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Tuesday, May 22, 2001

Piracy Figures

This story on CNN's site claims that 37% of the software in use around the world is pirated. My big question is this: exactly how do they determine that figure? The stats come from the Business Software Alliance which is not a government agency but an organization controlled by the major software companies to fight piracy. So naturally statistics like these make their pleas seem viable. I believe the stats are impossible to verify. The article basically uses this as a justification for WinXP and Office XP's copy protection schemes. But like all copy protection schemes, this one will be easily circumvented. The only people who will be affected are legitimate users who have to put up with extra garbage just to use software they paid for.

I believe that warezers and other pirates should be kicked directly in the forehead. It is theft, pure and simple. However, it is a major jump to consider anyone with a CD burner to be a thief. Some of us find them rather handy for Linux distributions :)

The Master comments: There are lies, damn lies, and statistics.

J.t.Qbe comments: But A.T., Microsoft does consider Linux to be theft: theft of profits! You're right, though--you can't trust the BSA's piracy statistics. This is something which is impossible to measure, but can easily be used to justify it's strongarm tactics and any wacko kind of copy protection M$ wants to put into place. (Just got a CD burner today; will be burning the new FreeBSD tomorrow at work).

Linux Q3A Status

Timothee Besset sent a letter into LinuxGames, indicating that he was taking over the maintenance of the linux ports of Q3A and Team Arena. Here's the letter:
I see that Loki Software's announcement that they are no longer in charge of Linux Quake III Arena and linux Quake III: Team Arena generated a lot of buzz and questions. I'll try to clarify a few things:
This said, here is a quick rundown on the status:

The win32, Mac and linux versions are now living in the same source tree. The linux version which was maintained in a seperate tree by Loki has been merged back in. It runs great as far as I've been testing it. When the new beta binary is out we will probably run a public bugtracker to help sort out remaining issues.
A.T. Hun comments: Sweet news! I'm not sure if Loki just dropped the ball or exactly what happened there. At any rate, I'm glad to see Linux Q3A/Q3:TA getting the attention it deserves. The beta patch that was released a while back runs quite nicely with Q3A (about as fast as Windows 98). Q3:TA needed some work though. Timothee is the man behind GtkRadiant, so I'm sure he'll do a fine job.

Monday, May 21, 2001

Pondering the Imponderable

I know it happens every year after E3 but this year it has just gotten to me. I'm sick of seeing "previews" for games based on ten seconds of playing a pre-alpha build at a trade show. Add to that the fact that most of these previews are about three sentences long and all read like this:
Terror of Legend Death Terror is the latest game from Painfully Famous Gaming Co. Their new FPS will have a pistol-type gun, a rocket-launcher-type gun, and a sniper-rifle-type gun. Rumor has it that the game will use advanced 3D technology that I don't understand but I copied from the flier they gave me. Painfully Famous predicts that the game will be out in time for Christmas 2054.
If you don't have anything to say, is there anything wrong with just not saying it?

Oh yeah, if I see one more "Booth Babe" pictorial I'm going to throw myself in front of a semi. If I wanted to see a bunch of no-talent aspiring actresses, I'd watch the WB *shudder*.

Thankfully Something Awful's E3 coverage is there to restore my faith in humanity. Or something.

J.t.Qbe comments: C'mon and admit it, A.T.: you're just getting too old!

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