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Comment Re:Luck manipulation requires emulation (Score 2) 151

As I understand it, early consoles (NES, SNES, Genesis) were so simple they didn't HAVE an on-board OS. Everything was on the cart, and they relied on the fact that physical carts were next-to-impossible to duplicate for the average Joe. I do know that some of the more advanced systems, Sega CD and 32X, for example, did have an on-board ROM and "OS", mainly because they had to come up to a stable and working state before data was loaded from the media, whereas regular carts were literally wired directly into the memory space.

Comment Re:What the heck? (Score 3, Informative) 354

This DMCA takedown request is invalid. And it all comes down to the statement "As the Minecraft Server software is included in CraftBukkit, and the original code has not been provided or its use authorized, this is a violation of my copyright". That statement is incorrect. It is a violation of MOJANG's copyright (As they are the copyright holders of the original server software, which has been decompiled and partially deobfuscated in this case). Wolfe's contributions are licensed under the GPL, and he can't withdraw that license, so he is in no situation to order a takedown on his own code. And he can't order a takedown based on Mojang's code, as he doesn't own that copyright either.

Comment Re: What the heck? (Score 1) 354

The "Parts of Minecraft" are decompiled and unobfuscated by a third party from the Java binary that Mojang distribute. These parts infringe on Mojang's copyright, and have never been licensed for use anywhere. Technically, Mojang were doing the community a favour by not issuing legal challenges and takedowns for this illegal decompilation of their work.

Oh, and unless I've missed something, Wolfe can't issue a DMCA for his own code, as he has already licensed it under the GPL, and is not allowed to withdraw that license.

Comment It's a shame Creative will be suing this. (Score 5, Interesting) 89

There was a company back in 1997 that had a fantastic (series of) cards that did all this 3d transformation, reflection, deflection and occlusion of audio in hardware. The company was Aureal, and their A3D system was fantastic, doing everything that this demo showed. The competitor, Creative's EAX, instead used the entirely dumb method of "turn on reverb in a room". Creative sued Aureal, thinking that they had a leg up on 3D audio. Aureal countersued, and won, but the legal costs drove them into bankruptcy. Creative then bought Aureal's assets, and buried the company, and all it's technology, never to be seen again. In fact, EAX is still the stupid-simple (and very broken) "turn on reverb" (though now it also has "Adjust reverb"). And, as Creative have shown before (With the whole "Carmack's Reverse" fiasco) They're more than willing to use legal means to muscle their way.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.