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New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

zugurudumba Re:Return to PC gaming, but only play indie games (435 comments)

Can you say the same for millions of other people? Yeah, I thought so. This is not about you or any other sane people think or do when shit hits the fan. It's about those clueless millions who don't know better.

about 2 years ago

New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

zugurudumba Re:Disclosure (435 comments)

Wow, you're naive.

  • There will be a warning on the back of the box, in small fonts. Nobody reads that. Especially soccer moms, rednecks and 13 year olds representing the main audience of Xbox 360 and the next Xbox console.
  • Boycotts don't work, educate yourself.
  • Boycotts don't work when you're boycotting an entire industry. I'm talking about all the big publishers colluding with the console makers to create an always online future. What the hell do you do against that? Do you stop playing console games? Do you return to PC gaming, but only play indie games and pirated stuff? Do you abandon video games as a hobby? What do you think other people will do? How long do you think other boycotters will last until giving in to the dark side? If things get better in terms of server issues, will this soften your stance? Will you be able to continue your boycott on moral grounds only, such as "always online is evil"?

about 2 years ago

New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

zugurudumba Re:Always online is here to stay (435 comments)

Sony said there won't be any hardware restriction for used games and always online. But they'll grant publishers free reign on always online in software. This way, it will look like the Sony had nothing to do with this. Then, because Sony is also a big publisher, they'll also require always online for their own games, citing the fact all other publishers are doing it. Welcome to an always online world.

about 2 years ago

New Console Always-Online Requirements and You

zugurudumba Always online is here to stay (435 comments)

Microsoft knows and abuses their user base. For example, all Xbox Live game servers are hosted by players. These players pay a yearly fee to MS, so that MS will grant them the privilege of hosting these servers and playing against other players. MS is basically getting free money.

Rednecks who don't know better; Call of Duty dudebros; 13 year olds with gullible soccer moms - these are all people don't give a shit about always online and represent the core audience of the Xbox brand. They'll buy the next console without asking questions and they'll create the critical mass MS and publishers need in order to push always online.

People who hope the PS4 will save us from always online are naive. Always online has always been the publishers' wet dream. They've been pushing for this for years. At the very least, MS and Sony will implement mechanisms so that any publisher will be able to impose the always online requirement for their games. And remember, MS and Sony are also publishers, and they're quite big publishers. Where do you expect people to go once all games released by Activision, EA, Sony, MS, Ubisoft and others will all require always online? How will you fight a cartel in its own walled garden?

Blizzard games, Steam games, even the dreaded SimCity sell tens of millions of copies each year, despite the various types of (partially) always online requirements. Always online is here to stay and there's nothing you can do, because of the massive amount of people who will gobble this up without thinking twice.

about 2 years ago

Astronaut Neil Armstrong Has Died

zugurudumba An ambassador of humanity (480 comments)

Hundreds and thousands of years from now, people who made the first moon landing possible will live on through the name of Mr. Armstrong, who will continue to appear in the history books. Thank you, Mr. Armstrong.

more than 2 years ago

Famous Wildlife Photographer Busted For Using Stock Images

zugurudumba Good (182 comments)

His career is over, and this is how it should be. Plagiarism is very hard to find and prove, but once there's no more doubt, heads roll. It's the only way to send a clear message to the ones who haven't been caught yet or who simply toy with the idea of doing it.

more than 3 years ago

Firefox 5 Scheduled For June 21 Release

zugurudumba Just wait and see (266 comments)

I really hope they'll make the auto-updates more aggressive, like Chrome does. Otherwise, the Firefox market share will become excessively fragmented.

more than 3 years ago

Mozilla Says It Erred On SSL Attack Disclosure

zugurudumba Jacob Appelbaum (62 comments)

Most of this has been the work of Jacob Appelbaum, core member of the Tor project. He is the one who investigated the fraudulent certificates and it's a fascinating detective story.

more than 3 years ago

Iranian protestors using TOR, revitalize project

zugurudumba Hold on, Steve (1 comments)

1) It's Tor, not TOR.
2) The project is alive and kicking, check this blog to see for yourself: https://blog.torproject.org/
There's a lot of work to do on Tor, Vidalia, Torbutton (so much more than a proxy switcher, stop using Foxyproxy for Tor, FFS!) and the various bundles offered by the project. Translators are always welcome.
3) Lots of new clients (Iranian or otherwise) means a greater strain on the existing infrastructure. This is hardly 'revitalising' in a network in great need of bandwidth and exit nodes. Of course, dissidents using it is a good thing, it's part of why Tor exists; I'm just pointing out the inaccuracies in the article.
4) If you want to help the project, please dive in the code, donate or consider running an exit node.

more than 5 years ago

ISPs to Ban P2P With New European Telecom Package?

zugurudumba That's it, I'm fed up with this BS (367 comments)

Is Freenet ready? What do you mean they're still coding it in Java?

more than 6 years ago



zugurudumba zugurudumba writes  |  more than 7 years ago

zugurudumba writes "http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/ne ws/2007/04/03/nporn03.xml

Drawings, images and sculptures depicting child sexual abuse are to be made illegal, the UK Government said yesterday.

People caught in possession of "non-photographic" child pornography, which is currently legal to own, will face a three-year jail term.

Ministers said "genuine works of art" were not the target for the new law — though there will be concern that heavy-handed policing could see galleries raided."


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