing to do with magic backdoors that magically activate the phone and turn it into recording device and has everything to do with physical listening devices and malice on the part of phone owner. The little electronic bug works on all phones, doesn't require breaking any encryption, device being turned on and doesn't need to use the crappy mic on the phone.

>> None, if you can't protect your speech near the phone you can't protect the password.

The door to your house won't stop a team of highly trained team of CIA assasins, so why bother locking it, right? Android encryption is used in order to raise the cost of mass snooping where they snoop first and then look for anyone looking guilty enough and to raise the cost of stealing personal information by criminal elements. If they have to spend 1000 bucks to crack one phone and the information is worth 100 on average - then they won't even do it. If it costs 10 cents per device and information is worth a dollar on average - then they will do it. Take a look at botnets and other shady businesses.

If you need to secure yourself from directed snooping by a team of professionals - then this is a completely different game and other measures come into play.

Comment Re:Attempting with existing title was a mistake (Score 5, Insightful) 239

>> If that was the case you would not have given them 25% and taken 75% for you and the game makers.

Well, let's see where does the 75% go? Steam takes 30% from all transactions as a fee for keeping servers running, providing unified interface, update rollout, you know, the infrastructure, for all the games, be it an indie for 3$ or a AAA title for 60$. 45% goes to Bethesda. You know, the guys that made the Skyrim. And you know who decides how much goes to original game maker? Original game maker decides. You know why they get to decide? Because the control derivative works from their games, they created the engine, a ton of assets, models, textures, sprites, effects, the whole game. If you don't like it - vote to change the copyright laws (long overdue by the way).

But let's all whine at Gabe, because that bastard let Mod Creators CHOOSE to charge for their mods. How dare he give them the freedom to ask for money?

The whole reaction is a kid's tantrum to "how dare those slaves ask for money for their work" ? What's most bizarre (quite usual actually) is that noone has any clue as to how the pricing is made (noone cares that Bethesda takes 45% and whines at Steam for taking too much money) but still throw a fit over "but mod devs get so little".

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