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  1. Comment on The problem with large Minecraft servers and why 2b2t is stuck in 1.12 in ~games

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    I'm hardly experienced in this, but converting minecraft servers to be multi-threaded seems like a massive undertaking. Then again, Minecraft are in a pretty good place to do it. They have the...

    I'm hardly experienced in this, but converting minecraft servers to be multi-threaded seems like a massive undertaking. Then again, Minecraft are in a pretty good place to do it. They have the support of Microsoft and don't really have any other massive things that need to be worked on, the game is pretty complete as is.

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  2. Comment on Raide, the artist and director of Katawa Shoujo, Analogue: A Hate Story and other VNs, dies in ~games

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    omg no! Katawa Shoujo was my first and is still my favourite visual novel. It got me into the genre and it had a profound impact on me. It's so sad to see someone who made something I love go....

    omg no! Katawa Shoujo was my first and is still my favourite visual novel. It got me into the genre and it had a profound impact on me. It's so sad to see someone who made something I love go.

    cpl_crud stated on Reddit that it was not covid related.

    Rest in Peace Raide, and my condolences to his family.

    4 votes
  3. Comment on Tildes ReExtended is being taken down from the Chrome Web Store for supposedly breaking its policies in ~tildes

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    For your first issue, why not just have two firefox profiles? one with anti-tracking and one without. You can even run both at once. Just call firefox with the -p flag.

    For your first issue, why not just have two firefox profiles? one with anti-tracking and one without. You can even run both at once. Just call firefox with the -p flag.

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Ventoy: Multi-ISO bootable USBs in ~comp

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    is the site down? here is the most recent archive from archive.org

    is the site down?

    here is the most recent archive from archive.org

  5. Comment on Doom Eternal Update 1 adds Denuvo Anti-Cheat, anti-cheat software running on ring 0 in ~games

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    I was probably went too far to call it a rootkit. I would argue it is malware, even if it isn't intentionally so. It breaks support for Linux and has the possibility of introducing security flaws...

    I was probably went too far to call it a rootkit. I would argue it is malware, even if it isn't intentionally so. It breaks support for Linux and has the possibility of introducing security flaws given the high level of access it has (and really shouldn't have, being a videogame).

    As for it only hurting paying customers. This is opinion, but I would rather a few extra cheaters caused by a less intrusive anti-cheat than a couple less cheaters and a ridiculous anti-cheat. My experience playing TF2 (which is full of cheaters because VAC is near useless) tells me that votekicking or a similar system for cheaters usually suffices - and a bit of manual work looking at player reports would also help immensely (although TF2 does not have this). DOOM costs $100 AUD - I think most cheaters would give up after a manual ban or two.

    The anti-cheat not running during singleplayer isn't good enough because it still kills Linux support for singleplayer. If they want to go ahead with this stuff - then the anti-cheat (which should be disabled in singleplayer anyway?) shouldn't prevent people from playing singleplayer! The anti-cheat should be properly disabled until you press the multiplayer button.

    In my car example I wasn't intentionally trying to compare the speed of the game to the speed of the car, I was trying to make the point that they have taken a product which you have already purchased (and therefore own (ok you "licensed" it but that's bs)) and made it worse. Maybe a more apt example would be them removing all the door locks (given the possible security flaws) from the car after you purchase it. Or in the case of Linux removing the entire car.

    And as for other anti-cheats not causing as much of a fuss - I think that sucks (I care but I see that most don't), but it is good that at least there is a fuss over these ones. My hope that is if enough people don't tolerate the anti-cheat then they won't do this kind of stuff. Perhaps wishful thinking.

    4 votes
  6. Comment on Doom Eternal Update 1 adds Denuvo Anti-Cheat, anti-cheat software running on ring 0 in ~games

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    Would it be wrong to call this sort of stuff a rootkit? It's certainly malware. I don't get why the games industry can't handle verification like every other thing does and should do, that is...

    Would it be wrong to call this sort of stuff a rootkit? It's certainly malware. I don't get why the games industry can't handle verification like every other thing does and should do, that is doing it server-side. Never trust the client. People will still find a way to get around this anti-cheat as they almost always do. This, like DRM only really hurts legitimate customers.

    And to sneak it in after the game has already been released is just scummy. This is one of the few games I was considering buying - but no longer. I imagine this would also kill any chances of the game ever running on GNU/Linux (people seem to be reporting that the game no longer starts on protondb). I wonder if it would still let you play the singleplayer without the anti-cheat installed.

    If I had purchased this game, I would be requesting a refund. This is like purchasing a car and then after 6 months the car company takes your car and limits the top speed to 80kmh or something. The cracked version of the game from before this malware was introduced never looked better...

    12 votes
  7. Comment on On WD Red NAS Drives: disclosure of Western Digital products that make use of Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) in ~tech

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    Red drives are advertised as NAS drives, not archive drives. SMR can be disastrous in a NAS when it comes to rebuilding.

    Red drives are advertised as NAS drives, not archive drives. SMR can be disastrous in a NAS when it comes to rebuilding.

    2 votes
  8. Comment on On WD Red NAS Drives: disclosure of Western Digital products that make use of Shingled Magnetic Recording (SMR) in ~tech

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    So WD finally fesses up. See here Not only do they use smr on their Red drives, but they use it on one of their Black drives as well. A supposedly performance drive. I was actually planning to buy...

    So WD finally fesses up.

    See here

    Not only do they use smr on their Red drives, but they use it on one of their Black drives as well. A supposedly performance drive.

    I was actually planning to buy some 4TB Reds, but I guess I'll have to look elsewhere. It's so deceitful, I imagine there will be a class action lawsuit.

    E: they also handed this to Seagate on a silver platter. All Seagate had to say was SMR bad, we don't use it on NAS drives

    2 votes
  9. Comment on Assassin's Creed II - Free on Uplay until April 17th in ~games

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    That link told me I wasn't elligible to claim the game. I had to log into the uplay client in order to claim it.

    That link told me I wasn't elligible to claim the game. I had to log into the uplay client in order to claim it.

    2 votes
  10. Comment on Let's talk gaming on Linux in ~games

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    Hello! I use Debian Buster on a desktop computer, I used to use Ubuntu and before that I used Window$. Debian may not be the best choice in terms of gaming because it isn't really up to date, but...

    Hello! I use Debian Buster on a desktop computer, I used to use Ubuntu and before that I used Window$. Debian may not be the best choice in terms of gaming because it isn't really up to date, but I have backported the (unfortunately proprietary) NVIDIA driver and I can get the latest version of WINE through lutris so it doesn't really bother me. Flatpak for anything else that needs to be up to date.

    My favourite native Linux (well... GNU/Linux technically) games include Team Fortress 2, Katawa Shoujo and Portal 1&2.

    As for support, I can understand why a developer would not support Linux as it is a tiny market share, it likely isn't worth it for them. But when they actively try to block Linux users from playing as has happened from time to time, then it becomes unacceptable.

    I'm not sure if I see a friction between the open source philosophy and closed-source games because that's not really my philosophy. But I do see friction between the Free software philosophy and non-free games. In fact, if it wasn't for games, I would likely be able to survive with only Free software. The only proprietary programs on my computer are games, game launchers, NVIDIA drivers, the Intel Backdoor Management Engine and a proprietary BIOS. If I didn't play games then I would likely be able to get a computer with a Free BIOS, no Intel ME and be able to use free graphics drivers as I would not need the performance.

    As for developing games, I can see that developing game as Free software is difficult. It would be hard to make money on a Free software game, yes it could be sold but I suspect most would not pay. I understand why games are usually proprietary, but it would be pretty cool to see them Free.

    Valve's proton (or WINE in general) are a double edged sword for Linux gaming. On the one hand, they enable Linux gamers to play games that otherwise would be inaccessible, especially older games that are unlikely to be re-released for Linux years after publication. On the other hand, it may persuade some developers from supporting Linux natively, as they see Proton or WINE as good enough for Linux gamers. Why put the extra effort into a Linux version if it runs under WINE? It'll probably still get roughly the same amount of sales from Linux users.

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  11. Comment on Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology in ~health.coronavirus

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    I agree with you, there are things that are much worse than this out there. But I'm trying to make the point that these temporary measures that restrict privacy and freedom often turn out to be...

    I agree with you, there are things that are much worse than this out there. But I'm trying to make the point that these temporary measures that restrict privacy and freedom often turn out to be not so temporary.

    4 votes
  12. Comment on Apple and Google partner on COVID-19 contact tracing technology in ~health.coronavirus

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    This is a surviellance technology. It seems to be made with good intentions and for a good purpose. But chances are that once this virus is gone, this system will continue to be used and abused...

    This is a surviellance technology. It seems to be made with good intentions and for a good purpose. But chances are that once this virus is gone, this system will continue to be used and abused for other purposes. And the data that it collected and will continue to collect will be kept.

    7 votes
  13. Comment on Do you play any games online? Let´s meet! in ~games

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    Im on PC, roughly Australian time. I play team fortress 2 if anyone would like to join me. (Its an old game, but I love it)

    Im on PC, roughly Australian time. I play team fortress 2 if anyone would like to join me. (Its an old game, but I love it)

    5 votes
  14. Comment on Why JavaScript is eating HTML in ~comp

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    I disable JavaScript on most websites... (Tildes is an exception). I don't like this whole websites replacing (or becoming) software thing. If something wants to execute code on my computer, then...

    I disable JavaScript on most websites... (Tildes is an exception).

    I don't like this whole websites replacing (or becoming) software thing. If something wants to execute code on my computer, then it should be something that I intentionally installed, not just a website I happened to visit.

    JavaScript for small additions that dont break the site if you're missing it (at least make text load) and HTML + CSS for everything else.

    10 votes
  15. Comment on The ‘Bracelet of Silence’ that stops Alexa from eavesdropping in ~tech

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    While I love the concept and would totally buy one if it were a little more discreet But I cant help but think that there would be legal issues with it. If you turned it on in public, then no one...

    While I love the concept and would totally buy one if it were a little more discreet But I cant help but think that there would be legal issues with it.

    If you turned it on in public, then no one would be able to make a call, as the microphone in their phone would not work. Emergency calls wouldnt work either. I know jammers for wireless signals are illegal, does a voice count? Or is this more equivalent to walking around with a bluetolth speaker?

    What kind of a range does it have? Just a meter or two? Or a distance more similar to how far ones voice may travel.

    9 votes
  16. Comment on Forgot password in ~tildes

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    Nobody has access to your data on keepass either?

    Nobody has access to your data on keepass either?

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Forgot password in ~tildes

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    I sync my keepass database over syncthing. It works well. Then again I only use my computer and phone. So there is little chance for sync conflicts.

    I sync my keepass database over syncthing. It works well. Then again I only use my computer and phone. So there is little chance for sync conflicts.

    2 votes
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  19. Comment on Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold in ~tech

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    I understand that there are safety issues with allowing people to put custom software on their car. But if you cannot put your own software on the car, then how can you verify that the software...

    I understand that there are safety issues with allowing people to put custom software on their car. But if you cannot put your own software on the car, then how can you verify that the software they say is on the car is actually what they put on the car. If the car accepted custom firmware, then you could just flash it yourself and then you would know what the car was running.

    What if Tesla implemented malicious functionality like this and also open sourced it. Without a way to run custom software, you would be unable to remove that functionality even though you have the source code, because you would be unable to actually upload modified code to the car.

    2 votes
  20. Comment on Tesla remotely disables Autopilot on used Model S after it was sold in ~tech

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    Not just open-source. (Although I would rather free software). The car also needs a way to accept code that is not blessed by Tesla (perhaps a USB port hidden away inside?). The code can all be...

    Not just open-source. (Although I would rather free software). The car also needs a way to accept code that is not blessed by Tesla (perhaps a USB port hidden away inside?). The code can all be open source or free software, but if there is no way to put it on the car yourself, then it isnt much help.

    11 votes