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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

SilentSandman Re:Intended Reaction? (724 comments)

I'm actually not sure what I think of this, I've not come across such a situation before. Initially I think I would mostly be wary. The guise of 'donations' has been used inaccurately in the past.

Thankyou for this question by the way. I've been having difficulty coming up with an answer I find satisfactory, which suggest to me that I need to reevaluate.

For the most part I would hope to look at the situation as something I would 'ignore'. As you mentioned in this hypothetical, there is no profit element on your side, and my product (I would hope) would advertise itself. So in a sense you would simply be providing free advertising, and absorbing all the 'demo' bandwidth costs on my behalf. Those are the apparent benefits. There is the issue of 'competing' with my own product for my own profits.

At the end of the day, I don't know. I would likely keep a careful eye on this, and try to find out exactly what sort of effect (positive or negative) such a situation might have for me, and make a decision based upon that instead. In either case, I would do my best to contact you and discuss the situation, possibly for our mutual benefit if such a thing is possible.

I will certainly contemplate this more. (And for anyone who knows who I am/what I sell etc, I'd prefer you contact me before you try to take a casual conversation on the internet as hard-boiled, irrefutable fact and decide to start making websites with my product all over them. ^_^)

more than 3 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

SilentSandman Re:Intended Reaction? (724 comments)

Curious. There is a significant difference between someone who downloads my products to play them, and someone who copies my product in order to make a profit off my work.

The first makes no appreciable difference to me, with the -possible- gain that I might one day get customers from within that group of people.
The second directly challenges what little money I -do- make, by allowing a third party who has done and added nothing of value, to take a share of the profits from -my- work.

Honestly, no I don't think that big business products would be created in such a situation, but it's a false comparison.

For the record, I would consider the second of those options to be theft.

more than 3 years ago
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Witcher 2 Torrents Could Net You a Fine

SilentSandman Re:Intended Reaction? (724 comments)

I try to avoid this subject, and unfortunately, I'm not always successful in that goal.

I'd like to offer you my perspective as an actual, real, game developer. Not some imagined or particularly convenient for your opinion one, a real one.

I disagree.

Some of what you say is correct, but just because those things are correct, does not mean you can make some wild leap into entirely unrelated contexts and base your reasoning on the previous thing.

Piracy is not theft.
WHEN someone downloads a copy of the games I create, it costs me absolutely nothing. -NOT ONE CENT-. I don't care if they enjoy the game, or thing it's the worst thing to have been created since the wheel. Those people are completely, and utterly irrelevant. The ONLY people who matter, are my customers. I create a product that they enjoy, and they pay me for that service.

I will not spend money paying tha 'mafiaa' thugs to bankrupt some sap because he didn't have the cash to pay me. I won't waste my time, money and effort trying to 'punish' or 'disrupt' the imagined boogey-man. I put every cent I have, and every moment of my development time -exactly where it's needed-, improving the product, and making the next product FOR MY CUSTOMERS.

If people don't want to pay me, that's their business. They haven't 'stolen' from me. "Potential profit" IS NOT PROFIT.

Because I spend my time and effort on making products that people want, they buy them. Occasionally I even get the "big bad evil pirates" buy my products. Not because I punished them (and my customers with them) but because they liked what I had to sell, and knew that paying me for it means I can make more.

more than 3 years ago
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Why Geim Never Patented Graphene

SilentSandman Re:Your patent isn't useless (325 comments)

Patents are designed to protect the -greater good-, in that these ideas which have been invented, will not be kept secret, but instead be made known, in exchange for a -limited- monopoly while the inventor recoups their costs. Whatever the current system, I believe the intent was not to make 'inventors' sit around all day without doing any actual work to see their ideas become reality.

From a software developer perspective, 'inventing' an idea is trivial, it's the hard work of turning that concept into a reality that has ANY value whatsoever. There is -nothing- good about the idea of making nothing, but coming up with lots of 'inventions', and forcing those who -can- and -will- do the hard work, to pay in order to actually create.

more than 3 years ago
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Wireless PCIe To Enable Remote Graphics Cards

SilentSandman Re:I must admit... (181 comments)

heh, my second thought was, "Oh wait, yet more kinda cool tech I'll never use."

Wireless is interesting and all, but personally I prefer my data to arrive at the other end. I'm more of a fan of the good old ethernet cable all things considered. Will be interesting to see when we start putting more data over those cables (ie: the 'new' idea of plugging your screen into an ethernet cable), avoids a great many of the issues something like this brings up. (Security, packet loss, expected transfer rates, expected transfer distances.)

about 4 years ago
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Can a Video Game Solve Hunger, Disease and Poverty?

SilentSandman Re:Impossible (72 comments)

I'm inclined to disagree here... while these 'uneducated' people may not be able to solve the issue in it's entirety, they have one significant advantage; perspective. Some of the greatest technologies we have today were made not by the 'educated' people who were busy looking at the problem, but by someone having an unusual perspective on the issue which all the rest wrote off before even thinking about it.

This 'game' gives the opportunity for all those -other- perspectives to get a little light, and maybe, just maybe, start growing.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

SilentSandman Re:Getting frustrating (375 comments)

Alright, I'll give you that. How's this for a rephrase: "There is no logical business sense to DRM in it's stated purpose."

Sony would be making a killing on development licenses if stopping pirates was the real reason for DRM.

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

SilentSandman Re:So Sony's DRM was a waste of money? (375 comments)

I'm curious, do you count the near 6 billion OTHER people who did not buy a game as a "loss" as well?

more than 4 years ago
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Game Devs On the Future of PC Gaming

SilentSandman Re:Getting frustrating (375 comments)

As a game developer myself, I must say that you've got it wrong.

These 'pirates' are NOT A LOSS.

There is -no- appreciable cost to them having a "pirated" version of the software, so spending the millions they do on DRM schemes is complete and utter lunacy. Instead they should reinvest those millions into making their games better, and enticing "those who didn't buy", or even -not- spending it at all, and requiring lower returns to still make a profit. There is NO logical business sense to DRM.

more than 4 years ago
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Full ACTA Leak Online

SilentSandman Re:a companies bad busines model (201 comments)

"clearly"? ... considering how far this has already gone, I am guessing it's not quite clear enough.

more than 3 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

SilentSandman Re:viva revolutsion! (458 comments)

No, I don't equate those two. Distasteful as the child pornography idea is, it is still a thought-crime law, and that's a very slippery slope for the government to have gone down. We're already seeing the start of this. First it's possession of images of a criminal act, then it's 'artificially replicated' versions (re; simpsons porn = child porn?), next is 'things that kinda look similar' (small breasted women = child porn?). Add in the fact that our current government has openly equated disagreement with their policy to 'advocating such crimes', and at the very least the slander begins to be an issue.

Sure,... they've not locked anyone away -yet-, for simply disagreeing.

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

SilentSandman Re:viva revolutsion! (458 comments)

Depends... do you consider you still have a life if you're locked away in a dank dark hole, and your name is forever slandered with the title 'pedophile', simply because you disagree with thought-crime laws?

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

SilentSandman Re:Question (458 comments)

That actually made me laugh out loud... well done :D

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

SilentSandman Re:Question (458 comments)

My point is: if you want it filtered, filter it yourself. Don't force your ethics on the rest of us.

Better still, educate your fucking kids to not do stupid shit on the internet. That works better than any filter.

My kingdom for some mod points :\ +1 epic truth.

more than 4 years ago
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Operation Titstorm Hits the Streets

SilentSandman Re:Question (458 comments)

Redundant perhaps, but I do know absolutely -no one- who agrees with this censorship crap. There have been a few "shrug-it-off, it's just pedos" types, but as soon as they're informed exactly what this is, they change their tune rather quickly.

I do have to admit though, rather nice troll from the GP.

more than 4 years ago
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Linux Foundation Announces 2010 "We're Linux" Video Contest

SilentSandman Re:So, your a PC? (460 comments)

I love my Amiga... it's my old-school gaming machine :D

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

SilentSandman Re:Wrong question (673 comments)

Fair enough, thanks for the reference - Austlii. I was unaware of that site. I'll go take a look and see if I can further educate myself on these things. :P

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

SilentSandman Re:Wrong question (673 comments)

I'm interested in your sources...

I am not a lawyer, but I did do some research on this topic a while ago, and I found no such protections, so if you know something verifiable, I'd appreciate some links or references.

thanks in advance? ^_^

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

SilentSandman Re:Misunderstood (673 comments)

I'm a firm believer that -actions- are what matter. If we go... sorry, CONTINUE to go around making up laws based entirely on the -possibility- that something --might-- be more likely, then eventually everything will be illegal.

"Breathing in public -might- infect someone with something, so none of that!" :D

My post was not meant as a denial, I happen to agree with your sentiment for the most part.

more than 4 years ago
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Man in Court Over Simpsons Porn

SilentSandman Re:Not the best comparison, perhaps (673 comments)

Someone who --makes the concious choice to take a drug-- is also --making the concious choice to act under the drug's influence. Therefor, ANY crime they commit "while under the influence" is a concious, willing act.

This "aww poor them, they were ADDICTED, so they HAD to beat their grandma to death" is a load of crap.

Drugs should be entirely legal, with the simple premise that --if you CHOOSE to take them, your actions while 'under the influence' are also part of that CHOICE, and punishable as such.--

Sorry for the rant, but this is one of my biggest pet-peeves; people should damned well take responsability for what they do.

more than 4 years ago

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