""It will never compare with the current generation of consoles, or the next.""
"But, neither will the price. I somehow doubt the PS5 or the next Xbox are going to cost the $129 being charged for Stadia."
Correct, Microsoft is trying to make streaming games happen and I am sure Sony will follow suit at some point. This would probably been better received if they waited a year while MS and Sony started talking more about their future offerings.
Elite Gamer checking in. We in fact, abhor this concept. It will never replace my laptop or desktop. This is being pushed out with the 'hope' of capturing some kind of market.
We may get it and try it, but it will never replace our RGB-laden systems. It will never compare with the current generation of consoles, or the next.
For me in particular, it comes to latency. They are trying to get around the latency issue with 'AI'. In reality their AI is nothing more than advanced autoaim. Fuck that.
Uh oh. Microsoft's bid to ditch the disc in its XBOX and pushing Windows 10 as the last OS you will buy is starting to look shaky if large swaths of America don't have access to reliable, cheap and uncapped broadband.
This information is about two weeks old. It's well beyond the regular news cycle. As to the article itself, had you clicked any of the links embedded within or maybe searched for yourself, outside of Techdirt, you would have found this same information.
There are organizations that earn their pay with Fake News. Techdirt is not one of them.
One has to wonder, with the type of news org that is Techdirt and those that follow it, why would you waste your time on weeks-old news on a blog that you don't care enough about to register and post under at least a pseudonym.
I go dormant for long periods of time. It's more likely that the ones checking post history have an agenda. But that's just me. Now excuse me while I submit my report to my Russian handler so I can get paid the $.003 for writing this response.
Hooray we're all criminals now!
Backup device. Factory Reset. Load 'empty' Apple ID or Google Account or Microsoft Account. Cross border. Give password to empty phone. Change password upon immediately exiting customs. Continue to destination. Reset and restore or continue to use dummy account until you return home. Repeat when you cross the border again.
Use something obnoxious, like KIMDOTCOMISAWESOME or NOPASSWORD as your actual password.
When you get home, call your cellular provider, advise that the Home or Power button no longer works (assuming no damage and under warranty) and they will send you a warranty replacement. Now you have a new Device ID/MEID!
Also, carry spare dead SIM and use that instead so they don't have your SIM number and leave your memory card at home.
After it's all said and done all they will have is an old MEID number, useless account information and the wrong SIM number.
PINs are useless in this scam. The 'hacker' is switching the targets phone number to a device they control. This can be done within a few minutes. They either already have access to the PIN, have someone on the inside, or are using social engineering to gain access to the targets phone number. Once they have local access to a phone number, they change the PIN to something else and do whatever it is they want to do.
A 'Port Out' pin is similarly worthless if the scammer gains control of the phone number.
Usually, by the time the target realizes there is something wrong it is too late, the damage has been done. When they call their carrier they will not be able to gain access to their account because they do not know the new PIN. Best case scenario will be for them to go to a retail location to show their ID as proof of ownership. But if the number was ported out to another carrier they are fucked. There is no easy way to prove to another carrier that they are the legitimate owner of a particular phone number. Meanwhile the person that now has the phone number is changing passwords on all kinds of accounts and setting up Two-Factor Authentication, locking the target out of their own accounts, banks, social media, whatever. All this can be done in a few hours. You could wake up tomorrow and be locked out of everything.
You won't notice anything is wrong because you won't be getting any email notifications because all your passwords have been changed.
What's worse is there are many 2FA apps out there that rely on an email or phone number for their own authentication. So if the scammer has access to their phone number, there is no service that they will not be able to change the authentication on.
This is a pandora's box that the carriers need to address. It is mandated that customers can take their phone numbers with them. We need to figure out a process that can reliably authenticate the person requesting the port instead of using a 4-digit code.