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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Cenan Re:grandmother reference (461 comments)

Really? I can understand a piece of software both being one of a kind and severely overpriced, such as Windows, being pirated. In that case I think it's correct to almost equate piracy with a lost sale. Granted you would have to assume that people would have bought it without the cracks being available. More likely potential buyers remain on an older version, or in extreme cases find an alternative.

I've also worked at places where a piece of software was integral to running the business, but gouging via license fees forced them into creative setups to work around it.

I've not actually heard of a software company going out of business due to piracy. Mismanagement or other bone headed crap, sure. Piracy tends to follow popularity, and in my experience money follows that.

2 days ago
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

Cenan Re:grandmother reference (461 comments)

Except a pirated item does not equate to a lost sale. Further, those hypothetical people who would then download the pirated game have already paid, again not hurting sales. You'd be surprised how quickly people turn back to the monkey that kicked their teeth in for another treatment.

Event Y is going to hurt the profits of X - bullshit. Time and time again we're shown that prior reputation has absolutely nothing to do with future profits, contrary to common belief. My personal hypothesis is that marketing machines are just too good at hyping whatever game the company is putting out, making gamers want to fork over money to a disreputable company rather than wait for the pirated version to become available.

2 days ago
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UK Prime Minister Says Gov't Should Be Capable of Reading Any Communications

Cenan Re:They don't act enough (329 comments)

They don't just wait. They let the actual plot play out. If there were no random acts of terrorism, how would they go about arguing for increased capabilities? The mass murderers in France were well known and were allegedly also being watched. They found an ID in the car? How convenient.

about two weeks ago
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Several European Countries Lay Groundwork For Heavier Internet Censorhip

Cenan Re:WTF (319 comments)

There is no difference. How do you propose to censor speech if not by the threat of consequence?

about two weeks ago
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Is Kitkat Killing Lollipop Uptake?

Cenan Re:Just force them already (437 comments)

Yeah that is going to work well for people who don't replace their devices every six months.

about three weeks ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Cenan Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

That book is not going to support your argument, and you know it.

The point is not that taxation is bad, but that corrupt systems of taxation are bad

There is a fuckton of a difference between a high taxation and a corrupt taxation regime.

about 3 months ago
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Americans Rejoice At Lower Gas Prices

Cenan Re:Let's have a $7/gallon fuel tax (334 comments)

Our (Denmark) gas price is somewhere along the lines of DKR 11/L (DKR 6.23 = $1) so $1.77/L ~ $6.68/gallon (3.78541 L = 1 US gallon). Very few of us are on rafts. High taxation as a cause of the fall of civilization is a myth.

about 3 months ago
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Trapped Rainbow Using Silicon

Cenan Re:what? no graphene? (79 comments)

They didn't even 3D print anything. I call bullshit on this whole thing.

about 3 months ago
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The Guardian Reveals That Whisper App Tracks "Anonymous" Users

Cenan Re:Well (180 comments)

Multiple hits for a TM search on "Whisper Systems", none of which turn up Moxie Marlinspike. Apparently it's both a renovation company in Seattle, a radio rental service (WTF?), a financial transaction system and many, many more dead ones.

tmsearch.uspto.gov

about 3 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Probably. I think it's much more likely for legislators to introduce mandatory in-country hosting rather than mandatory encryption on consumer facing services. Simply because mandatory in-country hosting is good for business where they get their votes.

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

You're right, whatever agency has their funding cut won't be spying anymore. That won't solve the underlying trust problem though. It's not the NSA that people don't trust, it's USA.

about 4 months ago
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Eric Schmidt: Anxiety Over US Spying Will "Break the Internet"

Cenan Re:Very easy to solve (179 comments)

Yeah, because we trust them to abide by the law. This is a problem that words on paper won't be able to solve. You cannot ever prove that the NSA (or whichever agency) does not snoop, even if the law says they can't do it. They have been proven to snoop, the cat is out of the bag, end of story.

about 4 months ago
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The Malware of the Future May Come Bearing Real Gifts

Cenan Re:but useful software is not cheap to make (103 comments)

AC? Meet download.cnet.com. All the crap you could ever want, nicely bundled with more spyware than you care to imagine. If you're ever in the market for some free software, and dumb enough to use Google to find it, chances are you'll be presented with a forest of hits all directing you there.

Quality has nothing to do with it. These guys have made a business out of bundling mediocre with bad or downright malicious, and have put in a lot of effort to appear high enough on search engines to catch eyes. Malware authors don't need to produce anything useful at all.

about 4 months ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Cenan Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

Well, I've done the same damage to my own circle of friends. Funny though, it's never really been much of an issue with online shopping here (Denmark) since the banks were quite fast with a unified solution that just works, and to date has had no incidents from a security standpoint (same goes for chip+PIN, this was introduced a decade ago, and I've yet to hear about any leaked CCs around here).

But the damage lingers long after you've abandoned the gripe yourself, I can relate to that. My sister still calls me up to have the "which AV should I chose" discussion, even though I've told her I don't use AV anymore - I use sensible online conduct instead. She is still wary of Steam because I've raved, at length, about the horrors of their draconian DRM. I use Steam extensively now. The thing is though, that as much as we as nerds have griped to friends and relatives, there are probably an order of magnitude more people who have not heard it, don't care about it, or have simply forgotten about it again.

as backwards as Microsoft has gone with their UI, security wise I'd say you are no worse off than swiping your card at any POS terminal now

LOL. That's not really an endorsement though. Every American with a CC has had it leaked at least 3 times over (statistically), just within the preceding year alone. But I get your point.

about 4 months ago
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Internet Explorer Implements HTTP/2 Support

Cenan Re:I've been impressed with IE lately (122 comments)

What the mobile (or smartphone) boom should have shown every nerd on the face of the planet: nobody outside of /. gives a shit about "reputation" when picking up a new phone or tablet. If Microsoft manages to launch a smartphone that is affordable (i.e not priced above an iPhone) and manages to make Windows-not-metro-for-fucks-sake-please-dear-god-please-stop-reminding-us usable on a touch device and the desktop at the same time, all that bad nerd press from the last 15-20 years will mean diddly squat for their sales figures.

The non nerdy friends and colleagues I have all pretty much agree on what is important in a new phone: camera (especially camera vs. dim light conditions), app store inventory (games mostly), fb app, twitter app, instagram app. Who made the device is of very little concern.

Now, with a one OS to rule all platforms approach, they might even be able to add some of that Apple just-works magic to their portfolio, which is not to be scuffed at.

And I agree, MS is not old MS anymore. They've been forced to try and keep up rather than the old buy-and-extinguish strategy, at least in the mobile and touch device market, and I think it's been good for them.

about 4 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Cenan Re: anti-science idiocy (232 comments)

Rejecting capitalism does not automatically make soviet style communism, or any derivative thereof, the only alternative left.

about 4 months ago
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Antarctic Ice Loss Big Enough To Cause Measurable Shift In Earth's Gravity

Cenan Re: anti-science idiocy (232 comments)

You mean like the government enacts the will of the people now? Oh the horror if all that were to stop.

about 4 months ago
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Are the World's Religions Ready For ET?

Cenan Re:Islam and Math / Science (534 comments)

They are just as good examples of religious followers as anyone else, who are you to say who has the correct interpretation?

about 4 months ago

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Snowden granted 1 year asylum in Russia

Cenan Cenan writes  |  about a year and a half ago

Cenan (1892902) writes "Today, shortly before noon, Russia handed NSA leaker Edward Snowden papers permitting him to leave the transit area of Moscow’s Sheremetyevo Airport. CNN has the story, among others."

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