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News Comments > Oculus Seeks New Trial vs ZeniMax
8. Re: Oculus Seeks New Trial vs ZeniMax Apr 13, 2017, 05:03 Kxmode
 
VaranDragon wrote on Apr 13, 2017, 04:12:
NetHead wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 22:44:
I seem to remember the ZeniMax "expert" made some very questionable claims about deleted data on the drive. So it would have been shocking if they didn't appeal.

This. From what little John Carmack reported of the "expert" testimony, the prosecution also basically pointed at bits of code and then proceeded to tell the layman jury that it was identical to other bits of code that was apparently stolen. Problem is that this was supposedly standard shit that is used by pretty much every programmer worth his salt on planet earth. This sets a dangerous precedent. As I understand it this means that if any programmer that ever worked at Zenimax moves to another company, Zenimax could sue that company for using stolen code, since this is basically elementary shit, that appears in 99.99% of programs everywhere.

I have no idea how the Oculus legal defence team couldn't punch a 1000 holes in that testimony, by showing these bits of code in a thousand open source programs, but there you have it. I guess it pays more to simply counter sue.

I made a similar point in another thread here and here. A corporation cannot own how Carmack creates and writes his code because he obtained the sum of his knowledge at one company. Being the father of the FPS genre and working his entire gaming career at one company guarantees anything he creates is going to look like ZeniMax's IP (even intentional stuff).

This situation is like Arenanet suing Kekai Kotaki after his departure. Kekai was one of their lead concept artists and responsible for many of the iconic visuals of the GW1 and GW2 franchise. It would be ludicrous to sue him because his work today looks too much like the concept art that ArenaNet produces today. When you consider Kekai spent most of his gaming career at ArenaNet, it's very hard to separate style from company assets.

The fundamental problem is most people involved in reaching a decision have little to no experience with the subject matter. The only true way for a case like this to be tried would be a judge and jury (if required) with some experience in programming and (or) game development. They would be qualified to render a fair judgment. More importantly, programming is language and language is free speech. A case like this would establish the fundamental rights programmers have in that corporations cannot own how someone creates and writes their code; even if the code looks similar.

This remains my fear as I move from company to company. I take what I learn with me. Sometimes the techniques I learn could be considered property by the previous company. It creates a bit of anxiety since no there are no touchstone cases.
 
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News Comments > On Sale
1. Re: On Sale Apr 13, 2017, 04:37 Kxmode
 
Green Man Gaming and CDKeys have excellent deals and sales going on. Picked up MGS5 for $12 from CDK. Price increased a bit since the last time I bought. Still, cheap.
 
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News Comments > Oculus Seeks New Trial vs ZeniMax
6. Re: New Trial Apr 13, 2017, 03:10 Kxmode
 
Oculus v ZeniMax. Sounds like something from Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome or WWE.  
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News Comments > PC Bayonetta Released
16. Re: PC Bayonetta Released Apr 12, 2017, 22:13 Kxmode
 
@Agent-Zero - Real classy. Pretty much sums up your existence on this site.  
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News Comments > Into the Black
47. Re: Into the Black Apr 12, 2017, 17:31 Kxmode
 
My reaction when I quote the president of the largest non-profit consumer organization in the U.S. for airline passengers and whose staff consist of doctors and lawyers responsible for ten passenger rights, and the response is "He's expressing his opinion." http://i.imgur.com/5E3mcgY.gif

This whole time I've seen civil rights tossed around. However, neither civil rights or civil liberties are consumer rights. It behooves you to learn the difference between civil rights and civil liberties as each provides different kinds of guarantees.

- Civil rights refer to equal conditions for all Americans.
- Civil liberties are protections against government actions. For example, the First Amendment of the Bill of Rights guarantees the Government cannot interfere with an individual's freedom of worship.

Americans have the guaranteed civil right to fly without discrimination (except those on No Fly Lists). Americans also have the civil liberty to choose any carrier they wish. Neither has any bearing on being forced to leave a plane. The point I'm making is the Airline's actions is a morality play. I think what they did is morally wrong, but it wasn't legally wrong or against civil and liberty rights. Hope the distinction is clearer.

Anyhow, since this is going nowhere I'm going to http://i.imgur.com/Gpa4i21.gif
 
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News Comments > PC Bayonetta Released
14. Re: PC Bayonetta Released Apr 12, 2017, 16:42 Kxmode
 
Quinn wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 14:13:
Well to be honest, for once I completely agreed with that depressed fuck.

I agree. Although, I think CJ could've worded it a little less "crudely."
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
18. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 12, 2017, 16:36 Kxmode
 
Killer Kane wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 16:26:
I remember seeing some sort of "no spray" that deters this behavior

Windex. The Greeks know.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
16. Re: Jupiter Has a Great 'Cold' Spot, Too. Apr 12, 2017, 15:13 Kxmode
 
Neptune: It's ALWAYS about you.
Jupiter: I can't help it. I'm kind of a big deal.
Saturn: Not that it MATTERS or anything...
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
45. Re: Into the Black Apr 12, 2017, 14:01 Kxmode
 
MoreLuckThanSkill wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 06:04:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 19:07:
Do U.S. Citizens have civil rights on a plane? [ ] Yes [ X ] No [ ] Maybe

Okay, this is getting ridiculous, but you keep saying this, and you are incorrect. Your civil rights are NOT suspended when you board an airplane. One oblique quote from a former attorney does not suspend the Constitution or any other state protection laws for citizens. Being on private property of any sort, flying or otherwise, does not suspend your civil rights.

You seem unable to understand this.

"Your regular civil rights donít apply when youíre on an airplane," said Paul Hudson of FlyersRights.org, the largest nonprofit airline consumer protection organization. "What you should do if you have a problem with a flight crew is to document it and file a complaint later. You have rights, but you have to exercise them once youíre off the flight."

Again, there's a confusion between regular (or public) civil rights and consumer rights. They're apples and oranges. A passenger on a private-run airline does not have civil rights to a seat. It's a business arrangement. Civil rights afford the ability to fly without discrimination. Being refused a ticket because of race or religion is an example of a violation of civil rights. Asking for volunteers to vacate a plane and then picking people at random is morally wrong, but it isn't a violation of civil rights.

- Civil Rights - A class of rights that protect individuals' freedom from infringement by governments, social organizations, and private individuals. No mention of private business.
- Consumer Rights - A group of laws and organizations designed to ensure the rights of consumers, as well as fair trade, competition, and accurate information in the marketplace. Specifically for private businesses.

Please learn the difference between both because one applies; the other does not.

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News Comments > PC Bayonetta Released
12. Re: PC Bayonetta Released Apr 12, 2017, 13:51 Kxmode
 
Beamer wrote on Apr 12, 2017, 11:01:
Kxmode wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 23:08:
"Hey kids! PC Gaming is dead!"

I believe PC, as a gaming platform, is the oldest continuous.

Can we really call it continuous? Or is it many different platforms that have rolled together?

I mean, can we play old DOS games in Windows 10? Yeah, using an emulator like DOSbox, much like we can play old Gameboy games using an emulator, but I wouldn't call that a continuous platform between modern Windows and a Gameboy.

I believe it is continuous since gaming is the primary driver for technology improvements. PC gaming also invented many of the things that are now standard on consoles (e.g. high definition, cloud-saving, digital downloads, online multiplayer, hard drive storage, and so forth). PCs remain "console fluid."
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
41. RE: Apr 11, 2017, 23:22 Kxmode
 
@Bumpy - Be careful with anything from Daily Mail. It's UK's rumor mill paper (like National Enquirer in the U.S.).  
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
7. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2017, 23:15 Kxmode
 
For National Pet Day I saved two dogs from abandonment. I also took two days off work due to the PTS from dealing with it all for six months.  
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News Comments > PC Bayonetta Released
4. Re: PC Bayonetta Released Apr 11, 2017, 23:08 Kxmode
 
"Hey kids! PC Gaming is dead!"

I believe PC, as a gaming platform, is the oldest continuous.
 
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News Comments > G2A Responds to Gearbox
18. RE: G2A Responds to Gearbox Apr 11, 2017, 19:47 Kxmode
 
Darks wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 08:18:
CD Keys.com does, and they don't change you extra bullshit changes for something. G2A even when you don't take their insurance tosses on an extra 50 cents to 2 dollars depending on the cost of what you are buying when you check out. Cd Keys does not do that.

I try to go through CDkeys.com (sell keys themselves) or Green Man Gaming (arrange deep discounts directly with the 500 publishers they work with; sometimes better than Steam). G2A, while nice, is riddled with too many issues.
 
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News Comments > G2A Responds to Gearbox
17. Re: G2A Responds to Gearbox Apr 11, 2017, 19:36 Kxmode
 
Prez wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 10:43:
I don't understand why people bother with insurance. That's what credit cards are for. Paypal will always issue a chargeback if there's a problem and refund your money.

That's the problem. Developers are being hit with charge backs and losing tons of money. At least one indie dev has been forced to close because of it, but there are multiple reports of it happening by many developers. They are responsible for the chargebacks, not the credit card company or PayPal.

I'm not 100%, but I believe this is a direct result of the EMV technology (Chip and PIN). It was created to protect traditional brick and mortar businesses but does NOTHING for eCommerce. Under the stripe system, the card issuer is responsible for fraud transactions. The EMV system changed the rules so that the company, not the card issuer, is now responsible for the bulk of fraud purchases. Whenever EMV was adopted eCommerce saw a significant increase in Card-Not-Present (CNP) fraud. Most medium to large firms can handle it with services and staff to weed out fraud orders, but smaller companies like that indie dev, are getting hit hard with fraud expenses.

I did extensive research into EMV ahead of the U.S. transition to it. I wanted to let my boss know what's coming and what our company could do to mitigate the sizeable spike in CNP fraud.
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
17. Re: Out of the Blue Apr 11, 2017, 19:27 Kxmode
 
Verno wrote on Apr 11, 2017, 08:50:
Bodolza wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 14:14:
Some of us find most sports mind-numbingly boring. I don't get how someone can be interested in watching the same thing over and over and over again for hours on end.

It's almost like different people have different taste in things

Which is perfectly fine as long as those tastes don't involve the Bible, am I right?
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
39. removed Apr 11, 2017, 19:20 Kxmode
 
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News Comments > Into the Black
38. Re: Into the Black Apr 11, 2017, 19:07 Kxmode
 
At the risk of injecting civility into the discussion (because it looks some are foaming at the mouth; looking at you Agent-Zero). I think we're talking past each other. It would be good to establish some facts so that going forward we can at least discuss this on about the same level. Here's my response:

Did the Airline do the moral thing? [ ] Yes [ X ] No [ ] Maybe

Do U.S. Citizens have civil rights on a plane? [ ] Yes [ X ] No [ ] Maybe

Do U.S. Citizens have consumer rights on a plane? [ X ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Maybe

When U.S. Citizens purchase airline tickets, do they enter into a private agreement with the carrier? [ X ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Maybe

Does the airline have the ability to revoke or modify a ticket for any reason? [ X ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Maybe (A person entering into a business transaction with each carrier follows a contract. For United Airlines they have 30 rules)

Can the police request and then remove by force any non-compliant person? [ X ] Yes [ ] No [ ] Maybe
 
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News Comments > Out of the Blue
15. Re: Into the Black Apr 11, 2017, 03:21 Kxmode
 
Mordecai Walfish wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 16:42:
some people like a new narrative, other people like delving more into minutiae and statistics. i can dig both sides, and personally get tired of sports pretty quickly too. my immediate thought when tv shows becoming repetitive is mentioned is The Walking Dead. I'm about to drop that permanently from rotation soon here unless things shake up quite a bit. Also made me think of how much I'm looking forward to the new season of Better Call Saul.

I have no desire to watch the series. However, I assume if the series ends without a cure a lot of people are going to be upset they wasted time watching something with no real ending.
 
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News Comments > NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: ULTIMATE NINJA STORM LEGACY
5. Re: [ Apr 11, 2017, 01:42 Kxmode
 
ViRGE wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 23:23:
Undih wrote on Apr 10, 2017, 21:20:
GOD DAMN CAPS, My brain does not like this shit!
Seriously. Stop yelling at us, Blue. We're dumb, not deaf!

But he's yelling at us in AMERICAN CONSUMER DIALECT EXTREME ALPHA JAPANESE!
 
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