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temcat (873475) writes "Gamemag.ru (the article is in Russian) reports that Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM used in Dragon Age: Inquisition game may cause SSDs to fail sooner because of drastically increased read/write load: "...Want to know how many times on average a part of LoF.exe code gets thrown back and forth between HDD and RAM in an hour? 150,000 copy and write cycles. That's 10,000 times more than usual. The DRM constantly decrypts the game code into the RAM and then encrypts it back. This is one of the most idiotic uses of encruption I've ever seen. Despite the code parts being small, max. a couple of KBs at a time, they are stored in one memory block. In 4 to 8 hours of playing, depending on the quality of the SSD, you can kiss this block goodbye." With the right software, you can check these findings and assess if the threat is real. I don't really have the knowledge, but I would install this game on HDD just in case." Link to Original Source top
Ask Slashdot: Why Do Vendors Stop Selling Old Vers
temcat writes "Latest does not necessarily mean greatest, and the world of software is no exception to that. I am sure everybody on Slashdot can cite their favorite example of how the previous version of X was better than the new one. But why do vendors usually stop selling old versions of their software as soon as the latest version comes out? At least they could provide downgrade rights — in any case, they cannot lose on the total revenue. I can imagine three problems here:
- Some implied obligation to support the product. Does such a thing really exist in most places? Surely a vendor can refuse to support old versions in the EULA?
- Increased overhead due to having more SKUs. Is the cost increase that significant, especially for big corporations with wide product portfolios?
- New version release is implemented as a project; if this version does not sell, the project will not pay off, and management heads will roll. I see where the managerial interest lies, but what about shareholders? By not discouraging this tactic, they deprive themselves of vital market feedback about the quality of the new product.