"In order for benefit denial to work, the EMA would presumably require the three major consoles to have some sort of activation verification function to ensure that games were legally purchased.
Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't that what they already do? I remember the original Xbox had a challenge response function signed with 2048bit RSA specifically designed to verify if the game was legitimate (regardless of homebrew implications). I fail to see how this generates anything except another spot for something to go wrong (ever have the cashier forget to give you change? Now have him forget to activate your $60 game).
Honestly, the best thing to combat piracy is to release better quality games. I'm looking at you EA (a.k.a. carbon copy gaming).
[A]lmost everybody runs pirated software in Russia.
This all leaves us in the same place we were in Februaryâ"with a slew of accusations, a handful of denials, and zero evidence.
That's what happens when you believe rumors.
MediaSentry violated the Pen Register Act when they recorded the TCP/IP packets that included the IP address of the sender. It is a misdemeanor under 18 U.S.C. Â 3121(a) to install or use a pen register or trap and trace device.
If this passed, it would make programs like Ethereal et al. more in a legal grey area than they are now.
"If they want to dig their own grave then let them lie in it."
If we are to consider gambling as an addiction, are you also a proponent of allowing other kinds of addicts to go untreated? I agree, the less the government actually governs the better, but I think to offer some sort of program that's state-funded could help the system perpetuate itself less. Plus the funds can come from the casinos, making the addicts pay for their own treatment, creating no more stress for the government than is needed.
And I find it self-centered that you do not care for the financial security of your fellow man, while that fellow man may clean your streets, make your food, run your hospital. If only it were so easy.
"Spock, did you see the looks on their faces?" "Yes, Captain, a sort of vacant contentment."