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+ - DRM Used in Dragon Age: Inquisition May Be Killing Your SSD->

Submitted by temcat
temcat (873475) writes " (the article is in Russian) reports that Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM used in Dragon Age: Inquisition game may cause SSDs to fail sooner because of drastically increased read/write load:
"...Want to know how many times on average a part of LoF.exe code gets thrown back and forth between HDD and RAM in an hour? 150,000 copy and write cycles. That's 10,000 times more than usual. The DRM constantly decrypts the game code into the RAM and then encrypts it back. This is one of the most idiotic uses of encruption I've ever seen. Despite the code parts being small, max. a couple of KBs at a time, they are stored in one memory block. In 4 to 8 hours of playing, depending on the quality of the SSD, you can kiss this block goodbye."
With the right software, you can check these findings and assess if the threat is real. I don't really have the knowledge, but I would install this game on HDD just in case."

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Comment: What is the actual statistics for the 2 years? (Score 4, Interesting) 169

by temcat (#48415723) Attached to: City of Toronto Files Court Injunction Against Uber

I would love the actual statistics of accidents and incidents involving Uber to be researched during the court hearings. Somehow I feel that it won't be significantly (or at all) worse than with licensed taxi drivers and companies. Of course, whatever the stats are, they have nothing to do with whether or not Uber breaks the law, but they can be used to judge if the regulation in its current form is necessary in the first place.

Comment: Re:Downgrade rights should be mandated by law (Score 1) 242

by temcat (#48258447) Attached to: OEM Windows 7 License Sales End This Friday

Cars are tangible, software is not. That is the difference. Unlike cars, it doesn't cost Microsoft anything to produce a copy of older software for download without support obligations. They don't even have to host itâ"there's Bittorrent for that. The vendor shouldn't be able to artificially restrict your access to older worksâ"it's the overreaching copyright law that should be restricted, and the restriction I'm offering is very mild and friendly to copyright owners.

Comment: Goodbye Russian market? (Score 1) 504

by temcat (#47940195) Attached to: Apple Will No Longer Unlock Most iPhones, iPads For Police

I live in Russia. Personally, I welcome this new technology, but if it works as advertized, Apple can kiss goodbye to Russian market, because there is no way this is going to be certified in Russia. By Russian regulations, built-in crypto tools must meet certain requirements (effectively meaning the ability to decrypt the data).

Comment: Re:Government doesn't get it. (Score 1) 184

by temcat (#47860877) Attached to: Ontario Government Wants To Regulate the Internet

Netflix collects money from Argentinians and pays zero taxes in Argentina.

Netflix shouldn't pay taxes in Argentina. Argentinians and Argentinian businesses should pay taxes for the money they earn. Netflix is neither. They don't you and your country anything, taxing them is pure theft.

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