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Comment Re:Uh oh, baby being thrown out with the bathwater (Score 1) 99

Part of the problem is though, that steam has been quite anti-consumer. All the criticism levelled at MS over their concerns for windows 8, valve is guilty of with steam. DRM is available, it's not mandatory, but there's a lot of publishers whose only form of DRM is valve's own one, locking the game to steam, no matter where it's purchased. There was a period where it was quite restrictive as well, locking users out of the games. The only thing valve did to build good will was have very aggressive sales, but that has changed now, you don't get the same level of sales anymore, and ever since they opened the flood gates to shovelware, the platform has gotten markedly worse. For a long period, valve self curated, and made sure that only decent stuff went onto steam, however I think the kickstarter thing rattled their cage, and they must have seen that as a big failure to not have captured that market, enter greenlight.

My biggest concern about valve now is how they've quite covertly embraced gambling in their games and platform. With the steam market, cases (in CS:GO), cosmetic items and speculative trading, but in particular the CS:GO cases, they're doing something incredibly unethical in my opinion, by essentially making a poker machine side game to suck in gullible people. Sure, adults can do what they want, but lots of kids play there as well. Once upon a time, paid horse armor was rightfully lampooned, now some dragon law AWP skin or karambit gets all the rage.

Valve tries to make out that they're nice guys, but they're not an ethical company.

Comment Re:NYT is Fake News (Score 1) 333

I think it's rather disingenuous to publish an article based purely on speculation. The media should be fact checking stories before they are published. Just providing a disclosure statement on someones hunch is unethical in my view because it's not news; someone's having a stab in the dark and hoping that later on it might be right.

Unfortunately we rely on honesty from the media, thing is it's like a maths problem, if a guess is made and it's correct, the method is still wrong. The person making the guess can make out like as if they knew what they were doing, but in reality they didn't have a clue. We rely on the media upholding standards in their 'method' to news gathering, and the degradation of these standards is why the collective mainstream media has been getting things so wrong. The media has burnt quite a lot of good will with proven conspiracies (Journalists collaborating with the Clinton campaign), bias, yellow journalism and basic dishonesty with their readers, not to mention the humiliation of getting their predictions so wrong. I think the that 'post-truth' and fake news hasn't been engaged by the public as much as the media would have liked as a result of that lost good will.

Comment Re:Big deal (Score 1) 256

I got hit with this problem on my desktop machine. I was preparing to reinstall the network card drivers, so when I uninstalled them, and rebooted, it began working again with the default ones. Once it worked, I just left it. I was worried that it may have been a hardware failure on my motherboard. Good to now get confirmation that it was a software issue cause by MS.

Comment Re:I liked the game and like it more with the patc (Score 1) 76

It had one cool feature, and that was hopping in your space ship and leaving the planet you were on, to go to another one. Apart from that, the game was ridiculously repetitive, and even worse, was missing a lot of features that were being claimed in order to advertise the game.

Comment Re:Weird twitter message (Score 1) 112

All the pre-launch publicity can be viewed as a massive exercise in building hype without actually committing to much at all. The language used irks me a lot as well, as it's bordering schizophrenia, but that's probably the point of it; they don't want to commit to anything, but make people think that's what they're getting. A case in point was the commonly asked question of whether you will see some other player... The answer was always that the universe is so large that statistically speaking it would be almost zero, but never gave the answer of 'no' because that wasn't implemented in the game.

Unfortunately no man's sky is a game which had a reasonably good concept, but it was then taken to a completely absurd level of marketing and spin. I just wonder how much of these problems are due to the forced hand of publishers who want their ROI, and how much was just incompetence from Hello Games?

Comment Re:Dumb title (Score 1) 186

I have one problem with the term 'fake news' and that it's a new expression for what really is an old problem, albeit with a new take on it. The problem is yellow journalism, it has been around for a long time, and is exactly what we're seeing now. I think by putting a new name to it, they're trying to disassociate themselves with what has been known about for a long time.

I suspect the distinction is being made because I have seen some push from academia to define 'fake news' and it's generally stuff which they are in political disagreement with. If they were dealing with 'yellow journalism', then academia hasn't really got anywhere to work, since it's not exactly a nouveau area of study. Either that, or they're just so ignorant that they haven't got a clue what has happened historically.

Comment Re:Rest-of-the-World: FU (Score 5, Insightful) 117

They certainly can leave, but I also think it's time that web based companies no longer hide behind being a 'tech company' when they clearly earn their money from regular mainstream non-tech services, such as advertising.

These companies use 'tech' to compete against established companies in existing markets. They don't create 'tech' to sell, in most instances, their 'tech' is not for sale. For instance, you can't go to uber and license their software to set up your own uber platform, similarly, does facebook have anything to sell other than advertising (and possibly data)?

For this reason, I think facebook is a publishing/broadcasting/media company. They should be bound by those standards in the respective jurisdiction that they operate, and not get a free pass because their approach is different to traditional companies in that market. I don't agree with censorship, but Germany doesn't have a full equivalent of the 1st ammendment, they specifically censor many areas; most of europe does, and the history of censorship is centuries long. The USA is an anomaly when it comes to free speech.

Comment Re:Developers, developers, developers (Score 1) 245

Probably the best summary of what happened to WP that I've read anywhere. Pity I don't have mod points!

However, I think that you have one error in there that WP7 apps weren't compatible on WP8 phones. WP8 was backwards compatible with WP7, it's just that none were forwards compatible. I think these reboots, as you've pointed out, caused more damage than a lot of the industry or even MS themselves would like to think. It seems to me that each time they were expecting the platform to go huge, and were prepared to throw their existing users under a bus in the hope that the new customers would more than make up for it.

There was a period where I didn't hear too much about the app gap on WP8, but that changed when W10M was announced, and especially this year, it's like as if the wheels fell off the platform. So many apps have been removed. I've lost so many apps that I liked to use that it's depressing, it reached the point where MS used to publish when an app was last updated. I suppose when you see so many apps have been abandoned, not receiving an update in years, it doesn't really instill confidence!

Comment This is more than just unreliable. (Score 1) 425

What some people may also miss is that not only is the potential unreliability a problem, there's also a liability in having a firearm logged as only usable by you. It's no different to owning a computer that has been hijacked and used for malicious purposes.

While the physical nature of a firearm makes it less likely be hacked and used in a situation where the owner is framed (for instance), with DMCA making it illegal to investigate a security measure, in a circumstance such as that, it could be completely illegal to try to investigate the device and attempt to prove your innocence.

At the end of the day, this won't go anywhere. It's something which will be pushed by the anti-firearm community, but at the same time, even groups like police and military won't have any of it. If it's not good enough for them, then why should us plebs use them?

There's a reason why so little has changed in firearm technology over the last 50 years, and in some cases, even the last 100 years, and it's because what works has largely been figured out and there haven't been any notable innovations to improve on the situation. Even things like electronic ignition systems have been trialled, and largely not adopted, I can only presume because you can't beat the reliability and availability of a spring powered mechanical system in this sort of application.

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