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News Comments > Videogame Hall of Fame Finalists
16. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2017, 15:54 Orogogus
I think most of the oldies on this board probably played Dune 2, and I don't know why you think it wasn't a commercial success. It got a lot of glowing reviews, it was huge in my dorm, and it's one of three games that my dad has ever played (the other two being Freecell and Sudoku).

Warcraft was the first and pretty much only game where I ever thought, "Holy shit, you can just copy someone else's game like this without getting sued?" Ever since then I've assumed the answer is yes, you can, and gameplay can't be copyrighted.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2017, 15:48 Orogogus
I don't see much in the United States section of that wiki article, other than some regulations pertaining to federal databases and specific states (esp. California).  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
11. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2017, 15:35 Orogogus
Nimh wrote on Mar 29, 2017, 10:05:
I did more reading on it.. apparently P2 data privacy rules still apply. It seems the main thing it does is allow your ISP to be like Google/Facebook now. (which still sorta sucks because using Googlebook is a choice, chosing an ISP much less so)

What's that? Are you referring to the UK's Data Protection Act?
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 29, 2017, 15:30 Orogogus
maddog wrote on Mar 29, 2017, 15:04:
The way the dem bill/policy was written certain companies get to sell your info like they already do today but not others. This bill changes nothing except undoing democrats picking winners and loser in the advertising space. The spin on this is mind numbing and everybody is lapping it up. This bill is an effort to maintain free market principles.

I think that's a mischaracterization to the point of being an outright lie.

The policy designated information that was sensitive, like health information, financial information and SSNs, and made that opt-in across the board, not to be shared unless customers explicitly agreed. That protection is trash now.
p13980, #178

The idea that companies like Google and Facebook were in a position to collect and sell your information the way an ISP can is just so stupid that it's hard for me to believe anyone who isn't paid would willingly regurgitate that pap. Google and Facebook use the data I choose to give them to target advertisements to me, but Charter and Comcast blatantly lobbied to take that data and sell it without asking permission.
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
1. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 27, 2017, 13:08 Orogogus
Another article to trigger that guy who's positive that Trump's not using his unsecured Android phone:
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Mar 22, 2017, 17:34 Orogogus
1badmf wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 17:27:
Verno wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 16:56:
One look at that chicken pretty much confirms the CBC report haha.

there's something funky with the scale in that video. i can't believe a chicken could ever get that big. also the hen that pokes out at the end is also staggeringly large if the scale is to be believed. which i don't, or we have the return to dominance of the dinosaurs on our hands.

Verno's talking about the Subway soy chicken article.
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News Comments > GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta
21. Re: GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta Mar 22, 2017, 17:02 Orogogus
Satoru wrote on Mar 22, 2017, 16:36:
So it's been nearly 3 years and their client is basically a glorified version of every other client on the planet. You should be screaming at GOG at how utterly incompetently slow they are releasing actual feature updates to the client.

I would think so, and I've complained about Steam a lot before, but it really strikes me how all the alternative clients I tried were seriously feature deficient compared to Steam. The latest offender I've had to deal with was Oculus Home, and a basic gap analysis presents a legion of failings. No refunds, can't install to different drives, miserable display, sorting and filtering options, web interface doesn't include ratings or reviews and it has even fewer options than the client, no gifting, no downloads screen, achievements text truncated all over the place, no account sharing, can't set up shortcuts to apps on SteamVR or anywhere else, no workshop functionality, no FPS counter...

I think it's kind of a dumpster fire. I think I had a similar reaction to Origin and Uplay at some point, although I don't remember them being as deficient as Oculus Home. They ran games fine, but if I were going to show up late to the party I would sit down and identify Steam's features, and then make a point of covering all or at least most of them. Is that really so hard? Or does it cost that much? If so, why even bother? GOG's feature list actually looks reasonable compared to the others I've tried.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
13. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 22, 2017, 02:13 Orogogus
descender wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 15:24:
Contempt is designed to be used for forcing the reveal of anonymous sources, not for self-incrimination.

Is this sarcasm? Contempt of court is used for a lot more than that.

jdreyer wrote:
Second, the gun analogy isn't really applicable here. A better analogy might be if he had a stash of kiddie pr0n mags and he hid them. The sister knew they existed, but the man couldn't remember where he'd hidden them. Could he be compelled to give up their location? Nope

It seems to me that it's more like his stash is in a box and he's refusing to open it. They don't actually care about the password. The authorities didn't ask him for it, they told him to unlock the encrypted drives, and for obvious reasons they don't believe him when he says he conveniently forgot -- hence the charge of contempt. They probably will charge him with just the evidence they have, but the details of the case are sealed so it's pretty murky.

It's not like this is a warrantless search. It's been established that most people aren't on board with encryption backdoors, for good reason. But at the same time it's not okay for the government to force people to let them in, either. It's like if buildings were unbreakable and you were allowed to just tell the police they couldn't come in, warrant or no warrant. You'd be able to get away with actual murder.

As the article says at the end, even if this is all well and good for child pornography, what about companies? When the government investigates them for wrongdoing, can they just claim they forgot every single password for their computers and networks and then not turn over any documents and records? The only reason the authorities in this case have any electronic evidence is because the guy didn't encrypt his computer. When people want the government to get on board with the digital age, what does the ideal procedure for catching these kinds of criminals look like? Installing Mission Impossible spy cams all around his house?
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
10. Re: New GeForce Drivers and GTX 1080 Ti Reviews Mar 21, 2017, 14:56 Orogogus
descender wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 14:45:
"Your Honor, the defendant knows he killed the victim... he just won't tell us he did. He remembers everything else he did that day except for the part where he is accused of committing murder."

Yeah, that'll work well! Rolleyes

The courts are really struggling to get acclimated to this new digital paradigm.

Well, and if the defendant's sister told the police that he showed her the body, and bullets on scene were provably fired from his gun.

Forensic examination of the computer indicated that the device had been used to visit known child exploitation sites and to download thousands of files with the same hash values as known child pornography files.

The files themselves, however, were not present on the computer. They are assumed to be stored on the external encrypted hard drives.

Authorities in Delaware investigating the case already had a sense of the contents of the drives because, according to court documents, the defendant's sister had told police investigators "that Doe had shown her hundreds of images of child pornography on the encrypted external hard drives."

It's not like they have nothing. Is the general position that the cops should just give up in cases like this and not bother prosecuting?
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News Comments > Morning Safety Dance
14. Re: Morning Safety Dance Mar 21, 2017, 14:30 Orogogus
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:59:
Agent-Zero wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:39:
RedEye9 wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:37:
eRe4s3r wrote on Mar 21, 2017, 13:08:
killer argument follows
Generically speaking, any form of forced labor can be called slavery and this is not for historians to decide, but by the zeitgeist.

Whether the servitude was voluntary and time limit or involuntary and forever, makes no difference. One is worse, but both are slavery.
Or this; Unlike institutionalized chattel slavery, indentured servitude was neither hereditary nor lifelong; unlike black slaves, white indentured servants had legal rights; unlike black slaves, indentured servants weren't considered property.

and that makes indentured servitude not really a problem

YOU WON THE ARGUMENT! damn you are a fucking genius
I know, words matter.

No one cares about Irish indentured servitude nowadays except the Irish and people who want to make noise about black slavery not being so bad. Whether you want to call indentured servitude slavery or not, it didn't lead to the 3/5ths Compromise, the Missouri Compromise, the fugitive slave laws, Supreme Court cases, the American Civil War, a constitutional amendment and lay the foundation for race relations for hundreds of years into the present day.

It's like, why do you think students learn so much about this stuff in school, instead of some other, more critical issue that was really dominating US history in the 1800s? If it's that you really want to co-opt the word "slavery", what's do you want to use instead when we talk about institutionalized chattel slavery?
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
8. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 21, 2017, 13:55 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Mar 20, 2017, 22:22:
How is that NOT a fifth amendment protection? It's the very definition of self incrimination.

Because the wording of the amendment is, "No person shall... be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself." There's debate about the issue, and I certainly don't think this is a poster child case -- providing your password doesn't really look like being a witness. The "very definition" would be going on the stand as a witness and telling the court that you downloaded child porn.

One interpretation is that witness testimony is meant to provide new information, which is why they're making such a big deal about already knowing what they'll find. The EFF's position is that you can't be compelled to disclose anything in your mind, but I don't know if that was really ever the intent of the amendment.

It also seems to me that saying you forgot isn't claiming your fifth amendment rights, and does look like contempt.

As far as convicting the guy goes, I think having child porn to show a jury would be more convincing than IT testimony. And they'd probably have more counts to nail the guy with. And it could help any ongoing investigation.
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News Comments > Morning Crowdfunding Roundup
4. Re: Morning Crowdfunding Roundup Mar 17, 2017, 14:29 Orogogus
Aren't you pretty deadset against multiplayer-only games?  
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
5. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 17, 2017, 14:23 Orogogus
PHJF wrote on Mar 17, 2017, 13:41:

Went to get my son some books for his birthday. The fantasy sets I wanted were $23 for the paperbacks but $32 for the Kindle versions. And we wonder why people pirate.

All these people saying digital goods would be cheaper because distributors no longer had to deal with warehousing and shipping and physical store fronts had it wrong. A physical good is using money by merely existing; it has to be stocked, it has to be displayed, and it has to be shipped. It's in nobody's interest having it sit on a shelf or in a box indefinitely... so they are priced to move. That little 800KB ebook sitting on an Amazon server, meanwhile, has almost no footprint, takes virtually no bandwidth to transmit, and never has to be rotated for newer stock.

There's no incentive whatsoever for digital goods to ever reduce prices because they essentially cost no money to keep around.

The incentive to reduce prices is the same as it is for any other product -- making more money by selling more units at lower cost. Publishers just have to decide where they think the sweet spot is, and at what point discounts are going to cannibalize new sales -- unsold books, especially low-margin paperbacks, are regularly destroyed instead of being sold at prices low enough to move.

You do see some ebooks at reduced prices at Humble Bundle and presumably other places as well, but in general books are still beholden to their physical publishers, who don't see higher revenues in the race to the bottom.
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News Comments > Sid Meier's Civilization VI Demo
2. Re: the game was released well over a year ago Mar 16, 2017, 20:35 Orogogus
Huh? It was 5 months ago.

EDIT: In response to Blue's "well over a year ago"
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News Comments > Outlast 2 Refused Classification In Australia
6. Re: Outlast 2 Refused Classification In Australia Mar 16, 2017, 18:53 Orogogus
jdreyer wrote on Mar 16, 2017, 18:41:
3. Games where you kill hundreds of people are fine, but throw in a sexual assault and you get banned? WTF?

Eh, that's usually the argument for nudity and sex, not sexual assault. Most games that see you killing hundreds of people are usually not serial killer simulators. Little kids playing cowboys and Indians or whatever the modern equivalent is pretend to die when hit. They don't play-rape. Likewise, there are PG movies where people die, less with rape. The age where you explain death to your kids is usually lower than the age for rape.
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News Comments > Full Throttle Remastered Next Month
7. Re: Full Throttle Remastered Next Month Mar 15, 2017, 16:35 Orogogus
YourNick wrote on Mar 15, 2017, 16:32:
The lack of pixelation might reduce the nostalgia a tad though, I wonder if they'd have both versions accessible.

Really? Like the Monkey Island games, except instead of a different artstyle you press a key and there are jaggies everywhere? That just seems weird to me.
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
49. Re: Steam Top 10 Mar 14, 2017, 15:35 Orogogus
VaranDragon wrote on Mar 14, 2017, 05:12:
39% is a minority, still it is quite a large minority.

31%, not 39%. There seems to be enough number-related confusion already.
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News Comments > Evening Legal Briefs
9. Re: Evening Legal Briefs Mar 13, 2017, 19:34 Orogogus
I really don't see anything that suggests that CPNI covers data. Wikipedia, Google, anywhere you look says telephone calls.

Put it another way, do the big companies want to have these laws in place instead of nothing? No, they don't. So it would take a hell of a lot of government push to get there.

The affiliate/independent contractor stuff for opt-out is pretty strict, as well. It's not just any other communications related company, it has to be within the company, its affiliates, its contractors, etc., all of which are strictly defined -- there are penalties attached to not following this.

The link you posted has to do with Wheeler's rules for data, which is handled differently (i.e., not at all now). The second link says "proprietary data", i.e., the CPNI stuff that has to do with phones, while the first link doesn't mention CPNI or proprietary data anywhere, and has to do with Internet data.
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News Comments > Morning Tech Bits
46. Re: Morning Tech Bits Mar 13, 2017, 19:26 Orogogus
Where are you getting it going back to the '20s? Those links you provided earlier don't.  
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News Comments > Steam Top 10
41. Re: Mar 13, 2017, 17:05 Orogogus
Is it that you don't know what a minority is? It means less than 50%.

Steam tells you that 69% of the Steam purchaser reviews are positive, and 71% of all reviews. So a majority of those reviews are positive. I don't even see what the problem is here, but you're off-your-meds hostile about it.
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