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Comment Re:N not the only publisher requiring stream royal (Score 1) 94

This Ars Technica article agrees. Is a licensee allowed to designate the entire game as such a scene? Apparently so, according to this Polygon article and this reddit post.

They "can" but don't, not for Twitch type streaming. The CoD and Minecraft examples you give are for "Share Play" which is different from Twitch/Ustream/Youtube streaming, or "game DVR". Share play lets some one over the internet, log into a "local" mulitplayer game, where they don't even have to own the game.

Comment Re:Copyright in game streams (Score 1) 94

A video game is a copyrighted audiovisual work, and streaming a video game without permission from the game's publisher is copyright infringement

Is it now? Thats "one" persons opinion. You are way way way to literal on things like this.

How do Twitch and YouTube Gaming either obtain this permission or provide a means for members to apply to publishers to obtain this permission?

They don't need to?

Look, the only company that really doesn't care for streaming is Nintendo, goes to show just how stuck in the past they are. Streaming is built right in to the PS4 and Xbox One.

Comment Re: buh, bye (Score 1) 494

Because people are hypocrites. They "say" they want democracy and don't want political families and legacies..... and then they'll elect/appoint the son of an officeholder to his dad's post when he retires.

They really DO want familiarity and a pseudo-aristocracy. For example John McCain considers the Senate Liaison Office position within the Navy's Office of Legislative Affairs to be his first real entry into politics. Do you know how he got that job? His father once held it. And his Father and Grandfather were both Admirals. Any person other than John McCain would have been kicked out of Annapolis or tne Navy years before for all the shit he pulled. But hey, he was a legacy with an Admiral for a father and grandfather.

Best thing we could do is forbid relatives of officeholders from holding the same office, the ban should probably extend to extended family (nieces/nephews/uncles/brothers/sisters/cousins) to the great grand child level.

I'd rather ban relatives from holding ANY elected or appointed office even those in other states/branches of government to try and kill the oligarchy forever, but that's not going to happen.

Comment Re:Stop and rewrite for newbies. (Score 1) 83

PGP is software that encrypts e-mail messages (or files) so that only the recipient can read them. It does this by using a system of two keys for each user. One is a secret key that each user keeps secret and private, the other is a public key that you can give to other people or publish on the internet.

If someone wants to send an encrypted message to you, they use your public key to encrypt it so that only your secret key can decrypt it They then send that message to you and you decrypt with your secret key.

If some naughty person gets access to the message, they can't read it, because they don't have your secret key. And even if they did have it, they don't have the password associated with that key.

So how do we share public keys? We put them on websites or we can e-mail them, or we often use keyservers on the internet whose sole purpose is to host keys. PGP has built in functionality to send or recieve public keys from keyservers.

So how is that?

Comment Re:It's an interesting idea (Score 1) 755

I don't think anything like this (or anything different at all really) can happen in the US unless there's a major, extremely disruptive change in government.

We had this discussion in the US over 40 years ago. The reason why we don't have a NMI is the disruptive change in government we call "Watergate"

Richard Nixon was in favor of this concept, what we call "Earned Income Credit" was the limited pilot program for it. What was supposed to happen eventually is that everyone would get a check on a regular basis, no "once a year" thing involved. It was seen as solving the problem of wage deflation which they saw as a very real problem even back then. The government basically was going to say "Either pay workers a fair living wage that keeps up with inflation or you pay for this"

Then Watergate which put an end to this idea, though we still have the EIC remnant, and it also put an end to the plans for a single payer government run health insurance system. Yes, Nixon was in favor of that too. They were working out the details with Teddy Kennedy holding out for some more concessions for lower income people when Watergate hit.

Comment Re:4/5 in favor (Score 3, Informative) 755

The US had this "discussion" a bit over 40 years ago. What we now call EIC was the pilot program for NMI (national minimum income)in the US. Originally it wasn't supposed to be means tested once a year thing and people would just simply get a check. The US president of the time thought it was a great idea to help combat wage deflation and solve other issues.

That president was the dirty pinko commie socialist ( HA! ) known as Richard Nixon. Who was also in favor of a single payer government run health insurance system. Really, if it wasn't for Watergate, we'd have a single payer health care system and a national minimum income like this Finnish program. And we'd have had it 40 years ago.

Comment Via Slashdot actually, with nods to the PS2. (Score 1) 136

At the time my internet access was via WebTV...hey don't look at me that way, it was CHEAP. Anyway, I figured that Linux on the PS2 would be a neat way of adding computing functionality to my PS2. I signed the petition to get the kit released in the US and pre-ordered the kit. I had no experience with Unix or Linux so when I pre-ordered I ordered me some Linux books from Amazon, including O'Reilly's Running Linux, Linux for Dummies, Complete Idiot's guide to Linux and some Sybex omnibus Linux compendium book.

When I got the kit, I installed it blind since I didn't have a Sync-on-green monitor, once installed you can make it boot to NTSC. What we didn't know at the time was that there's a secret controller button combo that chooses what mode RTE install disc runs in and that a sync-on-green monitor ISN'T actually required if you use Select+R1 (IIRC it's Select + R2 if you want to use component)

Once installed I had it up and running for basic desktop tasks within a day. The default desktop is windowmaker, but I switched to KDE1.x It's a wacky Kondara-ized Red Hat 6 and has the usual things a RH6 distro has...EXCEPT Netscape. I did my first compile on it a few days later, it was either gaim or Abiword. It'll run practically anything you can get to compile on it. Heck I once got a 2.6 series GIMP on it.

I remember one time reading some article on slashdot about GNUPG and wondering if I could get it to work on the thing, and then finding out that it was already installed by default. I created my first gnupg key on the thing, had a devil of time trying to get enough entropy on the command line no matter what I threw at it. I think I solved the problem by running a compile, playing an MP3 AND using Gnu privacy assistant GUI at the same time to get enough entropy.

I still have a PS2 capable of booting the RTE and a PS2 HDD with a basic Linux install on it stored away. The wonderful keyboard gave out. I'd get another if people weren't charging an arm and a leg for them.

I also ran Linux on the PS3 as well, but currently run Fedora 22 on X86.

Comment Re:Destroys spontaneity (Score 1) 147

I think CronoCloud's point is that by the time one has a bachelor's degree in any field related to professional video game development

Which you do have.

one is old enough to drive and ought to be rich enough to pay for driving lessons, a car, and insurance

You didn't learn to drive in high school? Isn't it required in Indiana? Drivers Ed is a required course in Illinois.

Comment Re:Consoles and couches (Score 1) 147

I could see this working well.

It does work well, people have been using this method for years. It's my preferred method of playing an FPS on a console and it annoys me to no end that the Orange Box on the PS3 doesn't support it when Half-Life on the PS2 did.

I am looking forward to the Steam Controller just for this reason. I joined the early order for that and in a couple of months I will be able to tell if it works as well as I hope.

No need to wait for a steam controller, because you can do it now. Basically all you need is a game pad and mouse. Use the mouse like you normally do but configure the gamepad for movement and any other functions you want. You can also use Playstation Move Navigation controller to replace the DualShock in one hand. It looks something like this:

I've done it on the:

PSone: Quake II, Alien Resurrection
PS2: Deus Ex, Half-Life, Dirge of Cerberus
PS3: Dust514

The method is also supported in War Thunder on both PC and PS4, some PC players prefer that method for tanks. War Thunder is also unique in that it supports EVERY control method on EVERY platform. So yes there are some PS4 players using keyboards to fly planes and some PC players using gamepads to fly and some players on both PC and PS4 using HOTAS. You can even use the PS4 camera for TrackIR style view control.

Comment Re:Viability of developing for a peripheral (Score 1) 147

"Modern" in general or Sony in particular?

Modern in general, though I personally prefer Sony to Microsoft.

and for some reason, I didn't seem to find a lot of DS3s when I hit nearby pawn shops this past spring.

That's strange, they're common around here, DS4's too. You could always pick up a new one too. They're Bluetooth, work well in Linux too.

Comment Re:Consoles and couches (Score 1) 147

On a stick, each movement takes a move forward then a move back to center to stop walking off the cliff. It takes twice as many finger movements to get the same action.

You must live in a world without auto-centering sticks. There's no need to "move back", not even taking into account the ability to move slowly in the first place. And how is it twice as many movements when you say " tap the forward key very quickly."

Besides, the thumb is your most cabable finger.

I understand that the sticks are technically analog

Not technically analog, they ARE analog

and you should be able to slowly creep forward, but their response is so bad and the range of motion is little that it is quite difficult to move just enough to creep forward,

Your thumb is quite cable of making tiny movements. Now admittedly as a PC gamer you haven't got the skills/practice to do it well, but it's quite easy actually. Just because the stereotypical "ham fisted PC gamer who hasn't touched a joystick since 1981" can't do it, doesn't mean that it's a problem for anyone else.

That is also why headshots are impossible with stick and the games have to help out with aim-cheats.

Stop right there. I wasn't talking about FPS aiming now was I. I was talking solely about movement. The mouse is a fine pointing device, but it is essentially "easy mode", which is why you like it. In the transition to mouse aiming, mouse aiming was considered "easy mode for casual dudebros" compared to the games that came before it.

Headshots shouldn't be easy if we have any pretense towards realism in games, they should be HARD and rare.

The stick moves when you move it over, and keeps moving even though the stick is still, you need to move it back to center to stop the movement.

You're doing it wrong. "You" don't move it back to center. it moves itself back to center.

The stick also has a maximum speed that is way slower than mouse movement.

It depends on the game settings. What, you didn't know you could change the speed of the right stick?

With a quick jerk of the hand you can do a 180 spin. On a stick it is move over, wait, wait, wait until you have moved a full 180, then move back to center. Way too slow.

Again, you're doing it wrong. You don't move it back, it moves itself back.

The reason computer chips are so small is computers don't eat much.