As I understand it, the issue stemmed from slow processing of the list of items in the in-game store. When the game first launched, there weren't many items in the store, and it wasn't an (apparent) issue.
As they added more items to the store in post-release updates, that performance hit became more and more significant, leading to the long load times.
It's still pretty bad that it took a modder to come in and identify the issue for them, but it's not as bad as it may seem initially, and at least they handled the situation with grace.
I'm perfectly capable of performing my job remotely. Even before this current situation, about half my time was remote work. That's now near 100%, but it hasn't been much of an impact. The same cannot be said for every sector. Public venues, such as restaurants, are some of the hardest hit, and have been laying off employees.
Do you want Samaritan? Because that's how you get Samaritan.
Sometimes it's hard not to think I'm reading a news feed from Plague Inc.
"IOC decides not to postpone the 2020 Olympics despite ongoing Coronavirus concerns."
"US President insists everything is under control, there's nothing to worry about."
"China bans any mention of Coronavirus; aggressively quarantines citizens."
I'm expecting any day now:
"Madagascar closes its ports due to concerns of Coronavirus spread."
There are definitely serious privacy issues related to Facebook et al. However, Section 230 has absolutely nothing to do with that. If anything, Section 230 being repealed could potentially entrench Facebook's dominant position even further.
Are you still going on about this shit? Really?
Not everyone is as obsessed with this site as you are.
I have a massive gap in my comment history starting around 2006/2007. 1 comment in 5 years. I was fighting/recovering from cancer at the time, and techdirt wasn't really on my list of priorities.
For fuck's sake...
Yeah, I don't read any animosity in that statement whatsoever. Without coordination, any fixes or updates Nightdive make to the game have a high probability of conflicting with anything Le Corbeau tries to do, from a purely technical standpoint.
That's not really an applicable analogy. Minors are able to hold copyright themselves. The same cannot be said of an AI.
Not that I'm advocating one way or the other for copyright assignation of automated processes. There's a large chunk of precedent and knock-on effects that I don't currently wish to dive into. My opinion can be summed up in two and half words: it's complicated.
Mainly because that's generally not how it works. In the given scenario joint liability is essentially impossible, and several liability would only be applicable if, for instance, the wheelchair had faulty manual brakes or the like that contributed to the incident.
As someone who actually purchased TF2 as part of the Orange Box (I still have the actual physical disc for that, plus the soundtrack), I was actually annoyed when TF2 went free-to-play. The ensuing chaos of custom weapons and hats eventually turned me off the game entirely. I guess Valve wouldn't care, though, they already had my money.
...I have no idea if that was on-topic or not, but there it is nevertheless.
This article bugged me a little, also. It has a hint of "I was right, others were wrong, deal with it." Just a hint, something about the tone and word choice. Not enough to be an actual problem, but it comes across, at least to me, as a bit unprofessional.
I get it, it must be frustrating dealing with doublespeak and willful ignorance all the time, and vindication is a powerful feeling, but, all the same, this article left a bad taste in my mouth.
"Don't bother giving that patient anesthesia, pain is just a symptom of a larger problem."
Besides which, sometimes all you can do is manage the symptoms. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chronic_condition
I'm glad you recognize that ISPs are causing problems, but the fact of the matter is that there is a natural monopoly at play here. "Let the market sort it out" isn't a viable option.
There are only two real options to deal with these problems. One, relatively light touch NN regulations that curtail some of the more egregious behavior. Or, two, heavy handed regulation to enforce competition, such as Local Loop Unbundling.
If you think the latter is a viable option in today's political climate, then you haven't been paying attention.
You realize that a corporatist would, practically by definition, push for stronger IP laws? Your characterization of Mike as a pro-pirate "everything should be free and damn the consequences" fanatic is completely at odds with your characterization of him as a corporatist mouthpiece.
I say this as a conservative that supports (reasonable) copyright, patents, and rule of law: fuck off. Sincerely.
TechDirt keeps trotting out the fact that MS offers downloads of the recovery disks.
Here's an excerpt from the terms such downloads are provided under:
Unless otherwise specified, the Services are for your personal and non-commercial use. You may not modify, copy, distribute, transmit, display, perform, reproduce, publish, license, create derivative works from, transfer, or sell any information, software, products or services obtained from the Services.
There's definitely infringement going on in this case. MS grants a limited license to the recovery software to individuals with those provisions, which this guy clearly violated.
Coupled with the fact that Lundgren was selling these discs, and Microsoft was selling discs+licenses, damages are not unfounded. However you feel about MS's stance on not offering standalone recovery disks is irrelevant here. Clearly there was a demand, I'd imagine because the final purchaser had volume licenses already and the bundled license in the $25 disc was just unnecessary cost. So while it's hard to say that every disc Lundgren sold resulted in a lost sale, there were undoubtedly some number of lost sales resultant from Lundgren's infringement.
I still don't think that this rises to the bar of criminal infringement, though... This is a clear cut civil case, but given everything involved jail time is a bit much.