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UK ISP Disconnecting Filesharers

0xygen Re:Same as booting a shoplifter out of a store... (106 comments)

That analogy seems rather stretched... It seems more like Mr A ISP going into the store with a big bag, grabbing a pile of stuff, walking out without paying, ducking into an alley, giving it to an anonymous individual, then when the store refuses to allow Mr A ISP on their property, he says "But I did not steal the goods, I'm just a carrier, you cannot punish me, I was an innocent party getting paid to do it!".

more than 2 years ago
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How To Teach a 12-Year-Old To Program?

0xygen Re:Programming (799 comments)

The abstraction does not help the individual to learn how the machine works though.
To breed a new generation of actual technically interested kids who understand the lower levels of the machine and how the high level OOP abstractions actually execute on the hardware, I honestly believe you have to start at the other end.

I feel all of my knowledge of creating efficient solutions to problems stems from having learned BASIC, got dragged into assembler through that, back up into C, onto C++ and OOP, then into Java and dynamic languages like Lua.

Doing it the other way around seems to feel somewhat backwards to me, although I would certainly take the point that today's optimizing compilers are incredible, and the ability of high-level languages to create very efficient code in a relatively small amount of code are incredible. Maybe my desire to understand what goes on underneath leads me to program in particular ways that are not always suitable to high level and functional languages?

more than 4 years ago
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PayPal Offers $150,000 In Developer Challenge

0xygen Re:Wait... (80 comments)

Of course it makes a difference. You are potentially allowing the site to take as much as they like from your account, whereas by instead logging into the PayPal page, the merchant never has to even know what method you use to authenticate with PayPal and will only provide the amount of funds shown on the payment confirmation page to the merchant.

With the second method, there is no requirement to trust the merchant with anything more than the value of the single transaction, your name and your delivery address

more than 4 years ago
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NVidia Cripples PhysX "Open" API

0xygen Re:Havok (393 comments)

How can a developer now realistically choose PhysX when they know it would cut their target market by 25%?

They've killed it.

more than 4 years ago
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NVidia Cripples PhysX "Open" API

0xygen Re:Havok (393 comments)

You can probably add Android to that list in a sense, after the recent C&D debacle.

more than 4 years ago
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Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels

0xygen Re:pwned (595 comments)

Inherent is fine... it means as a natural consequence of. Desktops are naturally operated by lusers, servers are naturally operated by trained operators.

I think someone is confusing "inherently" with "intrinsically"?

more than 4 years ago
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Local Privilege Escalation On All Linux Kernels

0xygen Re:pwned (595 comments)

Did I miss the joke?

Windows Servers are likely to be operated by server operators, who on average have (a little) more of a clue than Joe Bloggs.
Joe boots up Vista, turns off UAC, logs on as an administrator and installs Bonzi Buddy and anything IE asks him to.

It really does not say anything about the operating systems though... considering Windows 7 and Windows Server 2008 are pretty much the same thing under the hood, the only real difference is default permissions and running services.

Part of the very nature of Linux and BSD often being more secure is that the operators understand the system and the best practises on how to configure the system.

more than 4 years ago
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Video Games, the First Amendment, and Obscenity

0xygen Re:The main reason games don't have obscene conten (229 comments)

I'm not sure I see where you jump from the permission to do whatever is necessary to circumvent the protection on a DMCA work to reproducing the a DMCA protection mechanism on a new work. These (sadly) still seem to be very different things in my mind. I'm a European though, so maybe I just don't get it.

I'm not even sure that the EUCD has circumvention provisions yet! :-( I hope someone can enlighten me...

about 5 years ago
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Video Games, the First Amendment, and Obscenity

0xygen Re:The main reason games don't have obscene conten (229 comments)

I seem to recall that a large part of the Accolade problem was that including the necessary magic copyright signature in the ROM caused a "Licensed by Sega" screen to appear, which was known to be untrue in this circumstance, so Accolade decided to follow it with a "This product is NOT licensed or endorsed by Sega" screen to undo the effects of the misleading information.

about 5 years ago
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The State of Video Game Physics

0xygen Re:The player is the biggest problem with destruct (170 comments)

I think you're a lot closer to how the future will go with regards to sandbox gaming.

There should be a lot of cosmetic and insignificant damage, for example the trees in Crysis, but there needs to be a level between destroying the lean-to huts with a single grenade and not being able to even dent the bigger caravan-type military huts.

Hopefully as system ram sizes begin to skyrocket, these issues will disappear. I remember a time where racing games left only a 10 foot tyre track from your car, and now they're permanent for all cars.

about 5 years ago
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The State of Video Game Physics

0xygen Re: Banking (170 comments)

Yet the applied rotation accompanied by the lack of initial lack of gravity until the turn itself begins does not spill your tea?

Nice idea though! Mmm, Earl Grey...

about 5 years ago
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The State of Video Game Physics

0xygen Re:The player is the biggest problem with destruct (170 comments)

Admittedly, I often do too, but as a tangential activity to actually completing the game as originally intended.

I always spend some time exploring the limits of the box when getting a new game! With Prototype and inFamous kicking around at the moment, it's happy times.

about 5 years ago
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The State of Video Game Physics

0xygen Re:The player is the biggest problem with destruct (170 comments)

I believe this actually is where gaming is going though, to a very real physics model which takes away the feeling of artificial limits.

Where necessary, limits can be placed on the gaming through outside factors, e.g. in a military game, unacceptable civilian deaths leading to failure, or in a GTA type game, the feds arriving.
I think to make the experience feel unlimited, these limits need to be applied through such in-game factors, rather than certain skyscrapers being magically indestructible.

It should be easy in most cases to work the story to provide the necessary incentives, say putting one of your side's key characters in the skyscraper with the bad guys, preventing all-out destruction.

There does come a point to enjoyable gaming where we, the players, have to choose to embrace the story, rather than vandalizing the sandbox we are playing in.

about 5 years ago
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The State of Video Game Physics

0xygen Re:Nice Way to Teach Actual Physics (170 comments)

I can forgive the banking, as it is due to the ships maneuvering thruster arrangement. They are often depicted as four thrusters (two up, two down) near the front of the ship, and sometimes an opposing four at the back.
Firing opposing pairs of thrusters causes roll, firing both up / both down causes pitch, so the only logical way to turn is to bank and then pitch up.
This layout saves having another pair of thrusters to allow turning without rolling, plus you only need to account for stress in two directions, rather than three, plus the torsion of the rolling action.

about 5 years ago
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The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

0xygen Re:what ads? (226 comments)

Out of interest, what do you think the "Subscribe" button is for?

more than 5 years ago
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The Next Ad You Click May Be a Virus

0xygen Re:what ads? (226 comments)

And when all the good sites on the internet have disappeared, the people who made them will be back on business on pay sites taking subscriptions.
Better to just get paid directly for quality content, than splitting it with a whole mountain of third parties.

Oh wait, the content isn't so great that people will pay for it? Bummer.

more than 5 years ago
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German Gov To Ban Paintballing After Shooting

0xygen Re:Really Germany? (580 comments)

If they take this "simulated shooting causes real shootings" logic further though, surely it means the next step will be to ban violent video games and then movies?

more than 5 years ago

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