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Comment: Re:Bugs are DRM (Score 1) 151

by phorm (#48481467) Attached to: Ubisoft Apologizes For Assassin's Creed

I still play old games which had some fairly severe bugs. For example, the unpatched "C&C Tiberium Wars" (which is still fun to play in a LAN party, after patching) had some terrible de-synchronization issues etc.
There are still sites out there that tended to have patches of these games, or - alternately - I have an old folder with discs of patches and a share on my local server.

Comment: Untrue vs uncomfortable (Score 1) 182

by phorm (#48475051) Attached to: Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

Except in the case listed, you're basically removing things based on charges that have been shown as untrue (or at least unsubstantiated) in a court of law.

However, what people seem to be *actually* using the tool for is to remove things that are personally uncomfortable, but not untrue. So if salesman X is noted for scamming a bunch of people, or Banker Y is shown doing something inappropriate things, they can then get any linked articles about their behaviour removed. Then, when a new customer comes to Salesman X for Banker Y, they look them up and "hey, I can only find good things about this guy, I guess he's legit"

Comment: Re:Well, not to go all Godwin, but ... (Score 1) 1088

by gmhowell (#48465905) Attached to: Officer Not Charged In Michael Brown Shooting

Reminds me of a story my grandfather told me about his experience in the South Pacific. Punchline was "You're a dumb kid, that Japanese guy is a dumb kid, and you both stumbled upon each other. You've got nothing against each other, but because of something people thousands of miles away decided, only one of you was going to walk away that day."

Comment: Slow HDD's (Score 1) 431

by phorm (#48463305) Attached to: How Intel and Micron May Finally Kill the Hard Disk Drive

Indeed, I'd forgotten how slow HDD's were until I went to play a game the other day that I didn't often play (and thus was relegated to being installed on my larger 2TB HDD instead of the much faster - but smaller - SSD). The game wasn't too slow to start up, but loading levels resulted in a rather noticeably turtlish progress bar...

Comment: Extradition (Score 0) 243

by phorm (#48435233) Attached to: Swedish Court Refuses To Revoke Julian Assange's Arrest Warrant

Well, let's put it this way. If he didn't want to be charged with a fairly serious CRIME, then don't commit the crime. The problem here is that they do have a legitimate case against the guy for the crimes in question, but he's trying to get off claiming they're actually out to get him for something else (which doesn't mean he's not guilty of the original crime).

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