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Comment Re:Look up laws on booby traps (Score 2) 237

Lighters exist. Their sole purpose is to set things on fire, aka 'destroy flamable stuff'.

They are not illegal. You can carry one on your person.

If a cop takes one from you and then lights his car on fire, that is HIS fault, not yours.

The thing is, 'destroying' stuff is not illegal. It is only illegal to destroy something you do not own.

I have lots of computers and I do not want other people to steal the data on them. I could purchase the USB killer for that legitimate purpose. If the cop stupidly uses it to destroy his own stuff, that's on him, not on me,.

Nor am I required to warn him. I have the right to remain silent.

I personally would state specifically "I hereby order you not to plug that device into anything. I now exercise my right to remain silent."

Comment Worst social media site EVER! (Score 1, Troll) 90

Look, the only reason I have been posting on Slashdot is that the threatened to sue me if I told the truth. Their posts are made of the parts of pigs that butchers throw away. The force their threaders to work 16 hour days, with no overtime, for only $5 a day. Their vowels are purchased from east Asian pirates, who when they are not stealing them, are kidnapping small dogs and harvesting all the vowels from their organs.

God that feels good to get off my chest.

Comment Re:When do we switch to OpenBSD? (Score 1) 141

The issue is not the technology, it's humanity. No matter how many warnings you give people, no matter how many times you tell them "THIS IS REALLY BAD, DO NOT ALLOW THIS!" they will just click OK, and in most cases after not even reading the warning.

The problem is software has been crying wolf with inconsequential security warnings: Yeah, I get it, the SSL cert I'm using is self signed. User Account Control, and the MacOS password prompt, pops up for every little OS change, I really do trust the RDP/SSH computer I'm connecting to. No, my computer doesn't have a virus you shitty clickbait ad.

Users have become desensitized to security warnings, and ransomware is just the next evolution of this.

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

Once you put your VR glasses on, you're disconnected from the world and immersed in a virtual application. That's all it has. It's a glorified 360Ã screen

Yeah, all VR is is a way to fool your senses into making you feel like you're in another world. A world that can be literally anything. That's all. Who needs that?

Have you tried a Vive with room scale? It seems to me like you haven't, and I would highly recommend you do, because room scale is the evolution of gaming.

Comment Re:No, Aumented Reality is the next big thing. (Score 1) 114

AR is a massive privacy invasion waiting to happen.
VR isn't.

Oh yea, heaven forbid we gain AR and lose all of the privacy we currently have with the likes of Google and the NSA.

AR requires cameras in public places.
VR doesn't.

Nearly everywhere you go in public right now, you are on at least one camera if not ten. All of which are owned by other people than yourself.
One more camera of your own that isn't recording doesn't seem like that big of a deal.

AR pretends you can navigate in the real world while being distracted by a game.
VR doesn't.

That's about the only good point you've listed.

AR can be spoiled / interrupted by other people's pissing about in front of the idiot with the headset.
VR cannot.

Challenge accepted!

AR requires high-end computer vision, equipment and processing to operate properly.
VR doesn't.

Tell that to the VR headset makers that all want me to upgrade my video card or purchase a next gen console.

Comment Re:Was anybody actually using the software? (Score 1) 170

I have no idea of the terms of the license given to the Navy which may have granted to them the ability to copy the software to any computer they wanted, however, this is not theoretical.

Absent any additional rights transfer, whether or not a copyrighted work is used or not doesn't matter, all that is required for a violation to occur is for a copy to be made.

Comment Re:Annoying wires (Score 1) 29

Not going to happen anytime soon. Resolution (pixel density mostly) is the biggest improvement that needs to be made at this point, and to increase pixels while still keeping framerates high is going to require even more powerful machines than we have now.

Sure, you can get a PSVR, and it'll be fun, but the graphical fidelity is just not there.

Comment Re:My Apologies (Score 2) 174

I still see no functional difference what so ever. Both options in your example are identical.

Publisher takes the servers offline?
Then no you can't download the software from them anymore.
If you have a copy of the downloaded software, you can't activate it because the servers are down, and it is useless.
If you have a copy of the software on disc, you can't activate it because the servers are down, and it is useless.

They look functionally the same to me so far.

In order to get either copy to work, you have to modify the software in a way deemed illegal to do.
But legality aside let's say we go down that path.

I can go to the pirate bay and download the patch to modify the software to run without activation.
That patch will apply to the software you have on disk.
That same patch will apply to the software from the download servers, which will be on the pirate bay included with the patch.

In both cases the software would then work. Again they look functionally the same to me so far.

The only real difference is if you refuse to download anything, including the modification to patch the software to work.
In THAT case, my downloaded software can be fixed with the downloaded patch and will work.
Your software on disk will still require that patch to work, which you refuse to download.

Downloaded version works, disk version does not.

In any realistic situation both versions of the same bits are identical.
Only in an idealistic world where you never download anything is your method of having the software on disk worse off in the end and leave you with non-functional software.

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