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.
They don't make good games, they make good deals. It doesn't surprise me that people want to buy sim city or mass effect 3 even though they hate that EA took over the series.. They are hooked or whatever, but what surprises me is that people keep buying their sports games. Seriously why people will pay out the nose for the 10 minutes it takes to change the numbers on the jerseys is beyond me.
Or if they do spend the effort they put their emulators on their new systems, so if you buy every new system ever released you could play your favorites if every company chose to do this. But then they don't have the rights to republish the games made by others for the systems anyway, so you likely won't be able to play your favorite games (that you already own) even by buying a new system plus buying the game again.
Yes, it is that hard to do. The hackers are better than the company and it takes them many years of sacrifice and dedication because they love the system.. The company would never sacrifice themselves, loves money and prefers their old games locked forever up so that their new ones have less competition.