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  1. Comment on Massive ‘Avengers: Endgame’ footage leak hits Twitter, Reddit in ~movies

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    To be fair, many fans of the movies haven't read the comics. Also, details can be important, like the survival of your favorite character.

    To be fair, many fans of the movies haven't read the comics. Also, details can be important, like the survival of your favorite character.

    5 votes
  2. Comment on Sean Murray at GDC in ~games

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    But in his very next tweet he says Which makes it sound like you can cross paths - and therefore interact with - other players. It's still misleading, intentionally or otherwise. He made it sound...

    But in his very next tweet he says

    The chances of two players ever crossing paths in a universe this large is pretty much zero.

    Which makes it sound like you can cross paths - and therefore interact with - other players. It's still misleading, intentionally or otherwise. He made it sound like the game wasn't MP because it'd be hard to find other players, not because it was literally impossible to interact directly with, or even see, other players.

    6 votes
  3. Comment on How has playing a video game helped you in an unexpected way? in ~games

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    Messing around with making "games" on the TI-8* series in high school gave me a basic understanding of programming.

    Messing around with making "games" on the TI-8* series in high school gave me a basic understanding of programming.

    7 votes
  4. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    Crunching the game into the fiscal year got us Anthem. Surely there's a happy medium.

    Crunching the game into the fiscal year got us Anthem. Surely there's a happy medium.

  5. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    They had to stick to the release deadline because of EA's fiscal year. Granted, they had already had plenty of time, but EA and money was a factor in its release state.

    They had to stick to the release deadline because of EA's fiscal year. Granted, they had already had plenty of time, but EA and money was a factor in its release state.

  6. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    It's my understanding that multiplayer was an idea at BW as early as ME1. Of course both ME3 and ME:A ended up with MP, so the MP focus of Anthem isn't as big a surprise to me. I do think EA's...

    It's my understanding that multiplayer was an idea at BW as early as ME1. Of course both ME3 and ME:A ended up with MP, so the MP focus of Anthem isn't as big a surprise to me. I do think EA's insistence on continuing monetization pushed BW even more in that direction; one ME3 dev said that one player spent $15k on ME3 loot crates. tl;dr EA probably indirectly pushed them in this direction but I don't think it was an EA mandate.

    1 vote
  7. Comment on Banning of users and the discussion of controversial subjects in ~tildes

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    Hypothetical: The general opinion seems to be that the more people who participate in a forum or social platform, the worse it gets. Would getting the "silent 900" to be more active accelerate the...

    Ever wonder what a forum would look like if we could wake them up and get them submitting and commenting?

    Hypothetical: The general opinion seems to be that the more people who participate in a forum or social platform, the worse it gets. Would getting the "silent 900" to be more active accelerate the (perceived) degeneration of a given social platform?

    2 votes
  8. Comment on How Bioware's Anthem Went Wrong in ~games

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    Pretty much everything people suspected seems to be true: personnel issues, much shorter actual dev time than 6 years, rushed out the door because EA and money. The Bioware gamers knew and loved...

    Pretty much everything people suspected seems to be true: personnel issues, much shorter actual dev time than 6 years, rushed out the door because EA and money. The Bioware gamers knew and loved is gone.

    BW response: http://blog.bioware.com/2019/04/02/anthem-game-development/

    10 votes
  9. Comment on Toxicity is a symptom, not a cause: to fix it, treat the discontent around the game, not the players reacting to it. in ~games

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    Just to clarify: You believe that people who would normally not be toxic begin to behave in a toxic way because of game design?

    Just to clarify: You believe that people who would normally not be toxic begin to behave in a toxic way because of game design?

  10. Comment on Gundam x Hello Kitty crossover announced in ~anime

  11. Comment on Hackers Hijacked ASUS Software Updates to Install Backdoors on Thousands of Computers in ~tech

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    I have ASUS hardware but wasn't affected by this attack. Still, probably won't be going ASUS for my next build. It is interesting that the attackers would have knowledge of the hardware but still...

    Kamluk said Kaspersky notified ASUS of the problem on January 31, and a Kaspersky employee met with ASUS in person on February 14. But he said the company has been largely unresponsive since then and has not notified ASUS customers about the issue.

    I have ASUS hardware but wasn't affected by this attack. Still, probably won't be going ASUS for my next build.

    “They were not trying to target as many users as possible,” said Kamluk. “They wanted to get into very specific targets and they already knew in advance their network card MAC address, which is quite interesting.”

    It is interesting that the attackers would have knowledge of the hardware but still use this more circuitous route to gain access. I don't know enough to speculate on why, though.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on M-16: A Bureaucratic Horror Story in ~misc

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    This video may also be of interest.

    This video may also be of interest.

    1 vote
  13. Comment on r/Piracy receives official warning from Reddit Legal about 74 copyright infringements in ~tech

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    As noted in the reddit comment, we don't know the actual content, and the fact that it was posted in r/piracy is likely a factor in determining whether it would be considered protected by a court...

    As noted in the reddit comment, we don't know the actual content, and the fact that it was posted in r/piracy is likely a factor in determining whether it would be considered protected by a court of law.

    3 votes
  14. Comment on r/Piracy receives official warning from Reddit Legal about 74 copyright infringements in ~tech

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    Comment from r/bestof Excerpt: (Disclaimer: IANAL, IANYL, ATINLA) So, here's OP's analysis of the situation, and here's why they're wrong -- OP claims: "Reddit does not bother to sort through...

    Comment from r/bestof

    Excerpt:


    (Disclaimer: IANAL, IANYL, ATINLA)

    So, here's OP's analysis of the situation, and here's why they're wrong --

    OP claims:

    "Reddit does not bother to sort through their DMCA notices and complies immediately whether the content is infringing or not."

    That's technically true. It's in fact what they're legally required to do -- Reddit, Inc. is not a finder of fact nor a finder of law, and the DMCA is designed to exempt online user-content hosting ISPs such as Reddit from legal liability for copyright violations, by exempting them from acting as a finder of fact or of law.

    "Release titles are considering copyright infringement."[SIC]

    That statement, in isolation, is objectively legally correct. A title alone can't be copyrighted; A title being discussed can't be copyrighted. But, importantly: We don't know the exact content of the comments / posts that are being characterised by "Release Titles".

    "Sharing a streaming site URL is considered copyright infringement."

    Yes, yes it is -- if that streaming site is both streaming a copyrighted work, and is positively known to Reddit, Inc. to not have any right to be distributing that copyrighted work. In that case, sharing the streaming site URL is considered red flag knowledge of copyright infringement, and is what the DMCA was written to indemnify ISPs against legal liability for hosting and having, if they comply with the DMCA takedown request.

    "Asking if a streaming site is down is considered copyright infringement."

    That statement, in isolation, is objectively legally correct [Edit: incorrect]. Discussion of a streaming site can't be copyrighted; Discussion about potentially infringing uses is not something covered by the DMCA. Only material that constitutes red flag knowledge of imminent or ongoing actual copyright infringement would be something that is legally (to the standard of a court) defensible for filing a DMCA claim. But, importantly: We don't know the exact content of the comments / posts that are being characterised by "Asking if...", and importantly, Reddit, Inc. does not find fact or law. They're not a court. They're legally required to not be the judge or jury in DMCA takedown claims.

    "Sharing guides on installing programs and not providing links is considered copyright infringement."

    That's technically true. Discussion of programs that could be used to infringe (but which have other non-infringing uses, or which the people involved might have non-infringing uses for) is technically, protected speech if that's the only thing that's happening. But, importantly: *We don't know the exact content of the comments / posts that are being characterised by "Sharing guides on installing programs ...", *and importantly, Reddit, Inc. does not find fact or law. They're not a court. They're legally required to not be the judge or jury in DMCA takedown claims.

    The takeaway here: as with every other ISP, Reddit, Inc. is legally required to do a takedown and hand over the complaint to the people who posted the material. It's up to the people who published the material that was taken down to then either abandon their efforts, or to step up and prove to a court that their speech was legally protected.


    It seems like it's not that certain content is "considered copyright infringing by Reddit." It seems much more like Reddit's hands are tied and they're doing what they're legally compelled to do.

    7 votes
  15. Comment on r/Piracy receives official warning from Reddit Legal about 74 copyright infringements in ~tech

  16. Comment on Gov. Gavin Newsom Will Halt Executions in California in ~news

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    Just curious: Do you also feel that imprisoning people against their will, which is a crime, is also wrong when done by the state?

    Just curious: Do you also feel that imprisoning people against their will, which is a crime, is also wrong when done by the state?

    7 votes
  17. Comment on Ronnie O'Sullivan is the first player reaching 1000 centuries in snooker in ~sports

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    In case anyone else was wondering: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_break

    In case anyone else was wondering:

    In snooker, a century break (sometimes referred to as a ton) is a score of 100 points or more within one visit at the table without missing a shot and requires potting at least 25 consecutive balls. The ability to score century breaks is regarded as a mark of the highest skill in snooker, while the first career century has been described by Ronnie O'Sullivan as the "ultimate milestone for any snooker player".

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Century_break