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Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

pla Re:Why you shouldnt buy anything with revocable DR (459 comments)

Or maybe it would be an idea to not buy from the cheapest seller

What a great moral to the story! "Quit price-shopping, assholes - Pay full retail, or we... will... fuck you!"

Glad to see people feel just peach about that.

2 days ago

Ubisoft Revokes Digital Keys For Games Purchased Via Unauthorised Retailers

pla Re:grandmother reference (459 comments)

Simple, really:

Ubisoft just taught another generation of paying customers that piracy provides a superior product, regardless of price.

Congrats, Ubi! We haven't had a good DRM fuckup like this in a while - Without all your hard work, people might eventually forget how much it (and you) sucks. Keep up the good work!

2 days ago

Local Motors Looks To Disrupt the Auto Industry With 3D-Printed Car Bodies

pla Yay, head-explodey time! (128 comments)

So will the Tesla-haters (other than the self-serving parasites Elon has made obsolete) like this, or hate it even more?

If only I could think of a car analogy to help me decide!

5 days ago

Science By Democracy Doesn't Work

pla Re: Science by democracy doesn't work? (492 comments)

can anyone name any Scientific discipline that has been built on models that have been shown by empirical evidence to be wrong?

Newtonian physics?

about a week ago

Simon Pegg On Board To Co-Write Next Star Trek Film

pla Plot synopsis (138 comments)

So, in #12, they decided to save us the trouble of having #13 do "The Search for Kirk". So that puts #13 as...

Kirk violates the prime directive again, resulting in yet another five-minute demotion and a random crewmember reassigned to a garbage scow for the Ganymede outpost.

Suddenly an alien probe starts microwaving Earth's oceans. To save Earth, Starfleet instantly promotes Kirk to double-plus-admiral and gives him an experimental portable time travel module, which he uses to take the enterprise back to 1980s Earth.

Once there, he must find and kill a 10 year old Benedict Cumberbatch before he invents the plague that wiped out the whales.

In the second to last scene, wacky hijinks ensue as we learn that Uhura secretly hid a chihuahua in her purse before returning to the future, which due to tachyon flux has evolved into a catch-phrase spewing mascot with the power to float just out of reach.

Finally, Kirk makes a speech (possibly as a voiceover) intended to beat some cheesy moral principle about the benefits of communism into the audience.


about a week ago

Microsoft Reveals Windows 10 Will Be a Free Upgrade

pla Re:Only for the first year (570 comments)

Not sure what's so difficult to understand about that

Aside from TFA's exceedingly ambiguous wording, you have to admit it leads to quite a few questions.

For example, Windows occasionally shits the bed (I know, I know, call me a hater), sometimes even because of their own updates. If I need to reinstall the OS after a year because Microsoft pushed out a bad update, will I then need to buy a new copy just to get back to what I had for free the previous day? That seems to leave an awfully lot of room for intentional "accidents".

about a week ago

Facebook Will Let You Flag Content As 'False'

pla Re:Cool (224 comments)

More importantly, will it let you tag "official" Facebook messages as false?

Like their privacy policy?

about a week ago

Healthcare.gov Sends Personal Data To Over a Dozen Tracking Websites

pla Wow... Just "no". (204 comments)

In what universe does a government website selling personal info to advertisers count as even remotely fucking acceptable???

This doesn't "raise significant privacy concerns", it sends a great big middle finger to the American public from its own elected officials. I don't care about the "potential" for misuse - I care that someone even considered the possibility of using healthcare.gov to siphon off PII.

Uncle Sam needs to retire.

about a week ago

Is D an Underrated Programming Language?

pla Cute specs, call me when you turn 18. (383 comments)

So shouldn't it be more popular?

"D offers compilers for all three platforms (Windows, Mac and Linux) as well as FreeBSD."
"There's a D package registry that currently lists over 400 third-party packages."

That pretty much sums it up.

/ All three platforms!

about a week ago

Police Nation-Wide Use Wall-Penetrating Radars To Peer Into Homes

pla Last laugh? (290 comments)

And everyone called me crazy when I wrapped my whole house in grounded chicken-wire when I re-did the siding. Now who gets the last laugh?

Mwa. Ha. HaHa!

Funny though, my cell phone doesn't work inside the house anymore. Damned AT&T and their crappy network!

about a week ago

Astronomers Record Mystery Radio Signals From 5.5 Billion Light Years Away

pla Re:rs? (121 comments)

The subby did finish it. Just read it as an exclamation of joy. "Astronomers something something stuff - YEAH!!!"

about two weeks ago

Shanghai Company 3D Prints 6-Story Apartment Building and Villa

pla Re:Is it really inexpensive? (98 comments)

FTA: "The walls and other components of the structure were fabricated offsite with a diagonal reinforced print pattern and then shipped in and pieced together. The company then placed beam columns and steel rebar within the walls, along with insulation, reserving space for pipe lines, windows and doors."

From the text and what few pictures of the actual construction material they show, it looks like they basically print it with voids specifically for skewering it with rebar on-site.

Now, whether or not you trust the final assembler to actually *do* so and then backfill the voids with some sort of mortar so the rebar actaully has something to stick to... Well, we'll find out in the first big earthquake they get, I suppose.

about two weeks ago

NASA, NOAA: 2014 Was the Warmest Year In the Modern Record

pla Re:nothing to do with the end of the last ice age? (360 comments)

Okay, technically we have an "interglacial" period, if you want to get pedantic.

When the "ice age" really ends - We have a problem.

about two weeks ago

Fighting Tech's Diversity Issues Without Burning Down the System

pla Re:Honest question. (479 comments)

The problem is that no one is asking what sucks about IT. Could it be:

I agree with all of those, but, not one of them discriminates against women vs men.

one has to ask is there something that is preventing women from getting jobs in IT

Yes, one does. You haven't.

about two weeks ago

Lost Beagle2 Probe Found 'Intact' On Mars

pla Completely dead? (130 comments)

So given that we know where to find it and could use the orbiter to send a strong, tightly-confined signal that its (poorly placed, apparently) antenna might have some small chance of detecting - Any possibility that we could revive it at this point, send it some sort of "reboot and try again" signal?

about two weeks ago

There's a Problem In the Silk Road Trial: the Jury Doesn't Get the Internet

pla Re:Jurors (303 comments)

So where can I buy 900 foot runs of cable that have the ends already on them that I can fish through conduit easily?

Right next to the switches that can handle that extra 578 feet.

about two weeks ago

The Importance of Deleting Old Stuff

pla Re:Always delete (177 comments)

After 3 months most people forget what they were conversing about anyway

Yes, they do, except I draw a different conclusion from that than do you.

I get questions literally on a weekly basis along the lines of "Why the hell did you do it that way?"

I find it somewhat satisfying to answer by simply forwarding the asker an email, usually their own, in which they insisted I do it that way, typically over my objections that it wouldn't work correctly "that way."

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

pla Re:Win7 is the new XP (640 comments)

Both of which were caused by Microsoft giving into OEMs and allowing cheap hardware. Same mistake as Windows 8 allowing machines without digitizers or capacitive / resistive touchscreens to run Windows 8.

So they keep making the same mistake, and you just give them a pass on that?

Linux changes much faster than Windows does.

You've conflated updates to individual packages with the one thing most users care about - The look and feel of it. If I wanted to, I could run a fully-patched Linux box with the look and feel of a circa-2000 KDE2-style desktop today, and I fully expect I could keep doing so for the next dozen years as well without much difficulty.

They serve us in the aggregate not in the individual case.

Win7 didn't overtake XP until October of 2012 (the same month Windows 8 came out). Win7 still, two years and two versions after Win8 came out, has 56% of the desktop market share (and that includes Apple and Linux) - And we have an FP telling us about mainstream support for 7 ending? I'd have to call a solid majority "us in the aggregate".

Sorry I don't agree at all.

Fair opinion, and you have every right t it. If I regularly had the majority of my customers still running something two versions old and actively protesting what I considered the latest and greatest, I'd take that as a hint to quit changing things. YMMV.

about two weeks ago

Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

pla Re:Win7 is the new XP (640 comments)

Microsoft made a terrible mistake in allowing enterprises to remain on XP so long and thus allowing this culture of not upgrading to take place.

"Allowing"? Good one!

If Microsoft had tried to force companies to migrate to Vista, we would have seen 2007 as finally the year of "Linux on the Desktop".

Software vendors need to get a grip on their role in the ecosystem. They serve us, not the other way around. When people still run XP (hell, people still run 95!), that should tell Microsoft everything it needs to know about the viability of continuing its current trend toward forcing rapid unwanted change on people.

about two weeks ago



French anti-piracy logo uses pirated fonts

pla pla writes  |  about 5 years ago

pla (258480) writes "Cory Doctorow reports (and FontFeed confirms, with better fact-checking) that the French governmental agency in charge of enforcing their new "Three Strikes" Law, Hadopi, has made use of not just one, but two unlicensed fonts in their official logo.

One of these, "Bienvenue", exists only as a privately owned font designed exclusively for France Telecom with no licensing terms available whatsoever. Hadopi claims they never intended that version of the logo for release — Despite having registered it (complete with infringing fonts) as a trademark two months ago. For the other font used in their logo (including both the original and the replacement), "Bliss", they didn't purchase a license to use it until the very day they found it necessary to release a non-infringing replacement logo."



Call me paranoid, but...

pla pla writes  |  more than 8 years ago So today I posted a little off-the-cuff comment about parenting and video-games... Nothing major, though undeniably strongly opinionated. Agree or disagree as you will - Not the point of this journal entry.

First mod to it, troll. Okay, I think, I've gotten an awfully lot of those lately to posts I clearly didn't mean as trolling or flamebait, but whatever, perhaps I have an anti-fanboi.

Then later, I got two interestings and an insightful. Okay, not bad, that at least pushes me up to a +2, which with my karma bonus gives a total score of 4. Which it did indeed show.

Now, a few hours later I check back again, and see a total score of two, still with the same breakdown of a troll, an insightful, and two interestings. Biggest difference, my karma bonus has vanished (though my account still shows me as having excellent karma, so not like I magically lost my good karma between 4:30pm and 8:15pm).

So... As the subject line says, "call me paranoid, but" who has the power to change that? Do we have editors seriously abusing their powers, going around making Slashdot's moderation system even less meaningful than its normal, defective, modstorm-prone state?

I'd really like to know... I've written 1858 posts to Slashdot in the past few years, on the presumption that, except for the Gods correcting truly egregious abuses, the moderation system at least works at face value. If every slave-labor underling working at /. can just up and steal karma from posts that hit on one of their peeves, I'd like to know not to waste any more of my life contributing to a lost cause...


Interesting ratings...

pla pla writes  |  more than 12 years ago "Score:-1, Insightful"

I can only say, "WTF"? How does an insightful comment get a -1?

Heh. If I took this seriously, I might feel somewhat concerned by the logic behind that.

Overall, though, I find it more *amusing* that one person's "insightful" equals another's "flamebait" or "troll". I can understand reduntant, or overrated, but flamebait and troll seem mutually exclusive from any positive mods whatsoever.

Strange world we live in. Well... No, just strange people in it. ;-)


Wow, I have fans! (And freaks...)

pla pla writes  |  more than 12 years ago So, my first /. journal entry. Forgive the me-centric nature of it, but I just spent a few minutes wandering around my preferences page, and noticed all sorts of cool things.

Most interestingly, I actually have fans and freaks! Eerie.

I don't quite know *how* I got them, since I did a quick perusal of their posting history, and we don't seem to have any obvious threads in common. Do people just randomly add others to their friends and foes list?

Oh, and I seem to have moderator points once again. In all the years I've used Slashdot, I got my first moderator points only a few months ago. Now, this latest set of points makes my third (fourth?) time.

So, in other news, I managed to get a comment of mine modded out of existance today. So what have I learned from slashdot? One, don't say anything bad about Apple - those fans get *vicious*, even about very guarded criticism. And two, in a forum of mostly geeks, don't attack science (the institution, not the techniques) as little more than a modern religion, complete with priests, acolytes, and inviolable holy doctrine.

Hmm, okay. I guess I'll stop now.

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