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Current Topic: Miscellaneous

Video games get built in DRM-like expiry
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:28 pm EDT, May  9, 2008

In the tradition of such financial windfalls as VideoCD and EPSN Baseball, EA and Bioware are now using "copy protection" as a means to ensure that at some future point, every game they make will be able to be forcibly obsolesced in order to manage their own "classics" channel, much like Sony and Nintendo are now selling all their old titles again, which also ensures that their copyrights on these titles never really expire. Ever.

Basically, the deal is this: For both Spore and Mass Effect, which both are primarily single-player games, you will now be required to do an online authorization for the machine you install it on. It's a near certainty that at some point in the future, they're simply going to declare it not worth their time to continue authorizing installs of these games. It probably won't even be a terribly long time before this happens, as EA has a particularly miserable track record for this... How long exactly was it that SSX3 actually retained it's online multiplayer ability?

Me, I'm probably buying them both (didn't have time to finish Mass Effect on the XBox 360 before I realized I should have gotten a PS3) but I'm going to crack the holy thunderfsck out of them. So much for being sure your grandkids might be able to play a game you enjoyed if you hang onto it long enough.

Note, I say "probably" not because I'm hinting at some other method of obtaining them. I say this because depending on how things turn out, I might just skip dealing with either of them at all just because of this online authentication bullshit. If it isn't worth me paying money to support the people who wrote the game, then screw playing it.

Update: Also, let's not forget what this does to the ability of resellers (or, god forbid, game rental companies) to handle these titles. That's right, you can forget about renting these from Gamefly or picking them up used anywhere.

Video games get built in DRM-like expiry

Dumb is the new black
Topic: Miscellaneous 11:29 am EST, Feb 15, 2008

Here's an NYT article in case you're like me and starting to really get annoyed at stupid people arguing for stupidity instead of against it like any race that is expected to continue breeding should.

Just in case any of the words are just too big for you, double-click on them.

Dumb is the new black

I know this is old, but isn't this illegal?
Topic: Miscellaneous 5:48 am EST, Nov 20, 2007

This is old news I know, but my question is, as a service provider are they allowed MIM attacks like this (am I misreading this, isn't that what masquerading as the other computer your talking to and sending false data is?).

I know this is old, but isn't this illegal?

Did I tell you today that we have soldiers dying overseas?
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:29 am EST, Nov 17, 2007

Just in case someone has forgotten...

Did I tell you today that we have soldiers dying overseas?

The Personal Transport of Awesomeness
Topic: Miscellaneous 3:19 pm EST, Nov 12, 2007

Before you sneer, here's some facts...

New, it cost about 200 British Pounds.
It gets almost 100 MPG.

I want the sport version shown at the end.

Frankly, I think someone should try making these again. Something like this that maybe got as fast as 45mph (definitely not safe for this on the interstate) and you could sell for say, $400-$500... You could not keep people out of your showroom without dogs and minefields.

The Personal Transport of Awesomeness

Sad kitty
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:36 pm EST, Nov  6, 2007

The _proper_ way cats should react to water, if they are against taking your life.

Sad kitty

MIT student arrested for entering Boston airport with art project
Topic: Miscellaneous 7:25 pm EDT, Sep 22, 2007

She's extremely lucky she followed the instructions or deadly force would have been used," Pare told The Associated Press. "And she's lucky to be in a cell as opposed to the morgue."

The quote above is a Massachusetts State Police Officer publicly threatening to murder an MIT student who accidentally showed up at the airport wearing an electronic art project. She has, yet again, been charged with carrying out a hoax. Remember kids, anytime a Massachusetts police officer is confused, its your fault for confusing them, and not theirs for being fucking stupid and paranoid, and you are likely to go to prison or worse if it happens.

MIT student arrested for entering Boston airport with art project

John Kerry: FUCK YOU.
Topic: Miscellaneous 12:17 pm EDT, Sep 18, 2007

For standing on stage like a cowardly sack of crap, because in theory you more than anyone else there should have known what was going on in that room was illegal and would have had the power to stop it with a word but didn't.


You're done. As far as a lot of Americans and myself are concerned, you will never be worthy of a vote again. You very obviously don't have our best interests in heart, and even more clearly don't give a crap what happens to your fellow man even when it's right in front of you.

John Kerry: FUCK YOU.

EFF: DeepLinks
Topic: Miscellaneous 6:22 pm EDT, Sep 14, 2007

Joy Robinson-Van Gilder is a small-town mom from Earlville, Illinois (population 1,778) who began a one-woman campaign to fight the use of biometrics in the schools — and won.

In August of 2005, the public school in Earlville installed biometric equipment, allowing the school to track students by scanning their fingerprints. Use of the scans for school lunch was apparently mandatory. When Robinson-Van Gilder objected, she was told: “If they don’t scan, they don’t eat.”

We need this to be a Federal Law... to protect our youth.

EFF: DeepLinks

McCain on Iraq.
Topic: Miscellaneous 9:25 pm EDT, Sep 13, 2007

Sums up my concerns rather well.

"No, no, really, we've almost got it! Just another 6 months and we'll be in good shape..."

McCain on Iraq.

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