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Comment Re:Whole quote (Score 1) 290

Yep! Another fun one: I wasn't happy at all when it decided to update my profile with my phone number, when I'd been making sure to keep my phone number far away from my profile for years. It didn't ask. Thanks, Facebook, for sharing my private information with who knows how many people without asking or warning me. Fuck that app.
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Ubisoft Ditches Always-Online DRM Requirement From PC Games 218

RogueyWon writes "In an interview with gaming site Rock, Paper, Shotgun, Ubisoft has announced that it will no longer use always-online DRM for its PC games. The much-maligned DRM required players to be online and connected to its servers at all times, even when playing single-player content. This represents a reversal of Ubisoft's long-standing insistence that such DRM was essential if the company were to be profitable in the PC gaming market." The full interview has a number of interesting statements. Ubisoft representatives said the decision was made in June of last year. This was right around the time the internet was in an uproar over the DRM in Driver: San Francisco, which Ubisoft quickly scaled back. Ubisoft stopped short of telling RPS they regretted the always-online DRM, or that it only bothers legitimate customers. (However, in a different interview at Gamasutra, Ubisoft's Chris Early said, "The truth of it, they're more inconvenient to our paying customers, so in listening to our players, we removed them.") They maintain that piracy is a financial problem, and acknowledged that the lack of evidence from them and other publishers has only hurt their argument.

Comment Re:The best part... (Score 1) 441

Your post also solves a symptom and not the problem - that most people don't know enough to care about their OS. "Does it facebook?" is the average user's concern.
That's a good thing and a bad thing. It's nice that they usually don't have to care but it does suck that they're oblivious to the fact that they even have options.

Comment Re:Who can blame them? (Score 1) 649

A (literally) mom'n'pop shop is concerned about a few thousand, yes. It's a percentage of their income and it matters - a 2 person shop will definitely miss a couple thousand. Additionally, no they can not get dev hardware with an e-mail. If that was true every 14 year old girl that wants the latest phone could whip up an e-mail pretending to be a successful dev. The only companies that get free dev hardware are large ones. Little shops (less than 20 devs) pay for every transistor.

Who except Apple cares about the behavior of little shops? Uhhh... little shops do...

Comment Re:A Contract Is What? (Score 1) 467

I've worked for a few places that gave me their invention assignment agreements in .doc format. They wanted me to print it, sign it, give it back.
If I'd felt the terms were not reasonable I would have just edited it, signed it, and handed it in without a word. Problem solved.
In my case the terms were reasonable enough so I left them unmodified.

Comment Re:C/C++ faster but produces more bugs (Score 1) 670

A good point. While it doesn't apply to every problem, scope-level memory management is much more reliable and high-performing than dynamic allocation. In some (very few: unbalanced binary trees, etc) situations it would be silly to use anything but dynamic allocation, but in most cases static is the best for performance and reliability by a long shot.

Comment Re:Yes but... (Score 1) 128

Likewise, people who see that Amazon can easily weather a moderately aggressive DDoS like that juvenile tantrum thrown by Anonymous now have that much more of a reason to trust Amazon while buying goods or considering where to host cloud-ish stuff.

Juvenile tantrum? They took down Paypal, Mastercard, and Visa. That's not a juvenile tantrum, that is "hulk smash".

Comment Re:Very easy explanation (Score 2) 383

Taking down visa.com did two important things, in my opinion:

1. It sent the message "We saw what you did."
2. It drew massive attention in the media. NPR (National Public Radio) had covered the wikileaks situation only sparsely before, but I've heard about it at least a few times a day now.

Comment Imagine the rootkits... (Score 1) 103

If you were able to use the GPU to brute-force a password hash or similar authentication token for the system, you could install a rootkit on the card's option ROM.

1.It'd get to run with ring 0 access on each boot before the OS has a chance to do anything.
2. On EFI systems it'd have access to a TCP stack, full FAT and NTFS filesystem access, all included in the EDK. So it could update itself on the fly each boot.

The video card makes a great trojan horse to house your malware.

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