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Comment Re:Totally unavailable (Score 1) 34

Buy ones that a little behind the cutting edge, ones from a few months ago. 80% of the performance at 30% of the price.

Are you trying to be funny? Even if you said years, almost two years ago I bought the GTX 970 for pretty close to MSRP of $329. If you think you can get 80% of that for 30% or <$100 today you're delusional. Don't get me wrong, today you can get roughly the same DX11 performance in a Radeon RX 480 4GB for $199 so it's lost quite a bit of value but it's not like last year's cards turn to shit anymore. A GTX 980 Ti will still kick a lot of ass simply because it's a 600mm^2 250W truck, sure there's a bigger and more badass truck but it'll still crush a compact car despite being a few generations old and the price reflects that. Sure, if you can get a deal from a gamer just trying to get rid of his card at any price really...

Comment Re:Nope. This involves active sharing and consent. (Score 4, Informative) 54

You might even be considered an "unauthorized user" from twitter's perspective

That is precisely what triggers the fraud and abuse act.

but by giving you their password,
the end-user has made you the defacto authorized user of that account.

The end user is not authorized to do that, per the Terms of Service.

Look, the point is that its is not an open and shut case. There is a valid legal argument, bolstered by recent court rulings that the CFAA can be triggered in this way. The most recent court cases was just such an example of an authorized user sharing their password with an ex-employee. Obviously that's not exactly the same thing.

But its close enough in a lot of ways, the twitter user, like the employee doesn't really 'own the account'. It is assigned to them and they aren't allowed to share it. So if they do share it the person they share it with is NOT an authorized user, and that in theory triggers the CFAA.

Yes, its all kinds of stupid... but the CFAA is all kinds of stupid too.

Comment Re:Is there a windows store for desktop windows 10 (Score 1) 168

Is there a windows store for the desktop version of windows 10?


I did not even know that. Does it also Work with Windows 7/8?

It was released with Windows 8.

It only carries the new 'modern ui' apps. There are a variety of technologies in place to make the apps more self contained (more sandboxed); as well as let you potentially deliver the same app to Windows Desktop, tablet, and phone, (and xbox) consumers in one transaction.

Its not all bad. The original 'metro' was far too "phone/tablet" and lousy for desktop. The only one I personally use is Netflix.

Its gotten better, the apps will run in windows now ("small w" windows ie not full screen), and they added title bars and so on to the desktop version but I still have zero desire to use it for games or anything paid.

Myself, I like steam and gog. Both steam and gog are cross-platform (mac+windows+linux); which I actually value a lot vs (winphone+windesktop+xbox) which I do not value at all.

I could see the Windows store coming to replace random download sites for a lot of things, and that would be a good thing for the user experience and for safety + security. (e.g. it would be a good source for stuff like CPU-Z, qbittorrent, Acrobat Reader, Dropbox... etc etc... ) Having all that in the windows store would be good for the windows platform -- updates could be centralized instead of each doing their own.

The trouble with that is right now none of those apps will actually currently work if delivered by the windows store; due to the restrictions and sandboxing etc. CPU-Z I think needs admin rights to get the CPU information it reports, which store apps can't have. Dropbox needs shell integration which store apps cant' have. qbitttorrent... not sure if the windows store can distribute GPL stuff due to GPL license rules on making source available via the distributor...Maybe it is? And acrobat reader installs browser plugins etc which the again... app store apps can't do.

So... its a neat concept, that needs to happen but the chasm between what an app store app can do, and what windows desktop users need is still too wide.

This is why MS is focussed on games -- games are generally pretty self contained, and they are hoping to tie it together with xbox which makes sense, and may be of some value to xbox owners... to be able to play chunks of their xbox library at home or on their laptop...

The point being... a good app store run by microsoft would be good for the windows ecosystem. However, if Microsoft tries to squeeze out the other app stores, that would be a bad thing.

Comment Re:ABM systems equal escalation? (Score 1) 57

We can have enough missiles pointed at you to turn all of your major cities into slag, but we won't do it because you have enough missiles pointed at us to turn all of our major cities into slag. The MAD balance depends on both sides being unable to defend themselves, only retaliate. If one side can nuke the other side's cities and shoot down the retaliation, there is no balance. One side wins, the other loses. How is that hard to understand?

Of course there's such a thing as not wanting war, like why would Americans want to kill Russians or Russians want to kill Americans today? But MAD isn't about that, it's about a power balance where war would doom both sides. While an arms race stalemate might temporarily keep us from destroying each other, I hope that lasting peace will come from a more positive source of inspiration. Because I never really expected MAD to last forever.

Comment Re: TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 204

Probably a bad idea. Any active action to prevent the police from gaining access would probably be considered obstruction of justice, any non-police duress won't stop there. It would also prove the phone in question is programmed to respond to your fingerprints, which by itself is evidence. Perhaps it's your teenage kid's phone that he forgot and you're bringing it to him, possession is not proof of access.

If you do want a panic button and is willing to deal with the consequences it should simply irrecoverably wipe the device. Either way offer only passive resistance. If they have to do paperwork and time runs out, tough. If they try the wrong fingers and run out of attempts, tough. Configure your device any way you want up front but don't help, don't obstruct. But if you're seriously worried I'd just turn it off and use a PIN.

Comment Re:Apple's on the wrong road (Score 1) 109

They occasionally undercut their competitors. The first flash iPods were cheaper than any other consumer device (including USB flash drives) with that much flash because Apple anticipated the demand and bought up an entire year's flash production capacity from several suppliers, getting a reasonable discount. No one else could get flash chips at close to the rate that Apple was paying for a while. More recently, they've used their cash reserves to build factories for suppliers in exchange for the first year of output from them. They end up paying less for chips than anyone else, and the suppliers then get to keep operating the factory and selling the output after Apple has moved on to wanting the newer process.

Comment Re:You can stuff it under a mattress.... (Score 1) 120

If you take a bitcoin address and print out the hash, you could put that under your mattress and delete the file.

Pretty sure you meant to say something else, you can print out the private keys associated with the public hashes but if all you have is the hash you got nothing. You can see the Bitcoins are there, but you can't send them to anyone so they're effectively lost.

Comment Re:Better-binned Titan X? (Score 1) 34

My guess is that Anandtech got the conclusion for that one already written just substitute for this generation:

With an average performance deficit of just 3%, GeForce GTX 980 Ti is for all intents and purposes GTX Titan X with a different name. (...) With a launch price of $649, the GTX 980 Ti may as well be an unofficial price cut to GTX Titan X, delivering flagship GeForce performance for 35% less.

I expect that the GTX 1080 Ti will come in at $799/$899 (FE) in Q4 2016 or Q1 2017, this time with partner boards. And then there will be a new card with HBM2 to become the new Titan.

Comment Re:TFA is not terribly clear... (Score 1) 204

Was he compelled to actually put his finger on the phone, or was he just compelled to surrender his fingerprints?

The 5th only applies to testimony. Your finger print is not testimony.

They can already compel you to put your finger onto a finger print scanner or inkpad to collect your fingerprint.

It seems to me, that if we allow the government the authority to compel you to stick your finger onto anything (e.g. an inkpad) to collect your fingerprint; its not unreasonable that they have the authority to make you touch your phone too. With a warrant of course.

The upshot really should be, a fingerprint is a good way to keep random theives, children, and coworkers out of your phone. Not the government. Use a proper password for stuff you don't want the government to see.

Comment Re:confusion about self-incrimination (Score 1) 204

I think that is what has actually happened in court cases: If the police doesn't have actual evidence that you know the password, then giving the password is quite obviously proof that you know it. And if the fact that you know the password is incriminating evidence, then giving the password is self incriminating.

On the other hand, if the police has evidence that the computer or phone is yours, and that you have repeatedly used the password to unlock it, then giving the password is not self incriminating.

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 753

Sounds like he has had a lot of fun. Golf is kind of boring by comparison.

Its something he enjoys. I'm not saying he had to be 'boring'.

And I'm not suggesting that he was wrong to do what he enjoys... he's certainly lived the life he wants to live, and that's fine, even something admirable in its own way. (perhaps not his life choices in particular, but the notion making the most of life is.)

Its not a demonstration of a fantastic business acumen.

He appears to still have more money than I know how to spend.

So does Paris Hilton. I guess she's a fantastic business woman?

Comment Re:Why would Putin fear Clinton? (Score 1) 753

Again, you can't judge business success by wealth itself, only by ROI

I'm not judging the business, I'm judging the man. The ROI on the the business maybe for 4M, but the ROI on the MAN is -1M.

Its meaningless to draw arbitrary boxes and look at them in isolation... what's the total package?

A business that *needlessly* flies around its executives on private jets. seats them in gold gilt chairs, and is wasting money (see definition of "needlessly").

A businessman that owns a business that is run responsibly, who then flies himself around on privates jets, gold gilt chairs... etc... is the same thing at the end of the day.

What are you suggesting? A person who is really great at making and managing money... until its his?

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