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Comment: Re:DRM means not copyrighted (Score 1) 634

by balthan (#31401838) Attached to: Ubisoft's Authentication Servers Go Down

The public, the people, via government allowed a limited time for the content creator to exclusively profit from their work before it enters the public domain, and that is the concept of "copyright."

What is this "limited" you speak of? A cartoon made 82 years ago, by a guy who's been dead 44 years now, still has another 13 years of protection before it gets another extension.

Comment: Re:A game? (Score 3, Insightful) 208

by balthan (#26956411) Attached to: An Early Look at the NASA MMO

Only a very minute part of your tax is spent on this sort of light entertainment

By this agency, on this project. When you start adding up the hundreds of projects from dozens of agencies, it doesn't seem so minute. And when you factor in our short-term trillion dollar deficit and the long-term budgetary crisis that will happen in the next couple decades, maybe a space MMO isn't such a great use of taxpayer dollars right now.

Comment: Re:I'm slightly astonished (Score 2, Informative) 384

by balthan (#26001283) Attached to: Players Furious Over Buggy <em>GTA IV</em> PC Release

It's the DRM. Many of the crashing problems seem to be Securom crashing, which causes the game client to exit to desktop imediately.

Most of the problems are being caused by the dual online accounts required. The Rockstar Social Club servers initially couldn't handle the volume, which was causing the game to crash on startup. And people were having problems getting Games for Windows live installed right with its dependencies (such as .NET Framework 3.5). My guess is something isn't quite right with the GTA4 installer.

It also needs you to upgrade to the latest Games For Windows release, which doesn't support Vista64 at the moment. So that's all the hardcore gamers with 4GB+ of ram out of the picture.

False. I have Vista64 and 8GB of RAM and am able to run GTA4 and GfW just fine.

ASHes to ASHes, DOS to DOS.