@polychrome Sure. This is completely fine since Google has never shown that they would drop a service suddenly when they lose interest in hosting it.
@polychrome this seems like a bad deal for everyone except copyright lawyers and Google
game developers are gonna make less money
game publishers are gonna make less money
players aren't gonna be able to play the games
... but you can't pirate it, I guess
wolves have been persecuted and in many places eradicated. Both deliberately and through human destruction of their habitat. Even today wolves are dismissed and hated as violent predators and pests.
This image is really unfair. Wolves very rarely attack humans and when they take livestock this is largely to do with depletion of their own food sources and building of human settlements in their territories.
Further, wolves are social creatures. The idea that they form hierarchical packs with an 'alpha' is the result of bad science done on captive wolves. They are social creatures who live in family groups.
In conclusion, wolves are awesome, beautiful, social beasts and people are jerks.
Thanks for coming for my wolf talk.
some of y'all need to see this again
The 14th #WoTW is #SingularThey - a ❤️ pronoun used to talk about people when their gender is unknown, irrelevant, or non-binary. We used a brilliant illustration by @email@example.com that is both self-explanatory and sassy! #PhDLife #academia #they #RecommendedComics #RecommendedGames
this year's survey of new game dev graduates, only 72% identify as cis
games are gonna get trans as hell
(source: https://hevga.org/reports/ )
appendix re: the analogue hole Show more
an interesting side note - macrovision was an early copy protection format that prevented people from making VHS copies. it worked by putting garbage in the areas that informed the VCR about the brightness and framerate of the video. most TVs would handle this fine, but VCRs in record mode often got tripped up by it and produced unwatchable recordings. this system was easily defeated by simple boxes designed to thwart macrovision that were cheaply available, and it didn't effect some VCRs at all. newer VCRs especially were immune to it. you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TiVo_Corporation#Analog_Copy_Protection_(ACP)
technology connections has made a fascinating video explaining how it works, which you can watch here: https://youtu.be/-VqsU1VK3mU
what is the "analogue loophole"? why do people say that removing the headphone jack would allow companies to restrict your ability to listen to music? (long, serious) Show more
the "analogue hole" refers to the idea that no matter how hard you try to make sure nobody can make illegal copies of videos, music, or text, there's always a "hole" in the protection that occurs when it's no longer digital. digital content can be protected - video files can be encrypted, music players can limit you to five devices - but analogue signals can't be. for example, itunes can disallow you from putting a song on more than five computers, but if you play the song through your speakers and record it, what you do with it is beyond apple's control.
one of the few remaining analogue outputs on a modern device is the audio jack. this is where you connect your headphones or speakers. your laptop only knows that something's plugged in. it doesn't know what's connected. you could be playing it through earphones or a massive speaker system and it wouldn't be able to tell. meanwhile, HDMI is a digital output format. it can tell if it's been plugged into a TV or a recording device, and can automatically disable output if you're recording it to make it harder for you to make copies of movies.
if the audio jack is replaced by USB-C or bluetooth, it becomes possible to tell what you're connecting to the laptop or phone. your phone might disable audio playback on anything but headphones to prevent you from hosting a public event with the music. it could also detect a recording device that you're using to (for example) make a copy of a song you're listening to on spotify and turn off the playback.
of course, at some point, digital needs to become analogue. humans can't watch electrical pulses, we need to see patterns of light. we can't listen to streams of 1s and 0s, we need vibrations in the air. this means that it's impossible to truly defeat the analogue hole - no matter what you do, someone can always just point a camera at their TV. it'll have worse quality, but it can never be stopped.
the analogue hole is one of many ways to circumvent DRM, or digital rights management. you can read more about it here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Analog_hole
lock adjacent Show more
What is a lock? A selector. The most efficient selector is one which selects by perception. Who sees, may pass.
The best lock is an open door unnoticed by those who do not seek it. Any path not universally available or perceived, is a lock.
A technological lock will always benefit the technophile. A material one, the materialist. A cultural one, the acculturated.
There is a symbol of an open lock beneath these words. These words are locked. Not by what is possible - anyone may access them. But by what is - they are words, on a computer, in an obscure corner of the net. Only readers, technologists, seekers of the obscure, have any probability of coming near them.
Who has the right to... their history? their privacy? the sum of human knowledge? the assistance of others?
Every barrier is a lock. Someone is being locked out. We praise technology when it allows access that prior barriers prevented; but do we praise technology when it creates new barriers that we don't see because we're on the 'right' (technophile) side? There is no right side.
Benevolent Sexism Show more
One of the things that bugs me about attempts to write strong female characters is that they often aren't.
They often aren't /characters/ (as the Sexy Lamp Test has demonstrated) and they often aren't /strong/ by any factor of their personality. You can take someone like Rose Tyler as an example, who is a codependent nonperson except for all the times she's STRONG by virtue of having godlike power from the Time Vortex or because the episode says so for some reason and she shows up from an alternate universe with a laser bazooka. Clara actually had a personality at some point, but was Mysterious and Powerful through the Matt Smith years for reasons that…had nothing to do with her.
This reminds me of a pattern of dysfunction I've seen in some heterosexual cismen when I listen to them talk about their relationships. They've had the awful idea that Men and Women Think Differently beaten into them (incidentally, The Myth of Mars and Venus by Deborah Cameron is a wonderful book) and also have much of their emotional energy invested in sex (there's nothing wrong with liking sex, but teaching people that /having sex/ makes them valuable as a person and should be their primary goal harms everyone) so you have this weird, unhealthy idea where women are Divine.
PSA Show more
Folks posting lewds doesn't mean they're hornt, thirsty, or looking for anything specifically & it is not an go ahead to sexualize them no matter how they're posing or what they're posing with/in
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