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Comment Re:Foundamental flaw of the CA infrastructure (Score 1) 217

You are entirely correct. It was the same when I was running a web store in the 90s. It took me all of 30 seconds to figure out that the only thing a Certificate Authority is certifying is that your credit card didn't bounce, and the only thing they're an authority on is processing credit cards.

Comment He is, of course, correct (Score 1) 391

The ability to find out what people, in general, think of a movie before shelling out $20+ to see it will, in fact, destroy the current Hollywood business model. They need to completely alter how they approach the business.

They need to start making movies that don't suck throbbing purple donkey dick. Then, Rotten Tomatoes is, literally, the best thing that could possibly happen to them.

If your business depends on people not knowing what they're buying from you, you're a con artist.

Comment Re:When Ebooks are more expensive then pysical cop (Score 2) 153

1. That book always looks new on whichever reader or tablet you might be using;

Assuming you're allowed to transfer it to a new device. That can be problematic already, and history shows us that even if you're allowed to now, policies can change tomorrow.

2. You do not need a bookshelf/s for all the books that you want: it's all in your Amazon/Barnes/whatever account

But you do need power to charge your book reader, and if you drop your book in the bathtub, you drop all your books in the bathtub.

3. All your books are easy to find, and search. That physical copy of 'The Three Musketeers' that you once had may have been lost when I was shifting from Santa Clara to Charlotte. Whereas if I have my iPad, I can find and read my books anywhere.

But you can't loan them to a friend, or five friends, or donate them to the library when you're done with them.

There certainly are advantage to ebooks, but there are disadvantages, too. Overall, I don't think either is superior to the other. That said, I haven't bought a paper book in years either, but then, I know how to make actual backups of my purchases, encrypted or not. And if I lose that ability, I'll stop buying ebooks.

Comment Re:Virtual Tabletops are hardly new (Score 1) 76

Couple of thoughts:

Seems to be somewhere between Roll20 and Battlegrounds, only it's not actually clear there's a map sharing component to it. Or maybe it's just a cheap imitation of Hero Lab, only it likely won't be cheap.

If you can "access your character offline," that means a local client. That means that cross-compatibility will be . . . problematic, at best, and non existent for some platforms.

About half of the comments in the Reddit thread say that the subscription model is a deal killer, period. (It certainly is for me.)

Hasbro has a history of producing crappy electronic material for D&D, that isn't nearly as capable of stuff already available for less (or free), then abandoning it. No reason to expect this to be any different.

If it's a VTT, it's going to be a crappy one. If it's not, it's even more useless. And it's really hard to imagine it will do anything that MapTool can't.

Comment Virtual Tabletops are hardly new (Score 1) 76

There are, in fact, dozens of them, some of the many years old. There are so many, there are guides to choosing the right one.

Some, like Battlegrounds, are extremely good at handling any flavor of d20 systems, and are very, very easy to learn to use. Some, like Roll20, are less versatile, but have free versions, and run in a browser and are thus truly (as) cross-platform (as anything can be). And some, like MapTool, are completely free, with an active support community that is very user friendly, and a macro language that can do virtually anything if you work at it.

This is yet another attempt by Hasbro to turn tabletop gaming into computer gaming, which demonstrates, yet again, that they have absolutely no clue what tabletop gaming is, or what the appeal is, but they know that there are people with money they aren't giving to Hasbro, and dammit! that's not acceptable!

Comment Why I can't take the "experts" seriously (Score 2) 274

We have a class of people who:

1) Are law-abiding (even if they make use of every loophole in the book)

2) Widely recognized as leaders is a hyper-competitive environment

3) Not only survive, but thrive in that environment, and inspire others to excel as well

And the "experts" describe these people as having a disorder of some sort. They literally define business success as a mental illness.

Comment Unintended - and intended - consequences (Score 1) 1001

This means companies tend to favor recent computer science grads from top-tier schools who have had time to cram; in other words, it doesn't help diversify the field with women, older people, and people of color.

I suspect that, in many cases, that's the actual goal of the entire interview process. It's a clever, subtle way of discriminating with plausible deniability.

Comment That they have to have this explained to them (Score 1) 249

Tells us that Microsoft's executive staff is accustomed to having their PCs reboot at random times, with no option to have whatever they're working on, and being unavailable for extended periods of time while it does.

Which tells us a great deal about Microsoft, and Windows. (And how important the work their executive are doing really is.)

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