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Comment Re:security makes something difficult (Score 1) 99

Making the game better (which benefits everyone)

I'm not a game developer but I am a software developer and most things these days are easily integrated. I imagine that Unity and Unreal both have a plethora of off the shelf modules for doing DRM. Maybe I'm wrong about that but considering how many games have DRM it would be pretty absurd for this not to be the case. What's your experience with integrating DRM with your games in recent years? How long does it take?

Waste their time on shitty DRM which will be "kracked" on day zero -- DRM only hinders honest people -- it doesn't stop the pirates.

I don't think you understood my point. I used to be a pirate, back in the days when CDROM was all the rage and it took time to find the correct pirated copy of the game and sometimes I got viruses that required reformatting my gaming pc. I still did it, but looking back it was an incredible waste of time. Considering the sophistication of some of the cracks I used, I'm guessing it took a hacker a considerable amount of time breaking the DRM for the game as well. All this extra effort to play a game makes it less likely for people to circumvent legitimate ways of playing it. It's not about not knowing how but rather what one's time and frustration is worth.

So to sum all that up; if a game costs $20 and it takes several hours to get a pirated copy, why bother? If the game costs $50 then it might be worth it. And that goes for making the crack too. I don't think a hacker will bother breaking DRM on a game retailing for $20.

I'd reply to the rest of your comment but I think we have enough to converse about already.

Comment security makes something difficult (Score 0) 99

The whole point of security isn't to make theft or intrusion impossible. The point of security is to make it difficult enough that it's not worth time circumventing the security.

This developer doesn't get DRM and I don't understand why people dislike it. Most of the games I buy have it and I don't even notice it except for a blurb on the loading screen. Maybe everyone complaining about it uses Linux?

Comment Re: Spectrum limits not related to net neutrality (Score 1) 199

That's also shared infrastructure... Sheesh.

Yes, Comcast charges more than a municipal but that's not the point at all.

  I had Clear Wireless internet for several years and it was really fast except for 6 to 9 pm when everyone was watching Netflix. If I needed to make a video call during that time I'd fail because everyone's watching tv.

You should try signing up for an ISP with a guaranteed minimum bandwidth. They're very rare and incredibly expensive.

Comment Because of risk (Score 1) 537

I work in tech and most of my projects have been rather mundane, miniscule improvements for existing services. The ones that really tried to make a difference never made it past prototype phase because the expected profits didn't exceed the cost and risk to go full production with the product.

If we want big ideas solving big problems we need to lower the risk of failure, and the cost of entry for bold, innovative and possibly disruptive products and services.

People refer to Tesla and Uber as disruptive companies but was mass producing an electric car or building a Taxi app that innovative or disruptive? Compared to what we're used to, it is, but compared to all the shelved prototypes and pitched ideas, they really aren't.

When it comes down to it, the people with the money aren't willing to risk losing it on a great idea when they have a guaranteed return on investment on a small improvement to a proven service or product.

Comment Re: Our strength and our weakness (Score 1) 531

Your response sums up perfectly, what's wrong with my generation. We do have power to change things we just don't have the will to put in the effort because we'd rather vent on the intent about the problems and then play video games or watch Netflix.

Don't like your computer at work? Complain about it, build a coalition of your peers, make it absolutely clear that you're not responsible for security breaches when your out of date virus scanner lets a Trojan in. You could also threaten to leave your job for a shop that has more competent IT management.

I once sent a bill to my manager and IT support for the time I spent dealing with them failing to fix my problem and then fixing it myself, discovering in the end that they caused it. A short time later the IT director was fired for gutting his department's budget to the point that it could no longer function properly.

You have real power to make a difference but the wealthy and entrenched actively fight to minimize your impact and your own perception of your influence.

Comment Re: This has nothing to do with "skills gap". (Score 2) 163

I'm calling you out on the "far higher quality standards" bluff. I've worked with big name, cheap labor shops, and it was far from high quality, but it was delivered quickly and cheaply. For proof of concept and quick market capture they're an excellent choice but you'll have to recreate your product later when the tech debt grinds your product to a halt and loses you customers due to service outages and inability to fulfill changing business requirements.

Comment Re:Probably Trump (Score 1) 180

Let's assume that these people do get the people they want in office by fraud. Do they expect this to continue indefinitely? In a less connected world it may have been possible to win with fraud by small margins and get away with it. Now we have polling with considerable accuracy. People can communicate with an ease and speed that has been unheard of before.

For such fraud to go unnoticed it must be at such a small margin that it can be explained away by a margin of error. If that margin is that small then would not the energy expended on fraud be better spent on making their case to the people? Or, compromising on small matters that people vote on so that larger matters can go their way?

Even though we've made great strides in providing information and means of communication, people themselves haven't changed. They still have their in-groups with similar opinions to their own. They still have their favorite news sources with particular slants that they may never notice. Many still have an inherent trust in the system so they will ignore occasional anomalies of vote fraud as just distractions and not real problems.

And then there's times where the evidence simply gets buried by other news stories or is only covered by fringe, pseudo news organizations that most people will ignore because it's coming from an unfamiliar source.

So yes, theoretically, the increase of information we've during the Information Age should give us perfect elections. The reality is that we'll never have them thanks to human psychology. Let's still try to have legitimate elections though and remain vigilant of fraud wherever it may occur.

Encryption

US Efforts To Regulate Encryption Have Been Flawed, Government Report Finds (theguardian.com) 110

An anonymous reader writes from a report via The Guardian: U.S. Republican congressional staff said in a report released Wednesday that previous efforts to regulate privacy technology were flawed and that lawmakers need to learn more about technology before trying to regulate it. The 25-page white paper is entitled Going Dark, Going Forward: A Primer on the Encryption Debate and it does not provide any solution to the encryption fight. However, it is notable for its criticism of other lawmakers who have tried to legislate their way out of the encryption debate. It also sets a new starting point for Congress as it mulls whether to legislate on encryption during the Clinton or Trump administration. "Lawmakers need to develop a far deeper understanding of this complex issue before they attempt a legislative fix," the committee staff wrote in their report. The committee calls for more dialogue on the topic and for more interviews with experts, even though they claim to have already held more than 100 such briefings, some of which are classified. The report says in the first line that public interest in encryption has surged once it was revealed that terrorists behind the Paris and San Bernardino attacks "used encrypted communications to evade detection." Congressman Ted Lieu is pushing the federal government to treat ransomware attacks on medical facilities as data breaches and require notifications of patients.

Comment Re:the article is bullshit and FUD (Score 1) 404

No, actually, that's not part of "our much-vaunted freedom". To the contrary, trying to use legislatures to prevent other people from spending their money as they see fit is the antithesis of freedom.

Pure freedom for one person often leads to less freedom for another. At your own admission people are harmed by the pollution and free to strike a balance between their freedom to breathe clean air and the tourist's freedom to explore their cities using an air polluting mode of transportation:

And you are free to exclude these cruise ships entirely from your harbor if you don't like the air pollution

Comment Re:the article is bullshit and FUD (Score 2) 404

That's bullshit. This ship burns up to 1377 gallons for a top speed of 26 mph; that's about the same as 1500 regular passenger cars.

Shortly after this statement you admit that the fuel is not equivalent to gasoline due to scale of pollutants it produces. I think it's fair to say your own calculation is bunk by your own words.

The engine no doubt emits lots of particulates, NOx, and sulfur. But that isn't a problem on the open sea. Those emissions are not particularly harmful per se, they only happen to be tightly regulated for cars because they cause problems in cities.

What's you're reasoning for it not mattering on the open sea? Ocean acidification is an extremely pressing issue causing devastation to corral and countless other sea habitats, sulfur and carbon being two of the biggest contributors to it.

Comment Re: I hate bad journalism like this... (Score 2) 404

from the article: "Daniel Rieger, a transport officer at German environment group Nabu, said: âoeCruise companies create a picture of being a bright, clean and environmentally friendly tourism sector. But the opposite is true. One cruise ship emits as many air pollutants as five million cars going the same distance because these ships use heavy fuel that on land would have to be disposed of as hazardous waste.â

Comment Re:Three times the efficiency?? Not likely (Score 1) 169

What voltage is your Tesla receiving power at? If there's a 1V drop at 120V that's not too bad but if it's at 12V that's nearly 10% of the power output by your charger which has it's own inefficiencies. I suspect Tesla is particularly smart with their charging system so it likely surpasses most other charging system's in efficiency but the fact remains that there's power loss in the cabling that may not be exhibited by a wireless charger that's much closer to the batteries in the car.

I've assumed that the 90% efficiency quoted in the article includes voltage, AC to DC conversion; and current regulation; it's not solely in the cable. Plus, 2kw is a pretty typical output for a space heater so I wouldn't be at all surprised if that much heat is put out during charging of an electric vehicle.

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