3361 posts • joined 22 Apr 2007
Re: Fracking needs to be fully controlled
Threaten to move your wells out of that country.
Government says "fine. Fuck off, don't come back." Sets up its own wells.
Governments might be notorious for not running efficient businesses, but I reckon even they could turn a profit on Black Gold.
I'm sure some people mourned the loss of the telegraph, too, but that doesn't mean we should have let the telegraph industry survive longer by letting them make special rules.
Funnily enough, you can send telegrams if you wish. The service was re-introduced by BT circa 2003-ish.
Mostly due to demand rather than some kind of effort to force email out through lobbying and lawyering, though. Somehow I can't see people lining up to demand that they be unable to give their stuff away.
Re: Xbox modding / rechipping, Gamer Profile hacking...
"The games industry, in its current state, requires immediate termination with extreme prejudice."
Ok, but where does that get us...? I passionately feel that Indie developers should have easy access to the PS4 and Xbox1 to insure innovation prospers....
You would have a different games industry in a different state. In fact I think if EA, Ubisoft, Valve and the rest of the psychopaths were to fuck off right now, that would be a crapton of market for indy developers to capture. They'd fill that vacuum up in no time, I'm sure.
Anything is better than the current state.
"Actually, it is optional. Not all games on Steam use Steamworks for the physical disc release. They tend to do so if both releases are simultaneous, but there's no requirement for it."
If it says "you must accept the Steam Subscriber Agreement (SSA)" on the back of the box, or if it says "requires an Internet connection to activate" for a game that has no need to connect to anything, then no thanks. I'm not subscribing to Steam, to play with a toy. Unfortunately, these days, that's every single game in the shop. The fact that Steam is so successful indicates that there are a large number of people quite happy with being arse-raped by the games industry. Given the nature of the product, I imagine many of these are kids and teenagers that don't know any better and think that this is how things are supposed to be.
LIke I say, I'll give my money to people who deserve it. Valve can get fuck all, which doesn't mean I won't play their games. They just won't get paid for it.
Re: Steam vs Xbox game = invalid comparison
The disc is merely a one-time-use key with a copy of the installation so you can do it offline.
No, it is not. Valve might like you to think it is. Why should you care what Valve think unless you are personally benefitting from this arrangement?
Re: Mad greed
IOW, what happens when ALL of them do it? Abandon gaming?
In a heartbeat and without looking back once.
Fortunately, ALL of them won't do it, because "ALL of them" includes the occasional indy dev house or publisher who don't want to shaft their customers. When the "AAA" games industry implodes and disappears up its own arse, these are the guys who will be left making a profit.
Re: @Greg J Preece
But there HAS been controversy surrounding the cassette recorder and the VTR, to say nothing of CD and DVD recorders (both PC-based and consumer).
And the people "enabling" the controversy promptly got told to stick it where the sun doesn't shine.
Re: Game resellers as "parasites"
Books can not be "copied and sold on" as easily as a game can. And they typically take longer to reach the "used book" market than games.
They most certainly can be copied, more easily than games. Place each page face down on a scanner and have fun. Laborious is not hard. It'll just take a while, and it only needs to be done once. Even so... so what? Not an excuse to say that I am no longer allowed to dispose of my property in whatever way I see fit.. and yes, one working copy of a game is my property if I have bought or been given it, whether new or second hand.
(3rd party body parts have legal problems)
Never heard of after-market parts? Sure, if your car is under warranty, you only use official parts if you want to keep the warranty. Otherwise, there's plenty of mods and bits for cars that have nothing to do with the original manufacturers.
I still don't see why preventing someone from disposing of their own property however they wish, is ever a good thing. It's a game, not a nuclear weapon.
Re: Am I reading this right?
You could always share one single account. That's if you can't bear to just dump the machine instead.
You'd share all the same titles, as well as presumably, the same gamertag, the same achievements, the same scores, records, save files, contacts... and the advert bots will send you spam that assumes you're some kind of hermaphrodite.
Could get interesting.
and of course you can also buy the PC DVD version of the game, without Steam, without restrictions, but for more money.
I only wish that were true. Sorry, but every single physical copy in the shops will have either Steam, or some other form of restrictions management, many of which will either limit the install count or, like Steam/Steamworks, prevent resale entirely.
And all of them want bullshit online checking. Been a long while since I bought a mainstream PC game. My later titles are all Steam-free, and in many cases entirely copy-protection-free indy titles. They deserve my money. EA and Valve do not.
Gratuitious Space Battles utterly owns, by the way.
Re: Xbox modding / rechipping, Gamer Profile hacking...
So you're saying that if you pay over the odds for a crap game, that's currently alright because you can get some money back by foisting it of on some other unsuspecting sap? Do unto others 'cause others have done unto you, eh?
One man's muck is another man's brass. I've had a couple of high-rated games that I've played a couple of times and then never touched again. FIFA on the NDS for one.
And what do you think of the game publishers themselves, willingly foisting shit upon the public? And then not even letting them GIVE it away?
The games industry, in its current state, requires immediate termination with extreme prejudice.
Re: @Greg J Preece
. I haven't heard of any case of "I sell games to be able to afford new games" and I live in a pretty poor country (I hope you'll understand that if you follow up with "I DO THIS", I won't consider it to be very credible).
How old are you?
I distinctly remember trading in a bunch of games to get a Sega Mega CD back in the day. I know a load of people who have traded in their games. There's a CeX in both of the nearby cities that are both chock full of pre-owned console games, though thanks to Steam's bullshit, they don't accept PC games any more.
This is not "I DO THIS". This is "EVERYONE DOES THIS". And if you could do it, I bet you'd be doing it.
Whether it benefits "the industry" or not is none of the industry's concern. It is my working copy, which I damned well will sell and to hell with anybody who wants to stop me. If that's going to kill the industry, then good. The industry, if it cannot survive second hand sales, deserves to die. In fact I can't wait for the current load of psychopathic bastards to hurry up and fuck off, so I can buy games from new companies, that cost less than 50 quid a title, don't want to install spyware, and don't break if I try to give them away.
Re: silly argument
It is nothing like the same, unless you're telling me that I am the Steam store.
Really, how do you equate being able to give something of yours away to a friend, with getting shafted with DRM because it's on a sale?
Re: @M Gale
Unfortunately, the computer games industry is not some special little flower. In any other case, if I buy something, it is mine. Only in insane-DRM land do we have the case where once you have bought something, it is not yours to sell.
I'm sorry, but honestly, I do not care about what the author thinks if I sell an old book. E-flite do not get a say on whether I give someone an old RC aeroplane or helicopter. If I have a half tube of glue that someone needs, Bostik are not going to call the waahmbulance over me giving someone some adhesive. The same applies to software, and especially computer games. If your business model cannot handle people giving away or selling their own stuff.. then you had better change that business model or go bankrupt.
Re: Yes Steam games CAN be given away.
Are you just posting whatever pops into your mind or do you actually check your facts before spouting off? Steam games can indeed be "re-gifted".
You can re-gift a game key if you have not used that key.
As soon as you have used that key... that is, once it is a used game and no longer a new game.. you cannot re-gift, or sell, the game.
Please check your facts, and don't be one of Valve's useful idiots.
Re: Opinion, don't stone me
"While I find Microsoft's desire to limit reselling games perfectly reasonable"
Steam games cannot be resold, or even given away.
People are quite willing to be shafted for the shiny.
Re: It's still early.
And who needs "classic shell" when one can put a toolbar on their desktop taskbar that points to %allusersprofile%\Start Menu? (OK, %allusersprofile%\Microsoft\Windows\Start Menu then.) No extra software needed.
Because while a similar hack works to replace the crappy pin-to-taskbar thing with the much more easy to read Quicklaunch bar that's been around since XP, trying it to get a Start Menu results in a hollowed out, ugly (uglier?) shell of a menu with no programs sent to it when they are installed, and no automatic placement of commonly used shortcuts right under a winkey press.
Re: I agreee it IS Win7
"As an updated win7, win8 ROCKS, in speed, in stability, and in some relevant extras, including ISO mounts and VMs without needing anything third party."
Have you actually tried running Windows 8 in a VM?
It's a bloody horrible mess of bugs and glitches, and if you should dare try Seamless Mode... well, just watch TIFKAM fall apart completely.
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?
If you assume that menu bars have to be associated with windows, then, yes, OS X's menu bar will be extremely confusing to you. (As in: "what window is this thing for?") But if you can get past that mental limitation and realize that in OS X, menu bars are associated with *applications*, then the menu bar's location and operation make perfect sense and I don't see how it could be designed any other way.
I'd rather just have a UI that's easy to use. No, I don't mean TIFKAM.
When you click on a program, that means you want to use the program. Whether or not it's currently running is irrelevant.
You might have a terabyte of RAM and a ten-SSD stripe array plugged directly into the PCIe bus on a 16x slot, but I don't. Even if I did, I want to know what is running and what is not. At a glance.
Also, ever clicked the wrong button before? I'm assuming you're human and not a General System Vehicle or other synthetic intelligence that might be a few thousand times more accurate than your average meat-sack.
The hot corner stuff isn't enabled by default
Yes it is. Top right corner, zooms everything out and shows all of the windows. Sounds like a handy thing until you keep tripping it by accident.
And don't get me started on Explorer either.
Re: OK. What's wrong with XP?
Meh, horses for courses. Personally I bloody hate OS X's UI, with the unified confuso-menu, and the dock that wants you to think a shortcut to a program and a running program are the same thing. Don't even get me started on those bloody hot corners, and Finder.. god, you actually like that thing?
As far as the direction KDE's going in, you'll probably find they have the least "radical and exciting" look to them of all the Linux (and other) desktop environments. If you could use KDE3, you can use KDE4. It's just prettier, and with plasma widgets.
Re: I can't help but think
Nope. They'd just increase the price opaquely and call it "inflation".
"Codeplex actually lets you download the files for the project. (Feature going to be removed from Google code)."
No. What's going to be removed is the ability to upload 50GB of porn as my-project-v1.0.1.tar.gz and share it to the world. You can still checkout and commit code. Since it's, you know, a code repository.. kinda important.
Github also have disabled direct file downloads. Don't be surprised if Codeplex goes the same way.
Re: What a small and sad life you lead.
Anonymous Twat in not-reading-the-whole-post SHOCKER.
Promise not to put popup crap, expanding/contracting DIVs and autoplaying videos anywhere and I might think about it.
Actually come to think about it, I've been running without ABP for a little while now and haven't had any rudeness shoved in my face yet. Maybe the Reg has improved a bit there, though it was the Reg and the aforementioned spammy shite that persuaded me to install ABP in the first place.
Re: What a small and sad life you lead.
Now using sed regexes in a forum post... that might be a bit sad. I'll just go and cry in the corner. :(
Re: The Liberator - a bargain
If you can sneak a plastic gun onto an aircraft, you can sneak a proper one on that won't blow up in your hands.
OH GOD OH NO WIBBLE WIBBLE PANIC
Fuxache, I could make something less likely to blow up with a bit of metal pipe and a hammer.
But hey, this is using them magic computer things, which makes it worse, no?
Maybe if the Bluetooth loudspeaker in the car also copied the contacts from your phone and sent them to Ford's servers, you'd have a point.
Or perhaps if Kenwood employees recognised you had one of their stereos and spray-painted their logo onto your car overnight?
There really should be a cap on how much you can be charged for data. Hetzner, the hosting company, will charge you something like £6 per terabyte if you go over the traffic allowance and want to keep the 100Mbit speeds. How in fuck can Orange even start to justify their costs per megabyte?
After they've charged you twenty quid or so, that should be it and it shouldn't matter if you have ADownloader running 24/7 torrenting Linux ISOs to all and sundry. There's only so much per month a phone can download for fuxache.
Re: Where's te logic to treat software patents differently?
That Turing bloke showed that all software is equivalent to a machine (a mechanical thing).
No he didn't, otherwise I could create a machine by thinking up some simple rules in my head.
Funnily enough, a machine is a physical thing, and software is only physical in the sense that it exists as state changes. Software is math and logic, and you're using faulty logic to play right into the psychopathic IP brigade's trap.
About microcontrollers? They are just small computers. With software. Which should not be patentable.
Re: Surely it's pronounced "yiff"?
Only in the fuzzier parts of the Interwebs.
"However HRH pronounces the word is the correct way."
Ho? Ow hinteresting.
Re: nah mate
"No. I assure you the 'American' lexicon is quite filled with distinctive names for the origins of most any people."
Italian American, Spanish American, Latin American, Irish American, Native American...
Re: Bow to the creator
Because Seán is Irish, not English, and the pronunciation rules are different?
Of course you can use the lightly-anglicised "Sean" or the heavily-anglicised variants such as "Shaun" and "Shawn" if you want.
Funnily enough, I look at "ger" and think "geranium", "germanium", "German" and "Geronimo".
In fact "Gertrude" is about the only "ger" word I can think of that pronounces things in the same way as gif.
Yes, gif. Jif is what goes in pancakes. Especially on Jif Lemon Day.
Nike has only one syllable.
Niké on the other hand...
Re: Moving into a gaming renaissance era or command & control...?
To be honest, if they were going the way of rendering stuff remotely, then why spend hundreds on a games console when you can download the Onlive app for nowt or buy the Onlive box for significantly less than a brand new "next gen" machine?
You'll be about as likely to be able to sell or give your old games away in any case.
Re: The sleek, black 64-bit system carries an eight-core x86 processor...
"games are hard to multi-thread efficiently"
One for AI, one for physics, two for handling the server, one for the client - that's 5 already and I'm not even trying.
Of course it depends on the game. I mean you could massively parallelise a game of Minesweeper (one process or thread for every square?) - but why in hell would you want to?
Yeah, I've seen a few people stung by buying second hand Xboxes that turned out to be banned.
Let me guess, was that their stupid fault for assuming that a device with no faults would work?
Re: Not looking too good
"That is why you don't hear Steam user complaints"
I've heard plenty, just that most of them are out and in the flesh, not on some online forum where Valve employees and useful idiots can troll them to death.
DDR3 is better at general purpose processing than GDDR5
Think about those of us who are old enough to remember System 2000!
Okay, I was only a wee nipper back then, but I still remember playing with double-sided tapes and record-protect tabs that were resettable instead of breakable, and wondering why no other video machines did that.
Re: The boot is on the other foot....
Two rubbish systems, really.
Maybe when iOS 7 or 8 or 10 or something comes out, Apple will allow people to finally just drag and drop shit to their iThings like the external drives that they basically are?
Re: TOR and torrents
By "normally" I presume you mean via a random open wifi hotspot on the far side of town?
Re: why the hell can't I try everything before I buy it?
"I've come to the point where, if a game is not on Steam, I practically don't buy it. There are a few exceptions, but they are exceptions."
And like I said, all we need now is for Steam and WGA to royally fuck up, and maybe you'll learn why Steam is a Bad Thing.
For me, if it's on Steam, or requires any other kind of bullshit online we-think-you're -a-criminal check, it gets immediately refused and the money spent on something else. Maybe something I can sell or give away once I've done with it.
Re: I can assure from a privacy perspective ... we would lose you and not get you back.
Just remember, while "hacking" is illegal, poisoning a database is not.
Favourite ALL the cat videos!
Oh and don't forget TrackMeNot. Perhaps someone could make a gmail version that works with everyone else who has the gmail version to randomly email each other random snippets generated from random web searches?
If you can't go under the radar, obliterate the fucker with chaff and flares.
Re: "Google is a capitalist country... company"
No, just capitalist. Their aim, like every other PLC, is the acquiring of capital.
That capitalism left entirely unchecked can well end up turning into outright corporate fascism, especially when helped by a hundred or so years of lawyering and abuse of laws designed to protect actual physical people.. well, that's a debate I guess. Still capitalism though.
Really, asides blocking obvious malware, why bother?
I guess if you're in a school you have to conform to some standard or other so the blame can go elsewhere when the kids discover in graphic detail how useless web filters are. Though honestly, if it's that strict an environment, then set up a whitelist of approved sites and deny access to all others.
If you're in a workplace? I presume your employees are adults. If you catch 'em slacking, deal with it. Websense ain't gonna help you there. Might even be a hindrance if necessary information ends up being stuck behind the censorwall because the word "condom" is buried twenty paragraphs down and five directories in, so the whole site is obviously porn.
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