Take on Helicopters Takes on Piracy, Wins with Creativity

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EthicSlave

corecodecAVC also uses a similar method in pirated versions of its video codecs

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dashize

What man can make man can break, but this is a good idea for DRM. Most of the people i know who say they pirate music, games, ect say they do it to try it out. So this drm will allow pirates to try it out and once they are done trying it out FADE!. If they like it go buy it.. lol 

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bloodgain

Although Holly is the resident MaxPC.com troll, I have to agree with her this time. If the pirates want to play this game, they'll bypass this DRM, too. I've said it before, and I'll repeat it -- they duped the Steam checks for multi-player, for Pete's sake. This kind of DRM is like introducing a new "bump proof" lock to a lock-picking hobbyist. He'll just find another way to pick it, just for his own amusement.

 

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DasHellMutt

I wouldn't call Holly a troll. In fact I'm usually on her side. Comrades, you know. But I do think she's wrong on this one.

 

I really think all the DRM needs to go EXCEPT systems like this one. And its not because I think the pirates should win. It's because DRM is more abusive and annoying to paying customers than the actual pirates. As long as paying customers don't get caught in the net, I really like this system. It allows the only "legitimate" reason to pirate which is try before you buy. At the same time it incentivizes people to buy the game because you can't fully enjoy it if you're not a paying customer. I think it's a great way to go and I'd like to see more companies using this type of system rather than activation and disc checking schemes.

 

On another note, I think alot of this could be avoided by going back to shareware demos. You remember, those things that built the PC gaming industry. There's a demo of almost every XBOX game. Why the hell are so few demos available for PC games? If they were available and sharable, the try before you buy crowd would have no need to pirate. Then we'd really see who is just trying to get something without paying for it.

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limitbreaker

This is good, i can still try the game on my PC illigally and find out how well it scales with the SLI and if the game is actually good but still have insentive to buy it if it gets my seal of approval.

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compro01

Great, until this wonderful system breaks on the next version of windows or something and cheats me out of my paid for game.

I have yet to encounter a DRM scheme other than steam's basic system that doesn't fuck up in some manner.

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timmyw

You hit it on the head, compro. While everyone is laughing it at this guy, its only a matter of time before this DRM hoses a paying customer (if it hasn't already).

I just bought a older game that would not pass the DRM using my Windows 7 machine. Solution: downloaded a crack to bypass the DRM, worked great. Sheesh, I'm a paying customer, bought direct from the publisher and could not run it because of borked DRM. If I had just stole the stuff I wouldn't have had a problem. Who's the idiot.

Laugh while you can, because someone will be crying later.

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Morete

Piracy laws like most felonies of this type go unenforced because it costs way too much to enforce them.  Misdemeanors are much easier to enforce, like speeding tickets for example.  One cop, many tickets, in a short amount of time means a lot of easy money.  Homicide and abuse cases go unresolved because of lack of investigative personnel, tight budgets and the huge expense to solve these types of crimes.  It's doubtful that piracy laws will ever be enforced on a large scale within our lifetime.  Publishers attempt to enforce piracy but with little success. 

The only people I feel bad for are the developers, they get ripped off both by the publishers and the pirates.  As far as I am concerned, both publishers and pirates are in the same cesspool trying to compete against each other.  The same goes for hackers running proggies and changing code to cheat legitimate players who want to play by the Terms of Service.   Thank goodness that there are still good men and women (and their children), out there who enjoy playing a game in the theme and spirit as intended to be played by the developers.

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PhuxAche

 

 ...until it's cracked. Not that I support Pirated Games, but if it's human engineered, it will be backward engineered/cracked, just like every thing else... that's .. been ... cracked....

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Holly Golightly

Gosh, now I hope pirates find away around this one. They really think they are that smart... Well, we'll show them! These companies often forget that pirates can be just about anyone... Including the insiders! It is only a matter of time before they get around to this. The people, will win!

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Sovereign

This DRM is hilarious.  I'd like to see a comparison on effectiveness between this type of lockdown and the traditional varieties that everyone here hates.

A multi-monitor taskbar program I own displays a message if it catches you using a serial number they've blacklisted.  It's a picture of a guy with his family--"You're not stealing from some big corporation, you're stealing from me, [name]."

Basically, when DRM gets creative, I tend to give it a pass.  Because the big studios who are buttmunches are never creative, nor do they every have any arguments other than "Hurr durr losing money" before they post another record profit.

Also, I've seen this person's comments before.  Anyone else think this is a troll?

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Holly Golightly

It is easy to label one a troll when you do not agree with their statements. The only one who is a troll is you for even replying to my comment in the first place.

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KenLV

“It is easy to label one a troll when you do not agree with their statements.”

LAWL, this is just an awesome statement coming from you Ms. Toro.  No, no, apparently “it is easy to label” EVERYONE who disagrees with your made up and over the top ludicrous statements as “racists, nazis, fascists, fags, perverts, fucktards, retards, hillbillies, etc…” (sorry, I just can’t remember ALL of them).  It is the always ready, fallback position of the weak minded like Veronica.

It is IMPOSSIBLE for her to come up with a logical, well thought out, FACTUAL, defense for her made up nonsense.  This is of course to be expected - since her position is based on her near total ignorance of the reality in the countries and of the politics she claims to love so much.

Thanks for the Friday morning laugh!

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Holly Golightly

Yep... That is right, you ARE a faggot. Spread the word troll face. Spread the word. 

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KenLV

Ta-da.

Ladies and gentlemen, I offer for your pleasure, the crème de la crème of the “all inclusive” “everyone is equal” “we don’t discriminate” “pro-socialist/communist” movement.

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Holly Golightly

Well, it is the truth. You pick fights with girls, what did you think you were going to be viewed as? Not a gentleman, that is for damn sure.

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KenLV

“You pick fights with girls…”

First, that’s not very PC of you.  I believe in equal opportunity.  When confronting foolishness I don’t see sex, religion or race.  What kind of socialist/communist are you that you don’t think you should be treated just like any other idiot – regardless of your race/religion/sex?  Kinda makes one think that you don’t know WTF you are talking about.  (Well duh!)

Second, YOU came onto a technology site ranting about the evils of capitalism and spouting your pro-communist/pro-socialist garbage and then get mad when you are called out for it?  It’s not our fault that your viewpoint can’t stand up to ANY scrutiny and that you are so ignorant of even the most basic concepts that you are unable to defend your position.

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Holly Golightly

First off, it is always YOU who replies to MY comments, and not the other way around!!! Another thing, I was talking about the article first in how DRM is evil and that people deserve to play no matter what. It should not be based on capital, jackass! Free gaming free of DRM. Problem is, you have a hard time sticking to the topic that is on the article. We all know you are some racist idiot. Just leave me the fuck alone! I am not here to prove anything to you. Especially not to your kind. So if I were you, I'd stick to the topic of the article.

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KenLV

“First off, it is always YOU who replies to MY comments…”

Well, as much as I would be willing to bet that whatever your next comment is, it will be full of fantasy and foolishness, I can’t point out how ridiculous your statements are until AFTER you make them.  I’m good, just not THAT good.

“Free gaming free of DRM.”

That’s pretty much your belief on everything – it should ALL be FREE.  Of course you never say who will provide (and therefore PAY for) all that free stuff.

“The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of OTHER people’s money.” Margaret Thatcher

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Holly Golightly

That is where she implies the next step progressive step... Communism! ROFLMAO read more!!! How else are you going to feed your hungry? With more greed? If it were up to ¢apitalism, we would have no public education for our poor while having a ton of casinos for the rich. Heck, the would build casinos where schools used to be. It is all about the benjamins. Think about the misfortunate. They deserve better! Just because they do not have big family inheritance, doesn't mean it is fair they suffer since birth. We need free health, free education, and reasonably priced housing. This is socialism. Is it really that hard to care for other? Really?

Unlike you, I have faith in my fellow man, but you... You don't! All you do is worship the almighty dollar. Money is the root to all evil! The world would be a more peaceful place without it. That is for damn sure! See, the problem is you lack morals. The world is plain, pure black and white for you. If someone is poor, oh well, that is their fault, they had the option to go Harvard and pay the ivy league price. Sure. Morals can come a long way. This is why when nations choose between Communism and ¢apitalism, they choose Communism. Because it is natural to care, not be greedy. Communist soldiers are far stronger than the ¢apitalist ones. Maybe this is why Socialist England always defeat the Capitalist French in almost everything. Heck, right now England is only one inch to becoming communist. A pregnant woman of 6 kids can get a mansion, A MANSION for FREE!!! Can you believe that??? This is equality for everyone! Their government is backing their people. You ought to stop thinking like a yank and join the winning team. 

We need to nationalize our banks. Nationalize our oil. Nationalize the nation's gold. Get stronger control. For the people. Not for one greedy man. Our government can buy everything for us with control of these 3 things. We can all live in these great mansions. Just like the bank CEOs and those who own oil reserves. Just imagine. You too can live in a mansion like Bill Gates. How can you not want a better life? This is where Communism works for you. ¢apitalism? Go make your own chump change and live in that rat hole you call a house! Greed is evil dude, get used to understanding it.

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KenLV

“If it were up to ¢apitalism, we would have no public education for our poor…”

Well, actually, let’s see… back when it WAS up to us (you know, BEFORE the DOE fucked things all up) we HAD the world’s BEST public education system.  CHOICE made it so and made it so parents and teachers, not unions, made the decisions that impact our children.  Oh, and they did it for half as much.  Whoops.

“This is socialism. Is it really that hard to care for other?”

Well, taking care of other is NOT “socialism”, it IS simply being compassionate and charitable - and has been done far better and for far longer by OTHERS.  As you’ve been told, most recently just the other day – PRIVATE donations VOLANTARILY given to PRIVATE charities and organizations do more good than ANY government.  Scratch that, not “any” government, make that “ALL” governments.  The US and Canada’s PRIVATE donations are greater than the ENTIRE REST OF THE WORLD’S COMBINED.  (Damn dirty capitalists!)  And, here’s the REAL beauty of it - WITHOUT government bureaucracy to contend with, a greater percentage of the money actually ends up with the people in need. So, if you REALLY gave a crap about “the people” (you don’t) you would be arguing AGAINST government FORCED giving and FOR private giving (but you won’t).  So to answer your absurd question, no, it’s NOT that hard to take care of others – unless you are a government agency.  In which case it’s damn near impossible – and REALLY fucking expensive.  Yikes!

“Unlike you, I have faith in my fellow man…”

No you don’t.  That’s pure bullshit.  If you DID, you wouldn’t FORCE them to do as YOU want.  You ONLY “have faith” in others if they are at the wrong end of a gun.

“How can you not want a better life?”

Here’s the difference between you and I (well, other than the obvious difference in intellect – spoiler alert, you are on the LEFT side of the bell):
Anyway, back to wanting a better life…

I believe that I should have to work to make a better life for myself.  I can then GIVE to others as I deem fit.
You believe that I should have to work to make a better life for you.  You will then TAKE from others as YOU deem fit.

95% of those alive in the US today have a BETTER life than 99% of the people through all of human history.  You do know that, right?  So, WTF is your problem with that?  Is life too good for you?  Are we “keeping you down” by giving you an incredibly reasonably priced CUNY education?  Too much easily accessible food for you?  Too much FREE information available for you?  Too much clean and readily available drinking water?  That smart phone too burdensome to carry around?  Is it too much trouble to turn your computer on to have the ENTIRE WORLD at your fingertips?  WTF is your problem?

I’ll tell you; in all of human history NO ONE has had it as good as us, so you can’t reasonably demand a “better life”.  No, that would sound stupid.  So what can you attempt to claim as a moral offense? THAT is where the illusion of “inequality” comes from.  Your are OFFENED that SOMEONE ELSE has a BETTER life.  It doesn’t matter if they worked their ass off to get it, it’s just not “fair” that THEY have it better.  So, no matter HOW GOOD YOUR LIFE IS, and let’s be honest, it’s pretty fucking good if you have enough time to do this shit all day INSTEAD of plowing the fields, killing and skinning your dinner, fetching and purifying your water from the lake/river/well, chopping your wood so you don’t friggin’ freeze tonight, protecting yourself from wild animals or bandits, etc… anyway, no matter how good YOUR life is, if EVERYONE is not the same – your sort feigns revulsion.

Why?  P O W E R.  Plain and simple.  Your kind ALWAYS claims that what you want is “for the people” but the first thing you do when you get power is ANYTHING and EVERYTHING you can to KEEP it – usually starting with mass slaughter of “the people”.

Now STFU, re-read what we’ve told you and maybe you will learn something for a change.

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Holly Golightly

Stick to the "Gat Dang" subject of the article for once. The article is about Gaming DRM, and I for free gaming without the DRM. This helps bring forth a better quality of life when they are not in debt every single second of their life.

Yeah, someone ought to put you on the wrong side of the gun.

Yes, America has a better quality of life thanks to SOCIALISM!!!!!!!!! Yes! Socialism is what put forth affordable housing so people do not sleep in the streets. Socialism is what pays for public education so our children can be educated. Socialism is what feeds poor families with food stamps. Socialism is what helps the handicap with Social Security. Socialism provides public hospitals so you can stay alive one more day. Socialism is about caring for EVERYONE. The moment the word "public" is used for a service... That is socialism working dude. You think you are going to donate your entire salary to fund one hospital? Sorry dude, you do not make that kind of money, so STFU.

Yes, Socialism is what gave America better quality of life. Because we have social programs that care for ALL people. What the hell is your problem? You want to see America become like the rest of the "99% of human history?" (Which is a totally fake statistic that you will never back up, ever) We need to care for our people and destroy the greedy. No amount of education can ever fix your obsession with greed. The only solution for you is to eliminate you.

Just shut up and pay your taxes... And no one will get hurt. You are already in the wrong side of the gun.

 

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KenLV

“I for free gaming without the DRM. This helps bring forth a better quality of life when they are not in debt every single second of their life.”

Huh?  Are you saying that you’ve gone into debt because games are too expensive?  If it weren’t for the fact that you already admitted that you can’t even balance your checkbook I wouldn’t believe this.  But I’m betting you’re telling the truth.  But sweetheart, you do know that in a non-communist, free market society like we have, you aren’t FORCED to buy these games.  And I’m thinking that even without MW3 your “quality of life” will be pretty much the same.

“You think you are going to donate your entire salary to fund one hospital? Sorry dude, you do not make that kind of money, so STFU.”

Hmmm… well no, but why is it that when a new wing is needed it is always named after someone…oh yeah, because SOMEONE who makes a shitload of money DOES donate.

As to the rest of your garbage, as has been pointed out to you (and you choose to ignore) ALL those things – when done by the government – COST MORE and GET LESS then when done by private citizens.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

No dude. Unlike you, I have a college education! Of course, you get out of subject yet again. The article is about DRM not about balancing check books. But while on the topic. You apparently never done a bank rec in your life! Oh, wait, let me guess, you are a pyschic as well. So you know when banks charges fees, and exactly how many minutes it takes to process a check. And you also know exactly each and every single NSF. Oookay. Any more boring facts?

Want a better qualify of life? Then everything must be free! Where we all trust each other. Like heaven. Although, you wont be going there.

 

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

 

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KenLV

We did this round about before, a couple of times - you rant that I’m uneducated – as if you would have a clue; I show that I am in fact not just educated, but yes, a doctor and then call me a racist/faggot/pervert/bigot/etc…  Wait, what?  Been there, done that.  Yadda yadda yadda.

Sigh, yes I know when my bank fees are due – I know when ALL my bills are due, no, I don’t have any NSFs because I can balance my checkbook, and it doesn’t matter how long it takes a check to clear, because once you put it in your ledger you DON’T FUCKING SPEND IT on something else.  Seriously, do you REALLY not know how to do this?  I realize it’s a CUNY school and all, but still…

“Want a better qualify of life? Then everything must be free!”

And, for what must be the hundredth time, I’ll ask: and who pray tell us will provide all this “free” stuff?  Is Dell going to GIVE you a computer?  Is Con-Ed going to GIVE you free power?  Are YOU going to provide FREE services to EVERYONE who asks?  Are the unions going to provide FREE labor to repair the trains you rely on?  Are your teachers going to teach you for free?

Remind me again, which of us actually LIVED in a truly socialist country?  Theory vs. reality.  It’s not even a close race.

It is amazing that people like you really exist.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

Ugh, boring strikes again. Stick to the damn subject for once you idiot! You just proved to everyone in cyberspace that you do not have an education because you always want to spread your garbage all over this wonderful free website. Don't you have a date with death? I would not want to cause a delay. You go ahead. I'll stay right here, laughing at just how dumb you are. You are so boring your own wife sleeps with another man. A better looking man. A superior man in every way possible. Nobody cares what you have to say.

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

So that’s a “no”?  You can’t say who will provide all these free goodies?  Shocked.  No really, I’m shocked.  Everyone else shocked?

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

For the 1,000th time, I said nationalize America's assets like oil and gold. Nationalize all the banks and give credit to the good people at a reasonable 5%. If the government can get complete control, you will see that a utopian society CAN be real, believe it or not. Of course, you can not comprehend. Why waste my time to the likes of you? Gosh you are more stupid than you are boring.

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

“For the 1,000th time, I said nationalize America's assets like oil and gold. Nationalize all the banks…”

And this has worked out so well for the 500 MILLION Chinese that live on less than $2 a DAY that you want to bring it here?  Yeah, I’m sure the union organizers supporting your “movement” will go for that.  LAWL

But even if you did somehow manage to do that here, there is not enough profit from ALL those sources to give everything free.  But how can we expect someone who by her own admission can’t balance her checkbook, to understand numbers with more than one comma?

Oh, and since you haven’t noticed, credit is available at LOWER rates than your demanded 5% - for things like homes and cars.   But sadly no, your $1.50 tea that you foolishly put on your credit card will cost you at least 12%.

“If the government can get complete control, you will see that a utopian society CAN be real, believe it or not.”

Yeah, based on ALL of human history, I’m going to have to go with “not”.  You are so blind that you do not realize that WE live in what everyone before us would call a paradise.  But as I said, that’s not good enough for you.  You can stand the fact that someone smarter, more driven, or just plain luckier than you could EVER have it better than YOU – no matter how good you have it.  Just like the rest of these thugs, you are a spoiled little child who simply doesn’t know how good she has it.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt. Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

Mister boring, I am not even reading your shit anymore. You go ahead and copy/paste every word I write. Thaaat's right, spread the word. You failed. Still ful fledge commie. What are you going to do about it? America is voting for change, and you suddenly have a red scare. Thaaat's right. Fear China. You are about to be speaking Chinese.

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

So we WON’T be seeing anymore of your pro-communism, anti-capitalism, lies and bullshit anymore?  Good, because like all limousine liberals, you are a hypocrite, a charlatan, a fraud.  And you are always found out.

Did you think that your YouTube anarchist thugs “comrades” are the only people capable of doxing?  Shall we continue?  I mean seriously, I haven’t done anything beyond a cursory search.  Shall we get into how your Bloomingdales purchases are paid for?  Things on the internet are there pretty much forever.  You can delete your twitter account, fix the privacy settings on your MySpace page – and then deny they are yours – LOL.  But once again the reality of who you are – a bored, spoiled, little, troll girl – has been revealed.

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/veronica-toro/35/691/336

Hey let me ask, when you go to use that degree (should you ever actually get out of school) do you think that your potential new employers will find it as amusing as you do that you said, on Veteran’s day, that you want to make lampshades out of the skin of our dead soldiers?  Probably not, well, unless you are looking to work for Sean Penn or Jane Fonda.

You do know that employers now hire firms, with far greater resources than I, to scour the web for information about prospective employees, right, you did know that - didn't you?

You are a disgusting human (and I use "human" in only the most general sense) being.  And like the rest of your thugs comrades, when found out for who you truly are, you ALWAYS resort to trying to dismiss your detractors because YOU say they are: racists, nazis, fascists, fags, faggots, homophobes (wait, what? I’ve been meaning to ask, please explain how we are gay AND homophobes?), various antiemetic slurs, perverts, fucktards, retards, hillbillies, etc… While your “facts” are never reliable, it’s ALWAYS nice to know that we can count on the weak minded to resort to the most vile and base of attacks when they can’t defend their ludicrous claims and positions.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

You can keep writing these long-ass comments. I stopped reading them about a week ago. You will never change me. Also, I would recommend you click that link again. Muah ah ha ha ha ha!!!

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KenLV

“Also, I would recommend you click that link again.”

And?

“You will never change me.”

Wasn’t trying to, you can’t fix stupid.

“Muah ah ha ha ha ha!!!”

Sorry, what?  Is that you with something stuck in your mouth?  (settle down, I’m talking about her foot – which is constantly in there)

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

The link is dead, and you have been discredited. LMAO!!! Take that Mr.Boring!

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

So?  It’s not like we don’t know who you are.  Deleting it makes you no less a fraud.  You also get that NOTHING is ever really “gone” once it’s out there.  So keep laughing.

Like I said, I’m SURE your future employers will find your sense of humor grand.  They too will surely find the idea of making lampshades out of dead US soldiers skin hysterical!  You are a blast.  LOL

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun.

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Holly Golightly

I know you are the most boringest guy in the planet... So here goes more reruns for you:

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

Ms. Toro,
You may find it boring, this reality outside of academia (that the rest of us live in) but at least we can put together a cogent argument.  You dear, have shown time again that you are unable to even defend YOUR OWN blathering, let alone comprehend the philosophies of others (including communism and socialism).

It is obvious to all that you know nothing of how the real world works, and that’s fine.  Generally speaking, so long as a counter to foolishness like yours is put forth, you are of no real danger to anyone – other than yourself.  As you are so found of suggesting, we cold heartless capitalists really don’t care about YOUR wellbeing, so we’re all good here.  Right?  Actually, that’s not entirely true, you are a danger to your parents bank account – as they will have to support you when you graduate and have to “occupy” their basement again and SOMEONE has to pay for your shopping trips to Bloomies!  Other than that, you are an insignificant gnat who can barely change her mind let alone the world.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun and your idle threats are meaningless.

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Holly Golightly

Paragraph after paragraph. I stopped reading your garbage about a week ago. I have no idea what you are talking about. Here is another rerun for you! (I know how you LOVE reruns!)

Shut up and pay your taxes... And nobody will get hurt. You are already on the wrong side of the gun.

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KenLV

“I have no idea what you are talking about.”

Exactly my point and the first correct thing you’ve said.  It’s nice to see you finally admit that you have no idea what ANYONE here is talking about.

Just toke on your bong and only you will get hurt.  Believe me sister, I’m on the right side of MY gun and your idle threats are meaningless – regardless of how often you make them.

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Gumby

No, Holly Golightly, the people will not win.  The people will lose.  Yours is a short-sighted and childish viewpoint.  Pirates are the enemy.  There will be winners and it will be Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo because rampant piracy will only diminish PC gaming and force developers and publishers to abandon the platform for consoles because consoles are usually harder to hack.  If you like a game PAY FOR IT!  That is the best way to make sure that more good games get made.

I do not usually like DRM either.  Treating your paying customers like criminals does not sit well with me.  But I do like this solution.  It is creative and I imagine effective.

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chop_slap

I'm down with this.

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chronium

There's been rampant Piracy on the PC since the PC first came into people's homes and yet the PC gaming market is still around and thriving. I'll buy the games that I think are worth my money otherwise I won't waste my time.

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Gezzer

You make it sound like pirates winning is a good thing and all these publishers should stop trying to stop them at all.

I really don't mind DRM as long as it doesn't fail in the following ways.

1. Make using the product impossible. Like having to always be connected, which is bad enough when you don't have a stable connection, but it's worse when it's because the publisher's servers go down.

2. Violating my privacy. Like scanning my computer to see if I might have something I shouldn't and then sending the results to their head office to be analyzed.

3. Messing with the system. Like installing root kits, or using DRM concepts that destablize my computer.

4. Treating me like I'm the bad guy. Like having a long convoluted registering process, and limiting what I can do with the product even if it's my legal right.

5. Producing false positives. Like being banned or sued because a faulty DRM said it wasn't a legit copy when it was.

I don't have a problem with this sort of DRM as long as it only effects the pirated game and doesn't mess up my system some how. It's a lot better then having to be always connected no matter how they sell that one. But it's true it's only a matter of time till they break this one too. 

Man I wonder how much time and money is wasted producing a games DRM, and how it effects what we finally get when the game comes out. Oh well I guess we'll never know.

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Holly Golightly

That is the problem with all methods of DRM. You are the criminal no matter if you pay or didn't. At some point, there will be a glitch which will invalidate your legit copy while the pirates continue to play free of DRM and without any problems at all. DRM is greed, and only the paid customer suffers in the end. The gaming industry needs to be more like the music industry. Trust your customers, and allow them to buy at an affordable price. There are other ways to generate that revenue.

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