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Comment Re:When juggernauts try their hands at new ideas (Score 1) 89

I disagree; There's a very different culture in the United States compared even to Canada with respect to how people view lawsuits. In Canada you don't threaten lawsuits lightly because you know it's going to be costly, however I've been threatened with lawsuits from shady apartments here. I really think that having the ability for a lawyer to agree to work for a portion of the settlement leads only to frivolous lawsuits. With that said, dragging out an individual's livelihood in years of cases until they can't afford to represent themselves is irresponsible; and I admit I have no idea how to prevent that.

Comment Re:superserious (Score 1) 336

I think he means with respect to the bottom line: if they want people to buy their games making them a better experience is certainly the direction to go. This is exactly what improving sales without BS (and ineffective) DRM looks like. Serious business. I'm thinking he's not being serious enough I'd have thought it to be megaserious.

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Valve's Battle Against Cheaters 336

wjousts writes "IEEE Spectrum takes a look behind the scenes at Valve's on-going efforts to battle cheaters in online games: 'Cheating is a superserious threat,' says [Steam's lead engineer, John] Cook. 'Cheating is more of a serious threat than piracy.' The company combats this with its own Valve Anti-Cheat System, which a user consents to install in the Steam subscriber agreement. Cook says the software gets around anti-virus programs by handling all the operations that require administrator access to the user's machine. So, how important is preventing cheating? How much privacy are you willing to sacrifice in the interests of a level playing field? 'Valve also looks for changes within the player's computer processor's memory, which might indicate that cheat code is running.'"

Comment Re:Hell no. (Score 1) 605

You make a good point about developers having admin power on production machines; which could be extended to showing (one reason) why dev boxes should not be running production code (there was an article a while ago about testing on production boxes that would be relevant.)

Do you feel the same way about developers having admin rights on their development workstations (which I think is what others are commenting about)?

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