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Comment: Re:Unfortunately (for them) (Score 1) 283

by Megane (#49547947) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
But aren't PC sales on the decline these days? About the only thing driving PC sales these days (aside from simple replacement of broken computers) is when Microsoft end-of-lifes a version of Windows. And that may have been mostly because the computers that ran W2K and XP could be so low spec. Microsoft may have to force the end of legacy BIOS booting for this to happen in significant numbers.

Comment: Re:This never works (Score 5, Insightful) 283

by Megane (#49547815) Attached to: Microsoft, Chip Makers Working On Hardware DRM For Windows 10 PCs
I came to say roughly the same thing. 4K resolution is absolutely overkill for video. Sitting six feet away from a 37" 1080p TV set to 720p in Windows (otherwise I can't even read the small text), I can watch a 480p video without feeling like I'm losing anything. I still don't have Blu-Ray, aside from a BD reader drive that a friend gave me because he wasn't using it. I put it on an Ubuntu box and have not even been able yet to play that Talledega Nights movie that was one of the earliest releases (I got it real cheap at a thrift store, it's my only BD disc at all).

+ - Car Companies Say Home Repairs Are 'Legally Problematic,' Seek Copyright Restric->

Submitted by Anonymous Coward
An anonymous reader writes: Automakers are supporting provisions in copyright law that could prohibit home mechanics and car enthusiasts from repairing and modifying their own vehicles.

In comments filed with a federal agency that will determine whether tinkering with a car constitutes a copyright violation, OEMs and their main lobbying organization say cars have become too complex and dangerous for consumers and third parties to handle.

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Comment: Re:workshop (Score 1) 229

Or they could, you know, consider an account that has at least one retail code registered to have spent at least $5? I doubt there are many Steam-based games that you can buy at retail for under $5, unless it's some kind of super clearance sale item.

The point is to restrict accounts that have with no purchase activity at all, because apparently it's easy (and free) to create a bunch of them with an automated script. You can't (or shouldn't be able to) generate retail codes with a script, so you can't use a script to create a large number of accounts with registration codes. The important difference is an account created with no effort vs one created with the effort to register games worth at least $5.

BASIC is the Computer Science equivalent of `Scientific Creationism'.

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