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Comment Re:Leader at the top is probably clueless (Score 1) 54

Last generation, Sony was pushing for it and MS were balking. Because of exactly what you said. The higher selling system doesn't see any need for it.

The funny part of this statement is the XB360 outsold the PS3 ~2:1 in the first few years. The later years devs caught on that the PS3 was a very capable machine and it eventually caught up to (or depending on source, outsold) the XB360. The last generation wasn't just the little guy asking for a part of the big guys multiplayer fun to try to push more hardware.

Comment Re:Pokemon Go to rake in nearly $13 Billion (Score 1) 78

I liken it to MAFIAA (Music And Film Industry Association of America) projections. Every movie is projected to be a big hit, then there are those that only make 10% of their cost, if that.

Who knows, though? Pokemon has been an enduring brand for 20 years. There's even a Pokemon store in my local mall. Maybe this "free" game will be a cash cow spreading the wealth to Apple and Google.

Comment Re:Great news (Score 1) 92

Much like how the conservatives fought over states rights for same sex marriages, in essence caused it to be legal in the entire state, because their defence of their stance wasn't backed up. If they didn't bring the case up, they may had a chance keeping what they perceive as a problem limited to only those LiBeRaL states.

You mean "that thar passage in the bible told me so!" isn't a valid legal argument?

Comment Re:They didn't really respond (Score 3, Insightful) 144

Wow, what a fucking shock: a multi-billion dollar company doing business in nearly every country around the world requires more than 24 hours to make a substantive response that's been properly vetted by their legal department to a governmental order involving possible fines and other legal sanctions.

You'd think that the CEO of Microsoft could just, you know, whip up a quick 140-character tweet clearing the thing up within an hour of being notified of the legal action. I mean, it's not like you want to be very careful when punitive fines and sanctions are on the line, or anything.

Fucking retard.

You must be forgetting that Windows 10 has been out for a year and under constant public criticism about their data collection/retention/usage policies. Considering Microsoft, Google, Apple and Amazon have been under fire for the Safe Harbor agreement, Microsoft should have seen the inquiry coming a mile away. While it's true any response needs to be vetted to PR and Legal, you'd think they'd at least have some canned statements at-the-ready.

Given how public this botnet/mass surveillance/skynet of Windows 10 data collection is, I'm surprised it took this long for a Gov agency to speak up.

Comment Re:The Finest Day.... (Score 1) 184

For some reason I never quite made the connection until today. I always knew my grandfather worked on the Apollo 11 mission, but for some reason it never clicked that it was the one that got us to the moon. While I'm not old enough to have seen it, I did see pictures of the Apollo 11 engineers and crew. Right there next to the familiar faces was my grandfather. He worked his entire career at Lockheed in CA before retiring ~25-30 years ago.

Side note, due to all the cold war paranoia none of the names were well publicized, nor did any pictures call out groups of people that did different parts of the mission, much less any names. All the pictures I saw had janitorial staff, secretaries, managers, engineers and so on.

Comment Re:Nothing some polish can't fix (Score 3, Informative) 112

Peoples browsing/application/usage habits are unique enough that any generated random ID will be just as good and can likely uniquely identify an individual with very high accuracy. You've swapped one identifier for another. Privacy through obscurity?

I doubt swapping a user identifier (first.last, userid, whatever...) for an advertising ID will work. After all, Facebook tracks you by generating a random ID for every visit to a page that has a like button. If you are signed in, that page visit is tracked by them. If you sign in later, that page visit is retroactively added to your history. If you create an account later, that random ID is then merged with your account.

Similarly, I almost never sign into any google stuff other than the infrequent email that for whatever reason I can't get on Thunderbird or my phone. Yet the ads I see when I do sign into gmail are for those same items I searched for days/weeks ago. Though with a phone, Google tracks your location too. I seem to remember there being a patent on location-based coupons being sent to user phones some time ago...

Comment Re:I want to like Donald. (Score 1) 268

It is one of many reasons... of course the biggest reason we are stuck in a rut is because of a stupid two-party system, which can never change without changing to a ranked voting system... which itself can never change because the two-parties won't allow it.

So we are always stuck with voters having to pick between what they think is the lesser of two evils OR vote AGAINST the party they are most afraid of.... and usually fueled by single issues such as those I listed above.

I'd mod this up, but you're already at 5 ;-). This is what we need, some way to move away from this Kang vs Kodos scenario. "Either way, your planet is doomed". All we really need is for one candidate outside of the Dems and Repubs to get 5% of the popular vote. It's also why I'm voting for Gary Johnson. Not because I think he will win, but because I think he's a better candidate than either Trump or Clinton. Honestly, I had hoped for Trump to run as an Independent since I think he's got the popularity to shake out a third party. Maybe his venom on the microphone will get enough conservatives to jump ship and form another party (though I doubt that... they love their solidarity, even if the head is a crackpot).

Moving slightly offtopic, but I hope folks find it interesting and it continues your thought on gov spending. Here's a graph of the national deficit by president. Note that blue downward curve between Pres. Bush 1 and 2. While it's true that each Bush had their own tour in Iraq, they both spent money like it was going out of style despite being of the "no big government, fiscal responsiblity!" republican camp. Pres. Clinton managed to turn the tide, but is still one of the least liked, highest paid ex-Presidents. Obama, as of 2014, hasn't been doing that well either... Though the latter part of Bush II and Obama are due to the recession.

Comment Still Surprising (Score 1) 49

Considering how in bed the Gov't is with proprietary vendors, it's surprising how there is now this about-face regarding OSS. If you could see each services "Approved Software List", you won't see much by way of OSS. You'll see iTunes, which is funny considering there are laws against personally owned mp3's on gov't computers and remote update sites are disabled, but you won't see MySQL, MariaDB or PostGRES. If you do, then they are typically relegated to "enclaves", and not the big DoD enterprise network.

Considering there are hundreds of thousands of DoD employees with 1 or more computers each, I'm hoping this is the sign of change toward OSS alternatives. $90 for an OS and $75 for an office suite multiplied by a hundred thousand a year (guesstimating hardware/software turnaround) adds up fast.

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