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News Comments > Morning Legal Briefs
11. Re: Morning Legal Briefs Oct 12, 2015, 15:24 NKD
 
I wish our prison system was better. Even a short stint in prison is extremely unlikely to make a positive change in this guys behavior. People almost always come out worse off than they went in, and more of a threat to society.

We can't let the behavior go unanswered, but at the same time, are we doing more harm than good by converting this social retard into an actual criminal?

I feel like a more creative punishment should be in order. Maybe a ban from computers, and a court order to seek and maintain gainful employment in a low tech field of work. Sort of a rehab for addiction to being an internet fuckwad.

Just one idea.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Safety Dance
1. Re: Saturday Safety Dance Oct 10, 2015, 16:56 NKD
 
Joking and inaccurate headline aside, what they are saying is correct.

A longer password, made up of standard English words, is much less vulnerable to brute force attacks than a significantly shorter password made up of random symbols, numbers, upper case and lower case letters. It's also significantly more memorable and leads to less password reuse. Password reuse is awful because once one popular site is compromised, those usernames/emails and passwords are then tried at other sites, and a significant percentage of them end up working.

Dictionary attacks work well against common words or phrases, but a personally meaningful but otherwise arbitrary sentence like "ilikemydogralphieandmetmywifejoanneatthegroomers" is not going to be brute forced and, to my knowledge, there aren't really any particularly effective dictionary attacks that can take down a lengthy arbitrary English sentence. You can shave time off of brute force, but it's still going to be way harder to crack than an 8-12 character string of random characters.

The problem is that those silly restrictions like "use a symbol and a number and mixed case" are fucking stupid and prevent this strategy from being used. On top of that they usually come along with a ridiculously short character limit on the password. Sometimes as short as 8 characters. Which also makes this approach impossible to use.

People make fun of end users for being stupid with their passwords, but developers' generally lacking awareness of password best practices really encourage computationally shitty passwords.
 
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News Comments > CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit
16. Re: CIG Demands Escapist Retraction; Threatens Lawsuit Oct 5, 2015, 10:14 NKD
 
No real chance of success in the US for a lawsuit like this. I doubt they'd even go beyond this saber rattling. They'd have a better chance suing the ex employees or whoever it was Escapist spoke to, but the Escapist is basically in the clear. The law doesn't require you to have infallible knowledge that something is true.  
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News Comments > Evening Crowdfunding Roundup
10. Re: Evening Crowdfunding Roundup Sep 13, 2015, 02:53 NKD
 
Under $700 of that figure is actual restitution, and it's doubtful whether they'll actually manage to recover any money. The problem with crowdfunding cut and runs is that the money is usually gone by the time anyone figures out they've been duped.  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Sep 1, 2015, 13:01 NKD
 
Law enforcement data collection is death by a thousand cuts. They can use an algorithmic approach to associate tons of tiny pieces of innocuous data to assemble a whole picture of your life.

Automated law enforcement, or human law enforcement augmented by too much technology, is scary. There's the unspoken rule that if you break a minor or obscure law that a police officer isn't going to pop out of the bushes and immediately cite you. They can't do that, because they can't be everywhere at once, and sometimes they really don't give a shit and have better things to do.

But with enough tech, that becomes a non-issue. You thought automated speeding tickets were bad. What about automated littering citations because something flew out the window of your car? What about license plate readers/cameras at intersections that check if you came to a complete stop before taking a right?

We have a lot of problems with police in this country. But if you thought they were bad, wait until you see what an uncaring unfeeling calculating machine does with a huge amount of data and a flawless encyclopedic knowledge of the law.
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
7. Re: Into the Black Aug 24, 2015, 23:29 NKD
 
yonder wrote on Aug 24, 2015, 20:35:
But seriously... it's evident that someone hasn't seen Battlefield Earth.

I would hope that most of humanity hasn't seen that utter piece of shit.
 
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News Comments > Saturday Metaverse
3. Re: Saturday Metaverse Aug 23, 2015, 05:38 NKD
 
jdreyer wrote on Aug 23, 2015, 05:24:
All police interactions should be instantly uploaded to the web.

I don't know about that. It should all be recorded and made available to all parties with a legitimate interest in a very timely fashion. But instantly uploaded to the web?

When the police mistakenly enter your home while you're plowing your wife's sister do you really want that uploaded to the web?
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
7. Re: Op Ed Aug 22, 2015, 18:04 NKD
 
Really puts Steam in perspective. Only around 1.3 million Steam users buy a significant number of games, and to be a member of the top 20%, you only need to own four games.

80-90% of Steam users may as well not exist for how little they participate in the PC gaming market. I never would have guessed those numbers.
 
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News Comments > etc., etc.
6. Re: etc., etc. Aug 21, 2015, 06:51 NKD
 
Hitman is such a shitty candidate for game to movie adaptation. It has a somewhat interesting story, but it's not narratively rich. There's just too little to pull from. It isn't a hugely popular game series either, in the grand scheme. So it doesn't have an enormous fan base that you can milk.

I've always felt that video game movies are better off as low budget projects, rather than as films to be shown in the theater. Things like video game web series have a much better track record than video game feature films.
 
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News Comments > Op Ed
21. Re: Op Ed Aug 20, 2015, 13:53 NKD
 
That comparison is some serious cringe shit.  
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News Comments > Morning Patches
8. Re: Morning Patches Aug 18, 2015, 19:24 NKD
 
Starbound's main problem, according to what the lead dev said on Reddit, aside from their inexperience, was Early Access. They wasted a ton of time on placeholder features that have since been replaced, removed, or will soon be replaced. They implemented and even made rudimentary balance passes to entire features knowing full well those features would be removed. Placeholder progression, etc.

These features were put in because they needed to make the game more playable since they were selling it on Steam. Silencing critics on Steam was more important than delivering the end product that was pitched. Just goes to show you that Early Access, while it can be an infusion of cash, can also be an enormous waste of time that actually eats up that cash.

 
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News Comments > SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10
14. Re: SafeDisc Broken Under Windows 10 Aug 17, 2015, 20:19 NKD
 
It was only a matter of time before these low level hackjob DRMs started to break. Some DRMs broke many Windows versions ago. Thankfully workarounds are easy to come by and no new titles are using the now unsupported feature.  
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News Comments > Steamship Ahoy - Hacknet
4. Re: Steamship Ahoy - Hacknet Aug 15, 2015, 17:10 NKD
 
Baristan wrote on Aug 15, 2015, 16:27:
I've enjoyed the game so far. 7 hours in and ~50% done. I read every file so most people should finish it in about 10h.
It's not a real hacking game like the Wargames on OverTheWire. It's very simular to Uplink. Not quite as good, but the closest any game has come in the 14 years since.

I haven't tried the Desura version yet, but it should be a good demo for those who would like to try before they buy the full version. However it might spoil some of the full game.

You can get the full version on Steam or DRM free at GOG.

Gotta agree. This is the closest we've had to Uplink. It lacks some of the soul of Uplink, but it should appeal to Uplink fans.
 
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News Comments > etc.
5. Re: etc. Aug 15, 2015, 15:02 NKD
 
Mass shootings make up something like 0.1% of the firearm homicides in the US. If you want to solve gun violence, start looking at the big picture, and not only when upper class white kids get shot.  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 13, 2015, 01:55 NKD
 
Pigeon wrote on Aug 12, 2015, 09:21:
Punch a guy in the face over $600 and lose out on a 4 year 2 million dollar contract. If only IK had paid attention in economics class all of this could have been avoided. I'll be surprised if anyone picks this guy up. Nobody is going to want someone who broke a starting QB's jaw over $600, specially not someone with unimpressive stats like IK.

Almost as unimpressive as Geno!
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
6. Re: Into the Black Aug 12, 2015, 23:26 NKD
 
This video is from a closer perspective. The story is that this was livestreamed by someone because, well, as you can see it's unlikely the cameraman survived.

Also there were two explosions after the fire broke out, a big one and then a fucking huge one like 30 seconds later.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
7. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 11, 2015, 14:15 NKD
 
Verno wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 13:58:
But you see....micro$$oft!!

Yeah, I sometimes feel like I'm in 90s USENET with the outdated big bad Micro$oft bullshit. Some of the stuff people say Microsoft is going to do, people have been saying for 20+ years.

Since people started warning us about these imminent horrible atrocities by Microsoft, people have been born and gone on to have kids of their own. Meanwhile, I'm still in control of my PC. My pirated software (including Microsoft software!) and porn are fine. I've seen barely an advertisement outside of a few whitelisted sites in probably 15 years. I can compile and run whatever code I want, and the open source community for Windows has only gotten bigger.

If Microsoft is going to lock down my PC any day now, why is it taking them so long? I'm not getting any younger, and I'm not in the best of health. If I had kids I'd say maybe they or my grandkids might experience Microsoft making good on their evil plans. But I'm not sure about that.
 
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News Comments > Morning Metaverse
5. Re: Morning Metaverse Aug 11, 2015, 13:38 NKD
 
Bub wrote on Aug 11, 2015, 10:19:
Once you hand over the keys to your computer with Windows 10, the big M will see to it that add blockers never work again.

Ad blockers work fine with Windows 10 and Microsoft doesn't care about ads as they are not an advertisement firm.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Aug 10, 2015, 11:38 NKD
 
I enjoyed True Detective season 2 a lot as well. I'm not sure if more than season 1, but, it was something I looked forward to each week. One of those shows where I get a little giddy as I press the play button.

But I knew from interviews before getting into it that each season of True Detective was going to be a significantly different theme. A Southern Gothic story and a Detective Noir story are not going to have a lot in common.

Some people seemed to think it was just going to be a rotating cast with the same style of story. But literally every season is a new show.

Comparing season 1 and season 2 might as well be comparing Seinfeld and Star Trek TNG. They both did what they set out to do remarkably well. You might wish they had set out to do something else, but that doesn't make what they did a piece of shit.
 
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News Comments > The International Results
16. Re: The International Results Aug 9, 2015, 18:45 NKD
 
There's nothing this site hates more than seeing nerds who aren't them making money. Any time someone gets a pay day, you see comments in here about how they don't deserve it. Pro gamers, Notch, The Oculus Rift dude, etc.  
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