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Comment But it's "free" (except when it's not) (Score 3, Insightful) 159

For quite awhile, a lot of people seemed to have the "whatever, deal with it, that's the cost of a 'free' OS upgrade"

Except it was not a free upgrade for many people. More of a "I turned my computer on one day and WTF is this sh** where did my normal windows go and how do I get it back!"

And of course, on new PC's it comes with the cost of the PC, and some people also bought codes to install Win10 on home-built machine (which now anyone has to do if they want windows - as they've shelved Win7/8 - and the 'free' upgrade period is over).

So yeah, people paying hundreds of bucks for software that rams ads down their throat, direct from the manufacturer.

Comment Alternatives (Score 1) 145

Yeah, but it's a lot easier to offer alternative digital offerings on the internet than it is with something that requires a dedicated physical connection/hardware to customers' house (cable/satellite).

That, and the "piracy" alternative is always there too.

Competition - whether legal or otherwise - can help prevent bad behavior.

Comment Re: This will never happen, even if I want it to. (Score 1) 273

There is an implicit admission of guilt in accepting a pardon

Well, he is guilty of releasing classified information. The pardon would be because it was the only way to do so (reporting structure shown to be a fail) and it was in the interest of the people to do so.

Given that el presidente just allowed even more spy powers on his way out the door, Snoden has a snowball's chance in hell of getting a pardon.

Comment Well yeah (Score 1) 67

Usually having your expensive equipment explode massively will have a fairly severe financial impact. I'd hope that this sort of thing is something they'd planned for, given the risks in this industry. Even small mistakes = big consequences, and there's a lot of room for unknowns.

Comment Editing and removing posts (Score 3, Interesting) 52

The whole "non-permanent" status of posts has been a long-term source of amusement for me. Even when it showed posts as "edited", deleted posts would just disappear.

So an ex of mine had a post about her big drooly bulldog. I can't remember my exact post, but I essentially posted something about my dog. Her husband - who rather dislikes me - pops up and posts something to the effect of
"well, you're probably just as stupid and ugly as that dog"

So I delete my post, and suddenly all that's left is her original post, and him replying "you're as ugly and stupid as that dog"

Good times :-)

Comment Re:Should have started with old videogames. (Score 2) 64

Now, if you're buying it for its 'collectability' shouldn't you feel some responsibility in vetting the vendor's credentials and/or enter in to terms by which you can return the item if you determine its fake?

Well, here's my experience as a non-collector with fraudulent merchandise.

Order DVD set. Price is actually pretty steep but less than some other sellers. Seller guarantees it's "not counterfeit" on their page, of course.
DVD set arrives. Nice box, good silkscreening.
Play first DVD. First episode subtitle translations are obviously bad fansubs (I've seen the same on online downloads). Second episode actually has scan lines where it was copied from analogue->digital
Report counterfeit merchandise to eBay.
Ebay says I must get the item certified as a counterfeit by an industry professional, despite the obvious signs, and within a fairly short time frame. As I was living in a shithole town at the time, this was a no-go, so I was out about $60-80 for a cheap piece of garbage which I could just as well have downloaded online.

So even if you're knowledgeable enough to vet something as authentic or otherwise, eBay pretty much makes it as hard as possible to get a return on counterfeit goods (or at least they did last time I dealt with them).

Same deal with fake USB/SD storage devices. Tons of counterfeit, and eBay seems to not give a flying f*** about it.

Comment Sucks for cops too (Score 1) 305

Thankfully when I was a BB admin I didn't see any of that. Messed up stuff that got people banned, yes, but nobody was stupid enough to post actual KP on the boards I managed.

I have a friend who worked in law enforcement in "cyber crime" though. Apparently that stuff is part of what he deals with, and you really can tell it takes a toll on a person. I doubt it's like most people imagine. Some people are so fucking depraved that normal people can't even fathom how bad they can be.

Comment No good smartwatches (Score 1) 101

Well shit. I've actually been looking for a Pebble replacement and this looks very nice. Figures that I'd find out in an announcement that they're also being killed by Fitbit. Better battery life too, damn

Anyone else know of a good alternative that ISN'T owned by Shitbit?

Comment Consumers do care (Score 1) 72

most consumers DON'T CARE about (much less ever THINK about) security.

No, most consumers don't think about IMPLEMENTING security. That's because they trust that the makers of their devices are smarter than them, and wouldn't make deliberate decisions that hurt security (like hardcoded admin logins). This is after people like me hammered in the idea that to be (more) secure on the internet, you need to use a router and not plug in directly.

It's in the same vein as trusting the person who makes your car that it won't cheat on emissions, accelerate without the pedal being pressed, etc etc.

In other words, a case of misplaced trust - or a vendor who violates said trust - not lack of caring...

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