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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

dcmcilrath Makes you wonder... (187 comments)

Why they continue to bother? If DRM is broken so quickly and so easily for the vast majority of games, why would you use it? Especially if it will make the game worse by introducing glitches and annoying performance issues?

P.S. I'd be willing to bet that they crack Lords of the Fallen within the next week.

about a month and a half ago
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How Facebook Sold You Krill Oil

dcmcilrath Re:Yes, indeed (114 comments)

Even better? Run two ad-blockers. This will give you almost no white-list overlap AND you can fool some sites that whine about ad-blockers by turning one of them off, and leaving the other on.

about 4 months ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

dcmcilrath Re:String Them Up (251 comments)

Who is going to do the stringing-up? The DoJ isn't going to arrest themselves... Sometime that you have a weekend free, try to pull over a cop and tell him he was speeding. See how that goes.

about 6 months ago
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Emails Show Feds Asking Florida Cops To Deceive Judges About Surveillance Tech

dcmcilrath Re:And? (251 comments)

When is it ever advantageous to hit someone who can fight back?

about 6 months ago
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Greenland Is Getting Darker

dcmcilrath Living up to it's name (174 comments)

I find it hard to get angry or excited or frustrated by environmental programs, in much the same way that I don't lose sleep over the inevitable heat-death of the universe. If there's one thing that Americans, (producers of most of the world's CO2 emissions) hate, it's "going green" (e.g. wearing sweaters in the winter, taking showers less than 10 minutes, turning lights off, and not buying Jeeps). Problem? Yes. Bigger problem? The rest of the world covets our "lifestyle" and has near 20x as many people. Just look at the mess China is making and they aren't even close to the emissions rate per capita of the U.S. (Though they are certainly headed in that direction). As for international agreements, yeah right, many American politicians are basically owned by the oil industry and the rest of the World isn't going to take "only the U.S. gets to pump CO2 in the air." Tragedy of the commons, really. My advice? Move inland, preferably north as well. I head Canada has a great beach climate, or at least will soon. Scotland and Sweden are also nice if you don't mind the respective haggis and socialism.

about 6 months ago
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Did Russia Trick Snowden Into Going To Moscow?

dcmcilrath Re:Plot Twist (346 comments)

Hold on! I have M. Night Shyamalan on the phone, he thinks we can get Daniel Craig to play Snowden, and Will Smith to play Obama. With some luck we can get the extremely Russian Sean Connery to play Vladimir Putin.

about 6 months ago
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Pandora's Promise and the Problem of "Solutionism"

dcmcilrath Not a silver bullet, but a hold-over tactic (293 comments)

If Fukashima has not occurred, we would be currently looking at a global uranium shortage in the next 5 years as existing major sources (re-purposing from old warheads) dry up and are not replaced with new mines.

Whenever production of power plants comes back on track, we will once again be facing such a shortage.

Yes there are limited reserves of uranium like everything else on the planet, but there is a lot more than 5 years... more like 200 according to this article. This is important because it buys us time to get technologies which are actually clean (looking at you, solar energy researchers) up to the speed of our current energy sources. Or find something else

about a year and a half ago
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Electronic Arts Slashes Workforce

dcmcilrath Not suprised (188 comments)

Welcome to capitalism, If you do nothing but make shitty games and piss people off until you get voted worst company in America two years running, you are going to suffer losses, or go bankrupt. (Personally, I keep my fingers crossed)

I do feel really bad for the people who work there though :(

about a year and a half ago
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"Lazarus Project" Clones Extinct Frog

dcmcilrath Cautionary tale (154 comments)

As long as they aren't cloning any Raptors, or giving them hover-boards, I think we're OK.

about 2 years ago
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Apple Bringing Second Lawsuit To Samsung, Won't Wait For Appeal

dcmcilrath Re:Samesung should rush out a sWatch product (239 comments)

Even if Apple win's billions in compensation the fact is Samsung has created an empire suitable to dethrone Apple, which was Steve Jobs greatest fear, for Apple to become a runner up again.

Thank god for that, the last time Apple did something truly interesting was when they were a runner-up to Microsoft. I feel like being top dog is bad for just about any company. Look at the aforementioned Microsoft, they've been the OS leader for 20 years and haven't made anything nearly as good as the people desperately trying to compete (ex: Linux & Apple)

If Apple has to start trying again, it will make the market far more interesting, and probably better. Capitalism works best on fierce competition

about 2 years ago
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If Video Games Make People Violent, So Do Pictures of Snakes

dcmcilrath Increasingly Silly Debate (161 comments)

The fact that we're still arguing about this is kinda depressing. I admit that there are some violent, awful games, but I personally could state a list of incredibly good games, games which carry a more powerful message than a lot of books or film, and simply could not achieve that without being at least a little violent and visceral.

This article does bring up the interesting point, that violent media has equal potential to make people violent, no matter what form of media it is (the 2-minutes hate from 1984 springs to mind)

But that said, the debate is still ridiculous because Video Games fall under free speech, and therefore should not be banned, whatever their content, just like we treat books, movies, and tv.

about 2 years ago
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Global Temperatures Are Close To 11,000-Year Peak

dcmcilrath Scary and scarier (416 comments)

First reaction: How are people still denying this???
Second reaction: We are so screwed

After spending a significant amount of time studying the data and politics surrounding this issue, I concluded that global warming is a baked cake at this point (no pun intended) The US contains a little over 4.5% of the worlds population says Google yet we are responsible for the majority of world emissions. Now consider that we are trying to cut back, meanwhile China is rapidly industrializing, increasing its footprint with every passing day. When you think of the footprint China will have when it is as industrialized as the USA, any hope of avoiding serious global damage is tiny at this point.

about 2 years ago
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Clues of Life's Origins Found In Galactic Cloud

dcmcilrath Fermi Paradox (80 comments)

The Fermi Paradox, this thing, says that we should not only have encounted "life" by now, but we should have encountered life at least as complex as ours over and over again by now.

Kinda creepy to think about the endless possibilities out there. To quote Douglas Adams: "Space is big. Really big. You just won't believe how vastly, hugely, mind- bogglingly big it is. I mean, you may think it's a long way down the road to the chemist's, but that's just peanuts to space"

about 2 years ago
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Canadian Newspaper Charging $150 License Fee To Publish Excerpts

dcmcilrath Re:Not only that... (217 comments)

Yeah, disabling javascript is generally a pretty good practice and can save one quite a bit of money, and make browsing less hazardous. Also wow "iCopyright"? I'm trying to decide if the name makes me dislike them more than the practice of charging $150 for quotes

about 2 years ago

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US to deploy ballistic missile interceptors in response to NK threats

dcmcilrath dcmcilrath writes  |  about 2 years ago

dcmcilrath (2859893) writes "Thom Shanker, David E. Sanger, and Martin Fackler of the New York Times write:

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon will spend $1 billion to deploy additional ballistic missile interceptors along the Pacific Coast to counter the growing reach of North Korea’s weapons, a decision accelerated by Pyongyang’s recent belligerence and indications that Kim Jong-un, the North Korean leader, is resisting China’s efforts to restrain him."

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