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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

ildon Re:Who cares? (230 comments)

Every copy of The Sims 2 sold in the past decade has included DRM. Explain to me why you would possibly believe that this one would not? As a hint, let me tell you that modifying the game to use Origin as its DRM system would take a lot of time and money, so that should be eliminated as a possible option immediately. As another hint: This is EA.

yesterday
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

ildon Re:Software freedom is worth caring about (230 comments)

The Sims 2 has always used SecuROM since its release in 2004. This wasn't some "surprise." They just failed to remove it for the Origin version, and judging by the hacks and workarounds some people have had to use to get it to run on Windows 7/8 or at a 16:9 resolution, I'm sure they did absolutely no work to update or modify the Origin version. That's why it has SecuROM. Not as some backdoor to install it. It's not some secret. They're just not wasting time modifying something and then having to do new quality assurance on it to give away a free gift as a short term promotion to get people excited for The Sims 4 (which, by the way, will also have some form of DRM, I guarantee you).

And as I said in my original post, if you really are not willing to trade away a tiny amount of freedom for the right to play a video game, you're also highly unlikely to install Origin in the first place (which is an always-only DRM system), and won't have access to this deal to begin with.

yesterday
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Free Copy of the Sims 2 Contains SecuROM

ildon Who cares? (230 comments)

It's free. If you don't like SecuROM, don't install the game. If someone hates SecuROM so much, they probably hate Origin even more, so this seems kind of moot.

2 days ago
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Man Booted From Southwest Flight and Threatened With Arrest After Critical Tweet

ildon @SWA Twitter account suspended (890 comments)

I guess that's one way to silence your critics.

about a week ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

ildon Re:Blur (215 comments)

Good point.

about a month and a half ago
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Was Watch Dogs For PC Handicapped On Purpose?

ildon Re:Blur (215 comments)

A lot of the changes that people claim are "downgrades" are just aesthetic choices. The modded version is darker overall and colors are less vibrant. The mod increases the reflectiveness of wet surfaces (which I think makes it look way less realistic to the point that it looks goofy). As you mentioned, the DoF effect looks terrible and makes the game unplayable. The only real "upgrades" are basically the car headlights and rain particles. Everything else is basically an aesthetic choice.

Also the claims that there are no performance hits is a lie. Every video I've seen comparing the two, there is a noticeable (but minor) drop in framerate with the mod. Some people are claiming that the mod gets rid of "stuttering", but I haven't seen any hard (meaning video) evidence of that.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

ildon Re:I bet DVR boxes are even worse (394 comments)

What "free market?" Cable companies are basically monopolies.

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

ildon Re:Yup-article is BS (394 comments)

Technically, nowhere in the article did it say they consumed 500W. It said they were *rated* for 500W, which means the hardware within is capable of handling a 500W charge. I agree that even mentioning it in the article is just an attention grabbing tactic, but the point of that line is that the architect saw the very high rating which led them to investigate the actual usage, which turned out to be 35W (which is still high for something many people leave on 24/7 and are increasingly having multiple of in their home).

about a month and a half ago
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Cable Boxes Are the 2nd Biggest Energy Users In Many Homes

ildon Units of electricity (394 comments)

The seemingly innocuous appliances — all 224 million of them across the nation — together consume as much electricity as produced by four giant nuclear reactors, running around the clock.

But how much power is that in libraries of congress?

about a month and a half ago
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New Car Can Lean Into Curves, Literally

ildon sdf (243 comments)

posting to undo accidental moderation

about 2 months ago
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Turing Test Passed

ildon A pretty low requirement (432 comments)

I feel like the requirements for the Turing test have been consistently lowered over the years to match what would be considered realistic to achieve rather than, as Alan Turing seemed to believe, demonstrate that a computer can be said to actually be "thinking."

about 2 months ago
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Report: Watch Dogs Game May Have Influenced Highway Sign Hacking

ildon Nothing to do with Watch_Dogs (154 comments)

People have been modifying the text on these signs for almost a decade. Most companies don't even bother to change the password from the default.

about 2 months ago
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Mutant Registration vs. Vaccine Registration

ildon A new low for Slashdot (493 comments)

This is the most insane, paranoid thing I've ever seen posted on Slashdot. And that's saying a lot.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

ildon Re:UPS (521 comments)

The average user doesn't know not to click pop-up ads for fake antivirus. That's why so many people feel comfortable with an "app store" experience like that of iOS or the game consoles, because it protects the average user from himself.

It's not relevant that those users are ignorant or don't make any effort to protect themselves. They're still users and they still deserve a positive user experience. Autosave helps them have that positive user experience. Antiviruses help them have that positive user experience. Windows features that help protect them from themselves (but annoy the hell out of informed power users) help them have that positive user experience. Using software should be as easy as using a microwave or driving a car. People don't have to know how those machines work, mechanically or theoretically, or how to fix them, in order to have positive user experiences with them and use them as tools to accomplish their goals. Software should be the same way.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

ildon Re:UPS (521 comments)

Do you honestly believe the average user has a UPS? Or that they never try to use their laptop away from an outlet at very low battery life? These kinds of assumptions are what make for bad user experiences.

about 2 months ago
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Goodbye, Ctrl-S

ildon Re:I'd rather not use (521 comments)

Perhaps you've heard of a thing called a power outage. I just had one last night. Or maybe you've had a cat step on your keyboard and somehow manage to close the window you were working in. There are enough acts of god and human error that still exist regardless of how flawless the program you're working in is to make autosave highly valuable. The 1000 times you don't need autosave are not nearly as critical as the 1 time you do.

about 2 months ago

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bing stealing google search results

ildon ildon writes  |  more than 3 years ago

ildon (413912) writes "look, you know the story, it's been around all day, you pick a link to talk about it. you're an editor i'm sure you can figure it out. I just want to read other slashdot readers' comments on it. thanks."

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