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Comment: Re:First Sale (Score 1) 278

That is not true: you are NOT "buying a license to a game", you're buying the game.

Sorry it is true and wishful thinking doesn't change it. Virtually all commercial software is covered by a EULA - end user licence agreement. You are buying a licence to use the software under the terms described by the EULA. If you run afoul of the terms then your right to use the software may be void or other penalties may apply.

In this particular case I suspect UPlay, Origin, Steam are reasoning that the licence is non transferrable, and since it WAS transferred from one person to another it has become void. That sucks but it's well known that they do this and if you want to avoid it, don't buy licences off some reseller.

Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 1) 114

by msobkow (#48912521) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

When you walk the streets of your home town, do you wear a mask and costume to hide your identity? No -- your face is visible. You are a private citizen, you have the right to be left alone or to interact with others as you choose, but you are always identifiable by your face. I feel the internet should be the same way -- you should always be identifiable.

Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 1) 114

by msobkow (#48912503) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

Anonymity is not "privacy" in my books. "Privacy" is being able to prevent anyone else from pretending to be you so you can rest assured that anything you say was said by you and only you.

Anonymous access to the internet is it's greatest downfall. It encourages trolls, keyboard warriors, and harassment. It enables kiddie porn, terrorism groups, and a whole host of other problems.

Given my druthers, everyone on the internet would be uniquely identified and held responsible for everything they say.

Comment: Re:Encryption is only part of the solution (Score 1) 114

by msobkow (#48912419) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

More to the point, there is no need to crack the communications to a client if you are in bed with the service provider and have access to their databases and logs.

Client-server encryption is about keeping the bad guys and only the bad guys from sniffing your data. It's up to the service provider to determine how secure your data is actually going to be in light of warrants and subpoenas.

Comment: Re:Now using TOR after WH threats to invade homes (Score 5, Insightful) 113

by vux984 (#48912339) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

It is a catch 22; You can't get a warrant without evidence and you can't get evidence without a warrant.

No. Its really not. Its called regular police work. And police have been identifying suspects, building cases against them, culminating in search and arrest warrants for a hundred years now without "mass surveillance".

Will the EFF be the ones who apologize to the families of those killed by attacks that could have been stopped?

Where are these unicorns? Has there ever been a single verifiable case of this?

And even if they do exist? So what? Why should the EFF apologize for pushing for policies that make us all more free; even if a tiny handful of people die as a result?

Should the police be allowed to just randomly stop and frisk you? Maybe give you an anal probe right on the street? Maybe come into your house at night, and search the place for evidence of terrorism? No? You don't think that's ok?

Will you personally apologize to the families of those killed by attacks that could have been stopped if these searches had been allowed?

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 278

This is no different from what happens on Steam all the time. I remember buying Left 4 Dead in a store for less than it cost to buy it on steam. The retail copy contained a steam code so it was effectively the same game.

It just demonstrates the utterly obscene pricing models in these online stores. In the real world the MSRP / RRP is just a guideline - the store can sell a game for any margin they like and usually they reduce it below MSRP. In the online store, the price is always the MSRP. I occasionally read the (pathetic) excuse that it's the publishers who set the price and there is nothing the store can do about it. Wrong! Publishers should be required to sell their digital download licences at the same wholesale cost as the physical copy and then digital stores retail can compete on their margins.

Just recently Sony offered a 10% discount off of PSN by way of apology for being attacked on Christmas day. The irony is that even with 10% off the prices there were still more expensive than a physical copy with the cost of middleman and postage thrown in. It's not just them of course - XBL is the same. And Steam. And Origin. And UPlay. They only time these services offer value is for games so old that their retail sales have flatlined and where people might pay $10 for a game in digital form that they wouldn't even bother with in physical.

Comment: Re: Anti 1984 sign (Score 1) 114

by msobkow (#48912333) Attached to: EFF Unveils Plan For Ending Mass Surveillance

I don't log in because I have "balls". I log in because I take responsibility for my comments and opinions. But you wouldn't understand anything about that, would you? No, you're just going to anonymously preach to people and demand that they respect and adjust to your viewpoint on security.

I pity you paranoid losers. I'm bi-polar. I know what paranoia is like. You need medication for that.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 288

by vux984 (#48912311) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

I've been speeding safely for 30+ years.

Yeah, that's what everyone says until they have an accident.
Statistically most people do not have speed related accidents even if they speed. So statisically there's a lot of people like you who think they "speed safely" but many of them don't. The odds just haven't caught up with them.

That includes devoting significant brain time to scanning for cops.

Well, good. I'm glad to see your spending signficant time scanning bushes for cops. It would be a shame if that brain time was devoted to actually driving safely.

Maybe your above average. Maybe you really are great driver.

Then again, my grandfather was absolutely TERRIBLE. He went his whole life and died of old age without any tickets or wrecks too. But as kids my parents wouldn't let us in a car if he was driving, and as adults we understood why, why parents were releived when he gave up his license at 85 voluntarily, before killing someone. But how we went 65+ years behind the wheel without killing anyone, kiling himself, or even being pulled over, is nothing short of a miracle.

He thought he was a safe driver too and always trotted out his pristine driving record as "proof" too. So maybe that's you.

Or maybe not you, but its a lot of people who talk the same talk as you.

Comment: Re:grandmother reference (Score 1) 278

What Ubisoft are doing is no different from what EA did recently or what Steam did before them.

Personally I think they should let people use these keys but the keys should unlockversions of the game that are heavily localized, thus negating any "advantage" people think they got from buying them. e.g. I bet Far Cry 4 and AC 4 are a lot less fun if the audio, text and subtitles are hardcoded to Thai and multiplayer to Thai servers.

As it is, I wouldn't be surprised if the terms of service allow them to do precisely what they did but I think there are better ways to discourage code selling.

Comment: Re:Modula-3 FTW! (Score 1) 463

by DrXym (#48912271) Attached to: Ask Slashdot: Is Pascal Underrated?
I think it's right to say vanilla Pascal was not a good language and so every implementation went off and implemented its own extensions, hacks, workarounds. Turbo Pascal, Free Pascal, Delphi etc. I was reading Gnu Pascal's features yesterday and it's amusing to read the "features" which are features cherry picked from other implementations. There wasn't any standard to maintain cohesion or enable portability and the entire platform suffered from that.

It's not like C/C++ is a perfect language - it's a horrible language in some ways but it's also very powerful and quite portable with discipline. It also has standards by which to measure implementations by and it has tended to keep compilers pretty close together aside from a few extensions.

I am not now, nor have I ever been, a member of the demigodic party. -- Dennis Ritchie