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Comment Re:Yeah... about that influence (Score 1) 99

After reading you talk about this for a while, I feel compelled to mention that there are Minecraft servers that actually implement such things quite well. With the right mods you can easily get custom mob strength and AI, customized weapons, RPG classes, worlds built by players and... interesting social interaction, especially with our admins, who are always finding new ways to keep us busy. Obviously it's not quite the same, but hearing you talk about it just reminded me of the server I play on. Food for thought.

Submission + - Inside PRISM: Why the Government Hates Encryption (vortex.com)

Lauren Weinstein writes: Now, what's really going on with PRISM? The government admits that the program exists, but says it is being "mischaracterized" in significant ways (always a risk with secret projects sucking up information about your citizens' personal lives). The Internet firms named in the leaked documents are denying that they have provided "back doors" to the government for data access.

Who is telling the truth?

Likely both. Based on previous information and the new leaks, we can make some pretty logical guesses about the actual shape of all this.

Here's my take.

Comment Re:You have been tricked (Score 1) 262

I see where you're coming from and agree with you- but I wouldn't say I've been tricked. This has 1984 written all over it, and I'm not denying that- perhaps I just long to believe that we were better than this, foolish as such beliefs may have been.

I know all this happened- it's just a matter of the extent. I WANT to believe it's not as bad as the reports indicate. However, I believe it's probably as bad if not worse- and that makes me sad.

Comment Re:The last straw (Score 1) 581

Oh EA, you never fail to disappoint... what I've done a couple times with EA games (usually sequels after they've bought up a studio I like) is purchase the game to show I want more, but crack it to avoid dealing with their BS. Sadly, I can no longer justify giving EA even a cent, so I go without the games.

I'm completely with you and where you're coming from, which is why I support the teams who work on getting these things working without the draconic DRM, or people who release games without any whatsoever (GoG is the usual one listed here.) I suppose perhaps I'm just hopeful that in the end, Microsoft will Do The Right Thing (tm), but I'm not going to bet my money on it.

Submission + - The video game drawn by hand (redbull.com)

An anonymous reader writes: Interesting behind the scenes interview with the creator of Paper Sorcerer, the stunning hand drawn RPG video game that was successfully Kickstarted last year and is now nearing launch. Jesse Gallagher, the artist single handedly creating the game in Unity, has painstakingly drawn out each character and environment across all 50 dungeons. He estimates he's gone through at least 600 pages of drawings in his notebooks in the process, and had to scan them all in — but he says it's worth it to give artists more control over the games they work on. "I was disappointed with how little input the artists had into the overall game design, so I decided to go the solo dev route,” he says. "Now I’d like to just continue making indie games until I fall over dead at the keyboard."

Comment The last straw (Score 4, Interesting) 581

It's been fun, Xbox, but this is where we part ways. None of these things are technically even huge issues for me- I have a stable internet connection and wouldn't want to bring the console to a cabin or anything. I never sell my games, since I like collecting them- and hell, I'm sure that in 15 years when they take the servers down they'll probably just gut the DRM or lock the games to a specific console and remove the online requirement or do SOMETHING to make sure our games don't become fancy, expensive coasters.

But it's a matter of principle. I don't want a console that treats me like I'm a thief, needing to check up on me once a day to make sure I'm not smoking pot or something. If I fall on hard times and need to sell somethings to get by, I want to know that for the 60 dollar game I bought that there's an option to do so and potentially feed myself for a week. I don't want to worry what will happen to my favorite titles in fifteen years, if I'll be able to play them- that's nothing someone SHOULD have to worry about (And honestly I still prefer Halo 2 to any of the later games anyway...)

I hope the generation that follows this learns from the mistakes being made here. Until then, I'll see you on the PC/Wii U.

Submission + - Apple Accused Of Data Throttling Its Devices (ibtimes.com)

redletterdave writes: A recent report by iTweakiOS founder Joseph Brown says networks are increasingly and intentionally limiting data speeds for Apple users without their knowledge, claiming to have discovered code within the iPhone and iPad that proves the intentional throttling. Brown believes Apple is solely at fault for the implementation of data throttling measures and that carriers have nothing to do with the issue.

Submission + - Microsoft, FBI takedown Citadel botnet (paritynews.com) 1

hypnosec writes: Microsoft has successfully taken down Citadel botnet in collaboration with the FBI which was known to control millions of PCs across the globe and was allegedly involved in and responsible for bank fraud in tune of more than $500 million. Citadel was known to have over 1,400 instances across the globe with most of the instances located in the US, Europe, India, China, Hong Kong and Singapore. The botnet a malware by the same name and this malware once on a system was used to install key-logging tools on target systems, which were then used to steal online banking credentials.

Submission + - NSA Building $860 Million Data Center in Maryland (datacenterknowledge.com)

1sockchuck writes: As its current data collection makes headlines, the National Security Agency is continuing to expand its data storage and processing capabilities. The agency recently broke ground on an $860 million data center at Fort Meade, Maryland that will span more than 600,000 square feet. The project will provide additional IT capacity beyond the NSA's controversial Utah data center. The new facility will be supported by 60 megawatts of power and use both air-cooled and liquid-cooled equipment.

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