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Reports: New Xbox could DOOM second-hand games market

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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?

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Re: Steam vs Xbox game = invalid comparison

You do know that the Steamworks bullshit that locks your game to your account applies to physical CD games too?

That's right. If your game requires Steam, you cannot give it away, let alone sell it, once you've used it even once.

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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.

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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".

Highly misleading.

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.

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Re: Opinion, don't stone me

"While I find Microsoft's desire to limit reselling games perfectly reasonable"

Why?

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Steam games cannot be resold, or even given away.

People are quite willing to be shafted for the shiny.

Oh well.

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Open wide, Google: Here comes an advertising antitrust probe

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Re: Competitors?

"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.

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Peak Facebook: British users lose their Liking for Zuck's ad empire

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Re: What a small and sad life you lead.

Anonymous Twat in not-reading-the-whole-post SHOCKER.

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Re: gazthejourno

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.

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Re: What a small and sad life you lead.

s/small/sensible/;

s/sad/amusing/;

Now using sed regexes in a forum post... that might be a bit sad. I'll just go and cry in the corner. :(

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'Catastrophic failure' of 3D-printed gun in Oz Police test

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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.

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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?

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Facebook Home phone plans canned in the UK

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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?

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Orange customer clobbered with SIX-FIGURE phone bill

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Jesus fuckchrist

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.

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Kim Dotcom claims invention of two-factor authentication

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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.

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More than half of Windows 8 users just treat it like Windows 7

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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.

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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.

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FLABBER-JASTED: It's 'jif', NOT '.gif', says man who should know

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Re: Surely it's pronounced "yiff"?

Only in the fuzzier parts of the Interwebs.

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"However HRH pronounces the word is the correct way."

Ho? Ow hinteresting.

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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...

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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.

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Funnily enough, I look at "ger" and think "geranium", "germanium", "German" and "Geronimo".

Or Gerald.

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.

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Re: Nike

Nike has only one syllable.

Niké on the other hand...

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Re: Sega

Of course if you're following the same daft rules as elsewhere on the thread, you should be pronouncing it "Serga".

Service Games, and all. Wonder if they still make pinball machines for the US army?

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Jaffa-cake Interchange Format

I'm sure that's a long rectangular prism shape. Usually made out of cardboard.

There's an extension to the format that allows the transfer of up to a yard of jaffa cakes at once, but it's usually only available around Christmas and Easter.

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I want to roll my own distro

Maybe an Ubuntu or a Mint with the backgrounds changed or something.

I'll call it "Linux Linux", just to play with people's heads.

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Microsoft reveals Xbox One, the console that can read your heartbeat

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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.

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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?

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Re: hax

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?

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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.

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DDR3 is better at general purpose processing than GDDR5

Really? How?

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Re: No second-hand games

You must have only played about two games as well. Seriously, go look at the game requirements on the boxes.

Vast majority of console games out now use that hard drive, and for more than just saving your progress.

Trying to remember what game it is that wants you to download the entire set of textures all over again as a patch when you shove it in the drive.

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Re: Marmite is disgusting

Only if you don't like it.

In fact Marmite have run a successful UK advertising campaign based on the whole "you either love it or hate it" thing. Probably the first time I've seen a product get more sales after adverts showing people pulling all kinds of stupid faces eating it, and even starving tramps chucking it back at their would-be benefactor.

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Re: No second-hand games

"(and I would think Microsoft, Sony, and Nintendo have been doing their homework regarding hardening against hacks)."

They've been doing so for decades. As you can see, they've completely eradicated unauthorised copying of software.

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Re: Rest of the world?

The Xbox 360 functions (sort of) as a Sky box. Friend of mine uses it as such.

The real sky box does it better, but hey, some people might like controlling their tellies with a game pad.

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Proprietary APIs and GPU intricacies to handle,

PS3 uses MS Visual Studio as its IDE, and OpenGL ES and CG for talking to the GPU. Not sure about much else since I didn't sign the NDAs for that.

I would guess that the forthcoming Xbox will also be similarly stuffed full of interesting stuff that you'll only get to know about if you jump through the right hoops and promise not to tell anybody.

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Re: No second-hand games

" Also, all games apparently have to be installed when you buy them, which could really piss people off."

Why? Virtually every console game released now has a "this game requires 4 fuckloads of hard drive storage" message on the back or similiar, and then you get the inevitable stream of patches that take the beta-level shit you've bought and plug some showstopping bugs.

Not being able to sell the game on the other hand? Well eh, we've had a few years of Steam and other such bullshit getting people used to the idea of that. People in general will bend over, take it up the arse, and deride the people that refuse to as being freetards or luddites.

Welcome to the Computer Games industry.

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If you've bought DRM'd film files from Acetrax, here's the bad news

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Pft, Betamax

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.

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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?

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Re: TOR and torrents

By "normally" I presume you mean via a random open wifi hotspot on the far side of town?

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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.

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Re: HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

Same people who were laughing at me and throwing all kinds of asinine insults when this bullshit first hit the mainstream? The people who were telling me that I'm just a pirate who wants everything for free? The same ones with this insane level of trust in an organisation expressely designed to milk them for as much as they are worth?

Damned right I am. At you, too.

Suck it up, bitches.

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HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA...

...AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAA....

Suckers.

Well maybe now they'll learn, which will be better for all of us.

Now we just need Steam and WGA to fuck up royally for everyone. Well, everyone stupid enough to think having to plead with DRM servers to be allowed to use your own damned software is ever a good idea.

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Eric Schmidt: 'Google IS a capitalist country... er, company'

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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.

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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.

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Private equity firm coughs £1bn for Websense

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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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I knew I'd heard of Websense somewhere

I've ran into their oh-so-accurate filtering before.

So has this guy (apparently inaccessible from Websense IP addresses, amusingly enough)

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The iWatch is coming! The iWatch is coming!

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Re: The iWatch is coming! Ergo The Microsoft Windows Watch 8 Pro is coming!

"You don't need to upgrade a WP7 phone, you just wait a year for the free upgrade."

Really? So if I buy a new Nokia outright, Nokia will give me the next model when it comes out?

A contract phone is not "free", and never will be. This is why I don't have them.

So how's that upgrade path from WP7 coming along?

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Google's cloud dumps custom Linux, switches to Debian

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Re: Debian is my choice too...

So you hire 8 expensive people and a boatload of expensive Windows licensing, or just 8 expensive people?

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Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

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Curiosity plunges its drill into Mars AGAIN, seeks life-giving sample

^^^I admire the attempt, I really do, but this one does seem a little... stretched.

Of course, that's probably what SHE said.

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