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Comment Re:Sweet spot (Score 1) 1027 1027

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 To avoid hypocrisy (Score 1) 650 650

or at least the appearance of hypocrisy - the corporations funding the IIPA should immediately cease use of any and all OSS.
That means - no linux embedded products ie network routers, high def tvs etc, no linux server farms for the Hollywood cgi-rendering farms, no apache, and no Google!

Comment Horrifying Precedent (Score 1) 522 522

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) 684 684

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) 234 234

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 openstreetmap.org?

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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