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Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games 461

Posted by Soulskill
from the saddle-up dept.
BanjoTed writes "In a move to counter sales of pre-owned games, EA recently revealed DLC perks for those who buy new copies of Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Now, PlayStation platform holder Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with similar plans for the PSP's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3. '[Players] will need to register their game online before they are able to access the multiplayer component of the title. UMD copies will use a redeemable code while the digital version will authenticate automatically in the background. Furthermore ... anyone buying a pre-owned copy of the game will be forced to cough up $20 to obtain a code to play online."

Comment: What's holding back encryption? (Score 1) 660

by Sir_Real (#30811862) Attached to: What's Holding Back Encryption?

This is easy. It's not worth it. The losses attributable to "not encrypting" something are less than the cost of "encrypting everything" and managing it. It doesn't hurt enough yet. Wait till we get a large scale breach of a service like alt.com or adultfriendfinder. You will then see some action. Capitalism is not pro-active unless it's clearly profitable and has little risk.

Comment: Re:Nothing to do with Porn, it's the Awfulbar agai (Score 1) 673

by Sir_Real (#29208041) Attached to: Fear of Porn URL Exposure Discourages Firefox 3 Upgrade

This "feature" is also responsible for freezing the entire browser whenever I open a new tab and start typing in the URL bar. It queries a friggin sqlite database to pull up all the previously visited urls I could mean to visit. I have to vacuum a database to make my browser usable.

for i in */*.sqlite;
        sqlite3 $i VACUUM;

Comment: wonder how many careers this just ended (Score 1) 553

by Sir_Real (#29145413) Attached to: Initial Tests Fail To Find Gravitational Waves

I'd be very curious to see how many career paths this experiment just derailed. How large is this subset of string theory that just got wiped out? Also, what does it mean if the bigger version of this test doesn't find gravitational waves? Does it poke a big fat hole in relativity?

"Mach was the greatest intellectual fraud in the last ten years." "What about X?" "I said `intellectual'." ;login, 9/1990