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8-Year Fan-Made Game Project Shut Down By Activision

superbus1929 Re:Never build a house on another man's land... (265 comments)

But was there an actual contract?

That's not a rhetorical question. I'm actually wondering if there was, and what it was. This might be rendered null and void due to ownership transferral (as in, Activision owns Vivendi, and now has full, autonomous say over their IPs)

more than 4 years ago
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iPhone App Tracks Sex Offenders

superbus1929 Re:Tired of scare tactics. (358 comments)

But in those cases, did the offender in the former case still have to register? That's the crux of this argument. In my local area's database, we have a lot of people who got busted at 20 for bonking a 15 year old. That makes them retarded, but that doesn't make them criminals for life. Of course, all that comes up as is Rape 4, or "Impairing the morals of children".

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone App Tracks Sex Offenders

superbus1929 Re:Tired of scare tactics. (358 comments)

Morally doesn't matter. Legally is all that matters to a group of people that might as well have pitchforks and torches.

more than 5 years ago
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iPhone Shakes Up the Video Game Industry

superbus1929 Re:Question for you gamers (325 comments)

It depends. I've reviewed a few iPhone games, and as long as you're not expecting the wheel to be reinvented, there ARE some good games.

The games that have been problematic are the ones that went and tried to do too much.

more than 5 years ago
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Square Enix Shuts Down Fan-Made Chrono Trigger Sequel

superbus1929 Re:Cheapens the brand? (455 comments)

Most fan reaction - real, hardcore fans of CC - were anywhere from ambivalent to negative for Chrono Cross. The gaming media fell over it - as they should have, it's an outstanding game - but Square's "hardcore" base picked the game apart, and the game does not enjoy anywhere close to the reputation that CC does.

Doing something can often be more harmful than doing nothing. If they release something that doesn't meet the (sometimes ridiculous) expectations of their fanbase - a fanbase that rivals Star Wars fans in being batshit insane - it does cheapen the brand. They have to be very careful with what they do.

That said, releasing a C+D at 98% is a dick move. They knew the progress of the game well before it got to this point; they didn't just want to break the game, they wanted to break spirits, too.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

superbus1929 Re:Let me be the first one to ask it ... (1870 comments)

It's funny... I was going to type up a long response for this, the way spiralpath did.

But the latest article on the site actually defends my view perfectly! http://yro.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=09/04/17/1710205&art_pos=1

more than 5 years ago
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Digg Backs Down On DiggBar

superbus1929 Re:But I LIKED the bar! (180 comments)

Oh, I agree our filter, the way it's implimented (Websense), sucks; I've been hacking around it for years, and the only reason I don't now is because we're looking at a major audit.

I just know that a site that was linked from here, I couldn't get to it without going through the Digg bar (it was the EFF). I found that as laughable as you.

more than 5 years ago
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Pirate Bay Trial Ends In Jail Sentences

superbus1929 Re:Let me be the first one to ask it ... (1870 comments)

I'm going public with my support, and I don't even use the Pirate Bay.

My feeling is that Sweden only went after them because they faced international isolation at the hands of the United States. Therefore, international policy is being designed by LOBBYISTS FOR AN ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY. An industry that already makes obscene profits.

I don't support piracy... but this is a sad, sad day, because I can see the next steps for this forming in my head, and I don't like them. This just emboldened an industry that's already shown it will do whatever it will restrict and attack the rights of it's customers to maintain their profits, and that has way too much influence in Washington, especially considering it's function.

more than 5 years ago
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Digg Backs Down On DiggBar

superbus1929 But I LIKED the bar! (180 comments)

I work behind a content filter, so the Digg bar was handy for reading sites that are filtered, so I didn't have to RDP onto a separate server to read blocked URLs. So this is kinda sad news for me, but c'est la vie, big picture and all that.

more than 5 years ago
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Conviction of Sen. Ted Stevens Is Thrown Out

superbus1929 Re:Still Sounds Guilty to Me (440 comments)

He's already been punished. He's out of the Senate.

more than 5 years ago
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Conficker Worm Strike Reports Start Rolling In

superbus1929 Re:I think its infected my car. (508 comments)

Everyone has the same bias: whatever brings in the most money.

more than 5 years ago
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Is That "Sexting" Pic Illegal? A Scientific Test

superbus1929 Re:nice... (711 comments)

So far, everything I'm reading in that court - from the non-trolls - says that these girls are young, foolish, and will learn from this the hard way the same way we did back when we were in that age. So that's fine in this particular case.

more than 5 years ago
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UN Attacks Free Speech

superbus1929 Re:Can we please just get the US out of the UN? (842 comments)

Are you kidding? This is the main reason I actually thought John Bolton's nomination as the ambassador to the UN was a good idea, despite the fact that he's a despicable person.

more than 5 years ago
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UN Attacks Free Speech

superbus1929 Sorry, but I have to consider the source (842 comments)

Forgive my scepticism, but I have to wait until I see a second, less biased source before I take this at face value. The rule of reporting is to get two verifications, and I think I'm going to do just that.

more than 5 years ago
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CIA Expert Decries E-Voting Security

superbus1929 Re:Democracy (178 comments)

Only if that finally gives us my dream scenario of President CowboyNeal.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

superbus1929 Re:Steam (731 comments)

Does that take VAT into account?

I'm not questioning you, I'm legitimately curious.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

superbus1929 Re:Steam (731 comments)

Secondhand market? No, no, piracy killed the secondhand market for PC games long, long ago. Even in 2004, I couldn't return PC games after I'd bought and opened them, and trade-in costs didn't even offset the gas I spent.

You're never going to see someone buying back a used PC game - not a major retailer, at least - because if they did, they would lose money hand-over-fist, as people copied their games and returned them.

more than 5 years ago
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Valve Claims New Steamworks Update "Makes DRM Obsolete"

superbus1929 Re:Steam (731 comments)

Steam isn't even a fucking company. Valve is the company. Get your facts straight.

more than 5 years ago

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Sprint Cuts Cogent Off The Internet

superbus1929 superbus1929 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

superbus1929 writes "I work as a security analyst at an internet security company. While troubleshooting an issue, we learned why our customer couldn't keep his site-to-site VPN going from any location that uses Sprint as it's ISP: Sprint has decided not to route traffic to Cogent due to litigation.

This has a chilling effect; already, this person I worked with cannot communicate between a few sites of his, and since Sprint is stopping the connections cold (my traceroutes showed as complete, and not as timing out), it means that there is no backup plan; anyone going to Cogent from a Sprint ISP is crap out of luck. What this means to me is that third parties control our information, and they'll do with it what they damn well please."

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Interview with Odyssey Inventor Ralph Baer

superbus1929 superbus1929 writes  |  more than 6 years ago

Chris Bowen writes "Diehard Gamefan has an interview up with Ralph Baer, the Father of Videogames. In the article, he talks about his inventing the original Odyssey, his relationship with Nolan Bushnell, his positive thoughts on what the Wii is accomplishing, and the media's coverage of video games and how it has been blamed for multiple crimes:

Of course, I did not. The general press is all over both sides of all questions of morality, war and peace, blood and guts and is no gauge by which to measure the effect of anything, least of all videogames. Of course, there might be a relationship between pushing unbalanced kids into doing something murderous after years of fighting bloody wars in a virtual world; but then, reading books of similar genre can do the same thing to a youngster; regrettably, that's just how it is.
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