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Sony Joins the Offensive Against Pre-Owned Games 461

BanjoTed writes "In a move to counter sales of pre-owned games, EA recently revealed DLC perks for those who buy new copies of Mass Effect 2 and Battlefield: Bad Company 2. Now, PlayStation platform holder Sony has jumped on the bandwagon with similar plans for the PSP's SOCOM: Fireteam Bravo 3. '[Players] will need to register their game online before they are able to access the multiplayer component of the title. UMD copies will use a redeemable code while the digital version will authenticate automatically in the background. Furthermore ... anyone buying a pre-owned copy of the game will be forced to cough up $20 to obtain a code to play online."

Comment I'll give it a go - sure someone will do better! (Score 1) 123

Is the claim limited so as to not encompass substantially all practical applications of the mathematical algorithm5 either “in all fields” of use of the algorithm or even in “only one field?”6

if (claim) !(( practical algorithm application) (( fields) || (fields x 1))) then no patent

Neither are easy to read - but I think the idea is you cant patent a mathematical formula by itself

Comment Re:PasswordSafe (Score 1) 1007

I also use Password safe on my Mac - I highly recommend it. I copy the safe file to my NAS and also to my USB stick - means I only have to remember one password. Some very good features include: 1. Random generation of passwords - none of mine are the same and I don't know what they are 2. Click to clipboard - no more typing passwords - has the potential to protect against key logging if you use wisely 3. It's portable the safe file is portable between all of my OS's The only thing I would like to see improved is additional flexibility in categorisation as it only allows for one level of categorise and I have 100's of entries in it already. Other than that it's one of the most valuable pieces of software I use.

Comment Well done I say (Score 1) 155

The fact that Google is talking is all good - sounds like there is not too much secret squirrel stuff going on and everyone wins. They do very cool stuff with their hardware and software sooo tempting to be lured in ... But I still think Google=Evil (so much data/knowledge + nothing lasts forever).

Comment I like it but (Score 1) 107

Why can't I play my old PS1 games on my PSP without having to hack it! Have to agree that the PlayStation Store does need UI improvements but over all I like the whole idea - I have downloaded all the demos and even *gasp* brought a game - heaps better than having a UMD floating around.

Comment It's all about not having a GUI (Score 1) 400

I'll prolly get flamed but I guess we're talking about servers here cause I don't think I would use with Solaris or Linux as a desktop/workstation because Windows and too a less extent Mac's are some much more accessible at the moment - I will say though it's a pain to have to deal with all the problems that come with Windows - but less of a pain than not having all the nice GUI applications that I am used to.

I'm not so fussed Solairs becomes more Linux like - the tools are fine and as mentioned above you can use gnu tools without too much trouble if you prefer. How did you learn them on Linux, man pages - how do you learn the different tools on Solaris - well it's pretty much the same thing.

I guess the biggest similarity is the desktop because both Linux and Solaris do not have desktops built in you can install your favorite one - no problem at all.

There is nothing to much wrong with Solaris as it is - Sun have done a great job with the OS and having it around has benefited everyone. If they want to make it more of the same as Linux then fine but at the end of the day I am quite happy with using either Solaris or Linux - it's not much effort to switch between them.

When is Linux going to become more Solaris like - I know zones are not there yet but I am sure they would be useful in the Linux world. I don't think either OS should really be knocked as they are both available for free and all it takes is a little time and effort to get familiar with them - keeps your mind open. I'm not sure but isn't this a similar situation between Windows and Mac's variety is the spice of life?

Anyways - Solaris is a great free offering - long live Solaris

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