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Comment Re:Will it feature almost daily awkward updates? (Score 4, Insightful) 98

Oh yeah, nVidia drivers:

Install 'nVidia Experience' to download them smoothly, but have to sign up with nVidia to use it and then get your privacy shredded as they harvest pretty much anything they want (seemingly) from your computer and its activity to do (seemingly) whatever they want with your data.

Or don't install the nVidia Experience software and download the drivers yourself (searching their website for the right version and installing it manually ... in 2016!!) and have to hunt around your computer to turn off their spyware telemetry ... just to get the harware you bought (and when you thought nVidia weren't pulling shady shit) to function.

Oh yeah. That smooth as silk nVidia experience. Must be the lube they use as they probe your private areas.

Comment Re: Dangerous (Score 1) 368

Don't forget that "trust" is also not binary.

You can trust some people with some things, but not with others: eg. I can trust my dog not to steal my car, but I can't trust him not to eat the piece of chicken I left on the table.

And then also, you can trust people to varying degrees: eg. in terms of violence, I trust that my brother will not kill me, but I don't trust that he won't punch me in arm just for the hell of it.

People say "Oh, you have to trust someone!" To which I reply, "To do what?"

Comment Re:its not always about tracking "issues" (Score 5, Informative) 243

So why do they make users consent to allow nVidia permission to collect "personally identifiable information" for the purposes of "deliver[ing] marketing communications" and collect "games and applications settings, performance, and usage data" although it is "not limited to" doing just this?

3. CONSENT TO COLLECTION AND USE OF INFORMATION
Customer hereby acknowledges that the SOFTWARE accesses and collects both non-personally identifiable information and personally identifiable information about Customer and CUSTOMER SYSTEM as well as configures CUSTOMER SYSTEM in order to (a) properly optimize CUSTOMER SYSTEM for use with the SOFTWARE, (b) deliver content through the SOFTWARE, (c) improve NVIDIA products and services, and (d) deliver marketing communications. Information collected by the SOFTWARE includes, but is not limited to, CUSTOMER SYSTEM'S (i) hardware configuration and ID, (ii) operating system and driver configuration, (iii) installed games and applications, (iv) games and applications settings, performance, and usage data, and (iv) usage metrics of the SOFTWARE. To the extent that Customer uses the SOFTWARE, Customer hereby consents to all of the foregoing, and represents and warrants that Customer has the right to grant such consent.

That ain't just for "understanding" that's for exploitation and profit from "personally identifiable" customer data.

This shit is spyware.

Comment EA Need To Do The Right Thing (Score 5, Interesting) 121

EA took these people's money. When they did that EA violated the US embargo. So that ship has sailed. EA broke US sanctions.

Now EA has removed access to the games people in these countries bought and won't refund them. That doesn't undo EA's sanction breaking, it just heaps upon it the act of fleecing the customers from these countries who paid money for the games in good faith. EA is punishing innocent people for an illegal act by EA.

EA needs to refund these people's money and talk to the US government about what fines EA will have to pay for THEIR misdeeds.

Comment Re:Good (Score 1) 111

I dunno.

The idea that our cultural landscape is essentially a frontier where corporations are prospectors and land-grabbers who seek to enclose certain areas, which they can then monopolise, lease back or otherwise own and exploit, whilst depriving others of the ability to do so, is something that isn't really given the consideration it's due, in my opinion.

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