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Comment Re:"There is no right to play" (Score 1) 214

They need to know about their customer dissatisfaction

An excellent point, although one could argue that the bosses of the entertainment industry must have somehow already figured it out that people don't like DRM, it's been shown over and over again for many years that not only DRM is ineffective against piracy, it can actually worsen the situation. Since nothing changes, I must conclude that either those guys aren't listening, or they know about the customer dissatisfaction, but want DRM in their products no matter what. In the former case, there is a faint hope that one day they will pay attention if we yell loud enough. In the latter one, complaining about the restrictions is pretty much useless.

P.S. Do everyone a favor and drop your aggressive tone, okay? No one is forcing you to have this conversation, feel free to leave any time.

Comment Re:"There is no right to play" (Score 1) 214

How often do you go to a game shop not knowing what exactly are you planning to buy? Besides, you do have a smartphone, don't you? But once again, the main problem here is not that you can't access the EULA text: the problem is that even if the staff in the shop could give you a printed copy in 5 seconds, the absolute majority of gamers would not request it, and out of those who did, most wouldn't be educated in the law enough to understand everything that's written there properly. And most of the tiny percentage of those who did understand the license and its implications would most certainly go into "crap, it's just a game, not a house. I'm buying it and will get my fun anyways" mode.

Comment Re:New form of extreme masochism? (Score 1) 214

good luck actually understanding what if any of it is actually enforceable in court.

That's a much stronger point than any other one made in this thread. Even an ordinary gamer can read a EULA in the most comfortable conditions, and even if he does read the license, it will do him no good because he is not a lawyer.

Comment Re:"There is no right to play" (Score 1) 214

Don't know which country you're in, but mine has a law concerning "fitness for purpose" that overrides anything a business puts in its EULA.

So basically all of that banners in FOSS that claim that "this software comes without any implied warranty, not even a warranty of fitness for a particular purpose" have little legal sense, if any? IANAL, just really curious.

Yes. It focuses attention on the problem.

Whose attention? Nerds already know about it, it's not news for nerds. If someone somehow manages to get the attention of the masses and to make them reaaaally hate DRM and refuse to buy anything infested with it, that's quite a feat. However I honestly doubt that it is a realistic goal, because there's an army of specialists in arts, design, and human psychology employed by the entertainment corporations that work to achieve the opposite result.

Comment Re:New form of extreme masochism? (Score 1) 214

While I agree with your sentiment, GP did complain on the inability to read the EULA before opening the game's box. My argument here is exclusively to prove him wrong, not to conduct psychiatric research. Still, if you do publish a paper on this subject in a peer-reviewed journal, please post a follow-up story here on Slashdot!

Comment "There is no right to play" (Score 2, Insightful) 214

The game corporations will claim that there is no right to play, and maybe even insert a clause that means roughly that into the EULA. It is their right: if you don't agree with their offer, don't buy it! There are more good games around than you can possibly play in your free time, and there is no lack of other entertainment options either, so please stop whining.
There have always been (and there will always be) shitty or crippled products. Or even otherwise wonderful products that have one huge defect. There will always be stupid managers and lazy engineers. Just walk the other way, don't stick to them - life's too short. In this particular case, every single slashdotter knows that DRM is bad (if you don't, please hand in your geek card on your way out). Do we really need to revel in its failure every single time a major game studio screws its customers?

Comment Re:Wait, what? (Score 2) 519

Since the app's precise purpose is texting, it naturally requests and receives these permissions during installation. Think of it as a third-party texting app, like Handcent SMS: it wouldn't be supercool to have to confirm every single SMS you try to send, would it?

Comment Predictable (Score 2) 164

That's a good, though unsurprising decision. Bandwidth should be used for the purposes that the infrastructure has been built for. Recreational uses are completely optional, IMO, and no one sane should expect them to be available during a conflict or a crisis. There's job to be done that you signed up to do, so go ahead and do it. And may God stand between you and harm.

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