A tablet is limited because it's lighter and cheaper hardware, Consoles need the same powerful graphics functionality that PCs do and are literally PCs with restrictions added to prevent you from using non gaming functionality.
lol, this is what microsoft wants people to think anyway. They act like unlocking running netflix is innovation. Personally I think consoles aren't going to be around much longer because people are going to realize they are just PCs with more DRM restrictions on them. As it is the only thing holding them up is that certain software is specially locked to only run on them. Unlocking netflix and a browser on your console is hardly something people are going to cheer about. Once someone makes a decent couch friendly interface for PC that catches on, consoles are 100% useless.
Certainly, when you are talking about Valve's own games, thats a whole other story.. Another (imo bigger) issue is that you can't publish to steam without DRM. So they are actually *pushing* publishers to use it when they normally wouldn't. That is inexcusable!
Sure. The issue is that before / without steam, the publishers published themselves and you never knew what did or didn't have DRM in it, or what the DRM was doing to your system. Steam could be GOG instead, but then it wouldn't be steam, it would just be a useless competitor to GOG instead of a popular product. It would not be servicing the mainstream gamers at all, who most definitely would not suddenly stop buying these games and start buying only indie games, they would just have a hodgepodge of mostly unknown and unchecked DRM installed on their systems without their knowledge at all and doing all kinds of crazy stuff.
Unfortunately this is part of steam, so if you want to avoid it, you have to go way way way broader than avoiding valve games.. You have to avoid games that use steam.. which is a lot of work :) You don't even get to know ahead of time for the most part and even many console games use it behind the scenes.
I didn't mean they weren't using DRM, I meant they aren't treating their customers like criminals, because their customers are the publishers, and the publishers are the ones who want the DRM. GOG just recycles old stuff so they don't have to worry about the publishers pushing for DRM.
GOG can't sell many to most brand new games because apart from some indie devs the publishers won't put their games up for sale without DRM because they are all super paranoid. This is the market that steam is serving, steam's customers want DRM. It's the publisher's customers that hate it :)
Thing is, Valve isn't doing this. Valve's customers for steam are the game publishers. They are providing what their customers demand in the best way they can. The nice thing about steam is that although it uses DRM, at least it's centralized. The alternative is each publisher tries to implement their own and we all know how that works.
He's not claiming or implying anything of the sort. He is just stating the fact that this is a strategy that is sometimes used so it's something to watch for. It's an honest statement there is no reason he need to hide that fact to save anyone's feelings. He could have added something along the lines of "I'm not saying this particular poster is doing this, yada yada niceties, crap, not facts, etc.. but I think it should be fully understood from the statement."
What is important is not the purpose but the method. The accusation is that they send back the entire DNS record, and duder explains that the DNS hash is only sent back went it detects accesses to the cheat servers, which is a small number of cases. He also mentions it's only the entries that match cheat servers that are hashed and sent back. The method the software uses is something you should be able to verify independently, you don't need to take his word for it.
The void is basically for when you are watching TV, but not as your primary focus.. While you are cooking or vacuuming, playing games, whatever. (or, I guess like the author says, lonely and do nothing but halfassedly watch tv).
I think the void they are trying to fill here would be done better with a queue system than with a channel system.
Exactly.. The only trouble is that there are still people who don't realize that the government doesn't tell the truth, it creates it. What is true is what the government says by definition in this sort of nation.