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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

nanoflower Re:grandmother reference (436 comments)

How do you know that. Ubisoft has given no information as to exactly why the keys were revoked. It could be that they were bought with stolen credit card numbers or it could be that the keys were just sold from non-official resellers but are still perfectly valid keys.

Even if the keys are sold by random people through various markets like G2A's marketplace that still doesn't mean the keys were stolen. As others have said they could be keys that weren't being used by people that bought new video cards that game with free games, or they could be keys bought in regions with cheaper prices. None of that is illegal though it is certainly frowned upon. The region issue can cause problems if a game is region locked but clearly if the people were playing for up to a year that couldn't be the case.

Until Ubisoft comes out with an official statement we can't know if the keys were 'stolen' or just bought from an un-official marketplace.

11 hours ago
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Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

nanoflower Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (432 comments)

Yes, but if someone really wants to kill cops then it should be obvious that you head to where they congregate. So the nearest place to get a meal near the precinct or the nearest precinct will get a large number in one place. Of course it will also lead to your death if you go in guns blazing but that seems to be the purpose behind many of the shootings.

13 hours ago
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Davos 2015: Less Innovation, More Regulation, More Unrest. Run Away!

nanoflower Re: Regulation? (323 comments)

Probably because he isn't working now but did work and save and put money into those things. It's the same way someone can retire and live off much less income if they just keep doing the same sort of things because their overall living expenses are less (baring some medical emergency.)

yesterday
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The Pirate Bay Responds To Raid

nanoflower Re:The Pirate Bay (302 comments)

I tried doing that once with that Flockhart movie, A Midsummer Night's Dream but the presentation had so many problems that I just walked out. Once I've finished watching one movie I tend to want a nice break before watching another.

about a month and a half ago
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LA Mayor Proposes Earthquake Retrofits On Thousands of Buildings

nanoflower Re: Redefined Retrofit to make that work... (178 comments)

That's never going to happen so it isn't worth discussing. People will always want to live near their workplace so the question how can those living spaces be made safe (or safe enough vs the cost and likelihood of a major incident occurring.)

about a month and a half ago
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Australia Pushes Ahead With Website Blocking In Piracy Fight

nanoflower Re:pirate bay un|blocked (100 comments)

Except that isn't the case. As reported on TorrentFreak those mirrror servers do let people access some of the older content but they aren't updated with new content. So they will become ever more useless if the main system isn't brought back online.

about a month and a half ago
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Google Told To Expand Right To Be Forgotten

nanoflower Re:This is clearly futile... (193 comments)

Isn't the page really the issue? If the information is wrong or out of date then should it be forced to be taken down/edited instead of removing it from Google. After all I imagine many of the pages being linked do contain mostly correct information so the pages are still relevant. It's just some bit of information that the individual is taking objection to and wanting to be made unavailable.

(Of course I realize that this gets into another issue which is that many of the pages may exist outside of the EU and hence outside their control.) Though the same could be said for search engines unless the EU is going to hit up all of them across the world and not just Google.

about 2 months ago
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Ask Slashdot: Why Is the Power Grid So Crummy In So Many Places?

nanoflower Re:In Finland (516 comments)

Do you live in California? That seems to be an area that regularly gets brown outs. It seems like they don't have the proper infrastructure in place to support the population when ever the need for electricity goes outside the norms.

So since Los Angeles stays comfortable most of the year the grid doesn't seem to handle the load well when temperatures head higher than 90F. I don't know if that's a problem with the grid itself or the amount of power available. Either way it looks like the normal choice has been made to design a system for normal usage which may fail under unusual conditions.

about 2 months ago
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Top Counter-Strike Players Embroiled In Hacking Scandal

nanoflower Re:Various hacking tools? (224 comments)

It was an aim bot but one that only kicked in when you were already close to your target. So much so that even when viewing recorded footage it wouldn't be spotted. That's how they managed to get away with it at LAN events. Someone either has to see it installed or catch it running to detect that hack and apparently that is what happened.

about 2 months ago
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US Gov't Seeks To Keep Megaupload Assets Because Kim Dotcom Is a Fugitive

nanoflower Re:Business as usual for US justice (173 comments)

You probably didn't need to go into the details since that stuff tends to bore most people. It's enough to say that "If the government THINKS you broke the law the government can take your assets." That's the real key in civil forfeiture since they never have to prove a crime was committed. Only that they they think that the assets might have been associated with a crime (either in the past or the future (as in going to purchase drugs.))

about 2 months ago
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Uber Threatens To Do 'Opposition Research' On Journalists

nanoflower Re:There's not a lot to say, this is scummy (299 comments)

When journalists start to attack the company because the guy at the top is happy that he's getting laid that begins to sound like journalists engaging in personal attacks. At that point I can see some people deciding to return the favor.

Now when they describe things the company is actually doing that are anti-consumer then I think they are doing their job. If drivers are actually attacking passengers then of course it should be reported and the company should take action to investigate and discipline the drivers if they are guilty.

about 2 months ago
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Denuvo DRM Challenges Game Crackers

nanoflower Re:Makes you wonder... (187 comments)

The way I've heard it told is that companies don't care about having uncrackable DRM. What they want is DRM that won't be cracked during that initial sales rush that comes upon release of a new game. If the game's DRM is cracked a month or more after release that won't impact the sales in the way that having the DRM cracked in the first week would. That's why some companies have even removed DRM from games that have been out for some time. (Admittedly the games were out for years but still.)

about 3 months ago
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Boo! The House Majority PAC Is Watching You

nanoflower Re:Mostly a desperation tactic (468 comments)

So it's time for us to take over some new territories? Canada? Mexico? The Bahamas? After all that is traditional for the USA

about 3 months ago
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Labor Department To Destroy H-1B Records

nanoflower Re:US Citizenship (190 comments)

Couldn't that be handled by moving the data into offline storage? That way the information is available if needed but it isn't something a hacker can easily get access to.

about 3 months ago
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Trans-Pacific Partnership May Endanger World Health, Newly Leaked Chapter Shows

nanoflower Re:freedoms f----d (132 comments)

You may be completely right but your example doesn't provide enough detail to know if you are right. The problem is that once the patent expires anyone can produce the drug and all they have to worry about is production and marketing costs. The development/testing costs are only the responsibility of the original company that did the work and presumably brought the drug to market. Maybe they entirely covered those costs in the first year the drug was on the market or they could still be paying off that cost even though they have other companies now producing the same drug and selling it for $4.

We can't know the truth without that inside information on the costs of developing and testing any drug.

about 3 months ago
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Anand Lal Shimpi Retires From AnandTech

nanoflower Re:Impressive (152 comments)

I think you missed the important part of what the previous poster said. "Here" which presumably means he is not in the USA. If he did try and order a SSD from Amazon chances are that between shipping charges, import taxes and any VAT the price could easily double or more. Otherwise I doubt he would have made the statement.

Not everyone is lucky enough to have cheap hardware readily available.

about 5 months ago
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Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Show Up In Germany

nanoflower Re:interesting case.... (76 comments)

Which has happened more than once in China. It does get shut down when discovered but there's so much manufacturing going on there that the problem will just pop up in another area.

about 4 months ago
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New Nail Polish Alerts Wearers To Date Rape Drugs

nanoflower Re:The world we live in. (595 comments)

I'm not sure what the difference is between that world and one where women are expected to wear nail polish that detects GHB when ever they go out. Both assume that any man they meet (or are even in the same room in) while drinking anything from water to alcohol could be a rapist so you have to test your drink every time it is out of sight. While both methods will keep you safe(r) they clearly make assumptions about the world they live in.

I know that date rape and the usage of GHB occurs but it is so common it makes sense to test every drink that a woman gets outside of their home?

about 5 months ago

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