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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mSparks43 Re: grandmother reference (436 comments)

->Do you know what DRM is? It inherently restricts you.
Unlike many
I believe the principle to explicitly assign rights to content is vital and important to everyone.

I should be able to say "Only bob can read this"
as much as Ubisoft should be able to say "we didn't get the money for you to play our game so you can't play our game"

That doesn't mean I don't wholly back people willing to say "you can do whatever the f' you want with this" - Its a complete fallacy that DRM negatively affects people that want to say this - quite the opposite imho. The web is a much nicer place because such things have become explicit.

legally speaking, you have no rights to _Other_ peoples things other than those they grant you.
Just because there is nothing really stopping you, doesn't mean putting things in place to enforce what the creators want is evil or restricts me.

Do you think a technical solution that forces people to release their sourcecode with the binary for GPL software would be a bad thing?

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mSparks43 Re: grandmother reference (436 comments)

->The ends don't justify the means.

So taking security seriously is not something we should do?

->If you're willing to sacrifice your rights so you can avoid the bogeymen known as cheaters, you lack principles.

Don't understand this at all. What rights am I sacrificing?

->DRM-infested consoles and obscurity. This would never happen with free software. Good security doesn't rely on obscurity like this.
That sounds like you haven't actually given it much thought.
Obscurity is as worthwhile tool as any other.
It's not a great tool that will give you strong security.
But it's a hell of a lot better than the alternative of telling everyone everything about your security system.

E.g. automated lights turning on and off are an excellent example of good "security by obscurity" ...Just because you shouldn't rely on something, doesn't mean it's an evil idea or not worthwhile.

There's a place for both, can't say I'm a fan of sony or think they have a great future ahead of them - too many bad business decisions.
But I really don't see the rationale in avoiding any good product because you don't like the brand that makes it.
All you do by doing that is encourage all of them to make worse products, by not giving the market the signals they need to know what you are looking for.
 

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mSparks43 Re: grandmother reference (436 comments)

->t's pretty simple. I don't want to support Sony's behavior;

I'm pretty sure the same thing applies to large numbers of people who work in every other company.

Why does people talking about the people in Sony make you think they are any different?

->Because there are other companies that don't do such evil things.
Not really imho.
There are other companies who you haven't been told did such evil things, but I very much doubt you will find any hardware/software company on the planet with a clean and friendly past of all it's past and present staff and products.

It seems to me you buy into the idea that a "brand" means something.
It doesn't, it's purely fiction surely?
For the good and the bad.

And anyway, things aren't all that clear cut.
Take DRM for example.
Evil DRM....
So does that mean we should avoid using it ourselves to protect ourselves from government surveillance?

Same applies to the PS3
The fact they did DRM properly, means no hacked games and no cheaters. I like that.
Does that mean I like the Cinavia thing?
No, but that just means I don't use the ps3 to stream movies.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mSparks43 Re: grandmother reference (436 comments)

Do you really buy into the whole "good company/evil company" idea? - or was that just a throw away comment?

Kinda nonsense isn't it?

They've been pulled up more than others for some of the shit they do, but I don't see why that makes them better or worse than any other company, maybe slightly more "cutthroat" than some, but they certainly sponsor their fair share of noble goals, and most of what they are doing wrong are simply bad business decisions - that has nothing to do with being "evil" - just a bit stupid and out of touch.

PS3 was a great product, the Walkman was a great product.

the iPhone - in its day - was a great product.

Even Marconi had their fair share of "great" products back in the day.

If a product line does crap things - that doesn't make the company that made it "evil" - it just means the product is crap.

So to summarize - I don't really believe any of these companies are "evil" (some of the people in them are proper pyschos tho), just some have better staff and decision makers than others.

And that changes with the decision makers.

Why is it important?

I hope Satya Nadella can rescue the electronics and games market, it's in a right state.

yesterday
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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

mSparks43 Re: grandmother reference (436 comments)

I suspect he bought it off the back of the success of the ps3.

I would have had a ps4. but I was lucky enough to be too busy to buy one when they came out. then after reading all the shit about them didn't.

ps3 is still probably the best hardware I've ever bought. only such hardware I've ever bought multiple times. think there's about 5 or 6 of them knocking around now in different rooms and houses.

on ubisoft.
aren't they part of the whole Activision / EA games shit brigade?
what did you expect? nothing new here.

yesterday
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Doxing Victim Zoe Quinn Launches Online "Anti-harassment Task Force"

mSparks43 Re:Slashdot stance on #gamergate (686 comments)

yeah there was.
On depression quest, kontaku wrote:

 

DEPRESSION QUEST
4/19/13The web has been abuzz about games with a focus on depression this year, Depression Quest in particular catching everyone's eye. But this very small subcategory of free games goes beyond just that title, and we can take in a true variety of experiences when exploring this space.

There was no doxxing, no swatting just the author of a really shit game paying for positive reviews with her body. then game media BANNING people with actual depression who played the game and said it was shit from saying so.

about a week ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

mSparks43 Re:Well... (241 comments)

Pretty much agree that making the "best" is not obvious.
It's a combination of many factors, and market edges are becoming more and more blurred (is my phone a phone or a workstation?) (buyers of "best in class money is no object" kit don't buy workstations, they buy the servers the workstations connect to).

there's also more than one "best" - by market.
Which is why blackberry kept up for so long. they were best for the "best in class money is no object" corporate types.

about a week ago
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Could Tizen Be the Next Android?

mSparks43 Re:Well... (241 comments)

I'm going to talk a little bit of personal experience and opinion.

What matters in tech is the "ultra high end".
That is - what is "simply" the BEST device you can get.
Right now it's the Samsung S5
few years before that it was the HTC one
few years before that it was the iPhone.

Then there is everybody else who follows.
Android was a success because the "best" devices (tablet and phone) ran it. we then set the stage for the rest of the market to follow.
Similar story with games consoles and next gen video.
PS3 was the best device -> Blueray became the market standard.
And openGL vs DirectX

personally, while I see it as there is just "no other choice" than android. I, and the rest of the "best in class screw the price" buyers don't like android enough to choose an android device over a better one that does what I need. Not by a long stretch.

Gives us a simple formular
You can't set the market standard using substandard devices.

bring me a 16 core, 4Ghz phone, with a ton of ram and 3 days battery life and whatever OS you put on it will be the new standard.
As long as Android is the OS on the leading edge devices it will remain the standard, as soon as it isn't it will loose share fast.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

mSparks43 Re: Well... (181 comments)

sounds like a great idea.

someone should wrote a book where all the g 20 leaders get assassinated and how much better the world is afterwards.

just make sure the puppet masters are in the room with them.

about a week ago
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NSA Hack of N. Korea Convinced Obama NK Was Behind Sony Hack

mSparks43 Re: Doesn't Matter (181 comments)

nothing the us government could say.

very true.

that's what happens when everyone realises you are a compulsive liar.

it's perhaps the key reason governments are being made obsolete. they just don't know the difference between the truth and lies.

about a week ago
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Silk Road Trial Defense: Mt. Gox CEO Was the Real Dread Pirate Roberts

mSparks43 Re:Hans Reiser tried this defense (119 comments)

Yeah, tfa says the people investing âUlbricht also have a "wealth of evidence" that Dread Pirate Roberts was Karpeles.

Mix that in with Ulbricht only needing one air tight alibi that he couldn't of done something DPR did (highly likely if multple users shared the DPR account)

And he'll be walking out a free man.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

sounds like you misunderstand the point. or didn't rtfa.
Regulators are breaking the ToCs and having their accounts cancelled.
no suing or prosecuting necessary.
just a click of the mouse to disable the account which prevents the regulators from using it for entrapment. and adds the phone, credit card, email etc to a blacklist which are not allowed to be used for a new account.

The ToCs matter, because if it wasn't a breach of the ToCs, the regulators would have recourse through the courts to have their accounts reactivated.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

Police - maybe. depends on the circumstances they have to give access (court order would be a minimum I'd guess). But since we aren't talking about police I'm not sure why you think that matters
Regulators, not a chance. Regulators have no more powers in law than you or I.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

->but the law says that same group of people are allowed access

Nowhere, anywhere, does the law say these regulators must be granted an Uber user account.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

->That section doesn't protect you if you're breaking the law in the first place.

what do you mean by protect?

The regulators have no protection from breaching the terms of service by being involved in a breach of the law and having their user accounts revoked.

I don't see how it's any more complicated than that. I don't see any reason regulators should get any special privileges to break the terms of service and then get to keep their accounts.

Or do you want the aus government to force them to change their terms of service so they condone breaking the law?

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

As for manning vs Swartz.

It was a more general reference to "doing illegal things on computer systems".

and the final punishment.
Personally I don't think the regulators need murdering in custody like they did with Swartz, but then again....

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

Here's the relevent term:
36.3 A customer must not use our services, attempt to use a service, or allow a service to be used in any way that:
(a) Breach of law:
(i)results in the customer or us breaching, or being involved in a breach of law, order, code, instrument or regulation;

So by using the service to enact a breach of the law, they regulator breached the terms of service, which meant they used the service illegally.

about two weeks ago
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Uber Suspends Australian Transport Inspector Accounts To Block Stings

mSparks43 Re:Is Uber a big government straw man? (299 comments)

There is nothing illegal about not giving certain users access to a computer system.

There is no law which says you have to provide access.

By default NOONE is allowed access to ANY computer system.
The terms and conditions define WHO is allowed access.

If someone breaks those terms and conditions a company is well within their rights to take steps to ensure their access is revoked.

revoking a user account and preventing the credentials from being used to create a new user account is in no way shape or form an illegal act.

about two weeks ago

Submissions

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mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

mSparks43 writes "AQ2:LTKTBM. strange name, but signifies the mesh of technologies that bring it together. Advanced AI. Developing Physics, Sound and GFX. LTKTBM has been taking the Action Quake 2 community (which is approaching its 10th birthday) by storm, but is still relatively unknown to the wider world. AQ2, which has been voted #1 all time classic mod by several prominant gaming sites in recent years still holds its own, and LTKTBM brings it to the 21st Generation."

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DARPA Plagarism

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago

To whom it may concern,

It has recently been brought to my attention that patent application number 20070162405, Characterizing and predicting agents via multi-agent evolution describes exactly work I released in the public domain in 1997.

The game in question can be downloaded from:
http://www.cam-direct.co.uk/ltk

Although the later versions use much more sophisticated algorithms than those description in this patent, the patent itself describes exactly the work that was released in 1997.

A history of its evolution can be viewed via the news and plans section of the same site. The web archive can also verify that these sites present a true representation of its development.

Any advice you can give or if this email should be directed elsewhere, or if you require anything else from me to stop this blatant plagiarism would be greatly appreciated.

Yours sincerely

Mark Parker
LTKTBM developer.

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Police drones take to the skys

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 7 years ago In what can only be described as another BBC 'through the back door' news article, it emerged this week the Merseyside poolice have got their dirty little hands on a RC spy drone.
I for one can see a few problems that arn't mentioned in the article. Firstly wind, and secondly, that they should make for quite good target practice.
You can also watch the little creep

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Neocons. A history of pain

mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 8 years ago A series of videos on youtube examines the history, mistakes and skewed agenda of the group collectively known as neocons. Highlights the reasons for the links between Bush and Osama Bin Ladin, and shows how America has continuously lied to itself so much, that when it eventually believes its own lies no-one can understand why the facts dont appear to match the believed reality.

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mSparks43 mSparks43 writes  |  more than 8 years ago

Information accessibility is becoming an increasing concern, with current AI technology able to create complete psychological profiles from a few small snippets of information, the 'cold caller' issue takes on whole new meanings, as the ability to extract exactly what someone is thinking becomes increasingly easy can we ever rely on IP technology to convey our thoughts and concerns?

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