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Comment Re:Idiotic school IT admins cause trouble. (Score 1) 73

That's kind of the point of TFA. Your nephew could have just been trying to break into the wifi to see if he could, or to show off. It is unlikely he would have been motivated by the "profit" of unfiltered Internet access.

Now, I'm not saying he did or would, just that his unlimited data doesn't really mean anything in this context.

Comment Of course they aren't, they live at home (Score 1) 73

I can think of a lot of reasons why teenage "hackers" (in the limited, criminal sense) would not be motivated by money
1) They are afraid of worse consequences if they get caught hacking for profit, though in the US it doesn't seem to matter much to overzealous prosecutors
2) It's a better long-term investment to learn security now and get a high paying job later. These are just your "crazy teen years"
3) Most importantly, THEY DON'T NEED MONEY. Their meals and rent are covered

The prestige thing is probably a factor, though more so at the wannabe/script kiddie level.

Comment Re: I don't understand all the hate on the mini NE (Score 0, Troll) 92

I love the mentality that says, "You made a good thing but because I can't get one you are terrible."

They didn't break a contract, they didn't take your money and not deliver, they simply made a product that you desire and decided not to meet demand for their own reasons. Nintendo did not wrong you.


DotA is definitely more than a mash-up of Warcraft 3 and Tower Defense, I mean it spawned an entire genre that has dominated gaming for the better part of 10-years.

What I mean is that if you had only ever played League of Legends, your first time playing WC3, the first time you trained a hero from the altar, you'd just get why the genre was born out of that game. But yes I agree DOTA is a far better game than WC3/TFT and was a really ingenious distillation of its best parts along with new additions.


and Warcraft 3 was less popular than its own mods

I think you mean mod, singular, and DOTA is just a mash up of Warcraft 3's heroes and Tower Defense. But the mod wouldn't have made sense at all without Warcraft 3's hero system (kill npc creeps, level up abilities, and get an utlimate). That is what MOBAs are really based on more than any other single element, and it was a direct contribution by the WC3 design team.

Comment Re:Fraud (Score 1) 32

Jail time for anyone involved, or we will keep seeing fauds like this in the IT safety community. I have no tolerance for unethical people in this business and neither should you!

I really doubt this is a conspiracy. It was probably just an engineer phoning it in when they download stuff from VT and repack them to change the file signatures. I don't fully trust Cylance but this would be a pretty stupid way to try to game the system if it's on purpose. Obviously you'd want to test the files that your current AV isn't catching to see what they do.

Comment Re:Golden age of remakes maybe (Score 1) 1219

Variants of this story go back millennia.

Do they? Is there a story of a Roman that starts to identify the Visigoths or something, of which I am unfamiliar? It's not just the idea of identifying with your enemy, or switching sides, but of switching to the less civilized side. I always assumed it didn't come about until Romanticism took off.

Comment Different movies for different purposes (Score 1) 1219

If I want a mind-bender, 2001 is probably still the best that has been done.

For atmosphere, Blade Runner.

For a sensory experience, seeing Interstellar at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood made a huge impression on me. I wish the geek snobs could just enjoy it for what it is.

For popcorn flics, it's Empire Strikes Back (Force Awakens is a close second in Star Wars), Back to the Future, and Jurassic Park. Those are all just so watchable movies to me. It takes almost no time for me to get lost in their worlds (Jurassic Park pun not intended).

Comment Re:2001 (Score 2) 1219

Because Kubrick did meticulous research from flat screen displays and glass cockpits. Also had all actors be boring just like the characters they portrayed, i.e. people that do space are not expressive like most actors (compare 2001 to 2010). Of course Kubrick missed a few things, like Pan Am no longer exist, we ignored the Moon after 1972. But then I'm old enough to remember seeing this movie in 1968 shown at Century theatres on Winchester Blvd, a time when it seemed only obvious because soon we will have men walked the surface of the Moon. And many people were around to remember reading the news of first flight of Wright Bros and Lindbergh's transatlantic flight. By the time they were retirement age, they can ride an airplane that comfortably flies across continents or oceans. Hey when I'll be their age, I can do the same with space travel. But no, still waiting to see who will walk the surface of the Moon again, still waiting for my flying car (oh wait there's roadable airplanes I cannot afford). However, we got computers to enable me to rant on the forums (can't do that with a HAL9000).

The actors were not boring because space, they were boring because all humans were bored. They had mastered the solar system and apparently weren't concerned with war or poverty any more. They were waiting to evolve, so to speak.

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