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Comment Re:"Hey this game is super popular... lets kill it (Score 2) 67

Well, The way this ruins games is usually the addition of some sort of currency, followed by a hardcore locking down of the game, heavy DRM, heavy anti-tamper, removal/sanitization of mods, and removal of any kind of community control or modding.

This is because heavy DRM and anti-tamper and a real crackdown on community engagement and modding goes hand-in-hand with selling any kind of thing in-game that the community would have made for free... if you can mod things you could just mod coins in or whatever items / stories are the equivalent of the ones you get from coins. Gotta put a stop to that.

Same kind of thing happened when they had the bright idea of selling people cheat codes in the Assassins Creed games. They realized that hang on, people just have cheat codes on PC anyway, without paying, because its PC. So a large portion of the 'anti-cheat' measures in a mostly single-player game were there to stop you from accessing single player cheats/trainers purely so that they could then sell them to you as DLC.

Comment Re:Problem is a matter of Fraud. Rent vs Sell (Score 2) 243

Look, if I offered to sell you a home, but after putting down a downpayment you read the contract and it turned out to be a hundred year lease, you would be damn upset

Haha, are you making a subtle joke here? Because in the vast majority of this nation, this is literally in the small print of house sales and is actually how it works. If you're surprised at this, then take another look at your small print. :)

Comment Re:Problem is a matter of Fraud. Rent vs Sell (Score 5, Interesting) 243

This is pretty much what turned me off on IP law in general.
Copyright law and Patent Law are part of a bargain, a deal made where in the general public gives up some fundamantal rights, such as the right to copy things, (which you had the right to do before copyright law limited your rights to do so).
The theory is that in exchange for giving up these rights, on a temporary basis, the good that comes from it is that the public gets access to a much larger library of public domain over time. That is literally the bargain. You give up your pre-existing rights to do what you want with your media and recordings and whatever, in the hope that in the longer term, more such works exist since creators have protection.

This bargain was always supposed to be two sided. You give up your right to copy and a fair bit of tax money that goes into enforcement, and in exchange, after a brief period, the works become public domain.

Look how that worked out. As soon as the public was locked into this deal, powerful IP mills started immediately eating away at their side of the deal, extending copyright duration into infinity, consolodating power, making it incredibly one-sided. At this point I'm willing to say that the old IP deals need complete cancellation, that replacing it with literally nothing would be better for the public.

Comment Re:Conversely... (Score 1) 243

I guess it depends on whether you're talking about theoretically, or in reality, based on current political climate, who's in power, and how they're likely to vote / legislate. (And this isn't an attack on any particular party - its been just as bad when either is in power, since large numbers of congress critters either directly or indirectly benefit from this system).

What I mean by this is, in the "ideal" patent system envisioned at the time of creation, sure, it has all these theoretical upsides, you are correct. But what it has become instead due to the way things are and the way politics and legislation and the courts work, is what we actually have. A more pragmatic approach to "what ought to be done" takes into account what actually is likely to happen and what actually can be done given the actors involved.
So ideally yes, congress folks, judges, lawyers, and other actors would act against their own financial interests as literal patent and IP lawyers or folks with holdings in large IP companies, to Do The Right Thing For The Good Of The People and fix this.
But in reality, not only is it actively working against the public it is supposed to protect, but the grand bargain of what you give up in order to get these protections isn't upholding its own side of the bargain (similar to copyright law's infinite extensions). And even though the obvious "correct" course of action is to "amend patent laws", the actual political likelyhood of this occurring, with the current (and prior) legislature is that they make it worse, not better.
Its similar to saying that obviously the current various branches of government should pass laws which limit their own means of corruption. Yes, obviously that's the "right" thing to do, but it won't happen because the very people who can make this kind of change benefit from not changing it.

Comment Most other websites I block ads on but not Youtube (Score 1) 296

I let them play ads... The reason for that is they revenue share with the content creators. I would actually gladly go to a twitch-style x bucks a month model where some of the x is divided up by the content creators, but they aren't offering that. I heard they're starting someting like that for other websites, but not youtube :( That being said, they've shown me the same exact advert for a restaurant about 30-40 times in a row now and I'm starting to feel like its not worth it. I don't want your 'apps', Chilli's.

Comment Looks like they failed (Score 1) 213

From their intro video it appears that you generate your key on their website and even have a backup code that lets you retrieve it. How is this end to end? If they can retrieve the key for you and hold your private key for you, they can be compelled to release it (or knowing Yahoo's track record, accidentally leak it or get hacked).

Comment Why not use torrents (Score 1) 94

Could there not be some tech or protocol that lets you host something the pirate bay directly on torrents somehow, via signing + distributed hashing or somehting? If anyone could get something like that started it would be TPB. Surely there's some way to create an app or site which leverages distributed nature of torrent to host an application or website "everywhere"?

Comment The HTML5 DRM Spec has no positive side to it (Score 1) 320

From looking at the spec, all it appears to be doing is creating a protocol for the negotiation of third party platform specific DRM plugins. So basically, platform specific third party browser plugins, but now in the standard for some reason. Why is this necessary? It doesn't make it so that the plugins are platform agnostic or open, it just makes it so that the protocol to load and activate platform SPECIFIC, purpose SPECIFIC, binary plugins are part of the standard now... for some reason. This just makes it more complicated and doesn't actually have any upside! These closed, binary DRM plugins will still need to be installed, just like flash or silverlight is, and they'll still only be on the platforms that the movie industry considers trustworthy, nothing will have changed except now we have a more complicated spec to follow in order to make a "compliant" browser.

Comment Re:How is Qt still relevant? (Score 5, Informative) 161

On the business software side, there's also well known applications like Autodesk Maya (2011 and above, they switched TO qt recently!), and also the Perforce client (P4V). I'm seeing more and more of it in the internals of "big" apps like that, even if the user is unaware. I have a feeling its partly because of the LGPL side of things opening up more than anything. Although I'm pretty sure autodesk licensed it commercially.

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