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Comment Has anyone else tried Virtru? Simple (Score 3, Interesting) 216

I was sent a message encrypted by https://www.virtru.com/ and it wasn't a problem to open it on my end, no account required.
I liked the idea and took about 5 minutes to get it setup on my end so I could send encrypted email, too.
It's about the simplest setup I've seen yet, and only downside is a couple of second lag opening an email (time it takes to decrypt)

Comment Re: Short-sighted (Score 2) 91

Agreed. I had their service for many years (10+) with no issues until the one time I did. Turns out being a long-time satisfied customer of theirs doesn't mean they will go to bat for you.
They were happy to lose me as a customer over $125 of faulty (doa) merchandise a vendor refused to accept for return.
The convenience of PayPal is not worth losing the protections your bank's fraud department would normally give you.

Comment And when they die in 2 months? (Score 1) 743

I bought about 30 of the Feit Electric 40W equivalent bulbs at Costco last year ($10-$12 each).
Although rated for 7 years, I've had to return 4 of them in the roughly 9 months I've had them (failure to light).
Luckily Costco is good about this, but I'd sure hate to spend $60 on a bunch of bulbs and have them go TU after a year or two.
(Who wants to save the box and receipts for 20 years)

On the up side, the electric bill is down about $15 a month, so perhaps they will pay for themselves before Costco stops taking returns on them...

Comment One small rock (Score 3, Insightful) 892

One small rock accelerated for a long enough time then steered at a large ship (or moon or planet) would pretty much be the end of it.
Can't really imagine much combat going on when it's a mutually assured destruction scenario any way you look at it.
Most mass entertainment scenarios make sure that the attacking force needs to capture (not destroy) what they are attacking to make sure this doesn't come up.

I suppose lots of tiny enclaves (small hollowed out asteroids) on both sides could duke it out with small ships. Still can't imagine a large enough industrial base to keep things going very long, though. Anything big enough to build ships would just be destoryed.

Comment OK, but (Score 1) 95

They mention it works under water. How does it hold up on dusty surfaces, though? I would assume it would get clogged with dust grains like normal tape does, and lose its stickiness after a use or two... (But then again Geckos can walk over a dusty floor, then up a wall, so I'm not sure) Anyone got an answer?

Games

Capcom 'Saddened' By Game Plagiarism Controversy 163

Capcom's recent release of action platformer Maxsplosion for the iPhone caused indie developer Twisted Pixel to call Capcom out for copying the concept from their successful Xbox Live game 'Splosion Man. Twisted Pixel said they had no plans for legal action, since they were "too small to take on a company like Capcom." The indie studio had even pitched the game to Capcom for publishing at one point, but were declined. Now, Capcom has released a statement denying that Maxsplosion's development team had any knowledge of the meetings and saying, "MaXplosion was developed independently by Capcom Mobile. Nonetheless, we are saddened by this situation and hope to rebuild the trust of our fans and friends in the gaming community."

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