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Comment: Re:Punkbuster service (Score 3, Interesting) 93

by Iron E (#26979999) Attached to: <em>Quake Live</em> Public Beta Launches To High Demand
Some of the hilarious wording from the Punkbuster license agreement:

Licensee agrees that the invasive nature of PunkBuster software is necessary to meet this purpose and goal. Licensee agrees that any harm or lack of privacy resulting from the installation and use of PunkBuster software is not as valuable to Licensee as the potential ability to play interactive online games with the benefits afforded by using PunkBuster software.

Comment: Re:"Better" is relative... (Score 1) 334

by Iron E (#26627073) Attached to: Mozilla Donates $100K To the Ogg Project
That may have been valid in 2002 when Vorbis 1.0 was released, but by now its not much of an excuse. I have a Cowon G3 (released 2004) with official Vorbis support and it plays them without problems.

There's also the patent problem with MP3, although that should expire in the next couple of years.

Comment: Re:If you need something done right do it yourself (Score 1) 430

by Iron E (#25406013) Attached to: Extended Gmail Outage Frustrates Admins
If the company does have a competent IT department, the boss will at least know what the problem is, that it is being worked on and get an estimate when the service is expected to be back. Afterwards he'll get a report why it happened and what is being done to minimize the chance of a similar outage in the future.

I'm not saying all IT stuff should be done in-house, but if you go with a giant like Google (for whom Gmail and GoogleApps isn't their main business), this negligible transparency seems the most you can expect.

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