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Comment: Re:Sweet spot (Score 1) 1027

by niftyguy (#31300190) Attached to: The Awful Anti-Pirate System That Will Probably Work
If there is public key encryption - it only slightly raises the complexity of the hack - since any hacker worth his salt will be able to patch the exe and replace ubisoft's public key with his own.
Then it really is just a case of writing a little app that listens on a local port and implements the save game and ping api,

As an Australian - with all the glorious communications infrastructure that implies - I would never buy such a game - since my internet drops out on me several times a month (Especially in summer when it gets too hot for my local exchange).

Comment: Horrifying Precedent (Score 1) 522

by niftyguy (#31222586) Attached to: What Happens In Vegas Happens In Afghanistan
Within 10-15 years many countries will have this technology. I find that terrifying.

When the soldiers waging the war are half a world away at an undisclosed location at no personal risk, then the barriers to starting a war will be greatly reduced - it is much easier for politicians to justify a war to their populace when the home side's soldiers won't be getting killed.

It's increasingly starting to look like the 21st century will have even more wars than the 20th, and that is not something to be proud of.

Comment: Best for Hackers (Score 2, Informative) 684

by niftyguy (#31139302) Attached to: It's 2010; What's the Best E-Reader?
is the Onyx Boox - also rebranded as the Bebook Neo. It has e-ink display, wifi, a wacom touch screen (mounted *under* the display - so that you don't get the glare issues that exist with other touch-screen readers), runs on linux, is completely open, and best of all

has a Debian based SDK!!! which allows linux users to write their own apps!

Comment: How does this relate to gps? (Score 1) 234

by niftyguy (#31134182) Attached to: Australian Judge Rules Facts Cannot Be Copyrighted
How does this relate to gps databases?
Is it now legal to take the Tomtom (or Sensis) gps db for Oz, extract it and upload it to

IANAL but gps data seems to me to fall under the category of not requiring a "creative spark" to compile.

Is gpsdrive about to become a useful application in Australia?

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