Not really. You see, Tetris is a very simple game, there's no hidden levels of depth to it. It's blocks falling and you arrange them to make lines that disappear.
The fellows over at harddrop.com that prefer the licensed Tetris Grand Master series and the 'ripoff' Lockjaw game would like a word with you.
For many extremely detailed reasons that would make your head explode, these aforementioned games are far better for very advanced play, versus the rules currently mandated by Tetris Co. that basically castrate the game if you play Tetris seriously - such as infinite floor kicks (allowing you to stall indefinitely just by constantly rotating a piece even on the ground) and the fine details of how pieces rotate being a pain for 20G play (top-speed.)
I really dislike that part of the ruling as well.
I also strongly suspect that, magically, this ruling will do nothing to help those poor developers who have been utterly ripped off by Zynga, in several well-known cases like this one. Call me cynical, if you will.
Have people really lost sight of liberty so much?
Yes. They get too emotional about casualties in the name of freedom and opt to restrict what other people are able to do. They cannot handle even a single loss, and they don't even realize that their 'solutions' will often not even solve the problem.
This is why some people support the TSA and the Patriot Act. "We must restrict everyone's rights in exchange for a bit of safety." It's just that there are different things that they want to sacrifice freedom for. In some cases, it's terrorism (restricting people's rights to "stop the terrorists" doesn't seem popular here). In some cases, it's children (I've noticed this is more popular here, especially when it comes to issues like child porn).
Comparing the negative response to the idea of installing Twitter in a car to the hysterical comparison of such negative responses to the support of the TSA and the Patriot Act and strongly implying support of totalitarianism? Slashdot's all well and normal then, the cute little hippy libertarian tykes.
There's no chilling effect. If you don't want to license the MPEG LA pool you can always distribute uncompressed video and not pay anyone a cent. Or develop your own video encoding technology that isn't based on those ideas.
Good luck with both of those options, neither being based in any realistic world (good luck successfully dodging every software patent out there for video [The WebM probably didn't either] and you're just being sanctimonious with the comment about uncompressed video.)
Death by lack of freedom?
Death by boredom?
Death from prolonged exposure to bad prison food?
It's easy to avoid notice if you act like you know what you're doing, where you're going and that you belong where you are. Never stand still or look around.
Bingo. Simple tactics and social engineering are usually all you need if you really want to get at something.
The weakest link in any security chain is always the people, and people are easy to deceive.
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